December 19, 2014

This Just Pinned: Christmas Edition...

Since Christmas is in a few days I figured I'd share some of my favorite Christmas pins this week...
(via: Avanti Press)
(via: Studio DIY)
(via: Stylizimo)
(via: Dump A Day)

As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

December 18, 2014

Library Articles...

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Fired For His Wild Spending Habits
New York Man Returns Statue 'Borrowed' From Library 43 Years Later
Experts Demand Urgent Overhaul Of England’s Public Library Service
Library Of Congress Declares ‘The Dude’ & Ferris Bueller Part Of America’s National Heritage
Library Marketing…By Any Other Name | Not Dead Yet
Salt Lake City Public Library Proposes 24/7 Operations

Library Update & Possibly Going Back To School...

I know I haven't written much at all recently about the going ons of the library and it's honestly because, to be blunt, shit has been crazy here and not in the fun let me blog about it kind of way. Like, I'm kind of terrified to talk about work stuff on here because of everything going on. So, if you've been wondering why I've been silent on the library front it's because there is some hardcore multiperson, Union needing drama going on here.

On another note, I have been thinking about going back to school and starting some post-graduate work. I'm in the middle of discussing it with my Director (Because I want the library to pay for it) and the course instructor. So I will definitely keep you all up to date on that because I haven't been in school since December 2010 and I'm sure me going back to school will make for some interesting blog posts.

December 17, 2014

Four Things...

Karen from A Peek At Karen's World had posted these questions, which she had stolen from Lauren of Lot 48, and since you guys know I love answering random questions I stole it from her...

Four Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name
You all know I can't really answer this...

Four Places I Have Been
  1. Greece
  2. Mexico
  3. France
  4. England
Four Things I Don’t Eat
  1. Meat (Except crispy bacon, I have textural issues)
  2. Blueberries
  3. Jello
  4. Peaches
Four Favorite Foods:
  1. Pizza
  2. Brussels Sprouts
  3. Pasta
  4. Cheese
Four Things I’m Always Saying
  1. "Fuck!"
  2. "True story..."
  3. "Stop running!!"
  4.  "Do you need help?"
Four Places I've Lived:
I haven't actually lived in four places... But um...
  1. Long Island, NY (My parents' house)
  2. Long Island, NY (My apartment)
  3. Binghamton, NY (College)
Four Things I'm Looking Forward To Next Year: 
  1. Going to Spain with Erin, Day and possibly Justin and Phil
  2. Dirty 30 trip to the Bahamas with all of my friends
  3. Going to Alana and H's wedding (Yay first gay wedding!)
  4. Enter my thirties with a bang
Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Once: 
  1. The Goonies (1985)
  2. Clue (1985)
  3. Halloween (1978)
  4. The Godfather (1972)
Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now
  1. Europe
  2. On a private yacht
  3. Tanning on a beach
  4. Anywhere but here...
Four Books I Recommend
  1. "#GIRLBOSS" by Sophia Amoruso
  2. "Invisible Monsters" by Chuck Palahniuk
  3. "The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffery Eugenides
  4. "The World According to Garp" by John Irving
Four TV Shows I Watch
  1. The Walking Dead (2010-Present)
  2. American Horror Story (2011-Present)
  3. Game Of Thrones (2011-Present)
  4. Doctor Who (1963-Present)
Four Jobs I've Had:
  1. Librarian
  2. Library Clerk
  3. Library Page
  4. Gift Wrap Girl

Scorpion King 4: Quest For Power Giveaway...

The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on January 13 and in honor of that I'm giving three (3) copy of the DVD away to three lucky winners.
Join an exciting new chapter in the action-packed series from the Producers of The Mummy! After the king of Norvania is assassinated, the legendary Scorpion King Mathayus is framed for the crime and must fight off an entire kingdom of soldiers. Now Mathayus (Victor Webster) and his only remaining allies, a mysterious woman and her unconventional father, are the last hope to stop the evil heir to the throne on his quest for an ancient and almighty mystical power. Featuring Lou Ferrigno (“The Hulk”) and an all-star cast of fighters, including Roy “Big Country” Nelson (Winner of “The Ultimate Fighter”), Royce Gracie (UFC Hall of Fame) and Don Wilson (Three-time World Kickboxing Champion).
The combo pack includes deleted scenes, real fighters, fake punches – the cast shares stories about the physically daunting scenes that pack an enormous punch, literally, watch the funny gag reel and much more! Join an exciting new chapter in the action-packed adventures of the legendary warrior, The Scorpion King!       

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power is the epic next chapter in the billion-dollar The Mummy franchise taking the enormously successful series to new heights! Take home your copy on DVD/Blu-ray January 20.     

Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power is Rated PG-13 

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December 14, 2014

Sunday Steal...

1) Have You Ever Gotten Lost In A Maze? 
I can't say that I have...

2) Have You Ever Been Attacked By A Wild Animal?   
I was once bitten by a goose... Does that count?

3) Have You Ever Ridden A Camel? 
Not yet.

4) Have You Ever Pet A Rat?
Yes actually. In college Liz and I had two pet rats names Simba & Casper.

