Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Life seems pretty good to me right now, cancer free and D chewing her squeaky toy in my ear (delighted that I'm not asleep by the way). How can you deny those liquid brown eyes? Excuse me while I throw the squeaky toy...
For any friends interested in using my laptop, I did not wipe the doggy slobber off my hands before I went back to typing!
So I've been exploring the blogosphere again this evening and had a little more luck. I found Kenny's Korner (obviously I was drawn to a fellow alliterator) and have added it to my RSS aggregator. Caustic humor, good drawings...
good god, she's got the hedgehog now!
...sly wit. I was amused and entertained so we'll see if it stays that way.
Little else went on at ol' EOL this afternoon. The HVAC was out so by about 2pm the building was a sauna. The guy didn't get there to repair it until about 20 minutes to closing because no one called him. Communication definitely got fouled up there somewhere. I can just see us having 200 people in the library for the Alexander McCall Smith event on Sunday with no air...it'd be beautiful.
With this event on Sunday, I'll have to change the monthly display on Monday. I can't remember if I've got anything in the wings, but off the top of my head I thought I'd get a list of celebrities' favorite books and put those out. I've done mystery, exotic locales, food fiction, anything with the word "hot" in the title, "look what i found on the bottom shelf", and myriads of others. I remember a book published not too long ago, something like "books that changed lives" or something to that effect. Maybe I could come up with a little slip of some sort that would relate the celebrity choosing the title and why they chose it. I'll have to do a trial run and see how labor intensive it is. I've really had a lot more success with random choices for a display than with themed ones. It seems that once a patron has chosen from a themed display they don't want to come back to it again to get a book on the same topic where as with a random choice display the patron will come back again and again to see what's new.
I think I'll go with that, thanks for the help!
I'm off to bed now so I won't be a complete ogre tomorrow...hopefully ;-)
K came up with the idea of making her a scrapbook with a "while you were out" theme, like the notepads you use in a business office to take messages for people. We will all have our pictures taken doing something that parodies/spoofs something indicative of each individual that will make B laugh. I thought this was a great idea because it is something she can keep and make notes in if she wants to. Now my quandry is, how do you take capture a smart mouth? What else would be indicative of me? The whole children's department is going to use pillows to look pregnant, except for KG who really is. A will work a crossword puzzle, KH will watch football, C will be on the phone, M will be laying in the staff lounge with measle-like dots and a thermometer, N will be in the floor surrounded by boxes and carts of books....I want our department to come up with some stuff equally as contextually funny.
Everyone keep her in your thoughts and prayers, no matter the denomination. B is a wonderful lady with too much sweetness to leave this world so soon, though it tends to work that way.
I am not ready for her to leave.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Of course, I did not have a radio with me so I got all of it through closed captioning and let me tell you...their typists often suck. The other day there was a news segment on Dale Jr. and the CC came up with "little league" every time I KNEW it should be "little E". Amusing but frustrating.
I am so glad the end of the work week is here. I really need a break and S's son's engagement party Sat night will be just the thing :-) Sunday is our big author event with Alexander McCall Smith so I'll be working my butt off all day but it should be a phenomenal time! He's supposed to be a great speaker and we've sold almost 150 tickets! Plus, Western is providing the food and they always do a bang-up job. We're having grilled polenta with shrimp, pork tenderloin with chutney and garlic cheese biscuits, carmelized onion tarts, lemon and key lime squares, sweet tea....need I say more?
Did I, or did I not just start this blog off with a discussion of my workouts this week? I did?.......oh well
I'm going to have to go out and find some good ways of finding other blogs to read. Recommendations work fine but I'd like to do some exploring on my own as well. Is there a search feature for Blogger that I'm not aware of? I know Google and Yahoo have blog search options so I'll try there first. A while back I submitted my url to Google to be crawled so I'm now searcheable there but couldn't find myself at Yahoo so pooh on them.
And I use them to teach my computer class too! Promoting their website and telling the newbies how much better I like it than msn...I believe I should be honorarily crawled by Yahoo for the free advertisement alone!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I personally have flat feet. I get new shoes every 2 - 3 months and try to stretch several times a day, most especially in the morning. The cortisone shots never worked for more than 6 - 8 weeks at a time and the doctor I was seeing at the time said he was not giving me anymore, surgery was my next option (for the weak of heart, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK!)
Was that TMI? Maybe, but you guys deserve the truth :-)
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Right-side today, left-side next week.
A rinse for a.m., a different rinse for p.m.: both of which will stain my teeth.
A separate visit to clean the stain off my teeth.
Checkups every 3 - 4 months to make sure I'm getting the job done at home.
So, I'll floss, brush, swish the unearthly goop, endure the harsh pressure washing of the roots of my teeth (and without numbing! *insert muscleman pose here*), and try not to gouge my wrists with spoon while I endure teeth staining for the next 2-3 weeks.
