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, we’d be lounging in the sunshine with our drinks of choice. I’d be in a light flannel and we’d be watching the crusty piles of snow turn slowly to puddles. We’re in a remarkably warm stretch of weather–unusual for Minnesota this time of year.
Good weather like this reminds me of a scene in the film Lars and the Real Girl. After going bowling, Lars and Margo linger outside chatting about the weather like good Midwesterners. Lars comments that it’s been warm lately and spring is on the way. Margo replies, “It’s just a thaw. Spring doesn’t come until Easter.”
So, while the sunshine and warmth is amazing, I’m not getting my hopes up. It’s just a thaw. We’ll probably have a new foot of snow by next week. Continue reading →
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 →
She was working late on Christmas Eve and again all day on Christmas Day. It was the third year that she had no family to keep her away from work and so she had volunteered to take the shifts that no one wanted so that others could be with their families. She considered it a gift to both her co-workers and herself. Her co-workers could stay home and celebrate their traditions with their families. She could spend the time at work and be distracted from the fact that she had nowhere else to be.
In previous years, she would not have missed family Christmas. She would not have given up the spirit of family being together, laughing and loving, even teasing and rolling their eyes at the words coming from the black sheep. She loved being with everyone else, in a house too full for stretching out one’s elbows but full enough to lock the warmth, both outer and inner, inside each person.
Christmas Eve wasn’t bad. A lot of people came into the coffee shop to relax after getting the last of their errands finished. Feeling accomplished, they would sit and enjoy that venti hot drink before moving on. There were smiles and holiday wishes. Other people would pop in to get that last minute Christmas gift that they had forgotten, or the one they would have on hand in case they needed one more gift. She sold a lot of gift cards that night and by closing time, she had all but forgotten that she was closing up alone and that she’d go back to her empty house to put on Christmas carols and have a cup of hot chocolate so she could sleep well and pop back into work at seven o’clock the next morning. It would be busy even though it was a holiday. She wouldn’t let her mind wander to the past. That was all over. Continue reading →
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 →
If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting in my house looking out at the sunlit world groggily making conversation. I’ve been extremely lazy and apathetic this week, so most of the things on my To-Do list have gone undone. In fact, I almost didn’t join the coffee share this week out of pure laziness. But I made it and am glad to see you.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you all about the wedding I went to this weekend! I’ve known the bride for four years. We met when I stayed at her house while on day camp assignment during my first year as a camp counselor. While there, I learned that she was going to be a freshman at my college. A month later, my roommate and I started a Bible study and I invited her to come. She did and, over the next few years, we became friends. We even co-lead the group during my final year of school. Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting on a blanket in the grass soaking in the sunshine. Even though it’s August now, it’s not unbearably hot and I am loving it. The air is fresh, the sky is blue, and the company is good! What is better?
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I GOT A JOB! The hunt has ended and my first foray into post-college employment is beginning. Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, I’d say we better make this fast. I just got my copy of Harry Potter and the Curse Child and will consider my day wasted if I don’t spend the rest of it reading. (It’s not that I don’t want to spend time with you… It’s just… Harry Potter…)
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my week started off pretty bad–as described in my Emergency Dance Party post. Long story short, I got poison ivy so bad that my entire legs were covered in panful blisters and then got icky sick one night. It was rough. Continue reading →
If we were having coffee, we’d be out on the back deck soaking in the sunshine. Although Northern Minnesota has been hit with enormous rainfalls over the past week resulting in record flooding, we’ve managed to evade all the severe weather.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I turned down a job this week. After multiple interviews, a site visit, and several weeks of intense thought, I decided that being an Assistant Manager at a resort just wasn’t the right route for me. There were so many factors against it personally and professionally. When it came down to it, I just wasn’t willing to make a two year commitment to a job that wouldn’t pay enough to save for grad school in an area with little to no housing options. I think I’ve made the right decision. Continue reading →