Sunday, September 30, 2007
Check out the Original Post explaining the project.
There are pictures of personal libraries from all over the world, which I think is amazing. If you know anyone who has a personal collection, be sure to tell them about Your Shelves! and encourage them to submit a picture!!
Also, if you write a 'Bookish Blog,' let Kimbooktu know about it! She's got a great listing of bookish blogs if you are looking for a new one to stalk...I mean, read...
Here's a big shout out to Kim from Kimbooktu! WHOOOT WHOOOOOOOOT!! =)
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Self Check is doing a "Why Was I Banned" series this week on their comic strip. Here are Friday's and Saturday's comics.
Also, I found this through LibraryStuff. Another victim of too much information.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
It's finally here - the season premier!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!
Today is also awesome for a couple of reasons. This morning, I checked my mail and there was a package for me!!! If you don't know, I am a member of a great online community of woman. I started out on The Knot when I was planning my wedding and found the message boards. Now that I am married, I have moved on to The Nest. One of the message boards I now frequent is the Nest Book Club board. We recently did a book gift exchange coordinated by an amazing Nestie using Elfster.
If you read yesterday's post, you know that I have been struggling to find a good light book to read. Well, the struggle is over. My Elf sent the PERFECT book: Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? by Jen Lancaster. I am SO excited!!!! Thank you to my FABULOUS Elf!!!
The other reason that today ROCKS is that I am headed to a nearby town to pick up some TASTY pizza. If you have never tried Papa Murphy's Take and Bake Pizza, you need to! My DH and I introduced it to a friend a couple weeks ago, and she has been DREAMING about it since. So, we are road tripping to the nearest Papa Murphy's - about 30 miles away - and bringing home some deliciousness...mmmmm!!
Of course, the day will be complete with Grey's Anatomy!! I can't wait to see what happens!!!!
And now, for your viewing pleasure (ok, MY viewing pleasure)...
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The second one I picked up is The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. Again, I have heard amazing things about this book - almost everyone I talked to either raved about the book or the author. But several pages into it, I just couldn't read anymore of it. Again, I will definitely pick this one up again to try it at a different time.
Instead, I've decided to read something that's going to make me laugh, Don't Sleep with a Bubba: Unless your Eggs are in Wheelchairs by Susan Reinhardt. This book has received so many reviews and comments exclaiming how funny it is. I've heard if you like Laurie Notaro you will LOVE Susan Reinhardt, and I do, so I probably will! I mean, it's aimed at anyone who has a funny bone - and I definitely have one of those!!
Reviews of all three books follow:
Eat, Pray, Love Review:
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Gilbert (The Last American Man) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy's buffet of delights”the world's best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners”Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. "I came to Italy pinched and thin," she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, a balancing act in Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise "betwixt and between" realms, studies with a merry medicine man and plunges into a charged love affair. Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year's cultural and emotional tapestry”conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor”as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Post Birthday World Review
From Publishers Weekly
The smallest details of staid coupledom duel it out with a lusty alternate reality that begins when a woman passes up an opportunity to cheat on her longtime boyfriend in Shriver's latest (after the Orange Prize–winning We Need to Talk About Kevin). Irina McGovern, a children's book illustrator in London, lives in comfortable familiarity with husband-in-everything-but-marriage-certificate Lawrence Trainer, and every summer the two have dinner with their friend, the professional snooker player Ramsey Acton, to celebrate Ramsey's birthday. One year, following Ramsey's divorce and while terrorism specialist "think tank wonk" Lawrence is in Sarajevo on business, Irina and Ramsey have dinner, and after cocktails and a spot of hash, Irina is tempted to kiss Ramsey. From this near-smooch, Shriver leads readers on a two-pronged narrative: one consisting of what Irina imagines would have happened if she had given in to temptation, the other showing Irina staying with Lawrence while fantasizing about Ramsey. With Jamesian patience, Shriver explores snooker tournaments and terrorism conferences, passionate lovemaking and passionless sex, and teases out her themes of ambition, self-recrimination and longing. The result is an impressive if exhausting novel. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Don't Sleep with a Bubba Review
From the Publisher
Aimed at anyone with a funny bone, these all new stories by syndicated columnist Susan Reinhardt tackle domestic and office life with side-splitting observations and searing confessions.
Reinhardt candidly lets readers into her world as she faces off with the Bubbas of the world, reveals her husband's unusual experiments with a Norelco shaver and the family Pomeranian, and scrapes bare the bedrock truth about married life and love.
She also poignantly shares her struggles with a depression that secretly plunged her downward and her reaction to the unexpected helping hands that pulled her up.Totally uncensored and blisteringly honest, Reinhardt is all heart - and a storyteller to savor and remember.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
And, of course, back by popular demand (well, my demand!)... Fabulous Movies Real's Never Seen Night!! This weeks selection:
I LOVE Tuesdays!!!!!
