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New Adventures August 25, 2016

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The IFLA tour went well, we got lots of complements on our branch. Our management team survived long days at the conference. We’re getting into the swing of the school year, our Homework Help Center is already going strong. And our new branches are well on their way towards opening.

The moving everything into the center of every room for Pest Control was very interesting. Packed all my pewter, and two rows of books in the living room. Discovered hidden things in my kitchen in a cupboard I didn’t know I was using (too high to be useful for me). Emptied my bedroom closet shelf into suitcases, where those things will stay until after the move. Emptied my office closet, most of that went back in Tuesday. Cleaned up the bathroom a bit more, and bagged up everything in my medicine cabinets. I guess it went well, I haven’t seen any more bugs in the outside hall.

More excitement, last night, however. Rain started pouring into my office through a couple of holes in the ?head?board? of the window. Two, full power streams of water just falling down onto the sill. It’s not a place one normally looks on windows, but when I checked, all of mine have three or so such holes, that I don’t recall ever seeing before. I am assured this was not done on Monday, but must have been there before. I’ve never had rain stream into my apartment in the three years I’ve been here, though. They’ve put in a work order to check it out and fix it up. This can’t be good for the walls… Meantime, I have to wastebaskets sitting below the sill, surrounded by towels. Good thing I was awake during the storm last night.

I finished up Hat Full of Sky, and then Audible was having a Two-for-One sale, so I got Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warnings.  The first, I loved, and was inspired by. She’s so young, you might say, why has she written a memoir already? At the time at the end of the memoir, she has just finished some major things in her life, including a lot of introspection and healing, and is unsure, but energized about what might come next. It’s a very heartwarming, funny, and crazy tale of a geeky, hippy-homeschooled, southern girl who chased her passion, and which encourages the reader/listener to do the same.

The second, I’m only a little way into. Other than Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, I’ve never tackled any of his novels, only his short fiction. Fragile Things left me confused and disturbed, and pretty sure I shouldn’t try the longer stuff. So, when this new collection popped up, I figured I could manage more of his short fiction. The introductory section was very interesting to me. He discussed why he wrote each of the stories in this book. Including a story about Ray Bradbury taking time out of his day to talk to a young boy who wanted to be a writer. As with most writers, the advice was to Write, Every Day, even when you don’t want to. Also a good reminder to this astray writer.

So, I’ve packed up my TV early, and set some goals. To find my passions again, to do the work, and stop staring at Netflix with my precious free time. I’ve got a lot do do before and during the move, but in those quiet moments, I need to feed myself, my soul, my heart.

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Olympic Weekend August 18, 2016

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Spent most of the weekend with my parents watching the Olympic Games in their Air Conditioned hotel room. Yay, A/C. It was fun, I remember watching the olympics and other sports with them when I was growing up, it was a good time together. Hope my nieces are having wonderful birthdays, yesterday and today. 🙂

Work is going along. I did a lot of book-finding today at CML. We had our first official IFLA tour yesterday, and the Big One tomorrow. I’m nearly to 200 books cataloged on the new collection over at Sprawl. Lots of Science Fiction Book Club editions, and lots more signed editions. It’s very fun.

I finished Memnoch the Devil, and got through Allegiant. Now, I’m on Hat Full of Sky by Pratchett. I think, thus far, I’ve managed to listen to this series exactly backward. Ah well, it’s kind of interesting that way. Like delving into history.

The rental company has decided to do full-building pest control on Monday, one month before I move. So, I’ve got lots of early packing to do this weekend. Weee, fun! 😉

Looking Forward August 11, 2016

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Biggest news of the week – I have had my application for a new apartment accepted. At the end of September, I will be moving to a new place – townhome with A/C and everything. 😉 Well, not everything, I think I’m still without a dishwasher, but at least I’ll have kitchen counters. And according to the crime map, it’s a safer area, too.

In work news, Whitehall’s wrapping up their Summer Reading Club and getting geared up for the school year. This weekend starts IFLA ( International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and since we’re a new branch, we’ll have international visitors next week. Over at Sprawl, I just finished putting the newest collection into plastic totes – 54 in all, and tomorrow I’ll start cataloging them. A Lot of 1st edition hardcovers, and many of them signed.

In audiobook news – I just finished Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (yes, I’m reading the series in the wrong order), and I’ve started in on Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice because, of all the books I’ve read by her, I thought this would be the most interesting to revisit. Also, everything else I want to listen to is on hold. And The Martian doesn’t appear to be available through the library.

Mom and Dad are coming to visit this weekend. The girls’ birthdays are next week, but they’re to the age of having friends parties instead of family. Had a nice weekend with the puppy, and enjoyed a few movies and finishing the first season of The Librarians on Hulu.

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Puppy Days August 4, 2016

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Spending the weekend with the puppy. We both wish we were in Vegas for Star Trek’s 50th, but ah well. Looks like folks are having fun there. I went out to dinner tonight with other folks who couldn’t make it out west. We had a very nice time at Mongolian BBQ. 🙂 A quiet weekend ahead for me. I need to catch up on sleep, it’s been a rough week for it.

I did go see Star Trek Beyond with friends last Friday. I thought it was very good in the new tradition, with a bit more thoughtfulness. Though the 3D did give me a headache, which was unusual for the new 3D style. Finally watched all three Hobbit movies, as well, over the weekend.

Four more books since my last post. Deja Dead, and Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs, a Radio-production of The Hobbit (by accident, I wanted the book to compare to the movies), and I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. (Also by accident, there were not many Pratchett audiobooks available for immediate borrowing, and I didn’t realize it was the second in the kids series.) I think I’m done with Reichs, though I found these better than the first, it’s just not what I’m looking for in audiobooks. Still waiting for Allegiant to become available so I can finish that trilogy.