Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
There were snow squalls in the City this afternoon We haven't had a FROST yet where I live, and there was SNOW this afternoon.
Ms. Mother Nature, ma'am? Can you hold off for a while. I'm not ready for winter yet. I still haven't gotten my winter coat dry cleaned and repaired from last spring. I haven't put away all my summer clothes. I still use my a/c on occasion at night. I don't have winter boots!
I don't care what date the calendar says. It's too early for snow. While I remember trick-or-treating in snow when I was growing up in northern Utah, that was (ye-goodness) almost 30 years ago and a different climate.
Snow, snow go away.
Come again some other day ...
Say, in January, after I've flown back from Christmas break.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Last night I had a scrumptious four-course meal, complete with a pleasant shrimp appetizer, a gazpacho-esque soup, a luscious pepper-encrusted steak, and the BEST chocolate hazelnut Baci-inspired dessert I've ever eaten. I was full, but not unpleasantly so. Dinner was followed by a very brisk 15 minute power walk to Grand Central, with just enough time to make my train with 2 minutes to spare. I was in no way hungry, just warm, contented, and ready to go home and get my jammies..
Just as the train was about to leave, someone got on and rushed past me to get a seat -- trailing behind them the unmistakable and irresistible scent of McDonald's French fries. Suddenly I was completely and totally ... RAVENOUS!
Why is that?!
Dang it. Now I want French fries.
Curse you MickeyDees. Curse you.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Now I check in with her sister Courtney's blog daily to see how NieNie and her beloved Mr. Nielson are doing. Word of Stephanie's plight and of the courage of the extended Clark/Nielson family continues to spread. Local and national media outlets have done articles and stories, including coverage by my sister-in-law's aunt (it's a small Mormon/cyberworld). In every single blog entry, article, or news clip, something touches my heart and leaves me weepy ... and I am definitely NOT a heart-on-your-sleeve-show-emotions-in-public kind of gal.
So it is with a tissue-box size warning that I let you know that this beautiful article ran in a paper over the weekend -- and you will need tissues. Then this article ran today and is just as hanky-worthy.
Won't you keep Stephanie, Christian, and their families, especially her heroic siblings who are caring for their four children, in your thoughts and prayers? (The prayers are working. Christian says he could feel them.)
If you can, please contribute to the families' recovery fund via one of the various auctions or funds that have been set up. A long road is ahead of them, but all will be well.
As like the book, the trailer is a dark and full of plot points and twists. The last bit, with Hermione and Harry, is the funniest of the lot.
(Hey, I'm working an event tonight at Practice, Practice, Practice! The hour this will be made up way after "office hours.")
*Umm .. Please, Mr. Vending Machine Filler Guy? Can we have less of the Gatrrrade junk and more Diet Pepsi so I can have that for a fallback when the smaller Coke machine runs out of my "medicine?"
Friday, October 24, 2008
a-ha's first hit "Take on Me"
Contrary to popular belief in the U.S., a-ha is NOT a one-hit wonder, in case you were, well ... wondering. The band has continued to be popular around the world, with Morten, Mags, and Paul going off to create their own solo projects and working different bands. If Santa really wants to get me a present this year, I'm still trying to get the last CD, Analoque, imported ... (cough, Kelli, see wishlist, cough).
In the cyclical nature of popular trends, what was cool is cool again. Not only are the guys popping up on stages with groups like Coldplay, the newest boyband phenom/Disneytween fangirl sensation, The Jonas Brothers, has covered the track. (You can hear it here.) Call me an old fogey, but I love the original with its synthesizer mixes much better. Plus, Morten is ever so dreamy. Those cheekbones, that voice, the butt, er... talent. Sigh.
*Dude, I can't believe that you remembered ...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
86 days, 10 hours
until Battlestar Galactica comes back.
Not that I'm counting or anything.
Battlestar Galactica returns January 16
The final 10 episodes will run through March 20
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
You need a basket this large to carry your purchases.
Who ever you are!
Monday, October 20, 2008
" A whimsical riff on the bookmobile, ... Biblioburro is a small institution: one man and two donkeys. ... Alfa and Beto."
Click here for the whole story from The New York Times.
The Buddha, Dhammapada, c. 500 BC
From Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel by Anne Cushman
Friday, October 17, 2008
Well, substitute “gym” for one of Auntie Nettie’s jobs. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the “gym.” If Auntie Nettie wasn’t in hawk to the “bank,” she probably would have quit the “gym” a while ago.
