January 30, 2011

Friday, Saturday & Sunday...

Friday: Worked 9:00pm - 5:00pm and then I headed over to Justin's so that we could meet up with a bunch of people for dinner at this new Italian restaurant. It was a good time. We were there for a few hours, eating and drinking, talk, etc. It was a nice night.

Saturday: I spent my day working and only had a few random things happen. I had some of the weekday bad teens come in, adults sitting on each others laps in the picture book room and annoying children on the computers. After work I had dinner with Justin at one of our favorite restaurants, then we went bowling and had dessert with two of our friends.

Sunday: Justin and I went to my house for dinner with my family and my sister's new boyfriend. My sister made dinner and I made dessert -- I aimed to make a chocolate raspberry cake and I messed it up because Justin was there judging me, I did save what I could & made cupcakes. We had a nice afternoon/evening with no fighting or anything.

January 27, 2011

Phone Chain...

Last night "Amy" called me to tell me that the library was having a delayed opening, so I proceeded to call "Emily" who is my person to call on the chain and she didn't answer. So I was forced to call "Sarah" about the delay. She answers the phone, I say what I gotta say and in her bitch tone she replies "Well, opening at 10:00am doesn't affect me..." I told her I was just playing the phone chain game and that she just needed to call the next person. She made another rude comment and I hung up on her. After I called my Department Head so quickly to tell her there was no way in hell I'd be calling "Sarah" ever again about anything. She just laughed at me.

Thankfully this morning when the next phone chain call was going on "Emily" answered so I didn't have to call "Sarah". I did tell "Emily" about what "Sarah" had said to me when I called her last night so that she was warned about her rude answers.

January 24, 2011

Salsa Lessons...

I got another thing on my list done tonight. Erin, my sister and I went to this hotel that was offering salsa lessons and tapas -- So number six is crossed out. It was actually a lot of fun and I can't wait to do it again. The people were nice and the food was delicious, this might become my new hobby.
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)
So, I have six out of twenty-five done and I've scheduled an appointment with my friend's husband to get my tattoo on March 3rd -- I'll be able to cross out number twenty-two then.

House Arrest...

I feel like I'm on house arrest. I lent my sister my car because hers is currently in the shop and my family left me at home with the manual car. We all know I can't drive stick, it's the reason it is on my no regrets list as a thing to learn how to do. So, unless I ask my father to drive me somewhere (which ain't happening because we got into a fight earlier) I'm stuck here until either my mother or sister get back.

January 23, 2011

AP Literature Approved...

"Favorite Page #1" had posted this list of books deemed test worthy by an AP literature thingy on her blog, so I decided to see how many this English degree holder/librarian has read.

