Tired, but Working! - February 24, 2020

I knew right after dinner it was going to be an early night for me. It's been a few days since I've posted, but I've been working on portable art. Yesterday was family visit day at Brian's dad's house followed by Come Follow Me study. Tonight was Plant Bulbs and Water the Lawn night followed by Family Home Evening.  I folded paper during it so I felt like I was creating something. 
I have big plans and just need to be awake enough to work on them!

Refreshment - February 22, 2020

This week at work has been exhausting so I was really looking forward to our trip to the Getty today. There's something about this place which allows me to reset. 

It poured off and on during the drive. Brian's a very confident driver.  I am the worst passenger because I gasp everytime the smallest thing happens.  I guess I'm deathly afraid of dying in a wreck.

I've been here so often I don't really look around much at the art unless there are special exhibitions. It seemed like there were several exhibits being prepped in closed-off galleries so I just went and looked at Irises by Van Gogh. I was the first visitor to the gallery and HAD THE ENTIRE PLACE TO MYSELF (except for Kenneth's friend who was hanging out with me)(Kenneth was off being cranky) ). I got up close and looked at it for a good long while. I love thinking about the strokes of paint and how he was making something unlike anyone else.  What a blessing to be able to make what YOU LIKE in spite of w…

11.6% Success Rate - February 20, 2020

When my boss retired suddenly and I got to be in charge, I allowed myself to ship online purchases directly to my work address. It makes so much more sense in terms of security, but - more importantly - I GET MY STUFF FASTER!!! (the old boss didn't like people sending personal things to the library - it was unprofessional) (pbbbbbt) (I now encourage my coworkers to send their purchases to the library, too)

I'm a librarian for the Kern County Library system in Bakersfield, California. I do what's called collection development - it's a fancy name for buying stuff (just call me Hook'em Up Heather!). There used to be several people who ordered materials for the library but now I'm the only one buying both the print & digital books. Another person orders the AV materials (DVDs, CDs & BOCDs). It feels important to point that out.

I love my job - honestly, I'm the luckiest person in the library. When I first became a librarian in 2000, I worked for the Sta…

Carpe Diem! - February 17, 2020

An embarrassingly long time ago I ordered this tabletop photo studio. 

Tonight I broke it out of its package and put it together.

The pictures are stunning! 

I made three of these today from pieces I'd partially folded while listening to YouTube videos about this week's Come Follow Me lesson.

At study group last night I was in admiration with Martin's enthusiasm for the scriptures. (Nearly) every time he teaches Sunday School, I learn something that shakes me. For too long I've believed I'm incapable of deep gospel learning. I'm going to importune God to help me learn.

For too long I've thought a lot of things. Won't it be so sad to go back to God after this life and realize all the lost opportunities we had? Carpe diem! 

Not So Ennui! - February 16, 2020

I feel alive again today! Scripture study has been having that effect on me recently and I'm so glad. My mind is being enlightened and it feels glorious. 
Also, I started this tonight during an unexpected hour of solitude when Brian and Kiff went to his dad's.  When B got back, he sat in the living room reading so I had another couple of hours to almost finish it. 

Tomorrow I'll put the accent beads on it and get the hot glue strands taken care of. Then my mom in law is going to take it. 🙂

Ennui - February 15, 2020

Say hello to the world's worst picture of a pretty kusudama flower ball.
All of a sudden this afternoon I was hit by a wave of ennui. Hopefully it passes, but if it doesn't,  I'm going to art even harder.

Somewhere Out There - February 12, 2020

somewhere in the world, there’s a gap shaped just like you.  Once you find it, you’ll slide right in*
I read this quote today in an article and it was very striking. This is what I've been looking for - my place in the world. I feel like it is on the tip of my tongue, but just not there quite yet.
* Druckerman, Pamela. “How to Find Your Place in the World After Graduation,” New York Times, May 29, 2015.