rockinlibrarian: (hi maddie)
Hi folks. It's been awhile, mostly because I had the flu last week and the week before and OH MY GOSH... wait, never mind. I keep forgetting it's only the beginning of February, because I'm planning library events for the end of February, and keep forgetting my events in the middle of February haven't happened yet. Even though it should be fresh in my mind, since I was forced to change my Hobbit movie calendar today, which was very sad, because Mr. January was Bilbo and now it's February, which should delight all the Thorin fangirls but just does NOT fill me with irrepressible smile bubbles every time I walk by the calendar the way Mr. January did. Even Maddie is disappointed in Mr. February in comparison. She said, "He's scary." You know what she said, unprompted, about Mr. January? "That's my favorite guy!" Good taste, that child.

SO ANYWAY, it hasn't been QUITE as long since my last entry as I feared, because I have NOT actually DONE my February library* programs-- WAIT, I NEVER TOLD YOU ABOUT MY NEW LIBRARY PROGRAMS! I picked up some regular weekly program spots because we needed more programs aimed at elementary aged kids. So I'm doing what I call "Library Explorers" on Monday evenings, which is where I pick a fun topic and we find books and do activities and stuff around that topic. The first one is a Mardi Gras party. Elementary-kid-appropriate. Then Thursday evenings are Family Night Story Times, fun for all ages! Stop by!

So, I've been planning programs at work, recuperating at home-- until last weekend, when I started going on Cleaning Sprees. I'm typically blind to clutter, and ignore housework until it becomes Problematic (in my opinion, not the opinion of other people), but every so often I go into BERZERKER CLEANING FRENZIES and dive into thorough, day-long projects of it all (this is actually fairly typical of Type 9s. I AM NOT A FLUKE). That happened this past week. Oh, and I've been reading fiction, occasionally! I bought Terry Pratchett's latest, Dodger, on a whim on my Nook because it was on special, which I was enjoying right and dandy; but then yesterday a girl returned Code Name Verity (by Elizabeth Wein-- look at how "Wein" is just like "Weir" with an extra little line down the end! That's a good name for a writer) and I decided "I said I'd like to read this, but I think I want to read this NOW," so I checked it out and dove right in. Dodger is good, but it can wait. Both those books just won Printz Honors though. Good year for the Printz! Books I'm actually interested in!

But SPEAKING of the Youth Media Awards, that actually brings us to what I was going to tell you about all along. Sort of. See, I was going to get out of blogging by introducing you to my VLOG! but now I've already typed four full paragraphs so I suppose I haven't actually gotten out of anything.

Anyway, a month or so back a few of my Lycoris-Project friends decided to start a group video-blog, just to chat with each other. Or spew opinions at each other. I thought, that sounds crazy! Why would I ever do that? until I said Heck with it and did one. A video I mean. And I said "That was fun! And didn't take THAT much time! And is a new and exciting creative endeavor, and I need to START a new and exciting creative endeavor so as to remind myself that I can, indeed, create! And I am AWESOME when I can edit out my ums and terribly-long-pauses-when-I-can't-think-of-words! It's like WRITING, only out loud!" So I was added into the video rotation and have so far created four videos.

So getting back to speaking of the Youth Media Awards, that's what I did in this week's video. The topic of the week was supposed to be "Movie, Music, and Book Recommendations," but because that seemed like such an endlessly broad topic, I stuck to talking about the Youth Media Awards instead. And reading Elephant and Piggie books out loud:

Isn't that amazing, actually seeing ME in PERSON? YOU ARE DROOLING ALL OVER YOURSELVES WITH LOVE OF THE REAL ME, NOW, AREN'T YOU? Well, assuming you are, my other videos are here: in which I introduce myself, in which I blather about FANDOMS, and in which I respond to questions in what has been erroneously labeled a "Nerd Survey," even though the questions lean far more to "geek" than "nerd." You can also see the videos the others have made, assuming you would want to look at anyone who is not me after this.

So that's how I give you a blog without blogging! Although I blogged anyway! Thank you. Thank you very much.

*I keep spelling "February" wrong, and I only just realized that's because my fingers keep wanting to type "library." Well, February IS Library Lovers' Month. Probably due to spelling.
rockinlibrarian: (sherlock)
These two. I posted those surveys and now they're finding surveys all over the place. This survey doesn't go into anything really earth-shattering, so I intended simply to reply with my answers in a comment to one of their posts. Except it wouldn't work. So I'm putting it here instead. Sorry if you find it utterly dull.

cut for long survey full of questions that seem to be aimed at people several decades younger than me )
rockinlibrarian: (sherlock)
I have made a lot of progress with One Book this week, so it's time to take a break and mess around on the Internet. And TWO PEOPLE posted SURVEYS yesterday. What timing! Anymore YEARS can go by without those surveys, those surveys I was so addicted to once. I think they happen a lot on Tumblr anymore, but as I've said, Tumblr bewilders me.

So, Two Surveys
Two Surveys Under the Cut In Case You Don't Care About Surveys )
rockinlibrarian: (eggman)
So right as I post my big long thing about music ...yesterday? Yes it was just yesterday, [ profile] vovat posted one of them thar survey-meme-type things on the subject of, you know, MUSIC. And I SAID I'd say more on the topic, and I MISS taking surveys, so hey, perfect timing, here you go:

List 10 random musical artists you like in no specific order. Warning: Do not read the questions below before listing your favorite artists.

1. The Beatles
2. Pink Floyd
3. Chicago
4. Led Zeppelin
5. Crosby Stills Nash and Sometimes Y...oung
6. Carole King
7. Billy Joel
8. The Mamas and the Papas
9. U2
10. Last slot, uh... the Beach Boys

What’s the first song you ever heard by #6?
No clue, probably "I Feel The Earth Move," but it might have been something like "Alligators All Around" or "Chicken Soup with Rice" at preschool and I just didn't know. But like I hadn't probably heard "I Feel The Earth Move" by that time, anyway.

What’s your favorite song by #8?
OH THAT'S HARD. Sometimes it's "Creeque Alley," sometimes "Dream a Little Dream," depends on my mood. Sometimes something totally different, with more harmony than either of those two. How could I have picked a favorite Mamas & Papas song that wasn't harmony heavy? What am I THINKING?

What are your favorite lyrics by #5?
"Helplessly Hoping." Insert entire song here:
Helplessly hoping
Her harlequin hovers nearby
Awaiting a word
Gasping at glimpses
Of gentle true spirit
He runs, wishing he could fly
Only to trip at the sound of good-bye

Wordlessly watching
He waits by the window
And wonders
At the empty place inside
Heartlessly helping himself to her bad dreams
He worries
Did he hear a good-bye? Or even hello?

They are one person
They are two alone
They are three together
They are for each other

Stand by the stairway
You'll see something
Certain to tell you confusion has its cost
Love isn't lying
It's loose in a lady who lingers
Saying she is lost
And choking on hello

They are one person
They are two alone
They are three together
They are for each other

I like lyrics that sound pretty and evocative but don't necessarily make any literal sense.

What song by #3 makes you the happiest?
"Saturday in the Park." I get thrilled to hear something rarer and awesome like "Dialogue Parts 1&2," but "Saturday in the Park" is one of those capturing-of-sunny-everything songs.

When did you first get into #2?
I'm not really sure-- I went from hating them to their being my second-favorite-band rather
inexplicably. It was in college, in the fall: I was listening to a whole-album countdown on the radio and noticed the Floyd albums were really good for doing homework to; then my cousin decided that Thanksgiving that we'd do the watch-The-Wizard-Of-Oz-while-listening-to-Dark-Side-of-the-Moon thing, and when the album ended I didn't enjoy the movie half so much. The thing with Floyd is they're an ALBUM band. You can't appreciate them from "Another Brick in the Wall pt 2" being played over and over out of context on the radio. So I had to hear them in the album context before I got into it.

How did you get into #3?
My dad decided it would be fun to take his daughters (or was it just me? Yes, maybe Maggie was too young) to a real rock concert, so he looked at the list of concerts coming up and picked a couple he wanted to see. Then he asked me, "Would you like to see the Four Seasons or Chicago?" Well, I hated the Four Seasons, so I claimed Chicago, and then ended up going to their concert every summer for something like the next five years.

What is your favorite song by #4?
I usually say it's "Over the Hills and Far Away," but I'm never sure.

