Thursday, December 30, 2004

Return of the King : EE

No time to post -- I've been trying to get through my Return of the King extended edition DVD. I'm thrilled with the additional footage: the death of Saurman, more Eomer/Eowyn stuff, the mouth of Sauron (creepy!!!), the Faramir/Pippin exchange.

I love that the houses of healing is back in, but I wish that there were still more of Faramir and Eowyn. I wish that it were a little clearer that they both want to go off to the Black Gate with everyone else, but Aragorn insists that they stay in Minas Tirith and recover. But I suppose that would add another 20 minutes to the movie -- not that I would mind!!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Friday, December 17, 2004

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Friday, December 10, 2004

Monday, December 06, 2004

Iceless Can Cooler

Duffman says "Oh yeah"! I gotta bookmark this little beaut so I don't have to remember where I saw it!

Friday, December 03, 2004

Despair, Inc.

Need a good calendar for the office? Your search is over.

Monday, November 29, 2004

A work day in the life of me

8:10 am - "I forgot my password." *sigh* I had just stepped in the building when I was confronted with this one. Please people, can I just hang up my coat and grab a Diet Coke first??

8:12 am - "Why can't I log in?" Huh? What's wrong with you people? You've been sucessfully "logging in" for months? Turns out people can't tell the difference between logging on to their computers and logging on to Dynix.

8:20 am - Make a quick check of for the preview footage from ROTK : EE.

8:25 am - Time to add those two gov docs machines to the network. Hope this goes smoothly.....

9:25 am - Hm, that was easy. Too easy in fact. I've got all the public gov docs Windows XP logging in with group policies for desktop security. So far so good.

9:40 am
  • Handed out laptop to our "special patron".
  • Checked in with my network support guy. I've still got problems with a PC, but he gave me a couple more things to try.
  • Hey, I finally got my USB port to read from a USB drive! Woo-hoo!
  • I was ready to take the USB drive to children's to give them some photos, when they came to me reporting loss of Internet on a couple machines. So it's off to children's I go!!
10:00 am - So children's is back online again and they have their pictures. So they're happy. Time to answer some email and get another Diet Coke.

10:30 am - Okay, email's all answered. Lunch plans are set.

10:35 am - KK can't use OCLC Passport. It's a problem I know about but haven't had a chance to try my intended solution. It will have to wait for now.

10:40 am - Now Gov Docs can't print.

11:35 am - It's amazing what paper, ink and having all the #*$&(@/&#*(@ cables plugged in will do for a printer.

11:51 am - Oh, I'm supposed to search for *.cpl not *.ctl.

11:52 am - Run report of withdrawn items at Branch.

11:53 am - No items withdrawn.

12:10 pm - Okay, so I figured out why I was having problems with my last PC. Now I just have to figure out how to remove the trial software that I decided I didn't want after all. At least I was finally able to get the PC hooked up to the new server and change the print queues to the new one.

12:25 pm - JG is having lunch with me today!! Mmmmm, Panera......

1:25 pm - Hm, a little bit longer lunch than I intended, but that's okay. I feel like I have a grip on things finally.

1:30 pm - Van delivery. Got my monthly list of new subject headings to review.

1:55 pm - Got KH's Outlook working again. Still having fits with KK's PC. There's just a shred of hope left that I don't want to have to haul it off to have the OS reinstalled, and yet I'm sure that would fix the problems. What to do???

2:35 pm - Okay, that's it. KK's PC is going back to "the shop". Okay, so we'll end up paying to have the OS reinstalled, but at least it will be useable once again!!

2:45 pm - Finally figured out why I wasn't seeing the new trailer for ROTK : EE. Man, oh man, this DVD is gonna be great!!!! *sigh* Back to work....

3:35 pm - My group policy book came in today. Spent the last 50 minutes perusing the first two chapters. Now it's getting complicated. I'm leaving at 4:10 pm sharp (I hope) so I think I'll put the book down now.

3:36 pm - Got an email that there is a PC in YA that won't "start up". It will have to wait until tomorrow morning.

3:40 pm - Just realized that there are videos to be released tomorrow. Better get them ready to go.

4:15 pm - So much for leaving at 4:10 sharp! At least the videos are ready and I've got a head start on the December 7 videos.

So long!

Monday, November 22, 2004

From the "what have I gotten myself into" department...

We are now a three cat household. Three days after we got back from the most awesome Disneyworld, we adopted a cat.

He's a four month old part Abyssinian part tabby cat. Kind of gold fur with black tabby kind of markings. He's just adorable!! We named him Diego. I kind of liked the name Rascal, but I didn't want him to be a self fulfilling prophecy.

He's very social and follows me around the house more than anyone else in the family. He sleeps with me -- on my face!! That's not so great, but we manage to find a good spot for him to sleep. It's so nice to finally have a cat that actually likes me!!

So far so good with the other cats. Coconut has simply withdrawn from society, so she's about the same. Rup has come over a few times to check out the new cat, but she basically just doesn't care.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

This morning my daughter, who is in 1st grade asked me if I knew any smart people. Naturally, I suggested that I was a smart person that she knows.

"No," she said, "someone really smart."

"Like Dad? Uncle Pete? Grandpa?"

"No, someone really, really smart. Someone who knows Latin."

See, they're studying Martin Luther in school right now and her teacher said that Martin Luther knew Latin and that Latin is the hardest language in the world to learn.

Well, I took two quarters of Latin in college and I still have my textbooks!! So I had a good time pulling out my Latin textbooks and my copy of Winnie the Pooh in Latin as well. Hey, for once, I actually impressed my kids!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004


We just got this book in yesterday and I love it! It's just a collection of quotations, but it's the nature of the quotations that set these apart. I think I like these quotes because they remind me of the Simpsons episode where Bart cheats on his IQ test and gets put in a gifted classroom and the kids have to come up with examples of a paradox.

Here are some samples from the book:

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous. - anon

It's easier to suffer in silence if you are sure someone is watching. - anon

If you aren't confused by quantum physics, then you haven't really understood it. - Niels Bohr

Men are so made that they can resist sound argument, and yet yield to a glance. - Honore De Balzac

The love we give away is the love we keep - Elbert Hubbard

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency. - Eugene McCarthy

All propaganda lies -- even when it is telling the truth. - George Orwell

Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it. - Harry S Truman

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Cool T-shirt!

Reading is sexy, but we already knew that!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

More library musings

Every few years, my library's consortium takes a step back and considers our library software. In 1997, we migrated from GEAC to Dynix. So we've been on Dynix for a while and it's time to start shopping around again. We're currently considering Dynix, SIRSI, and Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Now I highly doubt that my colleagues will consider my idea of choosing a vendor based on how cute the salesperson is, so I offer up another way to help us decide which vendor to choose: I say we let Googlefight do the picking!

Here are the scenarios I ran:

SIRSI vs. Innovative
Dynix vs. Innovative
SIRSI vs. Dynix

Googlefight recommends: SIRSI!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Your Boss Is Watching

In a recent study on Internet deprivation, people forced to live without Net access for two weeks said they missed the "private space" the Internet provided them at work.

Well, I have news for you. That Internet account you have at work is not your private space. It's also your boss's space, and your boss's boss's space, and so on up the line. In fact, if you think you have any real privacy on the job, you're laboring under a delusion. Here are some of the more common myths about Net privacy at work.

Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

That gives me an idea!


Library news flash

How did I miss this story?

Want some library related posts? I recently attended the ILA Conference at Navy Pier.

I don't know which stereotype is worse: teachers or librarians. And it's okay for me to make comparisons as I am a librarian and nearly all my friends are either librarians or teachers. (Or IT folks, but that's a whole other topic.)

