Lord, it’s been busy. I haven’t even finished uploading my vacation pictures yet, because there are just SO MANY of them to go through. Plus, that task got pushed to the back burner because when I got back to New York I had to deal with so many other things …
I had to get my new glasses and sunglasses, which set me back over $2000. Yes, my frames are stylish, and yes, I discovered that when you get frames from Tiffany’s they come with so much robins-egg-blue STUFF that you can show the whole world just how fancy you are:
But even though my frames are fancy, it’s the lenses themselves that really set me back. This explains why I can’t afford to get new glasses as often as I probably should. But damn, I’ll look good on my way to the poorhouse!
My website problems that were plaguing me for over six months are now finally RESOLVED. The latest (and clearly the greatest) tech guy finally found the last of the malicious code that had been screwing up my website. The poisonous stuff that had been hiding in my files was written in Arabic, so between that and the mysterious traffic that had been coming my way from Russian websites, it seems that I was taken out by an international conspiracy. So the good news is that my website is back up and running again! The bad news is that I now have to jump-start myself and get back into the habit of creating new content every week. Oof. I feel like I need an oil can for my brain, because damn, I feel rusty!
Work has been work, and over the last two weeks since I’ve been back I’ve had to deal with most of our heavy hitters in the problem patron department. The cat lady has been in with her cats that she’s not supposed to bring into the library, and Crazy Ms. H. with her endless DVD holds, and the Evil Weatherman has been ESPECIALLY evil, and on and on. It’s like the bus from Crazytown was circling the block and waiting for me to get back from vacation so it could drop everybody off at our doorstep. Then again, I also believe that ice cream trucks lie in wait for me just so that they can play their annoying jingles when I walk by. So you might want to take my paranoid theories with a grain of salt.
We’re working on a library-related project that set me going back through my 2014 and 2015 photo archives to track down pictures. That led to an evening of deep melancholy as I sat at my computer scrolling through pictures of Logan (my late great cat), my mother’s memorial service, and all the weird stuff I found in my mother’s apartment.
I’m also getting ready for class visit season, because outreach is great! And we need to strengthen our alliances! And boost our stats! Woo-Hoo! Well, most of the time as a young adult librarian, my outreach consists of picking 10 books that I can booktalk backwards and forwards, packing those in my rolling suitcase along with a boatload of handouts, and telling all my classes about those ten books over the course of several days or several weeks. Well, because of an emergency situation at my biggest local school, I just learned that their library is being used as emergency classrooms so I can’t conduct my class visits there. Instead they want to bring their classes to visit my library. That will be great for my circulation statistics, but it’s much more labor-intensive for me and for my staff, and it also means ordering multiple copies of books in advance and cramming WAY more booktalks into my head since I have to be prepared to talk about new books with every class. So this is gonna be exhausting. I mean, the good kind of exhausting, but STILL …
Okay, there’s other stuff going on, too, but that’s the stuff that’s sticking out of my brain right now. I promise that I’ll share more updates when I have time, more photos when I have time, and more thoughts when I have time.