Have you seen #9 live? How many times?
Nope. I don't even think I've seen them in concert on TV. Huh.

Favorite album by #7?
The Stranger, though I have a special place in my heart for An Innocent Man.

What’s your favorite song by #1?
DUH. Also, here's me attempting to answer this question more fully.

How did you become a fan of #10?
An actual FAN? I mean, as a kid I liked dancing around to all the famous surf-pop songs just as much as anybody. But I think it was picking out the special ones, like "Good Vibrations" and "God Only Knows" and thinking, Hmm, there's more to these guys, isn't there? And I hear talk about Pet Sounds being so influential and had to see what that was all about, and I on a whim listened to Brian Wilson's Smile and suddenly realized what it would have sounded like had the Beach Boys done it and thought WHOA... and I guess it all sort of came together like that.

How long have you known #9?
Since sometime in childhood? But not very well, I pretty much just knew "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and I remember listening to some kind of annoying song in high school and thinking they were some kind of metal hiphop weird thing that wasn't to my taste-- so I'm guessing, again, my real answer is "Sometime in college."

Top 5 by #5.
Shoot. Difficult. Does this have to be in order? I'm erasing the numbers so there isn't an order:
-- Helplessly Hoping, since I already mentioned it.
-- Woodstock
-- Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
-- Guinnevere
-- Ohio

Have you ever seen #10 live?
As a matter of fact, yes. Not with Brian Wilson, just Those Other Guys. It was in some kind of festival-like show at Three Rivers Stadium, and there were a bunch of other smaller acts I can't remember. Eddie Money and Christopher Cross. I can't remember any more. Maybe if another one pops into my head I'll mention it.

Have you ever met #4?

What’s your favorite album by #1?
Abbey Road. Or maybe Revolver. Depends on my mood.

Favorite lyric by #7?
I've always been fondest of "They're sharing a drink they call loneliness, but it's better than drinking alone." There might be more if I stretch for them, but I'm not going to.

What’s #2’s best song?
"Best" in what sense? I think "Fearless" is my favorite. Maybe "Wish You Were Here."

How many times have you seen #2 live?
Uh, none. I once tried to win tickets to see Roger Waters off the radio, but by the time I got through they'd already gotten the winner. :P

Which one of these have you known the longest?
In what sense? A lot of them-- over half-- are also my parents' favorites, so I've known them since possibly before I was born. The first one I became a FAN of was Billy Joel. I was five. I liked dancing to "Uptown Girl."

Favorite song by #9?
"Where the Streets Have No Name"
rockinlibrarian: (eggman)
I’ve been nominated by [ profile] vovat (but on his Wordpress blog) for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Here are the rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
Why, thank you, Nathan!
Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Right. But lots of my favorite bloggers have huge followings and professional formats that make them hardly likely to care about such a meme. So this is more a chance for me to share with YOU some awesome-- and versatile-- blogs I follow that YOU should check out, or even possibly follow, if you don't already. It's advertising for great blogs, which I think is the point in the first place.

1. The Bloggess is my new favorite. I can't stop talking about her, and I thank [ profile] iamdamanda profusely for pointing her out to me. I am THANKFUL for the Bloggess, for being simultaneously a great advocate for folks with depression and anxiety, AND unbelievably freakin' hilarious. Seriously, funniest blog you will ever follow.

2. A Fuse #8 Production is my classic favorite blog. Granted, as far as "Versatility" goes, the subject IS strictly children's literature, but within that general topic, my #1 blogger girl-crush Betsy covers everything with gusto and humor. And of course THERE ARE THE COUNTDOWNS.

3. E Louise Bates -- shout-out to a smaller more-likely-to-get-an-Award-Meme blog (and it's not only both versatile AND likely-to-get-the-award, I'm pretty sure it already DID relatively recently), run by my dear virtual friend [ profile] elouise82. Louise not only has excellent taste in both literature and television and an occasional tendency to post recipes, she writes about everything in a compelling way, encouraging responses and conversations, and coming up with fun lists.

4. Bookshelves of Doom is definitely versatile, covering pretty much whatever catches her fancy (or raises her ire). There is of course (with a name like "Bookshelves of Doom") a tendency to be about books, with frequent reviews, links to book-and-library-related news, and librarian jokes. But they'll be bits about movies and TV (it's her fault I started watching Sherlock-- also, she agrees that Martin Freeman is the most awesome person on that show so that makes her worth following right there) and musicals and her cats and random geeky funny junk that really can be appreciated best by geeky bookish girls of our generation.

5. Nine Kinds of Pie --if Betsy Bird is my #1 Blogger Girl-Crush, my Blogger Straight-up Crush is definitely Phil Nel. He's a children's literature professor/scholar (ie, geek) who takes the name of his blog from my (and his) favorite picture book. Any time he's not discussing children's lit on his blog, he's posting playlists and talking about music (loved this recent post about musical taste). Seriously, MY USERNAME IS ROCKIN. LIBRARIAN. How is it we're not married already? (Kidding. You know I'd never abandon Martin. ...Jason, I meant. I'm married to JASON).

6. Screwy Decimal is a snarky public librarian in Brooklyn. You may just need to follow her on Twitter for the full effect, but even if you only follow the blog, you'll encounter stories from the trenches that are simultaneously hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting, and ridiculous.

7. Kiersten Writes... speaking of people who are hilarious on Twitter. But author Kiersten White is hilarious across the board. Her posts range from purely silly, to realistic with a lot of humor in the execution, to quite serious on occasion (but even those are leavened by her unique outlook).

8. [ profile] sarahtales is someone whose hilarious Livejournal I discovered even before she'd published a book, but now that Sarah Rees Brennan has a whole popular trilogy under her belt, she STILL writes a hilarious Livejournal (though a little less frequently). Lately, in anticipation of the "new Gothic" novel she has coming out in the fall, she's been writing laugh-out-loud retellings of classic Gothic novels monthly. Check them out!

9. Writer's First Aid is a writing blog NOT for people who want tips on getting published or landing an agent or doing school visits, but for writers who are STUCK. Kristi Holl has written books on the topic (I have one-- occasionally I remember to use it), and here she keeps up a steady stream of encouragement, advice on boosting creativity or managing time or just getting your writing head on straight. What's sad is I've been so blocked in the past few years that even THIS advice feels beyond me-- but I'm getting there, and every so often I make progress.

10. Book Aunt for book reviews, and sometimes poetry, and sometimes ruminations on literature or authors or whatnot. [ profile] katecoombs is a genuine author friend and I like her. Also I gave her new picture book of poetry, Water Sings Blue, to my mom. Anyway, her reviews give you a true flavor of the books in question (she's won me over to books I hadn't thought I wanted to read before that way), and she's open about the good, the bad, what things certain people might like about it, what things might bother others. And she has good taste.

11. Slow By Little --another small one that could use an audience. My college roommate keeps this picture-filled blog of homelife and travel. See and read about her adventures in Germany last December, and if you scroll down a few posts-- you see that swimming pool? I spent all last Saturday afternoon in that pool. Personal trivia!

12. Happy Opu, in the Whodathunkit category: Canadian actress Jewel Staite is best known for playing one of my favorite TV characters ever, Kaylee Frye. When I found her on Twitter, I was delighted to discover that she also keeps a blog-- one that is not only funny and well-written, but is also almost entirely ABOUT FOOD. Not just any food. Fancy unbelievable Foodie-type food. She describes it in luscious detail, and yes, there are lots of pictures. It's food porn, really.

13. A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy: what's great about Liz Burns' reviews/takes-on-things is that she can be critical but never judgmental. Her book reviews have a section called "The Good," but not a section called "The Bad": she tells you WHY someone MIGHT like something... although when SHE loves it, she does let you know! But she also covers current events in the publishing/library/blogging worlds, movies, TV shows, and ALA policies. Okay, so the ALA policies part may not be roping you non-librarian-types in. But MOVIES and TV SHOWS!

14.squeetusblog: Author Shannon Hale is a wise, well-spoken (okay, WRITTEN) woman. She ponders questions about the elements of story (in any format) and stereotypes and life... and occasionally is just plain silly. She also does this while raising 4 small children including toddler twins. Besides, you know, the whole writing career thing.

