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What does one use a blog for nowadays?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

I haven’t used a blog in a long time, but I sent a survey out to library parents, asking them what kinds of technology programs they would like and one of the things they said was blogs. They also mentioned creative writing, which I tried, but no one came to, but we won’t discuss that.

So, I thought to myself, I need to bring back my blog and make another attempt. What does one write about in blogs? Usually they focus on one thing or another, and don’t traipse around, willy nilly, but my brain doesn’t focus on one thing or another. It floats around without much focus…. so. Maybe some things you should know about me, should you fall into my blog.

1. I’m a children’s librarian in Rochester NY. I love doing storytimes and celebrating reading to them. I also like doing programs where the kids are totally invested in it. Whether that be crafts, or Minecraft, or whatever.

2. I can’t focus long enough to finish a book very often. I have LOTS of books that I’ve started, but it takes a very good book for me to finish it. Thank goodness for Libby where I have a list of books that I’ve checked out and how far I’ve gotten into them.

3. I like writing poetry and sometimes short stories. I’m not good by any means, but I like writing. It makes me think differently, which is fun.

4. I love running, even though I’m not what one would look at and say “wow, she’s a runner”. Still, I mostly enjoy it and I LOVE the people I run with.

5. I love making crafts. Unfortunately, I get obsessed with a craft, then stop after a few weeks. My most recent obsession was wire wrapping. Before that it was goddess bracelets.

6. I love my family. They’re a bunch of very silly, very unique people and they make my days much easier to handle…. for the most point. Sometimes there are days they drive me bonkers, but that’s all families.

Well… there you go. These are the things I’m likely to write about. At least I’ll try. It’ll probably be like my crafts, where I get obsessed for a while, then give up.

September 8

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Jack loves the “new” typewriter that my parents had left at our house to be donated… unfortunately we won’t be able to donate it for a while.


June 27 – Leila at Caledonia Carnival

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Always eating. Almost always adorable.

June 27 – Jack at Caledonia Carnival

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Oh, isn’t he to die for? 🙂

June 24 – On the boat with Grandpa

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Jack, Jeff, Leila and I all went on Grandpa’s boat for dinner and black flies. I was the only one afflicted with the evil black flies, but such is life. Jack had a blast scampering back and forth on the deck. He wanted to be the captain, and Grandpa, being the softy that he is, let him steer (is that what you do with a boat?) the boat for a while.

We went on Lake Ontario, and we had to the muck in the Genesse river is VILE.

Here’s a picture of Jack and Grandpa, the two captains.


There are more pictures that will be posted, but for now here’s a picture that Jack took of his feet.


And one he took of Grandpa.


Sensation #3

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

The absolute cold sweat of fear and dread you get when you find out that the reason your three year old son is soaking wet is because he fell into a pool while you were watching other people’s children (not that it makes a difference, but I think there were seven of them).

Needless to say, Jack is getting swimming lessons Mondays in September and October.

yup yup yup

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

I’ve lost track of how long its been. Again. This summer has just gone by so quickly.  I’ve been so busy and by the time I get to post on the blog I’m EXHAUSTED! … well and I need time for Facebook. 🙂

I was reading my sister’s blog (she is very melancholy right now, but Jenny and I are going to NC to cheer her up!) and she’s started posting “sensations“. I thought that was the neatest idea. I’d hate to steal it from her, but I may have to. Stuff like “rubbing feet on the carpet and touching a door handle”. I already have my first one prepared.

One thing that has recently taken up my time is crocheting. After watch the Last Unicorn for about the millionth time I remembered that I wanted to make a shawlly type thing like the one Molly Grue wears throughout the movie.

Its sort of hard to tell in this picture, but I couldn’t find many good ones online. Yes, I’m a freak, but I must stay true to myself… yes Jeff is probably ready to divorce me if I watch the movie one more time, but who needs him? 🙂 Just kidding. 😛

So onto the sad stuff… although the Last Unicorn might have been sad for Jeff… my boss’s last day is Friday. I really am bummed. She’s been a great boss. She’s easy to talk to, fun to be around, and she tells it like it is. If you’re being a dork, she’ll let you know. I actually had a nightmare a couple of nights ago. She was in a meeting with a patron that we fondly call “arts and crafts a-hole”. According to him arts and crafts programs in the library are a waste of taxpayers money. Anyway, they were in a meeting and she asked me to get some of our program fliers so that he could see that we actually have very few arts and crafts programs (this winter we’re going to have quite a few, but who cares about him). I left the room to get the stuff and as I was hunting around, I start hearing screaming and cursing. Then there’s a big explosion. I go out to check, although obviously everything’s not okay, and the room is gone, the boss lady and the mean patron with it. Of course that solves his problem. With no meeting room, we can’t have any arts and crafts programs.

Oh, I will miss her. She’s going on to bigger and better things. I hope. At least I’ll still be able to email her and check up on her.

Anyway. We’ve done some pretty neat stuff this summer. Sterling Renaissance Festival. Pageant of Steam. Corning Museum of Glass. Seabreeze. Of course, as many of you have the same issues, a public librarian can’t wander far from home during the summer. Especially youth services librarians. Otherwise their bosses kill them, and we can’t have that, can we? There was a hail storm while we were at the Renaissance Festival. We got some good pictures of that. I’ll have to try and post them soon.

Oh well. Tomorrow is Monday. Back to work. Luckily, in a couple weeks I get to visit one of my favorite sisters in North Carolina! Jenny and I are going to visit Sam over Labor Day. Unfortunately, that means that I have to be away from my smoochie-pooh on his birthday. Poor dear.

I’m getting sleepy, so I’ll say a fond farewell. However, I’ll post a sensation before going to bed. Good night ya’ll. Sleep tight!

Jack’s big day is coming up!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

In less than six days Jack is turning THREE! I can’t believe so much time has gone by! He’s gotten so big! He’s turned into quite the little man. Full of ideas and stories. I must say I’ve grown quite attached to him. 🙂 I honestly can’t imagine what I would do without him. Sure I’d have tons of free time, but no little hugs and kisses, no stories at bedtime, no poopy diapers, no screaming and crying, no having to practice tons of patience. I love being a mom, and I love my little guy!
Happy almost birthday!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Every year, we want to send out Christmas cards and I buy a box of cards. We now have four or five boxes of cards somewhere. Of course I can only find one… but that’s because I’m so organized!

One of Jeff’s cousins decided to use shutterfly and send photo cards. I thought that would be fun, but its so late, we figured there wouldn’t be enough time to do it. Then Jeff came up with the idea that we should do the “Kyle Family’s Notoriously Late Christmas Cards” … I think that’s what he called them. I want to use this picture. What do you think?

Family Christmas 2007


Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

My sister came home from NC for Thanksgiving. I had taken off all the days she was in town without prior knowledge of the days she was going to be here. Boy was I glad I did. It was so much fun to be with both of my sisters. One is still in Rochester, and the other is in Chapel Hill. Get two of us together and we’re pretty freakin cool. But get all three of us together and there is NO STOPPING US! It was too much fun, and I wish we had more time together. Unfortunately, I know that Chapel Hill is doing a world of good for my sister, since she is very smart and gets to go to school for free. Oh well. We always have DISNEY! How many days away? How about 33! Yippee skippy!

Oh Thanksgiving was lovely by the way. We brined the turkey, which wasn’t as much work as I thought it would be, and I tried to do side dishes that wouldn’t stress me out too much. My family really liked everything, and they were greatly impressed that we managed to clean our kitchen really well. Overall, I’d say it was a good time. Of course, our kitchen is a disaster again. Oh well.

And yea! Saturday I get to see Olivia‘s new house!