Monday, December 19, 2005
I received a couple of homemade items that came with good intentions, but really, I would have been just as happy without them. I'm not as cruel as Michael Scott from The Office, waving my crocheted oven mitt and demanding a "Yankee swap", but it makes me wonder if my co-workers have any clue as to what makes me tick.
Actually, I don't like it when people are able to figure out what "makes me tick", and the consequences of living such a detatched lifestyle are that I rarely receive a gift that I can get excited about. The only time I really get a gift that I truly appreciate is when I have specifically informed the gift-giver of the present they are to purchase.
Conversely, I think that I am a good gift-giver.
#1. I'm more observant than people realize. Most of the people that I am around are much more generous with their opinions, and so I spend more time listening to what other people want and take notes. I sort of have a running list in the back of my mind and when I run across something that I know someone has mentioned, I'll pick it up even months before I need the gift.
B. When in doubt, ask. Part two of B is to actually get the person what they asked for. It doesn't do any good to ask if you don't plan on following through.
III. I believe in the gift card. There are some in my circle of friends and family who just do not believe in the power of the gift card. They think it's impersonal, they don't want the recipient to know the dollar value -- whatever. I say, get over yourself.
I once gave a co-worker a twenty dollar bill as a going away present. I knew she would be driving cross country after retiring and I told her to stick the money away in her glove compartment and keep it there in case an emergency came up. She kind of chuckled when she read the note, but she said that she thought it was an extremely practical idea. Hey, I can live with practical!
Monday, December 12, 2005
Christmas by Mannheim Steamroller
A Christmas Album by Amy Grant
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi
Peace by Jim Brickman
I've actually been known to listen to these CD's in the middle of July!
Sunday, December 11, 2005
With the kids starting to have more and more activites that take place at different times, I needed some way to keep the home/office schedule in sync. I think I'm going to need either an additional cradle so I can sync the iPAQ with my PC at work, or I'm going to need to finally upgrade my office PC so that I can just use bluetooth to sync up.
Ah, I've been putting of replacing my PC at work, though I've forgotten why. Oh yeah, because I've been on the committee to pick our next ILS. And replacing all the other crappy PC's in the library. Well, it's my turn next, baby!
Anyway, back to the iPAQ. Did I mention it's also my new cell phone -- awesome! The only think my iPAQ needs is the wireless networking so that I can surf from just about anywhere. Then I'll have to get some more disk space so I can store more than 5 songs on it.
I know my family bought me other things for Christmas, but I just can't see any of them topping my new toy.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
| Fashionista |
56% Tastefulness, 51% Originality, 45% Deliberateness, 47% Sexiness
| [Tasteful Original Deliberate Prissy] |
One is certain: you have great taste and plenty of ideas. You have
clearly defined beliefs about what's good and what's bad in fashion but
they are far from banal. Stylish and imaginative, you prefer to inspire
admiration than to shock and you mostly succeed. Even if sometimes
you'd like to have more courage to put on something absolutely
outrageous you do great job in creating a unique look that others look
up to. There is a possibility that you work in the fashion industry. If
you don't, perhaps you should.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
Denied!! I had low iron, so they wouldn't let me donate! Last time I donated, my iron was fine. Well, the first test they do was questionable, so they had to do their secondary test -- which I passed.
I love it when the nurse there asked me "do you ever feel kind of run down?" Um, yeah, that's pretty much how I've felt -- for the last 10 years!! See what having kids does to you?
Oh well, I rescheduled for another appointment in January. Supposedly, starting Jan 1, 2006, my employer will have to let me take an hour off work (paid) to go donate blood. Hm, note to self, -- where is that memo again?
At any rate, I guess I'll have to start taking vitamins again. Blech!
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
So Tuesday afternoon the committee had reached a consensus (yeah!) so I went pretty much straight from my meeting to Great Clips. The gal who cut my hair was really cool. She was excited that I was donating my hair and she was really excited about Halloween.
She also gave me a really great haircut, and, because I was donating the hair, it was free!
It's so wierd, having short hair again. I really like it, but I can't stop myself from reaching around to the back of my head to check it out.
Monday, October 31, 2005
My problem isn't getting staff to buy in to new technology (well, in some cases that's true) but I can't get the library director to buy in to anything new. And yet somehow our business office manager (who isn't a librarian by any stretch of the imagination) seems to get whatever the h-e-double hockey sticks she wants!
I know how things are run at my library. When one patron complains loudly enough (actually they don't even have to complain that loudly) the administration backs right down on any current policy and changes it without bothering to go before the board.
But I digress. I also like this summary of the 2005 Internet Librarian's Conference. I'm slightly frightened by point #2. It's still a struggle for some folks. That would be my library director. Technology is a HUGE struggle for her. Consequently, I feel like I'm trapped on a slowly sinking ship. And I just don't have the people skills to get her to see things differently.
Yes, I'm real down on my job right now. Well, it's not so much my job that I'm down on, it's that I'm not allowed to try anything new. Ugh.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
But here are the specifics on how it worked for us.
