March 31, 2011

Clay Pots & Paint...

I spent this fine Thursday stuck working with "Julia" and "Sarah" -- It sucked, I'm going to give my Department Head a piece of my mind on the matter in the AM tomorrow because she sent me a text last night saying that she saved me from working alone with "Sarah" on a Saturday, but she leaves me with her and the other one all day today (Can't you tell I'm annoyed?). So instead of dealing with them I sat at my desk in the office and started making a bunch of clay pot craft demos. I was inspire to make the Lorax, a spaceship and a frog -- As you can tell by the picture I only finished the Lorax, which I was making as a possible Earth Day craft. Working on the clay pots kept me busy for hours and magically made them stay away from me -- Though I can imagine what "Sarah" is going to say to our Department Head tomorrow about what I was doing because she is an evil bitch. I'll keep you updated on what they all turn into, which will probably end up being tomorrows post if I'm lucky enough to get to chill at my desk all day again.

Library Articles...

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Pittsburg Woman Arrested After Talking On Phone In College Library
Nixon Library Offers New Take On Watergate Scandal

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 28...

March 30, 2011

Bye Bye Hair...

Because I worked an extra hour last night I got to leave work at 3:00pm today. So instead of going home I jetted over to one of the local salons and had the stylist chop off all of my hair. I cut off over 12 inches of my hair. I ended up cutting off all of that hair because my hair wasn't feeling so hot after all of the bleaching and dying I've done over the past several months -- Unfortunately because my hair wasn't doing so hot I couldn't donate the hair, which is what I normally do when I cut off large amounts of hair. I do not currently have a picture of my hair because I have black dye in it and I need to wash it, style it, etc... As soon as I have a picture I will post it.

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 27...

Access & Request Denied...

I somehow managed to avoid an angry patron today -- Yay for me, even though I would have liked to watch. Apparently "Amy" and "Marie" both had separate encounters with a lady complaining about various aspects of our library in regards to her special needs grandchild.

"Amy" got reamed out by the woman for denying her and her grandchild entry to a program because it was filled to capacity by families that had registered. The woman was apparently acting as if her grandchild was being denied because of being special needs, which is obviously untrue.

After dealing with the woman "Amy" was extremely paranoid about her going to the Director and getting her in trouble. I had to keep assuring her that she did nothing wrong and that the woman was just being a bitch.

Once the woman was done with "Amy" she went into the Youth Services Department and began to complain to "Marie" about one of the foam climbing toys that we have in out picture book room. She claimed that it was being uses inappropriately and wanted it removed because she didn't want her grandchild playing on in. "Marie" denied her request and told her that if she had a problem with the toy she would have to speak to the Department Head about it, which the woman didn't do because she stormed out after no one bent to her will.

I'm so glad I didn't have to deal with this woman.

March 29, 2011

Departmental Fail...

For some reason my Department Head thought it was okay to schedule me to do a craft during what should have been my dinner break, because of this I didn't end up taking dinner. On top of her messing that up she forgot that she schedule a meeting of the Youth Advisory Board and left me hanging. She is gonna be in so much trouble tomorrow...

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 26...

March 28, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 25...

March 27, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 24...

Spring Craft Beer Festival...

After work yesterday Justin, myself and "Favorite Page #2" went to the 2011 Spring Craft Beer Festival. We met up with a handful of other people and they proceeded to get bombed -- I was the designated driver so I didn't drink. As a result of this particular festival I have learned that "Favorite Page #2" is a loud obnoxious drunk -- If you're reading this, I'm sorry but it's true. So not only did I have to babysit my boyfriend, I had to babysit "Favorite Page #2" because I ended up having to drive him home -- I drove all over Long Island last night, which was kind of a pain. Lesson learned.

March 25, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 22...


I had the pleasure of spending this fine Friday dying various shapes of pasta with vinegar and food coloring. This is literately what I did all day until it was time for me to set up for Drawing Club and do the program with the kids.

