Isn’t it strange how fast things can change? Like many, I find I am not too sad to see the end of 2014. So far, 2015 is promising to be a pretty exciting year for both MSP-Adventure Time, and myself. The last couple weeks after the New Years and the stress of the Holiday Season has been, as is often the case, a little bit like being trapped in a limbo; frozen between the past and the future. Of course, the prototypical winter freeze of the last few weeks has added to this effect, with subzero wind chills and punishing chill keeping everyone huddled inside. Stuck inside, peering through frosty windows at the frozen air, puts me in a reflective mood.
2014 was an eventful inaugural year for this blog, all told, and I did not manage to report everything on this blog. I learned about the odd and interesting experiment of Prohibition, took an elevator on the surface of a frozen lake, got 3-d scanned, explored the haunted basement, and drank lots of tea and beer. I kept up some time honored personal traditions, such as the Fringe and the Como Park Lantern Lighting Festival, and experienced some things, such as Music Under Glass and the Moth Story Hour’s Twin Cities venue. Though I did not blog about it, I took a few trips on the newly opened Green Line between St. Paul and Minneapolis. As a person who, until this point, has lived sans automobile, the development of public transportation options is always something I pay close attention to. I expect I’ll be using it quite a bit more this year.
Yes, as I mentioned last June, my blog was a bit of a long distance relationship, as I lived a fair distance away from the metro, venturing back as much as I could to visit friends and family (probably too much) and then drag them into these things. It is not like I was living actually far away, of course. I did manage to find myself back in “the Cities.” Now, I am looking forward with eagerness to a brand new year, experiencing new things and continuing to explore.
As the year dawned, I took the opportunity to change jobs and return to “the Cities” next month. I’m excited to live this new, challenging life in the public library! I will, no doubt, expand upon this as the year proceeds. I’ve already managed to score a nice place right off of Loring Park; a good hub of transportation to access the metro area. It is with some bittersweet sadness that I leave my comfy place in southern Minnesota and the library I’ve worked at these two years and start off to work in a vibrant new environment, but I have a feeling that there will be no shortage of adventure in 2015. During the interim of these frigid, bleak weeks in midwinter while I’m scrambling to get things squared away in my old life, I’ll be dropping a few lists of some of my favorite places around the cities. Still, I am eager to see what the next year will bring! I think this calls for celebration!