19 December 2010

Why, Paul? Why?

In the shower this morning I had such an annoying song stuck in my head that I did a little unhappy dance and said with great ferocity, "Frig!"

This can only mean one thing: The inevitable has happened and Dinosaur Comics has so permeated my life that I have begun to swear like T-Rex. This is awesome.


P.S. This is the song in question.

P.P.S. I really want a T-Rex plush; somebody buy it for me.

31 October 2010

I Love You In Your Tragic Beauty

This is a phone call I just had from Some Political Dude Who Wanted Me To Vote For His Candidate. Keep in mind that I had a really, really cheerful voice through the whole thing.


Some Dude: Hello, this is so-and-so with Illinois such-and-such, and I would like to know if we can count on your vote for Republican candidate so-and-so and Bill Brady for Governor?
Me: No.
SD: Really?!? Why not?
Me: I'm a Democrat.*
SD: Really? May I ask why? [Or something like that; I kinda zoned out.]
Me: I don't really care.
SD: But you have to care!
Me: But I'm busy right now.
SD: Oh, well, I don't want to take up any more of your time, just let me say that so-and-so and Bill Brady is the best candidate because of x y z. Thank you.
Me: B'bye!

I think I had the dude totally flabbergasted, which makes this the best conversation ever with a campaign promoter. My day is now made.

* I'm not necessarily a Democrat, though I tend to lean more left than right. I just said that because I felt it was the best way to get his goat.

30 September 2010

Turn Off the TV

This is actually a blog I wrote in Google Docs while at work on Friday but never got around to posting here until now. Woo.

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I already did actual work today. I even got glue on my shirt. Thing is, I’ve got two hours left and nothing much more to accomplish. This is why Fridays are so friggin’ weird. So now I’m just listening to The Nerdist Podcast with Felicia Day as a special guest. And now I’m just going to listen and type so that I look busy. It sounds like a good plan to me.

Haha, I totally just rushed my dad off the phone so I could answer the work phone. I got a book from Amazon that was in pretty poor shape. The replacement showed up today at the parentals’ and it’s in good shape. Yay. I just need to get the package together to send the old one back to Amazon. Hoorah.

Morse Code Rock Band. I might play that game. Dance Dance Industrial Revolution sounds much better though. This is why I love this podcast and listen to it every Friday while working in the back. Good times.

Did I mention last weekend’s Craft Day? We made little Scottie dogs. So cute. Granted, there were hardly any kids there and those that came were late.

Holy Hell, I still have over an hour before closing time. Stealth-typing is only good for so long and then it just gets boring.

Let’s see, there could surely be something worthwhile that I can do here. Or maybe I can just browse around looking for a cell phone. I’m eligible to upgrade in a little over a week, just after the R2D2 Droid is released. I consider this fate, but if it turns out that I can’t get any discount whatever on it then I may have to choose a lesser phone.

Alrighty then, it’s time to sign off and wander the library for half an hour to pass the time before closing. Woo.

10 September 2010

Space Oddity

This morning I discovered that I could not wear a belt with the pants I bought on Saturday.  When I tried them on they fit fine, but seemed like I’d probably want a belt. No problem. They were on super-duper sale, so I bought them. This morning when I put them on they were huge. I haven't lost weight, folks, but there's definitely a change in the way my new pants fit me. So I put on my belt only to find that there’s no belt-loop in the back. There’s the two in front, but I suppose they’re only there for decoration. Craziness. I fixed it though: I put on a black clippy thing in back to adjust the size. Thankfully I’m a slob and never tuck in my shirt so the clip is covered nicely.


I’ve got supplies enough for 15 kids for tots this morning. I doubt I’ll have that many, but I’m always slightly paranoid that I won’t have enough. I only had one kid on Wednesday night. He only giggled when I had trouble getting glue out of the bottle. Meh, at least I got a reaction, yeah? He actually started bouncing up and down in his seat which was stinkin’ adorable.


I’m getting near the end of Goblet of Fire. I’m hoping to finish it this weekend. Hoping. I also have a good deal of chores to take care of and some visiting with friends, which should be fun. Rah.

I’ve got ten minutes before tots starts. I don’t think anyone is here yet. Nevermind, I see a grandma in the children’s room. Who me? Nervous? Never. I should walk out to the desk and get the sign-up book out. Yeah. Toodles.


Later.


There were 7 kids. Yay! And then I came in back and started reading webcomics, which is awesome until a coworker walks in and likely sees you goofing off. Oops. I suppose I should do some actual work, but I think I’ll wait until after lunch. That gives me another half hour to goof off. 


Later again.

