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( Jan. 24th, 2012 11:30 am)
I was updating an online profile on a website, and realized that it had been a few years since I updated the books section. So I went through and linked to my yearly best lists putting the absolute "best" next to the link.

Looking at the list, something struck me. Here's the list:

2005: Kindred by Octavia Butler
2006: Time and Again by Jack Finney and Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen
2007: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
2008: The History Of Love by Nicole Krauss and With The Light by Keiko Tobe
2009: Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
2010: The Night Counter by Alia Yunis
2011: (Small list, no "best")

While my overall lists of books are rather varied in content, how many of my "best-bests" are love stories at their core? When you strip away the genre constraints or what have you?

I hadn't really noticed that until now.

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( Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:33 pm)
It is interesting how when you are stuck on a couch all day people decide to come to you with their life stuff - the good and the bad!

Had some interesting conversations in the past few days...
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( Jan. 23rd, 2012 12:27 pm)
(Can you tell I'm home vegging on the couch as I recover?)

[ profile] mytheria showed me a silly site called Fiverr where people post what they would be willing to do for $5.

A lot of it is voiceover work or celebrity impersonations. Some is crafty, and one person was selling herself as a "cute Facebook girlfriend" for 15 days.

So now I'm wondering, what silly thing would *you* do for $5?
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( Jan. 20th, 2012 04:34 pm)
Just wanted to let people know (anyone I've missed through other means) that I came home from surgery this morning. I'm resting, watching silly TV while my daughter naps, and generally feeling better than I expected. I'm able to be more weightbearing than I thought, so that makes things easier.
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( Jan. 4th, 2012 04:09 pm)
It's that time again, folks. Here are my best "new" reads (as in new to me - rereads don't count) of 2011.

I will say the parenting an infant/young toddler does not leave one much time to read (other than the same book 20 times in a row to the toddler yelling "kitty train" at the top of her lungs!), and my total for this year is only 26. (And 4.5 of those were rereads, and one was a parenting book.) The full list, as usual, can be found here on Goodreads.

Since the total is so low (and I did a few series this year), I'm just going to do a Top 5 list (and try to be pickier about my reading choices in 2012!). I'm going to forgo choosing the absolute best of the year, as nothing really stands out to me. The best list can be found here.

Best "New" Reads of 2011

Beggars In Spain by Nancy Kress
Taran Wandererby Lloyd Alexander
Mazel by Rebecca Goldstein
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn, vol 1 and vol 2
Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente
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( Aug. 20th, 2011 08:45 pm)
Snapshot from today:

The Jamaica Plain Music Festival.

On stage is Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes. He is playing with The Nickel and Dime Band.

The song? "Blister in the Sun"

And what do I see all around me on the sunny grassy meadow?

Preschoolers rocking out. Babies standing and clapping. Hipster couples toting young babies.


(I mean, yes, we were just as much a part of that scene with out almost-one-year-old dancing along. But seriously, what must Gordon Gano have been thinking about up there on the stage looking out at the crowd? It was just so hilarious. I had to sit back, soak it all in and laugh and laugh.)
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( Jul. 29th, 2011 04:59 pm)
Sometimes lately I feel like I'm stuck in Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth when I'm playing with Raya...



Green block!

Blue Block...
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( Jul. 7th, 2011 11:05 am)
This new nap schedule Raya has gotten onto makes it hard to get out the door before 12. I've got a pass to the MFA burning a hole in my pocket and I really want to see the Chihuly exhibit. I figure the best way to get her to wake up is to try to write an entry...

Yep...there she is!

Shoe story will have to wait.
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( May. 11th, 2011 03:46 pm)
Anyone want women's dress shoes in size 8 (flats and low heels)? I've got a closet full to give away! (Pics available if anyone is interested.)

Also, 2 pairs of character shoes (one black, one white).

My post-pregnancy feet don't fit any of them.

On another note, anyone want to go shoe shopping? ;)
Today was awesome. I got hired to do two storytimes a month at my local neighborhood toy store!

The store is under new ownership, and will have their grand re-opening this weekend. I had heard when the new owner took over (back in Feb?) that she was thinking about having storytimes there. I made a mental note to throw my hat in the ring. Then I sprained my knee and let it go.

A few weeks ago, I wandered in (back when I first was allowed weight-bearing on my knee) because I had missed the bus and had to kill time before the next one. I casually mentioned the librarian/storytime thing, and they said they had someone lined up. I offered to be the occasional sub if they needed one.

Today I had about 15 minutes to kill before the bus, and decided to wander in again. The owner came up to me and said that their person had backed out two days ago (she's moving to VT) and did I still want the gig?

I seriously just walked in to play with some toys, and now I have a twice-a-month job. Awesome. Really. :)
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( Feb. 16th, 2011 02:02 pm)
Baby in a carrier screaming for a bottle as you walk in the front door.

Make the bottle with the baby screaming.

Go into the livingroom with bottle and baby, and sit down to take baby out of the carrier.

Baby is asleep.

Go to computer with sleeping baby.

Baby wakes up screaming for bottle ten minutes later.

Bottle is conveniently in the livingroom.

Go to livingroom with screaming baby.

Baby is asleep.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
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( Jan. 18th, 2011 02:41 pm)
I've just started fiddling with the new catalog for the Boston Public Library. It lets you have "shelves" like on Goodreads, and you can share ratings, comments and lists of books. You can "follow" other users and get recommendations based on their ratings.

