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Well maybe it wasn’t buckets, but Marley and Me was such a sweet movie that I couldn’t help shed a few tears…especially towards the end. I also laughed a lot because some of it was so familiar. Like the part with the drywall eating. We had a dog who did that once!

I took my driver from last week out to lunch today at the furniture store here in Kewanee. No, it wasn’t a picnic. The store has a wonderful restaurant in its lower level. While we waited for a table, we wandered around the shop down there. I saw some cozy looking socks that I might have to go back for some time. I have a great love of wool socks. I’d have more if I ever finished the pair that’s still on my needles.

I took care of grocery shopping after lunch and the movie. It was strange being without a car last week and I feel like I’m finally getting myself reorganized. I’ve felt rather scattered most of this week since I knew the laundry was piling up, the fridge needed to be cleaned out, and my apartment hadn’t been properly cleaned for a couple of weeks.

Tonight I’ve been finishing up laundry and watching Miss America. The main reason I like the pageant is for the dresses the women wear. There is a small part of me that likes all the glitter and glitz.

The other big thing I’m doing is staying warm. It’s in the low single digits at the moment and isn’t supposed to be much warmer tomorrow. I think tomorrow may be a good day for reading and hot tea. I might finish up my hanging towels also. And I plan to make some meals ahead for the week. It’s nice to come home from work and not have to worry about making a complete meal from scratch. My Aerogarden has enough lettuce now so that I can start having some fresh salads. Yum!

  • "Despite the internet's origins as an academic network, when it comes to finding a book, e-commerce rules. Put any book title into your favourite search engine, and the hits will be dominated by commercial sites run by retailers, publishers, even authors. But even with your postcode, you won't find the nearest library where you can borrow that book. (The exception is Google Books, and even that is limited.)"
  • Free pattern for a cute Kufi-style hat. Perfect if you just need something to cover the top of your head. I like the pictures of the ones made with variegated yarns.
    (tags: knitting)
  • "Stay connected with programming resources with Programming Librarian, an online resource center for all things related to presenting cultural programs for all types and sizes of libraries." Another great resource for librarians. I don't anticipate doing many programs at my current library, but I can translate some of the ideas into online and physical exhibits.
  • I don't watch the Oscars generally. Watching award shows is akin to stabbing myself in the eye with a knitting needle. However, I am always interested in the nominations and, ultimately, the winners. I'm not surprised the Benjamin Button got so many nominations although I'm not sure it should have. There are some other interesting items on the list.
    (tags: news movies)
  • The Brazen Careerist has another great post on how to improve those dreaded first impressions. Something fairly simple and almost painfully obvious. But how many people walk in a way that doesn't leave a good impression?
    (tags: advice)
  • I've hesitated to buy any sort of e-book reader knowing that the technology is advancing quickly. Looks like I might wait a bit longer until this new reader is released. Of course, the other part of why I haven't bought one is the expense. Wonder how much this will sell for?
  • This is another way to keep track of your spending. I think it might be time for me to try something like this. It would be interesting to really see where my cash goes each week, month, year…
    (tags: web)
  • "The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection features books, pamphlets, invitations, reports, speeches, maps, articles and more. It includes items from the collection of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)."
    (tags: library alaska)

Another one of my favorites. I try to watch this movie every year during the holiday season.



Posted on: October 5, 2008

I can tell it’s past time for my weekly recharge of DH and dogs. I had to work this weekend. Usually I’d take Thursday and Friday off, but I decided not to go back on Thursday since I had a meeting and was planning to attend a conference in Wichita on Friday. (I didn’t get to the conference since I ended up being sick with a migraine on Friday.) So, I’m overdue for some home time. DH is off tomorrow, so it’s a bonus! Maybe we’ll get some golf in if it doesn’t rain. If it does, we’re thinking about bowling instead. Then it’s back to work for two days and I’m off again on Thursday and Friday since I’ll be working next weekend again.

Got a rejection on a book proposal a colleague and I put together. It was for a book about distance education. Not too disappointed about it since it wasn’t directly related to librarianship. There will be other opportunities I’m sure. And according to those who matter, I’m doing fine with my tenure requirements and shouldn’t have any problems meeting them. (It’s almost review time for me already.)

Watched a few good movies this week; Mrs. Dalloway, The Fountain, and The Painted Veil. I can safely recommend any of them. The Fountain was a particularly beautiful and moving film. Mrs. Dalloway was nice although I imagine the book is richer. I should probably read it, but I’ve always had a hard time reading Virginia Woolf. I loved the scenery in The Painted Veil. The ending was very sad though. Our public library doesn’t have a huge selection of movies, but there are some very good choices. And I upgraded Netflix to get 3 at a time again. Not having a cable is fine with me.