For any friends or coworkers reading, I am taking my antidepressant and will attempt to conduct myself with professionalism and courtesy at all times...otherwise, get me a doughnut and a jamocha milkshake with a few dairyease caplets on the side, STAT...
Monday, April 23, 2007
...no I don't, but the chair behind this desk looked comfortable and I've always had a burning desire to wear a nametag...
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I dug around a little bit and I think this is it. There was an unusually active Leonid meteor shower in mid-November 1994. That sounds about right but for the purposes of this anecdote it is going to be exactly right since I couldn't find anything else any closer to what I remember.
Mom had brought out snacks and she and I were laying on the deck covered up with blankets and watching the sky. Where we lived at the time (Dad's still there) was, and still is, quite rural so no streetlights were hampering our view. Just as I got comfortable, a HUGE swath of light rocketed across the portion of the open sky we could see between the trees. It looked like it was skimming the treetops and mom and I grabbed each other and screamed! I though it was going to be the end of us...it seemed that close! For the next hour or so, there were so many of these, some bigger and brighter than the first, that I couldn't begin to count them. We screamed and huddled every time one went over.
My dad finally wandered outside to see what all the fuss was about but apparently the show was over. There may have been two or three that next hour and Dad lost interest and wandered back into the house. I still think about that night, every time I look up and see all those twinkling stars (or actually see a falling star) and wish that shower would come back around again. I would make sure S and C got to see it so they could have this great memory too.
I also remember seeing Halley's Comet from our backyard in Hueytown in 1986. I remember being excited about seeing that comet since our names were so similar. At nine years old, that signified a special connection to me...Halley and Holley. Halley's Comet will be back around to us around 2062 and it's entirely within the realm of possibility that I'll get to see it again, albeit with 85 year old eyes instead of 9 but I figure that's a pretty cool goal so I'm keeping it.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
It was published in the U.S. as a YA title. Now, Ed Kennedy is nineteen, drives a cab for living, and mentions high school or anything else of that nature little to none, but it feels like young adult literature and that is not defamation of character on my part. Ed is restless, bored, and wondering what to do with the rest of his life. (what teen doesn't) A self-confessed sexual midget, he is shy and awkward around his crush, fellow cab driver Audrey. (teen angst at its peak) His friends Marv and Ritchie don't do anything to help by getting drunk several nights a week, playing amatuer rugby, and having regular poker sessions. (ahh, the night out with the boys...the next day is always pleasant)
He's too young for me but I admit that I am not a little in love with poor Ed Kennedy...he's a great person that no one notices and I can empathize with that. He supports himself (barely), loves his 17 year-old stinky dog (The Doorman), and is loyal to his friends despite their bickering. What more could you ask for? Why do all the good ones have to be works of fiction?
Mom is recovering well from having her gall bladder removed Monday! We are going to hang out together tomorrow and get pedicures...I love it when she isn't at work. I can call her whenever I want and we can go places all the time. I hated her to have to be in so much pain when she had her hip replacement but I sure did like having her around all the time instead of a few times a month. I am looking forward to some good times after I get out of school....some vacations, short trips, maybe even to the beach as soon as I research pet-friendly places to stay. Yes, buggerbear will have to go too :) and I'll live through it :)
Gotta go teach my computer class!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
As A and I are sitting here "working", a gaggle of children are quietly (they think) creeping up the stairs....let's listen in:
"Hey, you can't go up there! Those are grown-up book!"
"I don't care! Let's go up!"
"You can't go up there! There are books with A-S-S on them up there!"
thank you for your attention!
*curtain goes down*
It is the biggest suitcase (I think this is it) I have ever seen! Samsonite, never used, rolls, and it's now MINE! It's in the backseat of my Kia right now and I almost can't see over it. I won't have to borrow luggage for the trip to D.C. now!
htw, world travel-ready
I am slightly ashamed but in my defense, every room I have stayed in there (this was about the 12th time) had a closet on the left and a bathroom on the right. This was the only one that was different so how could I possibly be expected to remember that in one short evening?!? So I don't feel THAT stupid about it, just a little :)
Since we gave our presentations Fri night we had absolutely NOTHING to do on Sat other than look attentive so we got up early on Sat and had a celebratory breakfast at Cracker Barrel before our last class and that was the best part! We drank too much coffee so that next six hours of class was nearly unbearable. The pitcher of margaritas at lunch improved the afternoon somewhat :)
This weekend was the last class for one of the two I was taking this semester (I still have 3 weeks left in YA lit) and as usual, J and I split the expense of a room at the lovely Gadsden Inn & Suites. I highly recommend it to anyone passing through and to other library school students. As I understand it, J had taken the dog , C, out for a walk and distinctly remembers the door to the house being UNLOCKED when she left. Unfortunately that was not how she found it when she and C got back. Did I mention the housecoat and slippers??? So now J and C are locked out of the house, J in her pajamas, her husband D at work. Diligent homeowner that she is, not one window had been left open to shimmy through.