As you can probably guess, I was in my glory -- I got to play with food coloring and make the office reek of vinegar, which kept that bitch "Sarah" out of the office.

So you're probably asking yourselves why I actually did all of this... Well I decided the other day that I wanted to do a pasta themed storytime with the kids and dying the pasta, then creating pasta necklaces was the craft that "Favorite Volunteer #2" found for me. When I string it up and make the craft demo I'll post a picture.

Pasta Storytime Books
  • "Noodles" by Sarah Weeks & David A. Carter
  • "On Top of Spaghetti" by Paul Brett Johnson
  • "Everybody Brings Noodles" by Norah Dooley
  • "The Spaghetti Party" by Doris Orgel
  • "Noodle Man" by April Pulley Sayre
  • "More Spaghetti, I Say!" by Rita Golden Gelman
  • "Pino and the Signora's Pasta" by Janet Pedersen
  • "Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!" by Marilyn Burns

March 24, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 21...

My boyfriend's mother is awesome sometimes.

Bonding Time...

I am the best future sister-in-law ever. I saved Justin's 9-year-old and 6-year-old sisters from having to join their parents and sit outside of their classrooms during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Before I left work they were in the library and I asked them what they were doing after the little one got out of her Daisies meeting. Justin's mom told me about the meetings, so I looked at the 9-year-old and asked her if she'd rather hang out with me instead. She jumped at the chance not to sit around and do nothing for hours. So when the 6-year-old was done I gathered them both and we went out for dinner.

After dinner we accidentally broke into Erin's house so they could meet her dog -- She eventually showed up. After playing with the dog for a bit and getting pooped on by the hedgehog, the four of us went out for ice cream and went back to the girl's house to play games until their parents got home. Everyone had a good time, so it was a successful evening and the girls both had good reports from their teacher. Excellent evening.

Library Articles...

Confessions Of A Former CIA Librarian
World's First eBook Library Opens At Taiwan Airport
A Digital Library Better Than Google’s
Oxfordshire County Council Library Plans 'Torn Up'

March 23, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 20...

March 22, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 19...

Tattling Librarian...

"Julia" has once again proven that she is a piece of work. At 6:00pm today she went downstairs, punched out, then proceeded to come back up to the Youth Services Department and sit down at the reference desk computer, where she started to work on an Excel spreadsheet for a continuing education course that she is taking -- Which has nothing to do with the library. "Emily" and I were in the office doing various things so we weren't paying attention to her, until she called into the room saying that she needed someone to help the patrons because she was off the clock. This pissed me off. So, I helped the patrons and said to her when I was done doing so that she might wanna go to one of the computers that the kids use because people are gonna think that she is working. She said she didn't feel like getting up and she continued to work on her spreadsheet. So what did I do? I texted and called the Department Head to tell her what "Julia" was doing. She was pissed at her, so she called in and made her leave. Now "Julia" is trying to figure out who tattled on her and I'm in my glory.

March 21, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 18...

Library Vocabulary...

March 20, 2011

Birthdays, BBQ, Vomit & Drinks...

Yesterday I went into the city for one of my college friend's birthdays. Like seventeen of us met up and had dinner at Dallas BBQ, then we went out for drinks.

While we were out at Dallas BBQ one of my friend's friends actually drank three Texas sized drinks within a short period of time thus causing him to vomit all over the table we were eating at -- Fun huh? We sent his ass back to Staten Island in a taxi (I have no idea how much that must have cost him).

After all of that fun we headed to Off The Wagon (We're always at Off The Wagon or Down The Hatch) but when we got there we saw that there was no place for us to sit and we figured that we'd never get a beer pong table, so two of our friends walked around the corner to 1849 to see if there were places for us to sit and chill there. There was so we all headed over there. We were there for a few hours drinking and talking. I was actually told several secrets while I was there, which is always fun. Eventually I had to peace out or else I would have been stuck in Penn Station for hours which is never fun.

