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Sunny Rainy Days June 25, 2020

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The weather still thinks it is Spring. Going from bright sun to heavy rains over and over in a single day, all week long. I don’t mind, sitting inside, but I feel bad for the folks outside. Though, for those not trying to work the ground, it might be nice relief from the heat.

I’m staying inside even more now, with numbers climbing again. Ohio’s deaths per day have dropped, but our cases are climbing, so deaths will follow in a couple weeks. Not as bad as some states, but it is going up.

Meanwhile, after some relative peace during protests last week, the police were at it again this weekend. Attacking protesters, targeting leaders, and even a disabled teenager. Ginther was on yesterday claiming reform, and a review council “by the end of the year.” Yes, some things take time, but certain things need to change right now.

Work is a bit slower in the summer, while we work on build up for the fall. Given everything, and our plethera of classes already online, we’re not expecting a drop in enrollment. Keeping with the same, all online except the hands-on required classes. Still working on a computer lab/library plan in the higher ranks.

I started using the Wii Mom gave me a few years back to do exercise with Wii Fit. So far so good. It’s fun, and you add new exercises slowly, and I get to play balance games to cool down. I also get to compete with Mom’s old scores. I’ve got a ways to go on some of the exercises. 😉

Also enjoying the CSA deliveries. My neighbor gets something like it, too, and gave me some of hers lady week. I share pictures with her of what I made with what she gave me, which she enjoys. Hope you do too.

Roasted Zucchini
Apple & Peach Crisp
Strawberries & Coffee Cake
Roasted Broccoli and Chicken Strips

Back on Thursday May 28, 2020

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May is ending, business is beginning again. The threat hasn’t passed, but people are tired and restless. And angry. But they can’t fight a virus, so they are fighting each other. It’s exhausting. On top of an already exhausting world.

I’m having a rough week, but I’ll get through it. My usual camping trip this past weekend went online through Zoom, Discord, and Twitch. It was an interesting experience. Smoother than other virtual events I’ve attended. My loved ones are finally getting postponed medical procedures. One completed successfully this week, a more serious one next week. And I’ve now been home alone except for food and one afternoon in-car game for eleven weeks.

I still have two meals a week with friends over video chat. The D&D game is steaming right along on Hangouts. I’m a week behind in blogging it, but I’ll try to catch up tonight. And I start getting farm fresh deliveries next week from our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). And I have a pretty new gaming mouse with color changing lights. And did some coloring to relax this weekend.

Going mouse with LEDs
Colored page
New color pencils

Please be careful out there.

Cold April Showers April 26, 2020

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I know it’s only April, but I’m really looking forward to warmer, sunnier spring days. I have gotten some sunlight into my office this week (major benefit of working from home), but more often than not it’s been cloudy and grey.

Not much to report this week. We added a floating chat widget to the library site, and now we’re troubleshooting more user error. But it has upped our student contact in a major way. I’ve been handed a big OER project, which, on my end, means checking a business professor’s citations, attributions, and making sure she isn’t breaking copyright. Really wish they hadn’t dragged their feet so much in hiring the new librarian. But it’ll give me something to keep busy for the next month.

On the home front, I made biscuits, and got the gorgeous art from @TessFowler that I ordered.

Three 4x4 prints of Critical Role characters
Cloak, Rage, and Decorated
Eight biscuits on a baking stone
Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Biscuits

This is my life. 😉

Easter Extra – Photos April 12, 2020

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Coffee Cake Fail?
Coffee Cake Surprise!
Easter Dinner
Dinner Plated
The Mighty Nein set all Painted

Happy Easter! April 11, 2020

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I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter Weekend!

Things here are status quo. Staying inside except to get food and meds. Going to have to do the food thing again very soon. Even made myself a basic mask.

Hydy in a purple hand-sewn mask.

The launch of chat went well. A few missed chats here and there, as to be expected. We’ll get the hang of it. Most folk even like our new homepage. So, a smooth week overall, and a bit more back to our usual business.

Went to a party over Zoom last weekend. It was fun, and I drank one of the bottles of Coke I’d gotten as donation for a con that was cancelled. I have one more for the camping trip that is also moving online at the end of May. I miss all these events, badly, but I’m glad we are finding alternatives.

This is going to be a cleaning weekend for me. I got dusters and floor sweepers and such. And a whole counter and sink full of dishes. I also made too much chili, so I’m going to have to freeze some of it for later.

Anyway. Have a Happy Easter. Take care of each other and Stay Home if you can.

Rainy Days March 28, 2020

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Work has been even busier this week, and the weather terrible. But we did have one shining day.

