If we were having coffee, we’d be meeting at my library. I’d be sipping on a mocha with an extra shot of caffeine that I picked up on the way to work. It’s a slow morning… I’ve been here over an hour and only five people have come and gone. Thank goodness, you’re here to divert me!
It’s crazy that summer is almost over! It always goes by way too quickly. My August is turning out to be very busy. Between weddings and out-of-town commitments, my weekends are almost all booked. When I get off work today, I’m heading down to Rochester to spend the weekend with L’Abri friends. I’ve wanted to visit them all summer, but haven’t had the chance until now. Next weekend, I’m taking off work to go on a retreat with the church my family has been attending.
I’ve had multiple cousins get married this summer–one was last weekend. Is it just me, or are family weddings the most awkward of them all? I’m not close with my dad’s side of the family, so it’s always uncomfortable spending time with them. I’m one of the youngest and was painfully shy as a child, which didn’t help forge good relationships with my cousins. Despite that, the wedding was really nice, there was an open bar, and fantastic cake. And I learned that some of my cousins (and their significant others) are actually pretty cool! So that was a win.
You know, I’m actually glad that it’s a quiet Saturday morning because my work week has been really busy. On Tuesday, we had the Minnesota Zoomobile come as part of the end to our Summer Reading Program. It was the highest-attended event I’ve had, with almost 70 people cramming into our community room to see all the animals. For a town with less than 2,000 people in it, that’s a full house!
Things at the library haven’t been all rainbows and sunshine, though. A few months ago, I caught kids putting non-library materials in our book drop. Well, they struck again. On Wednesday morning, I found a pair of shoes (blue Crocs, if you must know), an empty picture frame, pop can, and a pile of grass clippings. The assortment was random enough to tell me that it was deliberate. I was SO ANGRY. And, of course, that same day we had a slew of other unpleasant encounters and situations… which didn’t do much to alleviate my bad mood. Over the next couple of days, I had conversations and visits with the city administrator, sheriff’s department, and my supervisor. We’ve discussed possible solutions, but there really isn’t much that can be done.
On a happier note, here’s a story that book lovers will appreciate/relate to. Last weekend, I went out to run a few errands. On my way to Target, the thought crossed my mind that I should stop by Goodwill to see if there was anything good to be found. So I went. An hour later, I walked out with fifteen books. Do I have room for those books? Will I read them any time soon? The answer to both questions is no. After going to Target, I impulsively decided to stop by another thrift store in town. Twenty minutes later, I walked out with a new bookshelf. Do I have room for a new bookshelf? Not really… but I made it work.
Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for today. I just have a couple of hours of work left, and then I’m out of town until Monday. How has the end of your summer been?