Anyway, after spending some time perusing the vendor exhibits, I once again came to the realization of what a bland looking lot of people we librarians are. I mean, we're not in the library today people! This is a conference! Your chance to kick back and be a little more "normal", right? What? Oh. You always look like that? And I always thought of Democrats as the more "hip" political party.

Whatever you do,

don't clickhere.

Good movie update!

I finally saw a movie worth telling other people to see. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.

Wow! If ever there was a movie about truth, beauty, freedom and (most of all) love, then this was it.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Hooray for October!

I can start planning for Halloween!

Monday, September 20, 2004

A new low

Okay, I've sunk to a new low this week. I already hate admitting that I watch Nip/Tuck and now I think I'm hooked on The Surreal Life. Ugh, it's like I can just feel my brain cells dying as I watch this dreck but I'm somehow powerless to stop it!

Worse than that, Lost premiere's this Wednesday on ABC and then the new episodes of ER start up on Thursday. That's just way too many TV programs for me to be interested in. When am I going to have time to watch The Simpsons??

My only possible "justification" for watching so much TV is that I am hand piecing a quilt right now and at least I'm sewing while the TV is on. And did I mention I'm sewing by hand?? It's just some little nine-patch pieces, but I've just got this goal of hand sewing my next quilt.

Stay tuned (no pun intended) for more details.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Inducing Unintended Consequences for Libraries

Okay, here's more to think about.

Downhill Battle - Music Activism

I take a certain amount of pride in my apathy, but I think this is a cause I can support.

If I've said it once....

...I've said it a thousand times!

It's either DVD or else it's VHS!

It's not DVD or VIDEO!

DVD's and VHS tapes are VIDEOS!!

Get it straight, world!!

Monday, September 13, 2004

Meet : The Librarian!

This will combine two of my favorite things: Noah Wyle and librarianship!

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Wither blog?

So why haven't I posted anything for so long? I was tired. August was an especially exhausting month.

Michelle had her appendix out, I had to finish that freaking quilt (and then start another one), and then school started which meant meetings and shopping for school supplies. You wouldn't think shopping for school supplies would be exhausting, but some items were just hard to find. Like big glue sticks. There were lots and lots of little glue sticks but Wal-Mart and Target seemed to be out of the big glue sticks every time I tried to go buy them.

At least Clark and Sophia's wedding is this weekend. So that stress will be over soon enough.

My big dilemma right now is shoes. Since it's past Labor Day, I don't know if I can wear my "off-white" shoes to the wedding. They're more "sandal-y" and the weather is supposed to be pretty warm on Saturday, so they would appear appropriate, but are they too close to white to wear??

Today I actually wore my black knee-high boots! I wonder if it's too early to start wearing them. The weather has turned cooler, so the temptation is high. The real problem is that I don't have a nice pair of "in between" black shoes. It's either the boots or the sandals. What I really want is a pair of these.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Alternate reality

I have the feeling that I've posted this before, but it's still worth checking out.

What if The Lord of the Rings had been written by someone else?

Friday, August 13, 2004

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Here comes

Here comes summer,
Here comes summer,
Chirping robin, budding rose.
Here comes summer,
Here comes summer,
Gentle showers, summer clothes.
Here comes summer,
Here comes summer --
Whoosh -- shiver -- there it goes.

-- Shel Silverstein

Monday, August 02, 2004

Free compact discs more headache than blessing for libraries

I keep on stumbling across stories like this. When I asked if anyone at our library knew if we would be receiving any free CD's, no one had even heard of the settlement!

Friday, July 30, 2004

My next house...

Will have this dishwasher, this dryer, and this dance pad!

How do I reconcile my wanting these items, yet resolving to live free from the burden of unnecessary possessions? Simple. The items above are too far out of my price range to ever afford!

I have made a wonderful discovery in I joined the Schaumburg group and just last night I "freecycled" away some outgrown kids clothes. I offered up my set of 8 Diet Coke drinking glasses, but no one wanted them. Well, I guess I'll try to sell them on ebay or something.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Monday, July 26, 2004

Personal Goals

Am I laboring under the misapprehesion that most people live their life in pursuit of personal goals?

I've struggled with this idea lately. I'm know there are people out there with lists of things they wish to accomplish at some point in their lives, but until recently, I have not counted myself as one of those people.

Really. There are people who always wanted to go to Europe, or they always wanted to have a baby, or they always wanted to go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, or they always wanted to get a Ph.D. etc., etc.

I, on the other hand, have had a sad tendency to sort of just take what God has offered up to me. I only vaguely had an interest in what college I would attend (though I knew I would attend college). I probably would never have chosen librarian as a career except one day someone suggested that I do it. I didn't really have any other life plan at the time, so I said "Why not?" Even the travels that I have been fortunate enough to embark on have been the result of spontenaity, rather than a life goal of traveling to said destination.

At any rate, I've given this quite a bit of thought lately and I am pleased to annouce that I do have a goal in life and it is this:
to live a life free from the burden of unneccessary possessions.
So this would be the time to start selling on ebay again!

Oh yeah, tomorrow night I will be attending a meeting regarding my children's school dress code. Stay tuned....

Thursday, July 22, 2004


Okay, another good movie! I just finished watching Miracle and I'm way to hyped up to go to bed.

I remember that big game, when the USA beat the CCCP. (At least I'm pretty sure it was that game.) I do remember being sick with a bad cold or something, and I remember watching the game from the couch. One of the other teachers from my parents' school was over and she called the players "a bunch of fruits" because they were going nuts after the game.

Then all the adults started acting like she said something wrong by using the term "fruits". Well, my brothers and I had no idea what other meaning there could be for the term "fruit", but we figured out pretty quick that it would get a good reaction from grownups.

And that's the story of how my brothers and I started calling each other "fruits".

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Office Depot is having a promotion where they will "recycle" your used electronics. I took a printer in yesterday as a trial run to see how difficult it would be. I figured I would have to fill out a form or something, but they just said "bring it in and give it to any store associate". Sure enough, it really was that easy.
Today's update:

It's still too hot outside for rational thinking. So, just enjoy these interesting quotes.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Blah, Blah, Blah

It's too dang hot to post anything profound. So here are some random things I like:


Close to My Heart - scrapbooking

Billy West interview

Black cat

Halloween black cat

2005 Futurama calendar

Rock Bottom Remainders tour

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Summer time means books on CD

Last summer I made a great discovery: books on CD. And it's about time, too! I haven't had a vehicle with a cassette tape player for almost 5 years, so books on tape are useless to me. I listen to books on CD in the summer because I have farther to drive to drop my kids off in the morning.

So far this summer I've listened to:

The Fourth hand by John Irving
Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks
Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by Dai Sijie
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Just today I started listening to The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom. I was a little skeptical starting this last book since it seems trendy to me, but I'm already on disc 2 and so far it's not bad. The only dud in the whole bunch seems to be The Fourth hand.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Happy Birthday!

Well, I did it. I keep the ol' blog rolling for one year! Even if I'm really the only one who reads it, I think it's been worth it.

So I'm thinking about giving the blog a face lift. Blogger has got some nifty new templates, which should make it easier.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004


I finally finished going through the "school packet" for this fall. I had stopped when I got to the new dress code policy because it infuriated me so much.

Now that I took the time to really look at all the papers, I found that Hannah had gotten a certificate for perfect attendance!! She didn't miss a single day of school last year! At first I was surprised, but then after I thought about it for a while, yeah, I don't ever remember her staying home sick and we certainly didn't pull her out of class for anything. So it adds up.

I remeber a couple of mornings when she said she didn't fell well, but she did go to school knowing that she could feel free to call Dave or I to pick her up if she didn't think she could participate.

