orangerful: (kermit)
Thank you guys so much for your great responses to my thinky-thoughts post from Saturday. There's just no "right" answer to any of this stuff and each human experience is unique, but it is also very human to want to clump people together. It was great to read some feedback from people who have experienced the world in that part of the country.

It's been a week - on Friday, the contractor the insurance recommended came by to rip up the kitchen floors so they spot that was water damaged could dry out. So for a week we have been living with this:



There is a big fan and a humidifier going non-stop in the kitchen. The plastic is to keep the air trapped so we're not drying out the whole house. I didn't mind it so much at first, but now it feels like we are living on a ship. And it also feels like we are living in Elliot's house during the last half hour of E.T. and Peter Coyote is about to come out of my kitchen in a hazmat suit and tell me E.T. is dead. :\

Good news is they are supposed to stop by and take a moisture reading and see if everything is dry enough. We picked out some tile so we can give them that information tomorrow too and get that started.

Two promotions have opened up at work and I was planning on going for one of them but after careful contemplation, I've decided to try for both. One would just be a step up in the same branch, a brand new position that my manager has been trying to get for awhile. The other is a manager position at a branch down the road from my house. That spot opened up because of shenanigans with the recent hire, an outside person, who totally broke every "things not to do when you are a new manager" rule in the book before the 6 month probation was over. She "resigned" last week.

I've been with the library system for 7 years now at this branch and I've been working in public libraries full time for over 10 years. While I'm super comfortable in my current position, I feel like maybe I need to push myself and try for this. Everyone has been REALLY supportive. I'm getting some coaching from two other managers this week and next to help me with the interview. But I don't want to assume I have the job because they did post it for outside hires...though they only posted it for a couple weeks.

Anyway, I haven't written a resume in YEARS or done an interview - I know I am VERY lucky - so I've been stressing out about all of this since Friday. I'm done with the paper work part though, I'm submitting all of that tomorrow. Next up is "studying" for the interview because I have a TON of experiences to pull from...I just need to remember what they all are!!!

And now I should probably get to bed because the contractor will be here bright and early and I don't really want to greet him in my pajamas. :P
orangerful: (Default)
So, I'm about halfway through Hillybilly Elegy by J.D. Vance which is all about issues in rural America and the culture that exists there. It became a bestseller after Trump was elected president because it was implied that these were the people that voted for him so everyone is reading the book in the hopes of making sense of it all.

I saw this article in the Washington Post about rural Americans and disabilities and unemployment and it echoed a lot of the issues that Vance talks about in his book. And it all just blows my mind and I struggle to find any way we can all understand each other. This culture, the entire way the families function, it just is so alien to how I grew up, how I was raised, the values instilled in me.

And, the irony being that you could read about some of these situations they go through - the broken homes, the scraping by etc. and if you saw it out of context, you might think it has to do with inner city living and "minority" groups. And this is probably what makes the divide worse because most of us fight for equality for different groups, trying to figure out how to fix a broken system, but these rural poor white groups end up getting ignored because, technically, they are part of the majority?

I dunno, it is all so hard to even grasp because that world is just so alien to me having grown up in middle class suburbs. And I'm sure that is a huge part of America's problem right now because there is no way to have a dialogue that makes any sense because the culture of both sides is so different.

I had to return the book without finishing it, I'm back on the waitlist (only 100 people ahead of me blurgh!) but I wonder what each person is getting out of this story. Living in Maryland probably gives a unique perspective too since it has a large transient population due to military and government contractor jobs, but at the same time there are people who have always been here. And Virginia and Pennsylvania aren't that far, so I'm sure people who grew up in that society have migrated across the states to start anew like Vance did.

Has anyone read the book? Thoughts? feelings? reactions? Obviously his life story isn't the ONLY story of someone growing up there, but the news coverage of the unemployment issues and opiod crisis are making it seem like perhaps his story is more average than we would ever want to believe.
orangerful: (Default)
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 espaƱol 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.
orangerful: (paramore)
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. ;-)
orangerful: (grrr)
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!
orangerful: (Default)
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: (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!
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
My life has been taken over by video games and TV and just general life-ness. I swear this happens every few months, I go from an LJ addict to not being able to make the time.

