Sunday, November 30, 2008
We spent T-giving with my in-laws. We drove down to Marietta, OH on Wednesday, cooked all morning Thursday (yay - I love doing the Turkey and stuffing!) and had great food (if I do say so myself).
We had fun with some games of "name the best . . ." which we love to play, and we played dominoes and Shanghai Rummy.
Simon is now taller than both of his paternal grandparents - and he loves it!
These vases are in Zanesville, OH, and it was a surprise find for us. I love it when you see something lovely and new on a "old" path.
Then we drove home on Friday. I had to work yesterday, but I got to slip out a smidge early so we could catch dinner before going to see Christmas Carol last night with our friend, Jeri K. Fun weekend! Today is a "clean, launder, organize, grow-up and pay bills" day.
This little church was on our route home, and I've always loved little wooden churches in the country. I took this from the parking lot of the gas station. Glamorous, huh?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Week before Thanksgiving,
I limp around real strange.
Huddle in the corner,
As though I have the mange.
All the other turkeys,
Just gobble, gobble on.
I'm silent, and I act
As if my gobbler's gone. Everyone is thankful
On Thanksgiving Day.
Friday it's forgotten.
You all go on your way.
I know what thankful is
So listen when I say.
"It's great to be a turkey,
After Thanksgiving Day."
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Anyway, it yielded this cool meme, and you know how I love memes!
Plans for the next few days:
- knit a lot
- enjoy being with my MIL and FIL (I do love them!)
- cook a fabulous meal Thursday (I love having the luxury of time to cook a big meal!)
- stick to my Wonder Woman Training!
- Read a book or two!
- Post another poem on Friday
Monday, November 24, 2008
- It's my brother's birthday today, and I know he knows I love him.
- I call my husband to tell him I'm late and he says "I hope you're not angry with me, but I ordered some pies from one of the Boy Scout Moms for a school fund-raiser."
- Dinner is waiting, warm, on the stove when I get home to a blissfully empty house. Sometimes even extroverts need quiet.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- Delicious apricot preserves, no sugar added, make my pork chop perfect.
- Seeing my son bouncy and energetic again after a week of being a sick slug on the couch.
- I opened the mysterious package in the front room Friday to reveal NOT a present I'd bought for someone else ('tis the season, afterall), but a totally surprise present for me. Made my eyes moist with wonder.
Many years ago, I was temporarily "in charge" of the place where I worked at the time, and someone on the work team said I was powerful and it was going to go to my head. I said "Yes, I am She-Ra, Princess of Power!" It sort of stuck a little, and I still refer to myself as She-Ra as needed.
Well, I was talking to a dear friend last week when I was giving myself a pep talk to finally go back and re-join Weight Watchers. I was calling it WW to save typing time, and he said -
"Don't think about it as a diet - consider it Wonder Woman Training."
It is working! It has cheered me up to think of this, and to have this image in my head all week. Well, now I have my own Wonder Woman Bobble-head doll to remind me that I am doing something powerful! He must have ordered it while we were chatting, because it arrived a short 7 days later. Thanks, my friend!!
Even superheroes like She-Ra can use some cross-training sometimes, right?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
This week, one from Robert Burns
The wintry west extends his blast,
And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw:
While, tumbling brown, the burn comes down,
And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
And pass the heartless day.
“The sweeping blast, the sky o’ercast,”
The joyless winter day
Let others fear, to me more dear
Than all the pride of May:
The tempest’s howl, it soothes my soul,
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!
Thou Power Supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfil,
Here firm I rest; they must be best,
Because they are Thy will!
Then all I want—O do Thou grant
This one request of mine!—
Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,
Assist me to resign.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Well, my twitter pals are all chomping at the bit to see my new hair, so I will oblige! I don't care much for the pictures, but honestly, who really cares?
You all (most of you, anyway) know what I look like, and I'm no glamour queen, for sure! So I made my poor, sick teenage son take some Before pictures - lol - from the couch this morning. Note the large comb - how I usually wear (wore!) my long, straight hair.
Then I asked the Stylist at Kenneth's to take a few shots after.
I love the way the back looks. The real test is tomorrow . . . and a week from now . . . to see if I'm actually able to make it look good by myself. Yes, it really is naturally all those colors. Mostly grey, but some of the brown and blond bits can still be seen. It's very swingy!