15.Memoranda, a blog which once hadan ode to my awesomeness on it (actually, there may have been more to the post than just that). Naturally, I had to keep following Michelle Cooper and the fascinating glimpses into her mind-- historical, geographic, and scientific facts she's discovered, books she's been reading, thoughts she's been having, important things like when the next FitzOsbornes book is coming out... you know.

Honorable Mention to GeekMom, which is one of my very favorite-- and incredibly Versatile-- blogs, but as it's a group blog with many different bloggers, it doesn't quite qualify.

Happy reading! Like you can keep up with any more blogs.

So then, seven things about myself... that I assume you don't already know?

1. Last weekend I had a reunion with college friends that ROCKED MY SOCKS. Even though not much actually HAPPENED, but that's NICE when you're a grownup. The most eventful thing that happened was a night out eating crab cakes and singing karaoke. I did a pretty good Carole King and a not-nearly-warmed-up-enough Ann Wilson. Also, in the "nothing happening in a good way" portion of the weekend, we had to rescue a frog that had jumped in the chlorinated pool. Almost immediately, guess what song started playing on the stereo*? "The Rainbow Connection." Go Kermit.

2. I have gotten involved, over the Internet, in an international project that is so WRITTEN FOR ME that I'm pretty sure it's fate. An actual spiritual Calling. Here's the Tumblr for it (I know, Tumblr. Insanity. I just pretend it's a regular blog). First she offered to write a real handwritten letter to anyone who asked for one. Of course, hundreds of people (including myself) asked for one, so she recruited helpers. We had to apply for the job... but I wasn't really surprised to get it, because, like I said, FATE.

3. I finally, after weeks of protesting that it was much too hot to attempt, weeded the garden today. We thinned the carrots and the kids had the baby carrots at lunch, which thrilled them. Discovered my sprinkler sucks and has been missing whole swatches of garden. All my basil dried up and died off. Tried to buy more, but the hardware store was out. No fresh basil this year. :(

4. My Windows Media Player has randomly downloaded a whole bunch of SONGS I DIDN'T PUT THERE. It's kind of cool, because so far all the ones I've heard have been kind of awesome. But is this a nifty new feature of Windows Media Player-- picking new artists for me it thinks I might like judging by the rest of my collection?-- or have I been HACKED? It's kind of like the coolest computer virus ever if it is.

5. It's Summer Reading Club time! After creating and data-filling a spreadsheet of all participants and what programs they're coming to, I am... not as involved as I used to be. I'm just there on Wednesdays, reading stories and doing booktalks. We've got an awesome set-up though-- one of the small meeting rooms has been turned into a campsite, with a light-up campfire and everything. Then I believe I'm chaperoning the field trip, but we're only doing one this year, at the end of the summer. So... less with the stress.

6. I'm wearing this skirt I made when I first got my sewing machine. It's an awesome blue batik print with bright yellow and pink highlights, which is so awesome I keep wearing it even though I made it lopsided.

7. Sometimes I like to wander down the office supplies aisle at the grocery store and JUST STARE.

*Technically, it wasn't a stereo. It was a playlist on an iPod hooked up to speakers. But that takes too long to say.

PS-- I also can't remember if I mentioned my determination to take drum lessons as soon as Jason's new schedule gets straightened out/paychecks start flowing in. I bought myself a set of 5-dollar drumsticks as a promise to myself. LOVELY RITA AND THE METER MAIDS COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN. In theory. A vague, unsubstantial theory.
rockinlibrarian: (voldemart)
Yay, surveys! via [ profile] colliemommie:

1. Favourite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book is my favorite book ever of course, A Wrinkle In Time, which I promise you you are going to get SO sick of hearing about from me next year, or else you're going to totally enjoy it in a whole new way through my ramblings. Oh yes, I have grand plans for the Year of the Tesseract, I do.

Just out of curiosity, how common is it to have a favorite book that is different from ones favorite CHILDHOOD book? Because don't people usually feel much more strongly about the books they read in childhood than ones they read later? Sure, you do get other "favorite" books over time in the sense that you, you know, end up making a list of 40 of them, but your NUMBER ONE EVER, isn't that tied to the books that SHAPED WHO YOU ARE TODAY as opposed to something you read once you became a crusty old inflexible adult? Or is this just coming from the warped sense of self-importance I have as a children's librarian?

2. What are you reading right now?
I am currently not in the middle of anything, because I just finished This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel, which was quite good, and TENSE, I am so out of the habit of horror lately, but good; so have not started anything new yet. But I walked into work to see we've finally gotten Pratchett's I Shall Wear Midnight which I ordered for myself, so I'll probably be starting that next.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Technically I considered I Shall Wear Midnight in this category, since I knew it was coming and was just waiting for it (and, technically, I DID request it, though under the guise of ordering it for the YA collection, because DUH it needs to be there), but now I actually have it checked out to me, so I guess it's not on request any more.

4. Bad book habit?
Using whatever I can find as a bookmark. This includes hair clips, used kleenex, and other books.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Besides the Pratchett I have Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days from our library; from the Big Library (or the library with a budget? since ours is pretty dang big now), Eva Ibbotson's The Ogre of Oglefort, Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star, a couple Elephant and Piggie books allegedly for the kids, and a couple cartoon DVDs outright-without-even-an-allegedly for the kids.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Dude, ask me if I have a cell phone that text-messages. But when I DO get one-- an eReader, not necessarily a cell phone from the past decade-- I'm actually going to get a tablet, so I can use it to read blogs, because blogs are totally my magazines. I think I'd use it more for that than for actual long-format texts (I don't believe in the term "eBook"). Also, I'm still getting a case for it that says "Don't Panic" in big friendly letters on the front. That's all I ask for, really.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I prefer to read one novel at a time, but nonfiction can pop in whenever it likes. Likewise picture books.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Well, they've certainly changed since I started READING blogs, because now I have such a never-ending To Read list that I sometimes fear I will NEVER EVER REREAD ANYTHING EVER AGAIN. Also, I read things written by people I have had direct contact with, which is kind of weird. Nice, but weird.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far?)
I've given up on a few books after the first chapter or so, because I haven't had the patience to stick with anything that wasn't catching me. They all SEEMED so promising, too, so it might just be me and how I was feeling at the time. I won't name names, seeing as it was most likely just me and all.

10. Favourite book you've read this year?
Ohhhhh... probably still Frances Hardinge's The Lost Conspiracy.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Rarely. There's too much I want to read IN my comfort zone that I don't have time to read.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Absolute narrowest? Humorous fantasy-adventure upper-middle-grade fiction. More broadly, middle-grade and YA fantasy, mystery, humorous realistic fiction, and general good stuff (as opposed to General Good Times, which would make you laugh if you'd read another of my favorite reads this year, Libba Bray's Beauty Queens.) Outside of the realm of MG and YA, which is what it's my job to be Up On, I love wordless picture books and funny adult novels, and nonfiction for whatever-the-subject-is's sake, rather than nonfiction as a genre.

13. Can you read on the bus?
It's been a long time since I have, but I usually could. Much better than I can in the car, which is Not At All.

14. Favourite place to read?
Anywhere people won't bug me. Like that's anywhere, anymore. Somewhere comfy. I want a comfy chair outside on a nice day. I know, how many comfy chairs do YOU have outside, but still.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I work in a library. You bring me a photo ID and proof of current address, I'll give you a card and lend you whatever you like!

I rarely have people actually visit my house to see my own personal book collection, and I rarely buy any books anymore (since I rarely get to reread anyway), so I don't really have much opportunity to lend my own books out. I'd love it if people were INTERESTED enough in my books for me to lend them out. But my mom still does have my copy of The Wee Free Men. Think she forgot it's mine.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Not since I was a kid. Did I ever mention how I thought I'd invented that technique?

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
No. I've got a few books from childhood that I felt the need to write my name inside in lots of fancy ways though.

18. Not even with text books?
I never OPENED text books. Okay, I may be exaggerating. But still. Anyway, it's been a long time since I've looked at a text book.

19. What is your favourite language to read in?
English. Which is the only one I really know HOW to read in, though I can guess at Spanish a bit.

20. What makes you love a book?
When it has the ability to make you both laugh out loud AND tear up. That is my favorite mark of excellence.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
As part of my job is to recommend books, my inspiration usually involves a brief reference interview involving questions like "What else do you like to read?" and "What did you like best about that book?" and "Have you's name?" But if I'm just recommending on my own? Either because I enjoyed it so much myself that I want to spread the love, or because a topic of conversation reminded me of it. To specific people on basis of what I already know about their tastes or interests.

