Archive for February, 2007

Women’s Retreat

Monday, February 26th, 2007

This past weekend I went to a women’s retreat with my church. I invited my friend Clorinda and I think she had a great time too. There was nine of us; half of them were in my car: my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, Clorinda and I. It was nice and relaxing, not having to think about how much work I had to do at home and at my job. How far behind in things I always seem to be. We talked some about God, but we also talked about life in general. It was interesting to talk with other women and listen to their views on life and God. I don’t really seem to talk about God much, although it seems that I have been saturated by religion where-ever I am, having gone to Catholic school through high school, and being very involved in my Catholic church until Jeff stole me away to his Presbyterian church. I guess I’ve always just taken God for granted and not really thought much about the subject. Especially since being a Catholic and having to memorize so much. Anyway, it was nice to think a little bit about how I feel about God and religion. And I realized that I really don’t think about God.

The other part of the retreat was to think creatively. We made blessing bowls out of papier-mâché, water color paintings, prayer beads, scribble drawings… we were also encouraged to write about the thoughts and ideas that were cluttering our mind keeping us from moving on in our lives. We also discussed the importance with prioritizing our lives, and thinking about what is most important in our lives.

Clorinda and I spent some times with the water colors. She talked about her new obsession with circles. She also showed me an appliqué of a bird that she’s working on. Of course that got me thinking, so as soon as I got home, I had to do something of my own… and here is the completed project.

Bag with flowers

Here’s a close up of the appliqué. It was really easy actually. All I did was buy some felt pieces, some fusible backing and some embroidery floss. I ironed the backing to the felt, and the felt to the bag. Easy peasy. I made one for myself, and now I’m going to make one for my mother (for her birthday, which was on Valentine’s Day… doh).

Flower up close

I’m just trying to decide if I want to sew around the center yellow circle… what do you think?

The Police are back!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Yea! My sister informed me this evening that the Police are getting back together to tour for a year. Oh my GAWD! You guys do not even know how much I love the Police. I found out about them in high school (maybe from my dad?) and I have loved them ever since. I love solo Sting too, but I LOVE the Police. I could listen to their music over and over and over. And in fact I have.

On another note, I was doing my typical thing of flitting through the blogsphere, and I knew of the site etsy already, but I hadn’t seen NeedleNoodles’s work before. All the crocheted candy, fruit and sushi you could ever want or need.
Finally, I’m going to read a series book tomorrow for my kids book discussion on Thursday. We do a different theme each month, and this month we are reading about weather (fiction/non-fiction). One of the girls LOVES weather fairies, so I’m going to try and tackle a couple by Thursday at 5pm. Shouldn’t be a problem, since I think I could read one in about 30 minutes. Even easier if the house is encased in snow like it is in Oswego. I was going to find pictures, but I’m tired and if I have to drive to work it might be nice to be awake for it.

Good night everyone!

Some new excitement

Monday, February 12th, 2007

I applied for a scholarship to go to the New York Library Association Youth Services Section (or NYLA YSS for short) Spring Conference, which I figured I would never get… and I did! I was one of two people to get a scholarship to go to the conference! It is supposed to be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait. I’m trying to convince my sister that she wants to go (and I KNOW she wants to meet Libba Bray something fierce) but she needs to convince her job that she can go. I think it would be a lot of fun to go with her, plus I think it would be a nice experience for her.

Also I’m going to be in a panel of librarians (and others) to discuss teen services with the city librarians. I think it should be very interesting for me personally, because I’ll be up there with two Cleavland Ohio librarians, a Buffalo librarian, someone from the police department and someone from child services. Then me from Parma… hmm. Should be interesting.

A reporter from The City Newspaper asked me a bunch of questions about the teen programs in my library. She was very impressed that we have more teen programs than children’s programs in the library, and I wasn’t sure if she was writing an article or what. Of course, I realize that probably no one anywhere near Hilton reads The City Newspaper or even knows that it exists.

Oh and I finally made a flier for my storytimes… I’m feeling very apprehensive this time round, but I’m going to do it. I’m planning a birth – 18 months (unstructured play/reading time) 2 – 3 years story time and 4 – 5 year storytime. I did buy ribbons, noisy instruments (like bells) some balls, and some scarves that the little little ones can play with. I have AB-SO-LUTE-LY no idea what I’m doing. Should be a lovely train wreck.