When I told Hannah about it, she wasn't even impressed! Lousy kid. Well, she did pretend to be excited for me. I figured that she'd ask for some kind of special "reward" or something, but she pretty much didn't care.

I guess that's okay. Perfect attendance to me is sort of a non-award anyway. Sometimes it's just luck that you didn't miss a day. The only reason she didn't have perfect attendance in first grade was because she contracted chicken pox. And the only reason she didn't have perfect attendance in second grade was because we pulled her out of school for a couple of days for our Disneyworld trip. Hannah really just lucked out this year.

Still, I think it's kind of neat!

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Wanna help a library out?

Type "library" in to search the wish lists. (Try "hospital" too.)

I think this is a pretty good idea. People can feel good about purchasing something to help someone out and they don't even have to leave home to do it! Plus, the charity gets items that it really wants, not old moldy boxes of books that have been decaying in someone's attic or basement.
School Dismisses Student After Alleged Laxative Prank

The story isn't so interesting, but the comments left on are what makes this one funny.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Does Michael Moore hate America?

I hate to draw attention away from my little flute playing saga, but I just think this is kind of funny.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Dog days of summer got you all hot and bothered?

Cool off with the Bentley Snow Crystal Collection

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Friday, June 11, 2004

Now here's an example of a request for review that will get taken seriously:

An unknown user would like to request access to the following Web content:

This site fits into the following N2H2 categories that you've chosen to block:


This request was submitted on 6/11/04 at 4:52 PM.

At, there is no pornography of any sort, and I wishfully request that you go on the site and look for yourself. The site is dedicated to poetry and poets in the chicagoland area. I would appreciate the site not being blocked so as I can read poetry and submit my own poems.
Thank You,
Our library's content filtering system allows patrons to submit a "request for review" when they hit upon a website that is prohibited because of the filter. Basically, the patron may fill in a return email address and write their comments as to why they think the blocked site they hit upon should be unblocked.

The administration here has chosen to disallow email, chat, and message boards on the filtered Internet PC's. These are the most common "request for review" messages I receive. Many of the comments are as short and sweet as "screw you" (only not in such polite terms). Once in a while, though, I get a great one like the following. This is the actual message with no editing on my part.

"i think that you should be able to talk to your friend on line because it could me homework related or you could just be haveing fun so this is what i think you should mbe albe to communicate with other people on oly this compuer and the other computer for home work so that you csn injoy your self in a local library be only be able to be on it for at least a holf an horur at a time or me in less some body needs to look up some thing on the internet and you are only playing games talking to friens in chat or what not well thank you for your time if you have any ousetions than email me at"

Well,, I think you should learn how to type and spell as well as learn how to form complete sentences. Best of luck to you at your future McJob!

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Thursday, May 27, 2004


Zelda fans -- rejoice!! Check out the latest Zelda trailer!!

Friday, May 21, 2004

I inadvertently participated in National Carb Awareness Day.

Last night I had a big bowl of angel hair pasta for dinner. I dumped on a little Prego spaghetti sauce and loaded it up with parmesean cheese. I don't know why, but angel hair is my favorite pasta. Maybe because of its delicate size I feel like I'm eating less or something.

Oh yeah, for dessert I tried the new Ben & Jerry's Dublin mudslide ice cream. Dave bought some the other day and for some reason I had myself convinced it had mint flavoring in it. It does NOT have mint in it and is simply one of the most delectible new flavor's that Ben & Jerry have come up with of late.

At Jennifer's graduation party, Dave brought a bottle of Kahlua Mudslides. Sharon or I usually bring and devour TGI Friday's Mudslides, but I gotta say, the Kahlua version is ten times better.

Why am I waxing on so much about food and drink? Oh yeah, it's almost lunchtime and I've got Portillo's on my mind.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Ah! Some Return of the King news.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Harry Potter sequels we're not likely to see.
Cute bento pictures! via Not Martha via Boing Boing.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Don't librarians have enough to worry about??

Could you be sued for turning over an Internet user's sign-up information to law enforcement? Just another argument in favor of my "no email for library patrons" campaign.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Friday, April 30, 2004

Note from

There's a real FPS quality to this.
Lord of the Peeps

Chapter 9 is up!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Pantone birthday color

Ooh! Pretty colors!

Hey, I think my color is right on! April is Cayenne -- fiery and energetic, this color signifies passion, strength and courage.

Even my actual birthdate color is pretty accurate. Ribbon red -- tenacious, responsible, purposeful. Powerful and strong, you are capable of managing a lot of responsibility.
Grateful time!

Today I'm grateful for:

  1. No cavities!!
  2. Warm (but not too warm!) weather -- maybe we'll even grill tonight!!
  3. Walking to Subway for lunch
  4. Achievement testing -- this translates into no homework for the kids, and therefore, more relaxed evenings at home
  5. Finding a good book and loving it so much that you finish it in two days!

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Man, oh man, do I love card games! I brought in my SkipBo cards to work and taught everyone how to play Garbage. (I couldn't find the rules for Garbage online to link to.) But I did find a great
card games website.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Librarians take note: Filtering is a collection development issue. Excellent article.

Don't get me started on libraries and email.

Email is a form of communication. We don't tell library patrons that they are more than welcome to use our phones or our FAX machines. Nor do we hand out free postage stamps to ptrons.

Hence, I do not believe libraries should offer email to patrons, either.
Holy crap! X-play has it's own blog!

Life is good.....

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Attention FPS members!!

The Rock Bottom Remainders are coming to Chicago!!
You are now a Ninja! via Not Martha.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Happy Birthday to me!

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Good reading!!

I stayed up until 12:30 am to finish On Writing by Stephen King. What a fantastic book! Fred mentioned it in an email, and Fred hasn't steered me to a bad book yet.

On Writing is like two books in one. (I read that on Amazon.) But it's true. You get these wonderful little vignettes, memories really, from King's life and then you get the low-down "on writing". (No pun intended.)

I have been a fan of Stephen King's from waaaaay back. I think the first thing I read that he wrote was The Long Walk. I can't claim that I've read everything he's ever written, but I've read the "biggies". It, The Stand, The Green Mile, The Shining, Misery just to name a few. I was recently asked to recommend a book for someone who had never read any of his books. Wow. That's a really tough one. They're all so good!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Easter Sunday

Turned out to be a lot more hectic of a day than I bargained for. Church at 8:00, breakfast at another church at 9:15, music rehearsal at 9:45, played for service at 10:30. So I got home around 12:30 pm and the family started to arrive at 1:00. At least everyone brought more food than they had originally promised to bring. (Not that there wouldn't have been enough to eat!!)

Note to self: Never teach the sisters in law a game that that you don't really want to play in its entirety from beginning to end. I got caught up in what felt like a never ending card game, followed by a game of dominoes where it was insisted that we play all the way from 12 to 0 (even numbers only) and they wanted to keep score!! I used to think I had a competitive streak, but my competitive streak is nothing compared to theirs.....

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Nobody likes a stale blog...

Acutally, nobody seems to like this blog! Only one other FPS member has ever posted comments, and only one other FPS member has actually contributed!! Well, that's okay. I still lay claim to the FPS nomiker. (Is that a word??)

I finally got back to reading Simple Abundance. I think I was about three weeks behind in readings. Hm, things to be grateful for:

  1. Coloring Easter eggs

  2. Whoppers robin eggs

  3. Sonic Heroes (the video game)

  4. Days off of work!! (Even if I don't totally get everything done that I wanted.)

  5. Hosting Easter dinner at my house tomorrow

I suppose a lot of people freak out at the thought of hosting the "family dinner". (My good friend Julie jokes that our family is like the "royal family" because we get together about once every month or two for dinner.)