22. Favourite genre?
Humorous middle-grade fantasy and/or mystery.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Humorous classics, adult mysteries. There are lots of genres I rarely read but also don't care to, too.

24. Favourite biography?
Jim Henson: The Works. I was going to say "I don't know, because I can't think of any biographies I reread enough to consider them favorites," and then I was like "OH YEAH. DUH. THAT ONE." Likewise maybe the Beatles' Anthology, if you count collective memoirs as biography.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Most of the nonfiction I read is self-help, in a broad sense. If you want to stick more to the pop-psychology types of titles, I've read a few of them, too.

26. Favourite cookbook?
The one I put together from magazine clippings and computer printouts. But I guess the Better Homes and Gardens one, as it's my basic general reference cookbook.

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
For the first time?... I have no idea. Maybe Warp Speed by Lisa Yee. I've dipped into a few old writing tips books, too.

28. Favourite reading snack?
A strawberry milkshake. Not that I often HAVE one of those while I'm reading, but I WOULD.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I can think of cases where hype frustrated me AFTER the fact--not with reading, but with being a fan (Harry Potter fandom, I'm looking at you), but I'm usually on the front wave of things I'm actually interested in, and won't read a book I'm not interested in no matter how much hype it gets.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
What do you mean by "critics"? If you're talking like NYT Book Reviews or something, I rarely read them. I read reviews that are written for helping librarians select books for their collections, which are more "this is the audience for this book" than "this book is good or bad." And everyone knows Kirkus is harsh. And then you have book bloggers-- some of which are also proper published reviewers-- and there I've gotten a handle on their tastes and generally know when we're going to agree.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I'm not a proper reviewer. If I am inspired to talk about a book, it's because I DO love it, and if I don't like something I'm just more likely not going to talk about it. Though I will occasionally point out individual issues I have with a book when the subject comes up. I do think that's critical for even a good review-- specifics, not just "I liked/hated it." But I like to dwell on positives, just like with people.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Hebrew. I'd like to read the psalms in their original language.

33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
Maybe if you count that chapter of Hegel we had to read for Honors Core that one time. It was a chapter, which the professor photocopied for us, but it was SO DANG HARD to read and took forever to get through. I don't remember any actual books I found particularly intimidating.

34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
Can't think of specifics at the moment, but there are a lot of fantasy series that I have heard are awesome, but they are all LONG books in SERIES, and the idea of spending that much time on technically one book is scaring me off. Maybe some day when I don't have small children.

35. Favourite Poet?
Dr. Seuss for being a genius. Emily Dickinson for being delightfully morbid. Pink Floyd as a group-- they always tend to claim the songwriting duties across the board, hard to tell whose lyrics I like best. Always a fond spot for Shel Silverstein, too.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Now about 3, and still end up renewing. Before this year-- I don't know what's wrong this year-- 5 or six. Rare renewals.

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
This year, shockingly often. Not so much in the past.

38. Favourite fictional character?
Anne Shirley and Samwise Gamgee. After that, I wouldn't know when to stop, so we'll leave it at that.

40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?
Whatever's in my library pile. The idea of POSSIBLY GETTING THEM READ is the exciting thing about vacation reading. Although it's not much of a difference in actuality, because I still have kids.

41. The longest I've gone without reading.
Not sure. Besides, do you mean PLEASURE reading or reading, period? Because that changes it. Also, there's entirely too much print in the world to go without reading, say, a cereal box on occasion.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Like I said, this has happened frequently this year and I can't even remember what they're called. I do remember I gave up on Great Expectations halfway through just because I hated the main character so much.

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
Lately, everything. Sometimes my own head. Also I have kids.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?
My favorite movie that is also a favorite book is Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. With the exception of Not-Enough-Faramir-Being-Swoony (but really, that's just a personal thing), it perfectly captured the books and most of the changes were actually IMPROVEMENTS. My favorite movie of a book that ISN'T one of my favorites is Mary Poppins. I know, the book lovers are very particular about how they love the book better, but I'M SORRY. The movie has: a) an actual plot arc; b) deliciously catchy music; and c) JULIE FREAKING ANDREWS. Julie Andrews is a goddess, I swear. She is UTTERLY goddess-like as Mary Poppins.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Eh, if by "disappointing" you mean "you had high expectations going in" (because normally I DON'T have high expectations and end up pleasantly surprised instead*), I know I could get smacked for this, but Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I know film nerds think that one's the best, and I guess it's good as a movie, but as an adaption of a well-loved book, I was hurt. My dear Professor Lupin sucked, and I hated the rest of the casting for that one, too. Except Emma Thompson, because she's just generally awesome. They did handle the time-turner thing better in the movie than in the book, though. I've been thinking, in preparation for a post I'm going to give you during the Year of the Tesseract called "Why I Actually Didn't Hate The Movie" (there's a teaser for you), that it's strange the different things that will cause me to either love or hate a film adaptation. Usually it's when I feel the characters have not been portrayed properly. I don't care about plot changes as much as character trueness.

46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
No idea. Does Amazon count as a bookstore? Because probably there around Christmas sometime.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Fiction, never; nonfiction, always.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If i'm just not getting into it and don't care. I have too much else to read.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes. Fiction by author, nonfiction by subject, doesn't everybody?

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them?
Keep 'em. I have cheesy book-club paperbacks long out of print that I don't even care about anymore still.

51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
Lots, but it's not so much "avoiding" as much as "with all the other stuff I have to read, why would I read THAT?"

52. Name a book that made you angry.
The Amber Spyglass. Too much of Philip Pullman's general I'm-smarter-and-better-than-you was coming out in that one, and it was a shame because if you IGNORED that, it was a truly excellent book, and it FRUSTRATED me. I kept wanting to ARGUE with him. Most of his other books he's much better at keeping his obnoxiousness out of the way of the story, but not in that one.

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?
I don't think there ARE any books like that, because if I didn't expect to like them I wouldn't have read them. Though there are books I liked MORE than I expected to aplenty. Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series is one that I always end up loving way more than I expect to, even when I start subsequent books (although I still don't get why Jace is supposed to be attractive). Ooh, book rec inspiration, [ profile] rockonliz127, that one's for you, by the way. It's got you written all over it. Not literally.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?
See all the books I stopped reading in the middle. Disappointing.

55. Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Reading is always a guilty pleasure for me anymore.

*I'm afraid my expectations for the Hunger Games movie are getting way too high, and I'm going to be shockingly disappointed, BUT I CAN'T HELP IT! I just saw Jennifer Lawrence last week for the first time in the new(ish) X-Men movie, and she was SO FREAKIN' AWESOME AND IS GOING TO BE A PERFECT KATNISS! AND THAT WASN'T EVEN HER OSCAR ROLE! What with Peeta now, you know, ACTUALLY LOOKING LIKE PEETA, and with Suzanne Collins being so involved with the script, and with how awesome all the production pictures have looked, I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXPECTATIONS! On the other hand, I have absolutely no fear of my expectations for the Hobbit movie getting out of hand, because Peter Jackson's Middle Earth + Martin Freeman = BLISS, and the rest of the movie can totally suck without changing that equation. The absolute rock-bottom it can go is "BLISS." So, we're okay, there.
rockinlibrarian: (hi maddie)
Well, here I am again with a collection of bits to post because you miss me and so I must post something. Well, I will pretend you have missed me. It hasn't been PARTICULARLY long, but it feels like it a bit. I've had a lot less computer time this past week and a half-- it's amazing how much computer stuff I accomplish while on reference desk. This is NOT (dear employers or otherwised concerned) to imply that I don't actually do my WORK while on reference desk. But I get a lot of Internet read while there, too. And as I haven't HAD a reference desk for the past week and a half (OPENING DAY IS TOMORROW!), I've been as obsessively reading-- or skimming-- my favorite blogs as much as possible in whatever time I can squeeze in at home, which means I also haven't been typing anything. Imagine.

Today we went Strawberry Picking at a pick-your-own farm. Maddie reminded me very much of Little Sal (we must go Blueberry Picking next month), and it is only luck-- or the fact that there simply were no bears around-- that kept her from wandering off after a mother bear. Sam was very enthusiastic at first, but it took me awhile to figure out what he meant when he was trying to say that he wanted to Pay With the Strawberries Now. By the time I DID comprehend his pleas to go home, we had filled about half of our ten-pound volume basket (and none of the now-stained basket Maddie had carried and added berries to, kaplink, kaplank, kaplunk, before eating them). Five pounds fresh beautiful little berries-- plenty for jam and a few more besides.

