Monday, September 29, 2008

Adventures With Greenie: A Gash in Libraryland's Parking Lot

(Greenie Gash 1 LCS 2008)
(Greenie Gash 2 LCS 2008)
(Hag, My Alter-Ego Puppet, Left as Librarian-in-Charge LCS 2008)
Well, if this isn't a case of the Mondays, I don't know what is (*laughs*).
It's my first day back to Libraryland from being pretty sick and then Greenie, my Honda Civic, gets tagged in the parking lot. Not just a tiny little dent and scratch, that happens, but the tail light on the left hand side is completely blown out and the rear end on the left hand side is totally dented in and sticking out. And the driver is nowhere to be seen. Hit and run. To be blunt, this sucks. However, my staff and patrons have been so sweet and sympathetic today,which makes this ordeal tolerable...
Thank goodness I slated for tomorrow off to take Greenie to the car hospital and I need to go back for a follow-up from my hospital visit on Thursday. Perhaps this warrants a trip to the spa for a hot stone massage? Mmm...I think yes.
Anyhow, I left my alter-ego and witch puppet "Hag" as Librarian-in-Charge tomorrow. She's holding a piece of my tailight as a momento.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Anne Heaton's Blazing Red Review

(Anne Heaton)
Today while I took it easy and rested most of the day (and most of this week), I listened to Anne Heaton's Blazing Red CD. It's beautiful. Produced by Gary Maurer and Anne Heaton, this album is definitely the most personal. I can tell by the artwork on the CD cover: line drawings of a woman, of the sun, and of the sea. Then I peruse the song titles-- Jump, Crystallize, Pieces of Me, My Only Way Out is In, Where Your Scar is, Momma to You, Out to Sea, Why I Resist, Blazing Red, Halfway Times Two, Fire Sign, Secret Weapon, Strings OV--and these are indicative of songs that are intimate, even soulful. Anne belts out her lyrics in her signature Irish-esque style. And I still remember selling her CDs outside St. Mary's auditorium many years ago and listening to that wonderful voice.
Check out Anne's website at http://www.anneheaton.com/ and listen for yourself.

Ten Timebuster Tips

I found this in a shoe box while going through photographs. The source is from a Day-Timer Personal Organizer pamplet. It's a great list! I hope it helps you. 1. List everything you need to do today--then number each item in order of priority. 2. Distinguish between "urgent"and "important" items-- and make time for the latter. 3. Don't just dream your goals--plan them. Write down the steps to each goal, and get started on step 1. 4. Make a quick decision on each piece of paper that crosses your desk: act on it, file it, or toss it. Prevent paper pile-ups! 5. Set a starting time as well as a deadline for all your projects. 6. Treat a big project like a pie; cut it up into slices! 7. Take 10 minutes a day to plan your day, and save up to an hour in execution! 8. When you're swamped with work, don't be afraid to say "no" to new projects. 9. If you run out of steam on one project, switch to another. A great revitalizer! 10. Trim the fat from your schedule: cut out low-payoff activities.

Steve Spilling Saturday:An Adventure Story

(Steve and Jack, LCS 2008)
This man is a saint. He has been doting on me (as always) this weekend due to my general gimpiness. The cats, however, have not spared him. I felt sorry for Steve during the adventures, but attempted not to laugh (well, a feeble attempt) and told him that it was definitely blog-worthy.
Yesterday morning, due to the pleasant fall weather, Steve decides to open the windows and let the air come in through the screens. The cats, particularly Jack, goes crazy. He hops up in the kitchen and proceeds to knock the catnip plant down, the pot, and the dirt all over the sink and counter top. Jack makes a sound similar to a bark, and hops down quickly.
Later, while Steve was watching TV and eating tasty miso soup on the couch, Latte jumps in his lap without notice and Steve spills the soup on his shirt, on the couch, and on the floor. (Thank goodness Steve was finished with it.) Latte hops away, similar to Jack's guilty exit earlier. Sweet, quiet Java enters the picture. Steve has his glass of water on the coffee table. Java sticks her entire head into the glass and attempts to start drinking. Steve exclaims,"Hey! Java!" Miss Java runs away. Steve goes back and gets another glass. Poor Steve. Luckily, the cats have been low maintenance today.