My friend was supposed to come and visit this week with her daughter, but as her daughter is three and decided that she no longer wanted to sleep through the night so the idea of driving 8 hours with a tired toddler while also tired didn't appeal to her. :P On the plus side, I have cleaned the house!!

This was a weird week, I was just in the strangest mood until about Thursday. I blame the girl parts, which were really out of whack and threw everything off. Feel more like myself now though!

We are about halfway through 13 Reasons Why (we waited for Sylvia to come back from her spring break trip to watch with her).
mild spoilers if you haven't watched it yet )

I'm awful at 'Overwatch' but I do enjoy playing it. But OMG if you could HEAR Tim when he plays LOL. He doesn't wear the microphone, thank goodness, but he is one of those people who just turns into an aggressive potty mouth when he plays competitive games. He *hates* to die in games. And for a game like Overwatch, that is a HUGE part of the game. It's not about living forever. But he gets so upset when he does. It's both offensive and hilarious and I am so glad I am the only person who can hear him.

I downloaded Fallout Shelter again because Steam sent me a code for bonus stuff...I don't know why I did that, it's not even a real "game" the way that all my other games are. It's just nice to goof off with for a bit while I'm eating breakfast or brushing my teeth.

Still not sure exactly how I'm handling the LJ/DW thing. I was reading through the DW FAQ email they sent out and I did not know they were based in Maryland! Now I almost want to switch over just for that. Well, at least when May 2018 rolls around, that is. If there is still an online community to hang out in.
orangerful: (easily distracted // orangerful)
I went to the post office last week and got all the mixes and cards in the mail HUZZAH! I now some of you more local to me have received them already. Sorry overseas people, they might end up being a New Year's gift rather than a happy winter holidays LOL. Enjoy it no matter what!

I still need to spin by again tomorrow though as I need to mail a couple more things, but I can use the self service machine for those and it is open after hours.

One of my cats has been acting off today...I'm worried I'm going to have to make an emergency vet run before we leave town. Looks like he may have had an upset stomach, his bum is all read and he's letting his tail dangle, I think to protect his sore bottom. I did run some hot water on toilet paper and try to make sure he was clean back there - he did NOT like that and sat and pouted in the bathroom for the next few hours. He isn't yowling though, so I'm hoping that maybe it's just a 24 hour thing. Guess I'll just check again tomorrow and see. There is a vet inside the local PetSmart that is good for emergencies like this so if he is still looking sad tomorrow, I'll have to make an appointment really quick.

I am at that stage where I start impulse ordering more gifts. I bought a few more things for Tim yesterday while ordering the last few things for coworkers. I don't mind spoiling him though.

Our work "day of eating" is tomorrow (we made it a non-holiday party because our newest person is Jehovah's Witness and doesn't celebrate things, and we are trying to lure her in because she is preggers and we are going to have a baby shower for her while eating all the things). I'm going to wake up and whip some cream for Ambrosia so it is nice and fresh for lunch time. I have all the ingredients ready to go so it's just a matter of whipping the cream, mixing in the sour cream, then dumping in all the fruit. I should be able to do that in a few minutes before heading out the door.

And BONUS the Ravens won so I get free coffee from Dunkin Donuts (this is the only reason I follow football at all, FREE COFFEE! other wise I could care less...Tim is a Packers fan so I root for them by out of marital obligation ... plus Aaron Rodgers is a big ol' nerd so I don't mind too much)

Toodles!
orangerful: (yoda textless // orangerful)
It's Star Wars Day at the library today.

I usually have this program in October but I moved things around this year due to vacations and it got bumped to December.

I've done this program for several years but this is the first year I decided to give myself more time to set up in the morning, so instead of starting at 10am it is starting at 11am.