In other completely unrelated news, I was rather amused by Robin McKinley's latest post, because she basically draws the exact same conclusions I drew in my Learning to Sing on Paper post the other week, but in the opposite order! Because she of course already knows how to write. :P

Speaking of authors, I just got an email notification informing me that "@dduane is Now Following [Me] on Twitter." SQUEEEEEEEE! Too bad I don't say anything intelligent.

Fifthly (I think), the other day I actually got TAGGED in a LIVEJOURNAL SURVEY HICKEY THING. Wow! How very 2007! I did comment once long back that I missed those surveys. Then [ profile] vovat actually posted one about a week later. But I was very busy that week, and the survey was full of those embarrassingly perverted questions written by teenagers who think they are more amusing than they are, which really didn't seem to match the happy professional family-friendly vibe I seem to have developed on my blog in recent years, anyway, so could I really justify doing the dang thing? Well, THIS week (or last, or something) [ profile] vovat did another one AND TAGGED ME DIRECTLY, and also, the rules apparently aim to fix these problems:

* People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.
* Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

I LOVE the concept of replacing questions! Except what's the definition of "dislike"? Questions I actively DON'T LIKE ONLY, or can I also replace questions that are mildly boring? In which case, why bother taking a survey at all? I could just write a new survey. I always wanted to write a survey based on the Dewey Decimal System. But I definitely don't have time for that.

actual survey under the cut for people who don't care )
rockinlibrarian: (christmas)
So I'd also like to do some decade-wide roundups before we move on from the roundups. (I like roundups!) Now, some might argue that a new decade doesn't start until NEXT year and all, but it's still ten years since MOST people were doing decade (century/millennium) round-ups so we'll go by that count, for one thing. And for another thing it's been exactly ten years (ten years and a couple weeks) since I started dating this new, somewhat dorky and obnoxious but at least not BORING, guy, and when you look back at the beginning of that to today, you realize exactly what an interesting span of time that is. Who knew me giving that dorky guy a chance would result in two completely new human beings existing by the end of that decade?

So to start off, I have taken that Year-In-Review survey and edited all the questions, as best as possible, to make it a Decade-in-Review survey instead. This is how my answers change:
The DECADE in Review. Still cheesy, but bigger. )
I do believe that's much more interesting over the course of a decade rather than a year-- it's much more dramatic to see how things develop. Can you imagine if I rounded up the 1990s that way? Or the 80s? It reminds me of when we went to Meadville when I was 14 and I saw a girl on the sidewalk and knew I knew her, then a moment later my mom pointed out that she was the older sister of a boy I'd been friends with in preschool, and it seemed SO INCREDIBLE that I had recognized someone I'd not seen in 9 years. But now it's been nearly ten years since I've seen most of the people I went to college with, but it seems like nothing ago. The difference between 32 and 22 is nothing like 14 and 5....

Anyway, while I was gathering book titles I'd read this year I also decided to do a Best of the Decade list as well. I'm not prepared to stake my life on the results, but I did make a rather nice list if you count that I counted all series as one title, so as not to monopolize the lists (though Terry Pratchett snuck on there twice, seeing as the one wasn't a series book). i think I've decided, then I see things I'd move around or that I've forgotten, so what the heck, here's something:
My Top Books of the Decade )

I found the Billboard charts and thought of going through them to make commentary on the songs that charted in the past year and/or decade, to make up for me being unable to do that off the top of my head, but I don't feel like doing that now. I still might sometime soon. We'll get to that.
rockinlibrarian: (hi maddie)
Lots of the questions are dumb for me, true, but what's a turning of the year without the annual year-in-review survey?

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Oddly enough I believe this was the first I've ever changed a girl's diaper. Honestly, I think I'd only ever changed boys before AT ALL before then.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't really believe in new years' resolutions, but I didn't keep most of the no-particular-occasion resolutions I made in the past year, either.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Besides, you know, um... ME? Megan I guess. Think that's, shockingly, it.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I'm thinking not, but that seems incredible.

5. What countries did you visit?
Imaginary ones

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Organizational skills.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 19

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving? I know-- squeezing in time for myself. Not saying I USED that time wisely, but I definitely made a point of taking it occasionally.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Keeping my house clean. And by "Clean" I mean "able to be walked through without tripping on junk," not "spotlessly scrubbed." Sheez, I KNOW I'd never be able to pull THAT off!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My usual post-partum abdominal malfunctions.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Major Grey's Chutney. Well, I don't know if that was the VERY best thing I bought, but it was the best thing I'd never bought BEFORE.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Sam. He's a good kid.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Maddie. NO no, I'm kidding! Just the usual, your hypocrites and haters 'n 'at.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Into the Money Merge Account, that's how it works. It's all very mysterious.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Bruce Coville not hating Billy 'Arrison.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
I don't know. My Darling Madeleine Clementine, maybe

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? ehhh... maybe happier. It varies.
b) thinner or fatter? Definitely thinner! Though maybe more definite this time two weeks ago... Christmas does that to ones junk food access...
c) richer or poorer? even. Maybe a bit poorer, if you factor in my not working this summer and various surprise expenses

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
wandering around and/or staring into space trying to figure out what I ought to be doing instead

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Cheerfully, except that I already spent it and all. I spend it every day of my life, thanks!

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yes. It's terrible, though, I give and give and all she does is scream at me and demand food. She's even pulling my hair right now. That smile gets me every time though.

22. How many one-night stands?
How many people have an answer for this?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Word Girl. It's on PBS in the afternoons. Sam will come down from his nap and turn on the TV which is still set on PBS from the toddler-preschooler shows he was watching in the morning and I'll come in all, "You had enough TV already Sam, turn of...oh wait this is funny."

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Aside from my tendency not to hate anyway, I can't think of anyone new I particularly dislike, either.

25. What was the best book you read?
If I did indeed read Nation in January rather than last december, then, that. Best 2009 book, eh, one a deez.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That Maddie likes to sing already.

27. What did you want and get?

28. What did you want and not get?

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I can't think of any movies I have watched from ANY year this year.

30. What did you do on your birthday?
I can't remember. Did I do anything for my birthday at all? Oh, I looked it up, people made me food.

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Probably organization again. Also, no car accidents for Jason.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Continue wearing maternity clothes because they're the nicest newest clothes I own.

33. What kept you sane?
Reading while nursing.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Peeta Mellark, if fictional celebrities count. I also like Chris on Sesame Street a lot, though I'm not sure I'd go so far to say I fancied him.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Making the two "sides" in politics be nice to each other.

36. Who did you miss?
My family. The one I came from, rather than the one I made, I see THEM quite enough.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
A baby will ALWAYS find the one object on the floor you missed that she most shouldn't put in her mouth.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Another one bites the dust."
rockinlibrarian: (christmas)
You know how sometimes people on your friends list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out. :)

1. First Name: Amy, as you see I have now added to the Official Title Of This LiveJournal, so I can hardly be secretive about it anymore, can I? (Of course, if you're reading this on Facebook, my full name is glaring at you anyway. I'm writing this from LiveJournal, so that's the context I'm thinking of).

2. Age: 31. And two-thirds? Is that what you mean by elaboration?

3. Location: One half hour south of Pittsburgh in the Land of Perry Como

4. Occupation: Predominantly, Mom, and everything else household related that that involves. Nine hours a week, reference librarian. I'm a youth services librarian by training and degree, but now I just get to be really excited when somebody actually asks me about books in the kids or YA sections instead of the adult section, which I'm more clueless about. On a work-for-hire basis I annually write an activity manual related to a picture book for Pennsylvania's One Book Every Young Child project, which, for this coming year, I just finished the first complete draft of this weekend, whoohoo. I would like to say I am also an author of fiction books for children and teens, but I spend very little of my time in this fashion at the moment.

5. Partner: I don't know, Megan, I agree saying "partner" DOES sound pretentious even for relationships that don't take to traditional spousal titles (and makes talking about ones BUSINESS partners strangely complicated), but still, you have to admit it's a very accurate description of the role we're talking about. Anyway, my answer is this guy named Jason. He works two jobs, one of which is weekends and holidays, so he literally never gets a day off, but honestly? I secretly think he's happier now, because he USED to work two jobs all on the SAME day, so we only ever SAW each other on weekends.