5) Have You Ever Been A Member Of A Gym?   
Yes but it obviously didn't do me much good.

6) Have You Ever Been In A Helicopter? 

7) Have You Ever Cheated At A Test?

8) Have You Ever Ridden A Tractor? 
I have not.

9) Have You Ever Passed Wind/Gas In n embarrassing situation? 

10) Have You Ever Played The Bongos?  
Yes I have.

11) Have You Ever Handled A Snake? 

12) Have You Ever Assembled Furniture By Yourself? 
I've tried...

13) Have You Ever Been Scuba Diving?   
No but I want to be certified to.

14) Have You Ever Had A Disastrous Interview? 

15) Have You Ever Sold Your Services?

16) Have You Ever Raised Money For Charity?

17) Have You Ever Won A Giant Sized Cuddly Toy From A Fair? 
Yes I have and God knows it ended up in the garbage not long after.

18) Have You Ever Milked A Cow? 
I have indeed.

19) Have You Ever Used The Phrase "Back In My Time" To Someone Younger Than You? 
Never. I'm only 29-years-old, so I've yet to say that to someone.

20) Have You Ever Invented A Fairly Unique Meal Or Drink?
I'm always messing around with ingredients to make various foods and drinks.

December 12, 2014

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Twenty-Four...

Here are the highlights of my last week pinning...
(via: KitchMe)
(via: Babble)
(via: Maileg)
(via: Pinterest)

As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

December 11, 2014

From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read)...

"Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures" by Lara Spencer
Focusing on nine different rooms (including her own recently purchased Manhattan apartment), Lara Spencer shows readers that all it takes is planning, shopping know-how, and a little imagination to create beautiful and comfortable homes that reflect their personal style. She takes readers through the step-by-step process of overcoming the challenges of the room, offering helpful tips and lessons along the way. She identi­fies the design dilemma; comes up with a decorat­ing plan; makes a mood board for inspiration; compiles a shopping list; scours flea markets for furniture and accessories that fit the bill; restores, repurposes, and reinvents the pieces she finds, giving them new life; and brings all the elements together in the gorgeous, finished space. With illuminating before, during, and after photographs of her DIY projects and the room installations, Lara demystifies the decorating process and allows readers to envision endless possibilities for what they can do in their own homes.

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"365 Style" by Nicky Hilton
From red carpets and runways to front row at Fashion Week, designer and muse Nicky Hilton has earned her reputation as a style icon. Exposed to the top tier of the fashion industry from childhood, in this style guide Hilton reveals tips and tricks of the trade she has learned along the way.

Never having employed a stylist, Hilton has created her own personal style. In this guide she helps you discover yours. Despite her opulent upbringing, Nicky maintains a less-is-more mindset and instructs you how to look like a million—without spending a million.

Her formula for creating your signature style is as easy as 3-6-5. Consider the 3 main aspects of your lifestyle, choose 6 staple items of clothing, and identify 5 essential accessories. This simple plan will allow you to make savvy wardrobe selections that keep you on-trend and out of hoarder status, for good.

Nicky shares her best-kept style secrets:

  • The $30 wardrobe item you can't live without 
  • The one closet accessory that keeps you organized at all times 
  • Five must-have wardrobe items 
  • DIY upgrades: from bygone to brilliant 
  • How to pack like a jet-setter 
Full of personal stories, style successes, fashion mishaps and more, 365 Style is the ultimate guide to fashion from the style expert turned best friend you never knew you had!

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I haven't actually had a chance to check out "Humans of New York" by Brandon Stanton but I'll get to it by the next round of these.

December 9, 2014

Foo Fighters At Irving Plaza...

Last Friday night Justin and I were extremely extremely lucky people and we attended the Foo Fighters' concert at Irving Plaza. And for those of you that don't know about this particular concert (Which unless you were at big Foo Fighters fan or live in or around New York City, you probably don't know anything about), it was announced three days before the actual show, at a venue that only holds 1,050 people and it stated in all of the information that tickets were only available at the box office the day of the show, two tickets per person and people couldn't start lining up until 3:00PM that day and the tickets would go on sale at 5:00pm, etc. Oh, and the show was only $20.00 a ticket.
Justin predicting chaos, decided the night before the show to stalk the Foo Fighters message board and wake up at 5:00AM the day of the show to see if a line started to form earlier than the official 3:00PM start time. And of course it did. So he woke me up a little after 6:00AM and we got dressed, hoped on the LIRR and headed into the city to go wait outside of Irving Plaza.

We got to Irving Plaza a little before 9:00AM and there was a line around the block -- Justin actually counted 120ish people in front of us at that time. So we started to wait on line, talking to the people around us about what Irving Plaza was going to do about the 3:00PM line time, etc. It was all really pretty chill with the exception of some dude who worked for Irving walking around telling everyone on line that we wouldn't get tickets, especially if he remembered our faces, blah blah blah.

Eventually about two hours in, people start running across the street, Apparently the people at Irving told people they couldn't wait on that side of the street but the line could be formed across the street, honestly it was weird and I still don't know exactly why they made us move because everyone was just standing in line talking to each other. So because of this like thirty people cut the line and got in front of us.