Anyway, I like hosting family occasions. Everyone pitches in for food anyway, and it's one of the few times I actually like to cook. There are a few things I just wouldn't cook for the four of us. Plus, when I'm at my own house, I have something to do. I usually end up messing with food and plates and such, but at least I have something to keep me busy. If I were at one of my sister-in-law's houses, I'd have to bring a book or something, and I'm between books right now anyway.

Clark and Sophia finally set a wedding date. September 11, 2004. Dave's going to be best man and the girls are dreaming about being flower girls. (I've been telling them not to get their hopes up!) Me? I would be glad to do nothing. Seriously. I don't feel close enough to either of them to want to have any role other than attendance/observer. I just have to remember not to schedule myself to play piano anywhere that weekend!!

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Monday, April 05, 2004

You are a MASTER of the English language!

While your English is not exactly perfect,
you are still more grammatically correct than
just about every American. Still, there is
always room for improvement...

How grammatically sound are you?
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No, I really don't hate Steve Ballmer. This would still be funny no matter who it is. The fact that it's Steve Ballmer just makes it more funny.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Return of Return of the King

Saturday night I went to see Return of the King -- yes, again. The last time I saw it was December 29, 2003. It was even better than I remembered!

Oh, it still bugged me when Theoden says they must ride "light and swift" (it should be "lightly and swiftly") but that's a minor point, really. I was surprised that I got all choked up at completely different points in the movie than I did before.

This time I got all teary when Frodo gets stabbed by Shelob and Sam thinks that he's dead. I remember reading that line in the book and just being completely blown away. I had to stop reading and just have a good cry. But the first time I saw the movie I didn't cry then because I knew what was going to happen.

At this viewing I really, really got choked up at all the farewells at the "end" of the movie. Aragorn's coronation, the departures to the grey havens, and even Sam returning home. I think I was so sad becuase I really felt like I was saying goodbye to my own friends. When I went to see ROTK on Dec 22 and again on Dec 29, I knew that at some point I'd be seeing ROTK in the theater again. But after Saturday, I don't think that I will be seeing ROTK in the theater again.

Now, I guess I'll just be waiting until the extended edition of ROTK comes out on video at the end of 2004. I suppose I could re-read the books again in the meantime. Am I going to turn into one of those geeks who re-reads Lord of the Rings once a year?? You know, I think I am. And I don't think that's a bad thing.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Awesome!! Awesome to the max!!

It's Groening's show, and now he's on it

After 15 seasons of The Simpsons, creator Matt Groening finally gets a guest spot (Fox, April 4, 8 p.m. ET/PT). “The writers wrote it in as a goof. I thought, ‘I'll show them. I'll do it,' ” he says.

He has supplied a couple of sounds — Maggie's pacifier, a Ned Flanders scream — but this time Groening plays himself. He's identified as the creator of Futurama. (He couldn't be the creator of The Simpsons on The Simpsons or “the whole universe would implode.”) Though Groening didn't draw his picture, it's closer to real life than one earlier depiction as “an eyepatch-wearing, head-shaved, right-wing gun nut.”

In the episode, Edna Krabappel runs off with Comic Book Guy to a comic convention, where Groening is autographing robot dolls of Futurama's Bender. Groening's image also appeared in an earlier episode on a wall of photos of people banned for life from Comic Book Guy's store. “I've been banned from many comic book stores,” he says.

— Bill Keveney

Actual story appears here.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

My new baby!

Baby grand piano that is!! Today I took delivery of a brand new Yamaha 5 foot baby grand piano. It's a truly beautiful instrument. I think I played more piano today than I have in the last two weeks. I think I need to have the "b" two octaves below middle "c" checked out, though. It sounds a little funny.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Subject headings

Does anyone really search by subject anymore?? In our consortium, we have split up authority control responsibilities over three different libraries. One has names, one has series/titles, and I have subjects.

I used to have series/titles, which I just loved, but a more vocal librarian wanted to handle series/titles and I didn't feel it was worth arguing over. You want it? Fine! I miss taking care of those series sometimes, though. It was a small bunch, but squirrelly. And when I added cross references I felt like I was making a difference.

Now that I've been relegated to subject headings I have lingering doubts as to whether the work I'm doing even makes a difference. Everyone searches by series, but I have my doubts about how often people search by subject.

Not that I blame them. Browsing subject headings is horrible!! All those free floating subdivisions! Why are catalogers so compelled to add on as many subdivisions as possible?? It just irks me to see a heading with only one bib attached to it. What's the point? When I select a subject heading from a list, I want to see a group of titles with that heading, don't you?

Now, keyword subject searching is probably the way to go. I'll have to do some research into what methods our users are using to search. But I think there's something flaky about the way our system handles the subject keyword search. Something like it only looks for the terms within one heading as opposed to finding the keywords anywhere in any heading.

Well, I could go on and on about subject headings for fiction. Useless they are!! But that's a rant for a different day...

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Bad dates

Someone put two bowls of dates in our staff lounge at the library today. Dates? Huh? Most people bring back a box of candy or something when they go on vacation. I had half a mind to try them except every time I'd reach for one a little voice would pop into my head and say "bad dates". I couldn't help but think of Raiders of the lost ark where Indy throws up a poisoned date into the air to eat it and Sala grabs it right out of the air.

So now every time I go into the staff lounge I just laugh to myself. *sigh* I don't know why people don't understand me.....

Monday, March 22, 2004

I do belong to a cult. The cult of Diet Coke.
Ooh! Another personality quiz!!

You're Siddhartha!

by Hermann Hesse

You simply don't know what to believe, but you're willing to try
anything once. Western values, Eastern values, hedonism and minimalism, you've spent
some time in every camp. But you still don't have any idea what camp you belong in.
This makes you an individualist of the highest order, but also really lonely. It's
time to chill out under a tree. And realize that at least you believe in

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Friday, March 19, 2004

Okay, self, take a deep breath...soon it will all be over....

Looking around the vacant dining room (all the furniture is now in the kitchen) draws a person's eye up to the horrible light fixture. Neither dh or I are particularily fond of the light fixture, so off to Home Depot we go!! At least we agreed on a new light fixutre and it was relatively simple to install. All I had to do was hold it while he reconnected the wires.

My genius dh points out that since we have all the furniture moved out of the kids' rooms, now would be a good time to paint M's room! He's right, but this is easier said than done. There is a chair rail that has been painted over a couple of times, so there will be some patching, spackling, and sanding to do first.

I did manage to pull off the rail myself (yea me!) but there is wallpaper underneath the rail!! And the wall above and below the rail has been painted a couple of times, so there is this "groove" of sorts where the rail has been. Dh doesn't think it will be noticable once the new paint is up, but I beg to differ. So I'm sanding like crazy!!

We let M pick out her own color. It's this crazy bright, bold, blue. She is thrilled, so I say why not?? H's room is a shocking purple, so why not crazy blue in M's room.

We did manage to get rid of the horrible brown sofa and loveseat, so that's another step in the right direction. At least the carpeting nightmare will be over by next Wednesday. I've already decided to hire a maid to come in and clean once everything is back in place. I think I deserve it!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

I know I should be more excited, but...

there are just too many things going on, I hardly know where to begin!

1. Had a wonderful weekend with the Ya-Ya's in Normal. We attended a conference for stay at home moms of all things! Only two of the four of us are actually stay at home moms! Well, we didn't go for the conference. We went because we all needed to have some girlfriend time together. I already miss my friends again!!

2. We've got carpeting on order for the whole house. Our credit card's been charged, but we have no installation date. Grrrr. Saturday all the guys are going to start moving furniture into the garage, but we still don't have an install date!!!

3. We bought a new piano!! It's my birthday/anniversary present for like, the next 5 years. A little Yamaha baby grand. I love it! We won't take delivery until after the carpet has been installed, though.