- Use a different blog to answer each question.
- Be sure to include hot links in your answers, and if you're referencing a specific post, be sure you're linking to the permalink for that post (not just the general blog addy).
- Not every linked blog needs to be a Library person or a L&P participant.
- If you do this meme, please come back here and give me a link so I can read it!
Da Thingz to find:
- A blog written by someone who lives close to you physically.
- A blog you read written by someone you've never met, but would like to.
- A blog written by someone who has the job you used to have, or the job you wanna have someday.
- A blog entry that made you think about something a new way.
- A blog entry that made you laugh so hard your co-workers and/or family asked to know what was going on.
- A blog from someone you've known a long time but haven't hung out with in a long time.
- A blog or post that inspired you to start blogging (or just written by the person who got you going).
- A blog from someone you never thought would be blogging.
- An article/post/site that you think could change the library world.
- A blog you've found that makes you feel great every time you read it.
My Answers (left off the main section for your cut & paste pleasure . . .):
Da Thingz to find:
- A blog written by someone who lives close to you physically. Maggie!
- A blog you read written by someone you've never met, but would like to. My friend, Cat in the UK
- A blog written by someone who has the job you used to have, or the job you wanna have someday. The Sock Princess - she's retired and can do whatever she wants (mostly knitting, but not posting) all day. I've also always wished I could be a stay at home mom (added bonus: being in a cool foreign country)
- A blog entry that made you think about something a new way. Michael always gets me thinking in new ways. This is just one of many times.
- A blog entry that made you laugh so hard your co-workers and/or family asked to know what was going on. Shelf Check almost always makes me laugh. Although most of her posts are her own comic, the other day she posted a great vid of Carol Burnett as a Librarian - with Lucille Ball!
- A blog from someone you've known a long time but haven't hung out with in a long time. A long time ago, I worked with Jim and Annette. It's been fun to catch up again online.
- A blog or post that inspired you to start blogging (or just written by the person who got you going). Janis was the first person to talk to me about blogging after she went to the Internet Librarian Conference, years ago, but GottaBook, Don and Gerald really inspired me to do more than I'd been doing.
- A blog from someone you never thought would be blogging. I'm so excited about my co-workers who have started blogs! Yay Linden Team!
- An article/post/site that you think could change the library world. It may seem like a small thing, but how we market ourselves could really change our future.
- A blog you've found that makes you feel great every time you read it. I look forward to reading Post Secret every Sunday. I don't always feel happy, but it always makes me think. I've just recently discovered this blog from a former CML-er that makes me smile every time I visit - fabulous photography!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I've done a bit of reasearch, and it's a tie between this and this. Of course, mine will be much more gray than the models. I should have thought to put a poll on the sidebar, but now it's too late cuz my appointment is in . . . 10 hours. I'll post before and after pictures tomorrow!
(Don't worry, Mom, I won't go purple (again) tomorrow)
Monday, November 17, 2008
2. Street-tough teens coming in with smiles because they've just twirled in the falling snow.
3. My young customer, named Unique, comes to hug me so she can get some of my warmth.
For more beautiful things, and the creator of the idea . . .one of my favorite blogs.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The Clean Plater
Here is an excerpt:
Some Singers sing of ladies' eyes,
And some of ladies lips,
Refined ones praise their ladylike ways,
And course ones hymn their hips.
the Oxford Book of English Verse
Is lush with lyrics tender,
A poet, I guess, is more or less
Preoccupied with gender.
Yet I, though custom call me crude,
Prefer to sing in praise of food.
Just any old kind of food. . . .
. . . Never mind what kind of food.
When I ponder my mind
I consistently find
It is glued
I post this to declare that I am now an official Weight Watcher member - again. Sigh.
But if she's going to brew coffee, she's going to have to clear off the counter first.
She'll have to put things away, and if she's putting things away she's probably going to put dirty dishes into the dishwasher.
When she sees that the dishwasher is nearly full, she'll walk through the house looking for the rest of the dirty dishes to put them in, too.
Some of the dishes in the kitchen will need to be hand-washed, so she'll get those done. A
nd, because the dishwasher is portable and will be in the way while it's running, she'll need to get the coffee on before she moves the dishwasher.
