A Retirement Party

One of the things I loved most (and there were a lot of things to love!) about working at a public library during high school was having so many amazing people as co-workers. Sadly, I’ve been away from them for two years now, but I do my best to drop by and shelve some books every so often when I’m in town. I always look forward to visiting, and catching up with my librarian friends there!

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This past weekend, I had the honor of being able to help with & attend a retirement party for a friend from the library. We have a long history together, since she ran story time at the library when was a little pipsqueak. She has passed on a love of books to so many children (myself included), and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with her!

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Obviously, part of “helping” with a retirement party means sneaking my camera along and taking photographs. The venue was a community cabin on the cliffs overlooking the Chesapeake Bay – so absolutely beautiful. After setting up for the party the night before, L and I snuck down to the beach and watched as the sun set pink and orange and gold over the Bay. The waves slapping the shore were occasionally interrupted by a jumping fish. We watched the horizon for mysterious creatures (stingrays, apparently) and searched for sharks’ teeth. It felt a bit like being a kid again- you know, the wide-eyed fascination with nature, the exploration, adventure…

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I’m so thankful for good friends, beautiful parties, and all-too-short weekends.

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April Instagram Collection

Instagram April

first row: 1. summer reading. 2. home for Easter. 3. strangers at Starbucks.
second row: 4. Killer ESP. 5. Mother’s day/recital flowers. 6. the farm at sunset.
third row: 7. exam-taking. 8. the Potomac at sunset. 9. final papers.
fourth row: 10. Easter flowers. 11. tea for a 10-3am work shift. 12. springtime at Marymount.

I’ve never been a huge Instagrammer, but lately, I’ve been a bit addicted to it. This is partially because I’m now following a lot of fashion and lifestyle bloggers on there, and I love seeing their photos. I personally posted a bit more over the past month and a half, and I’ve picked a few of my favorites for this post. April (and a bit of May) spanned several conferences, Easter and finals, hence the amount of coffee/tea posts. It’s kind of fun to go back and think about how much has happened in the last five or so weeks. But seriously – how is it already the middle of May? That’s just crazy.

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Travel: Espania Revisited

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been wanting to post some more photos from Spain last year, but never ended up getting around to it because of Oxford. So, I went through my archives and dug these out for you. My one regret is not carrying my camera around with me more. I hiked many kilometers on the Camino while I was there, and I wish I’d captured just some of the landscapes and towns we’d gone through.

Below are photographs from Burgos, Salamanca, Madrid, Santiago, and a few from the Camino. In the future, I plan on sharing a bit more about specific cities we stayed at – especially Santiago, and some thoughts from the Camino. In the meantime, I’m proud to say that my travel narrative from that trip/class was published in Marymount’s Magnificat (nonfiction journal). The online website will be updated soon, so feel free to pop over and read it if you’d care to (here).

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