4. We're getting a new roof due to the "hail damage". That one's covered by insurance, so whatever. I just think the insurance ought to also cover the part of our backyard fence that got blown over by the high winds we've been having! Granted, I'm staying out of these items, letting big D. handle all the details. But it's still stressing me that we're having all this "stuff" done.

5. I did have a great Sunday playing at Trinity!! I felt really confident about the songs and I thought we sounded really good! People really sang along well with "Power of Your love". I almost started crying!!
There's no place like ...

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Now this is irony!!

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing

Too bad my baby-naming days are over. Still, there are always cats!

It's fun and it will do in a pinch, but not quite as satisfying as the real thing.

Friday, March 05, 2004

The unbearable lightness of being ironic

In the final episode of Futurama entitled "The devils hands are idle playthings" there is a running joke about the robot devil's use of the word irony.

When Fry agrees to trade his hands with the hands of a randomly selected robot the robot that comes up on the giant wheel is the Robot Devil himself. This event prompts the following dialogue:

Fry: Robot Devil? I get your hands? Zam!

Robot Devil: Oh what an appallingly ironic outcome.

Bender: It's not ironic; it's just coincidental. Now fork over those lady-fingers cookie!

Continuing the story, Fry wants new hands so that he can woo Leela by writing an opera about her and performing the opera on the holophoner. Then the day before the premiere, the Robot Devil installs an air horn on Bender and Bender uses the air horn to deafen Leela. The dialogue ensues:

Bender: Pretty annoying, huh Leela?

Leela: (shouting) What? Are you talking? Oh God I'm deaf!

Bender: Oops. I'm so so sorry Leela. I just wanted to annoy you.

Leela: (shouting) What? Oh this is horrible. I won't be able to hear Fry's opera.

Robot Devil: Ah how delightfully ironic.

Bender: It's not ironic, it's just mean. Take this! [He blows the airhorn weakly.]

Robot Devil: Ooh! Out of aerosol? Also ironic!

The joke finally comes to its conclusion at the opera when the Robot Devil grants Leela mechanical ears in exchange for her hand. In marriage. Oh yes, the "in marriage" part is only in the fine print and Leela comes to rue the agreement she has made. When the Robot Devil reveals the bargain to the audience, Bender muses:

[In the audience Bender reads from a dictionary.]

Bender: (singing) The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention, Now that is "irony!"

Fantastic writing eh? I made a dash for my Wesbster's and indeed that was the definition of "irony"!!

What does all this have to do with anything? Recently on the NexGen list, a subscriber made the following comment about the librarian action figure:

I think the "shushing action" is supposed to be ironic.

Interesting use of the word ironic don't you think?? has a paragraph that addresses this phenomenon of people using the word ironic to mean "coincidental" or "improbable". Acutally, the use of "ironic" to mean "coincidental" doesn't even apply to the action figure comment!! (And it was made by a person with a master's degree!!)

I find the fact that I have been dwelling on the Futurama episode and the fact that I have recently encountered misuse of the word "ironic" to be an interesting coincidence.

Also I hate that freaking action figure.
It's sweeping the nation!! TATERS!!
Just say NO to Malternatives
Accountants are the real bookworms
As a librarian I probably read more book jackets than I do books!!

Thursday, March 04, 2004

We wants it, precious!

Monday, March 01, 2004

Friday, February 27, 2004

Finally, the voice of reason!!'Passion' critics too predictable
Oh yeah, I just like this title:
1968 : The Year That Rocked the World
Just adding this for later reference:

The Lair of the Crab of Ineffable Wisdom

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I have no idea how long Steven has been bugging me to watch this show, but I bet it's "ever since it first aired". But now I have seen the first eight episodes! Keep in mind, that all I've seen so far. So all opinions expressed herein will be based on the first 8 episodes only!

Compared to the drivel that's generally aired on TV, Buffy's one of the better shows. The premise is unique (or at least it was, way back in the day) and there is something generally appealling about all of the characters. Most of us can identify with at least one character.

Each episode is actually very well written and everything from the episode names, to the events, to the settings really blends into a new, quirky style. I can understand why people would really like the show and become huge fans.

However, even at it's best, the show so far hasn't managed to "hook" me completely to the point where I would stay up late just to see the next adventure. Maybe it's because I don't like the vampires' makeup. It's a little strange, but not particularily "scary". It also seems like new characters are constantly introduced only to be revealed as either "bad guys" who have to be vanquished or short-lived characters that only serve to advance the plot of the given episode.

I'm not saying that the show won't "get better" as it finds it's feet, so to speak. Many, many TV series have only improved with time. I'm just not at a point in my life where I care to get involved with another TV series. I've got my weekly ER addition and I don't have time for another long-running show.

Now I KNOW that the Buffy series has ended. (It is officially over, isn't it?) So, in theory, I am able to see the whole series in it's entirety. But how many hours of viewing are we talking about?? A lot. So, sorry, Steven. It's not that it's a bad show, I really do think that it's a good show, but it's not the right show for me at this point in time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Friday, February 20, 2004

Baby, let's conjugate!

Yes, I do think this is fun!

Yes, I am a nerd.
Article: Lies, Damned Lies, and Google
Spring is here?

At least I've officially stopped wearing my heavy winter parka in favor of my lighter weight leather jacket. Yesterday I ditched the jacket altogether!! Okay, so I was a little cold today running from the car across the street to work (in the rain) but it's worth it to me. I just feel better in the leather jacket. More like myself.

After terrible neglect, I've gotten back to reading Simple Abundance. I'm about 10 days behind where I should be, but I think I'll catch up over the weekend. It is worth noting, however, that the entries I just read happen to conicide very much with things I have been thinking about recently.

Breathnach encourages the reader to think back to when you were 10 years old, and you were actually sure of yourself in any decision you made. You know how you can be trying on an outfit and you just know that "it's me". That's how I feel about my leather jacket. I guess it sounds silly, but the jacket really "is me". Buying that jacket was one decision that I felt completely confident in making.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

This is great!!

Want to be a librarian for a day?? Chances are you won't be doing all three of the items listed. (Fielding questions, doing storytime, selecting materials) Though I suppose a children's librarian might do all three in a day.

Doesn't anyone want to be in Technical Services for a day? The romance, the intrigue, the thrill of unpacking boxes, barcoding items, data entry, staring at a computer screen for 6 hours a day? We do have candy...

Or you could be sys admin for a day! You can solve computer problems while listening to people tell you "I didn't even touch it!"
Getting back to gratitude

Today I am grateful for:
  • Toast with butter and grape jelly

  • Tech support that is actually helpful!! (Thank you CDWG and HP!)

  • Best phrase ever: UNDER WARRANTY!!!

  • Children that wake up, get dressed and get their own breakfast without me helping them (Mornings. Never liked them. Never will. So how did I end up in a family of "morning people"?)

  • "Air quotes" (I honestly can't "talk" without them!!)

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Back to fashion blah

Well, after my venture into the "sexier" side of my wardrobe, it's back to the kakhis and plain white knit tops. I'm not even wearing any black today! And I feel like crap. (Aren't you supposed to wear black when you feel bad??) I wear black when I feel good!

Dh and I went to Morton's Steakhouse last night for dinner. We asked the sil if she would watch the kids while we went out. We really owe her now since she picked up the kids from school and kept them until almost 9:00 at night. On a school night!!

Anyway, it wasn't one of those "romantic" dinners or anything. It was dinner provided by one of dh's work buddies. Since dinner was on him, I ordered lobster bisque! (Never had it before.) Mmmm. Very good. And the steak was outstanding. As were the mushrooms, and garlic potatoes and wine, and dessert, etc.

