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Well, I've been so caught up in the house stuff and other things, that I have fallen woefully behind on my friends list/reading list/social media. So instead of staying up until 2am trying to skim your posts, I'm just starting from today. Sorry about that. I still haven't found a balance between my new home on DW and keeping up with LJ people who didn't switch over and apparently I've just stopped checking everything because of it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This Friday we're going to see The Aquabats which is a band I wish I had known about sooner because they are just so geeky and fun. Their TV show is on Netflix now and we binge watched the first season and while we were doing that, they announced a tour so we thought WHY NOT? I mean, Weird Al makes an appearance in their show, they are clearly meant for me.



Also this Friday the contractor is coming out to rip up the wood floor in the kitchen and see if they can dry out everything enough to install new floor soon. We're going to go with porcelain tile. We figured for a room with three water sources, tile was better than wood. And really the only downside to porcelain is if you drop something on it, that thing will break. But I'd rather replace a mug than a floor.

Tim got me hooked on Gwent again. I hadn't played since it was in closed beta, but now it is free to play, open beta. I feel like I'm getting the hang of it but we will see how long that lasts LOL. It's like Hearthstone but a little bit more complicated? I still need to finish the first Witcher game. I really like the story, but it's sooooo clunky because it is soooo old. I could just jump into the second game, but I've got to be close to the end now so why give up?

We finished season 1 of The Expanse but Season 2 isn't on Prime yet and OMG THE CLIFF HANGER!!! I'm hoping one of the nearby libraries gets the set soon so I can request it. Or that Prime gets the second season...but I doubt that will happen until Season 3 starts up :(

I'm about halfway through BBC's Victoria because the library DVD finally had no requests on it so I could keep it for longer than 7 days. I'm enjoying it but I think part of that is my fondness for Rufus Sewell. I do like Jenna Coleman, even if I wasn't a huge Clara fan. She is working for me as Victoria.

OH and I finally watched a few episodes of Gravity Falls and I ADORE IT SO MUCH! Why was I not watching this before??

hmmmm...this makes it sound like I've just been watching a lot of TV instead of reading your posts...not entirely true but I suppose not entirely false either. Sorry about that.

Okay, I should probably sleep now...
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Jul. 11th, 2017 09:56 am
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Well, it has been a crazy few weeks. Wisconsin trip, our friend from Chicago flying out wit his 2 year old for the weekend and to top it all off, our dishwasher sprung a leak and destroyed the hardwood floor in our kitchen.

We are thinking we will replace the hardwood with something else - wood seems like a pain in the kitchen where water is always a factor. So I'm doing a bit of crowd sourcing here - what do you have for the floor in your kitchen? Pros and Cons?
orangerful: (belle and a book)
This was a light month, finished off a few books but never really got "hooked" on anything else. I have a few that I am going to mark as "finished" even though I technically didn't read to the last page - they were more collections of things so it wasn't like I missed out on a twist ending (unless David McCullough's last speech at a college graduation was just "fuck it, you guys are SCREWED!" but I doubt that)

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African ChildhoodBorn a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Yes, five stars because this audiobook is such a great listen. This is a sit-in-the-driveway-happy-I-have-to-drive-to-that-meeting audiobook.

Noah is a fantastic storyteller and I could listen to him recount his childhood memories for another 7 CDs. His narration felt almost conversational and I'm glad I listened to the book so I could hear the African words and all of the accents of the region that he puts on.

The book made me think about race and identity in new ways and I hope lots of people listen to his story and try to put themselves in the shoes of someone who has lived a very different life from them.

Loved it.



Gwendy's Button BoxGwendy's Button Box by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


3.5 stars

This is more of a short story/novella and it is a pretty solid one, though if you were expecting something with more depth, you'll be disappointed. It feels more like an episode of 'The Twilight Zone' than anything else, especially with the omniscient narrator. Creepy through-out with some real scares near the end.



Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea  (Narwhal and Jelly)Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


OMG THE CUTEST! Great for beginner readers, but the adorableness will appeal to everyone. And the waffles. Because who doesn't love waffles?



