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1) This whole LeBron James thing is ridiculous. Who the hell sets up a primetime event to announce a job change? That’s insane. I read someone justify it because it was somehow benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. Couldn’t he just donate them some more money instead of putting the kids on national TV while he breaks their hearts? Ultimately though, for me, I think this is the best thing he could do, because I no longer give a crap about where he goes, and I already hate Florida – so it works. Thanks for the classless display Bron Bron. The only good thing about him staying in Cleveland would be that we could avoid headlines like this:

As a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, I am so over seeing that Cleveland sports failures package that they play during EVERY playoff game.

I can't wait to hear what two-word name they give this incident

2) I have about four zygotic blog posts that I will get to eventually, I promise. Especially since I’ve yet to say anything about ALA.

3) Oliver isn’t feeling well. He hasn’t eaten much today, and we’re heading to the vet soon.

4) And! Today is probably the most important day of my career so far. I’m speaking to ELEVEN HUNDRED first-year-orientation counselors tonight (in eight back-to-back sessions), and I really need to be enthusiastic and composed.

Wish me luck, folks.

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*shout out to my fellow campers and camp counselors – trust falls in the woods represent!*

I was on facebook today and saw that one of my fb friends joined the group “People for a library-themed Ben & Jerry’s Flavor“, and I started to think about all of the library-themed things I’ve become aware of since starting library school.

Library-themed wedding – a librarian and an la/library school student plan their nerdy nuptials (her blog, his blog)

Library-themed baby shower – invites: inspired by children’s books, games: inspired by children’s books, cake: book-shaped (the author is certain that a stack of books will be an easier cake than a pacifier-shaped cake) I have to agree. It’s best to stick to book covers and not try anything fancy.

Gifts for librarians – Now, it is highly possible that I own some of these things, and have received them as gifts. Gifts that I appreciate and enjoy, but I still don’t completely understand the urge to fill your home with things that remind you of work. Even if it’s a job you love.

Library-themed tattoos – Do you have one or want one? The folks at 8bitlibrary want to know about it. Check out “Project Brand Yourself a Librarian”. I’ve seen many book-themed tattoos – characters and quotes and such, and the hilarious hipster finger shhh tattoo, but I hadn’t seen the library reading person sign thing tattoo. (That’s its official name, the library reading person sign thing – now you know.) There are a couple of them in the flickr group for the campaign like this simple and understated one and this elaborate and colorful one.

Library-themed playlist:

  • Library – Final Fantasy
  • Quiet Houses – Fleet Foxes
  • Wrapped up in books – Belle & Sebastian
  • Marian the Librarian – The Music Man
  • Pressed in a Book – The Shins
  • Put the Book Back on the Shelf – Belle & Sebastian
    • but, please don’t put the book back on the shelf ’cause we’re keeping statistics, and we love you patrons and all, but you tend to put them just any old place
  • I Better be Quiet Now – Elliott Smith
  • Quiet – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Check Me Out – Chuck Berry

I actually do have a library-themed playlist. I made it for an ice cream social sponsored by our ALA Student Chapter. It included some of the songs above, but I didn’t want to make it too literal and needed songs that were subtly peppy but background-y enough for people to talk over.

Happy link clicking everyone!

is to make tasty things to eat.

The last two weeks of my life have been ridiculously stressful and awful.  I ate many yummy things (like multiple containers of ice cream) but I think it’s time to reintroduce vegetables into my diet.

These are the ingredients I’d like to use this week:

  1. Two anaheim peppers (one hot, one mild – but I have no idea which is which)
  2. One jalapeno
  3. A mini tub of grape tomatoes
  4. Carrots
  5. Snow peas
  6. Garlic
  7. Pesto tortellini
  8. Frozen broccoli

After consult the internet, these are my proposed dishes

  1. Anaheim peppers stuffed with feta cheese and jalapeno – either with raw peppers or cooked
  2. Pesto tortellini tossed with olive oil, broccoli, Parmesan cheese, and cherub tomatoes either sauteed or roasted
  3. Candied carrots
  4. Honey glazed peas and carrots
  5. I also really want to make microwave caramel popcorn, the recipe is pretty much the same as the microwave peanut brittle I make every Christmas (fantastic with cashews as well, but DON’T double this recipe).  You have to be quick when you add baking soda to this kind of thing.

