Wednesday, February 27, 2008

American Idol - The Boys - 2/26/08

None of the men won last night's "Booktender's Fast Forward" award this week. It was a close competition last week, but Luke won out over Amy Davis' cringe-worthy performance. Bless the child I hope she can pull it out and try another day. She does have a pleasant quality.

Well. Congratulations Luke Menard! After fast-forwarding through your flat, drudging performance last week I listened this week. Welcome back to the competition. And a big 'ol teddy-bear hug to he-of-first-name, Chekezie, for a great comeback. Keep it cool, dude, and we'll see you in the top 10. I think.

Now here's a problematic quandry: Danny Noriega. Suitably androgenous for a 'tweener hearthrob? check Decent voice? check Great sense of clothing style? check. Coming off kinda gay? OOOOPS! Don't let it cost you the competition, kid. You know how them there 'merican homophobes are. Not that I know you're gay or even care, just don't come off that way kid. Play it close to the vest. 'merica just don't take a shine to that yit. The dorks.

So, when David Archuleta opened his mouth and John Lennon's "Imagine" came out of it this enormous "NOOOOOOOO!" took over my brain. Simply overroad every circuit. That lad was done for.

But he pulled it off. Finally, someone had the nerve to take it and twist it a bit so it overcame the hackneyed overuse it has enjoyed for decades and came out as something for a new generation. And he has a certain 'tweener appeal. And woman my age may share my urge to adopt him. I don't know if he can keep it up. Vote the Worst may get him. Or Something Scandalous May Happen. For now, I'm impressed with the lad.

Now...who to kick many choices...
I'd say Jason or Jason. Yeager? no presence. Castro? not focused. Yeager, if you're going to act like an older man, get the schtick with it. Castro, if you're going all coffee-house then embrace it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Booktender's Lost Weekend

Saturday: Food Poisoning is both gross and creepy

Sunday: Tripping on an unsecured bathroom rug and landing right where the underwire is on your bra leaves considerable muscle pain

Remember: You heard it here first

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ickiest Name for a Fictional Character So Far This Year

Theodore Judson's Martian General's Daughter:
Emperor Mathias the Glistening

What's glistening? Does he display it often? What gives it that healthy glow? Does it rival his sceptre in it's glowy-ness? Does it match the royal family's jewels? How many royal orbs does this guy have, anyway? Has his glistening-ness been compared to the morning dew on the leaves of a stately oak? How often does he glisten? And what of the dampness that follows a good glistening?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Big Snark-Off du jour

What would a snark-off be without Smart Bitches, Trashy Books ?
When Covers Happen "gives me the impression she’s some sort of alien from a planet where the sentient life forms look like praying mantises masquerading as a human."
"He’s thinking: Boobs. BOOBS. HOLY SHIT BOOBS. "
"Sarah: And then there are the cover images and titles that don’t get used nearly enough. A weed-whacked treasure trail and the words “seasonal wind.” There’s so much comedy I can barely breathe.
Candy: Chili season is the unkindest season of all. "

From the WELL D'UH department:
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter 7 bestselling novel of 2007

Another Snark-Off Must:

Bowels, Your
via A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette by J on 2/18/08
Don't be the librarian who continuously discusses your Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic diarrhea with your library coworkers. Keep that shit to yourself.
Love, Declaring your

via A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette by J on 2/14/08
Librarians should not embarrass themselves on Valentine's Day by declaring their love for the Fed-Ex delivery guy.

Random Snarks

Man claims he’s vampire/werewolf hybrid Oh c'mon, isn't every guy deep down inside?

Pray tell: Is Elizabeth Gilbert self-absorbed or true seeker? Why, perhaps so, IMHO. YMMV

I hope the flux clears up soon, ICK: Evangelicals Still in Flux After Super Tuesday

Bush's 2009 Budget Request Includes Health-Related Cuts, Increased Abstinence Funding Atta boy, dork-face

and, of course: Excuse Generator (don't let this fall into the hands of your kids!)

Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge? This is news? Folks thought I was uppity fer goin' to college and not gettin' my MRS

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, and the Bladder Fuller is there really anything more to say?

There are two minutes left in Presidents’ Day. You should spend that time watching this video. and yes indeed, you should. Who knew George Washington was such a stud?

CDC Releases Info on CMV Infection in Pregnancy, Health Effects of Domestic Violence They needed a study to prove that domestic violence has detrimental mental health effects? HELLO? OK, to get taken seriously, I guess a study simply must be done.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

What I'm Reading

What I'm Reading
I'm trying to read Patricia Potter's Tempting the devil . I'm going to put it aside for now. I think I'll enjoy it another time. Just now it's not grabbing me. I'll save it for "guilty pleasures" reading another day.

