Monday, November 28, 2016

Our first 5K

We did it! ChicagoBoy and I did our first 5K together this weekend with his sister. Neither of us are runners--ChicagoBoy is an open water swimmer and way more athletic than I am--so our goal was just to finish in under our time goals. My goal was 55 minutes. I finished in 54.50!! And ChicagoBoy's goal was 30 minutes. He finished in 27something. WE. DID. IT. 
These are the outfits I cooked up for our Turkey Trot (pun intended). Turkey feet and turkey faces, and turkey feathers too. ChicagoBoy was such a good sport for wearing these. I love this guy. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Let's not pretend we're celebrating some wonderful shared meal between new-found friends. Let's just focus on the fact that we have a holiday rooted in us feeling grateful--and overeating--and just be thankful for everyone and everything that has made this year better. And don't mention the election, please God, just don't.

This year I'm thankful for my youngest nephew Alex talking in sentences; that I've been an aunt for 12 years! I'm thankful for this beautiful, long fall, and for the cold late November nights too. I'm thankful for my family and my friends, especially L, who died and came back to us this spring. I am thankful for ChicagoBoy, who makes me feel so loved and made my Grinch heart grow 3 times this year. I'm thankful for each breath and every step, for the sunrises and sunsets. Thankful for a job I love. I am so blessed.

I hope you all count many blessings this day too. Happiest of happy Thanksgivings.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

yahoo for long weekends

I am so glad to have today off. I worked a couple hours on Sunday, a 13 hour day Monday--covering vacations and with an extra long Board meeting tacked on to the end of my day--and worked a 12 hour day on Tuesday. I own you, Wednesday! 

Doing grownup stuff this morning: 
  • Oil change
  • Buying some last minute groceries to take to ChicagoBoy's
  • Packing the car
Then I am heading out to ChicagoBoy's later this morning, so I can hopefully beat the traffic, and start roasting the pumpkins for my pies. I just had a super domesticated fantasy-moment where I imagined him coming home, opening the door, smelling the deliciousness of roasting pumpkin, and smiling with satisfaction that he's nabbed such a resourceful woman. NO WAY! I mean that's great too, but I love that this boy loves my brains AND my cooking. 

Can't wait to see my sweetheart. It's been 2 weeks and that is too long these days! How did we used to only see each other once every month - 6 weeks. You guys, I love this guy. A lot. And I also love Thanksgiving...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


You guys, I think I just booked reindeer for our Library's Santa Visit!! This has been one of those weird things I've wanted to do since I've been here, but honestly always forgot about as we were scheduling the craziness of December, i.e. Santa's visit and our Gingerbread House program (which brings in over 70 people--which is A LOT for us!) And there I was, at a library breakfast meeting, when someone said they'd used this farm before...

So, I am waiting to hear back from the reindeer owner. He promised an email or call tomorrow. So, fingers's all I want for Thanksgiving.

Well, that and an engagement ring. You guys ChicagoBoy is having an engagement ring designed as we speak. What the what!?!!!??!?!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

salve on my wounds today

I am at a loss today, how our country could elect this bastard, Donald Trump. 
The only thing that is keeping me from bursting into flames--tears was my whole ride to work--is Stephen Colbert. I am praying for kindness and rationality as we move forward, but more importantly I am using this election as a springboard to figure out how to make the world a better place.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October mornings mild

If you put in the words "October," and "Robert Frost" in the search queue on this blog this poem would come up multiple times. As I've said several years (I'm sure), I've shared this before, but this is my go-to fall poem. I read it every October, and am reminded of a very much younger blustering me trying to recite this before my 11th grade English class.

Happy fall.


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
--Robert Frost

Monday, September 26, 2016

10 ways you know you're at a Library Conference

10. Don't be surprised if you see lots of comfortable shoes with all kinds of outfits. Librarians are about practicality.

9. At some point during the week you will hear discussion of the latest book or comic book/graphic novel turned into movie, opinions about the actors selected, and who really should have been cast.

8. You will see a few too many programs on whatever the latest craze in libraries is in the current year...STEM or Makerspaces ring a bell?

7. You can play a sort of Where's Waldo that includes: one librarian wearing some kind of kitchy library swag, i.e. due date slip scarves or socks; a librarian wearing an ironic cat sweater; a few famous authors, an endless sea of characters wearing glasses.

6.  You and your friends play "Shoulder Bag Show-off." Winner points out the most shoulder bags touting a specific library name, or a book seller. Double points if the bag displays "famous" mascots like Penworthy Bear, or the Baker & Taylor cats. Loser buys the first round.

5. Time in the Expo hall may be as varied as spending time looking at library vendors, then wandering over for selfies with a penguin (OLC '15 Cinci--props!)

4. You will finally get to pass out a bunch of your business cards--you know the ones that sit in that box in your office ALL YEAR--you may notice you're not the only one with some type of book logo..."Damn it, not to self. Cooler cards next year!"

3. You will see free library swag on vendor and committee tables and suddenly you've lost you've lost your freaking mind!

HULU blackish panic tracee ellis ross rainbow johnson

2. You will hang out with awesome people and make a bunch of cool friends who really get what you do! And get the madness that is working with the public.

1. You may get a little drunk and get the real dirt on all the other libraries/librarians. You've finally arrived.