When she goes to put the coffee on, she'll need to hunt in the "sharps" drawer for the scissors to open the new packet of flavored decaff, and she'll realize that the drawer is a mess.
After setting up the coffee to brew, she'll clean out the drawer, leaving even more stuff on the counter.
Then she'll pour her coffee (done by now), get a drink of milk "just in case", and set up the dishwasher to run.
Finally, she'll sit back down at the computer to drink her coffee and enjoy her morning off, just in time to welcome her Boy Scout home from camping . . . .
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This year, I cheered and clapped as the kids went up. YOu know me, I always love seeing the kids being honored. One of them, a High School Senior, won a Young Scholar of the Year. She has excellent grades at Linden-McKinley HS, and a list of other activities, accomplishments and volunteer work as long as both my arms together. It was really impressive!
After the ceremony I happened to share a table with her mother as we enjoyed some refreshments . . . and here is where I was humbled. Along with this young woman's mother, I also met her 2-year-old daughter.
Yup - you read that right - that amazing, bright, gifted, giving young woman is also a mother. She plans to become Bill Gates someday. She has dreams and goals and is already well on her way to making them a reality. And she's a mom.
Now, don't get me wrong. I know that we have lots and lots of teen parents in our world, and especially in the neighborhood where I work. I also know we have lots of great, bright, ambitious, talented teens who have high expectations for themselves and meet them. I was shocked at myself for not really thinking before about those young people who are both at the same time.
Kudos to that young woman, and props to her mother, too, for helping to make it all possible. Someone has instilled some important values in that young woman's life, and it's most likely been her mother.
I am humbled, my mind is more open than before, and I've learned a valuable lesson. Not every teen mom drops out of HS and goes on welfare. I knew it before, but somehow in the midst of all my do-goodery, I'd forgotten.
I'll try to do better now.
Wouldn't it be great if we could cam from the library for this kind of thing? What would it mean for us if we allowed camming in public?
- I marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when I was a sophomore in HS, and it was so much fun! I got to see Jim Henson and Frank Oz while they were doing sound checks before riding in the parade, too. All my friends were excited about seeing Eric Estrada, but I didn't care much about him.
- I love Indian food. My husband doesn't like it, but his friends do, so when they want to make me feel special, they take me out for Indian - isn't that sweet?
- I think my son is one of the best artists of his age. His drawings are really amazing. Too bad he currently is so obsessed with military history that he's just drawing that stuff. I loves to draw people, though, and his faces get better all the time. They really look like the people he is drawing!
- I love naps. I love the luxury of being able to sleep whenever I need/want to. I think I get this from my father, who takes naps all the time now that he's retired.
- If a young person asks me to buy something to support their school programs/extra-curricular activities, I will buy something (unless I'm flat broke). I sold so many candy bars and grapefruits and cheeses when I was in band and orchestra that I can't resist helping others in this.
- I am friends with a lot of people (no secret) because I like everyone . . . but I have very few close, close friends. I don't really understand why, but it is just the way I am.
- I have always wanted to travel around the world, but so far the only other country I've been to is Canada. Sad, huh?
- When I was younger, in college and before, I was planning to become a Methodist Minister. I changed my mind as a senior in college. A way long time ago, though, when I was in Middle School, I wanted to be a Librarian. Go figure. Mostly, back then, it was because I loved my school librarians (elem. and middle). Besides, if I can't be a Lounge Singer, I figure Librarian is the next best thing. (I'm secretly holding out hope that I can do both someday)
- I break out in song spontaneously. Anyone who knows me knows that I have at least one song rumbling around in my head all the time. My son tells me that not everyone does. Is that really true? You don't all have music in your head all the time? Poor you!
- I am not in any nameable generation, really. I was born right at the end of the Baby Boom, and, being the youngest of 3, I really relate more to them than to the X-ers sometimes . . . but then there are many ways in which I really am one of the X-ers. I like to think that those of us born in the mid-1960's have our own little gen going. You know who you are!
I just wanted to do a quick post since I missed posting yesterday.
