Weekend Coffee Share: 1/14/17

If we were having coffee, I wouldn’t be that chatty at first.  Even though it’s 10 AM as I write this, I’m still in my early-morning haze.  Since it’s January, it’s been terribly cold and snowy in Minnesota, which is perfect sleeping weather.  I hate being parted from my warm blankets… even if it means getting coffee with you.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve joined in the coffee share.  I’ve missed you all!

Life has been pretty slow over the past few weeks.  Aside from work, I haven’t had many places to go or things to do.  The holidays were so busy that I’ve been thankful for the lull.

At work, I’ve been making an effort to plan ahead.  Learning to be a librarian involves so much more than checking books in and out.  One of my goals is to start reaching out and creating community partnerships–starting with making a list of organizations and businesses to promote events at.  In addition, I’m working on being more organized and planning ahead.  The holidays snuck up on me and, aside from a few decorations, I really didn’t do anything special for my patrons.  I don’t want that to happen again!  I’ve already outlined activities and displays for next month and hope to continue the trend.

This weekend, I’m going to the cities to hang out with a friend from college.  We’re going to see La La Land (which I’ve already seen, but adored so much that I need a second round) and get dinner afterwards.  We’ve been tossing around going on a trip together this spring and will hopefully start making plans.

The rest of my weekend is likely to be spent indoors enjoying all the DVDs and graphic novels I’ve checked out from the library.  I also hope to do some writing for my blog.  I’ve got an idea for a new series that I hope to get going.  Stay tuned for more information on that in the future.

How has your week been?  Anything interesting going on in your life?  What would you share over coffee?

This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster

 

Weekend Coffee Share 12/17/16

If we were having coffee, we’d be meeting in the library.  To be specific, you’d be leaning against the “check-out” area of the circulation desk holding a mug and I’d be perched on a desk chair on the other side.  Yes, I’m at work.  Saturdays are pretty quiet and we just got another big snow last night (more on that later), so we should be able to have a good chat.

It’s been a long week.  Although the daily door counter tells me otherwise, work has felt extremely slow and it’s been exhausting.  I have a lot on my plate right now that needs to get done outside of work, but when I finally get home, I practically collapse on my bed and go to right to sleep. Continue reading

Weekend Coffee Share: 12/11/16

If we were having coffee, we’d be bundled up in sweaters watching the snow globe that is the outside world.  Winter has been coming to us in spurts.  It snows, then melts.  Snows, then melts.  But I think it’s here to stay.  The temperatures have begun to drop and, as I write, we have five fresh inches of white fluff on the ground.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away.  I feel like I haven’t gotten into the seasonal cheer at all.  We only just got our tree yesterday and have yet to decorate it.  Hopefully, we will get to it this weekend.

It’s been a good week–life continues as usual at the library.  On Thursday, I had an all-day meeting with all the librarians from my region.  Our bosses gave us training, updates, and policy reminders.  For lunch, we had a Christmas potluck.  The apple pie I baked was a hit!  As for books, it was a GREAT week.  A stack of highly anticipated holds came in and I’ve been just waiting for the weekend to come so I could sink my teeth into them. Continue reading

Weekend Coffee Share 12/4/16

If we were having coffee, we’d ACTUALLY be having coffee because I’m in a coffee shop right now!  I’m in my local roasterie  with sipping on a mocha listening to the owner tell people across the room about how he and my dad sometimes go out for drinks at a certain bar.  I made small talk with the barista about the orchestra concert she saw earlier this week.  I love small towns!  Now, I’m typing away at my laptop happily chatting with you.

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Here’s a shot of our yard this morning–stolen off my mom’s Facebook page.

We got a few inches of snow this morning!  My parents are heading to a fruit-growers conference in Michigan
for the week and I feel bad that they have to travel on icky roads.

It seems to be wedding season in my part of the world.  I’ve been at weddings for back-to-back weekends, which is partially why I’ve missed the last few coffee shares.

Last weekend, one of my cousins got married in the suburbs of Chicago.  We had all our extended family over for Thanksgiving and then carpooled out there on Black Friday.  I rode with my aunt.  We stopped in Madison, Wisconsin to go to an independent bookstore and had lunch at a Nepali restaurant.  Neither of us had ever eaten food from Nepal before and it was delicious!

The wedding ceremony itself was beautiful.  It took place in a church and the reception was at a fancy country club in a gated community.  I hadn’t seen anyone from that side of the family since last Christmas and it was wonderful catching up with everyone amid the busyness.

