It's been so long since I posted ANYTHING, but I wanted to get in on Jenny's plan and take advantage while coming back.
Since last I posted, I started a new job, realized it was not the track I wanted to be on, and quit said new job. I will have worked there exactly four weeks on my last day (which is this Friday).
I am applying for more jobs in the world of librarianing, which I am nervously dipping my toe in. I'm looking forward to a little time off while I job hunt, though. If it lasts long enough, I want to do NaNoWriMo.
So I've made a mess of trying to do the career thing, but that's not me. What is me, and what's great, is that everyone in the whole process has been SO KIND. Everyone at my old job (where I'm still part-timing) was so supportive, and the person who replaced me is the literal best, and we now have a TV night with old coworkers and her. There were hugs and tears when I downscaled my hours. And the new job was patient when I freaked out a little, and nice to me while I calmed down and worked there, and unendingly supportive when I gave my notice. They have also found a fabulous person to replace me, so really, everyone in this story literally comes out on top.
I'm still figuring myself out, but I really feel valued by everyone around me right now, and even while the wider world falls apart, I continue to be so grateful for my good fortune.
In other news, I've read 100 books exactly so far this year; 42 of them have been in the "short works" category that I count as graphic novels, novellas, and children's chapter books (not YA or longer kids books, but the short ones, often with lots of illustrations). The other 58 have been book-length works--novels or nonfiction. A good shot at making my 120 (which I consider a solid showing) by the end of the year.
If I end up with a month off work, I promise to read for at least an hour every day. Cross my heart!