Hey, look at that, I’ve accomplished something today. I may be having dinner with a coworker friend tonight, which is awesome. I’ve still got one work-related phone cal I need to make, but there’s still an hour and forty-five minutes left before the day ends, so there’s time, man. Totally. 

03 September 2010

The Nerdist Podcast

This episode of Nerdist features Alison Brie. I've never watched Mad Men or Community so this probably doesn't excite me as much as it would other people, but she's pretty funny so I'm still digging the show. Anyway on to the blog.

Old business: Daddy never had to have the surgery after all, which is cool. The doctor thinks that it's best to just let it lie and not worry about the stones unless they start to make trouble.

New business: Gearing up for the Tots program. Here I am on my second Friday in the workroom this school year and I'm getting bored without the break to do Tots in the morning. Next week, baby, next week. Unfortunately I have some painting to do to prepare. I usually don't like to have to work quite that hard in prep for any project but I've already gotten too far not to keep going. It's frog puppets, by the way. Good times.

I need to get my act together and buy those Guster tickets. I'm such a frakkin' procrastinator. Looks like a lazy weekend coming up. It's a holiday weekend but as I always have Mondays off, it's not really any different for me, but it may mean there'll be some sales I should take advantage of: I need some more work clothes. If Daddy had a grill, I would insist we cook out for the holiday, but he has no grill, so no cookin' out. Sadness. Oh, well. I've plenty of Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica to watch. Also, I've only read about a third of the way through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so I'll probably enjoy that over the weekend too. Yay.

18 July 2010

Hurricane

This is probably one of my favorite Dylan songs. Nothing tops "My Back Pages" of course, but this one is pretty damn good too.

Slowly, but surely, I'm getting the packing done for my 'vacation' to D-ville.  Actually I'll be accompanying the parentals to the hospital on Wednesday and then taking care of things at home after we bring Daddy home. (He's getting a couple kidney stones removed. Fun fun.) I'll be back up this way to go to a couple book clubs. I've never been to Kankakee's book club, and generally I can't fit it into my schedule, but summer hours make for more opportunities like this, so I'm taking advantage.

Speaking of taking advantage, I also hope to make use of Jenni's pool while I'm in the Vegas.

I guess that means I better shave.

14 July 2010

Kundalini Express

I once got an @reply from Wil Wheaton on twitter.

Today, I got a direct message from Brent Spiner:



Odd that the only famous people to acknowledge me online were both Star Trek alums. Or maybe it's awesome. *raised eyebrow*

context

Disclaimer

Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings.

Dalai Lama on Twitter.


I knew there was a reason I always felt an affinity for Buddhism: of all the world religions, including my own, it is perhaps the most logical. I recently bought a book of stories that the Buddha told, called The Buddha Said . . .  It should make for an interesting read if I ever get around to it. Too bad most people, especially those advocates of their own religions, don't understand the truth of the Dalai Lama's statement above. On the other hand, most adherents to religion (of any variety) are so shitty at it that they don't become good human beings anyway, so perhaps the numbers are against our dear man in orange here.  *sigh* The world may be as awesome as the Discovery Channel claims (and it is) but it's still pretty fucked up too.

01 June 2010

The Space In Between

Perhaps it's a good thing that I'm not supposed to eat tomorrow. I haven't had much of an appetite today anyway, and I feel kinda sick too.

I hate my life.

23 April 2010

Hot Pocket

The subject at hand on the Nerdist podcast #8, with Jim Gaffigan.

I made a boo-boo today. Tots starts at 10 AM. Right around then, I saw a mom with kids in the children's room and then I walked back into the workroom. At 10:15 K came in and let me know there were kids ready and I looked at her like she was nuts and said,
"OK, but it's not 10:30 yet."
"....."
"Shit!"
For some reason, I thought Tots started at 10:30. Whoops.

The Nerdist Podcast #7: Andy Richter

So far on the show they have discussed Lady Gaga and nose-fucking. Is it really any wonder why I enjoy this podcast?

16 April 2010

Glass Slipper

Well, hello, Mr. Blog. Long time, no see.

I watched The Man Who Knew Too Much (Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day version) last night and failed to find Hitchcock in his ubiquitous cameo. Still, I enjoyed a very good movie that I'd never seen before, so that's good.

Tomorrow for craft day we'll be making origami mobiles. Origami was my idea, but Valerie receives credit for the mobile idea: I mean, what else are you going to do with four or five origami figures? I'm using the kit I got for Christmas a few years back, since I never even opened before this week. It's got 130 sheets of that perfect square paper, which is really good because I didn't want to have to cut a bunch of square sheets. They never come out quite right.

