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As you can probably tell, I am fooling with the WordPress app for android. It is actually working pretty well–better than when I tried it on my ipod touch. My only complaint is that I haven’t found a way to put pictures anywhere other than at the top of my post. I can live with that.

We walked to the multi-use park down the street from the Mister’s apartment yesterday. It had a nice two mile track that we walked and featured soccer fields, playgrounds and an off leash area for dogs. All of the playground equipment came with its own shade–very necessary here.

We stopped at U-Swirl after and I fell in love with the strawberry and lychee pearls. So Yum! I also found a Trader Joes which has so many of the foods I miss when I am here. Cheese, fresh fruit and veggies, less chemicals.

Our only plan for today is to hit up a local sushi happy hour for birthday sushi goodness. I am sad that I am heading home tomorrow and somewhat apprehensive relying on public transportation to get me to the airport, but glad that the Mister will be joining me in New Orleans for ALA.

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I have not been to the strip once this trip. We’ve been thrifting and lazing and cooking. All things the Mister doesn’t get to do usually. I’m posting a couple of pictures from his balcony. You can barely see the pool where we spent some time on Saturday.

Today there are tons of kids running around and people bbqing at the little bbqs placed around the parklike grounds. Most places here are gated. Even the ghettos.

What am I reading? I just finished Bloodshot by Cherie Priest which was just the right amount of pulpy mystery vampirey goodness for a Las Vegas vacation.

I spent a long time on Overdrive last night finding my next book and settled on Fever Dream by George R.R. Martin, which is turning out to be a fantastic historical fiction fantasy, also featuring vampires. And steamboats.

An aside: who knew that SPL had a better ebook selection than KCLS? I guess I do now. Kudos to us!

Yes, I did carry a towel around with me today.  Because that is the kind of nerd I am!  Yes I have read all the books, although it was later in life.  Before the movie. Yes.

Ok, so I’ve been talking to myself too much lately.  I was walking to the p-patch after I got home from work and realized that I left my dvds there.  Sadness!  And I said it out loud.  I heard a sort of snort behind me and a jogger went by.  All I could do was laugh at myself too.

I am going on vacation tomorrow and I will lose a week of check out on the videos.  There are two tv series in there. No way I am going to be able to finish them now.

The Mister bought me plane tickets to see him for my birthday.  Probably the best present ever (next to the very cool step stool I got last year from my son).  I can’t wait to see him and to spend a few days in the sun.  The rain today really clinched it for me.

My Teen Advisory Group worked on their video to promote the summer reading program this week and I think it is going to turn out wonderfully.  We’re editing it when I get back and it should be up in the first week of June.  I tabled at the local high school today and gave away copies of Leviathan and Boneshaker, along with candy for library cards and information on volunteering.  It was fun and I rarely felt like I was selling something no one wanted to buy ;)  It turned out to be good I brought the towel, because it started raining on my way back to the bus so I used it to cover up the box of goodies that I had with me and  I remembered not to panic.

Scavenger Hunt forms are flying out of the branch right now.  I’ve gone from worrying that there wouldn’t be any interest to worrying that there will be too much–but I doubt that will happen. Right?

What am I reading?  I just finished The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi and it was worth the wait (the hold list is long for this one).  Magic both heals and hurts in this alternate world.  In a middle age-esc time the alchemist is racing to find a cure for the dreaded bramble that takes over land every time magic is used.  He wants his daughter healed, but only magic can fix her damaged lungs.  Magic that has been banned to keep the bramble at bay.  Finally he finds the answer, only to be held hostage by the lord he hoped to ally himself with against the bramble.  The ending isn’t all sunshine and roses, but it is hopeful.

Oddly enough, when I went to try to get The Scar again, there were 33 holds on it.  That’s from none when I randomly chose to download it 3 weeks ago.  What is going on?  Is everyone going China Mieville crazy?

I guess all I had to do was lament how hard things were getting for them to get easier.  I adjusted a few things on my bike and kept riding and it got easier again.  I am powering up hills now in much higher gears than I used to, and I ran over 3 miles without stopping after a 3 mile bike ride.  The sun definitely helped.

In Libraryland, TAG has been asked to make a video promoting our Summer Reading program for teens.  It might be difficult to pull it together in time, but they seem willing.  Steampunk Summer!  I think the adults will be jealous.

Yesterday was a difficult patron day.  Some days I just want to put up an invisible barrier that will bounce out anyone who doesn’t really want me to answer a question, they just want to hear themselves speak.  I’ll add it to the list of superhero powers I need to develop.

I got off an hour early to go to the Bike to Work celebration in Ballard, which was so nicely distracting.  The ride to Ballard was very satisfying; I felt strong and I passed a ton of people.  The weather was still ok and I met up with some good work friends and we finagled some nice swag.  I also had Second Ascent take a look at my bike and the guy said that I need to replace all my gears, front and back, and my cables.  Only a few hundred dollars.  Sigh.  Maybe in the fall.  I can’t really mess anything up worse by continuing to ride on it and none of it is going to fall apart in the next couple of months.  He did fix a snaggle tooth for me, though, so that should help with my chain problem.

I got the Boy last night and he has just been a bundle of depressed hormonal joy.  He is grumpy about a girl and doesn’t want to talk about it.  Much better to mope and snap and sleep.  Ah well, perhaps cleaning the bathroom will distract him!

What am I reading?  Well, yes I am still reading The Scar.  I am happy to say that I made it to the half way point.  I think this is my last day of check out on the ebook, so I’ll have to decide if I am ready for the second half right now.  Might be a good book for the plane next week.

I am also reading Paul Pope’s 100%, which is an edgy sci-fi comic.  I haven’t quite figured out the story line, but I like that sometimes.  I don’t want to be able to guess what is going to happen next all the time.