Scorch-cipe: Decorated Celery Stalks

Here's a fast easy recipe. There is no electricity or gadgets required. However, beware of sharp knives. (There's a pumpkin carving story I'll have to share with you in the near future. I may already have in a blog from last year. I'll have to check.) Decorated Celery Stalks (Courtesy of GJC) Several Celery Stalks (one bag) Cream Cheese (one container) Olives (one jar of green olives) Wash celery sticks. Use vegetable brush if needed. Mix cream cheese with olives. Lightly spread cream cheese and olive dip on celery sticks. Cut celery sticks to desired length. Serve. (Note: You can substitute light cream cheese, or black olives.)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

For Pet Parents Everywhere

(Java Posing for Camera SJS 2008)
(Hildy! Hildy! LCS 2008)
I found a list today (courtesy of Magraine Pet Pedical Center) about what general foods are off limits to animals. This is limited to cats and dogs. Some of the items surprised me. I'm putting the list on my fridge. Cats alcohol baby food containing onion powder chocolate grapes/raisins milk and other dairy caffeinated products marijuana potato, rhubarb, and tomato raw eggs raw fish salt onions and garlic in any form sugary foods tobacco xylitol found in sugar free chewing gum Dogs alcohol baby food containing onion powder bones of any sort cat food chocolate caffeinated products citrus oil extracts fat trimmings grapes/raisins human vitamin supplements containing iron large amounts of liver macadamia nuts marijuana milk and other dairy mushrooms onions and garlic in any form pits from peaches and plums potato, rhubarb, and tomato raw eggs raw fish salt sugary foods table scraps tobacco yeast dough xylitol found in sugar free chewing gum

Philosophy on a Bottle

(View from the Bellagio (Las Vegas) with Mountains in the Distance, LCS 2008)
Thanks to my friend C. who sent me this message in an email. She found this quote off of a bottle of lotion. I thought it was an interesting quote and savvy marketing: "How you climb up the mountain is just as important as how you get down the mountain. And, so it is with life, which for many of us becomes one big gigantic test followed by one big gigantic lesson. In the end, it all comes down to one word. Grace. It's how you accept winning and losing, good luck and bad luck, the darkness and the light." Good thoughts, good words. Sometimes the most profound messages are found in the most interesting places.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Night Write

(September Sunflowers LCS 2008)
It's Friday night and I'm a little stir crazy from sleeping, lounging around, writing, and paying bills. At least I'm resting and not in the hospital. That was Thursday's (yesterday's) drama. I experienced back pain and stomach pain and felt worse than the day before. I make arrangements for work coverage, leave work, call the doctor, and he advises I visit the ER. So Steve (bless his heart) takes the afternoon off and meets me at home. We take off for the hospital. Fortunately, it is slow, so I get to go into a room right away where I could lie down. They take my vitals, and then they take me to another room. There I get to sport the pretty little blue and white gown with the ties in the back. I honestly thought I was going to get a cortizone shot for my bronchitis and be on our way. Uh-uh. They put me through the proverbial ringer with an IV, blood tests, x-rays. The new tech bumped my IV while I was getting my x-ray and pulled on it (OUCH). So I have two bacterial infections and was released from hospital hell at 5:30 p.m.. Thank goodness. Now that I've convinced you I'm a little old lady with her ailments, I'm looking forward to a new week- sans drama.
I did finish the Madonna book by Christopher Ciccone: Life with My Sister Madonna. It was interesting.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Missing Monday Cop Moustache

(Zorak the Praying Mantis LCS & SJS 2008)
It's been a Monday. I woke up wistfully, perhaps from the letdown of the exciting weekend. Open Book was a great event. (I'm still chomping at the bit to see how many people attended that day.) The two parties afterwards were great, too. And then it was good to see my in-laws and their darling home and their absolutely gorgeous garden on Sunday. I went to an angel store this morning and bought a necklace. (I'll have to review and post the store on my California friend's online business.) I gave my other necklace away to a former employee as a going-away gift to give her protection on her journey. It seemed to cheer me up a bit. Libraryland was an uneventful day, so I worked on two reports, made up thank-you swag for my volunteers for RetroFest and Open Book, and tied up other odds and ends. We closed up shop at 8p.m. and headed home. My security officer is very kind. He follows me almost home to make sure I am safe. Well, apparently, I made a Hoosier rolling stop at a stop sign before going through the green stoplight. I honestly thought I stopped. Admittedly, my mind was on my parents and their trip to Indy tomorrow for Mom's chemo. And my security officer behind me said I did stop. Anyway, I am driving and see the dreaded flashing lights on my rear mirror. I am thinking my plates are updated. I was not speeding. I have no idea why I am being pulled over. I am tired. And humiliated. I put my hands on top of the wheel and lower the window. A tall, lanky officer approaches Greenie. He is very rude. He asks me if I knew why he pulled me over. I said no. He lectured me about the stop sign. He asked me why I didn't stop. I told him the truth, that I was thinking about my mother who has cancer and was going out of town to have chemo tomorrow. Then the cop interrogates me why there is a car following me. I told him it was my security officer and he was following me to make sure I arrived safely home. He told me in a hostile tone that he was going to tell him to pull away and that he didn't feel comfortable with him sitting behind. I didn't say anything. And dammit, I started to cry. Big, authentic tears. I give him my insurance information. He seemed to take forever. I just wanted to go home. I felt like a criminal. He gave me back my information with a warning citation and proceeds to lecture me on not stopping at a stop sign. (OKAY, I GET IT! JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!) Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir. And the cop pulls away. And among my tears, I had a humorous thought: he was missing his cop moustache. Like Scarecrow missing his brains, the Tin Woodsman missing his heart, Mr. Olive Street Cop missing his moustache. I love and respect officers, don't get me wrong. I just didn't love this one.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Open Book Festival,Trio's,C's Birthday Soiree, and Another Party Today

