Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Sing for me!

I can tell I'm going to visit this site often!

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Be careful little fingers, what you type!

Microsoft fires worker over weblog
So tired, so very tired...

I only stayed up until 1:30 am watching The Two Towers. The extra footage is just wonderful! It's nothing really earth-shattering, but it just adds to the depth and richness of the world of Middle-Earth. Thanks to Peter Jackson and crew!

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Oh the pain!

It's here! I just opened by lovely package from and I'm holding my much anticipated copy of The Two Towers!! Agh! I still have 4 hours of work to go!!
Do you have your World Toilet Day presents bought yet?
It's gonna be a good day!

My Two Towers extended edition is on a UPS truck right now!!

100.3 has already changed their format to all Christmas music! I suppose I'll be tired of it by December 15, but maybe not. I really love Christmas songs.

We've already decided to order Chinese food for dinner, so no cooking tonight! Although I have a real craving for beef and noodles right now.

Monday, November 17, 2003

One stop Christmas shopping!
Weekend continued

Saturday: I took Michelle to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus!! Hannah didn't want to go, so it was just the two of us. We started out in the car and pretty soon Michelle is crying! She doesn't want to go and wishes her sister were with us. Yeah, I think, I wish all four of us would have gone, but whatever.

Anyway, once we're in our seats and I buy the light up spinning thing and the icee, she's happier. And she did enjoy the show, except for the very last act she got scared and we had to leave before they shot the guy out of a cannon. We got out cotton candy and that was that.

We visited the new neice on Saturday! Megan Ruth was born on Sept 13. What a cutie!

My so-called weekend

Friday: I played piano and flute for the holiday house walk sponsored by the Villager's Club of Bloomingdale. What a gas! I played piano from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and then two flutist friends arrived around 6:00 pm and we did some trios, and some flute and piano. It's such a shot in the arm because everyone thinks you are wonderful. It's all volunteer and helps raise money for local charities and I love to do it!!

When I finally got home I got a message from the Bloomingdale women's club asking me to play piano for their December meeting. I agreed and asked if I could bring a friend who both sings and plays the flute. Their only reservation was that they couldn't afford to pay two people. Pay us? Once I stressed that it's not about the money she admitted it would be fine. Hey, we'll make some music for an hour and go cash the check and hit the bar!

Friday, November 14, 2003

When two worlds collide!

I usually read Liberry Blooze for funny library stories, but today the blog had to rant on about Return of the King. Seems everyone is up in arms (and by "up in arms" I mean I've seen it mentioned on at least two websites I read regularily) over Peter Jackson's decision to cut the death of Saruman scene out of ROTK.

I was pleased to see take a reasonable stance on the issue. I'm sure that Peter Jackson wrestled with the issue for a long time himself. I'm sure PJ wrestled over the decision not to include the scourging of the shire as well.

Ultimately, even the most vocal of the LOTR fans will have to resign themselves to the fact that it's still just a movie and really, no movie can be a literal adaptation of the book. (Unless, I suppose, it were to be a mini-series, like Stephen King's The Stand when it was adapted for TV.) As a fairly avid reader, I often have read books that eventually get adapted into films. I think I can honestly say that the books I have read have always been better than the movies. I think the film makers have the best intentions, but for me, books will always be better than movies.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Having a bad day?

Do you need a little attention? Look no further!

Be sure to check out the video affirmation! It's awesome! But then again, who better to pretend to pay attention to someone who's not even there than Blue's Clue's own Steve Burns!

I just love Blue's Clue's (and Steve, of course). I maintain that aside from Sesame Street and The Electric Company, it's one of the best shows for kids ever created.

My kids are getting past the Nick Jr. shows. Right now, their top show is Kim Possible. Actually, I like it too! And what's not to like? She's smart, she's wicked cool and she's a redhead! Well, maybe I identify more with Kim's mom nowadays. (She's a brain surgeon!)

We used to wear these all the time in high school. Of course, that was back in the 80's when we were all terrified of getting AIDS or herpes or some other STD. We just wore the stupid bracelets because Madonna did!
And also this.
How did we ever waste time at work before there was the internet?

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Hee, hee

I just never get tired of this.
I keep saying it!

But nothing ever changes. The Matrix isn't a great movie!
Ha - ha again!

More Matrix goodness.
To quote Nelson Muntz...

Ha - ha !
The saga continues

I know I should get over it already, especially since I do own a librarian action figure. But there's just something about it that really bugs me.

Now, I've never had a bad reaction to anything written by the lipstick librarian, but she comments on this comic by saying that What's nice is that Jan Eliot gets the true nature of librarianship right, focusing on censorship and information access, rather than checking out books or looking dour.

I suppose that's all right, but frankly, I've been a "card-carrying" librarian for 11 years (and worked in a library for 17 years) and I can't say that I've ever really "focused on censorship", though I suppose cataloging counts as "information access". I guess that's because I have mostly worked in Technical Services. (yes, capitalized!)

Let's not try to fool anyone here, either. Libraries are about checking out books! What good is it to have the book on the shelf, but tell the patron they can't take it home with them?

Am I splitting hairs? Yes. Is any of this ultimately all that important? No. But that's what blogging is all about isn't it? Keeping a record of all the stupid little minutae of life??

BTW - I'll be selling my librarian action figure on ebay.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Shut up and stack

This guy has an interesting point of view.

I think that libraries have done themselves a bit of a disservice by offering all that internet access anyway. More specifically, why should libraries allow people to come to the library for email? (Which, I understand, is a fairly sizeable percentage of what patrons want.)

Think about it. What is email?? Just another form of communication, right? People can communicate via phone, USPS, FAX and email. But people don't come to the library to use our phones, our FAX machine, or to mail letters. (Well, they may try, but they won't have any luck.) So why would we let them use our equipment and bandwidth to send and receive email?

My latest project my administration has asked me to accomplish is to set up an "email only" machine. Would we ever dream of setting up a telephone for our patrons to use? Would we ever dream of setting up a FAX machine for anyone to come in and use?? Then I maintain that there is no basis for the arguement that a library is obligated to offer access to email.
Library Lovers' Month is February 2004.
Everyone hates a stale blog!

Yikes! It's been far too long since I updated the ol' blog!

Great happenings in the FPS world, though.

Schwantzes just had a baby boy!

The Wilders are coming to Chicago! (And they want Lou's! Ooh, ooh, twist my arm!)

Things I am looking forward to:

Finding Nemo comes out today!
The Wilders coming to visit
Michelle's birthday on Thursday
The De La Desmo's coming to visit
Michelle's birthday party on Saturday
Flute choir (now that it's just grown ups)
The Bloomingdale house walk
The circus