The Empty Bowls event was great. The kids make clay bowls. The parents bring soups. Our great Parent Consultant managed to get a great donation of rolls and soups from Tim Hortons. The school's Orchestra performed. The school's Steel Drum Band performed. The parents and guests buy a bowl for $10 and then get to partake of the soup buffet. It's great!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Typalizer says I'm either a Doer (sorry, lost the script for that, or ISTJ, which they're calling a Duty Fulfiller, which doesn't seem as accurate to me.
Genderanalyzer says I write like a woman. Go figure.
According to the Blog Readability Tester, I'm still writing at the Elementary Reading Level. Sigh.
And, according to the Business Opportunities Weblog, my blog is worth . . .:
Monday, November 10, 2008
Yesterday was Sculpey Day! My BFF came over, with her daughter, and we sat around all afternoon playing with Sculpey and getting a jump-start on Christmas Crafting! I kept going until my back hurt too much to keep slouching over the table. I'm covering Altoid boxes. The darkish ones are all intended for men . . . Si's teachers, etc. Suggestions for what to put in them? I'm thinking M&M, or even mini M&Ms . . . any other ideas? I love the way the colors swirl and layer. Sometimes I cover the bottom of the box, too, but honestly, that nearly doubles the time, and taking a poll of the men in my house, I got a 100% that male recipients of these boxes won't give a darn.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Aloneness is different from loneliness
Loneliness means you want somebody
Loneliness means you have not planned to be somewhere with other people gone
Loneliness never has a bright color.
Perhaps it is gray.
Loneliness does not have a lovely sound.
It has an under buzz.
Or it does not have a sound.
When it does not have a sound
I like it least of all.
But aloneness is delicious.
Sometimes aloneness is delicious.
Once in a while aloneness is delicious.
Almost like a read small apple that is cold.
An apple that is small and sweet and round and col.d
And just for you.
There is more of this poem in the book Hip Hop Speaks to Children - my new favorite poetry book. It comes with a CD, which is delightfully colorful, rich in the sounds of the original poets (including Langston Hughes) reading their work.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Top Things about L&P at CML
- Being able to explore Web2.0. It's given me the incentive to really look into some tools that I'd not used before, and to go deeper into things I've only sampled before.
- Encouraging my team to explore - use their backroom time to do some fun things.
- Seeing people finding great new tools.
- Nifty new flash drive I'll get.
- Thinking about ways we can use this technology to reach and serve our customers.
- We need to keep moving forward - don't stop here with just 23 things, but keep exploring and stay on the cutting edge. It's not enough to just do this.
- When we think about using these tools, we need to remember they are tools, not the end-all and be-all of service. A really good chef's knife can do a lot, but real chefs have a variety of knives they take care of and use. We need to be the same way - the right tool for the project is important.
- The cool gadgets aren't the whole answer to the most important question: What do our customers need and want? The first answer always has to be: excellent customer service. The next question, then, needs to be: How can these tools help us give excellent customer service?
- How can we continue to find ways to help bridge the digital divides in our community? What do the people in poverty need to know of this stuff? How can we help them access what "the haves" have?
- How can we use this technology to promote early literacy (you know that's always in the forefront of my mind!)?
So - am I happy today? Yes and no. Since I am an optimist, I will finish this Election Post with 2 happy thoughts:
1. It is extraordinarily uplifting to see an African-American family moving into the White House, and I do think these next 4 years have great potential for moving us in a good direction in some things.
2. McCain gave a very noble, very powerful speech of concession. Again paraphrasing, I love when he said that we need to all move forward together as a united America.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
So today, I thought "Hey, maybe things have changed in . . . what . . . 3-5 years". So what has changed? Nothing! First I looked for some titles I've been meaning to listen to: Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat and Crowded - nothing, and then Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin movie - nada. Sigh. Then I just browsed and found a Lawrence Block mystery I like - got that in the online book - not audio - but it's now on my computer. Big deal, though, as I don't really have a handheld that will hold it and I'm not likely to sit at a terminal and read it.
Then I found a movied I'd be willing to watch, but after about 3 download things, it told me it can't play because I need a newer edition of Window's Media Player. Grr. Same for the audio book. Blah
So what did I learn about MOLDI? It's not where I want it to be, yet, to be a happy user. That said, I do have a good friend who downloads audiobooks all the time because he works really odd hours and ends up not being able to access the physical library much. Understood.
