Phew! It’s been an exhausting week, but I’m keeping up with reading and catching up on sleep this weekend.
My presentation went fine on Friday. I was too flipped out to be nervous for it, because there’s a crazy guy that lives down the street from me, and he was pacing back and forth on the sidewalk I walk down to get to the train, shouting incoherently. When he saw me, he zeroed in and looked super aggressive, like he was about to attack me, so I turned and sprinted away, carrying my laptop and books and everything. Compared to that, talking for an hour in front of a room of strangers was nothing. I looked him up later, and saw that the guy (I verified with a photo) has been arrested multiple times in the last year alone, mostly for assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, etc. One police report said once that they were called out because he was disturbing the peace, and found to be off his medication. Needless to say, I’m a bit weirded out by knowing that this guy, who is in multiple police reports from the last year, lives a five minute walk down the street from me. I’ll be taking a new, longer route to and from the train now. I really think if I’d tried to continue walking past him, he would have attacked me.
Up for this next week is the library staff breakfast on Wednesday, which is a delicious catered affair! We get to chill for a couple of hours, eating with coworkers, and celebrating members of the staff who have been there 10, 20, or 30 years. In the past, there have even been some 40 year folks. Then, on Thursday we have the library staff concert. I’ll be performing on trumpet with Dewey and the Decimals, the library rock band. It should be a good time.
I’m also stoked to have FINALLY finished listening to The Passage. It’s taken me ages!
Continuing to read:
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
The Uninvited by Liz Jensen — need to pick this up from the library since I got sick of dealing with the missing letters in the e-galley
Room by Emma Donoghue (audiobook)
Hoping to finish:
What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Marie Witter
What are you reading this week?