Going to the “gym” is like going to the dentist sometimes. Not particularly enjoyable, but necessary. At the end of a session (whether long or short), she sometimes has a pounding headache along with a scolding from the trainer.
Then there’s “Maria.” If she wasn’t loyal to “Maria,” she probably would have quit already.
Plus there’s the financial toll. Unlike Chandler, who was supposed to get money back from his gym fees, how will Auntie Nettie replace the steady loss of income from the “gym?” Rent is going up, as is everything else, plus there are these pesky other outstanding debts.
“I want to quit the gym. I WANNA QUIT THE GYM!”
*Season Four, Episode 77, “The One with the Ballroom Dancing.”
Thursday, October 16, 2008
--Fran Dubruille, director of the European Booksellers' Federation, speaking at a Frankfurt Book Fair news conference (from Reuters via the Washington Post) and from the 10/16/08 Shelf Awareness e-newsletter
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I hear dead Peeple.
(Are they the reason that you hear secret messages when you play records in reverse?)
Some very scarey musicWitch Peeps will show up next?
Perhaps it will be an appearance by the Great Pumpkin!
Monday, October 13, 2008
To "pre-heat," make a list of things To-Do.
To start, take:
¼ part Sleeping in Late
¼ part Leisurely Reading of many Sunday papers
¼ part talking to Friends and Family
Add equal measures of the following Sensory Delights to make up the rest:
~The sights of Indian summer light streaming in through window and dancing through falling leaves;
~The sounds of classic Pink Floyd (Echos) and/or The Who (Quadrophenia) blaring through the CD player;
~The comforting scent of fabric softener wafting from the clean laundry;
~The yummy aromas of baking spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, plus the tang of lemon zest and apples rising from the two loaves of apple bread, the apple crisp, and the batches of snickerdoodles cooling on the rack;
~The delectable tastes of the homemade soups and the wild rice and turkey casserole made for my meals throughout the week;
~The feeling of accomplishment for finishing almost everything on the To-Do list.
Mix with a hearty sprinkling (or a dash or two) of the utter and complete Joy of:
-not having to go to work;
-the lack of appointments;
- and absolutely NO deadlines.
Bake for about 12 hours at 98.6 degrees.
Let rest six more days before repeating.
Variations could include: movie marathons, window shopping, walks on the beach, more sleeping in, reading in front of the fireplace, and lots and lots of chocolate.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The dialogue is so priceless, I had to give the transcription:
Jim: Did you see Battlestar Galactica last night?
Andy: No. Is it any good?
Jim: No, it's really so-so. Like, it's all crazy monsters and stuff, like Klingons and Wookiees and all that. But -- sorry, you wanted to add something, Dwight?
[A pained Dwight turns away.]
Andy: Is it anything like the original Battlestar Galactica?
Jim: It's weird -- it's practically a shot-for-shot remake.
Jim: Yeah. The story's kind of bland. It's about a guy named Dumbledore Calrissian, and he needs to return the ring back to Mordor.
Andy: That doesn't sound right ...
(The sound you hear is a KABOOM!!!)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Call of the Wild Duck
A plucky dog survives life in the frozen Klondike with the help of a symbolic duck.
Old Man Riverdance
Paul Robeson is kicked to death by stampeding robots.
The Runaway Bunny Jury
Desperate jurors avoid being profiled by ingeniously disguising themselves as birds, flowers, boats, rocks, and fish.
The Bell Jarhead
We are at war with terrorism, racism, and clinically depressed adolescents.
Gone With the Windows for Dummies
Starting the Civil War; Customizing Your Decimated Plantation; That Scary General Sherman.
Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot the Piano Player
A dimwitted cop meets a timid musician with a mysterious past, and together they push Estelle Getty out a window.
Little Women Who Run With the Wolves
…try valiantly but can’t keep up, which is probably just as well.
The Scarsdale Diet of Worms
Drastic weight loss through unrecanted heresy.
Suddenly Last Summa Theologica
The prolonged agony and hideous death of an effete young man at the hands of ravenous street urchins brilliantly sums up all that can be understood of Christian theology.
Beast in the Jungle Book
On his deathbed, Mowgli is horrified to realize that he has wasted his entire life in the damn jungle.