Overall it was a lovely evening with my good friends and I can't wait until we do it all again.

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 17...

I had to take a picture of the Chelsea Hotel when I passed it yesterday with my college friends because this baby is haunted and if you've gotten to know anything about me through my blog it is that I love me some ghosts/haunted places. If we weren't in such a rush to get to our other friend's birthday dinner I totally would have gone inside. Maybe next time.

Cookie Monster In The Library...

Library Article...

Government Puts Legal Protection For Libraries Up For Review

March 18, 2011

Problem Solving, Newsletters & Shopping...

I spent my work day solving problems for other people and proof reading the newsletter. I was actually very nice and didn't have to solve the problems that I did because they were basically all crap "Julia" should have had to figure out.

Every year "Julia" does this poetry magazine (which she calls a zine and it's really annoying) and every year she needs to find a teen volunteer to put the thing together because she is extremely stupid when it comes to computers. This particular year she is running super late so our Department Head has been on her ass. Because of this "Julia" started bothering "Mini Page" to see if she wanted to do it and not get paid for it, she wanted this poor girl to volunteer -- "Mini Page" is way too nice and doesn't know how to say no even if she really doesn't want to do something. After she grilled "Mini Page" I suggested to her that she have "Favorite Page #1" do it when she comes back from college and that she get paid to do it seeing as she works in the damn library. She stuttered and did her normal thing, then our Department Head said it was a great idea since "Favorite Page #1" has done it before. I texted "Favorite Page #1" and she said she'd be happy to do it, thus lots of problems solved.

Problems Solved
  1. "Julia" has someone to put her magazine together
  2. "Mini Page" isn't being forced to do something she doesn't want to do
  3. My Department Head no longer has to worry about "Julia" messing it up
I am yet again the hero in the Youth Services Department.

On the newsletter front I had to figure out whether it was my Department Head who messed it up or the lady who puts it together (She's a Clerk). This entailed that I check all of the dates with our master calendar and with the master sheet our Department Head sent to the clerk in charge of it. Verdict on the matter, they both screwed it up and I have demanded that they be sent back to elementary school to learn how to read a calendar and their days of the week.

After work I hung out with Erin and Maria. We went out to dinner and did a little shopping. Not a terribly exciting evening but we always have fun together.

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 15...

March 17, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 14...

Edward Forty Hands...

While I was walking to the elevator with one of the clerks we noticed a guy stumbling around with a 40oz of Bud Light®. We both looked at him then he began to yell at me about something random and walked down the stairs. I ran around the building looking for the Director to tell him, but by the time I found him the guy was gone. Everyone in the building is now on the look out for wandering drunks.

Library Articles...

Library Card Catalog Cabinets Used for eReader Storage
Ex-Revere Head Librarian Faces Fraud Charges

Career Day...

Today Lenni and I were forced to attend Career Day at the local high school. While attending we both lost our faith in mankind. We only had a handful of students walk up to us (We lacked swag, so no one wanted anything to do with us) and all but two of them asked us or said something ridiculously stupid to us. We were amazed how little they knew about libraries. It's like they were never taught what a library was or how it worked.

Stupid Things Students Said:
"I thought librarians were random people that couldn't get real jobs..."

Student: "What do you do?"
Me: "We're librarians..."
Student: "What do you do..."

"How much does it cost to get a library card?"

"I've never been to the liberry. I don't like to read."

Student: "What are you?"
Me: "The library..."
Student: "Oh, nevermind"
Number of Times "Liberry" Was Said: 8
Number of Times Asked About Summer Jobs: 6

The worst part of all of this is that we have to do it all over again in a few weeks but at the middle school.

Happy St. Patrick's Day...

March 16, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 13...

Visit From Mama Page...