American Books
1. The Zoo Story (Albee)
2. Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf (Albee)
3. Bless Me, Ultima (Anaya)
4. The Dollmaker (Arnow)
5. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Baldwin)
6. Monkey Bridge (Cao)
7. My Antonia (Cather)
8. The Awakening (Chopin)
9. Ragtime (Doctorow)
10. An American Tragdey (Dreiser)
11. Sister Carrie (Dresier)
12. Invisible Man (Ellison)
13. Love Medicine (Erdrich)
14. Absalom, Absalom (Faulkner)
15. Light in August (Faulkner)
16. Sound and the Fury (Faulkner)
17. The Bear (Faulkner)
18. As I Lay Dying (Faulkner)
19. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
20. A Gathering of Old Men (Gaines)
21. A Lesson Before Dying (Gaines)
22. Trifles (Glaspell)
23. Snow Falling on Cedars (Guterson)
24. Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry)
25. House of Seven Gables (Hawthorne)
26. The Scarlett Letter (Hawthorne)
27. Catch-22 (Heller)
28. Little Foxes (Hellmen)
29. A Farwell to Arms (Hemingway)
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway)
31. The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway)
32. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston)
33. Portrait of a Lady (James)
34. Turn of the Screw (James)
35. Washington Sqaure (James)
36. Typical American (Jen)
37. The Autobiography of a Ex-Colored Man (Johnson)
38. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Kesey)
39. Woman Warrior (Kingston)
40. A Separate Peace (Knowles)
41. Native Speaker (Lee)
42. J.B. (MacLeish)
43. Armies of the Night (Mailer)
44. All the Pretty Horses (McCarthy)
45. The Member of the Wedding (McCullers)
46. Benito Cereno (Melville)
47. Billy Budd (Melville)
48. Moby Dick (Melville)
49. Redburn (Melville)
50. A View From the Bridge (Miller)
51. All My Sons (Miller)
52. Death of a Salesman (Miller)
53. The Crucible (Miller)
54. House Made of Dawn (Momaday)
55. Song of Soloman (Morrison)
56. Sula (Morrison)
57. Beloved (Morrison)
58. The Bluest Eye (Morrison)
60. Jasmine (Mukerjee)
61. Going After Cacciato (O'Brian)
62. In the Lake of the Woods (O'Brian)
63. Wise Blood (O'Connor)
64. Long Day's Journey Into Night (O'Neill)
65. Mourning Becomes Electra (O'Neill)
66. The Hairy Ape (O'Neill)
67. Agnes of God (Pielmeier)
68. The Shipping News (Proulx)
69. Giants in the Earth (Rolvaag)
70. The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)
71. The Human Comedy (Saroyan)
72.Ceremony (Silko)
73. Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
74. Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
75. Uncle Tom's Cabin (Stowe)
76. The Joy Luck Club (Tan)
77. Civil Disobedience (Thoreau)
78. Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
79. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Tyler)
80. The Centaur (Updike)
81. Pocho (Villarreal )
82. Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut)
83. The Color Purple (Walker)
84. All the Kings Men (Warren)
85. Winter in the Blood (Welch)
86. Delta Wedding (Welty)
87. The Optimist's Daughter (Welty)
88. Ethan Frome (Wharton)
89. The Age of Innocence (Wharton)
90. Sent for You Yesterday (Wideman)
91. Our Town (Wilder)
92. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Williams)
93. Desire Under the Elms (Williams)
94. A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams)
95. The Glass Menagerie (Williams)
96. Fences (Wilson)
97. Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Wilson)
98. The Piano Lesson (Wilson)
99. You Can't Go Home Again (Wolfe)
100. Native Son (Wright)

English
101. Emma (Austen)
102. Mansfield Park (Austen)
103. Persuasion (Austen)
104. Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
105. Waiting for Godot (Beckett)
106. Jane Eyre (Bronte, C)
107. Wuthering Heights (Bronte, E)
108. Heart of Darkness (Conrad)
109. Lord Jim (Conrad)
110. Victory (Conrad)
111. Mollflanders (Defoe)
112. Bleak House (Dickens)
113. David Copperfield (Dickens)
114. Great Expectations (Dickens)
115. Hard Times (Dickens)
116. Our Mutal Friend (Dickens)
117. Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
118. Murder in the Cathedral (Eliot, T.S.)
119.The Wasteland (Eliot, T.S.)
120. Middlemarch (Eliot, G)
121. Silas Marner (Eliot, G)
122. The Mill on the Floss (Eliot, G)
123. Joseph Andrews (Fielding)
124. Tom Jones (Fielding)
125. Passage to India (Forster)
126. Dancing at Lughnasa (Friel-Irish)
127. The Lord of the Flies (Golding)
128. Brighton Rock (Greene)
129. The Power and the Glory (Greene)
130. Jude the Obscure (Hardy)
131. Tess of the D'urbervilles (Hardy)
132. The Mayor of Casterbridge (Hardy)
133. Brave New World (Huxley)
134. Remains of the Day (Ishigura)
135. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce-Irish)
136. The Dead (Joyce-Irish)
137. Sons and Lovers (Lawrence)
138. The Good Soldier (Madox)
139. Dr. Faustus (Marlowe)
140. Paradise Lost (Milton)
141. 1984 (Orwell)
142. The Birthday Party (Pinter)
143. The Homecoming (Pinter)
144. The Rape of the Lock (Pope)
145. Wide Sargasso (Rhys)
146. Pamela (Richardson)
147. Equus (Shaffer)
148. Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare)
149. As You Like It (Shakespeare)
150. Hamlet (Shakespeare)
151. Henry V (Shakespeare)
152. Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)
153. King Lear (Shakespeare)
154. Macbeth (Shakespeare)
155. Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare)
156. Midsummer's Night Dream (Shakespeare)
157. Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)
158. Othello (Shakespeare)
159. Richard III (Shakespeare)
160. Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)
161. The Tempest (Shakespeare)
162. The Twelfth Night (Shakespeare)
163. Winter's Tale (Shakespeare)
164. Candida (Shaw)
165. Major Barbara (Shaw)
166. Mrs. Warren's Profession (Shaw)
167. Pygmalion (Shaw)
168. Saint John (Shaw)
169. Frankenstein (Shelley)
170. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Spark)
171. Tristram Shandy (Sterne)
172. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Stoppard)
173. Gulliver's Travels (Swift)
174. The Warden (Trollope)
175. Brideshead Revisited (Waugh)
176. The Loved One (Waugh)
177. The Picture of Dorian Grey (Wilde)
178. Mrs. Dalloway (Woolf)
179. Room of One's Own (Woolf)
180. To the Lighthouse (Woolf)

