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Back!

I think I was taking a couple of days off from blog posting.   Then it seemed like more days and more days went by and I have said nothing….  so I figured I had better hop on today and let you in on an update.

Not that anything has been happening.    I have moved to my new branch and I really love it.  My coworkers are great, the branch is nice and although it is different,  I really like the atmosphere.   So, if I was worried, I needn’t have been, and I am almost done with my third week here.  Good stuff.

I have been madly reading teen fiction and some non fiction for my teen committee, and thankfully, we have to have everything read by early December and then I can stop.    It is a lot of working reading all this stuff, and some of it I really like, and some of it not so much.   I am reading one now called “Bog Child” if you can believe it and it is all about Ireland and the IRA and Irish history and although it is interesting, I am not sure that a teen will gravitate towards it.    I think you would have to have had some background info on the IRA and Irish history to really get it, and they don’t tend to start teaching that in schools around here , although if you were Irish, I am sure you would know all about that.   

I also read a book about teens on death row and I thought that it was pretty interesting, even though I suspected that I would hate it before I started reading it.  But it turned out to be pretty good and makes you think about things that you might not normally think about, like conditions in the prison system and capital punishment.    (I try NEVER to think about capital punishment!)

And, at the SAME time, I am trying to read the Draining Lake by Indridison,  which is an adult mystery set in Iceland, and I read snippets of it whenever I can get the chance.    So it is really slow going.  But I am really enjoying it all the same. Maybe this weekend it will be calm enough to get some reading done!

I DO know, that this weekend, Chris is going to take me to see High School Musical 3.  I am MAKING him take me!  And he is GOING to like it!    I don’t think he ever saw the first two.   That will be a treat, that is for sure!

Oh, and on music news, this week  Lady Gaga and the Saturdays both had a cd come out, so run to the store and get those!

Hmmmm.

I think that is all I have at the moment.  I will try not to be a stranger.  I promise to stop by all the blogs and say something intelligent  (or damn near it, anyway.) 

Have a good Thursday!

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October 30, 2008 at 12:07 pm 4 comments

More Silliness

This tickled me.   I really laughed.

October 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm 5 comments

Blast From the Past!

My friend Cheryl sent me this little gem.  Can you remember all of these?

I sure do!

October 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm 4 comments

Strange Dinner

The other night I had to go out and get dinner.

I was in a new area and was not sure of the food choices, so I decided to go to Popeye’s.   I know it is fast food, but you cannot go wrong with chicken and biscuits and red beans and rice, can you?

When I walked in, I thought it was a little strange.  They had this big dining area and there were only six tables.   They were all spread out, leaving huge gaps where you knew a table should have been.   And they looked ancient.    I was about to turn and run but I was the only customer so I thought I had better order.

Luckily, I ordered chicken strips and red beans and rice.  They DID have those.

The counter girl informed me:

They were out of:

French fries,  gravy for the mashed potatoes, shrimp, and coke.  And they only had one sauce for the chicken strips.

I got my food and ate and got out.

Luckily, I did not get food poisoning.

I won’t be going back there anytime soon!

Hope you are having a marvelous weekend!

October 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm 3 comments

And now, a PSA

If you won’t listen to me, listen to Blake Lively and Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl! They will set you straight!

Of course, listening to me is also a very good idea.

I do it all the time!

Now back to the non political segment of my blog!

October 15, 2008 at 10:51 am 1 comment

And Now… a Funny.

My friend Cheryl sent these to me via Email.  Not sure where they come from but they made me smile.  Hope they do the same for you!

 

CHILDREN’S THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SEA


> 1) This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly age 6)
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> 2) Oysters’ balls are called pearls. (James age 6)
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> 3) If you are surrounded by sea you are an island. If you don’t have sea all round you, you are incontinent. (Wayne age 7)
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> 4) Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson she’s not my friend no more. (Kylie age 6)
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> 5) A dolphin breaths through an asshole on the top of its head. (Billy age 8)
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> 6) My uncle goes out in his boat with pots, and comes back with crabs.(Millie age 6)
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> 7) When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes, when the wind didn’t blow, the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would have been better off eating beans. (William age 7)
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> 8) I like mermaids. They are beautiful, and I like their shiny tails. And how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? Like, really? (Helen age 6)
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> 9) I’m not going to write about the sea. My baby brother is always screaming and being sick, my Dad keeps shouting at my Mom, and my big sister has just got pregnant, so I can’t think what to write. (Amy age 6)
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> 10) Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves into chargers. (Christopher age 7)
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> 11) When you go swimming in the sea, it is very cold, and it makes my willy small. (Kevin age 6)
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> 12) Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Two divers can’t  go down alone, so they have to go down on each other. (Becky age 8)
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> 13) On holidays my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she was going very fast. She says she won’t do it again because water fired right up her fat ass. (Jule age 7)

October 13, 2008 at 11:02 am 6 comments

Goodbye Fete

Yesterday, I was much suprised when my coworkers had a lovely going away party for me. 

It was wonderful!

I admit, I sort of had an inkling that it was going on.  I was sitting quietly at my desk, minding my own business while fellow staff members kept running from the staff room to the meeting room carrying all sorts of things.   And there was mysterious wrapped foods when I looked in the refridgerator in the morning.    All signs pointed to a party.    But, I tried to be my usual not nosy self  (HA)  and pretended that I knew nothing was going on.

Then they called me in and it was wonderful.  They had a very nice fall table set up with an enormous pumpkin in the center and lots and lots of food.  My friend Lois even made clam dip and brought it in!  There was a goodbye cake and desserts, and lots of snack items.  And the best part is that all the friends I had made had gathered and we could eat and laugh together.

And then I got to open presents!  I got chocolate and a couple of puppets,  and some gift cards and a mug with my name on it.   And more chocolate  (and I took it home and hid it, that is for sure)  and some I Can Has Cheezburger magnets to put on my fridge and make captions on everything.   And the staff gave me some money and told me to use it on Amazon.Co.Uk,   (they know me so well) so I can help bolster England’s economy.    And I have some CDs and books already picked out and I am definately going to use it for some fun things.

I am down to two more days and I am a bit sad.  It still doesn’t feel like I am going, even though my desk has all been boxed up and has been shipped through delivery to my new home.  I guess it will hit me on Tuesday when I officially start there and have to meet everyone new.   I am sure going to miss my branch and all the friends I have made here.

And I have discovered that the branch I am going to does not have a great deal of fiction readers, so I won’t get to use my readers advisory skills as often.   Does that mean I will stop reading?

No way!

You can be sure that I am still gonna be reading and I still will share with you all the new books I have discovered.    British books and yank books alike.   

And I have a review of a good one I have to post tomorrow.  Just finished it as we speak.    Hopefully you will get something out of it!

Anyway, the party was really appreciated.  It makes me feel good that I work for an organization that values me and the skills that I bring.   It makes me glad that I found a good place to work for and hopefully will be able to retire from.   It makes me glad that the place I work for attracts so many good people and that I always have some dear, dear work friends to spend my week with. 

And tonight, my friend Melissa had a visit from her pug, Apple, and I got to pick her up!  Yay!  And she has a curly tail!

Awesome.

October 9, 2008 at 12:15 am 5 comments

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