6. Kids: Sam is 2 1/2, Madeleine is 7 months. Most people use code-names for their kids online unfriendslocked, but looking at those two names kind of says too much not to point it out. I didn't think about it as I named each of them, but looking at BOTH of them, well, it really does point to my innate fantasy-fiction geekitude, doesn't it? I mean I could have named ONE child after, like, a relative or something, couldn't I've?

7. Siblings: I have a [ profile] magnolia___ who is six years younger than me, and Dan who is ten years younger. Maggie is famous for being a flaky friendly hippie freak, Danny for being Obsessed with cartoons. I also have a sis-in-law (as in related to husband) named Bethany and a bro-in-law (as in married to sister) named Zeke. The former is famous for giving me a piano soon and the latter for teaching me how monkeys peel bananas, which is amazingly stress-saving.

8. Pets: I don't have any if you don't count my husband and kids. My parents have a terrier mix named Daisy and my inlaws have two big yellow mixes named Ajax and Nike. Ajax has three legs. Sam loves them all (the dogs, not necessarily Ajax's legs) and calls them each by name and even talks about them when they aren't around.

9. List the 3-5 biggest things going on in your life:

* It is Advent! So I am all about getting into Christmas! For some reason, the rest of the year I'm a terrible housekeeper, but the thought "I can't put up Christmas decorations until this place gets cleaned up!" suddenly turns me into a cleaning machine and I get EVERYTHING done, even stuff that has nothing to do with decorating, and I do it quickly and cheerfully! It doesn't work with anything else. I've tried. I can SAY "I can't read a book until the house is clean," but this is too easily countered with "SURE I can, watch me do it right now!" Anyway, the house is clean and all that remains is to get stuff out of the attic, but that requires the two adults of the house to be home at the same time. Tuesday evening.

* So on Thanksgiving J squeaked done with his holiday job early and we rushed off to my aunt's house and arrived EXACTLY in time for dinner. The crowd was huge, nearing fifty people-- there were people there I'd never met and some I STILL don't know. Sam had so much fun chasing after the big kids and Reese (who's his age), and Maddie even didn't find anything to scream about. Plus the food was good, but no kidding.

* Maddie's pulling herself to standing all over the place and keeps trying to let go. What is this with me and my athletic children? She's also refusing to nap for any decent amount of time before screaming and screaming.

* So yeah, I've finished One Book for the year excepting some editing sessions and the insertion of pictures, which means, well, I've got a ton of other stuff to do (much of it Christmas related and so I can't mention it here), but I ought to sit down and seriously work on some of my new creative writing ideas, too. I've got a couple things that might be picture books eventually if I can figure out how to write a picture book properly, and one novel idea I'm quite excited about but is very much in the simmering-some-possibilities stages still. Also I keep meaning to ask Jason for help with the big issue Bruce Coville pointed out in the first chapter of Ian et al, because it's actually right up his nefarious-gamemaster/guy-who-scopes-out-the-defenses alley, and it should have occurred to me to ask him before. But I'm rarely thinking of this during the times we're actually home at the same time.

* Books take up way too much of my brain, so they count as one of the biggest things going on in my life, because they feel that way in my brain. For example, I finally got the second Hunger Games book last week, and this proved to be just as obsessive-making as the first, if suffering from a few awkward writing and second-book-fault moments that are deemed who-cares-able by the obsessiveness of it all. It was quite exciting for me, thank you very much.

* Oh, and finally, I'm getting a PIANO sometime soon! It's like an early Christmas gift from my sister-in-law (who currently owns it in her house), mother-in-law (who is tracking down the piano movers) and parents (who are paying for said piano movers). It's going in the living room! I can play it! My kids can pound on it and eventually learn to play! I can put stuff on top of it! That's all.

That's also six things. Oh well.

10. Parents: My parents, and I've said this before but it bears repeating, are Good People. As an adult it's disappointing and mildly depressing to discover how rare people like my parents ARE in the real world-- people who are intelligent yet fun-loving, who are genuinely kind and friendly and loving. I still feel unworthy. I need to work harder at being Awesome so I can be like them for the world.

11. Some of your closest friends are: Unfortunately, to continue the last sentence, I'm such a hopeless introvert that I'd probably cluelessly stay wrapped up in my own head if you let me, such that of the people I would name as My Closest Friends, the only one I can truthfully name as an ACTIVE friend I actually, like, do regular Friend Stuff with is the one I live with (and even with him Friend Stuff only occasionally interrupts the Practical Stuff). The others I occasionally email/blogcomment and see in person once or twice or occasionally three times a year, and are more People I Will Always Love Because They HAVE Been My Closest Friends Before. Of those, Angie, my best friend from high school and college, stands out the most, because she is Completely Awesome. Also of note is Molly from middle/high school, and from college Tracie Liz Becky Jen and Emily, and Megan and Randy (the latter actually talks to my husband on the phone like DAILY, but I don't), and that's what sticks out. There's also my sister I GUESS. :)

'Kay then. I've given the old livejournal a personal slant again.
rockinlibrarian: (eggman)
Well, I guess I can safely say now that my babies are good night sleepers (don't ask about naps). Sam figured it out fairly early and so has Maddie. But last night I put her down at 8 and I woke up at 4 with her still not up. I can also safely say that I have absolutely no milk undersupply issues. So when Maddie kind of peeped awake upon hearing me apparently, she got fed and promptly dozed off again, but I still had all this extra, so that's why I'm here early in the morning pumping.

This way I can do this Fandom survey [ profile] vovat gave me relatively on time!

It's one of those where the person you get it from assigns you topics, in this case Three Fandoms you ...are a fan in. You may not be a fan OF the fandom, and apparently, judging by question 4, you don't even have to "participate in the fandom," but anyhoo. Then, for each of those topics, you answer these questions:

1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
2. Do you think that you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
3. Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
4. Do you participate in this fandom (fan fiction, graphics, discussions)?
5. Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

Here's my topics:
The Beatles
1. Much as my dad tried for fifteen years to make himself the answer to this question, I didn't really get his fascination with this dorky old band until the night the immortal Sir Paul (not yet a Sir at the time) broadcast a concert live on TV and I watched it because I was bored and my parents wanted to tape it (so I ended up watching it twice), and BAM! I was so beyond impressed with the guy, I suddenly couldn't get enough of that stuff.
2. That depends on your definition of "move on." Will I ever stop loving the Beatles? Highly unlikely. No matter how often I listen I still feel at least comfortably happy (and occasionally Moved by the Awesomeness) whenever I hear them. But they were totally my gateway drug, first into just classic rock and then into rock as a whole (no, radio music does not count as "rock." Radio music is "pop" with occasional rock songs thrown in). I have loads of bands I love now.
3. Abbey Road and Revolver, my favorite albums. My favorite songs PLURAL are too many to count, but you know the main one already. My favorite movie is Help because I'm a dork. And my favorite Beatle? I refuse to answer that question on the basis that I can't decide anymore, though I sometimes default to Paul since I owe it all to him.
4. Does this fandom still exist? I mean, decades ago there were insane people about. I often wonder how much I would have hated the Beatles if I'd actually been a child of the 60s, just on the principle of not being like the insane people. But seriously, I can always discuss them, and they are pretty much the only fandom I have ever created fanart for in adulthood (don't ask me about my Ducktales fanfiction), being more than a few inspired drawings (from a glorious sunburst painting the day George Harrison died to, well, this icon, which was pretty much just the obvious thing to do with that picture) and, in the realm of fanfiction, giving George an amazing fictional nephew and all. ;)
5. I'm pretty sure everyone who will get into them WILL, if you know what I mean. They really don't need advertising.