I will probably throw tomatoes in with my egg whites a few times, but I still need some more things to do with all those tomatoes


Is Chris Cornell really singing Imagine on The Tonight Show right now?  Does he look like Dave Grohl to anyone else?  He never has to me before, but something about his long-haired unwashed self.  Ok, I’m about a minute in, and now remembering how much I LOVED Chris Cornell.  Not only could he scream with the best of them the do the whole smooth vocal thing, but holy crap he was hot.  I’ve been feeling 90’s tastic lately, mostly due to the J. Crew catalog with the denim shirt, white turtle neck and thick black cardigan on the cover.  Can I get my flannel back out?  Oh wait, it won’t be flannel weather until those two weeks in January.  I am LOVING the rain though.  I’ve had my AC off for TWO WHOLE DAYS!

basically because nothing is happening.  I know my blog isn’t uber exciting in the first place, but NOTHING IS HAPPENING.  I have not been amused by anything that has popped up in my Google News (I’ve really tried to find the funny, then realized that I shouldn’t force the funny that much.)

Basically, these are the things I’ve been telling my friends about this week (poor souls):

  1. My inability to sleep at night
  2. My trip to the grocery store where everyone was (uncharacteristically) wholly obnoxious
    • Don’t tell me it’s hard to cut my meat the way I want it. Seriously? It’s your job to cut meat, and if you have one customer during the day that wants their meat cut the hard way, well, then that’s just your big challenge of the day. I know this sounds horribly mean, but you all have no idea how much grief I have received from deli staff. One lady in Maryland told me (with oh so much scorn) that the way I eat my ham is like baby food. Wow, seriously? The way I eat my ham is like awesome. Plus, it’s the way I’ve been eating ham all my life. I have been to the grocery store nine zillion times with my mother. She always gets her ham chipped (although apparently it’s really shaved so says the mean lady at my grocery store although I called a trusted butcher shop and they seemed to agree with the shaved, but again, my mother always said chipped to the deli folk). It was never a problem at home. This might sound dumb, but every time I order lunch meat I have to prepare myself for a debate with the deli staff. Ridiculous.
    • My checkout lady (in the ridiculous plastic necklace that I hope a kid gave her and she wears out of love and loyalty) took my canvas bags and put them down in the bagging area when the groceries of the Den Mother in front of me were reaching the end of the belt. I said, “Oh, ma’am? Ma’am, those are my bags.” She glares at me over her glasses, OVER HER GLASSES, and says in the most “holy-crap-you-obnoxious-pain-in-the-ass-how-dare-you-question-me?” tone, “I know.” That’s it. There are a good half-dozen alternatives that would have been good customer service, but she opted for the condescending snark. Then she went through the whole routine with the Den Mother – wherein the checkout person asks you if you need ice or stamps. Den Mother leaves, I’m up. I need ice. I waited to see if she would ask me if I need ice, or again, make a customer service shortcut as she’s already over-the-glasses peered at me. She didn’t ask me if I wanted ice. I told her I wanted ice, she made me repeat myself. I asked her if the ice was over there (point) and she just icy stared at me. Me (again): “do I get the ice from over there?” I’ve never bought ice there before and yes, it’s by the door, but there is also always a giant display in front of it. She was a meanie pants, and that was totally uncool.
    • The funny/best part of this, is back in the last place I lived, this would have been a great grocery store experience. As no one yelled at me, or pushed my cart, or glared at me when I brought canvas bags (then put them in plastic anyway THEN in my canvas bags, but I have higher expectations for service now.
    • I went back today and interacted with the cheese people who are really amazing, and they know everything, and once, I saw the short-haired lady open a box of crackers to give a sample to a shopper who was having a hard time choosing the best crackers for her cheese. I got a sample of their three new cheese (BEECHERS!). I sneezed and another shopper blessed me. I got free milk. The girl that helps you find the best checkout line helped me find batteries. There was no line at the checkout. The diet rootbeer was back. It was fantastic.
  3. How exciting I find the Shiner Family Reunion Twelve Pack. I’d never had Kosmos!
  4. That’s really it . . . so, yeah. It’s been like 102 everyday, so I’m not so into the activities right now. So lame.
I love the suggested links in GMail, although I also find them a bit terrifying.

