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Belated Obligatory New Year Post (redux)

Hello fair readers,

I never get these things up on time! Just like last year

2010 was special. It was my year of change. I moved in with my boyfriend and headed to a new neighborhood—got a new job, in a new type of library, in a field I never imagined myself specializing in–I published my very first featured article in Library Journal–I turned 28, moving just a bit further into my late twenties–co-founded the Chicago Deskset. Also my little nephew Oscar turned 1 and started to walk and talk and become a tiny little person. There have been lots of big moments.

But as usual, this has been a year of good reads, great concerts and complete loves. How could it not? Here are my favorites…

Cut Copy at Lollapalooza

I wish I could find the perfect youtube video to show you how completely in the palm of Cut Copy’s hands we were…it was just amazing. He said jump, we jumped. A lot. It was a total blast. Everyone danced. Everyone leaped around. We just fed off each other. I haven’t been to such a perfectly in sync concert with the musicians and the crowd just vibing off each other like that in years. Made Lollapalooza definitely the best concert experience of 2010.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

What can I say, other than: Go read it. Now. You can thank me later. Don’t worry that it was picked by Oprah for her book club. Who cares? Just get to a library and grab a copy of this book. Seriously….now! Stop reading this silly blog and go!

Grand Canyon National Park

Sometimes I think about how much I underestimated the power and majesty of the Grand Canyon…and then I laugh at myself. This was simply the best. We did a great deal of hiking at the canyon. I have done small hikes but this was a whole new level. It was so challenging and so incredibly rewarding in ways I never knew possible. Nothing compares to hiking on an unmaintained path, up the edge of the Grand Canyon. It changes things. Going to the Grand Canyon was a much needed reminder for me. I cannot wait to go back and discover more. Some people feel patriotic when they see an American Flag? Well this makes me feel patriotic. America the Beautiful, indeed.

There’s more. More moments and songs and books and words. 2010 was pretty good to me, looking at it overall. Funny how each year just brings more surprises. More depth. I can hardly wait.

Happy New Year, fair readers. To the days to come!

Contemplating 2009

Hello fair readers!

I hope you had a lovely New Year’s celebration!

I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and what I’ll be focusing my next year on. I’ve always found it better to make goals for myself, being the task-oriented librarian that I am.

So here it goes, Leah the Librarian’s New Year’s Resolutions are as follows:

1. Be nicer to people

I have a great tendency to be judgey and negative. I will try very hard to think of things in terms of being less negative and just nicer.  For the most part, I consider myself a fairly nice person but I surely could use some improvement in this department.

2. Start that other blog you have been talking about starting for ages.

That’s right, I have an idea for another blog.  One that will be anonymous (maybe) and more focused.  Less of a life blog and more of a blog with a purpose.  The problem is…how to advertise it when if it will be anonymous.  Something to ponder.  Also, most think of clever name!

3. Get financially organized.

Seriously…time to become an adult and learn to spend and more importantly *save* like an adult.  Less take out…more cooking.  Less frivolous spending, more frivolous saving.

Three seems like a nice, achievable number…right?  I think so too.

I hope your New Year is going splendidly thus far fair readers.  And have a lovely weekend.