Friday, December 22, 2006

Fun with slides!

It was a pretty slow day at work. With about an hour to go in the day, I stumbled upon the manual for the flatbed scanner. I hadn't had a chance before to see if the scanner was capable of scanning slides, and it turns out the scanner is capable of scanning slides.

It's cool because the library director showed me the "historical" drawer with about 10 carousels worth of slides. Apparently, the library doesn't own a slide projector anymore, so the library director told me she wasn't sure what to do with the slides.

Enter a techie/geek like me and I know exactly what to do with them! Since it was a slow day and we were operating with a skeleton staff, I set about scanning the slides.

What's great is that the library does have a good index to what is on the slides. Each slide is numbered, and the Reference staff have the index that says what is on each slide and when the picture was taken.

So I'm thinking that, armed with that information, and the ability to go from slide to digital image, we're ready to get ourselves a flickr account and start making those photos public!

I hope my boss will be as excited about this as I am!

A Christmas wish

'Twas the night before Christmas and if you think I'm going to compose some cutesy Clement Moore knock-off poem, you've come to the wrong blog.

The upside to starting a new job right before Christmas is that there's plenty of food (and at this library -- booze!) and plenty of good cheer.

The downside to starting a new job right before Christmas is that you never quite know the Christmas ettiquette. I passed out a few cards to the department heads here, but I actually got a present from my boss. I didn't get her a present, just a card. In retrospect, that was a mistake.

I guess there's always next year, right. Then again, my predecessor didn't last a whole year here. But I intend on staying a long time.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Oh, those horrified librarians

"Imagine the horrified looks you'll get when you bring this "pizza box" into the library."

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Murphy's Law

Yarg, what a day! Everything that possibly could go wrong, did. Well, it was only minor stuff, really, and in the end it all ended up being a comedy of errors.

The day started out pretty well. Dave got up and went downtown for his class. The girls and I got up, got dressed, I made lunch for myself and Michelle, it was all good.

Then I left the house. To be more specific, I left the house, taking Michelle with me to drop her off at my sister-in-law's for the day.

On the way down, I get a call on the cell phone (after two failed attempts -- my Office ringtone is too quiet to hear!). JP, who was supposed to take Hannah to basketball practice had to work and so she couldn't anymore, but she was making arrangements with LR to pick Hannah up -- oh, and the time and location for basketball practice had changed.

So I get on the phone with JP who confirms everything Hannah said and LR will do the driving today. No big deal, just a minor annoyance.

Then we get to my sister-in-law's house and she's not home! She knows I'm bringing Michelle, but the house is empty. I don't panic, I still have plenty of time to get to work. And after only 5 minutes or so, she shows up. (She's having her own Murphy's Law day.)

Again, it's no big deal, but now I do need to rush off to the library. I decide I'm going to take the "back roads" rather than the major streets. BIG MISTAKE! I got so turned around it was nearly ten after nine by the time I'm parking my car.

Then I realize -- my library keys are in my other coat pocket. I switched coats today because I thought it was going to be warmer. (It wasn't.) So I "get" to tell my new boss that I'm late and I forgot my keys. But when I tell her my whole tale of woe, she's totally cool. Since the library board meeting is tomorrow night, I have plenty of opportunity to make up any lost time.

At least at this point I'm still able to laugh it all off.

Then at noon, I get a call from Dave. The environmental sensor at home has gone off and can I run home and check it? Well, I've only been at this job three weeks, so I don't want to have to make any waves -- especially after the morning I've been having. But since he's downtown, I have no choice.

So I head home and it doesn't take long to find the problem. There is water on the floor of the laundry room, but that's because the washer drains into a sink before it goes down the real drain. (I don't know why.) Anyway the sink drain had a plug in it, so when the washer emptied, it all spilled out onto the floor. (Fortunately we'd had other water problems this summer so everything's in plastic tubs in the laundry room now.)

So another crisis averted. Actually, that's about where the crises seemed to end. Oh, I did have to reboot my phone a couple of times, but that's pretty minor.

It's all really minor, isn't it? Nobody that I'm really close to is in the hospital, or on the verge of bankruptcy, or having real problems that affect the rest of their lives.

So I'm not complaining about having a Murphy's Law day. Compared to the alternatives, I'll take Murphy's Law anytime.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Who reads this stuff?

I really was about to write off this whole blog. After all, who reads this stuff anyway? But then I reviewed by Bloglines feeds and three people subscribe to the feed.

Okay, so one of them is me, but who are these other mysterious two? I have a suspicion I know one person, but he can barely navigate his way out of a cardboard box, so I can't see him using an RSS reader.

I'm not posting lately because I'm just too exhausted. The new job is going GREAT, but it just takes me so long to do things because I'm still learning all the details of who to call, how bills get paid, what are my daily priorities. I feel like I'm bugging my boss all the time, but she seems cool with it all.

When not at work, I've been consumed by music. I know I should limit my involvement, but I just keep volunteering to play piano, flute, handbells, whatever. I also volunteered to be the "document manager" (fancy term for 'librarian') for the contemporary worship service, which is now being planned by committee.

I'm not a big fan of committees, so I did not volunteer to actually do any service planning. Being "document manager" should allow me to work independently and set my own rules.

At least the kids are on Christmas break now, so we don't have any evening committments. Scratch that, we still have a bell rehearsal this week and I have my first library board meeting to attend. At least I was home tonight with nothing to do - yea!

So, to my readers, thank you for reading this drivel. I'm desperately seeking time to scrapbook my latest Disney pictures, but I'm not really eligible for any time off work until March.

I am going back to my cute dentist this week because the new crown isn't pleasing me. Please pray that I don't have to have a root canal or pay for a new crown!

Peace out! -- And watch The Office!!