According to the Admin stats here at WordPress, it’s been 2 years since I’ve posted on my blog. Whoa! The last time I planned to write here, Adele’s song Hello was playing everywhere, all the time. And I decided that would be my intro back to blog-land. I just didn’t think it would take me so long!
Life is marching along, and I still believe this is the prime time of my life. And I still have the menopot — but it’s shrinking! — so no need to rename this blog. Youngest has gone off to college and mama-san has gone back to work part-time at the most perfect job I could ever have hoped to find. And the best part? My life experiences are what made this job such a great fit. I am now the director of the small community library at our shore town. I get to order the books, create and develop special programs, and promote the library. And it’s the ideal combination of being with people/being on my own for this introvert.
The challenges? Living between 2 houses (yes, a VERY upscale “problem”) means more opportunity for misplacing things. Like shoes and clothing. And bills. (Do NOT mention this to my husband; he knows enough already.) I am just finishing my first year back at work, and for the first 6 months I was just so doggone happy all the time I couldn’t pay attention to some of the other, minute details. Like bills. And cooking. Then youngest went off to college and I loved the freedom of solely thinking about my job; until I missed him and worried about him. There were a lot of ups and downs for a few months. And who the heck cared about bills? (Don’t tell my husband.)
But by now it seems we have all settled in. I’m a tad bit more organized and the work we were having done at our shore house is about finished. With great glee, I pulled the sticky saran wrap off my stairs yesterday! Still some work to be done but the messy work is completed and I just couldn’t stand that stuff on the stairs any longer. Yes, I know; the next time the workers are here will either be muddy or snowy. Don’t care.
I still have challenges, particularly in remembering names. I have NEVER been good at that, but am trying REALLY hard these days, and doing better with it that I expected. Our library is small and charming with a loyal group of patrons. (If ANYONE can think of a different word than patron, PLEASE let me know in the comment section. I am not a fan of patron. But I dislike “guest” even more. Don’t suggest that one.) There are 3 men who visit regularly, two named Jim and one named John. Poor John. I almost always say brightly Hi Jim/John! Or, on a good day, Hi Ji-John! Maybe he thinks I stutter? I have also perfected my repertoire of noncommittal greetings: Hey there! Good MORNING! How are YOU? Welcome! So nice to see you! Ah, coping mechanisms. Love ’em.
My hope is to write regularly again. I follow a few blogs and none of us have been writing in a while. Thank you to my cousin Barb who just started up again and spurred me on to do the same. Hi Barb! And happy pre-spring everyone.