I realize that I forgot to mention that "Mama Page" came to visit yesterday -- She has been in two other times since her accident, but I wasn't around either time. She came in to give our payroll lady and the Director a note from her doctor stating that she can come back to work. I was so excited to see her and even more so excited that she is coming back to work soon. I'm definitely going to make sure we throw her a party on her first day back, which is April 4th.

Library Articles...

Wisconsin Librarians' March Merges with Tractorcade
Kids, Teens Suffer from HarperCollins's Limit on Ebook Downloads

March 15, 2011

Kindergarteners Listen Better...

One of most annoying things about "Amy" was shining bright today, the fact that she does not listen. My Department Head is always getting into arguments with "Amy" because she never learned how to listen and she is constantly twisting everything that she says.

Basically, "Julia" got stuck doing a storytime that "Amy" typically does and instead of getting three & a half year-olds to five-year-olds she was bombarded by nannies with children of all ages because "Amy" lets anyone and everyone come to her programs. So, "Julia" complained to our Department Head about it -- Apparently our Department Head had NO idea that "Amy" was doing what she was doing. So, when "Amy" go back from lunch she got in trouble for not following the ages set for programs. "Amy" (Who never listens or lets go of an issue) spent forever trying to figure out what she "should do" and what the "real rules" were despite everything myself, the Department Head and "Julia" said to her. She claimed that everyone was inconsistant in what they do, when in reality she is the inconsistant one. I really wanted to smack her today.

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 12...

Library Articles...

Japan Earthquake: Damage To Japanese Libraries
As Library E-Books Live Long, Publisher Sets Expiration Date
Library and Information Studies Rankings Methodology
Library Digitizing More Than 40,000 Menus
Can Libraries Survive In A Digital World?

March 14, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 11...


I don't know about you guys but over the years working in a public building I've had my fair share of stalkers. Today one of my creepiest stalkers was on the loose -- I normally see him when I'm punching in and/or out in our magazine room (There are big windows between the circulation desk and the magazine room, our time clock is behind the desk next to one of the windows) but I typically turn away before he can notice me and run to where ever I have to be. Unfortunately I decided to take the elevator today and I ran straight into him -- He is this big creepy looking old fat black guy who calls me by the wrong name, I shall call him "Stalker #4". He asked me why hadn't he seen me around, when I work and blessed me. I told him I had to go and ran to my desk. I thought I was done with him for the day until he showed up with his friend's little daughter because "She called and wanted to go to the library" when she found out he was there. He started to talk to me, but thankfully there were a bunch of patrons asking questions so I could ignore him. Eventually when he wasn't paying attention I ran out and went home. I hope I don't have to deal with him tomorrow.

Past Stalkers
  • "Stalker #1" would constantly come up to me when I worked at the circulation desk asking me to help him, offering me fruit salad he made just for me, etc. He actually came up to the Youth Services Department looking for me at some point last year, he asked one of the women when I was working and she told him she couldn't tell him & told him that he needed to leave the room. My coworker told the Assistant Director and she talked to him.
  • "Stalker #2" came in everyday for a week and a half asking me to go on a date with him. He would stand in front of where ever I was at circulation and give me tons of "reasons" I should date him. This dude didn't not take no for an answer and didn't care that I said I had a boyfriend. Someone stepped in and told him to leave me the hell alone. He didn't show up again after that.
  • "Stalker #3" was this guy (a teacher) who also was trying to get me to date him. He showed up at the library for several days until Phil saved me from him and the dude didn't come back. This guy I found out dated someone I knew for a hot second and he apparently had anger issues.
As you can tell, I'm a creeper magnet.

March 13, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 10...

Planes, Dogs & Witches...

This fine weekend consisted of taking Erin & Phil's dogs for walks around ponds, stores geared towards witch crafts, visiting the library on my day off, picking up Justin from the airport at almost midnight, food shopping and streaming movies on Netflix®. Nothing else really needs to be said about my mediocre weekend.

March 12, 2011

March 11, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 8...