(Steve as SkippyJon Jones and Lori, 2008)
(Drums and RhythmWorks! 2008)
It's been a busy weekend in my world. On Saturday, I participated in our 7th Annual Open Book Festival for the Library. I don't know the exact count yet, but the door count was at 1,800 at noon, so we had A LOT of people. Mo Willems, Jim Gill, MadCap Puppets, Gene Ha, and RhythmWorks brought in crowds of people. Our drum circle alone brought in over 100 people. It was crazy and fun! We also had costume characters. Steve was Skippyjon Jones. I love the ears! After leaving Open Book, I took a serious nap. After napfest, I got dressed up in my black leather boots and short black dress in preparation for a friend's birthday party at Trio's. I love this place because of the jazz club and the ambiance. It was fun to see my feminist film friends there. Ironically, I also got hit on (yes, Steve knows all about it. He was amused.) I was pleasantly surprised. Steve picked me up after 9:00 p.m. and took me to our friend's house for his birthday. It was fun. We stayed and chatted until midnight. Then we returned home. I completely slept through church (again) and woke up around 1:00 p.m. Then we visited Steve's parents, who had a gathering. Mom's garden is gorgeous! My parents made an appearance, despite the fact Mom was feeling terrible. :( Anyway, Steve and I ran errands and came home, and I uploaded photos on Facebook and am of course, blogging. I look forward to a calmer week. I am finally feeling well enough to resume taekwondo and Fitness USA. I wish you a happy week.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Animals, TGIF, and Swilling Red, Red Wine

(Jack the Cat and Lo LCS 2008)
Thank goodness it's Friday. (Yes, TGIF!) It's been a tumultuous week, but I survived it. Thursday night after seeing the parents (thank God no hospital visit), Steve and I visited friends. It was nice. Steve went out into the garage to hang out with the guys, and I went inside to visit with my friend. They have a great son (who was sleeping) and two wonderful puppy dogs: Butch and Lucy. It was nice to have a dog fix and enjoy some red wine with a girlfriend. We chatted for a long time and that was comforting. And when times get weird, it's good to grab your favorite pet (fur or human) and just hang out with them, and they love it, too. And the wine glasses were unique, as there were no stems. Just small glasses with the word vino etched on them. Very cool. Think I am going to get a set. They will be easier to wash and just look modern. (Plus, as my friend pointed out, not as tippy as you get tippy...) Today I played library and got ready for the Open Book Festival tomorrow. we were going to go to the dinner with the committee and the authors but just couldn't. I am just too drained and want to be fresh for tomorrow. Steve will be Skippyjon Jones, a Storybook character. I promise I'll post some really cute photos from the weekend. Also, Steve and I will be attending two parties Saturday night, so we will have photos and fun memories to share from the day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Moonscaping

(Moonscaping 1 LCS 2008)
(Moonscaping 2 LCS 2008)
It's a balmy September night. The sky is clear. Steve told me there is a bright moon shining outside tonight in the boulevard. So after I finish some work, I step outside. I marvel at the sky and bask in the moonlight. (Sigh.) I experience the slight urge to howl, but resist the temptation because I am already in my bathrobe and outside late at night with my digital camera. I hope your night (or morning) proves as peaceful as mine.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Celebrating my 300th Blog Posting and Three-Year "Blogaversary"

(Butterfly in Michigan Field, LCS 2008)
Wow, this is my 300th blog! It's been almost three years since I've been sending you e-missives to check out my posts! The year 2005 was a milestone for three reasons:
  • I started taekwondo in September 2005.
  • I started my blog in September 2005.
  • I earned my degree and started a new career in library management in October 2005.
Do you have any cool milestones that occured to you in 2005? Have a good week! Love, Lolo

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sweet Rainy Saturday

(Jack and Java Looking out the Window SJS 2008)
(Jack, Latte, and Java Relaxing on the Porch SJS 2008)
It's been a good day. A fourteen-hour sleep after three nights of not being able to is a wonderful gift. And I feel so much better. And the world looks so much better, brighter, and sunnier even on a soggy day in northern Indiana. On top of that, I spoke with fam and friends today and spent the day with Steve. We're going to laugh at an episode of MST3000 and then watch SNL.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wednesday at Home and the Film Club