The World
181. Things Fall Apart (Achebe-Nigerian)
182. Oresteia (Aeschylus-Greek)
183. Lysistrata (Aeschylus-Greek)
184. Alias Grace (Atwood-Canadian)
185. Cat's Eye (Atwood-Canadian)
186. The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood-Canadian)
187. Mother Courage (Brecht-German)
188. The Fall (Camus-French)
189. The Plague (Camus-French)
190. The Stranger (Camus-French)
191. Don Quixote (Cervantes-Spanish)
192. The Cherry Orchard (Chekov-Russian)
193. Fifth Business (Davies-Canadian)
194. Pere Goriot (DeBalzac)
195. Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky-Russian)
196. Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky-Russian)
197. Notes from Underground (Dostoevsky-Russian)
198. Medea ( Euripides-Greek)
199. Madame Bovary (Flaubert-French)
200. Faust (Goethe-German)
201. The Odyssey (Homer-Greek)
202. A Doll's House (Ibsen-Norwegian)
203. An Enemy of the People (Ibsen-Norwegian)
204. Ghosts (Ibsen-Norwegian)
205. Hedda Gabler (Ibsen-Norwegian)
206. The Wild Duck (Ibsen-Norwegian)
207. Metamorphosis (Kafka-German)
208. The Caretaker (Kafka-German)
209. The Trial (Kafka-German)
210. Obasan (Kogawa- Canadian)
211. The Watch That Ends the Night (MacLennan-Canadian)
212. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez-Colombian)
213. Tartuffe (Moliere-French)
214. The Misanthrope (Molier-French)
215. Pale Fire (Navbokov-Russian/American)
216. Pnin (Navbokov-Russian/American)
217. Coming Through the Slaughter (Ondaatjie-Ceylon/Canadian)
218. Cry the Beloved Country (Paton-South Africa)
219. Phedre (Racine-French)
220. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Richler-Canadian)
221. No Exit (Satre-French)
222. Antigone (Sophocles-Greek)
223. Oedipus Rex (Sophocles-Greek)
224. The Father (Strindberg-Sweden)
225. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy-Russian)
226. Death of Ivan Illych (Tolstoy-Russian)
227. Fathers and Sons (Tolstoy-Russian)
228. Candide (Voltaire-French)

19 out of 228 I suck. I mean I've started several books that I didn't mark off, but I obviously never finished them. I guess I should pick my great work of literature off this list so I can cross another thing off of my "No Regrets" list.

January 21, 2011

Fan Art...

"Favorite Volunteer #1" felt that I deserved some fan art for my blog, so she drew this of me the other day as I read a book at my desk.

Library Articles...

January 20, 2011

Bookless Bitchy Thursday...

The minute I walked in today I was bombarded by bullshit. I didn't even get my coat off before it started. First it was a one of the kid's mothers annoying me because she and the other mothers think that everything should be handed to them. In my chaotic December I forgot to call them to tell them there was a bunch of copies of the January Boy's Book Club book in, so none of them though to call or come in to check on the status of the books. She was trying to convince me to push back the meeting a few weeks -- That ain't happening.

After I get her to go away and I head back for my desk "Julia" walks into the office to ask me how we are working out our dinner breaks because she was working until 7:00pm and she had to go to a meeting. She was complaining at 1:05pm that she was already feeling hungry. I wanted to tell her to go to hell and pick something up before she went to her stupid meeting.

When she left I was stuck alone with "Sarah" for four hours. I refused to talk to her the entire time and just ordered books. I answered a bunch of chaotic phone calls from program providers and people looking for our monthly stats. I was pissed at my Department Head for working a half day.