Monday, September 24, 2007
The computer reservation station stopped making reservations about an hour and a half before closing time. There is only one reason for that - there are no more reservations to be had!! The number one question of the day was "Why won't it let me make a reservation?" Of course, we had some great alternatives to that question, and a lot of times we had to ask for further clarification
"It said no." (Um, what?)
"I put in my number, what's wrong?"
And, one of my favorites: "Why won't it let me make a reservation when there are all these computers open?" Um, because those computers already have reservations for them. Seriously, you can't figure that out?
But this post is not about the computers and all the crazy computer patrons. This post is about something worse.
Let's set the scene. I am working the desk with one of my favorite coworkers, L. She is helping someone at the desk when the phone rings, so I go to answer it. By the time I am speaking with the person on the phone, L has finished helping the person in front of her. That's when the girl I'm going to call Bitchy Patron walked up to the desk.
Bitchy Patron (looking directly at Real Librarian - who, might I remind you is ON THE PHONE): Blah blah blah blah. (*I wasn't listening to her, I was on the phone with a NICE patron).
Fabulous Coworker L: She's on the phone right now, but I would be glad to help you.
BP: UGH!! You people are SO RUDE!! Especially YOU (pointing to FCL).
Even after that, FCL goes to help this bitch. A couple minutes later, while I am standing alone at the reference desk, THIS happens:
BP (while walking by): You are just so miserable because you are SO FUCKING FAT.
Real Librarian: EXCUSE ME?!?!?!
BP: Yup, that's why you treat people like SHIT.
And then she was gone. I sat there and sputtered for a minute, realized that about 30 people heard the exchange and they were all staring at me, then I ran into the back room to regroup.
I just gotta know what makes someone say something like that?? I literally said NOTHING to this woman to warrant such a reaction. And even if I had, it is totally uncalled for to make personal attacks - you know NOTHING about me. If you want to bitch about my professionalism, that's one thing.
This exchange caused 2-3 regular patrons to approach my fabulous coworker, L, and tell her that I have always been nice to them and that they were sorry that people treat us like that.
While it doesn't happen too terribly often, things like this do happen. We are offering this amazing service to you - FOR FREE - and you are treating the people who are HELPING YOU like shit. Really, what makes you think this is okay?!?!?!
I'd say we deserve a little respect, don't you?
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Why? Because people STEAL the headphones. Nice, huh?
I don't understand the whole public use headphones, anyway. I mean, really, who wants to put those nasty things on your head? Do you know where they've been? Do you know who was sitting at this computer just 20 minutes before you got here? Yup, the homeless man who probably hasn't washed his hair in...well, I don't even want to know how long. You know what else? He was using those head phones.
The example doesn't even have to be that extreme. I just think the whole idea of putting those things on your ears after who knows how many people have used them is GROSS. Ew!!
The other thing that really gets me is the people who ask for headphones. No, not ask, DEMAND. They get on a computer that doesn't have a pair, come up to the desk and demand that we supply them with headphones. Then they get pissed off because we don't have any extras because PEOPLE STEAL THEM.
Actually. it's all part of some sort of library conspiracy that we librarians are leading. We are only here to make your life miserable.
If you want to be sure you will have a pair of headphones on your computer, bring your own from home!! And that way, you know where they've been!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I finished the preliminary draft of my second essay last night - WHOOT WHOOOT!!! This is exciting enough all on its own!
But after I went to bed, I found that I couldn't shut my brain off. Thoughts of essay number two still danced in my head. I ended up even composing a little addition to my conclusion, which I had to get up and write down because I KNEW I would never remember it in the morning.
So, I get up this morning and type in this addition, and do a word count on my second essay...
1,701 words!!!!! It has to be a sign, right?? So, at the advice of a friend, I'm heading out to get a Pick 4 lotto ticket with these numbers on it. Wish me luck, y'all!!!
But first - on to essay number 3!!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Even so, I have to admit that I was a little upset to learn that on the two (almost) full days that I had taken off work to sit home and work on Capstone - he just happened to be off those days, too.
The reason I was upset is because my DH is distracting!! Not on purpose, but seriously, I don't want to be stuck in the guest room (which is also my computer room/office) in front of the computer while he is sitting in the living room relaxing! I want to be hanging out with him or going out into the world with him doing something fun - or even something tedious like grocery shopping!
So, in a state of almost panic, I told him that he had to find something to do on these two days away from the apartment so I could focus... Even though the Capstone Guide said "If you are lucky enough to have a support person at home or someone to call upon, ask him/her to check in on you or leave you alone" (I SWEAR it says that!), I felt immediately guilty for practically kicking him out of our apartment.
I am lucky, though, because he understood my need to focus and was totally willing and able to disappear for two days so I could work on my Capstone Experience.
