Thoughts on books, family, and life in one impressive package.

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day, meine Liebchen! As befitting a last name of Shannon, we hosted several of our coworkers last night. It was a great night, even if we have way too much green beer left over. Steak and Guinness pie, potato and leek soup, Dubliner cheese tart, Guinness chocolate cupcakes, and more were devoured with thankfully little in the way of leftovers. Given everything that has been happening, it was wonderful to unwind and not worry about work for a while.

Speaking of work, we finally have movement. I was actually in Beloit on Thursday for a whirlwind trip and four interviews. I went up there thinking these were going to be informal things, but I was definitely wrong. Considering I don’t even know for which positions I was applying, I have no idea how they went. Jim is heading up on Monday for his interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday. We’re hoping that this means that one of us will be receiving some sort of formal offer before the end of the month. We shall see. In the meantime, I keep applying to every job that looks somewhat interesting in and around the Chicagoland area, as well as Milwaukee and Madison. The law of averages has to kick in one of these days.

Did you see the big news? Armchair BEA is coming back again this year!! My fellow organizers and I are busy planning and working on all of the little details that have made this event a fan favorite. Given last year’s amazing growth, we know we have to live up to some amazing expectations, and we are determined to deliver. Stay tuned for more details!

In case you missed them the first time around, here is what I reviewed this week:

With that, I am going to hunker down with my books – I have to finish Lady Chatterley’s Lover and am hoping to finish Displaced Persons by Ghita Schwartz – and watch more of the NCAA tourney. After standing all day yesterday cooking and cleaning, my feet are still throbbing. A day of rest is just what the doctor ordered. I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Happy reading!


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