2. Harry Potter
1. I CREATED this fandom. Okay, not really, but I was definitely in the first wave of fans here in the States. It just so happens that upper-middle-grade fantasies with some humor are my favorite books ever to read, so I grabbed Sorcerers Stone and enjoyed it, though I wasn't blown away (still isn't my favorite-- still think she should have started with Chapter 2). Wasn't until I read Chamber of Secrets that I became ADDICTED, and started making everyone I know read, too. And back then? None of them had heard of it until I told them. Heh.
2. A question directed at those poor kids who never read anything else I suppose. I love the books still. But I also have a lot of other favorite books. But I always DID, so it's not like I abandoned Harry or anything.
3. Order of the Phoenix (favorite book AND movie-so-far). I know it's not EVERYBODY'S favorite because Harry's so cranky (come on, he's 15 AND he's just had an extremely traumatic experience! I'd like to see YOU not be cranky after being forced into an evil occult ritual to bring your parents' murderer back to life and not get any counseling afterward!) and the book is so dang LONG, but DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY!!!! NEVILLE BEING AWESOME!!!! LUNA LOVEGOOD IE ME IF I WAS AT HOGWARTS!!!! DOLORES UMBRIDGE AND HER PERFECT HORRIBLENESS (AND TECHNICOLOR KITTY PLATES!)!!!! The coolest stuff happened in book 5, that's all I'm saying.
4. Well, not in the broader world, because at least on the Internet it was impossible to avoid idiots and "OMG Harry is so cute and he and Hermione are made for each other JK Rowling is stupid not to think so!" girls. Luckily I had made enough of my real-life friends addicted that I nevertheless always had somebody to rant and rave with after every book or movie release. Now if I can just get you all to pick up The Hunger Games....
5. No. I had fun making people read it when nobody else knew about it, but then it got Too Huge. And then you got people reading it who don't even like fantasy just because everyone else was reading it, and then they're like "Harry Potter sucks! I don't get why anyone likes it!" and I keep thinking WELL you don't like fantasy in the first place so who are you to judge? It was nicer when you could admit to being a fan because you were a FAN and not because you were a trend-follower.

3. The Muppets
1. Supposedly I was a fan when I was Sam's age, but by the time I was 3--or as far back as I actually REMEMBER-- I'd become terrified of them because they were far too zany and, yes, violent for a child who was afraid of everything. But in 11th grade I, in a flash of a-vision-of-Cookie-Monster-popping-across-my-brain-while-I-was-trying-to-think-of-a-topic, decided to write my research paper on Sesame Street. In the course of my research I read a bit about Jim Henson and thought he sounded really cool. Then on my own I read a bit more and decided he was The Most Awesome Person In the History of Show Business and Possibly Worthy of Worship. Plus, I discovered in my less-sensitive advanced age, the Muppets were hilarious.
2. I don't believe my son will LET me move on now even if I wanted to. the next generation has succumbed.
3. I believe I love the original Muppet Movie most of all. I can't think of any particular TV episodes off the top of my head. And my favorite Muppet, boring a choice as this may be, is Kermit. Because he's... Kermitty. He's just the best.
4. Well, I do belong to [ profile] jimhensonfans on here, but that's as far as it goes. Oh, and in Teaching Art in the Elementary School in college this one girl and I made paper sculptures of Gonzo and Camilla. Jason just suggested that it may be time to throw Gonzo out, because he's just been collecting dust and taking up space on a shelf in the basement. This is sad but inevitable.
5. Yes. Yes yes yes. If more people joined the cult of Muppetdom, if more people were devoted to Singing and Dancing and Making People Happy, then there would be Peace on Earth.YES.

So, if you want to do this, tell me and I'll assign you your three. If you want ME to answer questions about some OThER topic, you can ask me that too. If you want to tell me something unrelated, go for it.
rockinlibrarian: (hi maddie)
Guess what I got to do this afternoon! Plant my vegetables!

I don't know if I'm technically ALLOWED to do anything of that nature yet, but I feel fine-- quite refreshed actually, since I got to spend the afternoon digging in the dirt on a beautiful day-- and my dad had done all the heavy work for me already, working the ground and all (which I should have him do every year-- he did a much better job than I do even when NOT pregnantand/orpostpartum). I just had to plant them. My parents bought plants for me, and they got me 4 or 5 different kinds of tomatoes, which is kind of cool because I would just tend to get a pack of nine same ones-- this way I can compare and use them for different things and so forth. They got me two sweet peppers, but I have horrible trouble actually getting sweet peppers to, well, turn into actual sweet peppers; and I had started a WHOLE bunch of hot peppers from seed. For some reason, my hot peppers grow great, just not the sweet peppers.

Also my parents got me some herbs, but the herb garden still needs weeded, so they're not planted yet.

Another thing I got to do today-- go to the library! I went to our little library because I had Sam and Maddie with me and time, and a book that was due, and so everybody there could get to see the baby. Which means I got books! I was afraid I'd never be able to get out of the house and get new books again! I got, for fun for me, Jellicoe Road, that Printz Award winner that I managed to hear next to nothing about until it won the Printz; and the second Mysterious Benedict Society book. I also got a few books on potty training, both parent reference and picture book introductions. Sam is showing interest, but, you know, this is a pretty upheavalled (isn't that a nice word? we should all use it and make it respectable)time around here, so mostly I just want advice on how to ease into it.

So, my two favorite things to do that I haven't gotten to do in what seems like forever.

Now, I've been getting less computer time lately, go figure, so I have to prioritize, and things like obsessively following Fuse#8's Top 100 Picture Books Poll Countdown (with fair certainty that I can guess the last two books and they were both ones on my votes list, and that my #1 vote also made the top 10 and every other book I voted for, even the ones I was sure no one else even KNEW, made the list, either this means I have very good taste or no creativity when it comes to picture books) have to take precedence over filling out surveys and quizzes on lj and Facebook. BUT when [ profile] vovat posted this particular Check-if-you've-seen-it Movie Survey the other day, I couldn't pass it up, because, you see, it is the Animated Movies list.

See, for those of you new to reading about me and my family, my brother is obsessed with cartoons. By "obsessed" I mean "can't understand why other people don't find the debut of obscure new series on the off-hours of Cartoon Network as vitally interesting as he does," and is now actually going to college for computer animation, even though otherwise he's not much interested in art at all. Just cartoons.

So not only have I seen a lot of these movies of my own volition, over the course of his life I've seen quite a lot of these movies through Danny. Sometimes, he gets a new movie and insists that you want to sit and watch the whole thing when you originally planned to get together with your family and, you know, TALK or something. So, in honor of my brother, I present to you--

The Animated Movie List:

Danny wants you to see ALL of these! )

'K then, that's that. Have a nice day.
rockinlibrarian: (l-space)
Hey, I am getting back to [ profile] vovat on this one LESS than a week after he gave me these five things to write about!

Association Meme: Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.
on books and music mostly. I mean, whodathunk? )
Okay, then the really great part. So you know all those have-you-read booklists? You know how I always wanted to do one about the kind of books I actually read most often? Yay, apparently other YA geeks had the same thought. A gal from my library school class whose blog I stalk because it and she are cool (and she's far more active in Being a Real YA Librarian than me-- she's even on this year's--next year's?--the-one-for-this-year's-books-that-will-be-awarded-next-year's?-- Printz committee) just passed on THIS LIST (the first paragraph is hers, the rest of the instructions, apparently what was on Facebook):

"A group of YA librarians on Facebook put together a list of 100 "top" teen novels. "Top" goes in quotes because they freely admit this is something wholly unscientific. It's just meant to see what you've read and have a little fun.

The following list of books teens love, books teens should read, and books adults who serve teens should know about was compiled IN ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENTIFIC MANNER and should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

Put an "X" next to the books you've read
Put a "+" next to the books you LOVE
Put a "#" next to the books you plan on reading
Tally your "X"s at the bottom
Share with your friends!"

COOL LIST, in alphabetical order by author apparently )
rockinlibrarian: (the end)
Love it: I got tagged for this on Facebook but because it is awesome (and any public posts here automatically get sent to Facebook anyway; and it was [ profile] magnolia___ who tagged me there anyway) I'm putting it here as well. The instructions are as follows:

Think of 15 albums, CDs, LPs (if you're over 40) that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dig into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the wazoo, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean. Then when you finish, tag 15 others, including moi. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill.