I felt very out of place though. I had already changed into my comfy jeans when dh told me where to meet them. So I had to change back into a skirt, ugh. The service was impeccable. Everyone was very nice. Someone was always coming by to refill our wine glasses. We never poured a drop!

The whole dinner I kept thinking "this is what our life would be like if we didn't have kids". I was actually relieved to get out of there, even though everything was so nice. It just didn't feel right. I was really glad to see the kids when I picked them up and was glad that the younger one wasn't ready for bed so we could just sit and cuddle for a while.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Buffy the fashion slayer

I feel like I'm dressed very Buffy-ish today. I've got on a plain black knit top, a short leopard print skirt and my black knee high boots. I even ditched my bright purple Land's End parka for my black leather jacket. I feel like I could take on a host of vampires!

On the other hand, I feel a little self-conscious wearing an outfit like this to worrk. At the LIBRARY! Yet this outfit isn't as racy as some worn by members of government documents!! I'm not wearing fishnet stockings, after all.

It's not really me, though. The boots made me do it! I bought them last December at Payless of all places. (I didn't want to pay a lot of money if they didn't work out.) Now, the boots rule my wardrobe now. I can help but by tighter, lower cut sweaters to go with the boots. I own like four black skirts so the boots are perfect. I just change the length of the skirt, add a new top and voila! A new outfit!

As the spring approaches I will be forced again to take on the search for a new pair of shoes. My good ol' "taupe" shoes that pretty much go with anything have seen much better days and need to go the way of cast-off shoes.

For now, I will glory in my boots and will gladly follow where they may lead!
Good television!!

I can't wait for this one!!! Colonial House
Don't know who to vote for??

Try President Match! Very interesting. Hm, I think I learned something about myself today.....
Four word film reviews

Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King four word film review Pretty cool website. Sums up the movie in four words or less!

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Okay, my last (but not least) hymn
Does this one really need any comment??

I Know that My Redeemer Lives
By: Samuel Medley
Hymn # 264 from Lutheran Worship
Author: attr. John Hatton
Tune: Duke Street 1st Published in: 1775

I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living head!

He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save;
He lives exalted, throned above;
He lives to rule his Church in love.

He lives to grant me rich supply;
He lives to guide me with his eye;
He lives to comfort me when faint;
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives to bless me with his love;
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed;
He lives to help in time of need.

He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King!

He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to his name!
He lives, my savior, still the same;
What joy this blest assurance gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Another great hymn!

The Church’s One Foundation
By Samuel J. Stone
Hymn # 289 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Samuel S. Wesley
Tune: Aurelia
1st Published in: 1866

The Church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is his new creation By water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her To be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her, And for her life he died.

Elect from every nation, Yet one over all the earth;
Her charter of salvation: One Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses With every grace endued.

Through toil and tribulation And tumult of her war
Se waits the consummation Of peace forevermore
Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth has union With God, the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won.
O blessed heavenly chorus! Lord, save us by your grace
That we, like saints before us, May see you face to face.

I can't remember the last time we sang this hymn in church. It's wonderful! The tune is unforgettable and the words are lovely. Why don't we sing this one every week??

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Hymn of the day

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
By: Joachim Neander
Hymn # 444 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Ernewertes Gesangbuch
Tune: Lobe Den Herren
1st Published in: 1665

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
Let all who hear Now to his temple draw near,
Joining in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, who over all Things is wondrously reigning
And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.
Have you not seen All that is needful has been
Sent by his gracious ordaining?

Praise to the Lord, who will Prosper your work and defend you;
Surely his goodness and mercy Shall daily attend you.
Ponder anew What the almighty can do
As with his love he befriends you.

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all That is in me adore him!
All that has life and breath, Come now with praises before him!
Let the amen Sound from his people again.
Gladly forever adore him!

This is probably one of the all time greatest "praise" songs ever. No "contemporary" worship song can even come close. But if this is representative of what mortal men are capable of, how much greater and grander will the praises we sing in heaven be??!!

Oh Man!

As if I didn't already have too much reading material and not enough time, I have to discover: If "The Lord of the Rings" had been written by someone else ....

Monday, February 02, 2004

Favorite hymn #2

How Good, Lord, to Be Here
By: Joseph A. Robinson
Hymn #89 from Lutheran Worship
Composer: J.S. Bach
Tune: Potsdam
1st Published in: 1904

How good, Lord, to be here!
Your glory fills the night;
Your face and garments, like the sun,
Shine with unborrowed light.

How good, Lord, to be here,
Your beauty to behold
Where Moses and Elijah stand,
Your messengers of old.

Fulfiller of the past
And hope of things to be!
We hail your body glorified
And our redemption see.

Before we taste of death,
We see your kingdom come;
We long to hold the vision bright
And make this hill our home.

How good, Lord, to be here!
Yet we may not remain;
But since you bid us leave the mount,
Come with us to the plain.

This hymn is based on events recorded in Matthew 17:1-2, Mark 9:1-3, and Luke 9:27-29. I like this hymn because it deals with "mountaintop experiences". We all have events in our lives that stand out because we're having such a great time that we hate to see the event come to a close: like a reunion with old friends or a wonderful vacation. I like to think that's what heaven will be like. One big long mountaintop experience that will have no end!!
Well, I haven't kept up the five hymns in five days. I shouldn't ever start anything on a Thursday. I got completely wrapped up in a novel over the weekend and when I wasn't reading I was trying to rid myself of a headache that has gone on since Saturday morning.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Five hymns in five days

Okay, another challenge for myself. I'm going to suspend my posting of 5 things I'm grateful for every day (which I have pretty much failed at, ... or have I???). So now I present my five favorite hymns over the next five days. The hymns will all be from Lutheran Worship and are in no particular order.

In You Is Gladness
By: Johann Lindemann (1549-1631)
Hymn # 442
Lutheran Worship
Tune: Giwvanni Glacomo Gastoldi (c.1556-1622)
Tune: In Dir Ist Freude
1st Published in: 1858

In you is gladness Amid all sadness,
Jesus sunshine of my heart.
By you are given The gifts of heaven,
You the true Redeemer are.
Our souls are waking; Our bonds are breaking.
Who trust you surely Has built securely
And stands forever. Alleluia!
Our hearts are pining To see your shining,
Dying or living To you are cleaving
Now and forever. Alleluia!

If he is ours, We fear no powers,
Not of earth or sin or death.
He sees and blesses In worst distresses;
He can change them with a breath.
Wherefore the story Tell of his glory
With hearts and voices; All heaven rejoices
In him forever. Alleluia!
We shout for gladness, Win over sadness,
Love him and praise him And still shall raise him
Glad hymns forever. Alleluia!

Why do I like this hymn? I like the line "He sees and blesses in worst distresses; He can change them with a breath." Though we may feel like we are in the midst of terrible trials, God is always with us, and gives us much more to be glad about than we usually realize. Too often our eyes are clouded by temporary suffering. Sometimes just recalling a fond memory is enough to jog us out of a blue mood. Thank God for memories!! If the world takes everything else away from us, the world can never take our experiences from us; and the world can never take God from us!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

What Poetry Form Am I?

I'm terza rima, and I talk and smile.
Where others lock their rhymes and thoughts away
I let mine out, and chatter all the while.

I'm rarely on my own - a wasted day
Is any day that's spent without a friend,
With nothing much to do or hear or say.

I like to be with people, and depend
On company for being entertained;
Which seems a good solution, in the end.
What Poetry Form Are You?
Think your job is bad??