But we continued to wait because at that time we figured the venue held about a thousand people and thus they would probably sell tickets to 350-400 people because they could buy two and still have some left over for contests, guests, etc. -- Which actually funny story, our friend Justin (I call him "Other Justin") had texted my Justin about the show after hearing about it on Howard Stern and my Justin told the other about a contest Sirius XM had for their subscriber to win tickets and told him to enter, other Justin said it was his boss who had it and then talked him into entering. Guess what, he won tickets but at first he was going to bring his wife but thankfully he ended up bringing other Justin.

Okay back to us standing in a line for hours in the cold... We're waiting, talking, waiting, talking and then all of sudden people from Irving come around and claim that the police are concerned about the crowd (Apparently at this point the line is almost coming full circle around the block, plus there were protests a block away at Union Square about a lack of charges in the Eric Garner case), so they said they are going to give out wrist bands, but only to the first 175 people in line.

This is when things started to get chaotic. People on the line started getting pissed because everyone thought they'd be handing out several hundred. So they started pointing out people that cut in line, a few arguments broke out, etc.

At this point all we could do was wait and hope that we were within the 175. The line started moving up and we all just continued to grow nervous. The line kept moving and moving, we were almost to the front when we hear that all of the wrist bands were given out but they had 20 standby wrist bands and the next twenty people in line would be getting them. Justin and I were six people away from the front so we were lucky enough to each get a standby wrist band that would allow us each to buy one ticket if after 9:00PM there were still tickets available because people didn't show up -- So no actual guarantee to get in.

Once the twenty standby bands were given out the people who worked for Irving told everyone else to leave, but they didn't. Justin and I, along with our new friend Andi who also had gotten standby, booked it to the first warm place with seats which happened to be a Panera. We got warm drinks, a cupcake and hung around their for about three hours, checking Twitter and the message boards for information on what was going on at Irving because people were PISSED and rightfully so.

Eventually we left Panera and walked up past Irving Plaza again to see what was going on. There was a huge crowd of angry people outside of the theater, some waiting in lines and some not. It was kind of crazy. So we decided to kill sometime walking through a couple of stores before heading over to Brother Jimmy's BBQ because they tweeted about a happy hour special for people with Foo Fighters tickets and it was around the corner from where we needed to be.

We stayed at Brother Jimmy's BBQ for a few hours, drinking and continuing to check Twitter and the message boards, until Justin walked outside and talked with someone who worked at the theater inquiring what standby people should do. The employee told Justin that everyone with wrist bands who could by tickets were lined up across the street in number order and that we should get in line behind them. So he came back in, told Andi and I this and then we went to wait in the line, in the rain.

It took forever but they got through everyone on the line with actual wrist bands and then they got to us standby people. They rounded up all of us that actually waited/came back and walked us across the street and made us wait in number order behind a gate because they still didn't know if we'd be able to get in. They let all of the VIPs, guests and contest winners in before coming up to us and letting us know that we still might not get in.

At 9:40PM, forty minutes after the showing of the New York episode of Sonic Highways had started inside and twenty minutes before the Foo Fighters we scheduled to hit the stage the twelve standby people left were told we were all going to get in. We all cheered, got our tickets and ran in to get spots. Justin and I went to find other Justin who had been inside this whole time praying for us in Hebrew and Catholic (I guess...) and we got to watch the most amazing intimate Foo Fighters concert ever.

The Pretender
Learn To Fly
White Limo
My Hero
Hey, Johnny Park!
Monkey Wrench
Cold Day In The Sun
I'll Stick Around
In The Clear
Big Me
Something From Nothing
Times Like These These
Days Miss You (The Rolling Stones Cover) 
Breakdown (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Cover) 
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie Cover) 
All My Life
This Is A Call
I Am A River
Best Of You

So yeah, Justin and I spent 21 hours from start to finish on our Foo Fighters adventure and it was so worth it. I still cannot believe how lucky we were and I still feel for all of those people that waited and didn't get tickets. It was incredibly douchy announcing an event at such a small venue and giving more than half of the tickets away to VIPs and guests, and then not handling the lines properly on top of that was horrible. I'm glad to hear that the Foo Fighters' people had gotten the names and e-mail addresses of X amount of people to give them first crack at whatever other small event they do next in New York City. Hopefully the Foo Fighters and Irving Plaza learned a lesson from the chaos this show caused and will never decided to have weird line up times (Especially when the venue is across the street from a school that lets out at the same time you want people to line up for concert tickets) and then go back on them again.

I will say, Justin and I would have never hung around if we were told there were no tickets left to a show. I mean yeah, I would have been pissed I stood around for hours and didn't get a ticket but that's the gamble you take with that kind of event. So I don't understand why hundreds of people hung around for hours after the wrist bands were given out (Some people we spoke to believe that the theater was lying and that there were more hidden tickets) and I really don't understand why people flew/drove in from other states thinking they would get tickets to such a small show when the Foo Fighters sell out big arenas in a matter of minutes. But hey, to each his own and hopefully next time they play a bigger venue that more people can get into so there won't be so many angry people left out.