What I have on my library card as of February 9, 2007

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Author: Title:
McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonquest
Duncan, Lois, A gift of magic
Galdone, Joanna. The tailypo : a ghost story
Hague, Michael. Kate Culhane, a ghost story
DeFelice, Cynthia Cold feet
The book of simple songs & circles
Shaw, Susan. Black-eyed Suzie
Doyle, Eugenie Stray voltage
Brennan, Herbie. Faerie wars
Gaiman, Neil. The wolves in the walls
Gaiman, Neil. Coraline
White Christmas (movie)
Hahn, Mary Downing. The old Willis place : a ghost story
Tuccillo, Diane P. Library teen advisory groups
Avi, 1937 The end of the beginning
Carman, Patrick. The Dark Hills divide
King-Smith, Dick. The golden goose
Cushman, Karen. Catherine, called Birdy
Moriyama, Daisuke. Chrono crusade
Westerfeld, Scott. Peeps : a novel
Fox, Mem, 1946 Guess what
Glover, Jane. Mozart’s women : his family, his friends, his music
Delaney, Joseph, 194 Revenge of the witch
Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy
Medley, Linda. Castle waiting
Delaney, Joseph, 194 Curse of the bane
Kirkman, Robert. The walking dead
Kurata, Hidevuki. R.O.D., Read or die
Austen, Jane, 1775-1 Northanger Abbey ; Lady Susan ; The Watsons
Miller, Kirsten, 197 Kiki Strike : inside the shadow city
Hettmansperger, Mary Fabulous woven jewelry
Huber Cypher, Carol. Hand felted jewelry and beads

blogs blogs blogs

Friday, February 9th, 2007

I can’t remember if I’ve said this before, but I’m giving a presentation (with a couple of other children’s librarians) on technology next Wednesday. Therefor I’ve spent ALL my free time checking out blogs and article, as well as trying to create yet another blog Librarians Rock the World and a bookmark list from Spurl. Plus I’ve recently added some reviews to my book review blog (one of which I lost that was about the book A Great and Terrible Beauty when I accidentally closed the window I was working on. Damn.) Needless to say, when I get home, the last thing I want to do is get back on the Internet and type in yet another blog. But here I am.

I’ve been listening to oodles of books (which I posted on my other blog) and I’ve been pretty pleased with my choices. I have stacks and stacks of books in my bedroom, just waiting for me to read…. as a matter of fact I think I’ll post what I have out on my card!

Somehow the Internet gods decided I should see this…

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

They are called Landrollers, and they really freak the hell out of me. I have no idea who would actually wear these out in public, but I’m sure they’ll end up like the crocs. One day suddenly everyone will be wearing them and then like the sheep that I am, I’ll want a pair… Oh god I hope not. They really are bizarre looking. Plus I can’t really imagine that they are that comfortable, because the wheels are out on the sides with nothing right underneath you. They look hideous. Of course inline skates look strange and uncomfortable, but I got a pair of those. Of course those are a pain in the ass. I’m such a klutz that even the inline skates are hard for me to maneuver around in. I might as well be wearing high heals with wheels… hmm that might be funny. I sort of wish that roller skates were still popular. Those weren’t as bad, although I’m sure I would still freak out when I go down a hill or slight slope.

When I was living in a section of Henrietta that had more houses and more of a neighborhood, I used to skate a lot (and I really did it too!), but since we moved to this new development, there really isn’t anywhere that I can go that doesn’t get much traffic. I love my house a heck of a lot better than the one that we were renting, but I miss the neighborhood. And I miss living with four other people in the house (besides Jeff and I). It was almost like living in a dorm, with friends coming in and out and all the noise (and fighting). But it was fun because there was always someone to talk to and I usually had a skating partner.
I guess now I’ll have to stick to DDR, and leave the weird stuff to other people. LOL 🙂

BTW, I’ve sent my resume to Ogden Library… scary! I know I won’t ever be able to fill Patty’s shoes, since she’s one of my librarian idols (along with Adrienne and Stephanie), but I really like Anne and Roberta, so I think it could be fun.