Thursday, February 25, 2010

Resolution Update

So at New Year's I made the resolution to read all the books in my house that I've bought and just haven't got around to reading yet. I thought the number was 31, but then I went around my house and gathered them all up. The final count was 55!

By January 18 I was down to 47. Mostly I was catching up on souvenir books I had bought on recent trips, but also finishing the multiple books I was trying to read at once. Then I started hitting some mysteries.

Is there anything better than a good mystery? My love of mysteries started with the late, great Rex Stout, author of the beloved Nero Wolfe mysteries. Then my mother-in-law got me hooked on Janet Evanovich. I love her Stephanie Plum books the best. Then there were the Bed & Breakfast Mysteries of Mary Deheim. Then a friend got me hooked on the Heather Wells mysteries by Meg Cabot. Most recently my mother-in-law introduced me to the Callie Parrish mysteries by Fran Rizer. I'm not sure what I would do without a retired librarian as a mother-in-law.

I was a little "bad" at the end of January when I actually bought a few books on my trip to Jekyll Island. I couldn't help it, they told the history of the island and had fabulous historic photos. To my credit I read them on the plane on the way back.

It's now toward the end of February. I'm down to 43 books. I've decided to take a break from the mysteries and in honor of St. Patrick's day I'm concentrating on the books about the Celtics and Ireland. The first is Celtic Inspirations and the second is Cultural Traditions in Northern Ireland. I have no doubt that reading these will put me right in the mood to show my green on March 17.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

JIMI 2

Obviously, I did not blog every day I was on Jekyll Island. But I don't think I can be blamed. I was immersed for a week with 14 other fabulous museum professionals. Every day was filled with intense, but fun, brainstorming and learning.

There were 16 sessions total. Covering everything from working with boards, strategic planning, fundraising, working with volunteers, exhibits, interpretation, disaster planning, collections planning, collections management, ethics, leadership styles, time management, PR and more.

Frankly, after a day of classes I was too tired to blog about it once I got back to the hotel. So I'll just use this post to share the highlights.

My favorite class was Public Relations and Marketing because I've never had much experience with it. The instructor was Lisa Littlefield from Oglethorpe University. If you ever have the chance to see her present, do it. She is so funny and personable. She really impressed me because she shared her success stories and her failures.

I did have some personal time while I was on Jekyll Island. It was lovely taking walks on the beach. The historic houses were beautiful. The bookstore was charming. The geocaching was fun. And the Georgia Sea Turtle Center is awesome, a truly not to be missed venue. I can't wait to go back to Jekyll Island for vacation with my family.