I just can’t hide it! I know, I know, I know… and I think I like it! (Okay. I’m done. But I really think life should just break out into musical numbers now and then.)
I was sitting at home today, pondering a mysterious feeling I had. It took several minutes to put my finger on it. While I was trying to figure it out, I mentally walked through my list of things that are ALWAYS having to be done, things that stress me out because I’m never caught up on them.
Laundry. Done. What’s for dinner? BBQ sandwiches, already made. Clean the house. Done. Do the dishes. Done. Grade papers. Don’t have any. Balance checkbook, work on budget, pay bills. Done.
Wait a minute?!?! I think that feeling is… could it be?? … Boredom!?!? I reveled in it, rolled in it, embraced it, pink-puffy-hearted it. I started thinking about things I could do because I didn’t have anything that HAD to be done.
So, I went to the new library. It opened a few weeks ago (months ago?), but I, of course, haven’t had the time to go. Plus, I needed to take back a book that I found under the bed while I was cleaning. They had sent me a nice letter saying it was “categorized as lost”. I didn’t even know I still had it. Anyway, the librarian was really nice and thanked me for bringing it back and only charged me a five-dollar late fee. I told her that I had to bring it back because my Granny is a retired librarian and would have flogged me with a wet noodle on the bridge of my nose had I not.
The library is so cool. I’m a nerd, so I’ve always liked libraries, but this one is all nice and new-smelling and big with LOTS of space to just sit and read. One of the things I’m looking forward to this summer is taking Jet to the library for stuff. He’s just starting to “read” books to himself. He’ll open up his Sam and Ham book and say things like “not in the dark, not on a train, not with a goat”, etc. Too cute!
So, I wandered into the HUGE children’s section. It’s bigger than my house (which, honestly, isn’t that hard to do), with lots of adorable tables and chairs, and a stage with a puppet set-up and huge colorful murals on the walls. *sigh* That’s what I’m so excited about. I went over to the Children’s Librarian’s office, and inquired about summer programs. She laughed at me (“It’s MARCH!”) , and then told me that it would be up on the website before they had hard copies. Anyway, I still think it will be fun to take him this summer.
After that, I went to Starbucks to work on our Love and Respect study. I felt like I was playing hooky, being there at 1:30 in the afternoon. It was wonderful! I sat with my Iced Caramel Macchiato (a la Miss Congeniality) and my Ipod…
I love reading in coffee shops. It’s where Knight and I spent most of our time studying in college. Our favorite was Daybreak Coffee Roasters at 19th and Quaker. (Their website is down at this moment; hopefully not for good!) I love that they roast their own coffee — it’s one of my favorite smells. Somehow it’s relaxing and stimulating all at the same time. Maybe it’s more comforting than relaxing. My grandparents or my aunt always buy us a pound or two of our favorite coffee for Christmas.
In searching for a website for my favorite coffee shop, I ran across this guy who seems to be entirely too full of himself to be living in Lubbock, TX. If you’ve never lived in Lubbock, you won’t understand. If you have, then… you do. (?) Don’t get me wrong; I loved living in Lubbock while I was there. The thing I loved most about it, though, is that it’s pretty laid back. It’s a college town, pretty easy-going, and you can get from anywhere to anywhere in less than 15 minutes. So that guy just doesn’t seem to fit in, if you ask me.
Anyway, I spent about an hour at Starbucks having some “me” time, and it was lovely. And I can’t wait to take Jet to summer library progams.