Monday, March 13, 2017


post; paying
fine in words.


I can't believe this is the first blog post of 2017! Holy crap! Where does the time go?
I noticed the drafts that I started--and obviously stopped--twice. Once in January and once in February. Well, as they say, three times is a charm. It's not for lack of trying.

A friend of mine, Hillary, sent me a message and asked if I was still writing poetry for this blog. I had to think for a minute. Um, not lately. Not here. But I've been writing blog posts at my new library gig, and collaborated on a poetry project with WordPlay, and I write in my journals and on pieces of scrap paper... but not here. Obviously.

Well, Happy New Year and Happy Valentine's Day and Happy March. I promise to write more often, as once a year won't cut it. This blog deserves more, and so do you.

Thank you, Hillary. This post (and the poem above) is dedicated to you. -xo


Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Night Library Musings


I'm sitting on the grey sofa in blue pajamas with Moshi and Sakura snoring nearby. Steve's at his semi-monthly game tonight. I should be at WordPlay, the cool open mic poetry gathering in Elkhart, but I've sequestered myself because I've missed work for two days and need to be on my game to work tomorrow. I'm loving the new library gig, by the way--next month will be six months at MCPL, and I will officially be off double secret probation. I still can't believe I am getting paid to participate in book clubs!

Steve has been assisting with running a D&D game at the 'bary one Saturday a month. We have a couple of great groups. One participant brought his dad for moral support since he was running the game for the first time! It was really cute, and what a great library memory. It will be fun to see more people participating throughout the year.

In January, I will be involved with three library-sponsored book clubs: The Northridge Middle School Book Club; which is co-run with Teri, my cohort, Let's Talk About It; an adult book club that has been an ongoing series since the late 1970s, and Books and Brews, which is an adult book club that targets the younger adults (21+). We will be meeting at 41 Degrees North Restaurant in downtown Middlebury, so folks can sip tea or have a beer while talking about books. (If you live locally and wish to join us, there's plenty of room! Just let me know so I can register you for the event. It's the fourth Tuesday in January @ 5:30 p.m.)

In February, I would like to add a fourth book club-- The Kiera Cass Book Club for readers ages 12+. We featured The Selection (Think The Bachelor Meets The Hunger Games with less death. We can't keep the books in the series on our shelves, so it's a sign that there is an interest.

That's pretty much all I have right now-- I've been busy decorating the tree, purchasing presents, and writing cards. I'll try to be better with writing more often here, even if the entries are shorter. Have a good weekend--and stay warm!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Reflections on this Week


First of all, Happy Veteran's Day! I have family and friends who served in the military, and I am grateful for their service.

Second of all, I am shocked about the election results. I hope people can come together and try to work things out, otherwise it will be an ominous four years. I am over politics, and will focus on the arts, librarianship, music, and writing. It is not worth my mental and physical health.

Third, I was lucky to attend the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) conference with my director. It was so much fun catching up with friends and meeting new people! There are so many ideas I want to bring back to Middlebury. A community garden with the Boys & Girls Club is an idea.

Fourth, my co-writer and I received a scathing one-star review on Goodreads on our book. Rushed? Really? It took us two years and a hell of a lot of research to complete the book. Why is it necessary to be so negative? If I read a book I do not like, I tend not to comment on it, and I do not try to bring people down, because I know what goes into the process of writing, marketing, and publishing a book. Whatever. The majority of the reviews are positive, anyway. Moving forward...

Looking forward to a fun weekend...I am painting faces in Middlebury tomorrow for our mini-golf fundraiser. Have a great weekend!

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