We had an 8:30 pm flight out of Orlando. The evening before our scheduled departure, we got a note left on our room door saying that we should be at the customs house to catch the bus to the airport at 5:45 pm.
The day of departure, we got up at the crack of dawn (6:00 am, which is only a little earlier than our usual rising time on a school day) and even though we supposedly scheduled the bell service to pick us up, we had to call them a the same morning. They arrived pretty quickly after that and took us to the customs house to check out of our room.
Since we were flying United (or Ted), we were able to check our luggage for the flight right at the hotel. We also were able to obtain our boarding passes. All this took maybe 20 minutes. We never saw our luggage again until we went to baggage claim back home in Chicago.
We had plenty of time to catch the bus to the Animal Kingdom and we even arrived before the park opened. Quite a bit before, actually. We were almost the first ones on the Kilamajaro Safari.
Anyway, I did feel a little nervous carrying around our boarding passes all day. In theory, I wouldn't have to. I could have packed a carry on bag for the airport and left it with bell services at the resort, but I felt better knowing that I had the passes on me.
We enjoyed a nice, though wet day at the park and made it back to the resort in plenty of time to catch the bus. We still had plenty of snacks left over from our dining plan, so we stocked up on snacks for the flight home.
The bus back to the airport was really nice. It even had TVs so we watched the beginning of Aladdin on the way to the airport. The flight was practically deserted, so the kids both stretched out in empty seats and slept all the way home.
Was the "Magical Express Service" really magical? Well, it sure was convenient and we did not encounter any problems at all really. By the time you're done with a Disney vacation, you do feel like you've spent a lot of time waiting in lines, but I think it's worth it. The entertainment, the attractions, the atmosphere at Disneyworld is top notch. We're already planning next year's trip!
Sunday, October 16, 2005
When we landed at Orlando, we did not go to baggage claim, but went to the "Magical Express Service" counter and checked in there. Okay, my husband did, so I'm not sure what he had to tell them. The line for that counter looked daunting, but it didn't take very long at all.
So then we got into a line for the busses. Disney employees asked what resort we were going to and then showed us where to wait. Now, we did have to wait probably a good 20 minutes here. Fortunately, our kids are good at entertaining themselves. (They played a lot of "Concentration 64" during this trip.)
Finally we were told which bus to board. Ours was the first resort on the list of stops. I was glad that we weren't the last stop! Our flight landed around 2:30 pm and we were at the resort by about 3:30 pm.
We checked in and got to our room about 4:00 pm. Everything really did go smoothly. We were always treated courteously and were given prompt, accurate answers to any questions.
So it's about 4:00 pm and we're in our room with only our carry on luggage. It was about 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) when we left Chicago and it was about 90 degrees in Orlando. So we had packed swimsuits thinking we'd hit the pool until our luggage showed up.
I reality, we had priority seating arrangements at Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney so we scrapped swimming. In retrospect, I would have packed both shorts and swimsuits in our carry on bags so that we would have some options.
We had a fantastic dinner at Planet Hollywood (more about Disney dining in a future post) and got back to our hotel room around 8:30 pm or so. While we were out our luggage with the special tags "magically" had been delivered to our room!!
So that worked out very nicely in my opinion. If you are staying on Disney property and don't plan on leaving the property, you definately want to use this service. Look for my report on using the Magical Express Service for the trip home!
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Amongst my friends and colleagues I'm becoming something of a Disney expert. We have now visited Disneyworld three times in the last four years. Every trip has been a little different, but every trip has been completely spectacular!
Before we go to Disneyworld I always consult mousesavers.com and The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. Both are packed with good advice about how to make sense out of the chaos that Disneyworld can be.
This time we stayed at the Caribbean Beach. I was not expecting a whole lot of the room, but it was very nice. Perfect for the four of us. We requested a room with a garden view which meant we looked out into a little courtyard.
We were in the "Aruba" section of the resort and were just a few steps from both the beach and the "quiet" pool. We did visit the main pool one day but I didn't feel that it offered much more than the pool that was closer to our room. Plus the main pool was a lot more crowded than ours.
For the most part, I liked the design of the resort. It's very spread out and divided into different "islands" of rooms. Each building is only 2 stories high so it felt more "resort-y" as opposed to a massive high rise hotel where you're just a number on a floor.
The part I didn't like was that since everything is so spread out, you pretty much have to take the internal busses if you want to go back to the main "customs house". But then again, we only had to go to the customs house to check in and then out again. Also, when the busses came through our resort, they stopped at all the stops before going to whatever destination you were going to, so sometimes it felt as though you had a long ride.
I shouldn't complain about the transportation, though. It really is fantastic. We never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a bus and all the drivers were extremely helpful, courteous, and friendly.
More about transportation later, I'm hosting Bunco this Friday and I've got to finish up my Halloween decorations before then!!
