Monday, March 31, 2008

Travel time

March 24-April 13 is a little travel marathon for me.

I just spent the last week in Minneapolis at the PLA conference. (AKA: Becoming a better librarian by visiting the Mall of America!) Actually, it was a good conference. I came away with lots of ideas and inspiration. I just hope I can follow through on everything! Most of the conferences I have gone to are very specific in scope, dealing with just one very specific piece of software. PLA was different in that it focused on some of the bigger issues facing public libraries today.

Tomorrow I leave town again for my first Synergy session in lovely Utica, IL. I've been looking forward to this for a long time, but I'm not looking forward to being away from home while the kids are in school. Last week wasn't so bad because the kids were on Spring Break. At least I didn't have to worry about homework, band practices, choir, etc.

But even more than that, I'm looking forward to leaving for Disneyworld in 10 short days! 10 days goes by in the blink of an eye. I'm starting to feel a little giddy just thinking about it. This will be just a long weekend trip to Disney with JKS Wilder to celebrate our birthdays. I'll have to post photos to Flickr once we're back.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Surviving a Web of unproductivity

I don't feel guilty when I don't update the FPS blog, either.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

TV is good again!

Last night was the premiere of season four of Top Chef. W00T! This year, it's set right here in Chicago -- double W00T!

The first few episodes are always a little slow. It takes time to figure out just who you're rooting for. I can tell you who I'm NOT rooting for -- the "couple". Spleesh! I guess this is how the producers try to shake things up. There also seem to be a lot of chefs from San Francisco.

I loved that they had to make Chicago style pizza on the first episode. Of course, that shouldn't have surprised any of them. Duh! Chicago! Pizza!

So now I've got that going on. But there's also Lost going on as well. Unfortunately it didn't DVR last week. Grrrrr. So we're an episode behind. Yes, I realize I could have watched it online. I may have to do that yet because with our Dish Network DVR upgrade, I can't get the system to manually record the repeat episode of Lost due to the DVR only wanting to record new ones. I can't wait for U-verse!!

Of course, there are new episodes of The Office starting up again in April. More W00T! Will Jim and Pam ever get together? Oh yeah -- they did? Will Dwight and Angela get back together? Do I hear wedding bells for Michael and Jan? And will Andy find true love?

And last, but certainly not least, new episodes of Futurama will once again be aired. Well, they're starting with showing "Bender's Big Score" on March 23. Which is not too exciting for us, as we've owned the DVD ever since it was released. But after that -- it should be new episodes again. After 7 long years....

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Cool craft project

I haven't done a single crafty thing since my one night of scrapbooking over a month ago. But I ran across this tutorial on making your own photo pencils. I kinda like it. Wouldn't it be cool to do this with a photo of Cinderella's castle.