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Derby action

Mon, 02 Jul 2007 16:40:35 GMT

We got spanked, but had fun doing it!

oh god, just let it be 5.

Sat, 11 Nov 2006 00:38:09 GMT

you know, my boss isn't even here, so instead of wasting the and upcoming half hour, i should just leave.  it all works out in the end, right?  that's one of the joys of the salaried life.

i'm all a-twitter for tomorrow's derby match.  i'm trying really hard to remember that it's just a game..but i really really want to win.

ok, i'm leaving work now.  that's just how it's going to have to be.

teen tastic/food centricwhite stripes

Thu, 19 Oct 2006 01:00:08 GMT

why is it that middle school aged boys flock to me (in a library/school setting) but the same aged girls will barely say a word to me? unless they notice my piercings, then they'll say that's cool, and never talk to me again. but seriously, the boys? they'll come up and say pretty much anything to me. curious. i had a lot of fun with 400 teenagers who were pretty good on the whole listening to my geeked-out booktalks. it's strange to me how good i'm getting at this part of my job. it's like all those years i spent being shy are now flipped on their heads, and you can't get me to shut up when i'm in front of a large crowd. again, curious.

anyhow, last week in san fran was pretty delightful. saturday by far was the best when erin and nancy had the day off (and nancy was relatively better-feeling, thanks to a powerful cocktail of antibiotics and vicodin) and nathan came over to hang out. we went to the sutro bath ruins, hit the ferry (sp??) street building for the market (Cheese!! Chocolate!!), wandered around the Mission (orgasmically good almond croissants from Tartine), retired home for tea and short naps, then had a fun dinner with poker played afterwards. the adventures i had on my own were good too..lots of time on city buses, in bookstores, and the H & M (i only bought a scarf and fancy bobby pins). i'm not so much a fan of the fog, but by the end of the week i could see myself living there someday.

tonight i had an early dinner of polenta and fresh wild chanterelle mushrooms, all buttery and good. yum. tonight is the project runway finale, which means i'll be cancelling my cable tomorrow and signing up for netflix. the end.


Mon, 09 Oct 2006 19:47:22 GMT

i arrived in san francisco without too much incident last night..only got turned around in the dark a few times. so super great to see e. and n..miss these girls like freaking crazy. it looks like they'll be able to manage some time off on friday, so that will be good. until then, i'm left to my own devices during the day. i've spent today thus far holed up inside, reading, and marinating on a plan to start getting around the city. actually, before anything too exciting happens, i'll need to locate the walgreens in the area so i can purchase a hair dryer and diffuser. please, taunt me all you like, i can hardly believe it myself..i haven't used a comb in a decade, let alone a blow dryer. now that my hair is more than 2 inches long, it's curly! screw the mission, i'll be in the bathroom playing with my hair.

also: e and n's apartment, little surprise to those of us who know and love them, is quite nice. very uncluttered in comparison to the ann arbor house, and i'm kind of concered about leaving a mark on it. hopefully they won't freak out too badly when they see what i've done to the kitchen..(just kidding :P)

i wish..

Wed, 27 Sep 2006 21:32:46 GMT

..that i could work part time for the forestry service, or a woodshop, or anything that would not require me to sit at my computer for hours on end.  i love being a librarian, but some days i..don't??  all i know is i am crabby and not able to focus on a task at all.  

i'm just ready for my lovely Bay Area vacation.  i need to hang in there for 5 more work days. 

Great library humor ahead.