Around 4:10pm on of my other coworkers calls me freaking out telling me that she is lost in an area that I am semi-familiar with. So, I ended up starting my storytime late because I was guiding her to her destination -- Thank God for the internet and online maps. Once I was done with my ten kid storytime, I was scheduled to go straight to dinner but "Julia" was late. So I waited forever and a year to get my hour break. My break was peaceful, but the rest of my evening was spent yelling at teens. I was so happy when 9:00pm rolled around.

January 19, 2011

Monday To Wednesday In Bullets...

Things that have happened since my last blog post.
  • I started going to the gym again with Miss. Erin and I've been to the gym every night for the past three days.
  • The printer in the computer room had an odd error message, so I called "Derek" to tell him and when he asked me what happened I told him there was glitter in it. He believed me and wouldn't come to Youth Services to fix it until I called back fifteen minutes later and told him I was kidding about the glitter -- He really thought there was glitter in the printer and cursed me out for it.
  • I was forced to sit and draw with the Youth Advisory Board kids.
  • "Sarah" is officially on my shit list. I was telling the security guard about Erin and I going to the gym with our goal date being our friend's wedding because we're both bridesmaids. He wanted to see the dress that was picked, so I was showing him and "Sarah" asks to see them. She gives me the nastiest look and says "Oh... She picked that..." and then she proceeded to ask me where she was getting married and I said the Wynn in Las Vegas, she looks at me and says "Oh... I stayed at the Wynn when I was in Vegas last. I didn't like it there..." I wanted to punch the bitch.
  • I got a second glimpse of my sister's new boyfriend, whom is having dinner with my family plus Justin on the 30th.
  • "Julia" congratulated me on my engagement -- She heard me talking wedding stuff and thought that Justin asked me to marry him. I thanked her and said that I was talking about my friend's wedding and that if I was indeed engaged I wouldn't have been quiet about it.
  • I went to the mall with Erin and Phil to find one specific item, which they didn't have.
  • I got my first piece of fan art that I must post as soon as I upload the pictures I took of it -- Shout out to "Favorite Volunteer #1" and her madd ill art skills.
  • "Mama Page" finally got to go home from the hospital.
  • I've been trying to prove to my Department Head that songs and finger plays have no place in Preschool Storytime.

January 16, 2011

No Regrets #24...

I started creating a cookbook of recipes that consist of my own, my mothers and Justin's grandmother. I'm still working on it, but I will get it done! Yay for being able to cross #24 off my 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)

Library Fairy Godmother...

When I got to work today I found this note/picture from "Favorite Page #1" on my desk under the blotter. I thought it was so sweet and I'm so sad she had to go back to college so soon. I already can't wait for her to come back to visit on her next break from school so that we can do more random things together.

In addition to the note/picture there was the cutest tiny stuffed tiger named Mama Tiger that she left on my desk to add to my collection of randomness -- If you haven't seen pictures of my desk before it is a cluster of random nicknacks, pictures, sticker and paint. She, Mama Tiger, is currently living on my scissors.

I ♥ "Favorite Page #1"

Glitter In The Staff Room...

On Friday "Derek" sent me a bunch of text messages about there being glitter in the staff room. Here are the various texts he sent me -- I was cracking up reading these. I'm so sad I missed him calling "Julia" an idiot.

Young Hip Librarians...

I found an article called Young, Hip Librarians Take Over and I'm totally printing it out and throwing a copy of it on "Julia's" desk to reinforce that she is an old out of touch librarian. The way "Julia" conducts herself at work is so annoying; she comes up with lame ideas that she cannot even execute properly, she talks down to everyone in this high pitched patronizing stutter and she thinks shes staying current by taking computer classes at various colleges/universities yet she can't even move files from the computer to a thumb drive. News flash: The kids don't like your ideas, they hate the way you talk to them and give up on technology because you're a retarded when it comes to it.

Weird Library...

I was going through the Huffington Post the other day and I found a slide thingy called Weird Library! Programs, People And More. I enjoyed it so I thought I'd post it.

January 13, 2011

Library Articles...

Today Show Snubs 2011 Caldecott & Newbery Winners
JFK Library Goes Digital
Smoke Prompts Evacuation at Library of Congress

Mediocrity...

Today was extremely mediocre, I basically spent my day listening to the music on my iPhone® and ordering books from various catalogs/journals. At one point I left the library to go read to the kiddies at the elementary school and then I returned to do more of what I had been doing earlier.

