Leap and the net will appear, right? I am happy to share the excellent news that I have accepted a new job as Public Affairs Officer with Hennepin County Government. I’m going to be doing Community Management work; so if you feel like seeing what’s next for me, you’ll want to click like on that page or follow @hennepin on twitter. I’m starting in February after 10 years at the library which is bittersweet. I’ll miss my wonderful colleagues and friends. You know what they say, you can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the girl!
For the past few years, I’ve been declaring a theme or word to give shape to the new year. 2009 was love, 2010 was health and 2011 family. 2012 is balance. Kevin recently wrote about the topic on My Sweetest Find. Tiny Buddha (my very favorite blog) also speaks to this topic in 5 Ways to Find Your Balance. How to get started? An absolute beginner yoga class with my dear Jonna at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis! This also lines up with my ideas and thoughts on pilgrimage (see previous post).
I’ve been mulling over ideas lately about pilgrims and pilgrimages. I’ve made pilgrimages in my life to see family in Holland, football games in Green Bay, and the four major Basilicas of Rome. According to that source of sources, wikipedia, “A pilgrimage is a journey or search of great moral or spiritual significance.” Recently, Kevin and I were handed last minute tickets to see “The Way,” a film about the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James. A pilgrimage from France through (across) Spain, I long to drop everything and spend two months walking the path to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. I think the biggest appeal is the idea that I could somehow shed my responsibilities and the complexities of life to try something so centering.
Alas, I have a beautiful husband, a career, bills and my quest to start a family to consider. So now I am considering how one may take on a pilgrimage or journey without leaving home. If, in the end, the changes I wish to make are about inward peace, perhaps I don’t need to be in another country. Maybe like Alice or Dorothy, I can travel in my mind.
I worked at the Eden Prairie Library today. I “officed” there. I saw a fellow flickrite and friend who works there. I shared how much I love seeing photos of her daughter online. She shows such a beautiful vision of parenthood. She told me she liked my photostream as well, but that it often left her curious. It’s true- my photos are eclectic. I use Flickr as a journal. It is my record of what is happening in my life…
On Friday night, I had good friends over for dinner. I my haste to pull some roasted veggies out of the oven, I touched the top rack. It was 500 degrees. I took a photo of the burn to document it. Of course I also took photos of our good friends and their adorable son.
My hand will heal. Our little friend Tom will grow. It’s all memories.
I had a lovely birthday with lots of favorites- Facebook messages, French Meadow, Paper Source, Finn Style, and dinner and games with the Putnams.
Love and blessings… when Kevin and I were in Rome in January of 2010 we made a list. I was blue about heading back to regular life, and he helped me make “Meg’s Love and Blessings” on a page of his omnipresent Moleskine. We’re on our 3rd version, so here is my current list. (I carry these in my wallet so I can look at them whenever I need a reminder.)
This is the only list Kevin appears on twice Here’s my challenge to you- what is on your love and blessings list? Make one for yourself or your family.
I am working on work. Thinking about coworking and my role in the coworking space. It is filled with smart people and good ideas. See more here. Usual birthday post coming soon. <3, Meg
Spring did not go as planned. We had snow all the way into April in Minneapolis, then more recently, tornados. My dad passed away (and even with all we’ve been through I am still really shocked by this). I missed the PLA Spring Symposium. This past week my job was moved to another department and I am still unsure of the ramifications. We aren’t pregnant yet. It is enough to give a girl heartburn.
Summer is coming and with it some real promise. Kevin and I are headed for New Orleans to see some ALA and take in some jazz. And I am working on the schedule for my mid-week sabbatical project. It’s a new season and with it I intend to see some sunshine. Wondering about that project. There’s more to post, a lot more.
More soon, Meg
I lost my dad this week after a long illness. The same day I was set to host the PLA Virtual Spring Symposium. Apologies to ALA-PLA. I wrote an obituary.
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