Friday, October 07, 2005
I find as a rule, staff here like to "give me the heads up" on things. I may not know the lunchroom gossip, but I'm usually privvy to any library-related goings on. I think this means that people care that I'm not caught off guard when I get called on for explanations and things. And since people do go out of their way to tell me things, I figure it must mean that they like me. If they hated me, they wouldn't bother making sure I was in the loop!
So that's nice. Plus I had someone tell me that I had made a very astute observation regarding our search for a new library ILS, so I'm pretty much walking on clouds right now.
Plus it's Friday. Ah! 2:30! Slacking time!!
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
- Go into your archive.
- Find your 23rd post (or closest to it).
- Find the 5th sentence (or closest to it).
- Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
Result:"I searched using the phrase "most challenged books 2003" and got links to conference proceedings. Spleesh!!"
He, he. I really sounded like a librarian, eh??
Sunday, September 25, 2005
It doesn't really make any sense, though. I got the suitcases back from my China friends (they are doing great!!), tomorrow night I'll do a little laundry (I could even start tonight, really), everything's pretty much pre-paid (Disney ran a good deal that included meals!), so why do I feel like things are going to go drastically wrong?
I do need to call the Doc because my younger daughter is in the middle of a round of Cephzil, which needs to be refrigerated. I'm not sure how we're going to be able to take her medicine along. Maybe I'll call the resort, too, to see if there is a frige in the room (I doubt it).
I'm not quite sure how to pack. We're using Disney's "Magical Express Service" which means that the good folks at Disney are supposed to get our luggage from the airport to our resort. (We get to ride a shuttle to the resort.) The word on the street is that we will probably arrive at the resort well ahead of our luggage. So I want to pack a carry-on bag with swimsuits and other essentials in case something happens to the rest of our bags.
But I'm not packing tonight, so I shouldn't be stressing about this right now. I paid the mortgage and our homeowner's insurance so I don't have to worry about those being late. I hope our school sends us a monthly statement home tomorrow as I know we have to have that paid by the 1st of the month -- and we'll still be on vacation then so I want to get that taken care of as well.
Plus, we still have yet to "officially" notify the school and the girls' teachers that the kids are going to miss four days of school. Ack! I hate that part the most. I hate taking the kids out of school. It's such a pain. And the first week of October is acheivement testing. Aye -- yi - yi.
Well, if that doesn't qualify me for "worst parent of the year", I'm not sure what else does.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Was it a coincidence that their trip just happened to be at the exact same time I had to attend all those library software demos? I think this means something, though I'm not sure what it means.
September 7-22 has been such an unsettling time for me. I think it was the combination of the intense stuff going on at work and Amy being out of the country. Now that Amy's back, (theoretically of course -- I haven't talked to her yet) and the demos are over, I hope to get a good night's sleep again.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
I had a very frustrating day at the Innovative demo since my boss decided to join us. Thankfully, someone else pointed out how "surprised" they were that she decided to attend this demo since she didn't attend the Sirsi/Dynix demo, so I didn't feel compelled to point out her hypocrisy there.
During the morning break, my boss and colleagues talked just a little bit about self-checkout and epayment of fines. My boss (who is the library director) is very anti self-checkout. She said that she refuses to even use the self-checkout at Jewel since (to her) it represents someone losing a job.
Here's where I had to bite my tongue so hard it hurt.
It took every ounce of strength in my body not to ask her if she pumped her own gas. After all, gas stations used to employ people to do that for you.
It took every ounce of strength in my body not to askd her if she used an ATM. After all, if you use an ATM, then the bank doesn't need to employ a person to get you your cash.
I know for a fact that she goes online to pay her mortgage. (I can't help it, I have to fix her freakin' computer when she screws it up.) If she doesn't pay bills using the postal service, then what do we need mail carriers for?
If there's one thing I have no tolerance for, it's hypocrisy.
And I know I'm guilty of it, too.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
She is my one good "working mom" friend. And we both have very similar outlooks on motherhood. I love my "stay at home mom" friends too, but there is just always that one element of life that we will never share. When I talk with Maria about the day-to-day stuff, I know that she really understands what it's like to have to be "on" pretty much 24/7.
Plus, she's a redhead, too, so she's naturally one of the coolest people I know.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Time to dig out my copy of Leaves of Grass.
I sit and look out
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Then Ms. "I'm the most important person in the universe" comes up and demands to use the exact same computer. She wants to use that one because apparently the filter isn't working correctly (my to-do list item #101) and she knows that she can get to her email on that computer.
(Yes, that's right, we filter out web based email on our public computers. I really don't agree with this policy, but I'm stuck. We do have a few "email only" computers at the main library. My dream is that administration would wise up and allow at least email on every freakin' public PC.)
Anyway, the library staff tell her that the girl using the computer has about 20 minutes left and they would be happy to make her a reservation for right after the girl's time is up. But that's not good enough and the patron goes over to the PC and actually starts pounding on the keyboard.
So the girl's document gets totally screwed up and the staff tell the patron that she will have to leave. The manager didn't exactly tell me how they got rid of the patron, but she left when the staff refused to let her even wait in line after that. In the meantime, the girl starts to cry because she's just spent 40 minutes typing her homework and it's all messed up.
