Archive for October, 2008

Vintage Halloween Postcard Tuck 183 Witch on Broom by riptheskull. 

(Photo uploaded by Riptheskull) That’s actually pretty much what I looked like dressed up for the program…only, you know, without the flying..

Yeah, we hopped up a bunch of kids on high fructose corn syrup products last night at the library. And then we sent them home.

Tee hee.

And I am very, very tired. We had 79 kiddies at our Halloween bash and that’s not counting the camera-toting parents & grandparents. Still, there were some great moments. I got a hug from a little kid and another one of my storytime kids told me he loved me. Awwwww! Shucks::blushing::

Hopefully they will remember that after I scarred them all for life by “singing.” Did I mention that I can’t sing? ‘Cause I really, really can’t. But, I also have no shame. So, yes, I sang and danced in front of the crowd (but I didn’t use my jazz hands). Heck, it’s probably on YouTube. Now there’s a scary thought!

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Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be wearing this to the library party:


Although, I like the skirt 😉

But what’s up with the cape (caplet?)…is it supposed to be a variant of the sweater set?

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Vegetables Gemuese by Sandra Mora.

(Photo by Sandra Mora)

Stumbled across this and it is hilarious…Grocery Store Wars!


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Here’s an oldie but a goodie…enjoy!

Perpetual Bubblewrap

Note: This will drive coworkers/spouses/small animals nuts, so use cautiously.

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I’m on vacation this week, but as we are too poor to actually travel anywhere I will just post random stuff in between sleeping and reading.

This is pretty cool…and an unusual art process. Bozo would have been proud, bless his big red nose!

“Bending Balloons into Giant Flowers”

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Why, oh why, am I so cranky?

Can I blame this on menopause? (And just why is it called menopause and not menostop, anyway…) And, at what point do you transfer from being just cranky and become crotchety? (I’m guessing this must be around the time you start using phrases like “you kids get out of my yard!”)

Random sampling of library craziness:

1.) Oddly enough, after my last post, I had a patron come up and ask me if I would ask a young man (who was sitting at a computer terminal next to her and who was hacking loudly and repeatedly) to leave. I explained that, while I agreed I would not want him to cough on me, I could not legally make him leave. I suggested she move. (BTW, the kid was wearing a BK uniform so you may want to check your burgers over before eating them).

2.) A patron insisted that she could not log onto any of our computers because they were all “messed up.” After some quick checking of our software, I assured her that they were OK and they had no outstanding reservations (where patrons can reserve time spots) on any of them. No, she now loudly repeats, we are clearly just fucking with her as those computers do, indeed, have reservations. So, I show her my administrative screen which clearly shows that there are NO reservations and I suggest that perhaps she had mis-typed a pin number. No, she huffs, she’s not crazy! She knows what she’s doing!

After more teeth gritting questions on my part, we discover she has failed to log off of another computer. I explain that you cannot log onto more than one computer at a time and show her the log off button (which, although she claimed superior computer knowledge, she failed to either locate –at the top of the screen in bold letters–or use). Harumpf, says she.

3.) A woman is shopping on one of our public PCs for who-knows-what and discovers that the site she is on is displaying someone else’s credit card data on the payment screen (well, only the last 5 digits). She is shocked (shocked!) that on a public computer that there is this kind of information displayed. I start to explain about cookies and that this is a public PC, so that, you know, anyone can access it and put in information and she interrupts with, “I know what a cookie is…I work on computers as my job!!”

I suggest that, if she is concerned about data security that she might want to wait and use a more secure PC to complete her transaction. No, we cannot guarantee the security of her credit card information on our public PCs. She clicks around a bit and then gets mad that she can’t access the administrative controls. I try to explain that all the computers are locked against this for (what would seem obvious) good reasons. She grumbles but buys her stuff anyway.

Ah, well…I am counting down the days until my vacation. The first one in over a year…wahoo!

Is it wrong, then, to give all the kids in my story times sugary drinks and noisy toys and then send them back home to their parents? Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

And now, for some light-hearted fun: The Fail Blog

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Wish I could take this to work...

Wish I could take this to work...

Sure, why not…every other crazy thing gets its designated holiday. January has Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day and May has National Nutty Fudge Day (make up your own jokes). Festivus!

It seems that every patron who comes in is celebrating National Wet, Hacking Cough Month (in their own special, phlegmy way). And what ever happened to covering when you cough, anyway? Ick.

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