But first, I reached 150 volunteer hours for the year during my library shift over the weekend!
I also ended up volunteering for another Early Childhood Literacy-focused session. We bundled up books and kits to go to different minority groups. What was cool was that I recognized some people from other volunteering events and from the bookstore. It’s a great community to be a part of!
I got summoned for jury duty. It may not seem exciting to some of you but I was glad to fulfill that duty as a citizen. I didn’t get to serve on any trial but I did get some reading for the CYBILS awards!
I won free tickets to watch the play production of The Santaland Diaries, based on David Sedaris’ essay of the same name. It was hilarious as to be expected, the kind of humor you sort of feel guilty laughing about!
We had our annual Friends of the Library Holiday dinner at the Board President’s house. There were some delicious food and a book exchange. And we even managed to have a Board meeting!
I read a couple of holiday books.
This beautifully illustrated picture book includes parenthetical commentary of “an old Christmas carol which proves that it is better to give than to receive.”
Cute enough picture book featuring Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s twins. The text was kind of awkward.
And, speaking of Mariah Carey, enjoy her Christmas classic, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
My friend and I got to see Tim Federle at Powell’s for his promotional tour of his latest book, Hickory Daquiri Dock. He was as clever and witty as you imagined he would be after reading his books. I wished Portland wasn’t experiencing winds of up to 60mph that evening because lots of people missed out. He’s quite a swell guy.
He also said a couple of things that stuck with me. One: “Dreams are a lot of pressure. Follow your whims, too.” Two: Writers are people who manage to get words down on the page.
I asked if he were writing some more Nate books. He said he was writing a screenplay for Better Nate than Ever. I also got to tell him I thought his upcoming picture book Tommy Can’t Stop! was a great read-aloud.
To my sister, I wish you were here to join in on the festivities.I wish you could see how all the kids have grown and how your daughters look so much like you.And you would have been an aunt again. You’re still so missed in our family. I miss having our little adventures together. And I know you’d be telling me to cut my hair because it’s so long but you’d probably have let yours grow out too because you were a kind soul. I’m making myself unnecessarily sad but my life’s so much better and full of love having had known you. Love you forever.
What are you celebrating this week?