Well, kudos to the Branch staff!! They got rid of the patron and worked were able to recover the girl's document, so at least she didn't have to start from scratch.
I know that public services staff probably have much worse horror stories, but I just had to share this one. It's really got me riled up and it's making me lose faith in humanity.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
I do like the idea of getting "pre-overdue" alerts. Plus, I like the Library Elf interface better than the one on our catalog. I hope the library automation vendors are paying attention.
Now, I suppose the library automation vendors might counter with "but you can set up your ILS to do the exact same thing." I'm sure that's absolutely true.
I think what happens is that library directors are reluctant to changing the more traditional circulation workflow. In addition, libraries like to enforce policies across the board, meaning if one segment of the population is receiving "pre-overdue" alerts based solely on the fact that they have email accounts, then what about that segment of the population that does not have a personal email account? How do they get their "pre-overdue" alerts?
In the meantime, Library Elf is there for those library users who can take advantage of it.
Monday, September 12, 2005
I hope my dear friends won't mind my posting their photo, but they just adopted a beautiful baby girl. I know, it's not a real fantastic photo, but I think it sure is great!
I heard that their little girl is having an unusually hard time making the adjustment from her foster home to her new parents. Apparently, the case worker handed Joy over to Marty, not Amy, so Joy has bonded much more with Marty. I know this is devastating to Amy, so lots of prayers are heading her way!
Sunday, September 11, 2005
|Your Brain's Pattern|
Your mind is a multi dimensional wonderland, with many layers.
You're the type that always has multiple streams of though going.
And you can keep these thoughts going at any time.
You're very likely to be engaged in deep thought - and deep conversation.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Yeah, I know that's a pretty shallow thing to post, given the current state of affairs in the U.S. right now. We are going to Disney World later this month and I've started telling people "but we feel guilty about it!" We've had the trip planned for several months now and it just seems so unfair to me that we should go and enjoy a vacation while there are so many people suffering.
I've been talking to my Mom quite a bit this week. My Grandmother is finally going to have to go into a nursing home from her assisted living facility and my Dad thinks that he had a TIA. But I had the news on when I called her tonight and there was all this footage of ruined homes in Biloxi. So when she asked how we were I told her we didn't have anything to complain about.
On top of all that is all the crap at work. Two days of vendor demos this week, followed by a meeting to "evaluate" the vendor tomorrow. Repeat for the next two weeks. I just don't want to do it anymore. *sigh* At least the cute sales guy will be doing demos next week. At least I hope he is. At least there will be a little eye candy.
On a good note, I got email from my friends in China. They got bumped up to business class on their flight, so that went really great. Tomorrow they will get to visit the Great Wall. That's so cool. I'm not sure what day they get their daughter, but I know they will email when they do.
Peace out Fred Poets!!
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Monday, September 05, 2005
It's horrible. Damage from flooding is irreversible. The homes that are still standing up to their rooftops in water cannot be lived in again. Everything is going to have to be torn down, rebuilt, and it is going to take a long time for that to happen.
On the other hand, think of how much engineers have learned since the city of New Orleans was built. Think of the opportunity to build it better than before. (Hm, maybe we don't want a major coastline city to be below sea level.)
Who can predict the number of deaths related to this hurricane? I've seen figures all over the place, from 100 to 10,000. It's still too early to tell. Has anyone ever calculated the "final" death toll from the earlier tsunami? It's really tragic to think of dying from being impaled by an object in the wind, or from drowning. It's not how I hope to die.
On the other hand, death is a fact of life. Everyone alive today is going to die someday. No one lives forever on this Earth. It's sad, but it is the punishment for our sins. Only through death can we be reunited with our Heavenly Father. It's sad when people die, but necessary. (And think for every person that does die, that's one less person who will be drawing from social security. But that's not a politically correct observation to make, I realize.)
The two things that make me feel the worst are:
1. The constant, unjustified criticism of President Bush
2. JKSW and I always talked of taking a vacation to New Orleans
1. President Bush did not cause the hurricane. President Bush did not cause the looting, the murder, the filth, the whatever bad stuff. I'm so sick to death of people blaming Bush and his administration. Why doesn't anyone hold the local government responsible?? Oh, that's probably not politically correct either. The worst part is that trying to pin blame on someone, anyone -- does not help!!!
What helps is giving money to the Red Cross.
What helps is offering refuge to those displaced.
What helps is leaving your flooded house when help arrives.
What helps is employers allowing people the time off to either find family members or to go to the areas that are going to need help cleaning up.
I don't care about politics, I don't care about race, religion, age, whatever. Either you're helping or you aren't. That's says it all for me.
2. When JKSW and I graduated from Con. U. we took a trip to Boston together. It was so great that once we returned we started planning our next trip together -- New Orleans.
That was almost 14 years ago. The trip never materialized. School, work, husbands, kids always got in the way of us ever going. It makes me sad to think that even if we still got to go to New Orleans, it won't be the same city that we would have seen 14 years ago.
