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Hodgepodge of Photos

Here are a bunch of photos that I was going to write a blog post around but never found the gumption to actually do so. Enjoy the randomness!

July 4th Sunset

July 4th Sunset

It kept changing in intensity.

It kept changing in intensity.

We were up high for a good view.

We were up high for a good view.

Pretty nice view, too.

Pretty nice view, too.

Saw this young starling peeking out in our front yard tree.

Saw this young starling peeking out in our front yard tree.

baby-starling-edited

Time for dinner.

Time for dinner.

We call our resident pigeon Barry White due to his soulfull sound.

We call our resident pigeon Barry White due to his soulfull sound.

My camera doesn't do justice to this isopod.

My camera doesn't do justice to this isopod.

You can't tell in this photo, but the snail was blue with an almost translucent shell.

You can't tell in this photo, but the snail was blue with an almost translucent shell.

 

It's very flat here but it is beautiful in summer....sigh.

It's very flat here but it is beautiful in summer....sigh.

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Um…eeeew?

Just a short one:

After a recent children’s program, I was cleaning up and helping the stragglers get suited up to go back out into the cold. A little girl came up to me because she couldn’t get her earmuffs on (they were those twisty, plastic ones that fold-up on themselves).

So, I reached out and took them to put them over her ears. They were sticky wet.

“Why are these all soggy?” I asked the girl.

“Because I was carrying them in my mouth, ” she replied (as if I was daft).

Oh. Right.

I washed my hands copiously. ūüėČ

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Yes, like Daffy, I have taken a short trip.

I was coming downstairs and carrying the vacuum with the hose dangling. As I stepped onto the landing, the hose went right under my (bare) foot. This caused my foot to roll over the tube so that I came down with my entire body weight on the bent over toes of my right foot, causing a nasty sounding crack.

Words were said.

As they hung there, making the air blue, my toe started to turn purple and black and swell up.

The doc (in a box) says he can’t see any fractures, but that a radiologist will take a closer look later. He did say that I most certainly tore/hyper-extended/fubared the ligaments in my second toe. So, I am to stay off my feet as much as possible for THREE WEEKS.

Yeah, like that’s going to happen.

My boss was not pleased and I can’t say as I’m too thrilled about it either. I have to tape my toes together for these weeks and wear flat clogs.

It does, however, give me an excuse to say things like, “Oh, your book is over there ::pointing vaguely:: but I can’t go get it, sorry.” It also means I have a lovely excuse for delaying that exercise plan.

Still, it really hurts ūüė¶

Anyway, check out this site for some silly fun:

http://www.generatorland.com/

My favorite is the Greek God Generator:

‘Hekotrophos, Goddess of Unruly Neighbors and Burritos”

“Nethassa, Goddess of Pork and Dustbunnies”

…followed closely by the Twitter one.

“Swimmingly bombastic and tripping about noodles.”

“Politically bemused and dreaming of stubbed toes.”

Hmmm, how apropos.

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Jack Bauer by Aubele.

Photo created by Aubele

Ok, so here is how the actual library event played out:

A 50-something female patron frantically motions to me over to the computer area. When I get there (I was way up front by the new books), she is freaking out and yelling, “You have to extend my time! Extend my time! I’m taking a test! I’ll lose everything!”

I look at her computer screen and see the time counter is now on 7 seconds (and counting). As I¬†hurry over to the administrative computer, knowing there is NO way I can possibly get there in time, I say, “I really need more than seven seconds of lead time to extend your session.”

Her time runs out and the computer automatically logs her off, as expected, before I can even touch the keyboard. She, of course, blames the librarians.

Oh, and did I mention that the computer system has built in time prompts that pop-up in a BIG yellow box on the user’s screen at 30 minutes, 15 minutes and 5 minutes that warn of the time running out? Geesh.

So, the time ticking off the counter reminded me of the show 24. In that spirit, I give you:

Jack Bauer, Small Town Librarian:

“I’m standing near the new books section, giving the skunk eye to a group of teens¬†when I get that tingling in the back of my neck…something’s wrong. Looking around, I see¬†a 50-something female patron frantically motioning to me over to the computer area.

Seeing her distress, I quickly shove a¬†young kid out of my way and dive over two book carts, nearly impaling myself on a book end. Thank god I insist on wearing my bullet-proof vest at work. I do a quick tuck and roll and land at the patron’s feet.

When I get there, she is freaking out and yelling, “You have to extend my time! Extend my time! I’m taking a test! I’ll lose everything!” I look at her computer screen and see the time counter is now on 7 seconds (and counting).

That’s when I realize, she’s a Chinese agent who is trying to release a computer virus! With my lightening reflexes, I knock her out with a swift karate chop (I’ll torture her later for more information), grab the computer off the desk and run toward the back door.

“Out of my way, people!!,” I yell as I hurl the ticking computer into the metal book drop where it explodes in a small fireball. Just then, my cellphone rings…it’s the library president! She needs me to track down an overdue¬†DVD that’s vital to the library’s survival…I have to go.”

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Rex Libris Action Figure (action not included)

Rex Libris Action Figure (action not included)

Ah, yes, the year end wrap-up. Except that it’s already the new year…damn.

Anyway, I have this pile of little bits of paper that I scribbled something on when I thought, “Hey, I should blog about that.” Mostly, it’s books that I read and thought were good enough to recommend.

It came out last year but I never heard anything about it. Then, I¬† picked it up randomly from our DVD racks at the library. Think of¬†“The Office” only set at the teacher’s lounge in high school. Hilarious! (And sad, really).

In her latest book, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, she takes an intimate (very intimate) and funny look at sexual research. One of my favorite quotes from the book is when she is talking about the picture on the ceiling of the GYN’s exam room:

“…back in the early eighties, no woman’s health center was complete without the ceiling poster of a ring of redwood trees shot from below. So ubiquitous was this image that I cannot, to this day, look at a redwood and not feel as though I should scoot down a little lower and relax.” ūüėČ

  • A quote from¬†illustrator and¬†children’s author Tomi Ungerer that I like:

“My God, children are little bastards who chew and eat you up as they grow.”

  • A great book series that I never would have read if not for a random library patron’s interesting book talk on it:

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gillman

This book was written in 1966 when spy novels really started to become popular fiction. I think it¬†might be labeled as “cozy espionage” today. It’s a really charming series about a sixty-something widower who suddenly decides she¬†will go work for the CIA as a spy. No one quite knows what to make of her, especially the CIA. It’s a fusion of “Murder, She Wrote” meets “Alias” meets “MacGyver.” I really enjoyed them all.

  • Random smattering of books I read not too long ago that I enjoyed:

Heir to Sevenwatersby Juliet Marillier (it’s part of a good fantasy series, so start with Daughter of the Forest)

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (a short and foul-mouthed book…enjoy!)

The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons & Growing Up Strange by Mark Barrowcliffe (sadly, I can identify with this book)

Voyages of Discovery: A Visual Celebration of Ten of the Greatest Natural History Expeditions by A.L. Rice (a huge tome full of amazing and beautiful illustrations, mostly insects)

Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez (Comic fantasy starring an obsessively clean¬†kobold…what’s not to like?)

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George (Non-fiction at its best and messiest)

Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorderby David Weinberger (Heavy new thinking and should be required reading for all librarians) Please see the most awesome video below for a good idea of what it’s about:

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