This weekend’s wedding was much closer to home and for one of the girls I grew up with in church.  It took place at a local day camp and fit the couple perfectly.  They’re outdoorsy types and fell in love while hiking, climbing, and canoeing across the state of Minnesota.  It made perfect sense to get married in a lodge with hardwood floors before a blazing fire.  I had a wonderful time catching up with childhood friends I’ve known since I was in diapers.  It’s such a joy to have those kind of friendships and I loved seeing everyone again.  Most of them are married now, some with kids, and it was really fun meeting their husbands and cooing over their babies.

On another note, I’m going to be launching my third annual holiday series on my blog in a few weeks.  It’s called Tis the Season and I’m looking for guest bloggers–if you’re interested in learning more and possibly contributing, check out the post in this link.

It’s now time to turn things over to you.  How has your week been?  What would you share over coffee?

This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster

 

Weekend Coffee Share: Instant Winter

If we were having coffee, I’d be smiling sleepily at you while clutching a steaming cup of tea.  My hair would be messy because it’s winter hat season and you’d be casting jealous glances at my snuggly-soft Harry Potter spells sweatshirt (courtesy of Etsy).

We’ve been enjoying an uncommonly beautiful November–weeks of sunshine and light jackets.  Well… it was fun while it lasted. Continue reading

Weekend Coffee Share: Let’s Catch Up

If we were having coffee, I’d begin by telling you how much I’ve missed you.  The past couple of weeks have been busy and and blogging has been the last thing on my mind.  For the past few days, I my body has been fighting off a cold.  I’ve been storing away post ideas, but haven’t had the energy to write them yet.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I got to see a fantastic production of Sense & Sensibility at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis a few weeks ago.  Although I’ve read all her works multiple times, seen all the adaptations, and even visited Jane Austen’s house in England, S&S is the only one of her works that I had the opportunity to actually study while in college.  Because of what I gleaned in class, Elinor Dashwood has become one of my favorite Austen heroines. Continue reading

Weekend Coffee Share: Fall Colors and Full Houses

If we were having coffee, I’d comment first on the weather.  It was a beautiful week!  Sunshine, morning fog, crisp Autumn air… it doesn’t get much better than this.  I live for this time of year.  Summer is too hot, winter too long, but fall?  The best.

Inspired by the weather, I was able to get outside for some early morning walks.  Inspired by the foliage, I pieced together this video.  I’m no professional when it comes to videography, but I sure do enjoy experimenting.  It’s amazing what you can do with an iPhone!

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Weekend Coffee Share: Fall is in Full Swing

If we were having coffee, we’d be wrapped up in sweaters and scarves wandering through the woods with no clear destination.  We’d look up into the golden and red leaves and let out a long, contented sigh.  Fall is at it’s most beautiful point here in Minnesota and I am loving every minute of it.

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Walking in our woods last weekend

If we were having coffee, I’d apologize for being absent from the blogosphere.  Today is my first full day off in three weeks–although I may have to go over and help give staff lunch breaks if the orchard is busy.  Between working full time at the library and helping out at the family apple farm, free time has been sparse.  When I DO have time to relax, the last thing on my mind has been writing.  Which is okay.  I miss you all, but sometimes you just need to step away from things if you don’t have the energy.  I’m hoping to give blogging more attention when things settle down–and this includes finally updating my WordPress account to premium, getting my own domain, and customizing my site. Continue reading

Weekend Coffee Share: Overstimulation Hits

If we were having coffee, we’d be taking it to-go because the weather has been far too beautiful to spend the day cooped up in a coffee shop.  We’d be strolling on a path through the woods, going out of our way as we talked to step on particularly crunchy leaves.  The fall colors are turning and we’d be lost in a sea of red and orange and gold.  Isn’t it crazy how fast this fall is going by?  It’s already October!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been seriously overstimulated the past few days.  I think part of the problem is that I’ve been spending too much time in fantasy worlds.  On work days, I spend two hours in the car listening to audiobooks.  At home, I either read or watch TV.  Because I work in a library, I’m constantly figuring out what world to enter next.  (It’s gotten to the point where I have at least one book coming via interlibrary delivery every week for the next three months.) Continue reading

Weekend Coffee Share: Late Night Live Music & Early Mornings at the Library

If we were having coffee, we would most likely be in a car cruising down the interstate clutching cardboard Starbucks to-go cups.  I’d be tired and not super coherent–not that it matters due to the fact that the music would be blasting.  (Why I’m in this state will become clear later in the post.)

It’s been a busy week.  Well, the first of what will be many busy weeks.  When I’m not working my day job, I’m helping out at my family’s apple orchard.  We’re on the verge of peak apple season, which means that crowds are coming and no one in the house gets any rest.  I don’t have a single day off in the next month.  I’ve managed to squeeze in fun activities with friends here and there, which doesn’t do much for my overall energy levels, but completely worth it. Continue reading