The Upside of UnrequitedThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


3.5 stars. It was cute but I didn't find it as interesting as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. That's the problem with second books, they have a lot to live up to! But I did enjoy the story. I'm sure many teens will identify with Molly and her list of crushes, never really being brave enough to confess that you like someone to that actual person.

If you like family stories, a little bit of romance, and super mega happy endings, you'll enjoy this.



Jabari JumpsJabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Jabari is MUCH braver than me! That high dive is really high.

A sweet little story about a boy jumping off the high dive at his public pool. Great illustrations and simple text will make this a hit with storytime crowds or just reading together. Especially if you are fans of the swimming pool.



Goldfish GhostGoldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


About as odd as you would expect a picture book by Lemony Snicket to be! I might save this one for a Halloween storytime as it has a ghost, but isn't exactly scary. Perfect for little ones that want a ghost story.



The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand ForThe American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For by David McCullough

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I didn't technically "finish" this but as it was a collection of McCullough's speeches from over the past several years, I got the gist of it when my due date came up at the library. It was nice to sit and read some positive thoughts on America - our past, our future and then some. Each word was still relevant even for the speeches that happened over twenty years ago. I might pick it up again once the request list goes down at the library. It was a nice change of pace and a good reminder that we are always changing and growing as a country, but at the same time we still face many of the same struggles we have always faced - and that is okay because we keep going.



And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over NiagaraAnd Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara by Cody Cassidy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Fun collection of pieces about different ways to die or be in pain. I was reading this on vacation and it got a little bit repetitive the last two thirds, because, it turns out, humans are pretty squishy in certain situation - like when there is no oxygen or you crush us. Who knew! Still, I had a lot of fun shouting out random anecdotes ("The most painful place to be stung by a bee is inside your nose, FYI!") at my family while we were sitting around.




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P.S. I'm back home again yay!!!! It was a long week in Wisconsin but we are back. Obviously, I have fallen behind on the ol' friends list. I've skimmed a bit but if I try to comment on all the posts, I will never sleep again LOL. You guys are all so chatty. <3

TTFN Back to reality (and work) tomorrow!
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How is it I've made it to 36 years old and yet I still forget to put on sunscreen when it is sunny out?

I mean, I know to do it on hot days, but when it's 70 and sunny,I just sit outside, enjoying it all until someone says "you look a little pink" and by the time that happens, it's too late and I'm burnt.

And of course I wore a top with a nice deep V neck so the burn is just all down my poor chest. And just one arm got it.

I signed up for duolingo to brush up on my español so I can continue to help Sylvia with her homework. It's pretty addictive and I'm excited to work towards enough gems to by the flirting phrases pack lol.
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As I drive halfway across the country and my husband flips through SiriusFM channels, I have come to the realization that I've never been a radio person.

In middle school, I was obsessed with The Beatles and listened to them non-stop. My Walkman was always on me with an album or mixtape. When I got my own car, I kept mixes on hand for driving around (thanks Napster).

I just can't stand most stuff that gets radio airplay and then the songs that I like they play so much that everyone hates them. For example, I really like Paramore and Ed Sheeran but since Tim listens to radio all the time, he hates their singles.

This also leaves a gap in my pop culture knowledge but nothing I'm upset about. I know the good stuff. ;-)
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I know this wasn't intentional. I know it was not done with malice, I'm sure it was all about market research and which characters they thought would sell the most...

BUT

Check out the Parks & Recreation Funko Pop line up

Notice anyone missing? Like Tom...Ann...Donna...

I mean, I know they only do sets of a few people at once (I'm STILL waiting for the rest of the Buffy and Firefly characters!) but to opt to do a Bert Macklin and Little Sebastian POP rather than another main characters feels weird, even more so since they were persons of color and all the Pops are white people (and a horse...a tiny tiny horse...)



I'm not accusing them of doing this on purpose...but wow. And when I think of how many shows actually *get* their second set of figures to fill out the entire cast...I worry that we will never see a little Tom Haverford with Funko POP swagger.
orangerful: (bsg - wishful drinking)
So, I've fallen behind on pretty much all things internet because I have been running myself ragged promoting the library's summer program.