23 March 2010

Siberian Breaks

I have all of next week off from work. After Saturday, I don't have to return to work until April 6 and on that day I go in late because I'll be at a Continuing Education program on Advanced Reference at Lincoln Trail that morning in Champaign. It gets out at noon so with driving time and lunch time, I won't be at the library until close to 2pm. Sounds good to me. I'll probably be all confused, wondering how to use the scanner to read barcodes and such after such a long break. I can dig it.


I should paint my nails, but I'm doing laundry and the two tasks just don't mix well. 


A patron today wondered if I could be wearing any more rings. (I am wearing four.) I said, "Sure, I could wear some on my thumbs." He kinda shook his head at me. 

05 March 2010

Cryptorchid

This week's Tots was fun for once: we focused on Dr. Seuss in honor of his birthday on Tuesday the 2nd. I read The Shape of Me and Other Stuff and and an interactive (meaning lift the flaps and such) version of There's a Wocket in my Pocket! called There's a Zamp in my Lamp!  On Wednesday night the kids were practically in my lap pulling the closet doors open to reveal the Woset. It's good to know they're not too shy. Hahaha.

Next week I'm going to read The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and another books about bugs, but the most important is the old lady story because we have a puppet, complete with all the animals she ate. So the kids can help me feed her. I anticipate funness. All I need to do is get the craft ready today since I won't be back at the library until Wednesday and I don't want to leave things until the last minute like that. I mean, we all know I tend to work at the last minute, but I still prefer to leave myself a small window of time to try something else in case the first idea flops.

Why will I not be at work again until Wednesday, you ask? Spring Break isn't until the end of the month, you point out. Am I turning into a complete slacker, you query?

The answer: I'm turning Nickel on Monday, dammit! Therefore I've decided to take an extended birthday holiday. I will begin tomorrow by driving northwards to see Ericka whom I haven't seen in nearly a year which is entirely too long and we need to stop with these long stretches of not seeing eachothers' faces.

Then I will go to Tai Chi. This has nothing to do with my birthday, but it's the third session of the class and I finally started understanding it last week, so I better go this time; after which I will drive to the Vegas and spend time with the parentals and such people there as can be convinced that I'm worth hanging out with. I will use Daddy's cooking as a bargaining chip. Also Alice in Wonderland, perhaps in 3D. Then it will be back to reality and libraries and Tots and whatnot. Rah.

I dare you to have an awesomer weekend than that!

28 February 2010

Come Home

Today at church, the priest used an extended example from a Star Trek movie* to illustrate a point made by a 14th-century saint, Gregory Palamas: that we can only find God through our hearts, not through our minds. Of course, the college students in the row in front of me snickered a bit at the nerd flavor of today's homily. Philistines. Does this perhaps make Father Michael a Geek Orthodox Priest?

* The movie referenced was Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, though Father mistakenly called it The Search for God, no doubt confusing it with Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

12 February 2010

Inspector Gadget Theme Song

This is the most random collection of sentences ever, and the entire text from a spam email wanting to teach me how to treat my lady right.:

rat
The horse neighed. He has no beard. He galloped down a side alley. The head moved. News traveled fast! Of course I got into the eddy.
And also much beets for sugar. The man's eyes frogged. Rien de plus facile. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. Par for the course. That was some mail! Why is my daughter silent?
Nature has a reason for all things. It ended in a fight. John Halifax and others. It is not true? Unless the Moors are Negroes. Of course the jury then acquitted him. The lovers were married. He only had two more papers left. Penelope coughed twice in her sleep.
But why show the planes? Now the above are facts. But he was without politics. Woe is me! Do I kiss thee better? My opinion is the general opinion. But a talent. Bigotry is an odd thing. Daughter of the great whore of whores. They thought she knew where he was. What can they be?

Konstantine

Today is another lazy Friday, the more so since it's an early out for the students and in-service day for the teachers and staff. Shortly, pizza will arrive. Yum. We're also a little overstaffed today which means I get to spend just about the whole damn day back in the workroom. I won't because there's only so much internet browsing I can do in a day. Besides, I'd like to accomplish some real work today as well.

I have leftover Valentines from Tots so I think I'll hand them out to patrons as they leave tomorrow. (The Valentines include suckers and patrons aren't allowed food in the library. Duh.)

I started watching Moonlighting on DVD. I used to watch the show with my mom during daytime reruns when I was a kid. I'm glad I ordered this, because it's definitely fun. The mystery bits a a little forced, but I've only seen the first two episodes so far. I'm pretty sure Cybill Shepard's character gets less annoying (not that she's terribly annoying now, just a tad) as time goes on. Bruce, of course, is fan-fuckin-tastic, as always.

