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......

Monday, January 05, 2004

Boy I'd like to...

Too bad I don't have enough web-savvy friends to Google bomb Nancy Pearl.

Okay, I've decided to join the Brian Leiter project.
A few good links

I've added some of my bookmarks to the list of links on the blog. This makes sense to me because then I can have quick access to all my bookmarks from any machine. If I'm out at my parents' house and want to show them something really quick, I'll just hop on the blog first and then go from there. Besides, I can't access Dynix right now, so I might as well get something done.

*sigh* There's nothing quite so sad as going back to work after being off for a week. I have managed to get the important things done, like picking up my paycheck and signing timesheets so that we can get paid in two weeks.

It's really not hard to find something to be grateful for every day. First of all, I'm just grateful to be alive and healthy! I am able to take care of myself and to hold down a job and I'm grateful to have a job that I like and wonderful people to work with.

I'm extra grateful that WTTW is re-running Pioneer Quest! This is the only website I've found for the show. And then that's only about one of the two couples. But at least it has a few pictures.

WTTW describes the show as:

Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West:
Two modern-day couples re-create the lifestyle of settlers on the Canadian prairie in the late 1800s, building a homestead, raising livestock and planting crops while braving the elements.

It was filmed a few years ago, and I had seen pretty much the last half of their adventures. But this time I'm getting in from the beginning! This is my kind of "reality" show!

Check it out if you're in the WTTW viewing area! Sunday afternoons at 4:00!

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Simple Abundance

I've had this volume sitting on my shelf for a year and a half now, so it's about time I give it a chance. It's arranged to give you a reading for every day of the year. I'm not very good at keeping up these kinds of things, but that's what January's are for: trying something new and then falling quickly by the wayside.

Seriously, I like Breathnach's explanation of "simple abundance". She list:

Gratitude - pretty self-explanatory
Simplicity - the desire to clear out, pare down and realize what is essential to life
Order - the librarian in me likes this one!
Harmony - appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every day

Breathnach ties beauty and joy together, but doesn't elaborate much other than to say that once we can appreciate beauty, we will experience joy. Overly simple, perhaps, but who doesn't need to be reminded of some of the simpler aspects of life.

At this time of year and before and after birthdays in our household, I tend to do a sweep through the house of what I can clear out. Some stuff goes up on ebay, some gets given away and a lot goes out to the trash. I end up feeling guilty about contributing to the dumps of the world, though. I try to remind myself not to enter into those situations where I know I'm going to end up with tangible "junk".
Happy Birthday!!

Prof. Tolkien would have been 112 today. Happy birthday and thanks for all the great literature!!

Friday, January 02, 2004

One more day of agony...

The good thing about church finally having the service music available a week in advance is that I can actually have a week to practice the songs. The bad thing about picking up the music a week in advance is that I have a whole week to get nervous about playing.

Since I haven't worked all week I've completely lost track of what day of the week it is and I have this overshadowing fear that every day is Saturday and that I forgot to show up for the church service I was supposed to play for!! I even dream about playing the keyboards in church. Usually bad dreams, too.

Do I need this stress? And why should I get so stressed out about this? I've been playing the piano for 25 years and playing for "contemporary worship services" for 10 years, so I think I know what I'm doing.

I think it boils down to two things:

#1. Do I really know (and like) the songs that we'll be doing?
#2. Is this a communion service?

Yes, playing for communion services is TOTALLY stressful. You never know if you're really going to have enough music or not. Then sometimes you think you're all done and you wrap things up and then you notice that one of the pastors is still out in the pews distributing communion to those folks that can't easily make it up to the rail. Argh!

It's point #1 above that's bothering me the most tonight. Out of the seven songs we're doing tomorrow and Sunday I really only like one of them. And that's the one we'll be doing straight out of the hymnal!

Oh yeah, and I just found out that Mr. Big Shot Hill will be singing on Sunday morning. I just have one thing to say to him: "park your freakin' ego at the door, buddy."