Sunday, September 27, 2015

It's been 10 years

since this blog started. We've passed the actual anniversary.

Friday I visited the Pike Street to play tour guide with a friend and his new girlfriend and we went down to the waterfront as well. It was a fun if somewhat a test of my ability not to say things I am thinking. Our friend has 30+ years on his girl. So, ya know...

However, in less fun news, I also visited with an older gal who works in the library where I am the volunteer director. The previous director, an awesome lady, a great mentor, and one of the people whose glowing recommendation got me into the University of Washington library program, passed away two weeks ago. Jo was one of those precious people you just don't ever have enough of in life, and she will be sorely missed. I worked with her for a couple years but my friend worked with her for about 15 years and is really missing Jo. Raw grief is  just heart-wrenching.

Also this last week I interviewed for a job which might be nice to have. The location is a little far but the facility is amazing and the staff is fabulous. I also went to see a friend for some input and prep work for an upcoming job interview and teaching demonstration, AND got to see some of the people I worked with last year, who are lovely. I heard from my former boss and her boss that they have put in good words for me, so I am feeling REALLY really hopeful.

This week I decided to try immersing myself in popular culture by indulging in an total excess of TV watching to see if there are any new shows worth tracking. Here are my reviews so far...
The Muppet show, meh (it wasn't bad but it wasn't really that good either)
Heroes Reborn... hmmm (I am guardedly hopeful and intrigued)
Blind Spot, uh huh (I will probably watch another one)
Minority Report, eeeeeeh (maybe, I don't know)
How to Get Away With Murder, whu...? (I watched the whole last season, and she SOO deserved that Emmy, but I kinda have whiplash from the season 2 opener)

So there ya go!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

You know what I haven't done in a long while?

Well, posted on this blog, but more to the point for today... one of these!

A- Age: 44 (I remember back when I started this blog, 10 years ago and I was 34, wow, that was a long freaking time ago).
B- Biggest Fear: Clowns and carnies (they smell of cabbage and have tiny hands)
C- Current Time: 10:35 AM
D- Drink you last had:  coffee (iced Americano with a splash of cream to be specific)
E- Easiest Person To Talk to: Myself, I'm always there when I need me, I always listen, I always seem to understand what I'm trying to say, I hardly ever interrupt, I often laugh at my jokes, and I  

F- Favorite Song: There is never just one but at the top of the list and the rotation changes frequently but maybe at the moment, 
Tear in My Heart by 21 Pilots

Could Have Been Me by The Struts 
Ship to Wreck by Florence + the Machine 
Stop the World I Want to Get Off with You by The Arctic Monkeys
and to be clear— I am talking about the songs, not the videos

G- Ghosts, are they real: I refuse to answer this question on the grounds there are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophies, Horatio.

H- Hometown: Oak Harbor, Washington

I- In love with: Crisp fall mornings that give way to gloriously sunny afternoon

J- Jealous Of: People who have a personal assistant. I so need one.

K- Killed Someone? Give me a break, like I am going to admit that on the interwebz.

L- Last time you cried? Last week when I learned a very sweet library mentor of mine died.

M- Middle Name: Artemis, but not in the Greek

N- Number of Siblings: 2

O- One Wish: Wings that work

P- Person who you last called: Mr. Logo

Q- Question you're always asked: Why do you know that?

R- Reason to smile: Thing One and Thing Two

S- Song last sang: The Ghost Inside's  Broken Bell (singing along, to be clear)

T- Time you woke up: 7:30 AM

U- Underwear Color: black

V- Vacation Destination: We're planning to visit Germany

W- Worst Habit: Forgetting what I'm doing

X- X-Rays you've had: So many, don't walk in front of cars, fall off curbs, get in car crashes, etc. etc.

Y- Your favourite food: Things other people made for me

Z- Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I love Seattle

So, today I got to spend some time downtown, a bit on my own and a bit with friends. I went to the library (of course) in my free time and then met friends at the Elliot Bay Book Company— actually, I walked there from the Central branch of SPL. It is a nice walk on a gorgeous day but mostly uphill so I was really glad to get a ride back down to Town Hall, which is where we were all going, after dinner, to see Brene Brown.

I love the Brene Brown even though she is a horrible person who tries to convince everyone be vulnerable and real with each other.  Some people just want to watch the world burn. My sister, the social worker, gave me her ticket to the event and so I got to go and hang out with her friends, the social worker Brene Brown groupies. They are the most emotionally supportive fan club EVAH.

