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Friday Five: Sick & Tired

July 30, 2010

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I’ve been doing a lot of contemplation lately. A LOT. I am fed up with a lot of things in my life right now. Don’t get me wrong. Not everything in life is horrible. But many things could and should change. Here are the five at the top of the list right now.

1. I am sick & tired of battling my weight. I’m not obese, but I’m not skinny. I’m heavier than I would like to be. And I’m sure my doctor would like me to be a few pounds lighter as well. I have been trying to lose some weight (20 lbs) for a very long time. I have no will power. NONE! I’m my own worst enemy, and it’s so frustrating. I know that if I just changed my image of myself, and accepted how I look, I would be much happier. But with my weight, I’m not one of those people who can always say “it is what it is.”

2. My attitude sucks. I work at two different libraries. My attitude at each one is completely different. I am a super nice, accomodating, helpful person at one library. At the other, I am run down, negative, pessimistic. I hate myself when I am there. I can’t change other people. I need to change myself. I need to block out the negativity, be more positive, and have a more optimistic outlook. I used to be like that. I need to be like that again.

3. I am a scrapbooker. I document life. I document events. I document the everyday things that happen around me. It’s fun. I love it. I don’t do it enough. I need to do it more. I need to make time every week to have some fun scrapbooking.

4. I’m not a good connector. I am too insulated in my own world. I lose touch with people easily. It is too easy to ignore an email, or not return a phone call, or not even make a phone call in the first place. I need to improve this part of myself. I need to make connections, and nurture those connections.

5. I need to get off my own back. All of this complaining isn’t healthy. Life is what it is. I need to remember that. I read a blog post today by Ali Edwards called Things Left Undone. Ali is a scrapbooker, an author, among many other things. She is a huge inspiration to me. She has such a great outlook on life. I strive to be more like her. Basically, her blog post is a reminder to herself to not worry about what didn’t get done. It reminds her to be happy about the reason why she didn’t get those things done. I need to remind myself of this more often.

Recently, I read that librarians are agents of change. There’s a lot of truth to that. I am an agent of change, and I need to change things in myself.

Here’s to a fresh start and positive changes.

Waiting on Wednesday: Fragile

July 28, 2010


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 This week’s pre-publication can’t wait to read selection is:

Fragile by Lisa Unger

Psychologist Maggie Cooper and her husband, Det. Jones Cooper, disagree on how to handle their rebellious son, 17-year-old Rick, who prefers to spend time with his band or holed up with his girlfriend, Charlene Murray. When Charlene disappears one night after a fight with her mother, Maggie and Jones wonder if she ran off to Manhattan, but are reminded of the disappearance 20 years earlier of Sarah Meyers, whose mutilated body was found after she vanished on her way home from school. Though the alleged killer confessed, there are still unanswered questions, and Maggie and Jones find themselves forced to revisit the past as suspicion falls on Rick.
This title will be released on August 3, 2010.

What are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday: I’d Know You Anywhere

July 21, 2010


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 This week’s pre-publication can’t wait to read selection is:


I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

After living in England, Eliza has returned to the Washington, D.C., area where she grew up with her successful husband and their sneaky 13-year-old daughter and sweet young son. Some might consider full-time housewife Eliza a throwback and oddly passive, yet as Lippman slowly reveals, she is actually a woman of considerable, if covert, wisdom and strength. Eliza’s story unfolds in two time frames. One exposes the profound complexity of her horrifying ordeal in 1985 when, at age 15, she was kidnapped and held hostage by Walter, a brooding, diabolically enthralling mechanic on a bloody spree, raping and murdering young women. The other tracks Eliza’s response when Walter, on Death Row just weeks away from his execution, manages to once again exert his sinister, manipulative powers.
This title will be released on August 17, 2010.

What are you waiting on this week?

Friday Five: When I’m Director

July 16, 2010

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Someday, I hope to be a library director. Here are five things I will do when I’m the director of a library. I’ve thought about what it takes to be a director, and what I’d like to see myself doing when I’m at this level.

1. When I’m a newbie, I will meet with each department as a whole to see what works and what doesn’t. I’d like to be able to fix something that’s broken, and continue other things that work.

2. I will not let people get stuck in their ways.

3. I will not be a doormat.

4. I will make sure that I practice transparency, and also make sure that the library is transparent to its patrons.

5. I will do some shelf reading every week. I want to lead by example.

Not If I See You First

July 14, 2010

Dear Aunt Sue,

It’s been one year since you left this world. It has been one of the hardest years of my life. I think of you every single day. Today, I lit a candle in your honor. It will burn all day, and you will be in my heart forever.

Your last words to me were “not if I see you first.” I’ll see you again.


Friday Five: Leaving… (Updated)

July 9, 2010

In a recent Friday Five post, I posted photos of places I hoped to visit on my vacation. I just got back, and I was able to visit all of the places I mentioned in that previous post. Here are my own photos of places I wanted to see in the Northwest.

1. Seattle Public Library

This was the most unusual library I have ever seen. It’s a very modern building, in downtown Seattle. I should have taken more pictures of it.

2. Pike Place Market

This market is famous for the fishmongers that throw fish back and forth to each other. I was expecting more of an open air market. Although it wasn’t what I expected, it was still very cool.

3. Powell’s Books

Some of my colleagues were in Portland recently for the PLA conference. One said, “You must visit Powell’s.” She was right, and I’m so glad I listened to her. This place was unbelievable, and now my favorite bookstore ever.

4. Astoria, OR

This house is famous for being the one that the Goonies were trying to save in the 80s classic movie. The owner lets people take pictures of it, as long as you walk up the street. It was fun to see the house from one of my favorite 80s movies.

5. Lombard St.

The last time I was in San Francisco, I was the only person out of the group I was with who didn’t drive down  the most crooked street. So, this time, it was decided that I had to drive down Lombard. I was panicked! I don’t know why, because it was easier than I thought. Actually, driving it turned out to be a lot of fun.

And there were some highlights from my summer vacation. What are your summer plans?

Waiting on Wednesday: A Special Place

July 7, 2010


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 This week’s pre-publication can’t wait to read selection is:


A Special Place: The Heart of a Dark Matter by Peter Straub

Creepy to the core, this novella shines a terrible light on the backstory of Straub’s acclaimed A Dark Matter (2010). Young Keith Hayward idolizes his charming, charismatic Uncle Till. When Keith’s mother asks Till to talk to Keith after the boy is found dismembering a dead cat, Till recognizes a kindred spirit and begins to instruct Keith on smart, secret ways to pursue his evil endeavors. As the years pass, Keith grows older and bolder in his sadistic pleasures, and when Till comes back into town, Keith finds the perfect way to impress him.
This title will be released on July 20, 2010.

What are you waiting on this week?