Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday Night Musings


I am stunned that October is nearly over. I cannot believe how time passes. I've been at this new library gig for a few months now and I absolutely love it.

First things first.
Let this stupid Presidential election be over already! I feel sorry for the historians who will have to document these debates. All three of them were ugly. I yelled at the television during the first debate, played presidential debate bingo during the second debate, and imbibed cheap wine during the third debate. Ick. Ugh. If I didn't have cool things going on here in the states, I would be moving to Europe. Preferably England or Scotland. Anyway, if you know me well enough, you probably know who I would vote for. That's all I'm going to say here.I'm staying as neutral as I can.

Second of all, the past couple of months have been great for reconnecting with friends from the past--even as far back as high school. I participated in an informal band reunion, a CAbi (clothing) party with high school peeps, a poetry night in a new venue, and a surprise birthday party for a friend and former band mate. I rode up to the party with a dear friend I haven't seen for awhile. It's good to reconnect with family and friends.

There are others Steve and I miss dearly. I know too much time goes by, and then it is awkward to reach out.
Sometimes I'm too afraid. I shut down and I can't. Fear does that to a person.

What is beautiful is that at this point in our lives, no one cares so much about drama. It's like a facade or a mask that cracks and disintegrates with the passing of time. At this point, most people don't care and don't judge. At this point, we're happy to see each other again. We're alive. That is one of the advantages of aging--we're just happy to be breathing and eating well and drinking good wine.
Life's too short for size six.

That's all for now. Will post current pics soon. Much love! Thank you for reading. xoxo

Monday, September 05, 2016

Anniversaries, Weekend, and Bug Zapping

Hello! I can't believe it's September 5 already! I missed the entire month of August on the blog. Happily,I've been blogging at the Middlebury Community Public Library, and recently, I started a couple of Instagram accounts (one for me, one for the 'bary). It's been fun.

It's been a crazy, fun, exhausting, and exhilarating two months! Today I am celebrating two anniversaries: 1) eleven years on the Marimba and Ice blog; and 2) two months at my new library gig. Time flies! Speaking of flies, or rather, mosquitoes...

This weekend was gorgeous, so Steve and I spent most of it outside with friends. Saturday night was Rock Band Night. It's been forever and a day since we played Rock Band. It was fab. Kenny captured me rocking out to Rob Zombie (hence the lovely photograph).

Sunday, Steve and I attended a birthday party. I was able to stay later than he. I discovered a new toy--the bug swatter. It looks like a tennis racket, and it zaps any bug that you swat. I played with one and chased bugs in front of the window like Renfield was chasing bugs in Dracula while people were singing "Happy Birthday" to our friend. I'm sure that would have made a hilarious photograph.

Anyhoo, after dinner tonight (Monday), Steve and I went to the store, bought bird seed and my new bug swatter. Unfortunately, my aim wasn't perfect-- I was still chewed up by the mosquitoes. In fact, there is a bottle of aloe vera chilling in the fridge so I can get relief from the bites. Mosquitoes: 1; Lori: 0. However, it was satisfying to zap a few of those pests.

Have a good week!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hello, Birthday, and the Pumpkinvine

July has been a whirlwind! The last few weeks have been a blur. I have been coming home and then pretty much crashing after dinner. Also, I have been celebrating since Wednesday, and this new job is an amazing birthday present! It makes turning 45 a lot more fun. I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to have so many good people in my life. Thank you for being part of my life. :)

Also, a small group of us biked the Pumpkinvine (a nature trail in Middlebury)as a YA program after two cancellations due to stormy weather. Here is a link about the Pumpkinvine if you are interested: I'll be able to snap better pictures this fall when I'm not on a borrowed bike. ;)

Here are some of the highlights:

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Friday was a busy but fun day. I woke up early and took care of Tiny (26 pound lover cat), hopped on the toll road, stopped at a BP gas station to pick up caffeine. I accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up in the next county! It's a good thing I left really early; I still made it to the 'bary on time. One of my colleagues drove us through the countryside and treated me to lunch. It was really sweet of her; I am touched. We also worked on crafts for next week. (It's still summer reading until the end of the month.)After the 'bary, I drove back home, and met up with Steve to take care of Tiny for the last time this year. Then, we came home, and I crashed pretty early--probably from the adrenalin of the new job and new schedule. I'm looking forward to going back on Monday.