I was so proud of myself at 9:30 because I had set up all my crafts and activities and displays and I didn't have to rush around like a crazy person...

...but now I am going crazy waiting for it to be 11am and waiting for my 501st members to show up and aaaaaaaah!

and now I am posting on here to distract myself...

**stares at clock**
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
Thanksgiving is right around the corner so I'm trying to think POSITIVE for a bit because it is far too easy to slide dooooown with everything swirling around right now.

So, fun stuff! I'm hosting Thanksgiving again this year! Hopefully I will NOT melt my new oven thermometer (because this one is actually MADE to go in the oven!) but even if I do, I have two more back up ones because everyone got me one for Christmas last year after seeing my melted one on Instagram.

We were bad this weekend and bought ourselves an early Christmas present. We'd been eyeing up new TVs for awhile and they dropped down the pricing to "black friday prices" on Saturday and it was in stock so...we now have a Samsung 65" UHD smart tv. IT IS EPIC! I tested it out with Force Awakens and Rey was freakin' life size.

It is that time of year again - LORD OF THE RINGS REWATCH TIME! It is going to be BEAUTIFUL on the new TV and on blu-ray. I also ordered wire covers so I can attempt to set up the rear speakers. I love surround sound and I miss it and now that we pretty much have a movie theater downstairs, it needs to happen.

FYI - Sting has a daughter and she sounds JUST LIKE HER DAD. I'm listening to the full album now and I can't decide if it is weirding me out too much to enjoy it. I do like her sound though.

Oh, we watched Star Trek Beyond tonight. DVD from the library so not as pretty as it could be, but the Xbox tried its best to upscale it. (so spoiled). Anyway, that movie lost points with me for wasting Idris Elba. I mean, WTF, it was right up there with X-Men wasting Oscar Isaac. Two beautiful men that are amazing actors and you cover them in blue paint and have them just grunt for most of the film? Blah. The movie itself was alright, better than Into Darkness (but that movie made me fly into a nerd!rage). Good way to veg out on a cold Monday night.

Only working tomorrow and then we are off Wednesday and Thursday for the holiday. I'm off on Friday because I work Saturday. 3 days in a row. So awesome. Especially with the new Gilmore Girls appear on Netflix on Friday morning. I know what Sylvia and I will be doing while Tim is at work!
orangerful: (i heart my friends // orangerful)

First, I want to apologize for comparing Tremors to the crappy-franchise-that-must-not-be-named. After rewatching the movie on SyFy last night, I have to agree I was surprised how well it held up!

Second, have I told you all lately that I love you? I love how passionate you all are about your fandoms. It's why we are friends lol. I enjoyed all the responses, I was cracking up each time I got a little alert! You are all the best!

We're somewhere in the hills of Pennsylvania, heading towards West Virginia. Probably will be home around midnight as long as traffic/weather behaves. Can't wait to sleep in my own bed!

orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)

"Tremors" was the Sharknado of its day!

orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
Has anyone been to one of the "Escape the Room" events where you are locked in a room with a group of people and have to solve clues to find the way out? I'm looking for some ideas on how to create such a thing for a public library setting. I have found hints online but I wanted to know if you all had any personal experiences. :)
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
So apparently, my pattern is that I read LJ on the weekends, catch up by Monday, then get too busy to read the rest of the week, leaving me drowning in posts on the weekend!

I blame some of these on the library and Summer Reading Club so I can't sneak a peek during the day LOL. Yes, I am bring forced to work at work all day! OH THE HUMANITY! (love my job!)

Anyway, I just went back some 300 entries on LJ and I think I am caught up now. YOWZA you guys were chatty (though there was some kind of LJ glitch that loaded a TON of [livejournal.com profile] fragbert's posts from early June that I had never seen before and they were all on my flist...)

