Falling Into Place

Sometimes there’s all this mystery on blogs about special, in-the-works projects: “I have something really awesome going on, but I can’t tell you about it. Sorry!” That’s not irritating at all, is it? I didn’t think so.

Fortunately, I won’t keep you in suspense. I got a job.

Sorry, that wasn’t quite right. I got a job!!!

I won’t go into great detail, obviously, but it’s in a suburb of Boston, overseeing the libraries at two elementary schools in a lovely little district. The schools are gorgeous, and I’ve been very impressed with the principal, the current librarian, and the teachers I’ve been introduced to.

I am absolutely thrilled, and I can hardly wait until August to start.

I am so deeply relieved about how this has fallen into place. It means we know what general area of Boston to live in (if I hadn’t had a job, we could have moved to a suburb on one side of Boston and I could have gotten a job 15 miles outside of Boston in the other direction, and then I’d be dealing with a really long commute). It means I can spend my summer working on lesson plans and programming for the year, instead of applying for jobs, interviewing, and writing cover letter after cover letter.

But mostly, I can’t stop thinking that, come Fall, Bart and I will be living in our dream city, both with our dream jobs. Life is sometimes just too good to take in.

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  • Reply Lexilooo June 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    HOORAY!!! that is so exciting, congratulations to you! I'd love to hear more about it! when will you be moving?

  • Reply Melissa June 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    CONGRATS! Isn't it wonderful when things workout? You both graduated, plan to move to a fun city, and have new jobs!

  • Reply nancypearlwannabe June 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    So awesome! I can't wait to hear all about it! And most of all, I can't wait to hang out!

  • Reply nancypearlwannabe June 15, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Oooh, maybe we can plan curriculum together. And did you know there's an Eric Carle Museum in MA?!

  • Reply Stacy June 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    That's great! Congrats!

    Personally, I think Boston is pretty cool city.

    Good luck!

  • Reply megan June 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Wow! Hooray! Congrats! That sounds like the perfect job for you.

  • Reply Jenny June 15, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Well, YAY! and congratulations!
    I have some info and a few connections for you~ you couldn't have picked a better city.

  • Reply Jennifer Lee June 15, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I am SO SO excited for you. You deserve to have all things fall into place for you. I can't wait to come visit you in Boston and thrill in your new, happy life.

  • Reply smalldog June 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    So excited for you! That's fantastic (although I'm horribly jealous that you're back East and I'm still stuck in Utah until J's done with school…)

  • Reply Julie Anne June 15, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I am so happy for you Janssen.

  • Reply ellen June 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Hey — one of my blogging friends sent me your blog and suggested I get in touch with you about moving to Boston. I read about your library job and it sounded familiar (I'm our ward housing specialist and my bishop emailed me about you moving here). It's a small world after all!!

  • Reply The Food Librarian June 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Congrats! Congrats!! And what a great place to live!

  • Reply Janelle June 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Congrats, Janssen! It's so nice to have things settled. Good luck with your move!

  • Reply RA June 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Hooray! That is such a huge relief, planning-wise. You are ready to go, lady!

  • Reply Jess June 15, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Yay! Congrats! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to read about all the details as you figure them out!

  • Reply Shelly June 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    YAY! That is awesome!

  • Reply Jen Robinson June 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    That's great, Janssen. I'm really happy for you!! And as a former Boston suburbanite, I think that you're going to do well there.

  • Reply craftyashley June 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I'm so glad to hear it! Congratulations!

  • Reply emandtrev June 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    That is so wonderful! Congratulations!!

  • Reply heidikins June 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I've already told you this–but YAAAAAAAAAY!


    Also–I have major librarian-envy, you and NPW are going to have a blast together!

  • Reply Heather June 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Yippee! You're living the dream! Are you sure you can't stop in Columbus to visit us on your way out? I'm thrilled at your employment success and so soon!

  • Reply KT June 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Congrats! How absolutely exciting for you guys. Good luck selling your house and getting moved (I hate packing!)

  • Reply MBC June 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Congratulations! Welcome to the professional library world!