National Blue Velvet
Dennis Hopper does something unspeakable with Elizabeth Taylor’s ear.
Jurassic Mansfield Park
Fanny and Edmund avert their eyes while Mary and Henry Crawford are slaughtered by velociraptors.
20,000 Bottles of Beer Under the Sea
Al Gore attempts to befriend a giant squid. A struggle ensues.
The Martian Chronicles of Narnia
The Lion, the Witch, and Ylla K.
Gentle Ben Hur
Thrill to the heartwarming saga of a 600 lb. brown bear who befriends a lonely young boy, wins a chariot race, and witnesses the crucifixion of Christ.
I was curious, so I did some research. Apparently the author did something similar in “real life” (the link is here). Her contributors had some equally as humorous suggestions. My favorites?
Of Mighty Mice and X-Men
A retarded super-hero saves a petting zoo from alien attack.–Tom Hartley
Lord of the Rings of the Nibelung
Hobbits sing themselves to death.–Tom Hartley
Hey Jude the Obscure
Take a sad song and make it into a tale of deception, despair, and dead babies. –Stephen Meyer
Hey, what can I say? It's Friday and I'm very easily amused.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I know that I've already asked you for a Toaster, but I've changed my mind. I don't need a toaster. That is just too grown-up and practical for a holiday gift, what with all the doom and gloom in the world. I need something frivolous and fun. I was a relatively good girl this year, so I would like to ask for the Jane Austen and Deluxe Librarian dolls/action figures for Christmas. Pretty, pretty please.
Why these particular dolls? Well you see, Santa, my original Shushing Librarian has gone on an extended walk-about and the other one I keep in the original packaging is not the fancy schmanzy kind, with the special library cart, more books than before, her own high-speed computer, and the bright red suit that helps clear up her androgyny. I'd like Jane so that she can go down the hall and play with Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, and maybe to get me an "in" with Captain Wentworth and Col. Fitzwilliam. (Me likely men in uniforms!)
So please, Santa. That is what my severely neglected (HA!) inner child would like for Christmas, today anyway.
Hugs and Kisses,
P.S. My inner child just realized that perhaps the Librarian Lady might be lonely. Could you get her the Casanova Action Figure so she has another librarian to "play" with? 'K? Thanks!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
And lo, it came to pass, that the days turned from summer into fall and the Mommy’s tummy got bigger and bigger. The children began to wonder if the Stork would ever come. One night, the little girl woke up and saw one of her Fairy Great-Aunts coming into her bedroom to check on her. She got excited because that had to mean that Mommy and Daddy were out in the Cabbage Patch waiting for the Stork to make the Important Delivery. She was almost too excited to sleep, just like at Christmas, but the Sandman sprinkled her eyes with his magic dust and off to Dreamland she went.
At last morning came, and the Daddy came in from the Cabbage Patch. He got his grumpy little boy out bed and in they went to the girl’s bedroom to wake her up. Once the Daddy sat down on the bed and everyone was settled, he told his children that the Stork had come to visit. For some reason, the little girl began to get a very, very, very Bad Feeling. Somehow, she just knew that what was left under the Cabbage Patch was not the little sister she had been thinking about for the longest time, but yet another pesky (at-times) little brother. It would be hard to describe the little girl’s initial feelings of disappointment at this juncture, but she was very brave and did not cry. She listened to the Daddy tell her and her brother that they were the Big Kids now and had to help the Mommy out with their new tiny Baby Brother. Eventually, the Daddy went back out to the Cabbage Patch to bring back the Mommy and the Baby. Both the little boy and little girl got to hold the little creature and decided to not throw him to the trolls under the bridge after all.
Years passed, as they do in the land of fairy tales. The little girl grew to love her baby brother just as much as she had her other comrade in imaginary tales of Make-Believe. For lo, it turned out that infant grew up into an tall, odd creature, at time spouting hair that make him look like a great-horned owl, at other times having long luscious locks that the Indian Maidens of Yore would envy. His humor was bizarre, and he shared a strange affinity for pirates. He would take journeys to far away lands, eat his share of beans and rice, raft down great rivers, tangle with Geographically-Confused Constables of the Law, emulate Wizards named Jobs, and do much sharing of the snark. He would eventually grow into a Man, and start a little family of four of his own in the Land of the Utes. As the Circle of Life wheeled around, he too would share in the age-old Daddy Dilemma of explaining to an older sister that the Stork was coming to upset the Apple Cart.
