Monday, December 29, 2003

One can never have enough ROTK, can they?

Today was viewing #2 of ROTK. N. and I went to a noon showing and it was a great crowd. Not a full crowd, but certainly a more respectful one. (No babies in the audience this time. And no groans when Sam comes on screen for the last time.) We even sat all the way through the credits, pretty much enthralled with the entire experience. The coolest part was as we were leaving, there was a line for the next showing queueing up in the hallway! So that means that lots of people really want to see this movie. Probably many for the second time!

I spent the rest of the day taking down the Christmas decorations. I'm just ready to get the house back to "normal". Whatever normal is anyway.

I also picked up the music that I need to play for this coming weekend's church services. Great, I only know 2 out of like 7 songs. Grrr. Where do they get this music from anyway?? And I thought we were supposed to get CD's so we could listen to the songs. Get a clue: if the song hasn't ever been released as a recording, how good can it be??

It's such a double edged sword, playing 'boards for church. I mostly enjoy it, but I get waaaaay too stressed out about it.

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Yet another view of ROTK

This is one of the best Return of the King movie reviews I've read!

From here on out, I'll have to distinguish between references to ROTK, the movie and ROTK, the video game. I picked up ROTK for the PS2 yesterday and started playing it tonight. It's different from the video games I usually play. I like RPG's and puzzle type games. But ROTK is pretty much all hack and slash.

So far, I pretty much suck. Naturally, I will blame much of my sucky playing on bad controllers. I swear the controller freaked out on me! I have witnesses! The controller started acting up when I was out at the menu screen. I sure hope the rechargeable batteries aren't the culprit. Well, I'll try again later after I've had a little sleep. Much too tired to play right now.....

Friday, December 26, 2003

Insert clever title here

I always figured the day would arrive when my kids would finally be better than me at a video game, I just didn't think it would be so soon. We rented Disney Extreme Skateboard Adventure on Monday and Hannah can clean up the floor with me in the head to head mode. I used to think I was cool because I could land a 15,000 point trick, but then I watched her do a 67,000 point trick without batting an eye.

Now Hannah and Michelle have pooled their Christmas money and bought a Game Boy Advance. They had enough to just buy the console and one game: Hamtaro, Ham-Ham Heartbreak. Hannah loves the fact that it's portable and has been playing it pretty much non stop since the batteries had time to charge. I even saw her take off her coat and put on her pajamas all while holding the GBA in one hand -- and playing it, too!

I have to admit, it is pretty cool. I am very impressed by the graphics and it's really not annoying to listen too. The fact that it's portable means that the kids won't tie up a TV in the house, so I can actually have a turn on the PS2 now. I need to do some research now, on what are some really good games to get for GBA.

At least Hannah will still need me to defeat the bosses in Dark Cloud 2 and Rayman 3.
The day after...

The day after Christmas is a great day to work! At least, I was hoping it would be. Imagine my disgust then, when I ended up spending the day actually working instead of 8 hours of jigzone. Turns out that we couldn't telnet into our database so I spent the day migrating everyone to SSH. Perfect since SSH requires an additional login and password that staff will have to remember. "Can't you, like, program it in?" Um, no. Sorry.

After today, though, it's no more work for one blissful week! Yea!

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Bad blogging practices

I know, I know it's been a week since Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King opened. Last night my Dad and I went to see it.

I'm still sort of digesting it all. I'm trying to separate my feelings about the book from my feelings about the film. I'm not going to completely gush over the film "Oh, it's the best film I've ever seen!" but I'm certainly not going to pan it either.

For the most part, I thought it brilliant! The casting really could not have been better, the music was outstanding and I do have a great feeling of closure. But it's a mixed feeling, partly out of the fact that I am sad it's over.

I remember being overjoyed while reading the scourging of the Shire in the book because it was one little last chance to spend time with the hobbits and linger for a while longer in Middle Earth. Granted the scourging of the Shire is not in the movie, but the ending did seem unncecessarily laborious.

And yet I didn't want the movie to end! Does that make any sense at all???

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Monday, December 15, 2003

Two more days!!

Two more days, and two years of waiting will be over! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will be here soon!! I won't be attending a Tuesday midnight showing, though. Right now, the plans are to wait until December 29. But I just don't know if I can wait that long......