Adieu, Adieu, To Yieu & Yieu & Yieu...

Today was full of goodbyes at the library. "Favorite Page #1" came in to see myself and my Department Head before she headed back to college for the rest of her semester and today was the last day I got to work with our current Assistant Director before she leaves for her new job. So my day consisted of hugs and long faces. I'm going to miss them both.

March 10, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 7...

Library Articles...

Los Angeles Public Library Wins Big With Voters, Measure L Passes
Library Exhibit Highlights Work Of Women’s Historians

Library Bitch...

I got roped into doing a lot of random things today. First I was suckered into coming into the library at 11:00am (I was scheduled to work 1:00pm-9:00pm) to pay the caterer for our Assistant Director's going away party, as well as set up the food in our staff room. I also had to make sure everyone that paid got food and that people didn't just wander upstairs to nosh on food they didn't pay for. I also had to clean up and listen to one of the full time Clerks bitch that "Julia" ate six sandwiches -- "Julia" is constantly on a diet plan (She is currently on Weight Watchers®) yet she is always over eating, so I wasn't surprised she did what she did.

I had to sort through, label, deliver and collect the money for the Girl Scout Cookies® my coworkers bought from Justin's sisters. There were five boxes of cookies that I had to move from my car into the library. It was annoying.

In addition to all of that I was somehow stuck teaching a den of Cub Scouts about our local history -- I was only told about this today, so even though I've lived in the area my whole life I had to do a lot of reading up on our history. It was a pain, I had twelve little boys who honestly didn't care about anything I had to say running around and pushing each other around for forty-five minutes. What was worst was that neither their parents nor their leader did anything to help me.

It was a very long day.

The Library Is Open...

My friends have been telling me that I should watch RuPaul's Drag Race on LOGO and last night I actually caught a few episodes. On one of the episodes that I caught the "library was open" for a reading mini-challenge -- I know this has nothing really to do with libraries but I enjoyed it.

Library Article...

Library of Congress Buys Audio Archive

March 9, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 6...

Tattoo Drama...

Apparently my Director did care about my tattoo, he just didn't say anything to me. He said to "Leslie" that he couldn't believe I got a tattoo without asking -- I typically ask him if I can do things (i.e. - Dying my hair, getting my nose pierced when I was a Page, etc), but because he and some of the others made such a big deal out of the staff's tattoos I said screw it. I did apologize for not being "courteous" and mentioning it to him. Jokingly he said the punishment was death for getting the tattoo -- He jokes around a lot and can be hard to read at times, so I really can't tell what is going on in that brain of his.

But honestly I don't feel anyone on the staff has any right to say anything to me because there is nothing in our contract about tattoos and there is no policy on the matter, he just verbalized to people that he wanted a committee to gather whenever someone wanted a tattoo to deem if it was appropriate or not. I don't think it is right to tell people what they can or cannot do with their bodies. And I mean, I understand he is trying to prevent the staff from getting "offensive" tattoos but really? I don't even know how one would even begin to enforce this garbage.

FYI: There are three librarians on staff that have two tattoos or more, there are several Clerks with tattoos and even our payroll lady has a tattoo. His tattoo thing started when "Leslie" and Lenni got Dewey numbers tattoos on their arms -- The pretty little fancy fonted numbers reminded him of concentration camp tattoos.

That all being said I have reached out to the librarians of Twitter and asked everyone that follows me if they could send me a picture or two of their tattoos and lemme know what state they are in so I can compile pictures and data to show him that he is being kind of ridiculous. Here are some of their pictures. Thank you all!!

Twitter Librarians with Tattoos
Not in any order, but you should follow them!

March 8, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 5...

Programs! Dead Bodies! Stalkers! Oh My...

Today was weird. We had a crazy program registration, a person coming in about their stalker and there were talks of handless dead bodies. The first of these things to happen was the stalker portion, I had a woman come up to me talking about a stalker and them leaving books by their house, I called the Director and had him deal with it.