We're having a cookout today. Tomorrow is July 4th but we figured people may have plans with family, so we're doing a friends cookout, just a small group. Originally it was just 2 people, but then Tim extended an invite to Mathew and I mentioned our friend Zac and we have two other "maybes" so who knows, might be a mini-shindig! Though only the original two are committed for the full evening hehe. Shenanigans may ensue.

THAT BOOK MEME #17 What do you think about movie/tv adaptations?

I'm fine with them as long as they are GOOD LOL. Honestly, sometimes I think the movie has an opportunity to improve upon the books, if done right.

One of my secret wishes is for Harry Potter to be redone, maybe 30 years from now, and done as a mini-series, with more detail, maybe fixing some of the more obvious issues...kinda like they did with LotR.

More often than not, the movies butcher the books but what can ya do? I'm a big believer in reading the book first. There are only 3 movies I can think of that are better than the books (Jaws, Whip It, and Me & Earl & the Dying Girl) (The last two are good books, the visuals of a movie just make the stories better...the jaws book is AWFUL!!!!!!!!)

And if it wasn't for Jurassic Park being made into a movie, I never would have become a Michael Crichton fan!

How about you guys? Any movie/tv adaptations that you LOVE just as much/more than the book? Any that you would like to see wiped from cinema history?

on Target

Apr. 25th, 2016 06:18 pm
orangerful: (feisty! // orangerful)
Target did not let me down

Continuing to Stand for Inclusivity

Also, if I see one more ignorant person say that Transgender = child molester, I swear to the Glob I will lose my shit. There is some awful petition going around to boycott Target. I wish there was some way to counter-act it, like have a "I'm going to keep shopping at Target BECAUSE of this".

I guess the best we can do is tweet and reblog and share this news and say YES TARGET we support you!

And then just do our best not to punch the transphobic people in the face when they start running their mouths.
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
Okay, so, it's easy to get into fights on social media. You're not face to face with the person, you're able to just go off without them interrupting or correcting you.

But sometimes it is mighty hilarious.

Case in point: Elizabeth Warren venting at Ted Cruz after he sent an email out saying how hard it is running for President.


On one hand, I'm sad I didn't declare a side in this election because I can't vote in the primary. On the other hand, it's nice to just sit back and watch the insanity.

People have been turning out today to vote (our last day of Early Voting before the official election day on Tuesday) so at least people want to vote. No guarantee they will pick who I want them to pick, but at least they are exercising their rights. But we are in a well off area, where people can drop in and vote. I wish that our library closer to the city was one of the locations picked for voting.
orangerful: (i heart my friends // orangerful)
OMG LOOK WHAT WAS IN MY MAILBOX TODAY!

Surprise in the mail from my BFF Amy! #librarian #littlepeople #toys


My BFF [livejournal.com profile] heiland_coo sent this to me, totally brightened up my Monday (though it is pretty damn bright here in Maryland today, 88 degrees and SUNNY!)

Also, I went to the store after work to pick up some charcoal so I could grill tonight and when I was checking out, the clerk told me that they all loved my R2-D2 purse and it comes up all the time in conversation. I'm a celebrity in Pasadena LOL!

I need to write that gag review for ThinkGeek, telling them how *dangerous* this purse is because people yell at you from across the store to tell you how awesome it is. LOL.

EDIT: Here is the purse



Don't worry, my Mom did not pay that much for it! I sent her the link when it was on sale and hinted that I thought it was awesome and wish I had one. :)
orangerful: (disgust // orangerful)
The whole thing with Harper Lee has been weird since the announcement of 'Go Set a Watchman'. The theory that she was being coerced by her estate lawyer to publish some more things so they could capitalize on her fame before she passed seems highly probable. And now with this announcement from the estate today saying theywill no longer be publishing a mass market edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, I just feel icky.

As the article points out, this will hit the schools the hardest because mass market is what they can afford to buy in bulk. Will this be the end of teaching 'To Kill a Mockingbird' or does The Estate and HarperCollins have special plans?

It's all so sad to think that this sweet, shy old woman was abused in this way and then passed on after signing off on who knows what. :(

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