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now I really want to eat xanax like candy

The Economic Stimulus Program, which Bush's administration has invoked, has stirred some thoughts from many people. These were some thoughts that I have on the matter (keep in mind that I am by no means a financial scholar...more so a confused patriot):
Ok, the money for the stimulus is coming from China! CHINA!--Remember, that country where most of our products come from these days!--as well as other countries adding to our national deficit! Does this not make sense to anyone else? That makes as much sense as leaving a "nice tip" at a restaurant with your SEARS charge card! Just don't give it back.
We are spending BILLIONS of dollars a year on the war in Iraq. Maybe it's just me, but isn't it a little ass-backwards of Bush to give us back money with one hand while doleing out more than we have with the other! Ironically Biblical from the Bible-thumping Pres. Reminded me of the Bible passage, "But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what you…

rain, rain, come again

Oh, the weather! On this Eve of April maybe we should celebrate the unpredictability of Michigan weather. Saturday was lovely. One of those spring miracles that seems more fall-ish in nature. Coming from the cold of winter into the warm-cools on a spring day; dead leaves that were left unraked, doomed to the grass for the winter with the first, early snow; now moving about.

After working at Library Y, where I sub in Children's, I decided to ride my bike to a nearby church for Saturday afternoon Mass. Holy cats! You know you're out of shape when the 2 mile bike ride makes your legs feel jiggly! Then it began again yesterday; a cold and dreary day perfect for a Poe short story. But, alas, it made for a nice day to stay in and watch movies and do some late night reading to the sound of my own band.

As I snuggled under the covers with my latest book (The Golden Compass--which I am LOVING after a rocky start!), I liked to imagine that the pounding rain was swallowing my house whole.…

obscenity in the library?

Many people don't realize the obscenely huge amounts of money that libraries spend on things like periodical subscriptions; by periodical I mean things that are considered more academic subscriptions, i.e. The Journal of Medicine and not US Weekly or People (for you non-library peeps). Granted expensive titles like what are given in the examples are found more in academic libraries than in public, it puts things into perspective--especially if you ever used your college library...maybe your brain is worth a little more, eh?

Click this link, then click Enter the Exhibit, to see a fascinating example of how expensive periodical subscriptions cost! One example that they use is, "The Journal of Applied Polymer Science costs $16,157. For this price you could donate the equivalent of 32 heifers to Heifer International and help needy families become self-reliant through sustainable development."

So, take advantage of your libraries (except you TSO, since the Dollar General is mo…

Dr. Seuss'ing it in pictures

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I wrote about our Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, so I thought I would post two pics of Monster Niece S and Monster Nephew A.
Monster Nephew A coloring his "Cat in the Hat," with me. Monster Nephew will be 2 in May, and his mother refuses to cut his "cute baby curls" until then. My boy's got a MULLET! I put his hair in a pig tail the other day...cute...he looked like a mini-Westley! Here is a picture of Monster Niece S (the blondie in the middle), 3 1/2, also making her "Cat in the Hat." There was also a really cute picture of me reading Horton Hears a Who to the kiddies, but alas, the pic would have betrayed my anonymity...so for those of you know the real me check out my Facebook page. Pics soon to be posted on Myspace too.

making room for change

Driving to work today and looking at the dark sky and gray, barren trees alongside the expressway made it feel like a very Gothic day. Not paint-your-face-with-lots-of-black-make-up-and-lament-that-you-are-alive gothic, but rather, gothic like stay-at-home-in-bed-with-a-cup-of-tea-and-read Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and Poe's The Telltale Heart-and-get-really-creeped-out-kinda-gothic.

The three day weekend went by far too quickly, with big chunks of it spent in church. Friday I went church hopping with best friend L for Good Friday services and was pleasantly surprised when the second church we went to had a Taize prayer/adoration of the Cross number. It was very spiritual and not hokey--which is how I interpret many of our more "meaningful" Lenten activities, they mean well, but fall short for me.