Carpe Diem -- sieze the day is the Fred Poet's motto. Every day is a gift. Thanks, God, for today.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
For the first time, I could really tell that she was nervous. She's usually quite adventurous and outgoing, but today she was talking even more than usual, plus she talked louder and faster than she usually does.
The really good news is that as soon as we got out of our car, she spotted a girl who is in her class at school! So right away she saw a familiar face. The other girl was in a different section of the camp, but they would at least get to see a little bit of each other.
Diego is going a little crazy without the kids around. (Our 7 year old is spending the week at Grandma's house.) He's just running around like crazy, meowing, knocking things over. What a nut.
Friday, July 22, 2005
J.K.R. is still using the same plot devices she has used in every single H.P. book so far. She just mixes it up a little more. In the first 5 books a whole bunch of confusing things happen and at the end Dumbledore explains everything to Harry. In H.P. and the H.B.P., a whole bunch of confusing things happen at the same time that Dumbledore is explaining still more of Harry's mysterious past to Harry.
Not that I find the plot "confusing". What I mean is that Harry and co. always seem to end up with some bits of suspicious information. A good deal of their time is spent trying to unravel the mystery of some item that they just happen to conveniently lay their hands on.
Okay, so Goblet of Fire at least had a little more plot to it. And Quidditch. To be fair, the Half-Blood Prince also has Quidditch and "snogging" in it as well. *ack* Gag me totally with a spoon.
I know that some would say that J.K.R. has crossed the line from "children's" literature to "adult" literature, but I maintain that she has merely crossed the line into "young adult" literature.
I'm quite disappointed, really. I loved H.P. and the Sorcerer's Stone, and I even loved H.P. and the Chamber of Secrets. But after that, I really felt like the quality of J.K.R.'s writing went downhill. I suppose that's not a very popular view, but it is mine.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
I was initially disappointed when I didn't score as a:
The I LUG is that rarest of underlings: the one whom you can trust to understand what you're telling them and then rely on to get the job done. In any organisation, these are the people who actually do the work. (example: Florence Nightingale)
But it's turns out that I really do fit my actual results rather well:
A bubbling energetic type often with boundless energy and a short attention span. Has a pattern of getting enthused about a project, starting it up and leaving the rest to others (example: Maria von Trapp)
Friday, July 15, 2005
I finally worked up the nerve to ask my boss about the status of a couple of projects. The way things work is that the department heads who make decisions regarding services and policies decide what services the library will provide and what the policies are. Then it's my job (where it involves computers) to make sure that the services are working and the policies can be enforced.
Anyway, I was nervous because you never know what kind of a crazy mood the library director is going to be in. She basically told me what I kind of figured, that we can't proceed with any of the projects until she talks to the board. At least that buys me some quiet for a while.
On the other hand, I'm usually involved in talking to vendors and salespeople for the purpose of gathering information and advising as to the feasibility of any new projects involving computers. Also, I get to ask how much things will cost. At that point the vendors usually think we're just about ready to go when in reality the administration never makes any decisions without knowing exactly what everything costs.
Anyway, I feel stuck in the middle, just waiting to find out if I can proceed or not. And waiting can be tiring.
Case and point: Harry Potter. Ugh. We didn't get our copies in until 2:00 pm today. I was in a panic to get them processed, stamped, covered, etc because my one person who works Saturdays is off tomorrow. That meant they had to get done before we closed today. (It only took about an hour to completely process the 20 copies that we received.)
But I was stressed because I had told the staff that I wouldn't leave for the day without making sure that the Harry Potter's were ready to go. But things got complicated by the fact that my husband decided to go to a Cubs game in the afternoon leaving me to pick up the kids and still make it to a 6:20 pm showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
It all worked out because given the fact that I had to pick up the kids, I was able to take our branch library's copy of Harry Potter to them today and it's right on the way to pick up the kids. I left work by 3:00 pm and did my running and we made it to the movie at exactly the time I had agreed to meet a co-worker at the theater.
It got even better since a local pizza joint was giving away free slices of pizza before the movie, too!! So we had pizza and popcorn and smuggled Swedish Fish into the movie, which was just great.
We all loved the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie. It was just good fun. And good storytelling, too. There were some pearls of wisdom in that movie, I tell you.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Heaven knows I don't want to be stuck as the only person in TS who's still around 10 minutes before we close, making sure that all the book barcodes are entered so that the circ people can have their precious Harry Potter in the morning.
After all, I've got a movie to catch tomorrow night.
Well, until the Half-Blood Prince shows up on the library's doorstep I can just amuse myself with this.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
So today I checked out All Quiet on the Western Front. Another "classic" that I've never read. One of the other librarians is supposed to read it with me.
You know what really ticks me off? The fact that when you search for these great books on Amazon, the first thing that comes up is the movie of the book. Usually it's the book that comes first!!
Oh well, the other item I checked out was a collection of Junie B. Jones books on CD. That will be fun to listen to during the long summer commute with the kids.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Monday, June 06, 2005
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Okay, fine, I'm already here, let's change the oil. The car never stopped running or acted funny anyway, so I wasn't too worried about the light just yet.