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:54:59 GMT

Seriously, my library friends (especially those of you in public service), read this and laugh till you cry. I Hate You Library Patrons! Date: 2005-09-14, 10:47AM CDTWhen I became a librarian I was woefully under prepared for the mess that awaited me beyond the library door. I’ve been a library patron, but the libraries that I frequent are quiet, studious places filled with lovely library patrons who read books and do research on the computers. The library that I work at on the other hand is a mish mash of the ignorant, the indigent, the clueless, the rude, and my personal favorite the aromatic. Please find somewhere else to spend your miserable time. I’m sick to death of dealing with you. Why is it that no one understands that the library is not a homeless shelter, free baby sitting service, social service agency, video arcade, peep show, or an other of the 999 other inappropriate uses that you have for it? To the smelly homeless guy that is always asleep by the magazines: For the last time, no you cannot sleep in the library. It’s a rule that we had to make to keep people like you from sleeping all day in the library. I feel bad for your situation, really I do, but I also know that you can get free meals, a place to sleep and a shower if you just stop at the shelter that is 3 blocks away from our front door. To the guy who asked me if we could keep his extra malt liquor in the staff fridge: No, in fact if you bring it in here I’m going to call the cops. Not because I’m a tight assed bitch, because that’s the rules, dude. It’s called public intoxication and it’s illegal. To the girls who smoke pot in the bathrooms: Yes it was me who called the cops. No that doesn’t make me racist and no you can’t come back. I don’t care that it’s going to rain. When you get arrested in my bathroom you can’t come back, even if it means you get wet. To the parents of the children who are running around screaming: You make me want to run around and scream my head off too, but I don’t, I control myself, why can’t you control your offspring? When I was a Children’s Librarian we called it using your inside voice. Try it. To the parents who tell your miserable offspring to come to the library after school because you choose not to find a babysitter/daycare: We are not a free babysitting service. Yes, we have nice books and computers for the kiddies to use, but you need to come along with them. Otherwise I will get their information from their library card and call social services. It’s not my job to watch your brats. To the 99.9% of computer users who don’t have the faintest idea how to use the Internet: I’m happy to help you get started, but I won’t help you beyond that. We have a lovely (and free) series of classes to teach you, but I have others to help and I can’t hold you hand all day long so that you can sell your shit on EBay. I also can’t help you file your divorce even though the courthouse told you that I would. I’m not a lawyer, I’m a librarian, so I can’t help you out. To the man who just told me that Wisconsin sure isn’t like Illinois: No shit Sherlock. We like it that way. If you and your trophy wife hadn’t allowed your spoiled brat of a daughter to be drinking at Country Thunder you wouldn’t have to pay that $400 ticket that she got. Yep, underage drinking is illegal in Wisconsin, and nope, I’m not going to agree that it sucks. I’ve worked both here and in Illinois, and even though patrons here get under my skin I’ll take them any day over the soccer mommies in Lincolnshire. Suck it up, pay the ticket, don’t let your daughter drink until she is 21 and get out of my state. To the people who want me to hold their hand and show them exactly where the book they want is: Don’t look at the piece of paper that I’ve written the call number down for you like it’s Sanskrit. Can you count? Then you can use the Dewey Decimal System. At[...]

oh, i'm scared!tegan and sara

Tue, 19 Sep 2006 01:17:33 GMT

it's been a damn long time, and LiveJournal has changed all over! there are drop-down menus and a fancy, yet appealing, new interface. yikes!

hm. yet i'm still not compelled to write anything. sorry, maybe this weekend..

my autobiography mix, v.1. best in years.

Tue, 08 Aug 2006 03:22:58 GMT

hooray, summer thunderstorms! they arrived just as i was leaving work, and have continued through the evening. my house smells all good and rainy.

it's too bad you don't live in bend, because you could have come over and had *the best* homemade guacamole i have ever tasted in my life. my new trick is to use sweet vidalia onion and mince it up in the food processor with the cilantro and lime juice, then add the mixture to the avocado and diced, seeded tomato (plus a hearty couple pinches of salt). since you, unfortunately, aren't here, i had to eat it all myself.

i keep signing up for these online bookswaps (mainly Paperback Swap and BookMooch) only to go browse my shelves for titles to post for trade, and find i can't bear to give any of them away. i guess it's a casualty of my profession-- weed like crazy at work, retain like an old-school bun-head at home.

life in bend rambles first roller derby match is September 9. i'm hoping to not lose any teeth or break an ankle. it should be fun! i move to my new job after labor day, so the end of my 300 miles of commuting each week is near. i cut my hair with my clippers tonight-- not a buzz, but just getting the shag off the back of my neck with the 1" attachment. it turned out pretty good. i've learned not to do things like that before dinner. shaky, manic hands + buzzer= bad, bad news in the hair department.

the end.