It's not horrible - it's just not yet the product I want to use.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
2. Diamonds or pearls? Rubies
3. Last movie you saw?
4. What is your Good Eats with Alton Brown (anything with AB is great!) Show?
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? cereal or eggs
6. What is your middle name? Fithian (it used to be Louise, but then I got married and changed it to my Maiden Name)
7. What food do you dislike? liver . . . those innard parts are icky
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? I've been listening to my iPod, so it's a real mix of folk, R&B, blues, rock & roll, alternative, Christian, Country, and a little rap
9. What kind of car do you drive? Purple PT Cruiser, or our Neon
10. Favorite sandwich? BLT, especially if the T's are good
11. What characteristic do you despise? egotism
12. Favorite item of clothing? skirts with pockets
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Europe or China
14. Favorite brand of clothing? Lands' End
15. Where would you retire? near Simon, I think . . . but that's a long ways away
16. Favorite birthday? I've had a lot of good ones, but my fave have to be the ones we celebrated at Rendezvous - the re-enactments - with a few dozen musicians jamming around the campfire until the wee hours of the morning
18. Beach or Mountains? both!
21. Are you a morning person or a night person? morning (see #1)
22. What is your shoe size? 7 - 7.5
23. Pets? 2 cats, Samwise and Rosie
24. What's your favorite holiday? Christmas for the traditions and music, Easter for the meeaning
25. What did you want to be when you were little? first I wanted to be a nurse because our nurse costume had a blue cape . . . but then I realized that real nurses didn't wear capes (and what's the point, really, w/o the cape?), so then I was undecided for many years until school because our Librarians at school were great - but then in early HS I wanted to be a Minister, but that changed in late college . . . .
26. How old are you today? 44, but I usually feel, in my head, like I'm only 12 or like I"m 100
27. What is your favorite candy? dark chocolate with nuts
29. What day are you looking forward to? Thanksgiving, when I can spend all day making a fantastic meal for my family (well, for part of my family) - seriously - I love having time and room to cook
30. What are you listening to right now? crickets and the breeze
31. What was the last thing you ate? raspberry cobbler - yum - hmm - sounds like a good breakfast food
32. Do you wish on stars? no, not really - I'm more likely to pray
33. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? just one color? I think I"m more like one of the handmade crayons we've made, with bits and pieces of lots of colors in them
34. How is the weather right now? a little cool, but unseasonably warm, considering it's November
35. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Main Library Security when they called yesterday afternoon to check on us after a customer called 911 from our phone because she'd been assaulted down the street
36. Favorite soft drink? Diet Cranberry 7-Up - but I usually drink water
39. Favorite restaurant? Pita Hut, currently - love those falafels!
40. Hair color? brown, light brown, blond, and lots of grey
41. What was your favorite toy as a child? I don't know - dolls, I guess: Barbies, kiddles, trolls, etc, where we made clothes for them and stuff - imaginative play
42. Summer or winter? Fall
43. Hugs or kisses? both - and keep em coming!
44. Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
45. Coffee or tea? both, but always decaff
46. What is under your bed? cord for electric blanket and lots of dust bunnies
47. What did you do last night? watch movies on the couch with Mike
48. How many keys on your key ring? 11, but 3 of them belong to a friend for whom we sometimes cat-sit, and one of them is for Mike's bike lock - so I realized I need to clean that key ring!
49. How many years at your current job? nearly 7 years in this position, 21 at the L, total
50. Favorite day of the week? Friday, because if I'm working it's because I will prolly have a real weekend (2 days off in a row), and if I'm not working . . . well . . . I'm not working!
51. How many towns have you lived in? 3 if you count college
52. Do you make friends easily? I make friends easily, but it takes a long time for me to make close friends
53. Who inspires you most? I get inspired by hopeful stories of people who've done great things for other people to make a difference in the world
54. Who do you want to tag to do this meme? Everyone who reads it! Then let me know if you've done it.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
But maybe that's just me?
I do like exploring the directories that L&P suggested. I hadn't really spent much time searching for podcasts before, since the first few I listened to didn't thrill me. It's good to know those sources are out there, though.