As an awesome topper to the evening... I lost my debit card, just before we leave for a trip to Canada, brilliant timing, yes? Mr. Logo and I have accumulated 25 years of togetherness and we have decided the only possible way to celebrate the occasion is to flee the country. The traditional gift is silver I've been told but we both bought each other chocolate, because who the heck wants silver stuff someone will have to dust and polish when you can have delicious chocolatey goodness? Well, we each got that and an upcoming trip on the Victoria Clipper up to Vancouver Island where we will visit the Empress Hotel and have high tea.

Life is good.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Did you hear my state is burning to the ground?

I am in Spokane currently, visiting friends and family. Not too long ago the air pollution here was so bad from the fires that people were being encouraged to stay indoors.
Today it is drizzly here and although the visibility is not any better than it was when the sky was thick with smoke haze, it smells considerably better.

The middle bit of the state is still aflame but most of the fires on the west side of the state are out.

They tend to call anything west of the Cascade mountains "the coast." This is blatantly inaccurate and inexcusable. Below you see a map of Washington with a highlighted line along the mountains in the middle-ish of the state. To the far left you will see another highlighted area— the actual coast of Washington, where the Pacific ocean meets the land. There is also the Puget Sound, but that is not coastline.

Now, the people over here on the east side have a sort of reciprocal complain about us Westies. We tend to call everything on this side of the mountains "Eastern Washington" and the people over here get all all knotted up about that because they insist there is a Central Washington. However, I have to tell you, there is almost nothing of note in the middle of the state (other than Hanford, which we frankly try to ignore) and nothing in particular to demarcate where this supposedly central region ought to be. So They make stuff up and they also can't use geographical terms correctly. We win. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My weekend

So we lost power yesterday due to high winds.
Also, we ended up with a tree through one end of our garage.
So that was fun.
No loss of life, no injuries, and the damage is not extensive.
We spent the day clearing limbs and covering the whole thing til the insurance company gets someone out here to remove the actual tree.
Not really how we had planned to spend the day but really, I'm just happy Thing One, who was in the garage at the time, is happy, healthy, and relatively unscarred by the events (he was a bit flinch-y when the trees were cracking in the wind for the rest of the day).
 Some awesome friends came by and helped with clearing the branches and chunks of roof.
Good times, good times.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The only way the coming election is not going to be hideously painful.

I endorse this method for establishing a system of government.

Monday, July 27, 2015

July is almost over??

It is very strange to realize that I've been done with school for 6 weeks now.
I've been doing lots of catching up on normal life stuff, laundry, sleeping, talking to the people who live with me, and even doing some reading, zomigosh!

I've also been doing lots of job applications and just scheduled an interview, sadly, it is for entrance to a job pool, not an actual position... but hey, I will take it, baby.
I've also been catching up with friends that I've mostly ignored and neglected over the course of the last two years. I had a lovely lunch today with one of them and I have a hot date Friday with another one. We are going to have an awesome day in Seattle and although it may include some shopping, it will mostly be about good food and chatting and I am really looking forward to it!

I will find it easier to think about my student loans when I actually get a job but I am afraid I that is going to happen just about the time I actually get my brain to relax... typical, right?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Juy so far

 I started July off in San Francisco for the annual conference of the American Library Association. Two of my very good library school buddies shared a room with me and we had a great time together.
In addition to attending the conference we also did some sightseeing and exploring.

 Our room had a great view of the Ferry Building and Embarcadero. The street market was set up every day between our hotel and the Ferry Building, which was amazing.

I also liked the view at night, so here's a pic of that.

 I had a long list of the the places I wanted to see... and I got to most of them. Both my roomies were pleased that I had a plan and were happy to come along, even for the Segway tour, which concerned them at first.

 The Segway Tour took us all over Little Italy, Fisherman's Wharf, past the window where Mrs. Doubtfire lost her face and through the alley where the garbage truck ran it over.  We visited the church where Joe DiMaggio got married (the first time) and lots of other little spots like that. It was a lot of fun. We also went on a boat tour which took us around Alcatraz,

 and under the Golden Gate bridge. It was a great view of the city as well, and there were some fascinating historical details (which I loved hearing about).
I really loved the cable cars and street cars too, so much fun. SF has imported street cars and the Italian one was beautiful.

 Of course, there was much feasting and sampling, and nibbling.
Too, too good.

 This billboard made me giggle, so I had to snap a pic. We could use this in Seattle too.

 I really enjoyed my week in SF and then I came home to an injured Ariella.
She tore her ACL and is now wearing a brace while it heals.
Poor puppy.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

It is finished.