Thu, 20 Jul 2006 16:52:41 GMT

I thought I had some pretty good stuff to say, but apparently not.  Just cross your fingers for me as this afternoon I speak with the manager who decides whether or not I get to transfer jobs from working out in the sticks to working at the library that is 2 blocks from my house.  I guess I should go work on my "vision statement" or what the hell ever.

mood: contentread on..

Fri, 07 Jul 2006 02:48:30 GMT

Yeah, that's a pretty good feeling..after getting home from New York all agitated about how I had to get the eff out of Bend ASAP. A few things have chilled me out, including a neighbor who mows my yard and also works for a vending machine company, so she gave me a bunch of free candy after hacking through the wheat and weed field that surrounds my home. Best. Neighbor. Ever.

The main item that has great promise is a very likely job change in the next couple of months. The "senior" teen librarian is leaving town, and I'll be the only internal applicant for her position. This would equal me walking to work every day and getting to be in the main branch of our library system, which has multiple benefits above the lack of commute. The head of the department is looking for someone to fill the spot who has a high energy level, positive attitude, and can think outside the box. These are the exact reasons I got hired for my current position out in the sticks. There are several other reasons why I can't help but think I'm a shoo-in for the position, but they are beside the point. Because of the gasoline I'd conserve, it would be like a 5% pay increase, which ain't too shabby. Of course, this means I'd like to put a couple of years' work into the job, starting all over in a new city and whatnot, so it looks like Bend is home for a while longer. But, as my boss told me in a great, honest conversation, I really need more experience so when I do make the move to a big city, I will rise above the entry-level crowd.

Also feeling happy that I've been making more friends, including a variety of my roller-friends and some nice dykes. The only thing missing is someone to curl up on the sofa with, preferably someone who doesn't have a scratchy tongue and catfood-breath. Funny thing is, I met the perfect candidate for said cuddling while I was on vacation, but guess where she lives? No, really, guess. Aha! Ann-fucking-Arbor. Irony like this doesn't only exist in the movies, folks, it can happen to you! Oh, I am tortured on the rack of luuurve (Georgia Nicolson reference, anyone?)

Looks like it's time for another glass of wine and some ironing, along with about 34 more listens to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.


Mon, 03 Jul 2006 23:43:30 GMT

Much to my surprise, it appears that the article I wrote about trends in teen reading is now part of the coursework for library students at the University of British Columbia..hooray for self-Googling!

Tomorrow is fireworks looks like I'll be running amok with a roller girl and her friends.  Should be a good time.

Oh yeah, New York was super fun.  Trying to explain to Bendites how the weekend convinced me I need to get out of here in the next year is tricky--they just don't seem to get how I would prefer a large city, at least for a while.  A long while.

Siiigh.  I hate being over-airconditioned.

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 22:16:41 GMT

The last day of work before going on vacation sucks.  I'm trying to keep busy by whittling down my packing list so I can fit everything inside my carry-on..this may be a futile attempt, we'll see.

Also, it's supposed to rain in NYC ALL WEEK.  70% chances and thunderstorms.  Fuckola. 

I guess that just means I'll have to spend more time inside restaurants and cafes eating.

Upon my return, you will learn the results of Vange and April's Great New York Cupcake-off.  Who will win?  Buttercup or Magnolia?  It'll be tough, for sure.