Well, when I got home from work on Tuesday (I worked for 3 hours so I could do story time!), there was a note on my computer that said "I love you! You can DEW it!" And waiting for me in the fridge was a bottle of Mt. Dew - my FAVE!!! Ok, so it might be a little cheesy, but I thought it was incredibly thoughtful!!
Tonight, after disappearing for a couple hours, he returned with shrimp fried rice, beef lo mien and egg rolls. Mmmmmmmmmmm!!
Whatta guy!!! Thanks baby!!!
And, DAMN!! Ain't my man FINE?!?! *wink*
Let me give you a quick overview about why Capstone SUCKS. First, we have to write three essays in a week. They have to be 1,500-2,500 words each. We didn't get the questions until this past Monday morning, so in a week, we have to do all the research and writing of these three 1,500-2,500 word essays...
Well, after my 11 hours of hard brain draining work, I manged to find some fabulous sources and write 1,701 words on my first topic. WOOHOO!!! I'd tell you what the topic was, but I think I would have to kill you afterwards... Remember, the only thing any past Capstoner would tell me about the whole process is "They don't call it Capstone Experience for nothing." I'm beginning to see what they mean.
Today, I am putting aside my first essay and diving into a whole other topic. Again, I'd tell ya, but then I'd have to kill ya. Arrrrr...
Which brings me to the pirate section of today's blog. September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!! They have pirate advice and *gasp* drink recipes, among other fun things on their site. Also, check out this pirate dictionary for some fun words!
And now, a picture of my favorite pirate:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
There will be no Fabulous Movies Real's Never Seen Night tonight, because of this stupid Capstone thing, but it will definitely return next week!!
Monday, September 17, 2007
I had been trying to psych myself out thinking, no worries, I can make it through this, three essay questions isn't a big deal, it's ALL good!!!
Now I'm thinking...Holy Shit.
I'm glad I took a bunch of time off work, because I'm definitely going to need it.
Wish me luck, y'all.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Because this week is Imagination Library Week in Middle Tennessee, I feel like I should tell you about this amazing program brought to you by Dolly Parton.
Basically, Imagination Library is a program where your child can receive a free book in the mail every month until their 5th birthday. Did I mention it was free? Cuz' it's free.
Click here to see if Imagination Library is sponsored in your county. You can even register online for this awesome program.
If you don't see your county listed, there is even a way for you to Get Involved and help bring Imagination Library to your community.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Anyway, on occasion, we find it necessary to have a movie marathon! Once in a while, we pick a random Saturday, and we watch movies ALL DAY. Oh, and we eat. It's seriously awesome!
We've watched quite a few things in our marathon sessions. We got through the entire series of Six Feet Under in 5 Saturdays (one season per Saturday!). We always checked those DVDs out from the library (YES! Your library just might check out SEASONS of TV on DVD!!! The library is COOL!!!), and we would wait (very impatiently) until the next season was released, watch it in it's entirety in ONE DAY, and then have to wait (VERY impatiently) until the NEXT season was released.
Our newest TV on DVD obsession is Weeds. Though we didn't watch this one in a marathon session, we did just finish the second season. If you haven't watched this series, go check it out - it is hilarious! And I LOVE the tag line: "A comedy series about dealing in the suburbs."
Anyway, back to the marathon. Today, we are watching Tales of the City, starring Olympia Dukakis. But it's not just Tales of the City! We are also watching More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City!
While the TV DVD seasons were not officially on the list of Fab Movies I've Never Seen, the Tales of the City are. Let the marathon begin!!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
This year marks the 26th Anniversary of Banned Books Week! This year, BBW runs from September 29th - October 6th.
Check out these links from ALA to find out the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2006, as well as the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-2000, and the Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Authors from 1990-2004.
Also, Wikipedia has a List of Banned Books, which includes type of literature information as well as the reason the books was banned. Very cool. **This is an incomplete list.**
Do any of the books on these lists surprise you? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
What's crazy is that this week is just as stressful. Both of my professors scheduled a couple assignments due the week of Capstone. Seeing as how I won't be doing ANYTHING other than research, reading and writing for Capstone that week, I need to get these other assignments done before Monday.
So, I need to write a paper about Strategic Planning in my library for my Advanced Management class. I interviewed one of my favorite library administrators about her role in the process - so the information is all gathered for that, I just need to sit down and write it.
Also for that class, I need to read, oh, about 10 (really long) articles and write reflections on them.
I also need to write 2 blog posts for my Academic Libraries class. That won't be too bad - I just need to read a couple articles and write my critical analysis about them. Don't worry, I won't bore you all with those blog posts!!
In other more exciting news, I just got my Graduation Application!!! I can't believe it's so close!! In fact, the last day of the semester is less than 3 months away!! If I can make it through Capstone week, I am home free!!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This concludes the extent of our communication. Until today...