Later on at the beginning of the program registration I had a mother come in who told us she left work early so that she could sign her children up for library programs. Apparently she wasn't supposed to be the one to do this, her husband was but he ended up having a flat tire and he father was supposed to take their children but he got a phone call yesterday that there was an odd smell coming from one of the apartments he owned. And he found his tenant dead, according to the coroner the body was there for at least two months and apparently the guys hands fell off when they moved the body -- True story.

In addition to those things "Emily" and I had to deal with the craziest program registration in a long time -- Our Department Head called in sick yet again and we got stuck doing it. We had tons of people and a lot of programs to sign them up for. It was exhausting.

Also Lenni and "Leslie" blew up my spot and forced me to show & tell our Director about my tattoo. He looked at it, laughed and walked away. After all of the bull people in the building were talking about having a tattoo comminty and getting them approved, the Director didn't care. It was an odd addition to my weird day.

March 7, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 4...

Library Articles...

Librarians Launch Boycott In Battle Over E-Books
Sanctuary Amid The Stacks
10 Library Books Most Frequently Read More Than Once
HarperCollins Puts New Limits On Library E-Books
Library Consortia Begin To Vote Against HarperCollins Ebook Checkout Policy
Library Campaigners Mount Legal Challenges To Closures
HarperCollins' 'Ridiculous' Limit On Library E-Books
Mystery 'Poetree' Is A Symbol Of Library Love

Food & Books...

"Favorite Page #1" came into the library today to have lunch with me. We went out for pizza, talked and then headed back. She actually stuck around the library doing various things (mostly crafts) until it was time for me to leave at 5:00pm. After work we headed to the bookstore to buy various things and then we went out to dinner. It was yet another lovely evening with my favorite Page.

Smart People Use Smart Libraries...

I just saw this ad for Library Ireland Week on the Huffington Post & thought it was great.

March 6, 2011

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, Coffee...

"Favorite Page #1" came back from college for the week so she, myself and "Favorite Page #3" spent the evening coffee shop hopping. We went to two different coffee shops and had various teas & coffees. At the first shop we had sweet stuff (pie, s'mores, brownies, etc.) and at the second one we had savory stuff (nachos, hummus, etc.) -- It was a fun evening. We had a great time talking eating and drinking. I love my Pages.

Teen Tech Week 2011...

About Teen Tech Week From The American Library Association:

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.

Teens’ use of nonprint resources has increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. According to a recent study by Harris Interactive, in 2005, 86% of youth aged 8-18 have a computer in their home, and 74% have Internet access in their home. On average, 8-18 year olds spend 6 hours and 21 minutes per day using media (including TV, video/DVDs/movies, video games, audio media, computers and print media). Furthermore, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 71% of teens report that the Internet is their primary source for completing school projects. Yet multiple studies have shown that the majority of teens lack the critical thinking skills and technical expertise to use the Internet and other electronic resources effectively. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently.

Teens, in order to gain the skills necessary to compete in today's job market, need access to digital and online information and trained professionals who can help them use these resources effectively, efficiently and ethically. Librarians and educators know this and work with teens on a regular basis to ensure they develop these skills. Teen Tech Week is a chance for libraries to throw open their physical & virtual doors and show their communities all the great things they're doing for teens with technology.

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 3...

Bar Hopping In NYC...

The birthday celebrations continued into Saturday, one of my college friends is a day older than me so we went out for his birthday. We went bar hopping around Manhattan. We started out at Fat Cat, which was like hispter hell -- I would NEVER go back there because it was lame. Eventually we moved on to Karaoke BoHo which was packed so we ran out to Down The Hatch, which was also packed. We ended up at Vol de Nuit and stayed there until I had to catch the train home.

March 5, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 2...

I took this picture while my friend and my sister were dancing to "Like A Prayer" by Madonna at my birthday party and I loved how it came out!!

Library Articles...