I'm told it will take about an hour and I go wait in the lounge. First the morning news finishes up and then Oprah comes on. This really is no big deal, I don't watch Oprah, but she is someone I can respect. The teaser for her show says that it's going to be a makeover show, which I think is really nice.
But wait -- it's not just any makeover show, it's: Releasing your inner sexpot! Talk about your nightmare!! "Releasing your inner sexpot" is not what I want to hear at 9:00 in the morning -- least of all in the automotive repair waiting room.
Of course my book is in my car so I can't go get it. I could have gone and hung around Panera for a while, but I had already eaten breakfast. I could have gone shopping in the mall, but nothing was open yet. I could have just called Amy or someone, but my cell phone battery was almost dead.
So there I was stuck watching women learn to pole dance, try on thong underwear and practice the "stripper walk". How humiliating.
Oh, there was one other couple in the waiting room as well. Actually, they were really nice. A slightly older couple, and the woman was very friendly. She actually made a few wisecracks about Oprah's show and I had to just laugh with her.
Still, it was so horribly uncomfortable to have to sit through the show with mechanics always passing by. Ugh.
Finally, around 9:30 the president cut in with a news conference. I've never been so glad to watch a press conference in my life!!
I think I was more impressed with the preview for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I know it's corny, but I got a little choked up when the Lion came on screen. But as well all know, previews can be misleading. Almost every movie looks good as a preview.
I also read a book in a day. My Mom has been trying to get me to read the "Elm Creek quilt" novels for a while. So I took her copy of The Quilter's Apprentice and read it in one day. It was as I expected. In two words, this book is: mostly harmless.
The characters are completely one dimensional, the plot is contrived, and I remain unconvinced that someone with so little sewing experience could create the quilt described in the book. It's more like the author's little fairy-tale daydream of a cute little fantasy world. People who don't want depth in their reading repertoire and quilters will probably go crazy for the book.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Since I was the one who actually bought it, I picked out Donkey Konga and the Sonic Mega Collection. Donkey Konga is a total blast! I rock! The Sonic collection is just plain fun, too.
This weekend I rented the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. This is totally the next game I will buy. When I rented it from Blockbuster the guy at the register said my kids would love the game. "It's for me." I had to explain.
So long sleep! Hello Gamecube!
Friday, May 20, 2005
So now the folks at Coca-Cola have introduced Diet Coke made with Splenda. My family loves it. I hate it. It tastes pretty much just like regular Coke. Blech. At least it has zero calories. I can't really figure that one out because I thought Splenda was part sugar. So I expected the Diet Coke with Splenda to have maybe half the calories, but it has none. Whatever, I'm not going to drink it anyway.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Last Friday we went to see "The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy". I really liked it. Oh yeah, I had "heard" that it wasn't all that good but that wasn't going to stop me. No, it wasn't some ground-breaking life-changing kind of thing, but it was extremely fun and I thought it was superbly cast. Everyone just looked like they were having fun and everything was really visually appealing.
I got to play a flute solo in church -- twice. Well, once was for a Sunday morning service and the other time was for the Wednesday chapel at school. It was really fun to get to be the one playing the flute and not always the one playing the piano accompaniment.
I finally broke down and called Gateway regarding a Profile PC that I have already had to reinstall the OS like three times. And this time I actually caught a break!! I got through right away and the techie had me run a diagnostic which turned up a bad hard disk! This is a good thing as it's still under the on-site warranty. Someone from Unisys is coming out today and installing a new hard drive for me!! Yeah!! This should put an end to the problems on that PC!!
My first grader asked me to bring her home a copy of Socks by Beverly Cleary. Awesome! Socks is one of my all-time favorite kids books. I love it when my kids read books that I loved as a kid.
And it's finally Friday. Mmmmmmm, fries......
Good news: In between puking, I was actually able to work on the documents for my meeting and probably accomplished more because I didn't have to deal with my co-workers or other interruptions. Thus, my meeting today went off without a hitch.
Good news: The quilt top for "Ye damned quilt" has been handed off to me. Another person was piecing the quilt and then it was to be passed to me to do the actual quilting. Yes, it's a good news thing because it means that I finally get to use my walking foot (insert your own joke here, Steve.) and it means that the recipient of the quilt is one day closer to retirement and thus will be out of my life.
Bad news: I have to actually work on the stupid thing. I'm so close to finishing my hand pieced quilt. It's completely quilted and I almost have the binding sewn on completely. It really slays me to have to put that project aside to work on "Ye damned quilt".
BAD NEWS: The DVR didn't freaking record "Lost" tonight!!! It must have gotten knocked out of whack when the thunderstorm went through this morning.
Good news: There is no good news to compensate for missing an episode of "Lost". Not when there are so few episodes left this season!! Okay, so I had an episode of "House" to watch. Small consolation. Nobody I know "tapes" anything anymore. So how am I going to catch up? The worst part is that my husband didn't even pretend to be upset that it didn't record!! You call yourself a fan?? I didn't get a "harumph" out of that guy!
