Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Department two (Circulation)...
Helping to shelve the books...
Getting sleepy after a tough morning...
Oh, my apologies to those of you who read all three of my blogs--the posts will be somewhat repetitive, but I'll be sure to vary up the pictures. haha
Monday, June 22, 2009
I think my dislike of summer started somewhere around the time of my first internship in college--when I spent the days getting coffee for reporters and covering intern-worthy news stories and the nights going out to dinner and doing other grown-up-ish sorts of things.
Summer and I enjoyed a brief reunion during 2006, when I was working as a school librarian and only worked part-time during the summer. But I was married then and didn't have cable, so the swimming, sunning and baseball-watching just didn't come together in the same way.
Since moving to Texas, the land of the seven-month summers and copious triple-digit days, my dislike has grown to the point of hatred. I don't like the heat, the sweat, the clothes, the drastic change from frigid AC-controlled buildings and cars to wet-blanket outdoors. Blech.
However, one of my pet peeves is when people complain about the weather. It's the weather--what are you gonna do? I love this quote from John Ruskin I saw on Ashley's blog:
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
Generally, I wholeheartedly agree with this and try to act like it. :) But I've developed a bad attitude about summer. So, in order to combat this, I've been making a list of the things I really do like about summer.
So, in case you're needing some summer lovin', too, here you go:
Summer dress code--tops on the list this year. Where I work, we normally have to wear skirts or dresses (except on Fridays). This summer, we can break out the pants any day of the week. Woohoo! Ironically, this has actually made me dress more professionally. Instead of wearing all my skirts and dresses, I'm able to choose the more professional items and leave the more casual ones for the weekend.
Summer food--fresh fruits and veggies (tomatoes, watermelons, strawberries, cherries, cantaloupe, peppers); cilantro thrown into everything; cornbread, beans and buttermilk for supper, as much lemonade as you can drink, a shaved ice or Sonic cream slush for dessert...summer feasts! Yum!
Summer music--Centerfield (John Fogerty), Boys of Summer (Don Henley), Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts), anything by Sheryl Crow, campy Beach Boys music, some local Alabama stuff that reminds me of summers at home. It's hard to stay irked with the heat when you've got some good tunes going.
Summer reading--Maggie's Southern Reading Challenge, the Fort Worth Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge (see my first prize? ha). Maybe I still have a lingering perception that I have more time to read in the summer, too.
Summer sports-baseball, running and swimming. Where the sunshine and longer days come in handy. I think I could spend every. single. night at the ballfield. Any ballfield. So relaxing. We might even make it to a Cats game next month.
So, there you have it. Summer and I are pals again. But I can't guarantee we'll be speaking in August.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
and...the GRE, which I'm taking next month and is decidedly not free.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
1. Two-hour naps on Saturday and Sunday afternoon aren't the best preparation for Monday afternoon.
2. Zyrtec turns me into a zombie...but a zombie who can breathe easily.
3. It's strange going to church by myself after I've had a "plus one" for the last four years or so.
4. A couple of middle-school-aged boys walked past me this weekend, and as soon as they were out of sight, I heard one of them say "4.6." I wondered...are they rating me?? And...is that 4.6 out of 5 or out of 10? I know it doesn't matter; they're two random middle school kids...and, of course, it's out of 5.
5. Putting a pair of tighty-whities on a freshly bathed Bichon will just make him really really angry.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I try to read To Kill a Mockingbird every fall. Even though a large part of it is set in the summer, it has a fall feel to me. I also enjoy reading A Christmas Carol every...you guessed it...Christmas. I also can't get enough of Harry Potter--especially as the new movies continue to come out. Having finally completed my collection, I'm about to go back through A Series of Unfortunate Events as well. And reading Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott and C.S. Lewis has become a lot like catching up with old friends.
OK, I'll stop now. Your turn!
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