Friday, July 8, 2016

love love

Just found this draft of a blog that I typed up back in February. I was going to delete it, but even just reading the damn thing made me school girl happy and blushy, so thought I would share it. I hope this slice of cheese brings a smile to your face, or makes you believe in love again, or whatever. 

Valentines Day officially ended nearly a half an hour ago, and yet I can't stop thinking about how different this year was; how completely, ridiculously happy-in-love I am.

ChicagoBoy and I have been on a trajectory that is harder to navigate than a damn star chart, even my closest friends have a hard time remembering the whens and the for how-longs of this complicated thing. But the last few months have been nothing but awesome, lots of firsts, and lots of growing and sharing and blah blah blah...until this: we're officially a couple. Like we've been for 3+ years, but "official" in public ways that seem to matter to everyone but us. And yet, when you share this magic with others, this thing that has always been your wonderful secret that you've nurtured and cherished, something amazing happens: more love pours forth. Friends say amazing things like, "I hope he's as awesome as you are, because you deserve this," or just say that they're so happy for you. And these small, simple words make your heart swell even bigger, and your doe eyes grow a little larger, and your whole you feels like this rock star who's going to take on the world and make it better, and kick ass at work, and be nicer to your Mom, all because you are happy, because you are loved, and you've shared it with the whole world--or at least your social media friends, which is pretty much your whole world.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Library Love

If you need to be reminded why you became a Librarian, or why libraries are amazing places, and still so relevant in the 21st century, watch this and be inspired. 

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”
--Shel Silverstein

Friday, June 17, 2016

on failure

I read an interview with Kevin Costner when I was something like 15 years old, and still think about his quote, which I paraphrase here, "People in America are so afraid of failure that they don't even try."
I took this quote to heart because I was afraid of so many things at 15, and as many others are, I was so scared of missing out on the rest of my life. I've reminded myself of this quote as I've gone snorkeling--I'm scared of the ocean; as I applied for jobs I felt were outside of my reach--they were, and I didn't get the jobs, but I got the interview and the experience; as I took on the role as Library Director with minimal experience; as I opened my heart and trusted ChicagoBoy.

Each day is rife with opportunities for our own personal greatness, not by achieving at everything we seek out to do, but rather for being brave enough to try.

I loved this video so much. Thanks, J.K. Rowling. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

coulda would shoulda

I used to love to write here. But then I just didn't anymore. Maybe for a variety of reasons, including:
  • I don't want to talk about work outside of work
  • Work is insane
  • We've begun a building project, which just thinking of it make my blood pressure go up, so why write about it!?

I am still alive and kicking, and working in Sticks, but I am beginning to count down on my time here. Once the building project is done (in a year+!!) I am planning on moving to Chicago to be with ChicagoBoy. Nearly 3 years together, the last 7 months some of the best of my life, and excited to be planning our future! And no, no damn engagement ring yet, please don't ask. My friends do. ALL. THE. TIME. We're getting there.

I will try and write more about this building journey. Or my life journey. Or whatever.
Hope you, dear readers--are there any left out there?--are well.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

making infographics

Wanted to make a "What we did in 2015," infographic for work, and after a Google search found this helpful article, "10 Free Tools for Creating Infographics,"

I used and was pretty happy, with both the ease of creating the infographic, and the end project.

Good luck!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

that elusive thing

Every time we try to identify God, we are sure to identify what he is — what she is certainly not. And the genius of God to dwell where we would least likely look, within the depths of our own being, our own shallowness, our own darkness, our own humanity.
--Martin Sheen

My friend Pamerama was kind enough to share this great, On Being, podcast interview of Martin Sheen. I chose to read the podcast interview transcript instead, to I might better process Sheen's statements.

I too am Catholic, but you don't need to be to enjoy. Sheen examines his return journey to faith and spirituality, and it's just wonderful.

A great read before New Years revelry.

Happiest New Years' Eve to you and yours! Be safe, be merry, be young tonight!