I always say that the one thing the library is the WORST at is self promotion. We tend to advertise in our building and then hope people on the outside miraculously find out about what is going on. So I tried to put my money where my mouth was and visited the schools that are in the service area for my library...

...which means I spoke to around 3000 kids over the past two weeks.

And did I make it easy and just do an assembly for the whole school? OF COURSE NOT! I set up my presentation so I could speak to every class, every grade.

I actually prefer that though, it is more personal. I can cater my talk to specific age groups instead of trying to make it appeal to a 7 year old and a 11 year old.

Anyway, I think it went well, we've had a lot of kids stop by to say hello (they always act so surprised to see me at the library, even though I told them I worked there!) so I hope our registrations reflect that.

I really do love outreach, it is my favorite part of the job, getting people excited about what the library has to offer, from books to research resources. BUT DAMN IT IS EXHAUSTING! I mean, I had to be "on" for the entire school day. I actually took a half day off on Thursday because I was just so freakin' done with everything and too tired to work on things at my desk. I'm so glad I did because I needed to just sit at home and chill.

So, yeah, needless to say checking blogs fell by the wayside. To top it off, Tim discovered a new MMORPG called 'Black Desert Online' and he bought me a copy too so we've been playing together most nights. #gamerproblems

TL;DR - go to your local library and see if they have a summer program you can register for. They are most likely giving away prizes of some kind and probably would love to have some adult in their stats and not just kids. I mean, kids are great, but it is also nice to see adult readers participating.

And now I'm going to pass out. Good night goodnight!
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Not my most prolific month but one of the best books of the year is on this list, no doubt.

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild WestThe Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West by Steve Sheinkin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Cute collection of comics that place a Rabbi in the middle of the old west where he dispenses helpful advice to the townsfolk. Lots of little jokes.

Sheinkin mentions in the notes that he was inspired to write this because he had two favorite books as a kid - a book of Jewish wit and wisdom and a book about the Wild West so he put them together to create this. It really is a book for all ages when it comes to the lessons that are taught through each little story.



Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of MagicAnything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Just fantastic - a true story of an amazing women who performed magic for 60 years! Gorgeous illustrations and short, to the point text makes this a great book for a read-aloud or for early elementary school students.

Just have your "How to do magic tricks" book ready to go after they read this because it is sure to inspire them!



The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Read this book.
Get it into the hands of every teen out there.
Put yourself into the shoes of this teen girl.

This book sucked me in and did not let go. This is a world I know so little about yet struggle to understand. I know that Starr doesn't represent every African-American teenage girl in the world, but she represents some of them, and being put into her shoes, living her life, reading her story...

Yes, it is fiction, but Thomas draws from the stories that have been around us for years now, from Ferguson and Baltimore and, sadly, so many other places.

Just read it. And talk about it.



NewsPrintsNewsPrints by Ru Xu

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I think this book suffered from over-hype for me. The blurbs on the back from some of my favorite graphic novel writers, the positive reviews, the Scholastic imprint - such high hopes!

And it just flopped for me. It didn't feel like anything new, it took a long time for anything to really happen and by then, I was already over the book.

This might be a hit with younger kids who are scrounging for something while they wait for the next 'Amulet' book or after they have finished off 'Bone' but it's not good enough for me to want to recommend it. :\



Scrappy Little NobodyScrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was so much fun to listen to because Anna read it and, yeah.

Though now I'm going to go pick up the book to find the photos she references and maybe jot down a few quotes because she said some funny stuff.



The Midnight War of Mateo MartinezThe Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


3.5 stars (joins the ranks of people saying "When do we get half stars, GoodReads?)

Cute story, perfect for upper elementary school readers who want something quirky.

Mateo is already annoyed that his parents want him to give his little sister his old tricycle. He's tired of having to watch after her and share with her. To top it off, his ex-friend Johnny has joined a group of bullies who pick on his new friend Ashwin. But he doesn't have time for that right now, because as he sits looking out the window late one night he sees something that makes him question his own sanity - two skunks sneak into his yard and steal the tricycle!