However, for every good thing there is a corresponding bad thing. I have nothing against Johnny Damon at all (or the Red Sox), but have you seen this guy in those Puma commercials? He just looks creepy. Put a shirt on already. Ew, ew, ew.
Hm, better make sure I can post this first....
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
En una de esas noches en vela, mientras viajaba por los Andes bolivianos, a Nadia Cathomen se le ocurrió la idea de hacer excursiones con llamas en su pueblo, Surrein, en el cantón de Grisones.
El Dr Williamm Franklin lideró un estudio entre 136 ganaderos que usan 237 llamas para la vigilancia de cabras, vacas y aves , y se extrajeron las siguientes conclusiones respecto a las pérdidas por el ataque de depredadores:
- Cabras: descendió del 13% al 1%
- Vacas : descendió del 13% al 0%
- Aves: descendió del 40% al 6%
- En el 78% de los casos descendió hasta el 0%
En las tierras bajas semiáridas del occidente de Eritrea, los pastores hierran sus camellos con la marca de su clan, y con otra secundaria y exclusiva de una familia o de un individuo. Para la población de la región de Tigrina, los camélidos son una propiedad de evidente valor: sirven para transportar cargas de hasta 200 kilogramos, para obtener leche (hasta nueve litros diarios) y para hacer girar los molinos que producen aceite de ajonjolí.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Monday, May 02, 2005
Well, I'm playing the piano at Trinity again. I feel like I shouldn't complain about it since I did volunteer and they are paying me.
("You volunteered, didn't you? We're paying you for this, aren't we?"
"Yeah, but I didn't know I was going to be getting electric shocks!" -- what movie?)
I do feel obligated to point out the absurdity that the theme for the services on Mother's Day weekend is:
"Father knows best".
At least the music is going to be super easy to the point of being horribly boring. I get nervous enough when I play at Trinity that I don't need interesting and/or challenging music. Check out these lyrics and see if you can tell me what they mean:
The beasts of the field,
The birds of the air,
Are silent to call out Your name;
The earth has no voice,
And I have no choice
But to magnify God unashamed.
Let the rocks be kept silent
For one more day;
Let the whole world sing out,
Let the people say.
On a really great note, I finished hand quilting my hand pieced quilt. This weekend I put the binding together and the last step is to put on the binding. (Get your mind out of the gutter, guys.)
I was all ready to start sewing Sunday night, but I sliced off part of my thumb when I was cutting up some vegetables for dinner. I was using our Pampered Chef Ultimate Slice and Grate and I have to tell you that that blade is SHARP!!
Well, it made a nice clean cut anyway, which bled a lot and caused me to swear, but worst of all, it just hurt too much for me to do any more sewing. Rats. Well, I suppose I just wasn't supposed to start sewing just yet. That's alright there were two brand new episodes of the Simpsons on last night anyway.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Yesterday I set up a new computer for the administrative assistant. She says she likes the new computer, but the printer is too "violent". Violent?? Huh? I've had people use the following words when attempting to describe a computer "problem":
"on the fritz"
But today has to be the first time I've had a printer described as "violent". So I'm thinking maybe the ink carriage is out of balance, or something just isn't seated correctly. But I went to investigate and I've never seen a printer behave in a more predictable fashion.
So I told her she basically had to live with the printer. No, honey, there's nothing I can do. We've got about 16 of the exact same model printer installed in the building and yours is the only violent one. It must sense that you're Lutheran.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
Quilting like crazy, for one thing. I've only got a few rows of quilting left to go. If I can get a nice chunk of time this weekend, I ought to be able to finish it. Oh wait, that's right. I've got a flute and piano gig Saturday afternoon and then I'm playing piano at church Saturday night. Forget about Saturday.
"Working out", so to speak. I've been better about getting back on the treadmill. My goal is three times a week and I've been doing about four or five times a week. It doesn't seem to make any difference, though, and it's so freaking BORING!
I've recently started watching "The Office" on NBC. I know that it's a rip off from the BBC, but it's still pretty funny. "Lost" has been reruns anyway, and I can't remember the last time "Boston Legal" was on. At least "House" has been a good show. Still, I feel like that's too many TV shows to watch on a regular basis.
Spring Break! I actually took a whole week off of work. One glorious week!! It was stressful because I travelled with my kids and my mother, but hey, I was still off work for a week. Ahhhhh.
Spring cleaning! I have a friend who is having a garage sale, so I filled up the trunk of my car and dropped the stuff at her house. I still feel like there is a lot of stuff in my house that we don't really need. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
Oh, speaking of work, it's been insane. Well, it is that time of year when people are figuring out that they haven't spent all their budgets yet. So it's time for me to go shopping! I interviewed for a new job, but didn't get offered the position. They could probably tell that I wasn't really serious about the job anyway.
Reading Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. I'm up to book ten -- The Slippery Slope! These books are just fun. I had hoped to read more during Spring Break, but I ended up driving a lot.
