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Fourth of July Weekend June 30, 2016

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Had a good time with friends seeing the new ID4 movie – full of aliens and explosions, as expected. I did spend a good half hour trying to figure out why I knew one of the actors – the guy who plays Gale in the Hunger Games movies. It was a good fun evening.

I did make it to the Main Library opening weekend, if not opening day. It is beautiful. All the pretty fancy marble and decor of a stately old building in the front, and beautiful open spaces and giant windows in the rest.  It was a wonderful sight to see.

I made it to the final day of the Half Price Bookstore’s Annual Clearance sale, too. Picked up a few hardcovers of the Sundering set from Forgotten Realms, and the Dragonriders of Pern opening trilogy in a single volume, as well.

This week was back to work, and gaming and all the usual. Though this weekend I’m pet sitting for three cats (one who is currently laying on my laptop bag, one ensconced on the kitchen counter among crackling bags, one in the basement hiding from everyone) and a very large, stubborn 18 month old black lab. But he just misses his family. He has stopped barking at everything, at least.

Stormy Storms June 23, 2016

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Lots of storms this week. But most of the bad has avoided the city. Had fun with friends this past weekend, and finished the Night Angel trilogy. I’ve started a new author as well – Erin Evans series Brimstone Angels. Enjoying it.

Most fun to come this weekend. Going to see the new ID4 movie, and the Main Library Grand Opening, and Half Price Clearance sale. And probably a good deal of sleeping. Fell asleep for most of this evening.

Happy Father’s Day!!! June 19, 2016

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Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, and all those out there who are fathers or father-figures.

Long Week June 17, 2016

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And it’s not over yet. I still have a full day of work tomorrow (Saturday). Which is sad because it’s Pride weekend here, and I won’t get to go to the parade, again. 😦 And after the events in Orlando last weekend, I really wish I could go, and show my support. It’s not to be, though.

Work-wise, it’s been a decent week. I’m getting faster at shelving, and better at check-ins and answering the phone correctly – we have an InfoLine for the city that sends us most of our calls, and I kept putting them on hold instead of speaking to the customer before getting the right person on the line. Main opens next weekend, so we’re helping train another CSA, and we’ve got a few folks that will be leaving us soon. All the changes, all the time. I’ve been here a month, and I am really enjoying our branch and the work we do with the community.

First book of the summer reading program for me was Wizard’s First Rule. Completed this week, and now I’m back to finishing the Night Angel trilogy. Next up? I’m not sure, I was pondering finishing Wheel of Time via Audio. But there’s also a lot more Heinlein I could read. Or I could go back and listen through the Hunger Games, or see if Katharine Kerr’s final four-book series is on Audio, since I still haven’t read them. Or maybe get through the most recent Salvatore/Drizzt books. Lots of options.

Until next week, readers, stay safe, stay strong, and keep on loving.

Family June 10, 2016

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Sorry for the late post, I fell asleep for three hours when I got home yesterday. I had a great visit with Mom last week. We watched a couple movies and did our usual shopping. We watched The Butler on the new TV and went out to see The Jungle Book in the theater. Both very good, in their own ways. She got me early birthday presents this year of short sleeved work shirts (I’ve never been warm at work before…) and a new TV and stand to put it on. (I had to go buy a screwdriver to put it together, I don’t know What happened to the phillips-head I used to have.) She also brought me down her old Wii that she no longer uses with WiiFit, WiiPlay, andWiiSports to boot, as well as Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. I’ve set it up with the TV, but I haven’t played any of them yet.

Third week at work this week, and first payday. I’m getting all the little bits down now. Still proving I can shelve the way they do, but we’re getting really busy with the kids out of school. Today, I hope to learn how to do a little bit more with their computer systems on the floor (signing in patrons and helping them send print jobs), so I can actually help when I’m out shelving and they ask me questions. Remember, this summer, Everyone can get in on the Summer Reading program at your local branch.

Tomorrow is our Picnic on the Lawn with my Fleet family. Looking forward to spending time with them, relaxing and eating delicious food. I’m still waiting on the last book in the trilogy I was working on, so I spent this month’s credit on Wizard’s First Rule, to have someone else read Goodkind to me.

Summer Has Arrived June 2, 2016

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I had a great time last weekend with my Barfleet family. Four days and four nights of camping, delicious food, fun games, silly stories, campfires, singing with guitar and banjos, and 90 minutes of solid, straight, echoing laughter. It was glorious, and the rain stayed mostly away, though we starting wishing it wouldn’t as summer came in and sat heavily upon us. Already looking forward to our fall camp out.

I finished the second book of Night Angel, but now I’m waiting my turn for the last. In the meantime, I’ve been listening to a lot of TedTalks, and some more scifi. Last week was some Bradbury and Wells. I’m trying to decide what to spend my current Audible credit for. Maybe another Salvatore, I’m getting further and further behind.

But onto the big news of the week. I started my new job! I had orientation on Monday and learned all the details of benefits and the employee systems. Tuesday and Wednesday I learned all the things about my job. How to check books in, how to shelve and clean up shelves, where all the things belong, how to find and process reservations, and how to use Polaris and email. This week I start working on my own a bit, and learning the minutiae. Saturday we (CML) kick off our Summer Reading Program – and it’s not just for kids, everyone can participate and enter the prize drawings. So, head down to your local branch on Saturday and sign up. 🙂