Librarian, Reader, Cook, and Wine Lover

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. 🙂

Tornado Watch!

It’s a little late in the season, but there’s a tornado watch this afternoon/evening.  I’m such a weather geek.  It all fascinates me, especially weather extremes.

This wasn’t always the case.

As a little girl, I was terrified of tornadoes.  TERRIFIED.  I had dreams they were chasing me.  Perhaps the result of watching The Wizard of Oz?  Or perhaps because we didn’t have a basement, so if there was a tornado warning, we had to go next door to my godmother’s house, or across the street to my best friend’s house.  This meant we had to go OUTSIDE where there could be a tornado, lurking behind the house, just waiting to get me.

When a tornado watch was issued, I couldn’t understand why my parents weren’t scared.  They kept an eye on the weather, of course, but they were so calm.  I, however, packed a grocery bag full of my most prized possessions, especially my teddy bear, and put it by the front door, in case we had to bolt.

I was prepared.

I’m still a worry wart, but I’m no longer afraid of tornadoes.  Now,  I’m fascinated by weather and I’m the idiot who goes outside to look at the sky when things turn ominous.  One extreme or the other, I guess!

You Permit What You Promote

MAJOR light bulb moment for me today!  Someone posted something amazing on a friend’s Facebook page, and my mind is blown.

“You permit what you promote.  If you allow someone to treat you badly, then you are giving them complete license to continue to do so.”

I wanted to share this, because the words are simple, but the message is ginormous.

I’m Still Here!

I am not doing very well at this posting thing.  I need to start making it a habit to post something every day, even if it’s just a couple of sentences.

Summer is in full swing at the library, and it’s crazy!  We’re in the middle of Summer Reading Program, and with the kids out of school, you just never know what each day will bring.

The other day, I had to get gum out of one of our upholstered chairs.  Ice DOES work!

We had a yoga practice last Tuesday, for the adult program.  It was wonderful.  The week before was Juggling Jeff, and he was a hoot.  The rest of the adult SRP consists of book discussions, coloring, movies, and food.  I think we’re good!

The weather is hot and HUMID.  The Cubs are still in first place (knock on wood!!!!!!!)!

I’m not reading as much as I want to be, I seem to be pretty distracted lately.  Must work on that.

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