January 12, 2011

027.6623...

Here is the tattoo I'm getting sometime before my 26th birthday. My friend said her husband would do it for me for $250, which is awesome. I have to book an appointment with him and I will be able to cross #22 off of my "No Regrets" list.

If you can guess what the DDC number is you get a prize. Not really...

Delayed Opening...

Thanks to the Snow Gods the library had a delayed opening today -- Instead of opening at 9:00am the Director decided to open at 1:00pm. I got into work at that time and proceeded to have a super boring work day.

My evening was much more interesting than my afternoon. I went out for 10¢ wings with Justin, Phil, Erin and a few others. We were at the bar for a few hours drinking, eating and talking about various topics. It was an awesome evening that very much so counteracted my boring ass work day.

January 11, 2011

Ten Hour Day...

I worked for ten hours today. In those ten hours I attended two meetings at a library over an hour away from my house (I woke up at 6:30am in order to be ready when my Department Head picked me up at 7:30am), I dealt with a mob of teens who behaved so badly a patron actually complained to the Director and he called the cops on them, I had to try and help several clueless children who didn't know anything about what they wanted, etc. Thankfully working for an extra three hours today means that I get to leave early on Friday. I can't wait for Friday, unless the Snow Gods answer my prayers and make it snow so much we're closed tomorrow. We shall see...

January 10, 2011

2011 Award Winners...

Unless you live under a rock, you know that today at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in San Diego they announced the winners of the various book awards. Here are the winners of the awards I deem to be most important:

John Newbery Medal: “Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool

Randolph Caldecott Medal:
“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by Philip C. Stead

Michael L. Printz Award:
“Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi

Coretta Scott King Book Award:
“One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia



Check out the official American Library Association (ALA) press release for information on the other awards.

Visiting Hours...

"Favorite Page #1" and I went to visit "Mama Page" in the hospital after we got off from work today. She seemed to be doing well despite the some stitches, a few missing teeth and a little less tongue -- She lost a bit of her tongue in the accident but she spent the whole time talking to us. We told her about the rumors going around the library as to what had actually happened to her, the return of mouthy girl (she was at work to witness the first half of that saga), how awesome it would be if she got a gold and diamond grill to replace the teeth she lost, as well as other random topics. We hung out with her until visiting hours were over and told her we'd return on Wednesday if we could and if there wasn't a blizzard.

Tomorrow she has to have an operation because there is something wrong with her spleen, but after that she should be fine. I can't wait for her to come back to work.

January 9, 2011

Spicy Librarians...

This fine evening I was treated to dinner by the ladies of the Youth Services Department, Lenni and both of my favorite pages. They brought me to my favorite Mexican restaurant to congratulate me on finishing my MLS last month. It was really nice and I had a great time, even though "Julia" was there.

Betta Battle...

The minute I walked into work today I was greeted with the horrific sight of both of my betta fish (Red Fish & Blue Fish) in the same bowl. I found one of the bowls on the floor cracked with water still in it. I ended up flipping out and running to find a pitcher to put one of the fish in, but I think it might be a hopeless cause because Blue Fish looks beaten badly. I would like to know who was stupid enough to put Siamese Fighting Fish together in one small bowl. I can't believe people.

January 8, 2011

Mouthy Kids, Dinosaurs & Crêpes...

Thursday evening the girl that told "Emily" and I off came into the library after she had been kicked out by our Director Tuesday night. I had to tell her she had to get out because of her behavior on Tuesday and this caused her to get mouthy with me, so I got my Department Head and called the Director. I made them deal with her mouthy ass, who cursed them out her entire way out. After that chaos I ended up having to do program registration. Thankfully it was a slow registration and as soon as the clock hit 6:00pm I grabbed "Favorite Page #1" so we could go get spa pedicures.

Friday I forgot that I had to go read to preschool children at one of the elementary schools and I had to rush to the library, grab the books I was planning to read and head over to the school. I was only 5 minutes late. I read them a bunch of stories on Dinosaurs that they didn't pay attention to and then I headed back to work. While at work I made crêpes in the office and eventually I had drawing club. Boring, but lovely Friday.

January 5, 2011

Car Accident...