Saturday I had to look at bridesmaids dresses with best friend Married K, who is standing up in a wedding. My nightmare hour and a half spent in the bridal sh…

worth sharing

Just discovered this site: Detroit Funk. It is an awesome array of pictures of all things Detroit. This particular link made me miss being downtown for school at Wayne State. I do miss seeing some parts of the city.

Woot Woot Detroit Funk!

a beginning at the end

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I promise this one won't be as "political" as the last one.
Busy busy last few days, where to begin. I have been asked to write a Graduation Reflection to share at my church's Graduation Mass, and though I agreed, I am now mulling over what I will say and where I can get enough Xanax to make me feel less nervous.
Thursday my boss at the Library let me trade my lunch break so that I could leave early to go downtown to Detroit and pick up my cap n' gown (not to be confused with like Capn' Crunch...?). I made it down to Wayne State in amazing time (yes, I speed), and was in and out with everything purchased and Graduation tickets picked up in 15 minutes--and not even the Meter whores who gave me 9 tickets in my four semesters there, were able to catch me.
Walking back to the car cap and gown in hand, in the sunlight of a mid 40s kind of day, made me feel so accomplished. There was nothing but beauty in Detroit that day. The sun lit the old buildings around me and …

5 years in Iraq

Yesterday marked the 5th Anniversary of our involvement in Iraq.

I am proud that my family has been serving our country militarily since WWII, with one of my Grandfather's present at the storming of the beach at Normandy, France, eventually getting a Purple Heart for his efforts during The Battle of the Bulge. Both of my grandfathers (one Navy, one Army) served, my father was a Sailor, both my brothers have served as Sailors, and a slew of aunts, uncles and cousins have fitted our country with military men and women in every branch of service. I am a staunch Patriot in the deepest sense: I love our country and I thank God every day for our freedoms. That said, I am in opposition of futile and injust battle. I don't have the words to properly express what I feel about this situation with Iraq, so I will share a quote (the author is unknown to me) that I have hanging in my room, which best describes my feelings on the current situation. "Fighting for peace is like fucking fo…

I love my job, reason #22

Seriously, I love being a Children's Librarian. I did a reading a couple weeks back at one of the local elementary schools. I read books to 2nd graders for about a half an hour. I carefully chose my books, trying to get crowd pleasers that would show the kids that, "reading is fun," etc., so I wound up taking:

Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak(my favorite)
Sylvester and the Magic Pebbleby William Steg
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
and The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (an oldy, but still a favorite story of mine!)

(Also any Librarian might notice that I am also trying to innundate the little monsters with award winners: Where the Wild Things Are, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and The Little House are all Caldecott Medal Winners.

Anyway, I was a little intimidated at first--reading to 60+ staring eyes--but once I started reading things went great and the kids seemed interested. Anyway, today I received a stack of Thank-you letters from the …

St. Patty's Day, 3 engagements and an anniversary

Tonight is our St. Patty's Day party and I am so glad that I get out of doing that. I love the kiddies but I love green beer too, and so look forward to that holiday classic later after work.

Friend Stac called last week to tell me that her and boyfriend Jay got engaged over last weekend. (No plans for the date--some time next year). I was very happy for her, etc. Then this weekend upon seeing my friend A.E., I learned that she and her boyfriend George had also just gotten engaged. (This wedding is scheduled for December!) Both girls are part of a group of college friends that we all call the 7 North Ladies since we met while all living on the 7th floor of the same dorm. I was a junior and the other 4 girls were freshman. Justine, another of the 7 North girls is getting married in July--so for those of you keeping track that is 3 engaged, two not. Of the not's, myself and Beck, Beck is in year 2 of a relationship...You do the math--I am going to be the last one to tie the prove…

Horton hears a...wha?

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Had our Dr. Seuss Birthday party this weekend. We had a really great turn out for our Dr. Seuss' Birthday party, which was held this past weekend. We had 56 people of all ages come out for an hour spent reading Dr. Seuss books, Dr. Seuss themed art projects: create the cat in the hat, decorate red fish and blue fish, and create Horton's egg, and we also sang "Happy Bitrthday Dr. Seuss," complete with a Cat in the Hat cake.

