Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Flowers, Hairapy, Taming the Caterpillars, and Stumbling Around in Scorch's (or rather Steve's) Kitchen
Monday, April 28, 2008
This is another one of the many adventures we've had with Jack. On alternative Friday nights, Steve hosts a pirate gaming night at our house. It's very lively and fun. The guests enjoy the conversation, the gaming, and meeting Jack, Java, and Latte. Java and Latte were perfect cats hostesses and entertained the guests with their charm, looks, and wit. Jack charmed the group with his rambunctious self. Until the second night.
During the game, innocent Jack climbs down the stairs into what I call The Boy Hut, which is also the gaming room. He slinks to the opposite side of the room and disappears unnoticed in the covered litter box. The group then notices Jack running away and up the stairs, probably aware of what is going to happen next. Suddenly, a waft permeates the air and simultaneously the group notices a horrific scent. Jack has managed to clear the room. Steve, horrified as he is a consciencious host, takes the room spray and manages to cover the offensive odor. That was the talk of the evening.
The next game, all's well. The group is enjoying themselves until they notice Jack the Wondercat slinking down the steps. They exclaim, "Uh-oh." And yes, Jack strikes again, and indeed Jack the Wondercat makes a big stink about gaming.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
(Piglet- lcs 2008)
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I need to be working on my library reports, so I guess I am warming up by posting on the blog. It's a beautiful day and it's only going to get better this week. I attended taekwondo tonight and learned more self-defense moves. It was cool. We also practiced forms, nunchakus, and bow staff forms. I am going to attempt to read a book called Then we Came to the End by Joshua Ferris.
Monday, April 14, 2008
sweet potatoes with garlic and oil (mmm) and green beans al dente. Add a little pinot noir and some dessert wine and it was fabulous. To top off the evening, there was a surprise cake for Staeve. He's all grown up! :)
Afterwards, we watched more Hardy Boys episodes and made fun of their clothes. (It's MST3K disco-style!) It was a perfect day with the most wonderful people!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
(Cherry on a Spoon, Minneapolis, LCS March 2008).
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
This is my first day on my own. I manage to trot to the convention center without getting too lost. Clear skies and crisp, but beautiful. A vendor from the exhibits offered me a cab with him, but I kindly refused. (Steve will be surprised to read about the odd things that happened while I was in Minnesota. I didn't want him to worry).
I attend fun sessions on librarianship...Technozoo (a program on fun new gadgets and technology)and Reader's Advisory. I also visit the exhibits and pick up a lot of free books.
I met Ing back in the room. We then walked to Murray's, where the librarians gather for cocktails (I enjoyed a rum and diet coke) and enjoy a lovely dinner on the town. I had pasta, which I took home that night and put in our fridge in the suite! We took a taxi home since it is a late night.
Welcome to bun-fest! Almost 10,000 librarians attended this conference. There are eleven of us from Indiana. I feel like I am in an intellectual Oz, trying to find my way around downtown Minneapolis and weaving my way through the crowds to the sessions. Thank goodness Ing is here to help me through the first day.
We saw Nancy Pearl, who is famous in the library world, introduce publishers who recommended new cool books. Then we saw John Wood, a dynamic person who left his cushy gig at Microsoft to start his own company called Room to Read, which is a program that helps children worldwide by opening schools and libraries. He inspires me to go out and make a difference somehow.
After the sessions, the exhibits have the grand opening. There's alcohol and food available for librarians, but I did not have any. I walk inside the exhibits and I am completely overwhelmed with all the people. I retreat to the comfort of my hotel room. Ing and I meet up and head out for dinner and pretty much crash the first night.
Friday, April 04, 2008
(Image courtesy of planet99.com)
We circled around downtown Minneapolis to find the hotels. (Four people roomed in three different hotels). My roommate,who will be only known as Ing and I hauled our many suitcases through the back way of the Embassy Suites where the parking garage was located. (At this point we did not have our bearings and did not know where to find the front entrance). Suddenly, a large car came racing up out of the garage and startled, we jumped on the small island in-between. Eventually, after asking the kindly staff in the glass cubes in the parking garage, we found our way indoors and into...
a beautiful suite. It was like an apartment with a lovely view of the city. We had a living room, a kitchen table, a bar, a bathroom, and a bedroom. Each room had a television. We hardly watched tv, I mostly read or slept.
After checking in and dropping off our luggage, we asked the kindly staff at the desk where was a good place to eat. He recommended a place called Dan Kelly's. So we trotted off to Dan Kelly's and sat in a lovely booth with great service when we encountered our first local cat from Minneapolis. He staggered to our table and introduced himself to us as Tony (later to be renamed Cocaine Tony) and asked if he could sit with us. We politely declined. Thankfully he left.
We finished our meal and headed back to our hotel. We meet up with Tony,who staggers beside us and proceeds to slur that he was drinking and doing cocaine. Nice. I am thinking of an exit plan(where to run) and going through blocking and self-defense moves while Ing kindly and calmy talks to him. Finally, we cross the avenue and to our suite, leaving Cocaine Tony to stagger home. Needless to say, it was an interesting first night!
(Madison, Wisconsin.Photograph courtesy of gwu.edu.)
I would have posted sooner but am looking for my long lost digital camera! I hope it is found because of the wonderful memories the camera captured on my trip. (It also has sentimental value because it was my graduation present from SLIS). Meanwhile, I'll find other photos to accompany the text.
Tuesday, March 25
We left the parking lot at around 8:30a.m. It was cold but sunny and windy. Four brave travelers entered the van and drove off to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The only difficulty with the travels was in the Michigan City. There's always snow and sleet because of the Lake.
We drove through the Chi-town(Chicago)skyway, past the IKEA store, and on to Wisconsin. We stopped in Madison, Wisconsin at a wonderful place called Noodles. The building is two stories in downtown Madison. We shared the some of the salads and Japanese noodles. Mmm. Madison is a neat city, very clean with recycle bins everywhere. There's the capital on one side and the University on the other.
Three of us visited the Madison Public Library and looked at the set-up. Very interesting. The librarians were friendly (one had a neat tattoo on her arm).It had a laid-back feel and did not notice any security.
Out of Madison and on the road again.Two deer sightings on the field to our left.
On the outskirts of Wisconsin we stopped at a gas station and there was a plastic deer (red) and a mouse with cheese.
Finally, we ended up in Minnesota and the last stretch seemed to last forever! Hills and woods surrounded the highways. Then, we passed through St. Paul and found his twin, Minneapolis.
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