At some point I need to update my books on the blog. There hasn’t been as much reading this month now that I’m busier with other things. I finally checked out The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. The one thing I’m having a problem with is dealing with the books descriptions of Sitka and my personal experience. It’s a very fictional Sitka and quite colorful. I have to keep reminding myself it’s fiction. *grin* Other than that, it’s okay. I’ve also been reading Light a Penny Candle. It took me a bit to get into this book, but now I’m finding it hard to put down.

And although I’m not knitting as much, I’m still knitting. We were digging around in the basement a couple weekends ago and I came across a project that I’d started over a year ago. I ended up having to frog it and start over, but now I’m almost done. It’s a string grocery bag. It should end up small enough (when not in use) to carry in my purse. I also offered to make some mitts for someone and am deciding which pattern to use. I’ll likely end up making myself another pair for work. And I have plans to cast on this week for a felt pumpkin now that I finally got the needles I needed. You’d think with all the knitting needles I have now I’d never need to buy another pair. *laugh* I also still need to finish my second pair of socks. I’ve turned the heel already and am ready to start working on the gusset. The weather is finally cooling off enough that I’ll be comfortable wearing wool socks soon. Yay!

I’ve been finding some good vegetarian recipes. This week I had a good dish made with spaghetti squash. I also tried a stuffed pepper recipe. It was pretty tasty with beans, corn, and tomatoes, but I think the next time I make it, I’ll just cut the peppers and saute them with the tomatoes and garlic and serve it with rice and shredded cheese. (I kind of ended up with something like that anyway.) A whole green pepper was just a bit much for me. Now I’m anxious to try some things with eggplant.

One amazing thing I’ve discovered since cutting out meat is that I can drink milk with no problems. Interesting! In general, I also feel healthier and have lost a few pounds. Nothing drastic, but it’s a start.

Sarah Palin is McCain’s VP pick. Not unhappy with the choice. And that’s all I have to say about it.

Being tired after a busy week at work, I don’t feel like talking about politics. So, I’m not going to.

I will talk about this rather odd movie I watched last night, Unholy. It was kind of creepy, a bit strange, and full of uninspired acting. I would not recommend watching it. This was one of my Redbox picks for the week.

I also watched The Golden Compass this week. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood or something, but I didn’t like it nearly as much as I thought I would. Since it’s been awhile since I’ve read the book, I couldn’t do a good comparison between the two. I think (if they make the other two books into movies) that I’ll wait until they are out on DVD.


Thanks to the local Redbox, I watched four movies this week that I hadn’t seen yet.

The Other Boyelan Girl – I must say this was a waste of a dollar. The book was long, but whoever did the adaptation for the film really didn’t get it. So much was left out that the movie made no sense. Like Mary meeting the king and basically falling in love with him and sleeping with him in the span of 60 seconds. Bad movie and really sucky adaptation. Don’t waste your time with the movie; the book is where it’s at.

– I’ll be renting this one again. In fact, I’ll probably just buy it. There were so many great lines in this movie, which is the reason I’m going to make DH watch it sometime. It was so quirky, funny, honest, and surprising. And it had a great soundtrack that I plan to add to my pod.

Shutter – Kind of creepy, but not really. If you’re not into horror films at all, don’t bother with this one. And if you are, don’t bother. It wasn’t really all that scary or suspenseful. Yet, I was still entertained. It was only $1 to rent, so I don’t feel bad about the choice. Just wouldn’t recommend it.

Cloverfield – This one was filmed like Blair Witch Project, a movie I wasn’t particularly fond of. In a nutshell, big morphed spider thing with little spider things dropping off it terrorizes New York City. Lots of explosions, a bit of gore, some suspense, and not at all scary. In the end New York City gets blown up. Maybe this would have been better in 3D in a theater.

So, that has been my experience with Redbox so far. I really like the convenience and there is a good selection of fairly recent stuff.

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Almost over

Posted on: July 27, 2008

I’ve got that vacation-is-almost-over depression setting in. A bit worse than the usual Sunday depression since I’ve had a wonderful week at home with DH and the dogs (and other house guests as well.)

The next several days are going to be very busy. I still have to finish preparing for my presentation at the end of the week. And then I’ll be home with enough time to do some laundry and pack for the trip to Denver.

I’m looking forward to the workshop at the end of the week, although I’d gladly do without making a presentation. Fortunately it’s just a 1/2 hour workshop format, so not as painful. Reference Renaissance promises to be interesting and informative. I hope to bring back some good information to share with work colleagues.

Also on the to-do list for the week is planning the training session for the university’s ambassadors (the students who provide tours to prospective tours.) I hope to finish the planning for SWARM International and start rounding up volunteers.

What else? I’ve got a program proposal to write for an upcoming conference. There is a program that I’d like to see us try with incoming freshman and I need to get the proposal/plan written for that.

I’ve also got a few follow-up things to do for the Summer Institute before I can officially declare my job done with that.