There's a lot going on in this book and I am curious how much of it the target audience picks up on. The story of the animals don't run parallel to Mateo's real world problems, but they do let him reflect on what is happening in his backyard and the schoolyard.



Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFFMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF by Amy Reeder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Very cute beginning to a series. Not perfect, but fun. Crazy cliffhanger so now I pretty much have to read book 2!



Saga, Vol. 7Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


'Saga' is an amazing series that always pulls me in, no matter how long it has been since I read the last volume. Amazing artwork, a story that twists and turns like a roller coaster. This volume works even better because it is one big story arc.

But, damn. Those last few pages wrecked me. I seriously had to take a moment after closing the book.

Still the best on-going series.



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I realized my last post made it sound like I HATED La La Land but I didn't hate it. I gave it 3 stars on Letterboxd and even clicked the "Like" button LOL.

I keep talking about it like it was a misbehaving child - no, La La Land, I don't hate you, I'm not mad, I'm just...disappointed. I expected more from you.

I put on West Side Story this afternoon because I wanted some more dancing and singing and it was a rainy miserable day anyway so another two hours in front of the TV was inevitable.

The perfection was later when we watched Jimmy Fallon read hashtags and he made a reference to the Jets and Sylvia cracked up. I was like "you wouldn't have understood that joke if we hadn't watched the movie today!" LOL. I'm all about exposing that child to popular culture.

Also, it is really upsetting how relevant West Side Story still is. I mean, the lyrics to America could be from a musical written in 2017. Has anyone done a modern day restaging? Because they should.

Anyway, need to get to bed. Tomorrow is my cat's dental surgery so I need to wake up early to drop her off. Then hopefully we will have some fun with friends who have a campsite up in Gettysburg. Just visiting for the day. **crosses fingers that the rain clouds will float away overnight**
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La La Land poster Yup, finally watched this. I had hoped for so much more but I knew it was overrated when the Oscar buzz started flying around.

I mean, it was a movie about making movies. It homaged lots of classics. But it never even gets close to the level they were. Heck, John Legend's character even chides Gosling's for being obsessed with OLD jazz and not embracing anything new, asking how they can save the music by holding on to the past? Yes, those movies are classics, they were groundbreaking, but when you just try to recreate them, you can't hold a candle to them - we don't have a Fred and Ginger now. We don't have a Gene Kelly. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are both great but they are not that multitalented.

Don't get me wrong - the only reason this movie was so well liked it because of Stone and Gosling. I adore both of them, it made watching the whole thing a lot more fun. I mean, they really are not singers, they are barely dancers, but I didn't care because THOSE EYES. On both of them - THOSE EYES!

And this scene was, by far, my most favorite scene:



But, yeah. I can't deny it had some beautiful cinematography so I'm okay with that award. I'm also okay that it didn't win best picture because it was no where near as good as 'Moonlight'. It's a pretty forgettable movie. Even the songs didn't do much for me. Or maybe it was just one song?

But, yeah, since I adore Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, I didn't mind spending two hours in a dark room with them.

But, yeah, pretty much this:

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Today has pretty much been a full day of looking at the Last Jedi Vanity Fair photos over and over and over (no joke, they are now my desktop background at work).

Sometimes it is nice to just bury yourself in fandom for a day, be excited about some silly movie coming out in a few month, melancholy about an actress who passed away that you never knew rather than focus on the crazy shit going on in the real world, ya know?

Tomorrow is both Geek Pride Day and Towel Day. I have plans.
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Imzy is shutting down June 23

It's not a big surprise, but I feel like there were so many missteps take here and so much that could have been done to create a stronger community of nicer people.

Oh well. So long, Imzy. We hardly knew ye.
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Just posting these links because they look interesting and I want to read them later but I feel like some of you might be interested in them too.

Transcript of New Orleans' Mayor Landrieus address on Confederate Monuments

Beleaguered tenants of Kushnerville
orangerful: (belle and a book)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah book cover

Okay, I'm not even close to done with this book yet. I'm listening to it in the car, Trevor Noah reads it, and I'm just a disc in, but I can't tear myself away. It's the kind of audiobook you would sit in the driveway listening to, even after a long day at work.