All intriguing certainly. I created a list of the books read at this year's PJ party at Arisia to test functionality.

So far, the interface leaves much to be desired. When searching for books to add, it does not let you see further details on the list of returned items. I figured out how to add books from my account (i.e. books currently checked out), but there wasn't a link for that kind of option from the list-creation page. Also, the options of types of lists was very limited - I chose "other" because the only close option was "k-12 study guide."

My mind is swimming with ideas of how to use this well from a librarian perspective (and indeed one type of list is "staff picks" - which I obviously can't access as a choice). But now that I'm just a "regular patron," I'm wondering how I fit in to things, if I wanted to do so.

Currently, there doesn't appear to be a link to this catalog off of BPL's website. But then, nothing is *ever* easy to find on that website, so who knows? I'm guessing they haven't officially rolled it out yet, but is available to play with if you are interested:
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( Jan. 1st, 2011 06:17 pm)
This has been an odd reading year for me, but I think that's only to be expected. This year I was pregnant, quit my job, living out of a suitcase and bouncing from place to place for several weeks, in the hospital twice and had a baby. Right.

This year I read 43 books (possibly more depending on how you want to count reading large chunks of What to Expect... and similar titles). Of these, 3 were rereads, and do not get included in this list (despite being some of the best things I've read this year). The list in its entirety can be found on goodreads.

The overall best book of the year was The Night Counter by Alia Yunis.

Onto the best of the new (to me that is):

Best "New" Reads 2010

Fiction - Adult

The Night Counter - Alia Yunis
A Fine And Private Place - Peter S. Beagle
The Illuminator - Brenda Vantrease
The Persistence of Vision -John Varley

Nonfiction - Adult

The Doula Guide to Birth: Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know - Ananda Lowe

Graphic Novels

Invincible Vol 6.: A Different World - Robert Kirkman
Tiny Tyrant Vol 1.: The Ethelbertosaurus - Lewis Trondheim
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( Nov. 7th, 2010 02:44 pm)
Does anyone want two skeins of roving? I have one green and one pink.

Good for spinning or felting or whatever else may appeal.

Let me know!
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( Aug. 21st, 2010 12:33 pm)
I'm working on putting music on Dan's iPod for labor. As I have no idea what mood I'll be in at any point I've got a wide (and strange) mix of albums and playlists going.

One playlist (intentionally short) is meant to be motivation/morale booster. A shot in the arm, as it were. Is it really weird that the two songs I've got in there so far are "On The Right Track" from Pippin and "It Takes Two" from Into The Woods?
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( Aug. 9th, 2010 12:41 pm)
I'm sorting through my Simmons papers and notebooks today. And I'm finding that the more I look at them, the more I miss Prof. Allen Smith. I had him only for Reference and Oral History, but he really touched and colored my time at Simmons and my outlook on good library service.

And he was just a genuinely interesting man with passion that showed through in what he did with his life.

An assignment caught my eye where I had written that searching in a particular way was "just a crapshoot." And he wrote next to it, "yes, it is." Gotta love a prof who would not only let you get away with that, but agree with you as well.

(And look at that - a post without a single exclamation point.)
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( Aug. 1st, 2010 10:37 pm)
In continuing the great purge of stuff from our home, Dan has come across a box of random silly stuff. Among the silliness was a magic 8 ball. So before we get rid of it, we had to ask it some questions.

One question was "Do you want to go to [the local thrift store]?"

And when Dan asked about the gender of the baby it said:

"Cannot predict now." ;)

We figured that sent it out on a high note, and put it in the latest bag to go to the thrift store.
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( Jul. 3rd, 2010 02:10 pm)
Hallelujah, I found all my pre-college photos! They were not destroyed in the flood after all. :)

Ummm...yeah...that's because they are all actually here in my condo. ::::blush:::::

See, there's a big storage box full of them in the spare room that we are trying to clean out for the baby. I think with the mess of junk in there I just got used to seeing that box where it is and didn't think to question what was in it. I went in there today because I am organizing my pictures from college-digital camera (which I got maybe two [four?] years ago), and I happened to glance at the box which was marked "photos" in my Dad's handwriting.

"Uh, Dan? What's in that big box marked photos?"

Right. Well I feel stupid. And stupidly relieved! :)

And even better? Pretty much everything which is in a discrete roll is already labeled with dates and contents, so all I have to do is redo the labels (so that they are not post-its) and put them in the storage boxes I'm using to organize in preparation for digitization of the negatives!

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( Jun. 30th, 2010 11:43 am)
Pool closed again this morning due to lack of lifeguard. This should really teach me to call before I go so I don't spend an hour+ schlepping out there and back only to turn around and do it again in the afternoon when they open.

I'm going to try to make to either the 2pm or 3pm session though, because I really *would* like to swim today. That gives me somewhere in the 1.5 hour range before I have head out again...
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( Jun. 23rd, 2010 06:59 pm)
Well, quite a bit taken care of at my Dad's today. But sadly nowhere near done. Sigh.

Plus side: I do have amusing pictures to share of clothes.

Minus side: The pictures my Dad found were family photos, not mine. It is *possible* my pictures are still in one of the remaining boxes, but doubtful. Maybe they are actually here in the apartment somewhere??? (again very very doubtful)