If we were having coffee, we’d be meeting at my local coffee shop once again. Because summer is finally here, I’d be sipping an iced vanilla latte on the back deck, basking in the morning sun. What would you be having?
It is so good to be back with you all again! I just returned from a vacation out west and, while hiking in the mountains was a great adventure, I missed these weekly chats. What have you all been up to?
It’s crazy that summer is finally here! Spring is slow to come here in Minnesota, but summer appears in the blink of an eye. One day, you’re wearing light sweaters complaining about too much rain and, the next, it’s eighty degrees.
With the sunny weather and kids being out of school, the library is busy this time of year. Our annual Summer Reading Program is up and running. We had a kids musician come for our opening program this week, which was really fun. Next week, I’m launching Lego Club, summer preschool story time, and having the local princess candidates in to read to the kids. I’ve been in post-vacation catch-up mode all week, running around like a crazy person, but it’s good to be back. Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, we’d be bundled up in sweaters with our mugs clutched closely to our chests. It’s been rainy and cold this week–good for reading and sleeping, bad for all the farmers who have work to be done. I had picked out a colorful spring outfit to wear to work this morning, but the moment I stepped out of bed my body was like, “NOPE.” So it’s back to cozy sweaters.
I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me.
This afternoon, I’ll be getting coffee with a dear friend who recently returned from three months in England. She stayed at the same ministry, L’Abri, that I did a year ago. I’m excited to hear about her experience and gush about how much we miss it. Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting on a blanket in the sun. Spring is finally in full swing here in Minnesota and I am loving every moment! I’d be sipping my usual mocha–what would you be having?
May is quickly slipping away… I can’t believe the month is half done already!
Today is Mother’s Day! My parents have been away for most of the weekend enjoying fishing opener at a friend’s cabin up north. They’ll be coming home later this morning. My siblings are home for the weekend and we’ll be enjoying a nice brunch. It’s not often that we’re all together. With vacations, work, one brother doing an internship in North Carolina for the summer, we probably won’t be together for a while.
My family’s apple orchard is in full bloom! We’ll be opening it to the public for a special Mother’s Day walk later this afternoon. I hope lots of people come–it’s one of the prettiest times of the year.
It’s been a pretty quiet week. I had shopping plans with a friend yesterday, but she cancelled, so I decided to go alone. I spent WAY too much money… but really needed a new dress for all the weddings I’m attending this summer.
At work, I’ve been busy getting ready for our Summer Reading Program. I’ll be away on vacation when the program officially starts, so I’m getting the pieces together. While I know it’s going to be a busy summer with kids coming in, I’m excited for all the fun programs. I’m doing preschool storytime, a marshmallow engineering event, a stuffed animal sleepover, and am starting a Lego Club.
Aside from family time, I plan to spend the rest of my weekend soaking in the sunshine. I’ll be mowing the lawn this afternoon and will hopefully go for a hike tomorrow (I don’t work on Mondays).
That’s all I’ve got today… what have you been up to this week? Do you have any Mother’s Day plans? What would you share over coffee?
If we were having coffee, we’d be in my local coffee shop again, which has become a bit of a refuge for me on Sundays. I’d be wrapped in a cozy sweater sipping my usual mocha and smiling sleepily at you.
How am I doing? At the moment, I’m really tired and in a bit of pain… I’m recovering from yesterday’s adventures.
Short version: I got up at 6:30 AM, went to work, hiked 7.5 miles, went white water rafting, and got home at 11:30 PM. It was an absolute blast, but my body is definitely in recovery.
Long version: You see, a friend invited me to go white water rafting yesterday evening. The location is two hours away and the town I work in is right in the middle of that route. It didn’t make sense to drive an hour home only to drive two hours again, so I spent my afternoon at a state park. The park was beautiful–featuring a river with roaring rapids and endless woods where spring has only just begun to visit. Stupidly, I decided to take the longest hike possible. Three miles in, I realized I had bitten off more than I could chew, but it was too late to go back… so I powered through. Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, you would find me curled up in a cozy sweatshirt staring absentmindedly out the window. The weather is dreary and wet–perfect for staying indoors. (Of course… this picture is a wishful fantasy. In reality, I got up before dawn to go to work.)
I’ve been away from the coffee share for a while again… it’s been a busy month! Thankfully, things will be setting down a bit soon.
It’s Easter this weekend and I do not feel at all prepared. Because it’s so late, the holiday really snuck up on me this year. I feel bad, because Easter is the most important Christian holiday of the year, and I haven’t been paying attention. My brothers are home for the weekend and my parents are getting home from their road trip at some point. We all plan on going to church together tomorrow… but that’s the extent of our celebrations. Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, we’d be at the Caribou Coffee by Target on the edge of the Minneapolis suburbs–you know the one? You’d take a seat opposite me and I’d scramble to make room for you. You see, my laptop and lunch are taking up the whole table. I’d offer to share my cucumbers and carrots while messily trying to keep my chicken caesar wrap from falling to bits.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve joined in the coffee share. How have you been lately? I’ve missed you. I’ve been suffering from writer’s block and even the thought of drafting a casual post was was enough to send me scrambling away from my computer. But I’m back! Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting at a table by the window in the sun, basking in it’s warmth like cats. I’d be drinking my usual mocha–what would you have?
It’s been a really weirdly paced week. I didn’t work have to be at work on Monday and Tuesday, then was offsite all day Wednesday. It feels strange for the weekend to be here already, but I’m not complaining.
This afternoon, I’m going shopping with a college friend. We’ll be visiting thrift stores to see what kind of bargains are to be found. While I’ll certainly see if I can find any nice clothes, I’m mostly looking forward to seeing what books are out there. Yes, I work at a library and can get everything free. Yes, I just bought a bunch of secondhand books on Amazon. Yes, I own more books than my shelves can handle. But still… more books please!
On Wednesday, I got to be part of the Minnesota Library Association’s annual lobby day at the Minnesota State Capitol. With a group from work, I spent the day meeting with legislators in St. Paul about library funding. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do much talking–my bosses handled that part. By the end of the day, after hearing the speech six times, I could summarize our legislative platform to the point of sounding really, really smart.
If we were having coffee, I would start out by sharing my big news:
I GOT INTO GRAD SCHOOL!!!
My acceptance letter came via email on Tuesday. This means that, next fall, I’ll be pursuing my Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Thankfully, I opted for the online option and I can continue working as a small-town librarian. If all goes according to plan, the program will take two years to complete.
I’m really looking forward to getting my next degree. It feels weird getting a Masters for a job that I already have… but I know that it will equip me in so many ways for my career ahead. I have never taken online classes before, but I’m a self-motivated learner, so don’t anticipate it being too much of a problem. The thing I dread most is that I won’t have time to read for fun anymore! Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, we’d be meeting in an actual coffee shop for once. Between meeting friends and getting out of the house to write, I’ve been spending a lot of time in coffee shops. I’d be sipping a mocha–what would you be having?
Things in Amelia-land have been going well. Over the past month, I’ve been reconnecting with friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, which has been wonderful.
I submitted my application for graduate school a couple of weeks ago! Tracking down transcripts was a huge headache and I’m thankful to be done. I’m not sure when I find out if I get accepted, but am just happy to have it off my mind for now. Continue reading →
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?