It was my birthday yesterday. W00t! I celebrated by mowing the lawn.
Peace, love, dope!
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
I also enjoy that when I took the old batteries out, they stated that they were good until January of 2005. So I guess I got my money's work out of those batteries!
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Really the game idea is pretty simple. You're Ulala, a reporter and you have to defeat aliens and robots by copying their dance moves. Kind of like Simon, but much, much cooler. I mean, it's just really cool.
The game has two discs and I haven't played the second disc so I don't really know what's on it. Maybe I'll have time to play it this weekend.
Well, House should be done recording, so I can hop on the ol' torture machine, I mean, treadmill, and watch. Hooray for closed captions!!
And tomorrow is an early dismissal day for the kids, so that means a short day for me!! I can't believe it's only Tuesday. I feel like I've put in a week's worth of work already...
Sunday, February 06, 2005
I took down the outside Christmas lights, vacuumed, cleaned bathrooms, dusted, cooked, shopped, and still managed to finish The Ersatz Elevator. I also made a birthday card, hand wrote an actual letter and addressed and stamped the envelope, so that I can get the card to its recipient on time.
Granted, I sort of weaseled out of playing the synth Saturday night and Sunday morning. Since I woke up Sunday morning with a splitting headache, I suppose it was okay. Hm, colds I don't believe in, but headaches are crippling. Back to wearing the bite guard all day again.
In retrospect, I probably would have enjoyed playing the synth, not so much because of playing the synth, but because I would have brought my flute and played that on a couple of songs. That would have been nice.
I also made a major decision regarding my social life. It's all too much. I'm pouring too much effort into projects producing too little satisfaction. In June, I'm quitting both Bunco and flute choir and joining a book club. I hope that people won't be angry with me, but ultimately, I don't really care if they are angry with me or not.
Wow, can it be midnight already? I shouldn't have taken a nap today.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
- Did treadmill and situps three nights in a row
- Freecycled a whole garbage bag worth of stuff
- Finally figured out how to make closed captions appear on TV
- 6 PC's set up successfully, 4 more to go
- Got a glimpse of the new policy manual which actually allows me to enforce the group policies that I want to enforce
- Mailed three cards
- Resisted watching Desperate Housewives
- Watched House
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Monday, January 17, 2005
Of course, the best part was seeing my three best friends in the whole world. We had all been thinking that it has been almost a year now since we all got together for that Mom's conference.
Anyway, we've got several family birthdays coming up in April and I'm thinking of hosting my own murder....
Friday, January 14, 2005
Thursday, January 13, 2005
I feel good that I am continuing to rid the house of extraneous "junk". I posted more items to freecycle and have more to go. I've got three auctions up on ebay and they are all going to sell.
Yesterday I finally had some time to take down the Christmas decorations. I have four fairly good sized plastic storage bins that I use to store them. Over time, of course, I've received more decorations and things but my "rule" is that anything that does not fit into the four bins is not allowed. I think four big bins ought to be enough Christmas decorations for anyone.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
I got a nice pair of black slip on clogs from Land's End and a pair of short brown boots from Payless.
Ah, I feel in style now...
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
#1. This is the Midwest, not some wimpy little crybaby Southern state. The world does not stop for a little snow. And we're talking snow here, not ice. Sure, give us a really bad ice storm and travel is going to be dicey, but snow over 48 hours time is not going to be hard to keep up with.
#2. The weather forecasters here have such a big area to predict for that if you're not in the right place at the right time, the predictions have nothing to do with the suburb in which you live. Then there's the whole lake thing that throws everything out of whack as well. People living East of the lake inevitably get more snow than those of us on the West side of the lake.
At any rate, I made a public announcement that I'd be willing to put up $50 saying that in our suburb (and the immediate surrounding ones) we will not see more than 2 inches of snow total.
Will I prevail?? Your questions will be destroyed!! By answers!!
Monday, January 03, 2005
Saturday, January 01, 2005
On another level, I like New Year's resolutions because they mean that people really do want to be "better" people. It means that we care enough to take some time to examine our lives and to right whatever wrongs might be going on.
On that note, I did reorganize both my "stamping and scrapbooking" desk and two kitchen drawers. I am ruthless when I reorganize. Didn't use it for like two years?? It's gotta go. Thank heaven for the freecyclers. Not all my "junk" ends up in a landfill!
On a broader scale, I did make one real resolution. I admit, I am the world's worst sender of birthday cards. Really. Honestly. I am the worst. I do actually think of people on their birthdays but I've just got some "block" or something that prevents me from putting a stupid card into an envelope and putting a freaking stamp on it and hoofing the thing out to the mailbox. This year (as I've said so many other years) I really am going to get people birthday cards -- even people to whom I have never sent a birthday card.
So if you get an unexpected birthday card this year, it might be from me.
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup,
And surely I'll be mine;
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd.
Sin' auld lang syne.
And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gud-wellie waught,
For auld lang syne.
Cheers, Fred Poets, wherever you may be! I miss you all!