Once again the blog has escaped over the back porch and I had to hunt it down between the neighbors gardens and tall stone walls. Several nights short on sleep and a couple scraped knees later, I’m back with a little catch up on life in the Maastricht Minutiae household. (Ok, no banged knees. But I hope the blog won’t tell the cats how to slip out the back.)
Now that contracts are signed and I’m on the hook for a few months at least, I wanted to share the exciting news that I’m working a day job again. Two day jobs actually. I’ve been hunting for a one of these practically since I moved to Maastricht, so this is pretty exciting for me. I enjoy having an office to go into and both positions allow me to flex my librarian/archivist/information professional muscles. Both are term positions, so I’m not sure how long they’ll last but I certainly am looking forward to working both. Two days a week I’m a research assistant, performing literature reviews in Public Health and education (among other things). The other three days, I’m a content editor (in training), helping build Q&A virtual assistants on the web.
Of course at the same time these jobs came together, my business had a little jump in activity so I’ve been terribly busy trying to get everything done and done well. With new stuff coming in, I don’t think things are going to slow down any time soon. It’s good busy. I hope.
Of course now I really do a lot of things and don’t really know how to define myself.
I had the opportunity to read and interview Tropical Affairs by Robert Raymer thanks to the lovely folks over at the Expat Archive in Den Haag. Check out my review here.
Since I finally paid my dues, I feel a lot less awkward showing up for International Women’s Club meetings and activities. A group from the Junior IWC is getting together to run together and train for the Maastricht Mooiste, a yearly marathon/race in the area. I haven’t signed up for the race, but I have started running with them on Sundays. Great group of ladies and a nice addition to the running Celine and I try to do during the week.
Of course the new jobs are really eating into my jogging availability. Figures.
On Friday I visited the Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair in one of the churches on the Vrijthof and rubbed shoulders with people who can afford to collect these awesome looking original art, prints, and books. It was kind of interesting, but I was too afraid to touch anything for fear I would damage it. Plus I’m not sure what the proper behavior.
Saturday I also checked out the TEFAF and rubbed shoulders with a lot of people with loads of cash. The art fair was interesting, but I didn’t really stay long enough since I went alone. I felt a bit out dressed and I even dressed up. Mixed feelings on the entire experience. You can read my post about visiting the TEFAF on Maastricht Region. (Or wait until Friday and you can read it here).
Between all that I managed to redo a basic site for ParapluInfo (although I probably won’t be taking new website projects for a while) and I’m trying to figure out how to turn Walking the Lethe (nsfw) into an ebook (with marginal success). And sleeping. But not as much as usual.
So hopefully you’ll start getting some proper blog posts from me soon. I’ve got a cafe you all need to know about for Places Around Maastricht, and I’d like to write more about the experience of being hired. Cheers!