Tuesday, September 30, 2003

It's a Blockbuster Video weekend!

I couldn't wait for the library's copy, so I rented Holes from Blockbuster. I told the kids they could watch if they wanted, but they weren't interested. I was pleased to learn that Louis Sachar also wrote the screenplay. I enjoyed seeing the movie (Jon Voight and Tim Blake Nelson were both terrific!!) but my two favorite things about the book were not really included.

I always loved how Sachar summed up the story of Kate Barlow and Sam the onion man. When Hattie Parker sees them kissing, she says "God will punish you!" But then Sachar writes:

These are the facts: ... That all happened one hundred and ten years ago. Since then, not one drop of rain has fallen on Green Lake. You make the decision: whom did God punish?

I just thought that was brilliant!!

The other thing I loved about the book was the song. Now, they Yelnats's song was in the movie, but then the book ends with the Zeroni's part of the song. But that second half of the song wasn't in the movie.

I always enjoyed Mr. Pendanski. I thought he was one of the really interesting characters, because as first you really think that he's sort of a good guy. Like he calls the boys by their real names and even tries to have a "group session". But then he really makes fun of Zero, which a real counselor wouldn't do! In the end we find out that he's really "on the same side" as the warden and Mr. Sir. I wonder, though, about Mr. Pendanski. In the movie, they make him out to be an accomplice to Mr. Sir who is breaking probation. Kind of makes you wonder how Mr. Sir and Mr. Pendanski ended up at Camp Green Lake.

Oh well, read the book, see the movie, either way, you won't be disappointed!! (But you should really read the book!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

I couldn't agree more!

Again, just another reason why I'll never join the ranks of ALA.
This link stolen from Dave Barry's blog

Woman Bites Two Librarians in Robbery

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Don't you wish you were me??

Today would have made a great “day in the life” day for me.

Let’s see.

There was a note from J. with a list of software titles that YA patrons would like on the new “games only” PC for YA. So I went on to Amazon and set up a wish list to make it easy for her to order the titles that are available. Some of the titles were for consoles, not PC’s and some were rated “mature”. I don’t think we ought to put out “mature” titles on the YA PCs.

P’s back from vacation, so I asked her for the GL account that I should use to order the Gateway profile PC for her. I can't order unless she gets back to me.....

Got to finally show A and S how to use their new email addresses. M is still on my list!

I had to spend some time cataloging so that I would have something for R to work on when he got in. I hate when I discover that I have to redump just one lousy record from OCLC. Crap!

I opened boxes from Ingram and BWI with new books. No mistakes this time.

I reviewed items on the children’s cataloging cart to see what I could rush along without E’s approval. I'm going to need those items to catalog for R on Thursday!

S’s PC finally bit the dust today. The lights on every device on the machine are flashing and the thing sounds like its rebooting, and rebooting, and rebooting…..

L wants to order at least one new PC, but feels guilty about buying a Gateway profile when she just replaced their monitors with flat screen monitors last year. I assured her that I would find good homes for the flat screen monitors.

P wants me to give her some sample PC quotes in case we were to receive some grant money. Okay, quotes away! Oh, she wants children’s software in Spanish, too. www.spanishtoys.com saves the day!

A new agenda for Thursday's meeting was just distributed. We are starting an hour later. (Yeah!) But the agenda is much longer. (Boo!)

New supplies came in from Demco. 200 unbreakable CD cases. Where are we going to put them?? Ack! Turns out we weren’t down to 7, we still had a few. I really hate when I have to stash supplies in two different places. Oh well, at least the cases for the books on CD came in as well. And labels? I got your label right here!!

Oooooohhhhh! A new box of DVDs!! I’m totally drooling! There’s A Mighty Wind, Holes, Young Frankenstein and Sleeping Beauty!!

E just handed me a 3M screen and keyboard cleaner kit. Some kind of spray and wipe thing that’s supposed to be safe to use on LCD screens. I can’t believe how poorly some people treat the equipment they work with every day. (That “no, I will not fix your computer” shirt at thinkgeek.com is looking better all the time.)

Arg! That pesky "loophole" function of the Internet filter is cropping up again. Lucky me, I get all the email complaints about blocked websites. But I don't know how that "loophole" thing really happens. Better check N2H2's website

At least I'll have a little peace at home tonight. Leftovers for dinner. D is volunteering at school, so I'll just make H practice the piano and start her book report. Kids will be in bed by 8:30 and then it's Nip/Tuck at 9:00. Maybe I'll get my quilt finished tonight.
Lord of the trailers!

I can't wait until Monday!

Monday, September 22, 2003

GRRRRRRR!!!!

Now this is one tough woman!!

Friday, September 19, 2003

Blog trends

I've read a few "day in the life" items recently:

Ref Grunt
Tangognat
The librarian's world and welcome to it
Icontemplate

I remember Creating Keepsakes doing a story on that "day in the life" theme. The idea was that the magazine editors picked one day and then readers would create a scrapbook layout for that day. Then of course, we all get to see the results. (Provided the scrapbooking techniques were up to snuff as well.)

Maybe I'll pick a day and do the "day in the life" on this blog one day. It will be easier than trying to do the scrapbook layout.
Spleesh!!

Okay, I'll stop talking like Amy Wong for one day. After all it is Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Let's hear it for third grade! Yea!

Hannah's having a great year, IMO. She hasn't complained even a little bit about homework and even manages to get most of it done after school at extended care. We have been warned that the third graders will get more homework after Christmas, but I think we'll be ready for it.

Yesterday I picked the kids up and Hannah starts telling me about her "junior reporters" that she has organized. I asked "you mean, like newspaper reporters?" Exactly! So I asked her if she wanted to publish a little third grade newspaper written by her and her friends. (Oh yeah, that Spectator side of me is coming out again!)

Friday, September 12, 2003

Let's take a moment to remember a man who meant so much to those of us in the Fred Poets Society. He was an inspiration to us all.

We'll miss you John.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

I (heart) my bad attitude

I came to the realization yesterday of just how negative a person I am. I was talking with someone at work about playing with the flute choir this weekend and (of course) I complained about the director. She's a nice person, but she just really screwed up directing one song. Then I thought about how I always complain about the leaders of my daughter's Brownie troop as well. It's not that I don't have a problem being a follower, it's just that I need a really capable leader to follow!!

Today's resolution: to be more accepting of the people around me.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Hm, okay..

Well, I've added the ability for people to comment. We'll see how it goes......

Thursday, September 04, 2003

It's every parents' dream.....

The day your precious 5 year old daughter quotes Bender. This morning Michelle says to me "bodies are for hookers and fat people"!
Wha?? No posts for a week??

That's okay, since no one reads this anyway.

Here's a great resource for college professors. The "Mindset list" was designed so that the college's faculty would have a better idea of the mindset of the incoming students, and it is to be hoped that the teaching faculty would be better able to relate to students because of it. It makes me feel old!!