Daley’s Legacy of Libraries, Culture and Literacy
In My Library: R.A. Dickey
One Way to Encourage Checking-Out at the Library
Library Of Congress Tour Hits Mississippi
Third Of Americans Use Library Computers

It's My Party...

Last night was my birthday party. I had twenty-something people out for Mexican food and then for some drinks & dancing at one of the local bars by me. I had a great time with all of my friends and it was an awesome birthday.

March 4, 2011

365 Days Of Pictures: Day 1...

The first of my 365 Days of Pictures for my No Regrets list. Happy birthday to me!

No Regrets 2011-2012 List...

Twenty-Six Things To Do By March 3rd 2012:
  1. Have A Scavenger Hunt In NYC
  2. Get Thrown Out of a Nightclub (#6) *
  3. Learn How To Properly Make French Macarons
  4. Drink Only Water for a Month *
  5. Do Something that Scares You (#69) *
  6. Go Ghost Hunting In Gettysburg, PA
  7. Buy a Princess Dress (#35) *
  8. Love Your Body (#25) *
  9. Become Certified To Scuba Dive
  10. Learn a Foreign Language (#80) *
  11. Go to a Shooting Range *
  12. Visit The Library Of Congress
  13. Finish Unfinished Business (#14) *
  14. Take & Post A Picture Everday For The Year
  15. Go Inside the Statue of Liberty *
  16. Learn to Walk in Three Inch Stilettos (#30) *
  17. Go Wine Tasting *
  18. See A Movie At A Drive-In Theater
  19. Swim With Sharks (#47) *
  20. Learn to Drive Stick Shift *
  21. Visit The Cemeteries In New Orleans
  22. Indulge in a Great Work of Literature (#88) *
  23. Go Ghost Hunting in England (#59) *
  24. Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride
  25. Learn to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (#99) *
  26. Write A Children’s Book
* These items were things I did not get done on my original list (2010-2011)

Happy 26th Birthday To Me...

March 3, 2011

Twenty-Five Things By March 3rd, 2011...

Today is the day and I have accomplished another three items on my list. I got a tattoo*, I've taken up a hobby (I started messing around with painting with watercolors) and I've been reading about Taoism/Daoism. So thats numbers four, seven and twenty-two.

I didn't get everything on my list done, but I also started the list June 1st, 2010 so I didn't even have a whole year to work on the list. Nine things in in nine months is pretty good I think. Whatever I didn't finish will be on my next list.
Twenty-Five Things To Do By March 3rd 2011:
  1. Get Thrown Out of a Nightclub (#6)
  2. People Watch in Paris (#52)
  3. Drink Only Water for a Month
  4. Take Up a Hobby – Just for You, Just for Fun (#86)
  5. Do Something that Scares You (#69)
  6. Take a Dance Class
  7. Explore Religious Teachings for a Tradition You Weren’t Raised In (#16)
  8. Buy a Princess Dress (#35)
  9. Love Your Body (#25)
  10. Mail a Postcard to Post Secret
  11. Learn a Foreign Language (#80)
  12. Go to a Shooting Range
  13. Finish Unfinished Business (#14)
  14. Go Inside the Statue of Liberty
  15. Eat Too Much in Italy (#60)
  16. Learn to Walk in Three Inch Stilettos (#30)
  17. Go Wine Tasting Erin ruined this one by having a hangover on her birthday
  18. Say Yes to a Night Out with Locals (#53)
  19. Swim With Sharks (#47)
  20. Learn to Drive Stick Shift
  21. Indulge in a Great Work of Literature (#88)
  22. Get a Tattoo
  23. Go Ghost Hunting in England (#59) Obviously not getting this one done
  24. Create a Cookbook of My Recipes
  25. Learn to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (#99)
* I'll make a post all about my tattoo when it heals and looks even more awesome than it does right now.

Pages, Piercings & Tattoos...

