Wednesday, October 22, 2014

31 for 21 - Day 22 - My Little Mummies

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I am blogging every day in October as part of the "31 for 21" blog challenge. 


Today these little guys helped me test out the electrical outlets at my other library job, which has been undergoing some major renovations. Every time I plugged these mini-monsters into an outlet, they lit up nice and bright - except for one outlet upstairs, which didn't light in either socket, and one outlet downstairs, where one socket had accidentally been painted over.

Thanks for being so helpful, guys! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 for 21 - Day 21 - Fly Goo and Mac Moo

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I am blogging every day in October as part of the "31 for 21" blog challenge. 

The tale of Fly Goo and Mac Moo is a very silly story. 

It all started on a chilly October Tuesday when two librarians were organizing the books in the fiction area of a local library. It took them several hours to get all of the work done because many of the shelves were packed very tightly, and once in awhile, as they shifted the books, a tome that had been unable to breathe for awhile would frighten them by leaping from its spot, only to hit the floor with a solid thud. Then one of the librarians would pick the book up and place it back upon a new shelf where it had plenty of room to stretch its covers. When the librarians had finished shifting all of the books in the fiction area, they went home for the day, happy with the work they had done.

Later that day, another librarian put the finishing touches on the bookshelves in the fiction section that her co-workers had organized, so that the library's patrons would easily be able to find their favorite stories. She printed brand-new labels on the computer and then displayed each one where they belonged, standing tall and proper at the top of each section of bookshelves.

Then, as she stepped back to admire it all, the librarian suddenly began to laugh and couldn't stop.

"What's so funny?" her boss asked, frowning in confusion as she walked over to where the librarian was standing.

"It's the books," the librarian answered between giggles. "The way they've been re-organized, their names make funny phrases that are making me laugh."

The boss looked up at the sign closest to her. "Coo....Dea." One corner of her mouth turned upward. 
The librarian walked over and pointed to another nearby sign. "Mac Moo!" She began laughing again.

Then the librarian and her boss saw the funniest sign yet - there, standing tall and proud, it said ...

"FLY GOO!" Both of them began to laugh so hard they began to cry, and whenever one of them would stop laughing they'd only have to look at each other to start laughing all over again. 

This went on for several minutes until, finally, both of them were too tired to laugh anymore.

So readers, beware: If you come looking for a book at this library, watch where you walk as you're perusing the shelves in the fiction area - after all, you don't want to step in the Fly Goo!

Monday, October 20, 2014

31 for 21 - Day 20 - Everyone Needs a Little Luck(y)

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I am blogging every day in October as part of the "31 for 21" blog challenge. 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

31 for 21 - Day 19 - Eggos and Peanut Butter with a Side of VH-1: a.k.a. My Top 5 Musical Memories From the '90s

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I am blogging every day in October as part of the "31 for 21" blog challenge. 

Eggos and Peanut Butter with a Side of VH-1:
a.k.a. My Top 5 Musical Memories From the '90s
As I have mentioned (a couple of times, actually) lately, I call myself a cesspool of useless information - and that includes bits of random memories from my childhood that have permanently rented space in the back of my brain. One such memory unearthed itself last night.

I made the mistake of drinking a cup of coffee after supper, and just as luck would have it the caffeine kicked in around 10 o'clock. Suddenly I was all over the map, jumping from random thing to random thing on the Internet. And then, somehow (as I don't really remember what actually started it) I ended up posting links to a bunch of old '90s music videos from YouTube to my Facebook page - which triggered this particular memory...

When I was in middle school and high school, I used to eat mini Eggo waffles with peanut butter on a snack tray in our living room in front of the TV while watching music videos on VH-1 before school in the mornings.

Yeah, it's a weird memory, but like I said, that's how it is with me. For that matter, I can also still see myself as a senior in high school, sitting on the bus on the ride home after school, listening to my cassette tape of Street Angel, my favorite Stevie Nicks album, on my Walkman. Yes, cassette. Yes, Walkman.

But I digress.

Back in the 1990s when I was in junior high and high school, VH-1 actually played blocks of music videos throughout the day. What were some of the videos I loved to watch during those early morning hours before school while I munched on those mini Eggos smothered in peanut butter? Oh, you're in for a treat! Here are just some of my favorites...

Love Shack and Roam by the B-52s...

Shiny Happy People by R.E.M....

Groove Is in the Heart by Deee-Lite...


 The Look by Roxette...


Countdown by Lindsey Buckingham...


 Pretty much anything by WILSON PHILLIPS! (it's all their fault that I've been a Fleetwood Mac, Beach Boys, and Mamas & Papas fan for over 20 years)


And last but not least, my ONE guilty pleasure...

Yep. I went there. And no, I'm not ashamed to admit it either! :)

So, what are some of YOUR favorite music videos / songs from when YOU were growing up?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

31 for 21 - Day 18 - 3 Things That Make Working in a Library AWESOME

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I am blogging every day in October as part of the "31 for 21" blog challenge. 

