I was back at work today and now I have 2 more days off.  Time to spend with the Offspring and to have dinner with some co-workers I no longer co-work with.  I think the Offspring and I will go see Karate Kid.  I heard the Last Airbender was quite disappointing, so I guess I can wait for dvd on that.  I need to get into the garden too, as I think the weeds have decided I’m not coming back and the whole plot is fair game.  I have had 2 nice heads of cauliflower, some snap peas and strawberries so far this year.  Oh, and some carrots, although I don’t think they like our soil.  I keep getting veins of dirt in them and they don’t grow very straight or long.  Onions are coming up and I need to plant something to replace the cauliflower.  I am thinking some cabbage.

We got back from Chelan about 3:30 yesterday and I am a nice red color.  I wore sunscreen, but the redness had already started in Las Vegas, then continued in Boston.  I don’t really tan, I just get red, then go back to pale and I don’t expect anything different this time.  Chelan was beautiful, but windy and I don’t think I got much sleep.  We went out on the boat on Sunday.  I rode on the skidoo with my sister and brother and it was good wild fun.  The ride back to the dock was the worst, as the wind had come up and there was no gentle way back in.  I thought my uncle was trying to kill us on part of the ride, but it turns out there was no other choice.

I came back to work this morning to a reference meeting of 3.  Me, who was totally unprepared, our adult librarian, who was over and mis-prepared, and our manager who was able to reign us both in.  The children’s librarian was sick and I am not sure if our LAIV was scheduled, but most of the conversation was about him, so it seems like he would have been a good addition.  An LAIV is a library associate level 4, who has the “basic” job description that matches that of a librarian, but doesn’t have to have a master’s and is paid a bit less (see much less).  His duties have to stay “basic” so that we librarians don’t get our panties in a bunch (for good reason), but it is hard to find him good, meaningful work and still have it be “basic”.  And the fact that he does have the master’s makes it that much harder.

Oh, and the start to my day was trying to ride my bike, going back in the house about 4 times for things I forgot, then still forgetting my gloves.  I was running late, so I decided to take the bus that happened to be behind me up the hill to work.  I got on the bus after putting the bike on and after a couple of blocks, I watched my new bike computer fall off the handlebars (HOW does that happen??!).  I decide to get off the bus and go look for whatever mangled bit of plastic and wires was left of it.  So, I take the bike off and push the holder up and what falls out of the holder?  The bike computer.  I look at the bus driver with wide questioning eyes, and she looks back at me with a hard gaze.  I say “fine” push my bike up on the curb, then wait several minutes for traffic to pass by so I can cross the street. At least my computer wasn’t mangled, AND I did manage to make it to work on time.  I was just a bit grumpy.

What am I reading? Still Mindspring and I like it a lot.  I wish I had more time to sit and read it, instead of the choppy blocks I have had recently.  Hethor was a clockmaker’s apprentice in a world that turns on gears.  Literally.  One night he is visited by an angel and given a quest to find a key and save the world.  In the morning he is unceremoniously dumped on his ass by the ungrateful, spoiled sons of his trade master and his journey begins.  So far there have been ignorant Viceroys, awful dungeons, airships and winged savages.  I am still only half way done.

I plan to read the next book, Escapement, but I just got in Pump Six and Other Stories and I might have to give that a read first.

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