We’ve been in our new house for a week an a half now. Our life is mostly out of its boxes, but nothing is really quite settled in its proper place. I’m not sure if I’ll feel like things are settled here for a few weeks yet. It will take scrubbing out a few more… Continue reading A Little House Tour
Today, at their final play date, one of Isabel’s best friends squeezed her so tight in a bear hug as we were packing up to leave that she made Isabel cry. At 2, Isabel doesn’t understand the ferocity behind her 7-year-old friend’s hug. She doesn’t understand that they won’t be right across the street anymore.… Continue reading The Emotional Cost of Starting Over
A short announcement, because life is busy but I keep thinking I might want to become serious about this blog again one day and I don’t want to be catching you all up on everything forever. This Dusty House is moving! And I don’t just mean domain names. I mean, I’m sitting in a disaster… Continue reading We’re moving!
Today, I graduated. Today, I can officially call myself a librarian. It’s been a long two years, full of ups and plenty of downs. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. But at the same time, walking up onto that stage today felt a little bit unsettling. Dressed in black regalia, a bright pink and blue… Continue reading A Long Two Years: Graduation!
Yesterday, I submitted one of my final papers for one of my last classes. The end of my masters is so close – a mere week away. I can’t help but admit I’m a little nervous about the next stage of my life. There’s no job waiting for me, not yet. There may not be… Continue reading A Little Update and Some Big News
It’s been a while since I’ve read a whole book in a day. Growing up, it was a fairly frequent occurrence, but since adulthood, reading takes longer. I don’t have the time I used to, I guess. Studying literature in university distanced me from the act of reading for pleasure, and I sometimes wonder if… Continue reading This Dusty Bookshelf: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
So many of my peers cite Tamora Pierce as one of the foundational authors of their youth. I can’t blame them. Pierce writes strong female characters stepping boldly off the path patriarchy has laid out for them. Her books have helped girls see themselves and their role in the world in a whole new way.… Continue reading This Dusty Bookshelf: Trickster’s Choice
It’s been a while since I’ve written a proper book review. In fact, the last one I wrote was full two years ago. I miss writing book reviews. They help me reflect on a book I’ve just read, to think about it critically and allow it to settle into my mind a little more fully.… Continue reading This Dusty Bookshelf: Where The Mountain Meets The Moon
At the beginning of school year back in September, I gave myself permission to read. On one hand, I was disappointed with the number of books I had read – a measly 6 at the end of the summer. I missed reading for pleasure so much. On the other hand, I’m in library school; while… Continue reading A Personal Reading Goal for 2016
Another year gone. I have little to say about 2015 and yet I feel like I may be missing a little retrospective in my life, that maybe looking back and reminding myself what happened this year might somehow be a good idea. The past year has felt like a limbo year, a half-assed year, a… Continue reading Happy New Year