In an always-nearly-fatal activity for a librarian, Mom and I went to the bookstore today. I bit the bullet and paid for Geraldine Brooks' People of the book : a novel. Should be a ripping fun read. Some have called it a very much more literate The Da Vinci code, others have said it tries too hard. I think it sounds great! (See [Reviews]; See what I think might be similar: Mysterious Treasures, Dangerous Clues; related: Did You Like the Da Vinci Code? )

I also picked up The book of names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori. Interestingly, The Economist appears to approve. It always cracks me up when Economist recommends popular literature. Seems incongrous. [Reviews] are mixed.

Mom and I are working out the listening/hearing/grieving part of her first visit without Dad. Dad really, really loved driving here and eating at all his favorite places. So, off we go with memories and tears. Mom has been listening to Dumas' The Seven Last Words of Christ in preparation for performance when she returns home. I'm just listening to my mp3 do the shuffle.

Oh please, need you ask?
American Idol is beginning to get down to performance
Survivor is back!
Bonus Big Brother? Woo Hoo (although I'm not digging the couples thingy. And why oh why don't these dorks realize they have incredible alliances built in? Hellllooooo?)

Prednisone, recovering from - again

The depression should hit any day now. For the moment, it's still a little bit manic around here. Hey, what can I say, it feels GREAT not to have the joint pain. And breathing through unswelled air passages is an extra super bonus.

These few blessed days are ideal for doing things like cleaning out the sock drawer and the like. Make hay while the sun shines and all that.

11 days until the allergist. Weeeeee!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Six Handy Steps - Step 1 - Part 4

So you have a handle on what's really bugging you. You have begun to accept that you are where you are and that's ok for the moment. You're looking at your Self in an inquiring way and unearthing basic problems and prioritizing them.

Now you are ready to look around your workplace and See What Needs to Be Done. You may surprise yourself. What needs to be done may be as simple as reorganizing your files. It may be a good weeding needs to be done in your favorite library section. It may be that you need to learn new techniques for time management or using technology. It may be a co-worker conflict that you need to share with a supervisor to get input for resolution. It may be an attitude or idea that is somehow making your world small.

Just look and see what needs to be done. It doesn't have to be done for the entire library system. It may be something you need to do for You. It doesn't matter where you start. Choose just one thing to address.

Look at that thing. Even the simplest things require a process to complete. Cleaning out your desk drawer requires that you decide what to keep and what not to keep, how to arrange things so you can find them easily, and what supplies you need that you don't have.

Let's continue with the desk drawer example. Are you thinking "I have too many pencils?" or are you thinking "I have too many pencils but we might have a budget cut and I'll wish I had them?" Are you thinking "I have to keep that 15 year old rubber stamp I haven't used in years because I have to use it to process books?" or are you thinking "That rubber stamp served me well in years past and, since I don't do book processing anymore it's ok to let it go"

Notice the buts and the have-tos? As you're deciding what needs to be done remember to listen to your mental sentences and watch out for those scary words and phrases. They are your warning signals. You'll watch for those as you go through this whole multi-part process that is part of the Six Handy Steps.

Prednisone, Returning to

Again. So I'm finally getting a referral to an allergist. Wow. News flash.

But just think of the money I'm saving on buying face blush. OK, so I look a bit sunburned. I'm at least able to breath and that, ladies and gentlemen, is a good thing.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Things that make the day go faster

100 first graders getting library cards, checking out books, and an extra-super bonus break away lanyard to keep them on. Books! Books! Books!

Monday, February 04, 2008

The Big Snark-Off

Study says many studies suck

Doris Lessing finally receives that Nobel Prize
via Books - Top Stories on 1/30/08
Nobel literature laureate Doris Lessing, who greeted news of her victory with the words, "I couldn't care less," received her ...

My Snarky Idols
What Not to Crochet
So many fugly items, so little time...
Why is this wrong?
Ooozing - It’s not a Good Look

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Mantitty and Mullets. What better way to say Happy Birthday Candy
Cover Snark: The Last and Best Argument for Amnesia

Bush Talks of Past Addiction Past? PAST????
Carter Forges Peace Among a New Group: Baptists Thank goodness, I was getting really tired of all that Baptist gang activity in the 'hood.
Grateful Dead to reunite for Obama concert Obama Wins!
Is Dobson's Political Clout Fading? If there is a God in Heaven...

Quack, Quack Quack...Goat Testicles!
Books of The Times: Fleecing the Sheep, Who Keep Coming Back for More

Proof of Joy and Absurd Humor in the World

Lohan, Murphy lead Razzies for year's worst