I spend nearly the whole day cleaning up subject headings!! What does that mean? I stared at a computer screen and made changes like the following:

from: 650 0 Reading $v Interactive multimedia
to: 650 0 Reading $v Juvenile software

from: 650 0 Dora the explorer (Television program) $v Fiction
to: 650 0 Dora the explorer (Fictitious character) $v Juvenile fiction

from: 650 0 Arthur (Fictitious character) $v Fiction $v Videorecordings
from: 650 0 Arthur (Fictitious character : Brown) $v Fiction $v Videorecordings
to: 650 0 Arthur (Fictitious character : Brown) $v Juvenile films

Think anyone is going to thank me?? Eh?? Fat chance!! Well, they did thank me when I put [big book] and [board book] into the 245 $h of the appropriate records!

At least I have good "cataloging Karma". I pretty much overhauled the subject headings for the entire juvenile CD-ROM collection, correcting errors and making things as consistent as possible.
Tip of the day for our readers who use ebay

Bad Spelling Pays on eBay It works! I found ebay items searching Longenberger, Longeberger, and Simspons. Yeah, the prices aren't that great, but there's no competition for the items!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Favorite hymns

Steven, you asked:
a) what are some of the common hymns that I play
b) what are some of my favorite hymns to play

5 to 10 years ago, I played the organ more for "traditional" worship services, so you'd often see the same hymns come up during certain times of the year. Sorry, but it seems like the churches I've attended rarely ever use "Beautiful Savior". That is a great hymn and one that I do like to play. I don't know why it doesn't get used more often. (Yeah, things would be different if I was the one picking the hymns!!)

In the past 5 years or so, I've pretty much gotten away from the organ playing and "traditional" worship services. Given the option, I would attend a "traditional" worship service, but when I play, I prefer to play the piano for "contemporary" worship services.

In the "contemporary" realm, there is hardly a core of songs that are used, really. It varies from church to church. I have been playing at Family in Faith long enough that I do see certain songs come up time and again. (Lord I lift Your name on high, Deep deep love, Walk by faith, In the secret, Shine Jesus Shine) I don't expect you to recognize any of those titles.

This week I pulled out an old Amy Grant CD called The Collection. What a great album! I really do love the songs "Thy Word" and "El Shaddai", but I haven't played either of them in a church service in years! There are also some great songs on the Promise Keepers CD of The making of a Godly man. My favorites are "No higher calling", "Knowing You", and "No greater love". Again, I haven't done any of those songs since the old band was still together. There are also good songs on the Songs from the loft CD, but I've never done any of them in a worship service.

I'm running out of time to post for now. I plan on posting a list of my favorite "traditional" Lutheran hymns for you. I also want to find a good website to link to so you can see the text of the hymns as well.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Not fair!?

I never get to hear any of the good commencement speakers.

My niece will graduate from Con U. in May. Part of me really wants to attend the graduation ceremony and drag the whole family along, knowing full well the kids will be bored out of their minds.

But isn't that part of being a kid? Getting dragged to things that bore you to tears? I think it's good for kids to go through that stuff. My kids have never been to a graduation ceremony before. I know the music will be good for one thing. Also, I think it's important for them to learn the value of an education. (Not that one graduation ceremony is going to do that) However, it certainly won't hurt for them to witness all the "pomp and circumstance" of graduation.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Hey you guys!

Hey, buddy, what're you doing posting on my blog?? Oh yeah, I did invite you to become a fellow "blogministrator". Glad you remembered this thing still exists.

I got the RR tributes of course. For someone who's not a native of Chi-town, I do know who Ray Rayner is. However, for some reason, I always connected him with Garfield Goose. Whatever you do, Richard, you'd better not click here.

Friday, January 23, 2004

Hi Julie and all,

I have just sent out a new FPS note, discussing the passing of a Chicago legend.

As for being linguist, I think you are remarkable! You are, indeed, a cunning linguist.

I think I'm a linguist in librarian's clothing

this kind of stuff is fascinating!! (And I'm not being sarcastic, either.)

Last week I bought myself a book of various word puzzles. I've had such a blast doing the puzzles all week. The only ones I'm no good at are "jumbles" where you have a set of letters and you have to re-arrange them into a word.

I think my problem is that I'm too auditory to be any good at jumbles. I tend to read the letters as they are, all jumbled up, then the sounds get stuck in my head, so I have a hard time re-arranging the letters and making new sound bits to put together into new words.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Gratitude daily: to be fair, the day isn't quite over yet, but I am grateful for
  1. Cheezy Beef sandwiches from Sir Nick's
  2. Technical support
  3. Cool books on making cards
  4. Word puzzles
  5. Raises!
Language tools on Google

Believe it or not, I never knew before today that you can set your Google language preference to Bork Bork Bork!, Elmer Fudd, Klingon and Pig Latin. Now if they'd only add Ubbi Dubbi....
Do sysadmins dream of electric viruses?

What a horrible day I had yesterday!! In addition to the usual pi55y patron (and staff) complaints, we got hit with the Beagle virus. Well, in addition to that, my firewall software was out of date (I mean, something really wierd was going on) and I found out that some machine in the building was spoofing email. Grr. Add to that a PC and a printer that were DOA right out of the box and you've got enough material to drive a girl to actually take up smoking just so she can say "well, I picked the wrong day to give up smoking!!"

So last night I tossed and turned all night long worrying about what problems I'd have to face today. And when I could sleep, I dreamed of computers and viruses.

The good news: I had no new automation complaints when I came into work today. So I had a long list, but at least it wasn't getting any longer. I've spent all morning whittling away at the list, too, so now it's back down to my usual 4 or 5 "non-critical" problems.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

It's time we addressed some real issues

Is Illiteracy So Bad?
The Brick Testament

This is just what I needed to brighten up an otherwise horrible day!

Monday, January 19, 2004

Gratitude daily

Hm.... today I'm grateful for:

  1. Having children who behave in grocery stores.
  2. Coookie dough
  3. A three day weekend!
  4. My knowledge of PC's
  5. The weather - Oh, I know I said it before, but I'll say it again. Today was another of those wonderful, terribly cold and sunny days. My sil stopped by and confessed that she was wearing long underwear, it was that cold out. Well, the kids and I ran out to the grocery store, and I didn't think it was that cold. Then again, I think I have a higher tolerance for lower temperatures than most people. (He, he, there's a great sentence!)

Sunday, January 18, 2004

More internet fun!

The Gender Genie! I submitted portions of this blog and the GG was correct!
My musical weekend

I played keyboards at two different churches this weekend. I think it all went pretty well. I played at Trinity Saturday night; synth and flute. Then I played keys at FIF on Sunday morning.

Now, you would have thought that playing two completely different sets of songs in two completely different settings would have put my stress through the roof! But it was extremely enjoyable.

Playing the synth at Trinity meant I got to see how another piano player conducts the rehearsals, service, etc. It was comforting to know that I'm not really doing anything all that different from the other pianists. Since I value consistency, that was nice to discover. The other great thing about not playing piano at Trinity is that I've pretty much been given free reign to bring my flute and play that as well. So I played on a couple of slower communion songs. I thought it was pretty cool!

FIF is always a treat. I'm very comfortable with the other muscians and the set up is nicer because we're in much closer proximity to each other which makes it easy to communicate with each other. It's also getting to the point where I am familiar with many of the songs that FIF uses on a regular basis. Plus, Craig and Glenn always crack me up!

I am looking forward to next weekend though, when I will have no official church committments!!

Okay, Steven. Comments are back up and running. Many, many thanks to Haloscan!

Friday, January 16, 2004

Simpsons frustration

I have only gotten 6 out of 14 correct on my new Simpsons daily trivia calendar. This is not boding well since I'll be living with this calendar for 349 more days. I think at some point I should be allowed to research the question as opposed to just knowing the answer off the top of my head.
Life after LOTR?

Looks like there is another movie to look forward to after all!