Today was horrible at work. My Department Head and I were away from the building at a meeting when we got a phone call from one of the woman from our library saying that one of our coworkers ("Mama Page") had been hit by a car and had to be taken by helicopter to the hospital. Apparently she was crossing the street to go to her morning job when a woman blew the red light, hitting her and dragging her under the car. I was told that her face is disfigured, she lost her teeth and she is currently in ICU.

I felt extra terrible because I was the one to break the news to at least five of our coworkers, which included "Favorite Page #1" and "Favorite Page #2" -- It sucked so much having to tell them, especially "Favorite Page #1" who had just seen "Mama Page" for the first time yesterday since she returned from college for winter break. I learned today that there is no easy way to tell someone that a person that you work with and love was hurt by an act of stupidity. It was one of the worst things I've had to do.

So right now all we can do it hope for the best and that she'll be okay. I'll keep you updated.

January 4, 2011

Computer Room Chaos...

For the first time in months we had a huge problem with the tweens and teens that come in. A bunch of them were on the computers and when their hours were up we told them they had to get out of the room. Some of them walked out and thought they were being slick by going to our outside computers, while a bunch of them just continued to sit in the computer room. The kids outside formed a big group and they started talking loud and cursing so "Emily" (who has not been here in almost a month) went and said something to them. One of the girls starts mouthing off, telling "Emily" that she was a bitch, etc. This pisses "Emily" off even more than she already was and she tells them loudly that they have to leave. The mouthy girl keeps running her mouth to the point where I tell them all just to stop and go home. They all get up and walk into the computer room. So "Emily" walks into the room and shuts the computer off that one of the girls who was supposed to have gotten off was working at off, thus causing this girl to go batshit. She started cursing, saying that she was gonna have her mother come up here and curse us out. We told her that was nice and that she needed to get out. No one was moving, so I paged for the guard over the loud speaker. This caused the Director to run into the department, which was good because he saw exactly what was going on. With him around we got them out and they are not allowed to come back for a few days.

Tattoos & Yogurt...

Yesterday I started off my day by going to a mock Newbery Award meeting where a bunch of librarians sat around drinking coffee, defending eight selected titles, having group discussions and then voting on their favorite titles. It was super boring. I hate mock award meeting and I unfortunately have to go to another one on Wednesday.

After the meeting and a lunch break I headed back to the library for a couple of hours of work, which were relatively dull. With the exception of a tween telling our security that she was going to stab him in the head.

When I was free from the library is when all of the fun happened last night. I started off by having dinner at a diner with Phil and Erin. Then the three of us accompanied Maria to get two tattoos (I know getting a tattoo is on my "No Regrets" list but I'm working on that happening at the end of the month) on each of her wrists -- One is a Gemini symbol and the other I can unfortunately not tell you, but it's a Chinese character.
After watching her getting tatted up we drove to go get some Red Mango®. On the way there we saw a little dog without an owner, so we flipped around to go save it. We picked it up to take it somewhere safe and as we were a woman ran up to us saying it was her dog and thanking us. We proceed to get some Red Mango® and then we ended up driving around aimlessly for hours talking and carrying on. It was an excellent evening that I should be having a repeat of on Wednesday when the four of us head on our next adventure.

January 2, 2011

Library Voice...

I just remembered the other day when I was out with Phil I called my mother at work while I was waiting for him to do his thing at the bank and she ended up putting me on the phone with one of her coworkers because she wanted to know if libraries offered e-books that she could read on her iPad. I explained to her that I didn't know what her library had to offer because her library is nowhere near mine and that if I was at home I'd check her library's website. I told her what she should do and got off the phone with her.

Later on that evening before everyone headed over to my friend's grandfather's wake Phil made a point to tell everyone that I was creepy when I was talking on the phone to people about library stuff. Apparently everyone agrees that my "Library Voice" is weird and it freaks them out a bit because they know me so well and they know how mean I can be. I just thought it was amusing.

No Resolutions. Just No Regrets...

So, I've found that on everything that I read people have been posting their New Year's resolutions. I am not coming up with a new things because I still have to work on my "No Regrets" list. I figured I'd re-post my list and that I'd better get my shit together so I can cross more things off.
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 was going to try to start off by learning how to drive stick shift (#20). I was begging Justin to teach me yesterday, but he doesn't want me to be able to drive his car so he wont teach me. I mean, both my parents can drive stick shift and my father's car is a manual but I want Justin to do it. I guess I'll just have to pick something else to start with...