First, I know this is much better than reading it because Noah can correctly pronounce the different words and phrases from all the different languages spoken in South Africa. I'm not sure what my brain would do when confronted with these phrases in text, probably just skip over them, but listening to Noah say them out loud, with just the right tone and inflection is beautiful, even when the phrase pretty much translates that his Mom is about to smack him upside the head for giving her lip.

Second, once again, I know nothing about apartheid beyond the basic idea of "it was bad and based on racism." To be honest, everything I know about apartheid, I learned from watching District 9. :| Noah not only breaks it all down for me, but he somehow manages to keep a sense of humor about it. As he points out many times, racism is stupid, and once you begin to question it, it begins to crumble. But, yeah, it is horrifying to think that this isn't some 150 year old bit of history that is so far in the past, it ended recently and South Africa is still trying to find a way to recover.

Third, (I'm not sure why I numbered these), listen to this book. Trevor Noah is just a very good speaker and a very smart man. I'm sad that I don't have access to The Daily Show now because I really want to start watching it again. I guess I could find clips on YouTube. But listening to this book, I can see why Jon Stewart saw a kindred spirit - they both come from backgrounds where they were part of an abused people but still found the joy in the world. They are both optimists and realists, somehow at the same time. They have religious backgrounds from parents that grounded them, but they have grown to question some things about organized religion.

Yeah, I'm only one CD into this and I am gushing and I want to tell everyone about it. It's that kind of book. Have you read/listened to any books like that before?
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Tim bought this game during a STEAM sale a month or so ago and powered through it. He was far braver than me, sitting int he dark with his headphones on. When he finished it, he insisted I play it next so we could discuss it (STEAM has an awesome "family share" system so I can access games he has purchased).

I started the game on April 30th and just finished it up today. It wasn't actually very long, I took a break after the first day, didn't pick it up again for another 12 days, playing an hour here and there when I could find it.

If you like games that focus on storytelling, puzzles, and that are about more than just shooting things, SOMA is for you. It is sci-fi/horror, but nothing as intense as, say, Resident Evil. It is made by a small Swedish studio, Frictional Games, but they didn't need the big budget from someone like EA to create a beautiful game that will stay with you for a long time after you finish it.

Now, you will get spooked. You will get chased. You will jump a few times. There is more actual gameplay here than a Telltale game like Walking Dead, which is more about conversation choices and quick time events. But there is so much story to discover, to put together the pieces of what has happened and what will happen, that you can't stop playing.

Definitely add it to your Steam/PS4 wishlist (not on xbox, boo!) and grab it next time there is a sale. It's not the longest game ever, but you'll be thinking about it after you've stopped playing.

Has anyone else played this? What did you think?
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Comic Con at the library went really well! Our numbers were down from last year but not by that much and I think it was more to do with the weather/day than any fault on our part. Made some notes about what I'd tweak for next year but we just keep getting better each year, in my opinion. Here's hoping year 3 is just as much fun!

I was super busy though, so I didn't get to snap many photos. Hoping the library will post more but here's a smattering for your amusement:

Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled

Good times were had! And afterwards, beer was had because OMG YOU TRY HERDING 50 COSPLAYERS INTO PARADE FORMATION WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A MICROPHONE!
orangerful: (force awakens)
LIBRARY COMIC CON IS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!

Which means I only get a 1 day weekend (I got my other day off Thursday, which feels weird, but whatever, this time of year is madness anyway)

I wished you all lived closer so you could come have fun with me. :D

I'm totally wearing my "Rogue Librarian" shirt. I'm in charge of the costume contest, so that should be fun.

Aaaaand typing that sentence just reminded me I meant to charge the iPad! CRAP!

GOODNIGHT!
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Imzy just launched a "follow" feature for people. I feel bad for them, if they had done this a few weeks ago, before the big LJ fallout, they might have been able to snag more people from LJ. Ah well.

I might go poke around the site again now that this feature exists though. I really don't know the last time I logged on!
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13 Reasons Why Promo Image by Netflix

Warning: spoilers for the entire series and also lots of trigger-y topics, though I'm not going to go into detail

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