Friday, December 12, 2003

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Library vs. Amazon

If libraries were more like Amazon . . .

Cute, good points. But my latest beef with Amazon is not any of the issues pointed out above. My complaint is over the $%*&@(#$ search inside the book feature.

I don't have a problem that it's available, I don't like that it's the default search. 999 times out of 1000 I know exactly what I'm looking for and searching the text of the book results in a HUGE number of irrelevant hits. Either you carry it or you don't, Amazon, okay??

I actually love shopping at Amazon and have done so since it's inception. Nearly all of the added features have only improved it's worth to me with the exception of "search inside the book". I actually do read the user reviews, at least you know right away if someone has had a problem with an item, which is great since I tend to buy toys and electronics from Amazon more often than books.
Library software wants to be free??

Do you run a library? Are you strapped for automation funds? Why not run Emilda as your ILS? It's free.....

Emilda Demo

Monday, December 08, 2003

The unbearable lightness of being a sheep

Take this quiz, find out what kind of sheep you are. I'm a:

Which flock do you follow?
Blogs I'm reading

I just put my Christmas cards in the mail. I didn't write an elaborate letter this year, but I included a poem and various photos from 2003 in cards to the Fred Poets. I also included the address of this blog, so we'll see if they pay attention to it or not.....

Friday, December 05, 2003

Ah! Friday!

Friday, the most productive day in the work week.

Today's accomplishments:

  • Update blog!
  • Photocopy flute music for upcoming gig
  • Receive 2004 calendar
  • Original cataloging (see, real work)
  • Fix "broken" printer by removing paper from tray (the printer thinks it's out of paper if there's too much paper in the tray)
  • Dump OCLC records into database
  • Have sushi for lunch with hubby and daughter
  • Updated info on presents for staff "holiday party"
  • Request quotes for new printers/mice
  • Put up Christmas lights in department
  • Investigate new candy choices in departmental candy jar

All that before 3:00!
Puny humans, despair!

All my Christmas shopping done in one place.
Trivial post alert!

Okay, so this may seem trivial to everyone in the world, but it's fantastic for me:

Aussie makes THE BEST hair care products that I have ever used!

Back in October of 2002 I got 10 inches of hair cut off. I had been growing it out for almost four year and it really was way down my back. One of my girlfriends went with me and supported me through the process. The hair salon donated my ponytail to Wigs for kids so that was cool, too.

Anyways, the gal who cut my hair didn't "style" it, she just cut the ponytail off and made it straight all aroung. She suggesting that I had already made a radical enough change for my hair and that I should have my hair layered or styled after I'd gotten used to the new length.

It took me literally a year later to get back in to have my hair cut again. That was October of 2003 that I went back and had some layers cut in and got a real hair "style". I loved the new layers, but the stylist pointed out that my hair was horribly dry and had awful split ends. I knew it was bad, but since I pretty much always put my hair into a ponytail, I hadn't noticed.

Back to the original point I was trying to make: I switched from Clairol Herbal Essenses shampoo and conditioner to the Aussie line of hair products and it's like my hair has done a complete 180. I use the "moist" shampoo and conditioner, but today I tried the "Mega Instant" conditioner which is the best smelling conditioner I have ever used!!

So here's my shameless plug for Aussie hair care products. I also love the 3 minute miracle and the hair insurance leave in conditioner. I love my hair again!

Thursday, December 04, 2003

You work in a library so..... must read a lot! If I had a nickel for every time someone directed that remark at me, I could buy at least a case of Diet Coke.

I had an interesting book related conversation with my CDWG sales rep. He asked me to recommend a good book for him to read. I was pretty stumped, since: a) he's about 10 years younger than me, b) he's a guy. I figure I have no clue what he'd like to read.

Of course I launched into my spiel for Lord of the Rings, but he said the movies would have to do for him. He did however, mention that he liked Vonnegut and that he had recently read Brave New World and 1984. So he's got some literary taste.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Real Fred Poets link alert!

I figured I ought to post some real "Fred Poets" content on the happenstance that a Fred Poet might actually read this blog.

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry is exactly what it claims to be. Of course, it's all in Anglo-Saxon, so I can't really read it, but hey, it gives me something to strive for, eh?