Midnight Moonlight July Posting Part Deux


Here are some pics from the late spring/summer so far in no particular order.

Indiana Library Federation Conference at IUSB

WordPlay Poetry group after attending a poetry gig in South Bend, IN

The Little Eat at Ken and Tammy's Place

Lunching with Valerie and Steve at ALA in Chicago

Film Group Chez Sigety

Midnight Moonlight July Posting


The lilies are in full bloom in the garden Chez Sigety, so it must be July. A couple of months have passed since the last post, so I can fill you in on some events that have occurred:

Steve and the kitties are doing well. They are my world-- this home would just be an empty house without them.

I had forgotten that the busy-ness of summer reading in public libraries is much like retail during the holidays! Yowser! We are keeping busy at the Middlebury Community Public Library, and if my teens check out and read 1,500 books (fiction and nonfiction) in June and July, I will dye my hair blue for Gen Con in August. I have a sneaking suspicion that I will indeed have blue hair,especially since graphic novels and manga are permitted and tend to be fast reads. And, I am proud to brag that I have awesome teens. They are my kids and I am so proud of them.

Speaking of libraries, I celebrated one year on July 5. It's been quite a year--I have learned a lot personally and profession…

Old Friend


Marimba and Ice is an old friend. I may not visit or write as often as I intend to, but this blog has been here since 2005. We've been through a lot. I momentarily panicked when I could not remember the password to access the dashboard, but obviously I am here and so are you, so all is well.

Hope you are well.

Spring has sprung since we chatted last, and National Poetry Month(April) finished up this weekend. What else is going on? I'm still learning a new job that I still love. I'm spending time with Steve, the fur kids, and loved ones. I harassed Steve about turning as old as me this month. (We're the same age for three months.)

I co-edited a poetry anthology called WordPlay. I co-wrote a gaming article for a blog called Gnome Stew that was released last week. Collaboration is a lot of fun--I think that is where I do my best writing. I'm writing copy for our teen blog at work, and I'm stumbling through maintaining our Instagram account at my job. …


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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 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 Boo…

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…

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 …

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.…