Three Things That Make Working in a Library AWESOME*

1. I am surrounded by books. Being the book nerd that I am, this is my definition of heaven on earth. Working for two libraries in a different county from where I live allows me a much broader radius from which to procure reading materials! Sometimes I forget which books go back to which library (I did mix things up once), but I've also discovered many more great books this way.

2. I get to interact with people constantly. Working the circulation desk is definitely rewarding. Tons of people of all ages walk through our doors every single day - and with nearly three years under my belt at Riverdale I've met a lot of people! And while some are more challenging to deal with than others, I've also been blessed with a few friendships along the way, which has definitely been an unexpected perk of the job! 

3. It forces me to read more. First off, I obviously have our entire library's collection of books at my disposal to check out anytime I want to. And I also take suggestions from our patrons, should they feel so compelled by a title to want to share it with me. But during my first summer working at Riverdale, I also decided to take on my own personal summer reading challenge in conjunction with the library's program, which ended up snowballing on me in a good way! Instead of stopping at the end of the summer I just kept going, keeping track of every book I read until the end of the year! Then, I was so impressed by how many books I'd read (granted, I read everything from picture books to adult fiction, but that's what I do on a regular basis anyway), that I decided to continue in 2013. Two years later I'm still keeping track of the books I read, both handwritten in a notebook and on Pinterest. I haven't yet beaten the quantity of books I read in 2012, but I enjoy going through my log to see what sorts of titles I've read through the years.

*Thanks to Don Smith for the idea for today's post!

Friday, October 17, 2014

31 for 21 - Day 17 - Unearthing the Weirdos!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I am blogging every day in October as part of the "31 for 21" blog challenge. 

After yesterday's three-day combo catch-up post, I honestly wanted to punch the wall when I realized it was nearly 10 PM and I still had no ideas about what to write for today's post. Even though I know it's not a crime to miss a day here or there, for me, the whole point of participating in this month-long challenge was to get writing regularly, and so missing a day is tough for me to accept - hence yesterday's post.
But then I got a really great idea to help jump-start an idea for tonight's post. I decided to look for inspiration between the pages of my old journals! I grabbed a random journal off the shelf and just started flipping through the pages.I knew that something would jump out at me - and it did! I'm still laughing about it now because, as bad as my memory seems to me sometimes, I still vaguely remember this particular event that I wrote about, and I can understand why I reacted the way I did - and I definitely believe that if I was there today, I would have reacted the same way! 
Four years ago in February 2010, my buddy Don and I attended a writing event at our town library. He and I know from experience that writers are a rare breed, as we are writers ourselves and don't consider ourselves normal at all! But the people we met at this particular writing event were beyond weird; according to what I wrote in my journal I found them down right creepy. I don't remember particulars, but I do remember how completely out of place I felt there - Don did, too. Their writing was...well, different from what I write, and even from what Don writes, and I wouldn't be comfortable reading their stuff no matter how old I was. But apparently what really got me turned off was their arrogance - they were dripping in it according to what I wrote! In the end Don and I both left the event, albeit at different times - and to quote the words I wrote in my journal, "...I wasted over an hour of my life on people...who are full of themselves who I hope I never see again!"

I never did see any of those people again, and that is just fine with me. My writing would have been too tame for them, anyway. ^_^

Thursday, October 16, 2014

31 for 21 - Day 14, 15, & 16 - Dry Spell

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I am blogging every day in October as part of the "31 for 21" blog challenge. 

Sorry it's been a couple of days since I posted. Honestly, I've been tired every day this week, even though I'm sleeping soundly every night for 7 hours straight. I think it has to do with the gray, rainy weather we've been having around here. That sort of atmosphere does not lend itself well to my creativity.

So humor me as I write this triple header combo post.

Aside from the weather, I've been massively addicted to 24 Karat Gold, listening to it practically every single moment I can - I even burned the CD onto my computer and synced it to my Android phone. The fact that I'm actually not listening to it tonight is beyond a miracle - but in keeping up with my addictive nature, I'm already on my second round of C'mon Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners...

And while we're still talking about massively addicting fun stuff, I've also been watching episodes of Ghostwriter on YouTube every single night this week. Ghostwriter is like Doctor Who in that each story is comprised of four or five half-hour episodes, so each story is essentially two hours long; watching them at night after work usually finds me zoning out after the third video, but since it's been such a long time since I've seen some of these mysteries I still manage to find myself excited about getting to watch that last video the next night and finally solve the mystery once and for all. :) 

This week I also got a very awesome but unexpected phone call, and on Monday I have an appointment that, depending on how things turn out, could usher in some changes in my life. I know I'm being incredibly vague, but I don't want to give anything away right now...

Hopefully, with tomorrow being Friday and having the weekend off, I can get back into the groove of writing regularly, as I had looked forward to doing this month. I remember having an off day here or there other years while participating in 31 for 21, but this was ridiculous. And I'm even backed up on the online writing course I was so thrilled to be participating in! If it really is the weather getting me down, I guess I'm going to have to move to Florida!