Of particular note, John Howe, Richard Taylor and Grant Major are all listed in the production credits. Awesome!!

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Gratitude daily

Ah Breathnach, I'm one step ahead of you. Yesterday's passage from Simple Abundance insisted that the reader begin keeping a "gratitude journal" where every day you list five things you are grateful for. I like to think that I'd already started doing that, using this blog.

Today I am grateful for:

  1. Sunny but bitterly cold days. You know, those days where the sun is shining like mad, but it doesn't make any difference; it's still freezing cold. Like Garrison Keillor writes "it's so cold you'd like to cry, but you don't dare, your eyes might freeze shut".
  2. Re-reading good books. I just re-read Catcher in the Rye.
  3. Email. 'nuf said.
  4. Phone calls from girlfriends.
  5. Cheese fries.

Stay tuned for more things to be grateful for.

BTW, comments have been temporarily suspended. I may sign up with another service. Doesn't matter too much, as they were only used by one person!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Life after LOTR

Now that Return of the King has been released, there are no more movies to look forward to, right? I submit:

Okay, that's all that appeals to me.
The things we take for granted

I really like what I'm reading in Simple Abundance, but it's nothing new to me. Breathnach writes about good things like coming to the realization that we have a limited time on this earth and that every day is a gift and we need to make the most of every day. But none of these ideas are particularily new or ground breaking to me.

We, the Fred Poets, began to live out our philosohpy of "Carpe Diem" way back when the movie Dead Poets Society came out in 1989. By then, I had already studied poems such as To his coy mistress and To virgins, to make much of time.

Hey, nice poetry site!! That's how cool poetry is. You have to have a username and password to read the Chicago Tribune online, but poetry is accessible to everyone!

P.S. Screw you, too, New York Times

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I'm not a reference librarian, but I know quite a few of them

I was telling a colleague about some horrible mispronounciations that my hubby heard on the radio yesterday. The newscaster called the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch LIE-low and Stitch. (Um, it's pronounced LEE-low.) Okay, understandable I suppose, but then the same newscaster pronounced Adobe as uh-DOBE.

Anyway, my colleague went on to tell me about a patron who wanted a copy of Handel's Messiah, pronounced MESS-ee-yah. Then another colleague dropped by to tell me about the patron who wanted books to help him pass the school bus driver's exam. He was using our online catalog, but wasn't sure if he was spelling "test" correctly. Hmmm......
So today I like my job after all

Last week I spent so much time devoted to the "automation" aspect of my job that I was getting overly frustrated about working in general. Granted, many of the problems were PEBCAK errors, but it takes time to correct those as well. And it really gets to you after the 50th or so "problem".

Anyway, yesterday and today I threw myself back into the cataloging game. Ah! Finally, a sense of completion! I'm moving material out of this department almost as fast as it's coming in......
Check it out!

Looks like Return of the King was tops at the box office after all.

Monday, January 12, 2004

This looks like a good site. I'll have to add it to my links. Truth About Computer Virus Myths & Hoaxes
Good mood vs. Bad mood

I spent all day yesterday in a really, really bad mood. I was not happy when I woke up and then I just pretty much would not allow myself to cheer up. I don't like being late to church (we were 15 minutes late) and then Hannah had a piano recital in the afternoon. Sorry, I just don't get excited about piano recitals. What a bad mom, eh?

But today, despite the fact that I have to go to work, I've decided that I'm not going to be so down. Going back to Simple abundance, I need to be more grateful and make the most of every day, not spend it in a blue funk.

So we listened to our Disney CD in the car on the way to school and even after I dropped the kids off, I continued to listen to Disney songs. It's really hard to maintain a bad attitude when you've got Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious blaring on the radio.

Also, my niece bought me a hula dancer for my car dashboard! It makes a great addition to the fuzzy dice. Both are great reminders to not take life so seriously.

Plus, I got to watch another episode of Pioneer Quest last night. That was great!

Friday, January 09, 2004

Just using the ol' blog as a favorites list again.

Urban Legends Reference Pages

I haven't hit this site for a long time. It's good to go there and click on the "new" section. It's a great place to "debunk" anything that sounds too good to be true.

Remember that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine and Jerry are talking about "bunk" and "debunk". How can "bunk" mean that something is false while "debunk" means to prove that something is false? Huh? Explain that one to me!
How to Deconstruct Almost Anything
Empire Falls

I managed to get a couple of chapters in at lunch today since the break room crowd wasn't very talkative. Funny how after I've spent a good chunk of time with my book I start to narrate my own life as though it were a chapter in a book.

Mostly I'm narrating to myself how tired I am. Suddenly, I'm like nap tired. If I put my head on my desk and closed my eyes I think I really would drift off to sleep. I've even contemplated leaving work early, but I haven't worked a full week in a while, and for once, I'd like to have no exceptions to my time sheet.

So I guess it's fortunate that I have some physical jobs to work on this afternoon. Not the "stare at the monitor" type tasks, but hauling laptops and plugging cables in stuff. Drat. 3 1/2 hours until quitting time.
More gratitude

I'd like to try to post something every day on one of the following topics from Simple Abundance:

  • Gratitude
  • Simplicity
  • Order
  • Harmony
  • Beauty
  • Joy

I find it's pretty easy to post something every day that I'm grateful for. Today I'm grateful for Jewel stores with self checkouts!

I don't understand why people aren't more receptive to self checkout stations. Then again, technology doesn't intimidate me, either. I just had to shake my head when I went to Jewel to buy a handful of items the other day. There was actually a line at least five people long at the "10 items or less" lane when, immediately next to that lane there were four self checkout stations with no one using them!

Attention people of the world! The self checkout stations at Jewel are your friend!! They are wonderful! You can pay with cash! You can pay with a debit or credit card! You can pay with cash! And you will get your change in cash! Not all coins, either!!

Well, that's all I can do, I suppose. Thank you Jewel, for putting in the self checkout stations. I think they are great!!

Thursday, January 08, 2004

To-do's in 2004

Here's a list of 101 things to do in 2004. It's written by a brit, but many of the items are universal.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Musical selections

Ever since the"all Christmas" radio stations resumed their regular programming, it seems like there's never anything good on the radio. I'm not loyal to any radio station and so I spend a lot of time flipping through stations.

In the mornings I drop the kids off at school so most of the time we listen to CDs anyway. For Christmas I got Bob and Doug McKenzie's Great White North album. Beauty, eh?

So now my poor kids are subjected to betime stories like "Ralph the dog". They actually think it's funny, though! Well, they laugh, but I'm not really sure how funny they think it is.Oh sure, there are LOTS of references to drinking and a few to smoking, but at least there isn't any swearing!

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Snack time!

A couple of weeks ago my daughter pleaded with me to buy a bag of Swedish Fish. Since then, I've become addicted to the little things. Mmmmm. Gummy goodness! They're so darn sticky though!

I'm probably more careful than I need to be when eating them. I'm afraid that they might pull my crown off my tooth, so I don't chew them on that side. My dentist would probably give me a stern "Hmmmm..." if I even hinted that the crown didn't fit perfectly. He'd want to take it off and play around with it again and I'm just not mentally prepared to let him do that.


I am working on the clutter on my desk at work today. I finally sent a stack of books that needed "attention" back out to the shelves. That only leaves a handful of kits that I need to get rid of as well.

But that's what drives me the most crazy about this job. It's the goofy little AV items that only trickle in 2 or 3 at a time. I'd rather get 100 AV items in and spend a week on them and then have that be it for 6 months. The way it is now, I'll get like 5 CD-ROMs and I'll wait a couple weeks for more to come in and when they don't come in I say "Screw it! I've got to get these off my desk!" and then the next day I get 3 more. Grrrr......