Then there is the usual job stuff, like gift books, reference collection weeding, desk hours, etc. And I’m the person in charge of the department for the next few days since our head is still on vacation. Whee.

It’s likely I won’t get much sleep tonight (which is typical for Sundays) as my mind spins through all the things I need to do this week.

I do think I was pretty successful about shutting that stuff off in general this past week. For me, that’s a huge accomplishment. It bodes well for the upcoming meditation retreat.

Yes, this is my life.

DH and I celebrated our anniversary early (since I’ll be workshopping on the actual day.) We went to see the X-Files this afternoon and then had dinner at Famous Dave’s. DH gave me a pretty pair of earrings that I’d seen in a shop window a few weeks back. So far, I’ve not got his present. Although I did have an inspiration today. Fortunately I’ll be in the neighborhood later this week where I plan to get his gift.

And KS is hot. HOT! And humid. I’m all done with summer now. kthxbai

As I’ve been working on this meme, I’m realizing how incredibly boring my work probably seems to an outside, non-library type. In the summers, it can even be that way sometimes for us reference librarians.

We have had a busier days here and there during the past few months, but generally, things are fairly quiet and slow…at least on the public side. Of course, that’s what most people see. I’ve only taught one class this summer and haven’t had any reference consultations.

Still, lots of work is being done behind the scenes on different projects.

Today did start with something very different than the usual. Wednesday usually don’t start until the afternoon since I work the evening desk shift. However, I volunteered to help out with storytimes this week since the person who does them is vacationing in Mexico with a bunch of teenage girls right now. (That doesn’t sound like much of a vacation when you think about it!) So at 10 am I was dealing with a bunch of squirrely 3-year olds. I’d forgotten how kids that age like to ask questions about everything, comment on everything, and wiggle and squiggle everywhere. Cute, but also kind of draining. *laugh*

A co-worker got us organized later in the morning to head over to the staff/faculty dining room for a Mongolian Wok lunch experience. It was fun and the food was good for a change. (Usually it’s all buttery or gravy covered stuff that I don’t particularly care for.) I learned some more about my co-workers while we relaxed and stuffed ourselves with stir-fry and fortune cookies.

After returning to the library, I headed off to my cube to work some more on the Summer Institute. The main thing today was to put together the food order. While there are still a couple of days left for people to register, I wanted to get this taken care of. I can always tweak things a bit if I need to. Being the chair of this is somewhat stress-inducing because I want the day to go well and for people to find it useful. This has really involved stepping way outside my comfort zone.

Every two weeks we have a full library staff meeting. This usually takes up about an hour of the afternoon. Today the big topic was the building. This fall/winter we are starting a rather large renovation project of the area of the building where tech services, the business office, and the dean’s office are. In the next few weeks (hopefully before fall semester starts), tech services will be moving out of their current space into our new study rooms on the first floor. There have already been some changes on the first floor involving new carpeting, paint, and compact shelving (installed last summer). Next week we will be getting new furniture for that floor. Exciting stuff! And we now have a library news blog to keep people updated with all the stuff that’s going on around here.

After the staff meeting, I headed home for a nap and break. Now I’m back working the reference desk for the evening. My big plans for the evening include some weeding, reading some book reviews, working some more on future books displays, and considering more ways to revamp our current instruction sessions for the Comp I classes.

If I have time tomorrow, I might catch some video of the building here and share that with you. Besides hearing about what I do, I’ll share where I actually do it.

Last night I saw Hancock. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but not a bad movie overall. I’d recommend waiting to rent it on DVD.


Posted on: July 12, 2008

We went to see Journey to the Center of the Earth today. Guess it was fairly entertaining and we got 3D glasses because it was in 3D. So, you know, you needed the glasses. But I don’t know if it was really worth non-matinee prices.

Tuesday night I’m going to see Hancock with a couple of people from work. I wonder what will happen if I were my 3D glasses to watch that movie.

After that we went to Ace to buy this cool folding chair advertised in the weekly ad. Snagged the last one. It will come in handy in the studio apt. one I get moved in next month. When you say folding chair, that doesn’t sound very promising, but it really is quite nice looking and very comfortable.

Maddie seems to have damaged her jumpers somehow this weekend. We’ve had to boost her up onto our bed whenever she’s wanted to be up there and she hasn’t been very willing to sit up for treats. We think maybe she missed a jump when we weren’t home. But she seems to be getting better. The whole dogs not speaking human gets in the way when they aren’t acting normal.

Had some rain this morning and overall the day has been cool and pleasant. Turned off the AC tonight and opened as many windows with screens that we could.

Watched The Postman Always Rings Twice on TCM tonight. I’ve never seen it before. Definitely a good, twisted flick. We’ve actually caught a few good movies on TCM recently.

No big plans for tomorrow (Sunday). Looks like it’s going to be hot, so we’ll probably hide in the AC coolness of the house. Hope everyone out there is having a good weekend.

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May 5 - Photography Class

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