His hair is kinda weird though.

05 February 2010

Closer (Precursor)

I've started accounts at GoodReads and  Shelfari to keep track of the books I've read. I haven't decided which of the two I like better yet, so for the time being I'm using both. LibraryThing remains for the books I actually own. These are the reviews I've been posting at the various websites.

That's it for random nerdiness today.

29 January 2010

Updraught

How long could you survive chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor?

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Cheating On You

just so's i look busy here at work. actually, i'm reading my twitter feed on my ipod. yay me. i'm also keeping up with the saul williams live chat that's going on right now. so far, it's pretty interesting. i dig the lazy friday vibe; it makes up for having to wake up at an ungodly hour to be here. after work i need to go to the bank to make a deposit and get a roll of quarters (laundry this weekend, rah) and pay a couple bills at the mall. being an adult kinda sucks. *sigh* maybe someday i'll get the hang of this. probably not. actually, i don't want to ever truly *feel* like an adult, because that would mean i *am* a grown-up and that sucks. alack, i shall have to return to the world of actual work at the front desk shortly. this sucks. it's really hard to be a lazy bum when coworkers keep walking into the workroom where they easily see me goofing off. sheesh.

Catch A Hot One

This is something I wrote Wednesday afternoon at work.

This is just a rant. I'm trying to work things out in my head. Basically, I suck at the programming part of my job. No news there. Thing is that I'm pretty much getting called on it. Not that I'm in trouble with the boss or anything, just that she's throwing ideas my way, basically doing my job, to the extent that she's offering to contact the person to make arrangements. I shouldn't let her do that, but I probably will. Earlier in the afternoon, I realised that there will probably be no one coming to tomorrow's book club (our first ever), a realisation which has put me in a funk for the remainder of the day. Then, I got a phone call from some entertainer dude who would like to perform at our summer reading kick-off. This was well-timed and ill-timed: Well-timed because my thoughts had already drifted toward programming and I had basically decided to get a list of possibilities together and run them by Connie before the end of the week; Ill-timed because I was still in this funk (also I was in the middle of waiting on patrons) and I really wasn't prepared to actually talk with a person about this sort of thing. So I got his website and told him I'd let him know. Meh. He was really awkward on the phone. I had to put the phone down for a moment (remember, patron) and when I picked it back up I said, "thank you for holding." He said, "uh-huh" and nothing else. I was expecting him to try to sell me on his act, but there was just silence on the other end; he was waiting for me to say something. I'm um'd and uh'd and eventually said (once I figured out that he wasn't going to say anything) that we hadn't made any decisions yet. That's when he gave me his website address. Oy! It was only after all this that Connie approached me at dinner. I think she suspected that I wasn't in the mood for talking and I wasn't; I went to dinner when I did so that I could avoid conversation and avoid thinking about all this which was really getting to me at that moment. Writing this has calmed me down as I hoped it would, rather than upset me further as I feared it would, so that's one good thing I guess. Tomorrow's book club meeting will be considered a success if even one person shows up. That person and I will plan for the February meeting of the book club and hopefully more people will show up then. If no one comes tomorrow, I will select a book and declare it the title of the month for February and still try for a book club. I will get more aggressive and actually call people who I think might be interested. I have not done that this time, mostly because I feel really awkward doing that kind of thing. Okay. Next is to get some ideas going for after-school programs for kids. As Connie pointed out, they're here anyway, so we may as well throw together a quick-and-dirty program for them: games, snacks, maybe a movie. We were sent a couple of decks of cards (UNO and something else) so maybe I can use them, and there's a whole cabinet full of board games and whatnot. I need to look at the schools' schedules so that I don't create a conflict there. Thirdly, as mentioned, I need to come up with a list of possibilities for the summer reading kick-off. I think I may hit up Unshelved Answers for ideas on this one. It couldn't hurt.

Update, Friday: Yesterday no one came to the book club as I suspected. However, one lady called saying she was definitely interested and usually 2PM is a good time for her, just not that particular day. I'm hoping she'll come next month. I've already selected a book (The Time Traveler's Wife) and requested a bunch of copies so that they're available for our patrons. Funny thing is that whenever someone asked me if anyone came for the book club, I responded almost cheerily with a "no." I guess I got all the depression over it out of my system on Wednesday.

15 January 2010

Burn One Down

It has been recommended to me that I teach the chicklets about Monty Python since I seem to know all about the subject. Somehow I don't think preschoolers would get the humour, except maybe for the fish-slapping sketch. Sorry, Daddy.