My Mom and sister A1 brought Monster Niece S and Nephew A. It was totally adorable--when they walked in Monster Nephew A walked up to me while I was reading our first story, McElligot's Pool, and said, "Monster," (using my real name of course) and just grinned at me. Such a sweet child and talking so much these days.

We also read Horton Hears a Who! since I know that people will be taking their kids to that blasted movie!! Is anyone else dissapointed to see that a book which takes all of ten minutes to read is being turned into a movie!…

withdrawls from the girl who lived

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be two movies!!

In case anyone is CUCKOO FOR COCO PUFFS ABOUT HARRY POTTER like I am I thought you might be interested in the above link. I just hope Heyman (The Director of Order of the Phoenix, who will also be directing the last three movies) doesn't ruin 7 the way that he ruined the movie for Order of the Phoenix. Any hollaback from anyone else about that? I was really dissapointed with it--I would have to say Chris Columbus did the best movies (he directed Harry Potters' 1 & 2 movies).

For those of you nay sayers of the whole series I found this picture amusing--another movie, you say?--yes, yes, another way for J.K. Rowling to rake in the money from "The Boy who lived."

I am definitely kick you in the crotch, spit on your neck excited at the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is going to be two movies--it will be easier on my HP withdrawl.

literally GREEN beer

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I love the Sierra Club! I am a GREEN girl through and through--both because I am Irish and because I am a big environmentalist. My hobbies include recycling anything I can, making recyclable paper mache projects and generally annoying my roommate by shouting things like, "what is this doing in the trash?! THIS is recyclable!"

So, I was very pleased to find a link to this article in my inbox today. Thank you Sierra Club! Hope they don't mind me sharing this clever little article from the Sierra Club Blog:

The Green Life

Green Beer for St. Patrick's Day
Go ahead and enjoy a brewskie that's been dyed green for St. Patrick's Day, but then check out these beers that are even greener because the companies that make them are working to lighten their carbon footprint. If you know of any others, we'd all love to hear about them.

Then maybe we can enjoy a green-green beer!

New Belgium, maker of the ever-popular "Fat Tire" beer and many other Belgian-style beers…

the job of Librarians, "a lot less dangerous"

Is this week going by painfully slow for anyone else?

I worked at the Library on Monday and had a productive day. Great morning storytime with my 15-23 month old kids. Worked Reference all day and learned how to delete things from our catalog, and so began my readalong book kits weeding project. I am getting rid of all the kids readalongs (books and tape sets) which haven't been checked out in at least the last 2 years. It is no wonder that some of this stuff has never been checked out. Many of the books are weird or just plain creepy, or you look at them and think "why would you possibly want to listen to anyone read this tripped out story?" I think the last person who ordered these was either a total WEIRDO...or on crack. I am leaning towards the latter since I found books with titles like, Our Beaver Friend goes upstream. Ummm...?

It took me nearly 3 hours and I only made it through the letter "H." I am looking forward to hopefully finishing the weeding tomorr…

a sunflower like Maude

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Saturday was a lazy day and I have little more to ulger of its passing than to say that I saw "Harold and Maude " for the first time and was so taken--so unbelievably taken in by that movie!

I loved everything about it: Harold's disgust with his family situation and his mother's opaque upper class unawareness, Maude's simple way of seeing everything, the dialog, the scenery, the simple love that grows between them--I am so tired of every movie that I see which usually winds up in a passionate sex-fest, and while I understand that passion can be part of attraction, I also believe in a good friendship in my basis of love.

I also love the Cat Stevens soundtrack for Heaven's Sake!! Cat Stevens did for this movie, what Simon & Garfunkel did for "The Graduate," (which by the way I do not like!) In short I think I have found a new movie to add to my list of favorites.