Happy 30th Birthday Baby Brother. I would not have traded you in, or missed our adventures, squabbles, tears, trials, laughter, and love, for all the little sisters in the world ... well most of the time anyway.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Most libraries have notices near their copy machines warning patrons NOT to abuse the copyright law. Patrons are allowed to copy portions of materials for study use only, but not allowed to make copies if materials are going to be used for financial purposes. Students in library school are taught about the copyright law, as it is a tricky area and hard to police. As users, we may not even think about it when we paste pictures into blogs and e-mails or create multimedia videos to share on the 'Net. There have been lawsuits galore over the scope of copyright and the fair use concept. Companies, like Disney for example, are known to sue small businesses, like daycares, when they use Disney's trademarked images without authorization.
To help us understand the copyright law and the fair use concept, Eric Faden, a Bucknell professor, has produced an amazing video -- A Fair(y) Use Tale -- which cuts together thousands of extremely short clips from dozens of Disney cartoons, lifting individual words and short phrases to spell out an articulate, funny, and thoroughly educational lesson on how copyright works.
It's an entertaining AND informative 10-minute video. Check it out and keep this in mind the next time you make a copy or post that picture on your blog.
Monday, October 6, 2008
For my initiation, I had to capitalize and punctuate
the works of e e cummings.
Shouldn't it really be this?
for my initiation i had to capitalize and punctuate
the works of e e cummings
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Characters: Very-Sleepy-College-Student Worker and her More-Alert Supervisor
Upon observing the Worker dragging herself through her shift, the Supervisor somewhat jokingly asked:
“Honey, do I need to smack you with the wake-up stick?”
Question: Where does one purchase a wake-up stick and how much does it cost?
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Remember, in general I'm not going to say what it is that I've enjoyed, to make recommendations, or to provide links to major on-line catalogs or retailers*. This is just a list. I am posting this mainly for me so I remember what I've already picked up. There may be trends and themes, but they do not represent all of my interests or wholly represent me. Don't judge a reader by her books.
Go forth and read ... specifically read a Banned Book, as it is Banned Book week (September 27 through October 4th).
Reading List for July 2008
Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice
The Country Brides by Debbie Macomber
Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox
Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
The Third Circle by Amanda Quick
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
Friends for Life by Ellen Emerson White
Life without Friends by Ellen Emerson White
Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Tigerheart by Peter David
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
Like a Charm by Candace Havens
Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton Brown and Jean-Claude Dhien
Home by Julie Andrews
Reading List for August 2008
Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
Twilight (1) by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon (Twilight 2) by Stephenie Meyer
Carpool Diem by Nancy Star
Eclipse (Twilight 3) by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by (Twilight 4) Stephenie Meyer
Résistance: A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France by Agnès Humbert, translated by Barbara Mellor
The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis
Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
You Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden 1) by Charlaine Harris
A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden 2) by Charlaine Harris
Three Bedrooms One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden 3) by Charlaine Harris
The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden 4) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden 5) by Charlaine Harris
Big Girls Don't Cry by Cathie Linz
Reading List for September 2008
Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard 1) by Charlaine Harris
Gil's Fright Night Diner by A. Lee Martinez
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Confessions of a Contractor by Richard Murphy
Shakespeare's Champion (Lily Bard 2) by Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare's Christmas (Lily Bard 3) by Charlaine Harris
Elemental Magic by Shinn, York, Berg and Johnson
A Hollywood Ending by Robyn Sisman
Hot Mama by Jennifer Estep
The Murders of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters
Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily Bard 4) by Charlaine Harris
The Moneypenny Diaries edited by Kate Westbrook
The Mercy Rule by Perri Klass (didn't finish)
Tribute by Nora Roberts
Shakespeare's Counselor (Lily Bard 5) by Charlaine Harris
Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry
Glamour by Louise Bagshawe
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden 7) by Charlaine Harris
Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden 8) by Charlaine Harris
Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich
The Daughters Grimm by Minda Webber
Roommates Wanted by Lisa Jewell (didn't finish)
Notes from a Minor Key: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Healing by Dawn Bailiff (Warning on this one: Many aspects of this "autobiographical" account have been called into question. Plus, it's not very well edited or written AT ALL!)
Currently deciding what to read next.
* Though I really should. I could use the ad revenue.