It’s been quite a while since I’ve written in this space. For all my good intentions of maintaining something like regular posting here, work and family life have left little time for writing. Here’s the news.
I have two kids now, a girl and a boy! They are two years old and three months old, respectively. I may not have time to read as many novels as I once did, or to enjoy a meal that isn’t book-ended by changing poopy diapers, but I have become an expert on all aspects of life on the island of Sodor (which as far as I can tell, is a quasi-feudal dystopia where all economic, social, and political life is directed by the sinister Hatt family and put in service to the maintenance of obsolete, obstinate, and often extremely stupid steam engines) so that has to count to for something.
Truth be told, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Though there are plenty of challenges – mental, physical and financial – parenting these young kids is more joyful, more delightful, than I ever imagined. I get the sense that every day is an adventure for my children and I am lucky enough to tag along with them (and occasionally be a horse to ride or a mountain to climb or a tickle monster to fend off).
Life at the library has been pretty good too. We recently acquired a bicycle and custom trailer/mobile library. We’re taking them to parks, the farmers’ market, summer festivals, bringing a small selection of the library to places and people who might not normally stop in. We also bring along a few tablets so we can demonstrate some of the digital services that the library provides. On a recent outing, we were joined by an impromptu escort of sorts, which one of my co-workers was good enough to capture. I’ve spent a fair amount of time this summer riding around the streets and trails of Plainfield.
Somehow, I have managed to read a few good books unrelated to Sodor Railways.
I have been re-reading The Lord of the Rings. I haven’t read them since high school. I’ve become such a softy. I cried when Frodo & company left the Shire, knowing how much they and the Shire would be changed when they eventually return. I’m not sure what my emotional state will be when I arrive at the end of the story but I wasn’t expecting this when I pulled it off the shelf.
The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton. Ok, so that Cheeky Little Engine is so ingrained in my mind that even when I read an adult novel, I turned to a story about trains. It was delightful though.
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novak is great fun, combining the Napoleonic Wars and dragons. Novak is a fantastic writer, creating great characters and seamlessly weaving fantasty world-building with historical fiction.
The Expanse series by James SA Corey. The Syfy Channel did a pretty good job of adapting the first book of the series, Leviathan Wakes, but the books are some the best science fiction out right now.
In other news: I built a table in my basement to display part of my LEGO collection. I am not a carpenter. When I finished, I realized that the table was not quite square but 1) it is quiet large and 2) it will probably not collapse so, that’s good enough for me. My daughter is old enough to not eat every LEGO in sight (this is an important developmental milestone) so she enjoys playing with my collection, and when I say ‘playing’ I mean scattering carefully sorted trays of bricks far and wide. But, literally everything she does is adorable, so I am happy to indulge her.