Maude: I should like to change into a sunflower most of all. They're so tall and sim…

"out of your element"

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Spring cleaning has been on my brain, as you may have noticed, and yet I was unable to confront the boxes that I still have hidden away in the trunk of my car and the huge pile in the basement at my house. I think part of me knows that it may be hard and nostalgic to go through those boxes from Mom and Dad’s basement, and is avoiding that, but I also know that part of me loves to hang out too much and that is the real reason that I did not get to any box sorting this weekend. I did rearrange and “Spring clean” my room, and while everything was being reordered and “feng shui-ed," I was continually astonished at how many tufts of dog fur I found hidden in the dark spots of my room (i.e. under my bed) and in the corners. YUCKO! I am very sure that our dog Toby is in fact balding and has thus far been amazing at hiding that fact from me—but I am on to him now.

I feel like my social calendar has been so busy lately that I have not been able to truly meditate this Lenten season and I am…

got bugs?

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Another weekend is upon us. It seems that the weeks are flying by and Spring is around the corner. Though we received another 7.5 inches of the fluffy white stuff the other day Spring is definitely in the air. The temperature while still clinging in the 20s-30s has been surprisingly gentle with the sun making its first appearances--from behind grey cloud--in what seems like the first time in centuries. Amazing how winter can be so awe inspiring at times; that first snow is delicate and welcomed, but Jesus, by the end I am willing to beat up my old neighbors for even a glimmer of sunshine.

This week went by mercifully fast after those long days. This week I had my weekly Babies and Toddler storytimes as well as one of my Afternoon groups were the kiddies come in and we read a few books and do art projects. This weeks theme was the ocean so I read a book called 100 things you should know about the Ocean or something like that, and my kiddos (had 8 this week--my biggest batch for this act…

Bush-isms translated into design

"The Chronicle" hosted a contest where contestants could submit a design for the George W. Bush Library on the back on an envelope. Some of the designs were amazing and hilarious. Maybe I am not alone in not being a George W. fan!

Watch this link--it is really impressive!

Also, here is a link to an interesting story about a book club of homeless men.

noteworthy news...?

Wow...I am not sure what is sadder--that this is an actual article or the fact that I reposted it? I was ever so proud that one of my haunt cities that we hang in frequently (Ferndale) made it into this story.

Where will I be on St. Patty's Day, you ask? I will be sitting in a bathtub full of Guiness singing Danny Boy as loudly as I can.

NY Pub Bans 'Danny Boy' on St. Patrick's
By VERENA DOBNIK
, Associated Press Writer Wed Mar 5, 11:27 PM ET

NEW YORK - It's depressing. It's not usually sung in Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Its lyrics were written by an Englishman who never set foot on Irish soil. Those are only some of the reasons a Manhattan pub is giving for banning the song "Danny Boy" for the entire month of March.

"It's overplayed, it's been ranked among the 25 most depressing songs of all time, and it's more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick's Day celebration," says Shaun Clancy, who owns Foley's Pub …

like butter scraped over too much bread

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*Bilbo knows what I am talking about*

This will be brief, but I wanted to at least post something since I haven't written in forever. I am in the last stretch at work. It is after 6pm and after my 15 min. break is up I have to get my materials together for my Babies Group, which meets tomorrow a.m., and then set up for my Bedtime storytime group which meets at 7pm tonight. That group will take me to 7:30pm, and then I am out of here at 8pm. 8pm, I can't even fathom being able to stay awake while I read the kiddos their freaking stories tonight. Maybe instead of reading the uber sweet books I have chosen: The Giving Tree (S. Silverstein), Moon Ball (J. Yolen), and Oscar and the Mooncats(L. Raymond and How do dinosaurs say good night?, I will instead teach the kids about real life with a little "real-life" story.

"Once upon a time there was a *slightly* chubby scullery maid, who we'll call (annonimity is very important in these cases) Wilomena Beaverstashen. And…

"It says gas"

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Accidentally came across the Online Archive of California today and thought I would share the link. I love looking at old pictures and this site had tons. The picture is available here.