This is me and some of my classmates as we prepared to get hooded and such.

It is hard believe it is finally done.
A couple people have said it seems to have gone by so quickly.
I hate those people.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


I read a whole book, well, not read exactly, more like...devoured it.
I started it after dinner and finished before noon the next day.

It was lovely. I mean, the book was fine but just having the time and mental energy to devote to the reading of the book was delightful. I've missed it and am overjoyed to think that this will once again be a regular feature of my life.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

One more week

until my classes are basically over.

One more week until I am officially done with my job at the UW Libraries, and I have my graduation ceremony.

One more week after that I am having a huge ass party, complete with bouncy house, to celebrate.

I just have to survive one more hell-ish week- because how awesome is it to stick absolutely EVERYTHING into the big final week?? I think they do it on purpose.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy birthday, mom.

Today would have been her 69th.

Today was a rough day for me- nothing earth-shattering, but it made me miss my mom.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Love this

This is one of those songs that I can listen to over and over.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Please love me, please want me, please give me money

I feel like the job hunt consists, in some ways, of begging for the acceptance of others— never a super position to be in, and rarely comfortable.

Anyway, I had a job interview on Friday and I didn't botch it, YAY!~
 I am hoping to hear good things from that. I am also doing another interview later this month.
These are both for part-time positions, which might be kinda nice for starters, a bit of a break from the insane schedule I've had up to this point.

When I imagine not having homework anymore I get positively giddy.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


On Friday I am doing a lightning talk at the WLA (Washington Library Association) annual conference. I have to be interesting and memorable. I have to summarize an almost completed project of considerable complexity in 5 minutes and, if possible, look eminently hireable while doing so.
No pressure, ya know.

I will be honest— I totally have a fantasy one or more hiring librarians will watch the presentation and say to themselves, "Self, we need to hire this person immediately!"

I am aware that it is not a LIKELY scenario, but a gal's gotta have some dreams, dang it!

'Course, could always be that it happens but the library is in Pend Oreille (pronounced 'round these parts as "pond-or-ay") county, which really is not in my desired locations list.

Anyway, that's a thing I'm doing this week.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Job hunters anon

This is me and two of my fellow students at a job fair. Job hunting ranks among my leastest favorite things in the whole of the world. We only look happy because we were on our way to get a drink.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Track, meet 1

Thing Two competed in the triple jump, long jump, and the 100 meter today.
He beat last season's PR and was generally faster, taller, stronger,and more coordinated.

I was also introduced to his friend, who is a girl, but it is all very low-key, of course.

Ahhh, so cute.

I am about to start my final term of library school which means I have started job hunting.
Golly is THAT demoralizing.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Its the last week of classes

and I am done with most of my assignments, early even!
Then there is finals week, but I don't have any finals!!
Then there is SPRING BREAK!! w00t
the last quarter starts.

Just letting you all know I am having a kickass party when this is over and you are invited.
Lemme know if you can make it!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Live Long and Prosper.

Things I learned from Spock~
Not agreeing with people can, in fact, be an act of friendship.
Whales are important, also, they are not the hell "your" whales.
Computers are excellent servants, but I don't want to serve them.
Vulcans might never bluff or lie, but they do exaggerate, make errors, and omit.
Being logical doesn't mean you don't kick ass as necessary.
Unexpected stuff is fascinating.
Function can be beautiful.
Insufficient information is dangerous.
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.
Sometimes the needs of the one do outweigh the needs of the many.

83 trips around the sun is pretty good, and he got to do so much of the stuff he loved. I think he really did live long and prosper. He was flashing an Orthodox Jewish blessing gesture when he did that Vulcan salute and it is now one of the most internationally recognized gestures of goodwill— something beautiful in there somewhere. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The wonder of blogging

This blog started in September 2005, when I was 34.
Today marks the events of me turning 44.
Wow, I've been doing this a long time.
You know what else I've been doing a long time?
Holy crap...
44 years.
That is kinda awesome. I think I am almost to the age where I can call everyone hon and officially give up on trying to learn names, which I suck at anyway.

See ya later, hon!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fun times in Seattle

 Sooo, this last Friday Thing Two and I went and had fun in Seattle. We went by the library where I work, because it is a gorgeous building and a good place to bring first-time visitors to the town and we just happened to have one of those with us.

 My friend Lime warned me that her first-born would be coming this way and I immediately signed on to play tour guide. Diana was charming, good company, and had a long list of local sights she was hoping to visit. We managed to get to quite a few of them, plus some extras I think are important. The visit to the Fremont troll also means a visit to Lenin and Just Desserts— of course.

