Monday, September 04, 2017

Labor Day Weekend: Library, Gaming, Rock Band, and Kayaking

Isn't it interesting how a simple, one-line post on social media can inspire a person to write more about it on a blog? Yes, that is what I am doing now. Why reinvent the proverbial wheel, right? Or perhaps it is lazy blogging. At least I'm blogging here again!

So, how did you spend your Labor Day weekend? I stayed home on Thursday and Friday due to a nasty respiratory infection. I pushed myself on Wednesday and paid for it later. Fortunately, I was well enough to hang out with friends at Sunny's Korean Restaurant with Steve and some of our friends. We took over the outdoor patio and had a great time.

Saturday, Steve and I drove to my 'bary at Middlebury and facilitated our first D&D game since May. We had a lot of people (about 20, if you include parents and grandparents who dropped off and picked up the kids). I was happy to see that we had three GMs (Gaming Masters). The three-hour event ran smoothly.

Saturday night, Steve and I spent the evening with friends. We hung out with puppies, doggies, and humans. We also played Rock Band until about 2 a.m. (I am still sore from rocking out on the drums.)

Sunday afternoon/evening and Monday we ventured to the lake and visited family. The photo above is Russ Forest. (Steve and I always pass Russ Forest on the way to and from the lake.) I was able to venture out on the kayak in-between the rain. (I want to invest in a canoe--I love being on the water with a notebook, a pen, and my thoughts.) Something I need to remember is to take a water-proof camera phone with me when I'm canoeing or kayaking. There's no way I trust myself with my android around water.

After we arrived home, I attempted to work out at the gym, but they closed at 3 p.m. (Boo!) So, I walked around the 'hood before the rain started up again. This evening, I have been writing. After this current word drought, it's nice to be back.

Hope you enjoyed a fun weekend! I will be wearing my walking shoes tomorrow, for sure, since the library will be sure to be busy.
Have a good week!

New Layout, Blogaversary


I'm playing with new designs for both personal and professional blogs. It's been 12 years since I started Marimba and Ice! I'll keep this one as long as I am able to write. This blog has been a personal outlet and a professional launching pad.

I recommend that writers keep some kind of blog or online journal, not just for interacting with an audience, but for the purpose of
making writing a daily , weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly habit. (Yes, I am making light of the fact that I have been inconsistent here for the last couple of years. I plan on writing more often.)

It is easy to start your own blog; send me a comment or message ( if you are interested in starting one.

Also, as a result of writing for this blog, I was confident enough to start a YA (young adult) blog at the library where I am employed. It's been a lot of fun.

Have a great week--happy writing!

Monday, July 10, 2017

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 professionally in a short year. What I have started to focus on for year two (and beyond) is balance. I have to curb the perfectionist streak and realize that a)it's okay to make mistakes and be human; b)take time out for family/friends/self; and c) do more creative stuff again!

I am not in touch with loved ones nearly as much as I would like. That is primarily because I have been exhausted this year (new job with commute) and have dealt with some health stuff. I won't bore you with details, but I am working on strategies to lessen stress and fatigue, and to exercise more.

Well, it's technically Monday morning, so I am going to sign off and sleep. Have a good night. xoxo

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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. We're trying to stay afloat as various appliances start to break down. (Oh, the joys of home ownership!) And I bought an acoustic guitar (on a whim, vintage gift card, and an amzing sale) and still working on holding it properly. There are four free lessons that come with the purchase, also.

It's good to be back writing here.

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

Labor Day Weekend: Library, Gaming, Rock Band, and Kayaking

Isn't it interesting how a simple, one-line post on social media can inspire a person to write more about it on a blog? Yes, that is w...