The other day "Favorite Page #1" texts me that she did something, I ask her what she did and she texts me back that she got her nose pierced and a tattoo -- If you knew "Favorite Page #1" well you'd know this was shocking news. I couldn't believe that she did it and I told her that when the rest of the staff at the library found out that they would blame me. She told me I was silly, but what did the staff do when they found out? Blamed me. Everyone blames me for everything.

March 2, 2011

Birthday Party For The Good Doctor...

Seeing as today is Dr. Seuss' 107th birthday, we had a party with the kids. I spent hours setting up the program room -- I covered the tables with yellow paper, hung up balloons and cut outs of Dr. Seuss characters, set up a book display, set the tables, made goody bags, turned a red velvet cake into Thing One, etc. It all took forever, but it was worth it because the room looked awesome. I had twenty-three kids (and some that I had to deny) show up. We ate pizza that the local Domino's donated to us, played a Seuss trivia game, sang "Happy Birthday" and ate cake, then we did a craft -- We made doll head pins look like Thing One and Thing Two. It was a lot of stuff crammed into one hour, it was hectic at times, someone got red paint all over our white walls and I got some attitude, but it was still an awesome party. Thankfully I have time to recover from this party before I throw another.

Seal Break...

Yesterday while I was out of the building my favorite nanny (the one from Babysitter Brawl) called to let me know that a seal was on one of the local beaches. I didn't go look yesterday because I figured it would be gone by the time I'd get to the beach and I didn't have my camera with me. So today she comes in and she asks me if I went to see it, I said no and she told me that it was actually still on the beach. So on my lunch break I went down to the beach to see it. The poor little seal that we just laying on the beach with a bloody nose, it was so sad. Myself and the others that were there called various agencies to try and help the seal. While we were there it eventually moved and went back into the water -- We don't know if it was because there were too many people around or if it just wanted to go back in.

Dr. Seuss Articles...

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Lessons for Adults from the Father of Children's Stories
Read Across America 2011: Michelle Obama To Read Classic Dr. Seuss Book
Dr. Seuss Analyzed for Political, Social Effects
Dr. Seuss' Birthday: Twitter Users' Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes
Dr. Seuss Celebrating 107th Birthday: Start Cooking Your Green Eggs & Ham
Dr. Seuss' 107th Birthday: 8 Favorite Dr. Seuss Characters To Celebrate The Most Seussical Day Of The Year

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss...

Library Articles...

Teen May Return To Libraries After 6-Month Ban
American Library Association President Urges Keeping Libraries Open
Libraries Move Toward Self-Service

March 1, 2011

Neck Rolling Mothers...

After having the most peaceful first half of the day, "Emily" and I began the evening by getting screamed at by one of the kid's mothers. She came in rolling her neck, yelling at us for kicking her daughter out with all of the kids that were being bad -- Her daughter and a bunch of others were running around being loud, etc. She kept saying that her daughter didn't do anything, that she was nothing but respectful, that it wasn't fair that we lumped her daughter in with other kids, etc. -- She spent fifteen minutes yapping her mouth about how her child is an angel and how she is her mother, not us. We argued with her a little, telling her if her daughter wasn't being bad then she needs to learn to walk away from her friends if they are, blah blah blah... This wasn't a good enough answer for this delusional woman. She eventually left, but apparently as she was leaving she ran into our security guard who put her in her place and changed her mind about her daughter's behavior. I heard that once he talked to her that she started screaming at her daughter -- Which she deserved because she is bad.

After this woman left one of the tutors that was there walked up to me and whispered "That bitch is crazy. She got me in trouble with my assistant principle because she said I was disrespectful..." She went on for several minutes telling me about all of the problems this woman has caused her -- I mentioned it in my note in the incident book.

This wasn't the first time I've dealt with this crazy woman. She actually yelled at me several months ago for "screaming" at her daughter -- I almost cursed her out because of it. I really hate this woman.

Libraries During Hard Times...