 The Seattle Center has changed a little since I last brought Thing Two there.
Tragically, the beignet vendor was GONE! Ooooh, the humanity.
Anyway, Thing Two was talked into doing silly poses for me.

 While Diana went and toured the Space Needle, Thing Two and I went and looked at purty glass art.
 For the next photo; 
insert a maniacal laugh and some crackly electrical noises

  There were lots of glass things...
 in a variety of configurations.
 We are having some gorgeous sunny days around here so we enjoyed the gardens quite a bit.

 The glass place is pretty close to the needle so I felt it necessary to try and get everything in one shot.
 We also went to the EMP where there was an exhibit about the costumes of Star Wars.
This shows the progression of Senator Palpatine to the evil emperor.
 There were lots of super geeky facts and behind the scenes things that were AWESOME.

This is but a small sampling of the 50ish pics I took. 
Thing Two and I really enjoyed ourselves, as did Diana who decided she needed to schedule a Star Wars movie marathon soon. Other things were seen and other things were done but that is all I have time to discuss today. The stern master of homework is demanding my attention again.
May the Schwartz be with you.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Omigoodness, I hate XML sooooooo muuuuuuuch!

Tagging sucks,
and hierarchies suck,
schemas suck,
and instances suck,
and transforms suck great green, greasy  goat balls.

I cannot even begin to express how much I do not want to be doing this.
I need sun, and time to read, and alcohol, and a beach.

I know I can, I know I can, I know I can,
with a side of whatever  doesn't kill me makes me stronger.

I just can't very well determine yet if its killing me or making me stronger.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

89 days and counting

I have only 89 days of school left.
Work had commenced on the culminating project of the program and I am looking at job listing.
OMG, I am finally almost done.
89 days.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

How things seem.

To some of you, the text on the pages below are akin to this, "Blah, blah blah..."

 But actually it is a really simple schema for XML.
 It is meant to look like this,
mine... doesn't look like that yet.
I have, to my best recollection, done things that are more fun than this.
To me? This seems like particularly heartless torture.

Monday, January 19, 2015

So we went down the coast for Christmas.

 We took the mini-RV Mr. Logo has been renovating and headed south. Turns out there were some minor little leaking issues but once we addressed that..   ♪ everything was awesome ♫

 I did our 7 seafood Christmas Eve dinner.

 This is the beach at Cape Disappointment.

 Exploring caves and climbing rocks- cuz beaches are awesome.

 A little further down the coast we stopped at Haystack Rock at Canon Beach, in Oregon.

 We also stopped at Humbug Mountain State Park, because it seemed so suitable for a Christmas trip.

 There was also a stop at Prehistoric Gardens- where there be dragons.

 We also stopped at a safari park,
which evidently brings out Thing One's swag.

 We had fun on the road,
 and the Things and I did a lot of napping, I mean A LOT.
 We also watched movies and played tabletop games.
 The scenery was amazing.

 Then we finally visited the Redwoods, at Trees of Mystery where they also feature Paul Buyan, and his blue ox.

 We spent some quality time with Bigfoot as well.

 Then we finally got to the trees.

 Thing Two added this, "for scale."
 Thing One and Thing Two with the Brotherhood Tree.

 We tool a little cable car/gondola ride up to the crest of a ridge.

 Which was impressive.
The Things hiked back down with Mr. Logo while Ariella and I lounged our way back down via gondola.
 This is a little tree ring measurement of time- predating the magna carta.

 Then we went to a little aquarium-type thing in Crescent City, CA
 The sea otter was the highlight of the little show.
 Then we went and petted creatures in the tide pool and heard all about them,
 here they are- learning.
When that was over they got back to the goofing off.
 Picture with mom time- such nice babies to straighten up momentarily for a pic.
 Cue the Jaws music.
 Shark petting. Did you know sharks feel like teeth?
 If you thought petting cats the wrong direction was a bad idea--- whew!
 Yes, they CAN swallow you whole- but they don't.

 Mr. Logo was impressed with the pirate lady-she did not seem to reciprocate.
 Riding the waves, bay beee!
 I am so glad my children enjoy being silly
(note the text on bag by Thing One below).
  Watching an awesome Christmas movie while waiting for dinner.
 The chef hard at work.
 Last day on the coast- playing tag on the beach.
Tag is Ariella's favorite game.

 Playing in forts,
 and climbing on rocks...
it was an awesome coastal Christmas trip.