Just a few quick thoughts today.
1) Forbes.com just told me that my degree is the worst choice if you’re planning to get a master’s degree. That made me laugh. Of course librarians don’t make a lot of money, but that’s okay with me. I got into this field because I like it, not because I thought it would make me rich.
2) I did indeed start thinking the beast might be nice when he took Belle to the library.
photo from libbymemoriallibrary.com
I should have had a hunch at that point that my future career would involve thousands and thousands of books.
Scott had to win me over without the benefit of a giant dream library, so he must be pretty amazing. (And I brought the starter kit for the giant dream library with me when we got married.)
Sometime in the past few years, I forgot what it’s like to work in a library. You’re constantly (or semi-constantly) helping people find books or making lists of books or sorting through new books. So if you’re someone who likes to read, it’s natural that you’ll find at least one book a day that you want to read.
Can you read a book a day? Because I can’t.
Which means that every day, my reading list gets less reasonable. In a week, I will have picked out more books than I can read in the next five years. Approximately. It also means that I can bring home books any old time. Today’s choices were an assortment of gardening books for Scott and for me.
I bet you can pick which books are for which person. Except that there’s a curveball in the stack. Outwitting Deer is for all three of us (Peanut being the third). He needs to learn how to lure the deer to our house so we can have endless venison in our freezer, even if Scott is doing well on that front by himself. Peanut could always learn some new deer luring skills.
If that isn’t enough reading for the night, the retail industry was thoughtful enough to mail us seven catalogs today. Seven! I love a good catalog, but seven seems excessive to me.
It is a helpful reminder that we’re supposed to get our shopping lists together within 24 hours of Thanksgiving OR ELSE. First come the turkey and parades and football (and thanks!). Then the mild list-induced panic. Then Christmas Eve, which is my favorite.
Well, I’m technically not employed yet. But I did get a job offer, and I’ve signed an acceptance of that offer, so it’s pretty official. I’m really excited about it. I get to dust off my library skills, and I even get to hang out with co-workers who like reading. It’s going to be good.
photo from theoutreachlibrarian.com
In addition to new co-workers and schedules and an inability to wear sweatpants every day, the new job also means it’s time for me to break out the cleaning supplies. I have three business days between now and my first day of work, and we have guests visiting this weekend, next weekend, and for Thanksgiving. We’re really really glad we get to see friends and family. I just don’t want them to fully experience the stink bug genocide on our floor. I know I keep talking about it, but who likes cleaning up stink bugs? I’ve been avoiding it.
Last but not least, we’ve returned to some fall recipe favorites from last year. You can check those out here. We had the chicken with brussels sprouts and rosemary potatoes and mustard sauce the other day. Next time, I need to make double the mustard sauce, but you live and learn. And tonight is stuffed apple night, unstuffed (recipe on the same post). Between the Italian sausage and the apples, I’m looking forward to it.
photo from Cooking Light (by John Autry)