Not a lot to say what with staying at home by myself these days. Having Zoom and WebEx dinners with friends has been fun though. We’re even playing DnD through Hangouts. And I had therapy through a HIPAA approved version of Zoom.

I made bread, and then got much better bread in a drive-by drop off of flour for another friend.

My attempt at soda bread in the bread machine.
Properly baked wheat sandwich bread by Beth.

I may have also picked up WoW Classic again to entertain myself, even though I still have my regular work week. Just paid a single month, though.

I got refunded for the big convention I was planning on attending this weekend, so I may have also bought some fancy dice on sale and backed Kickstarters for two others.

Dark Blue Aluminum d20
Purple Striped Agate D20
Clear quartz d8
Malachite d10s
Snowflake obsidian d10
Tigerseye d12
Silver Ref Imperial Jasper Trustone d4
Bloodstone or Indian Agate d6

I’ve been consuming visual media instead of reading like I said I would. This is all very exhausting, I’m working harder from home than I was in the office trying to move the library to a completely virtual space.

Be safe out there friends and family! Love to you all.

Work From Home March 19, 2020

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My library is now physically closed and we are working to setup virtual support for our students when they return to online classes next week. This has meant learning new technology, and various tickets into our IT department for the things I could not troubleshoot myself. It’s been a hectic week, and chat hasn’t even been approved yet.

On the home (office) front, I’ve bought a seat cushion/lumbar support set. It arrived very quickly, and is certainly a step up from two pillows, and cheaper than a new chair.

We also ran our D&D game on Google Hangouts this week. A bit of lag here and there, but an overall success.

A lot of people are putting out free media online. From performances, to virtual conventions, to cooking lessons and exercise routines. My favorite came for Gail Simone over the weekend.

Starting on Friday, @GailSimone ran a comics writing bootcamp, she called #ComicsSchool. In six days, she helped over a thousand creatives, including myself, write a script for a 5-8 page comic. A Discord server was created by one of the attendees, as a place for us all to gather, socialize and give each other feedback and support. That community will keep going and growing. It even got a mention in the New York Times.

In book news, I’m listening to The Library of the Unwritten, but with self-quarantining, I have a lot less car time. I do, however, have all my comics to catch up on, and Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount showed up on Tuesday.

Be safe everyone!

New World March 11, 2020

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Covid-19 is all over the world, the news, the internet. What does it mean for me? Right as of this moment, it means our students are getting a two week spring break instead of just one. It means that, when classes do start back up on the 23rd, they will be mostly, if not entirely, online. It also means, we at the library are looking at all the ways we support distance learning and are kicking it up a notch. It’s a complicated time for our community college.

Personally, I’m just going about my normal introverted business. Finally picked up my comics from the store, and did my house cleaning on the weekend. Didn’t cook anything huge, just some banana-almond butter breakfast bars. I painted the miniature for my weekly DnD game and finished Yasha. I’m trying some things out and still need to get a miniscule brush for facial details. But I think she came out alright.

Miniature blonde woman in a blue dress.

I finished listening to Harry Potter, book one. Now, I’m nearly done with a dramatization of Carmilla by La Fanu. Next up is The Library of the Unwritten by Hackwith. Next week The Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount comes out, so I’ll have a lot of physical reading to dive into!

Everyone be safe and take care of yourselves!

March In March 5, 2020

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Pot of Beef Noodle Soup

Started out my March with a big pot of Homemade Beef Noodle Soup. It is delicious. 🙂

Work has been busy this week. The Composition Reading Bank folk gave me their Table of Contents to add and has been sending me tiny edits all week. Getting ready for Spring Break next week. Which, for me, means bothering everyone to work on their research guides. And getting the new folk to take on research guides. I did get to publish an OER textbook for the English department. A collection of short stories, called Off The Shelf.

I was ill over the weekend with sinus issues, so my creative forays got a bit stalled. Planning to pick back up on a few things this weekend. Ideas have been percolating.

I finally decided to listen to the first Harry Potter book recently, and it came through on my library holds. Still not fond of the narrator, but he’s not as annoying as I remember from my first attempt. I was going through all the trades (Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal) at work today, so my To Read list is growing again.

A quiet weekend ahead, but soon I start my Convention Season in earnest.

Painting February 21, 2020

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Not much to share this week, but I promised photos of the first set of minis I painted. So, as I begin set two, here are Vox Machina.

Trinket, Keyleth, Vax, Pike, Vex, Scanlan, Percy & Grog
And their backsides, because I’m most proud of Keyleth’s cloak.