If we were having coffee, we’d likely be sitting outside on picnic tables overlooking my family’s apple orchard. Please excuse my cat, Pip, who has no concept of personal boundaries. He has most likely climbed on your lap and is demanding snuggles. While you pet him, we look over the orchard to the St. Croix River valley in the distance. Isn’t the view great?
At the moment, I’m enjoying a few days of calm before the craziness that is fall hits. The library was absolutely dead this week, which (while boring) was a nice break. My patrons are all getting ready for school, going on last minute vacations, and harvesting their gardens.
This week, I DID get to go to the Minnesota State Fair for work! It was Read & Ride Day, put on by the library system in the Twin Cities area. Fairgoers could get discounted admission with their library cards. As a worker, I got in for free! My shift was three hours long and I ran the game Plinko. My coworker for the day and I were given a massive amount of prizes (color changing cups, temporary tattoos, pens, bags, flashlights, etc.) and told that they needed to all be gone by five. So we were VERY generous to all who played our game. “Everyone’s a winner at the library!” we told everyone who stopped by. It was a lot of fun! After my shift, I spent the rest of the day wandering around the fair with library colleagues from my own system, who had worked earlier in the day.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I start graduate school this week! I’m pursuing my Masters in Library and Information Science through the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. I’m kind of nervous about being back in academia and balancing school and work. It really helps that everything is online and I can fit it in with my schedule. I think I’ll be fine… I’ve always been a bit of a Hermione Granger when it comes to school and started reading one of my textbooks already.
My family’s apple orchard is open for the season! My parents and brother worked really hard to get everything together. Dad has been overseeing the harvest and getting the outside presentable. Mom organized the store and is training all our new seasonal employees. I’ll be helping out on Sundays this fall during the peak of our season, but with grad school and having my own job, my involvement will be fairly minimal.
That’s enough chit chat from me. How are you spending your last weekend of the summer? Anything exciting going on this fall? What would you share over coffee?
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