A friend lent this to me months ago, but somehow it got lost in the bedside table stack and I found it again just 2 nights ago.  Fascinating stuff.  Strong female characters who don’t have everything figured out (I get a little tired of feminist agendas where you are always supposed to have the right answer).

Biking and running have worn me out this month.  I was just about half way through and felt like I hit a wall with both.  Like I couldn’t improve no matter how much I tried.  It’s been a little better since I lubed my chain and made a few other adjustments to my bike and took a couple of days off from running.

I was also convinced that a week in May wasn’t there.  I had superimposed this week with last week.  I told people I had meetings I didn’t have, gave the wrong days off to one of my TAG kids when he wanted to come in and meet with me.  Luckily I realized in time and was able to rectify my mistakes, but I felt silly.  Otherwise I felt pretty sharp, conversing with colleges and getting things done.

I didn’t feel much up to blogging, which is why I only posted the lame one before this.  I am in a reading funk–trying to finish The Scar before it’s due in a couple of days and failing miserably.  Usually I can read a book in a day or two, a week sometimes for adult fiction, but here I am at the end of a 21 day check out less than half way through.  This would make sense if I didn’t like the book, but I do.

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In Libraryland I posted a link to a blog post by Seth Gobin at work, hoping to start a discussion, pulling this quote for the headline:

mere clerks who guard dead paper

We did have a good discussion about the post, and a good response by another blogger was posted.  It wasn’t until later that night when I went to Facebook that I found out that some had taken the quote too literally and hadn’t clicked through to read the article.  Sometimes circulation staff are referred to as clerks and so some of them took this as a personal affront.  I am not sure if I should feel bad about the misunderstanding.  I do regret that feelings were hurt, but I also wonder why they didn’t click through and see what the post was all about.  He isn’t insulting clerks, he’s telling librarians to get off their asses and get with the times.  And even though the post contains quite a few misconceptions about what libraries and librarians are doing and how easy it is to find information on the internet, he is entirely correct on that point.

In other library news, as you may have seen in the paper we have a new City Librarian.  He was the best of the three candidates, in my opinion and I’ve decided to be optimistic until he proves me wrong.  Ha, that doesn’t sound very, does it?  He has a good attitude, is a great public speaker and doesn’t seem to be bringing any baggage with him.  Long live MT.

Ooh, and we teen librarians have a pretty awesome summer reading program planned.  I can’t wait to start!

I am officially going to ALA.  I was pretty sure a month ago when I bought my registration and said I would facilitate a panel.  I bought my plane tickets this week though, after realizing I missed the inexpensive window.  I should say less expensive, because when does flying ever feel inexpensive?

But I am excited to see New Orleans, and the Mister will be joining me, at least for a bit.  I am doing a day of volunteering, although I don’t know what my work will be, yet.  It could be anything from construction to cataloging.  The conference sessions sound good–hopefully that pans out.  Sometimes they sound useful and then you get in there and realize that it just isn’t, or that you’ve taken something really similar in the past.

Even more exciting than a bunch of librarians in a convention center? I have a camping trip with the Boy and dad-family the week before.  We have a couple spots out at Kalaloch, a place I love.  I hope the weather cooperates, but honestly, this spot I will go to in the pouring rain.

Which is what I got to ride home in tonight.  I went to the middle school and saw their a production of The Wizard of Oz.  It was amazing!  Not every note was on key but it was well executed, the acting was top notch and so was the orchestra and singing.  It was easy to see that the kids had put their all into the show.

And then I rode my bike home and got soaked.  It was so nice earlier today.  So far I am meeting my goal of riding every day.

It’s too late (I am too cold and tired) to add what I am reading.  Actually, I can just say that I am still reading The Scar by China Mieville.  It is a frickin’ long book, but worth every minute.  I don’t think I am going to finish during the check out time.

We have a new city librarian.  He doesn’t start until mid-August, but he comes with good references.

Bike to work month is wonderfully under way.  We had a great start on Sunday with temperatures in the 60’s, followed promptly by 2 days of frigid rain.  I have ridden every day and even included downtown in my commute when I had meetings down there 2 out of the 3 days.  The rainy ones of course.  And I’ve been running.  I can make it around Green Lake, even with all the biking, without walking or stopping and in under 3o minutes.  I keep forgetting to check the time when I start, but I know approximately.  I’ve been going to bed at a fairly normal hour and getting up EARLY!  So early for me–6:30am.  And not feeling dead.  So yes, exorcising…exercising, I mean…is good for me.

Some of those early meetings downtown were the staff interviews for the City Librarian candidates.  I missed one, but hit the other two.  I won’t state my preference, or even my opinion on the individuals, as I think it is too touchy a subject to air here.  The one I missed, though, is one I hope to miss entirely.  Forever.  I don’t think I have to worry about that.

What am I reading?  Well, almost done with Brain Jack, and it is shaping up and becoming a little less like Little Brother, but only a little.  I like the characters and the premise, minus the feeling that Brian Falkner and Corey Doctorow were sharing half a brain when they wrote these books.

I was away from my print books and needed something to read, so downloaded The Scar by China Mieville from the library.  It’s good so far, but I’m only a few pages in.

I am also doing some nerdy reading: Exemplary Public Libraries by Joy Marilyn Greiner.  I am mostly finding it interesting because the first couple of chapters are about libraries in the UK around the year 20o0, and now those libraries are in desperate jeopardy.  So much that the Guardian UK felt the need to post this op ed piece, somewhat late, about how great libraries really are and now necessary.  I agree with one of the goodreads reviewers that the book could have used a bit more editing and a better structure.  Plus now it is 10 years out of date and could use a brush up.  I was reading it to refresh my library theory and I am getting some of that, but finding it a bit repetitive.

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