Not to get too topical, but I'm pretty eager to get home from work so I can catch up on this NBC fiasco. It's like a train wreck--I'm fascinated and repulsed at the same time.

I'm about to volunteer to be on a (sub)committee to look into choices for a new automation system at my library. This could be interesting. It makes me feel professional. Hahaha. Also, it's a good idea to have someone from our building involved in the process.

Ahhh, school gets out early today which means I get to hang out in the back even longer than I normally do on a Friday. Not that I'm doing anything productive back here, but it's nice to be able to chill at a computer most of the day.

Speaking of productive, I have a very busy evening ahead of me. First, dinner. I'm already hungry so this is obviously the most important thing. Second, yoga while I'm waiting for dinner to heat up in the toaster oven. Third, pay my bills. (Hooray for payday.) Fourth, go shopping for groceries and for stuff for tomorrow's craft day and maybe some extra random stuff for myself if my bank account allows. (FYE is closing and I want to see what's left.) Fifth, drop my groceries off at home and put them away. Sixth, bring the crafty stuff to the library and do a bit to set up for tomorrow, including making one of each craft. (I have three crafts lined up so I don't want to make all of them in the morning before the folks come in; I need to get at least two done tonight.) Seventh, go to bed. I stayed up way too late last night, being distracted by things on the interwebs, including a Netflix movie. This whole watching Netflix movies on my tv screen is pretty rad. I'm glad I got the necessary cords to make the connection (thanks, Jenni).

13 January 2010

Climbing Up the Walls

I have a whole stack of newspapers sitting in my apartment. They started appearing at my doorstep last week, presumably as a promotional thing in order to get me to subscribe. Hell, if they can't get me to read the ones they give me for free, I'm certainly not going to pay to not read even more papers.

Yesterday the principal went over my evaluation with me. So far I haven't screwed up yet. Woohoo. She did mention that she'd like me to interact more with the middle school staff, though she acknowledges that that's difficult for me working in the library and not having to go to staff meetings and whatnot. Later, when I got back to the library and was thinking this conversation over, I realised that she essentially told me to try to make friends. Hrm. I have friends. True, I understand the value of being friendly with staff outside of my department, but I've never really seen the point in small-talk and as such typically don't go out of my way to chat with people. Also I'm shy, but let's take shyness out of the equation--small talk serves little purpose other to cover uncomfortable silences (and I don't tend to find silences all that uncomfortable). Conclusion: I'll chit-chat when I bloody well feel like chit-chatting, when it happens organically, not when it feels false or forced.

08 January 2010

Blister In The Sun

I'm a bit late on my new year's blog this year, but I was kinda busy and sorta lazy so I won't bother making with the excuses.

On to the blog.

Actually, looking back at last year's resolutions, there's only two I can definitively scratch off--I found my camera, which had been hiding cleverly in the pocket of my backpack; and I finished Lolita. (In my defense, many of the resolutions are of the maintenance variety and should be listed every year for all eternity, or at least until I grow up, which I hope will be never.) I confess that I really failed on the yoga vs. noga front in 2009. Mostly I was unable to attend yoga classes in the Heights, (though the rec center in the Heights started having classes in the spring, which was nice), and now in this rural area there aren't any classes available at all. This does not excuse me from doing yoga at home. The second seeming failure on last year's resolutions was the writing thing. True, I wrote less than half the number of blogs in 2009 that I wrote in 2008, but I kept a journal in Google Docs while at my first full-time job. Every now and then I would post excerpts from it here, but on the whole it was material best kept to myself, written to keep me sane at a job I hated (and thankfully now have left). The Rubick's cube remains untouched. And there's that other thing, but whatever.

Resolutions for 2010:

  • Writing (See last year.)
  • Yoga (See last year, also.)
  • Concerts (This would be one of the "maintenance variety.")
  • Addictions (The CD one has taken a decidedly digital turn, but I still buy physical albums now and again; The DVD collection continues to grow nicely.)
  • Reading (I haven't read nearly so much since I took this job in July. I suppose I don't make time for this as I should. Sad times, sad times indeed.)
  • Procrastination (I'll say more on this later.)
  • Songs (I think I'll stick with titling blogs with the name of the song I'm listening to while blogging. It amuses me.)
  • Eating (I did a decent job of increasing the health level of my food in 2009, but I know I can do better.)
  • Storytime (This one needs explanation: I don't really enjoy this aspect of my job. I do it because I have to and that's that. I want to enjoy it more, make it more fun for both me and the chicklets.)
  • Juggling (You thought I'd forgotten, didn't you.)