  • Reply The Liddells June 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    That's awesome, so when are you moving? Congrats

  • Reply Jodi June 15, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Congratulations! I had a little excitement rush for you so I can't imagine how excited you are. That job sounds like a dream. I loved my elementary school librarian and for a while I wanted to be just like her. How exciting.

  • Reply Ashley June 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Yea! We are really happy for you!

  • Reply Angella June 15, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Congratulations!!! Happy for you guys!

  • Reply Melanie June 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Yay!!!!!! I'm so excited for you that I'm breaking my one exclamation point rule. Congratulations!

  • Reply LL June 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Sounds EXCITING!!! You will LOVE Boston (cept the fact that you don't like cold) 🙂
    Really though, we LOVE it here…I'll email more info. And let me know if you have questions…I have lots of people i could connect you with.

  • Reply Kelly J. June 16, 2009 at 12:16 am

    I promised it would all fall into place, didn't I? 🙂 Yay for you guys!

  • Reply Sheyenne June 16, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Way to go Janssen! Have a wonderful summer doing just what you want. What a blessing.

  • Reply lacie tidwell June 16, 2009 at 2:40 am

    YEA!!!!! Congratulations- that is WAY exciting- I LOVE when life just works out that way- and there's nothing like living your life in limbo- ahhh annoying- so I'm excited you can plan accordingly (where to live, lesson plans ect.) woohoo!

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  • Reply Emily June 16, 2009 at 5:59 am

    CONGRATS! I'm so stinking excited for you (and also insanely jealous. Why am I not qualified for such an awesome job??) Yay for you!

  • Reply fluentbrittish June 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    That is very exciting news. Congratulations!

  • Reply Megan June 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    How absolutely wonderful for you, Janssen! It's nice to hear such good news.

  • Reply biblauragraphy June 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Hooray and welcome to Boston!

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  • Reply Kim June 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Congrats Janssen!! How exciting for the both of you! Look forward to hearing updates.

  • Reply Mary Brebner June 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Congratulations on joining what sounds like a wonderful district. I'm all about the best people for the best jobs–esp. when it comes to libraries and, in particular, school media centers (yeah, they're not just books nowadays–they're so much more!). Good luck with everything, use your librarians and teachers as much as you can (we generally know what we're talking about), and keep blogging! 🙂

  • Reply Heather June 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Congratulations! That is awesome!!!!! It's amazing how things just work out, huh?

  • Reply Monica June 17, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Wow–this couldn't happen to two better people. I am SO happy for you! You will be wonderful.

    A vist will definitely be in order. I am sure it will be a bit rough to coordinate, considering we'll both be working for schools, but we must make it work! I looked at London pictures the other day and cried. That as a random sentence, but I wanted to let you know, nonetheless!

  • Reply tootie June 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Congrats!!! That job sounds perfect for you!!

  • Reply La Petite Chic June 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is fabulous news! Congratulations, Janssen!

  • Reply Peacefull Reader June 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    congratulations!!! Lesson planning over the summer is so much fun. I haven't started yet but plan to after the fourth of July.

  • Reply Packrat June 18, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! What super news! (I think you could fall in a mud puddle and not get dirty or wet. LOL)

  • Reply janet June 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Yay! I am so happy for you!

  • Reply Alison Stewart June 19, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I'm really happy for you! I have a customer that is in Beverly, MA (north of Boston a bit)….SO BEAUTIFUL…..when are you officially moving?…

  • Reply blakspring June 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    WOOT! that's excellent news – congratulations. and i'm totally jealous that you'll get to see npw all the time.

  • Reply Angela Noelle June 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    This is such wonderful news, I'm thrilled for you.

  • Reply Lisa June 22, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    A job a job a job!!!! This is great news. I love when things happen exactly like they are supposed to happen.

  • Reply Slice of Pink June 23, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Congrats!!! Wonderful news!

  • Reply Lonica June 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Congrats. I'm excited for you. Finding a job in a library AND in a school isn't easy these days. Have fun.

  • Reply Operation Pink Herring July 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I am so behind in blog reading, so please excuse the lateness of my OMG CONGRATULATIONS! What great news! I am so happy for you!

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