Librarian, Reader, Cook, and Wine Lover

A Departure From All Things Book

I’m incredibly angry and upset about TOI (The Orange Idiot) and his executive order barring people admittance to the U.S. from 7 countries that are strongly Muslim and could possibly be harboring terrorists.

Although the several countries in the middle east that were not on the list are the countries where terrorists have come from that have hurt U.S. citizens.  But TOI has business dealings there.  Huh

And the 7 countries currently barred have not generated any terrorists that have killed Americans.

Apparently TOI has forgotten that ALL Americans are either immigrants or descended from immigrants.  Including himself.

Everyone who is American is from another country.  EVERYONE.  Whether that was a year ago or 300 hundred years ago.  We are all immigrants.  America is a melting pot of people from all over the world.  Last I checked, that was one of the reasons why America is an exceptional country.

Personally, I am of two extremes.  My mother is an immigrant.  My father’s family has been here for hundreds of years.  I am half first generation and half been here since before the Revolutionary War.

I’m incredibly proud of both sides of me.  But, regardless, both sides were immigrants at some point.

We need to remember that.




Books books books!

Currently reading History of Wolves.  It’s so good so far!!!  Love the author’s use of language.

Going to try to read some more…


I’m a little verklempt and have no attention span other than listening to people talk about the Cubs.

Hoping to read a little soon!

BUT CUBS!!!!!!!!


Readathon Survey

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
2. How many books have you read so far? 1
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? All of them??
4. Have you had many interruptions?  I didn’t start reading until early afternoon because of planned things and mom-daughter errands! How did you deal with those? No worries!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  I’m surprised that I’m balancing the reading and challenges and postings as well as I am! 🙂

One Book Down!

I finished The Lost Girls, by Heather Young, and it was outstanding.  Now on to my second read of the Readathon…..but what to choose??????


Lots of interruptions so far….

Today has been a fairly lively day, so I’m almost done with my first book, but not quite.  Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon lasts until 7am tomorrow morning, so I still have 16 hours to get lots of reading in!



Time to Read!

Home from the Farmers Market!  Here’s my first read:

Readathon Tomorrow!

Yes, it’s that time of year again!  Time for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!  Tomorrow I will carve out as much time as I can to read, read, read.

*Snoopy Dance*

Since this is a worldwide thing, and everyone begins and ends at the same time, reading starts at 7am CDT.  I, however, won’t be starting right at 7am, because:

  1.  I don’t get up that early on Saturdays
  2. I am going to the Farmers Market for the last time this year

So, I’ll probably start around 10am-ish.

This will be my third readathon, and I’m not going to try and nonstop read for as long as my eyes hold out, like I have the previous two.  I’m going to put an emphasis on reading but I’m also going to enjoy some Iowa Hawkeye football and

CUBS CUBS CUBS!!!!!  Play at 7pm!!!!!

My Saturday in a nutshell: Farmers Market, books, football, books, CUBS, and then books and collapse.


That Cornell Thing

Cornell friends, you get this.  You run into a friend from Cornell that you haven’t seen in months, years, decades, and you talk like no time has passed.


You meet someone for the first time, and because of age differences (because Cornell is small and you pretty much knew everyone when you were there), you both discover that you’re Cornellians!  And then you talk like you’re old friends.

If you are with non-Cornellians when this happens, they tend to look at you like you might be a little crazy.

I made a very cool new connection today, and as soon as we discovered we both graduated from Cornell, the emails back and forth just exploded.

Earlier this year, I was at KXIC radio, waiting to do a radio spot, accompanied by another librarian.  The mayor of Cedar Rapids walked by, and I said hi to him, introduced myself, and explained I was a Cornell alum, too.  He just started talking to me like he knew me and we stood and chatted for maybe 10 minutes.

My coworker looked at me like I was crazy.

I told her it was a Cornell thing. 🙂

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