It's Sunday afternoon already. The weekend passed by quickly, and I am trying (unsuccessfully) to relax before week two at the library. So far, I watered the cats (Steve feeds and scoops), worked out, went grocery shopping and bought fruits and veggies for the week, put away groceries, watered the thirsty spider plant on the front porch (I need to move it to the back--less sunlight), and filled the bird feeders. On Saturday, Steve and I tended to Minnie the Cat, attended a surprise birthday party at the park, and visited Hacienda for dinner. I took a long siesta on Saturday and went to bed early. I woke up later today. I really want to go to the lake or the beach today, but it's not in the plans. Maybe next weekend. :)

I've also started reading teen literature again for marketing purposes. Although I like teaching, I much prefer reading rather than grading in my spare time. It doesn't feel like work. I just finished a book by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Elizabeth Gilbert's sister) entitled heaven is paved with oreos. (The title is in lowercase on purpose.) It is a fun, coming-of-age book about a girl named Sarah Zorn. She's an intelligent fourteen-year-old who is beyond her years. Sarah goes on a trip to Italy with her grandmother (I'm envious!) and she encounters many adventures.

That's all for now! I will post again soon. Thank you for reading! Have a good week! xoxo

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The Bun is Back! The First Day

Hello! I am nodding off while writing this post, but I wanted to share my first day with you. It has been a little over six years, but it is good to get back in the proverbial saddle. I did not realize how much I missed librarianship until entering the library doors today. Everyone was helpful and kind and welcoming. I arrived at 8:20 a.m. today and brought flowers for the branch. I filled out paperwork, read circulation and policy manuals, perused Kirkus and Library Journal, visited library websites, and helped out at the service desk.
Thank you for your kind words and support.I really appreciate you! I will most likely be asleep by 9:30 p.m. Good night! xoxo

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Insomnia and New Career

I am now paying for the siesta I took this afternoon; it is almost 3:00 a.m. and I am writing instead of sleeping. Steve and two of the four cats are sprawled out on the bed. Perhaps a king-size bed is not out of the question. The weather is slightly chilly, so I am donning Hello Kitty pajamas and curled up on the couch with a favorite grey blanket.

Oscar is taking advantage of the fact that I am in the living room; he stared at me with those gorgeous orange eyes and begged to be let out on the porch. So, I caved. He is now camped out on top of the cat condo, and probably will not move until dawn. Lucky cat; sleep still eludes me. Hopefully some almond milk will help. I now stand corrected: the two youngest cats are running back and forth and playing out on the porch.

Well, you may already know this, but if you don't, here goes: I GOT THE JOB!!! :) I received the telephone call last Thursday. On the week of July 4, I will be starting my new gig as the Teen Services Librarian at Middlebury Community Public Library. I am looking forward to it, although it is odd not to be going back to an adjunct teaching gig--at least, for now. When I learn my new position, I may be able to teach online or a blended course if the schedule allows it.

Returning to a full-time position at one location after six years of piecing together jobs will be good. Librarianship is going to be fun again, and I am going to (again) pour my heart into it. Having a steady job will allow me the freedom to pursue writing and other creative endeavors without the worry of finances. So, I didn't get a coveted full-time teaching job. That's okay--I think I'm meant to be back in the 'bary where I can use my degree, and the overwhelmingly positive responses on my Facebook account confirms it.

Okay, my eyelids are starting to droop, so I am going to sign off. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 21 & June 22, 2016

Malbec and insect repellent do not taste good together. ;) I need more practice using bug repellent. (Note to self: keep mouth closed when spraying.) I spent about a half hour outside in the garden tonight and about a half an hour this afternoon. There’s something grounding about photographing perennials and strolling through the yard in my bare feet, especially since there’s been a lot going on personally and professionally. Thank goodness jury duty was cancelled today; the thought of being sequestered in the middle of uncertainty absolutely terrifies me. This is the second time in three months that I have been summoned, and then the trial is cancelled.

I had a job interview last Friday for a full-time position, and I am waiting to hear back sometime this week. The part-time adjunct teaching gigs have fallen through this summer due to low enrollment and college closings. I was not expecting this setback this spring and summer, but I am doing my best to roll with it. It’s not worth my health not to—during a wellness checkup last month my blood pressure was high for the first time—perhaps because the medical assistant repeatedly gouged my cold, clammy middle finger in the attempt to extract blood.

Anyhow, I am cuddling with Steve and the kitties, playing music, taking photographs of animals and flowers, working out several times a week, and writing poetry. I am also doing my best to reach out to family and friends and not to retreat from the world, even though that is what my introverted self really wants to do.