I stayed home today sick,visited the doctor, and persuaded him to give me stronger meds! It's so irritating when first of all when you know what you have (respiratory, bronchitis, I can diagnose the damn ailment in my sleep) but you still have to go visit! I've struggled with this for two months and three scripts later I'm hoping it works. There's finally a steroid so I can breathe better. Then I can start working out and attending tae kwon do again. I'll turn today into a positive, though, due to the fact that I put a remarkable dent into a book called The Film Club by David Gilmour. It's for a book club I haven't attended in a very long time. It's a memoir about a father who tells his fifteen-year-old son that he can drop out of school if they watch three films a week. Together. So far, it's interesting and a unique perspective on parenting and more importantly, how a father and son bond while watching film.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Latte and Steve's Vet Adventures and Escape to Gravel Lake

(Latte Getting Comfortable SJS 2008)
(Butterfly in a Dark, Dark Wood LCS 2008)
(On a Path Near the Woods Next to the Vineyards LCS 2008)
On Saturday, Steve took Latte to the v-e-t for her annual shots while I attended taekwondo class. I was so thrilled I had the opportunity to teach two classmates three of the taegeuk forms! Anyway, when I returned and said hello to Steve, the poor man literally had five or six large holes in his gray t-shirt. Apparently, Saturday mornings are extremely busy, and there were several large dogs in the waiting room. Poor Latte was spooked and does not understand the concept of soft paws meaning using no claws. (We borrowed that cute term from friends). Latte crawled all over Steve and Steve now has battle scars all over his arms and torso. Poor Latte, poor Steve. Next time, she will be transported in the carrier. (Jack prefers to be carried; Java has to be in the carrier as well). Today after churchland, Steve and I traveled up to Gravel Lake to see my parents. We wandered into the vineyard and into the woods next to a lake off of the lake. We were searching for more deer, but did not find any. We found a butterfly and beautiful scenery. Dad took us for a cruise around the lake and into the channel (Mom was too sick to go but insisted we go ahead). The sky was a brilliant shade of blue with white pillow clouds and there was a slight breeze containing the zephyr of wine from the vineyards.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Web Scaping, Land Scaping, and Blazing Red

(Visiting Cat Sleeping in Backyard SJS 2008)
After eating dinner, I said goodbye to Steve and wished him a fun time out with the gamers. I trolled the web scape and chatted on email. After catching a second wind, I decided to do what I haven't done since early August: go out in the garden and survey the landscaping. The weather, despite the mosquitoes, cooperated well. In the distance I heard the sounds of cheering (like a high school football game) and the methodic sounds of crickets in the yard. I pulled weeds and trimmed the grass and decided to find bulbs in the near future to plant near the love tree (my flowering crab tree) that lives right by the front porch. In the backyard, a lone sunflower from all the seeds I planted pleasantly surprised me! There's more I need to do for next year, but all in all, the flowers and trees bloomed nicely this year. Also, I am finally settling down to listen to one of my favorite musicians: Anne Heaton. Her new CD is called Blazing Red and I needed the perfect time to sit still enough to listen. I am certain she will be wonderful as always. You'll get the review from me soon.:)

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day Weekend: Deer, Grapes, Gravel Lake, Real Simple, and Sunflowers

(Sunflower in the Sky LCS 2008)
(Deer in the Vineyard LCS 2008)
(Two Deer in the Vineyard LCS 2008)
We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes, or sorting the laundry." -E. B. White, Letters of E.B. White This is a great quote from a pragmatic-yet-chic magazine. I found this quote from the April 2008 issue of Real Simple I borrowed from Mom this weekend. There's also a fabulous article on conquering clutter in this issue. And the reference to grapes reminds me of the hike we took on Sunday in southern Michigan. Dad, our friend, Steve and I went exploring in the woods by the vineyards. Around Labor Day, the grapes ripen and the air smells like wine. We also noticed deer along our path, particularly a yearling, which is a fawn that just lost its spots. We were just staring at one another in awe, and then I started snapping photographs. Eventually the deer disappeared into the vineyard. Early September also brings forth sunflowers. Our next door neighbors grow beautiful sunflowers every summer, and I wanted to share them with you. I managed to snap these right before my camera battery ran out. Happy September!

Beach Book: One of Those Malibu Nights

This was a great beach read for Labor Day weekend. I enjoy Elizabeth Adler's reads, so I pulled this book off the new shelf at the library and checked it out! Warning: this mini-review has a slight spoiler alert. Elizabeth Alder writes another adventurous story on the water about PI Mac Reilly, his gorgeous girlfriend Sunny Alvarez,and a Hollywood starlet named Allie Ray. There is murder, romance, suspense, and travel, but I was most happy reading about the pets in the story. This book is stars Pirate the one-eyed, three-legged mutt, Tesoro the feisty chihuahua, Fussy the miniature Maltese, and Dearie and Frankie.

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

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