PhD. Woman: Sooo, are you pregnant yet?
Real Librarian: Ummmm, no.
PhD.W: Why, girl? You're married now, you need to start having kids!!
RL: Just because I'm married doesn't mean I have to start poppin' out babies!!
There are so many comebacks to this question. My friend Stacy over at Clicking My Choos would probably have said "NUNYA!" (Nunya damn business!). And Lisa over at Life, Love & Soap would ask if she was willing to pay for them! HAHAHA
It just makes me wonder why people think that this is an okay question. First of all, I don't know you. Second of all, I don't appreciate people in my family asking this question, let alone some random stranger! Where is your filter? At least she didn't tell me I looked pregnant, right?
Anyway, no biggie. It's just another fun day at the 'brary!
And of course, it's Fabulous Movies Real's Never Seen Night!! We decided to watch a comedy this week. We have a couple of choices. We found a couple of these on VHS at the library, and since the VHS cassettes from the library can be a little sketchy at times, we thought we would check out all three, just in case! Here are our choices for tonight's feature:
Monday, September 10, 2007
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Gilbert (The Last American Man) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy's buffet of delights, the world's best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners, Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. "I came to Italy pinched and thin," she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, a balancing act in Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise "betwixt and between" realms, studies with a merry medicine man and plunges into a charged love affair. Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year's cultural and emotional tapestry, conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression.
Copyright Ã‚Â© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
~~ SAY THANK YOU!!! WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!
Ahh, that feels better. I promise I'm not bitter or angry. I really do love my job!! But there are times when I look at people and seriously wonder WTF?!?!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
I challenge anyone who does not have a library card to check out your local library and sign up! And if you do have a card, you should head over to your library and see what they are offering these days! You might be surprised!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Real Librarian: Reference desk, can I help you?
Patron Caller: Uh, yeah, uh, uh, can you, uh, like, I need to find a book.
RL: Sure, do you have the title?
PC: Uh, well, no, uh, but like, the book was made into this awesome movie.
RL: Do you want the book or the movie?
PC: Uh, the MOVIE.
RL: Okay, do you know the title of the movie?
PC: Uh, no.
RL: *sigh* Okay, can you tell me what the movie was about, or who was in it?
PC: Uh, no, I haven't watched it, but my friend said it ROCKED!!
Okay, I might be damn good, but I don't think anyone could have found what this kid was looking for. In the end I asked him to call his friend and ask for the title of the movie. I never heard back from him, so I can't even tell you what the book/movie was.
And I can't be sure, but I would venture to guess that this kid was influenced by something a little...uh...wacky...
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
OEDb has released the Top 25 Librarian Bloggers. I stalk (I mean subscribe to) several of the top 25! Congrats to all those fabulous library bloggers!
This brings me to the exciting (for me) part. To be considered for this honor, one must be on DMOZ's Library and Information Science: Weblogs page. Which means there are over 300 librarian bloggers out there - and those are just the ones who are listed!! I can't believe I didn't know about this before!! I've been going through the list to see if there are any more that I want to stalk (I mean subscribe to)! WHOOT WHOOOOOT!!!
The other exciting thing is that registration for the Public Library Association 2008 National Conference is now open. It's in Minneapolis this year, and I gotta tell you - I want to go!!! Seeing as how I am a student, I get a special discounted rate, which means about $150 off the registration price!
Now...how to convince my bosses to let me go...hmmmmmm...
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I decided that this week we were going to read stories about Fall!!! The stories for today are:
And, as always, it's Fabulous Movies Real's Never Seen Night!! Last week, due to an unforeseen problem, we couldn't watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Instead we FINALLY watched Old Yeller (yup, I have now seen Old Yeller!). So, this week we are going to get into Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!!
Monday, September 3, 2007
A friend of mine, Amanda over at Click. The Good News, has an awesome post on her blog telling all about the wonders of Google Reader. It's everything that I would have told you, but Amanda says it so much better!
Please, check out Amanda's Google Reader blog post. And you'll never miss an update of your favorite blog again!!
Thanks to Amanda for posting all this fabulous information!!!!!
p.s. I currently "subscribe" to 104 blogs...damn!!
Saturday, September 1, 2007
"BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors."
Here are my five recommendations. Just some blogs that I stalk...uh, I mean subscribe to. Check them out!!
Love, Life and the Pursuit of the Next Great Vacation
Gives great tips about finding good deals on amazing vacation spots all over the world!
A great blog that reviews and discusses existing and new tools, services, and technology for finding information on the internet!
emily jackson photography
A very talented photographer!
"The desperate life of tormented library clerk." Sometimes I feel as though she is writing about my life!
A really funny library comic strip!
Enjoy these blogs!!!