I love the suggested links in GMail, although I also find them a bit terrifying.

I prefer to let singer/songwriters apologize for me.

Sorry songs:

1) Sorry I Am – Ani DiFranco

  • I guess I never loved you quite as well as the way you loved me I guess I’ll never really be able to tell you how sorry I am.

See, now that doesn’t seem like a NICE apology.  It’s an apology that makes the apologizee hurt just a bit more.  Hey, so yeah I’m sorry that I didn’t really ever love you enough, even though you were TOTALLY into me, my bad.

There are TONS of Ani songs about apologies.  How many can YOU name?

2) We’re Both So Sorry – Mirah

Here is another one that is not REALLY an apology

  • And hey I’m sorry ’bout so much baby but I know you’ll understand
    I’m sorry ’bout so much baby but I know you’ll understand

    So, yeah, I’m sorry and all, but really, you get it, so I’m justifying my actions WITHIN THE APOLOGY.  Nice, Mirah!  That takes chutzpah.

  • How can I ever apologize? I meant you no such harm I never knew I could possess that fatal kind of charm. This one is soooo good.  It’s in the same vein as the Ani one.  Whoa, I’m so sorry that you are so into me, I don’t know what to do about it, I mean how can I contain this awesomeness?

3) All Apologies – Nirvana

I can’t ignore this one; it would be traitorous to my alternateen soul.

  • I wish I was like you, Easily amused
  • Ok, that’s not nice.

  • Find my nest of salt
    Everything is my fault
    I’ll take all the blame
    Aqua seafoam shame
    Sunburn with freezeburn
    Choking on the ashes of her enemy

Ok, so that has a hint of sincerity I guess but more hyperbole and Oh (poor) Me ness.  Then it says some stuff that must be all poetic cause I don’t get it.  This is why I focused on the Pumpkins and not Nirvana.

Speaking of . . .

4) Transformer – The Smashing Pumpkins

  • she’s not sorry she’s happy

Oh, hey, maybe GMail is right about me, cause I don’t know if you noticed, but none of those were really apologies . . .

I guess I just live a clean life free of regrets.  🙂

1. Vibrating Mascara. Apparently this is so last year, but I guess I am behind the curve in the vibrating cosmetics world. But this is great, because what I really want to do, is take a shaking stick with black goo on it and put it right next to my eye!

Because what I really want to do, is take a shaking stick with black goo on it and put it right next to my eye.

2. Why does Toyota feel compelled to inform the public that this is a dramatization?

Are they trying to avoid this scenario?

Dear Toyota,

I took my new Prius for a drive in the country, and let me just say, there was NO rhythmic vocal soundtrack, the grass didn’t sway in my direction, and not one flower looked up at me with a baby face. I declare false advertising, and I want my $23,000 back.

Sternly,
Al Gore

3. Why I didn’t see the “from URL” tab when I tried to embed the hulu clip of Alec Baldwin as Gary, the oldest Jonas in this post.  I tried the embed code, then looked around online, but a lot of stuff I found was for WordPress installations on your own server, not WordPress.com. I was ranting wildly about “so-called web2.0” where social sites are supposed to integrate and connect not be irritating and stupid. It was a well-thought-out and eloquent rant for sure. Also, it was just in my head, as I was home alone with a cat, and I am not ready to be “she-who-yells-to-her-cat-about-the-Internet.”

But, seriously, look at this:

I didn't have my glasses on.  (Although they are only for "baseball games and movies" according to the doctor that first diagnosed me with notbeingabletoseefarawayism.

I didn't have my glasses on. (Although they are only for "baseball games and movies" according to the doctor that first diagnosed me with notbeingabletoseefarawayism.)

4. Why it took me two weeks to properly format this post.

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