Read that-- that's a slightly different angle than just naming your favorite albums. I enjoyed naming my favorite albums too, but this implies more of an All-Time Thing, a HISTORY of oneself and ones album listening if you will. Exciting! I've even given you links to the page for each album (or something similar at least) so if you're lucky and it HAS samples you can listen to them! So here goes, in chronological order of when I discovered the album:
Read more... )
Then on a similar topic, like two weeks ago I said to [ profile] vovat, "Sure! I love music memes! If you give me a letter I will most definitely make a post about five songs beginning with that letter!" So, although this happened at least two weeks ago, I still technically was not lying if I do it now, SO:

Five Songs starting with the letter N. I think I had "N" last time I did the five song thing, but that was awhile ago, and there are many songs that begin with N, so let's do it again! the directions say including downloadable links is awesome, but you'll just have to settle for streaming links on
Read more... )
rockinlibrarian: (christmas)
So the volunteer here just gave me a tin of Christmas cookies, so I need something to occupy my fingers so I don't spend all afternoon eating. I could write intelligent things, but you can't concentrate on writing intelligent things when you're working, so instead I will fill in a Year-End Review Survey.

Read more... )
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Wow, I looked at my profile page in order to edit that bit about the singing Perry Como statue, considering the singing part has been broken since the spring sometime, and I noticed that Tamora Pierce (ie [ profile] tammypierce) has friended me back! I am totally honored! I still occasionally have dreams set in a Circle of Magic book....

I definitely am finding it hard to find time to post stuff. Or, make time to post stuff lately. There's quite a lot of interesting philosophical things I've been meaning to post in the past couple weeks. But now is just time for short updates...

Jason's 93 year old grandfather, ie PePa, died early Tuesday morning after taking a dip over the weekend. Yes, this is the second grandparent Jason has lost in the past three months, so he's a bit shaken (also, he has a cold). The funeral on Friday is apparently in West Virginia, where there is a family plot; and also, supposedly, my mother-in-law and my dad are going to go ancestor-hunting in the cemetery afterward. I'm not kidding.

Also, LAST weekend we had a wedding on the other side of J's family for his cousin Krista. It was an outdoor wedding at the Farm and luckily the weather was GORGEOUS, as was the farm! They're apparently going to try to sell the farm next summer then. It made me sad to think that that's probably going to be the last get-together there, watching Sam chase after his second cousins as they played tag over the huge yard. Every kid needs a place like that to explore. Also, Sam wouldn't eat much dinner but he ate a whole lot of cookies. When he woke up screaming later that night, my guess was stomachache.

Here's some memes:
_ Pick your birth month.
_ Strike out anything that doesn't apply to you.
_ Bold (or italicize) the five-ten that best apply to you.
_ Copy to your own journal, with all twelve months under a lj-cut.
_ Tag 5 people from your friends list.

MARCH: Attractive personality (well, can I really be the judge of that?). Sexy (if you're Jason maybe). Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others (I AM rather observant and assessive--I made that word up-- of people. But I don't think I can claim being Observant in general...) Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves travelling (yes but I'm not sure it deserves to be boldfaced). Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented (well, that's relative). Loves special things (I wonder what the definition of "special things" is to the person who wrote this?). Moody.

The other months
are under a cut )
I'm not tagging. Do it if you want to.

Here's the restaurant list game:
Um, restaurants, like I said )
rockinlibrarian: (Default)
I keep thinking of stuff to say, but I don't feel like it anymore. Actually, I've just been pretty much brain dead lately.

So in other news, here's a survey:
Read more... )
rockinlibrarian: (Default)
Okay, now for some other junk while I've got some free time.

So, while I was trying to find some info on map projections for One Book (does anybody know the official term for the map projection that I call Orange Slices, with the curved strips, where if you cut it out you could form it into a pretty decent globe?) I stumbled upon this educational site of online geography games and became very preoccupied for quite some time. Totally I'm amazed how much I suck and geography anymore. Granted, geography has changed since I learned it in elementary school, but anyhoo. Go there and test/educate yourself, totally.

In other mildly educational online fun, I decided to play the:

Name 5 fictional characters you really like, whose names start with the letter you're given, and let us know why you like them.


This ought to be really fun. But of course [ profile] vovat has gone and assigned me the letter F.

F? Whose name starts with F? There's like five names TOTAL in the english language that start with F, let alone fictional characters I really like. This will require some stretching.

1. Frank Churchill (Emma, Jane Austen). I don't know if I love him so much as that I'm on his side. I think he gets a bum rap as a horrendous flirt and dastardly rake when really he did NOTHING wrong, not to be too spoilery (not that Emma isn't the sort of book that anyone who was GOING to read it hasn't read it already), it was all other people jumping to conclusions that made him LOOK like some kind of playboy or something, while really if you reread carefully you can see exactly where his mind is at all times (this is one of the reasons I LOVE AUSTEN), so he doesn't deserve the censure!
2. Fred Weasley (Harry Potter series, JK Rowling). Of course i could just as easily say George, except that his name doesn't start with F. But I have always loved the Weasley twins. Possibly because Jason would totally be the Weasley twins if he had a twin. And was British and red-headed. And teenaged. Anyway.
3. Fozzie Bear (a Muppet). Because he's incredibly sincere and he generally can bounce back from people hating his jokes pretty easily, at least after the first season of the Muppet Show. And he is usually quite funny when he DOESN'T intend to be as well.
4. Faramir (The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien). I'm totally in love with Faramir, just because he's so noble and unappreciated and he's all romantic with the Maybe I'm not some Perfect Lost King Elf Adoptee but I can still sweep awesome warrior women off their feet eventually deal.
5. Frog (Frog and Toad are Friends, Arnold Lobel). Because he's a good friend. Yeah. Okay, I give up.
rockinlibrarian: (Default)
I'm going to play the Mystery Person game! It goes like this:

There are 30 questions.
Answer each question with one name.
Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing the meme.

Edit: It's clear that these directions are not nearly understandable enough, so here's my reply to [ profile] danoke down below because that's the most thorough explanation:
The questions are being sent around as SECRET MESSAGES! You're only supposed to share the questions with people who reply and tell you that they want to do this game too. The trick is of course that possibly people will see their name on the list and be all like "I have to know what the question is that I'm the answer to!" and then of course they are then required to do the meme themselves. Very subversive, that. But then of course it backfires with people like you, for example, who managed not to show up as a single answer, and more than a few of the people I DID answer with don't have ME friended (most of the famous authors, for example) so they'll probably never know anyway!

I have to look at my Friends list for this now that I've added a bunch of People I Don't Actually Know. Most of the People I Don't Actually Know are authors, curiously. Okay, not very curiously.

01. [ profile] gloworm59
02. [ profile] magnolia___ for future reference, Mag, exactly HOW many underscores do you have after your name so I don't have to keep guessing and/or copying and pasting?
03. well... LITERALLY I'd say either [ profile] dduane or [ profile] mistful for the same reason.... Might be an obvious answer if you compare their profiles, but then again might not be.
04. [ profile] magnolia___ though possibly one or another of my Famous People Friends actually does.
05. [ profile] revel_starfury not that he's ever on here anymore
06. ME! No, this applies to a lot of people I Friend, but I must say I have to go with [ profile] vovat Curiously, he picked himself for this same question.
07. MY friends? possibly [ profile] mistful
08. maybe [ profile] colliemommie though I forgot about her until she posted this evening.
09. [ profile] magnolia___ but more like Been There Done That
10. This applies to many people, but I'm afraid [ profile] majellen has you all beat right now.
11. I don't think this applies to anybody on my list right now. Actually I can't even think of anyone it particularly USED to apply to.
12. I'm loath to discriminate. And don't even know with half of them. Uh, EVERYBODY, right?
13. Many to some extent, but the ones who are the most, maybe [ profile] blackholly or [ profile] lsparkreader -- not sure who more, depends on the setting maybe.
14. I'm not entirely sure what this question is even exactly asking...
15. And I can't say I have an answer for this one.
16. hmmm, I think maybe [ profile] ardentreader
17. [ profile] magnolia___ in my heart
18. [ profile] lisayee has a small yellow companion that definitely qualifies
19. [ profile] jent9202003 always strikes me this way
20. This applies to many too. I'll go with [ profile] ardentreader
21. Hmm. [ profile] punterschlagen maybe
22. [ profile] madmadammim very much at one time
23. No one comes close
24. I sometimes suspect [ profile] rockonliz127 of teetering toward the edge
25. [ profile] mistful it seems
26. Not even going there
27. [ profile] magnolia___
28. [ profile] punterschlagen, maybe [ profile] revel_starfury depending...
29. Nobody here
30. Sorry I couldn't fit everybody to a question, but then again, sorry I fit YOU to questions you don't like, if applicable, too!


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