I was rivated at this point in the story when J said, "So I called D on the mailman's cellphone."
Now I don't know about you people, but that's funny! It just came out of left field from no where. How did the mailman get in the picture? D didn't answer his phone and J was again set adrift. Not long after though, the little white USPS truck drove back up to the house, "Your husband is on the phone." Gotta love caller ID! D came back home and let J back in the house.
J got the approval letter for her Assitantship (sp?) from SLIS in the mail our letter carrying hero dropped off while J was using his cellphone so it was a grand adventure all around!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I hate missing b'days but this end of the semester crap is killing me. I've been petsitting T & C this week, S last weekend and will have D & B (and S again for a bit) coming up in about a week. The summer traveling season is heating up and everybody needs Aunt Holley. Why send your beloved to the mean old kennel when I can come over, get the mail, water some plants, and watch your cable :)
ahem....and use your internet connection too I guess, Thanks J!
I still have not gotten around to asking about posting people's pets on here. I just can't come up with a good way to intro the subject. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them. I don't have any ulterior motives, I just like to show people all the cute animals I get to take care of....maybe I'll get up the nerve soon.
Monday, April 9, 2007
I personally thought this Hawaiian gentleman did a MUCH better victory dance than I ever could :) This means, to my great joy, that I will be outta here (here being, of course, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa) the end of June and it won't be a moment too soon! I'm not walking either, just paying the $80 for my diploma and getting the H#@! out of Dodge. I don't know if I'll even come back to eat at a restaraunt in this town for a while. I did promise to not be so nasty about it so this is my last nasty post about U of A since I did make a promise.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Since I have an extremely hard time writing about things in which I am not interested, I have tried to pick a topic that a) I am interested in or, barring that, b) I know nothing about. Might as well make the s*$t useful, you know? So, as I’ve mentioned before, the issue I chose to do the literature review on is LGBTQQ collection development…and again, for those hiding under a rock that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. It is something I know nothing about but feel a professional responsibility that I should know. Librarians are some of the most political/societal change-type people I know and I'm just not one of them at this point. I also don't know if I'll ever develop a political platform, but I will read about them as I have this particular issue.
Anyway…all this reading has made me feel like a lumbering, no forehead Neanderthal. I like to think of myself as an educated, well-read, progressive person, not always an early adapter (just in case it’s a fad) but right there as close to the cutting edge as I can manage. Now I’m starting to think I’m not as far along in my progressive life as I had imagined, especially in my book selecting. I'm one to really err on the side of caution. I haven't had to deal with a book challenge yet and want to avoid it for as long as possible; consequently my purchase selection reflects that. So, according to all the research I'm doing, I have been practicing "inside censorship". Eeeeek! I don't agree with censorship! Eeeeek!(again!) Those good intentions pave a road I have no intention of traveling if I can help it....
Alright people, go out there and be part of humanity, not Neanderthals!
Thursday, April 5, 2007
The picture on the front looks a lot like a zombie that might theoretically ride the short bus, but this pocket-sized wad of angst doesn't shamble about and eat human brains (well...maybe so).
"This book is dedicated to all the chickens who was down from day one."
"Drew lives with his wife in Columbus, Ohio. He is the back-page
columnist for the British magazine .net and posts a new drawing
every day at http://www.toothpastefordinner.com/. In his spare time, he records music, operates the tiny indie-rock label Sharing Machine, and paints. He holds a patent in organic chemistry, but that and four bucks will buy you a fancy cup of flavored milky coffee."
"Welcome to my book, whose hidden sub-sub-title is 'Drawings I made while I was supposed to be working.' Yes, it's true, I was supposed to be putting together spreadsheets, or typing some sort of report, or stirring chemicals together in a little dish, but I was drawing pictures instead."
Don't you just love that?! I haven't even made it halfway through the book yet and am really enjoying it. At first I thought it was sort of stupid, but the more I read the more I think this guy has the right idea. This is a subtle, pessimistic humor that I totally enjoy. When I finish I'm going to recommend it to MA down in circ...he's gonna love it! I've gotten some birthday cards from him that bear an eerie similarity. For your viewing pleasure here is one example of the hundreds of HE LAR E US stuff to be found:
I give you, THE CAN FACTORY
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
yes, me too.
So, in a startling moment of supreme confidence, he asked if I could help him........................
no, me neither.
This is what it looked like.......................
yes, me too.
I was very flattered, but at the same time......OMG! I will be the first to admit that I am not very comfortable with my intellectual shortcomings in the mathmatical area, but we have come to an understanding my stupidness and I. I just don't ask anything of it and it refrains from embarrassing me :-)