24 hours in links

Mon, 12 Jun 2006 17:39:07 GMT

This weekend I went to the big city with some derby girls to check out how these ladies roll.  Before the bout,  the team was thrilled to check out an amazing roller rink with floors that made me cry to think of the crap plastic we skate on in Bend.  Truly, if there is a rink in your area, grab some friends and go skate.  It's so fun!  Upon arriving at the bout, we got to sit in the V.I.P. section (I've never been a V.I.P.!) and drink all the free beer we could handle.  This was at around 5pm, so I limited my consumption to 3 cups. The 3-hour bout was fascinating and exciting.While the skating part was rad, there was an equally sweet half-time show that featured an amazing drum line and a crazy beat boxer along with some prize-winning rexing, which is featured in the movie Roll Bounce.   Also, while sitting innocently in the bleachers, I got to taste some home-brewed absinthe.  I had to swig it out of an unmarked brown bottle, and may have missed something by not getting to experience it properly prepared with the slotted spoon and sugar cube.  After the bout, my three roommates and I headed to our accomodations for a quick wardrobe change.  We stayed at the trendy Portland hotel du jour, which had a very small room but very nice ambience..except for the fact that the hotel's equally trendy lounge kept the hipsters rocking until the weeeeee hours of the morning, much later than us ancient old ones were up for.  We did do a bit of bar hopping, but I chose not to head over to Union Jacks, "the best strip club in town," apparently..  it would have been my first strip club visit, but now i'll have to prolong the wait.  Oh darn.Sunday  morning we ate dinner at the lounge (v. tasty french toast and great coffee);  then, joy of all joys, there was a  craft fair in the basement of the restaurant (where all kinds of cool acts come through).  I bought the cuff watch of my dreams from these nice folks.Thoughout the trip there was fabulous people watching, tons of cute girls and boys which only served to highlight the drought of such in my hometown.  Oh my god, I almost forgot!  At midnight on Saturday  we were outside our hotel getting ready to find some other derby girls, and we saw Portland's contribution to the World Naked Bike Ride, part of an alternativetransportation week.  there were hundreds of them..totally insane.It was good to get out of town for the night, and now my desire to get into a metropolitan area soon-ish has been strongly reaffirmed (not that I needed it).  This country mouse is ready for the big lights! [...]

dude, sweeet.smog

Sun, 04 Jun 2006 03:02:32 GMT

I just had a bowl of Cap'n Crunch Crunchberries for dinner.
I really can't dwell on the implications of this, but feel free to comment with your own interpretation.


Sat, 27 May 2006 17:53:32 GMT

it's saturday, and i'm at work.  that's that.

tonight i have my first out of town visitors!  hooray!  we're going to see Beck play at an outdoor amphitheater.  the high temp today is like, 53 with 40% chance of rain.  awesome.  i moved to the high desert because it's supposed to be 80 and sunny by now!!  

if you're looking for some music to help you get through a period in your life where love is dead (or at least the chances are slim), i highly suggest The Arab Strap's newest album, The Last Romance.  listening to it feels like dragging your heart across a bed of nails.  my favorite description of this group is that they are Belle and Sebastian drowning in booze and stuffed with pills.  har har!

i am currently the owner of a gift certificate for a free piercing.  it happened in a roundabout way, but the fact is it's still free.  so..i'm pondering..labret, marilyn monroe?  i'm taking votes.  nothing naughty, i'm a Protestant by birth, after all.

time to go check in DVD's.  the library: cheaper than blockbuster!

Time to write a letter..

Wed, 17 May 2006 00:18:33 GMT

Hopefully the majority of you have heard at least a smidge about House Resolution 5319, a.k.a. "DOPA" (Deleting Online Predators Act). It's totally whack and would have massive repercussions for places that have public-access computers (libraries!!).  Check out this great wiki for more information; it includes a form letter for sending to your reps.

hittin' the nail on the head

Wed, 10 May 2006 22:50:21 GMT

This Boing Boing post contains a grocery list that makes a handy reference guide for those of us who need a bit more guidance in what exactly "we're so pissed off about:"

I am the angry liberal woman!

I wasn't going to do this..

Thu, 04 May 2006 01:56:13 GMT

..but the results were too funny to ignore. So... 

"April looks like a young Martha Stewart"
"April looks like Christina Aguilera, pushed over and trampled on by fans"
"April looks like Kristin Kreuk"
"...April looks like a mummy in her picture"
"April looks like the Joker from Batman"
"April looks like she might be a little more...dainty.."

this is culling through 2 pages of "(your name)looks like" in google. of course i had to look past all the entries that refer to the lion/lamb month that is my namesake.   my favorite is #2.  when i get up in the morning and look in the mirror, this is *exactly* what i say.

thanks, (image) Celtic_elk, for the fun waste of reference desk time!


Mon, 01 May 2006 00:39:51 GMT

i've opened up the Update Journal page a few times this week, only to be at a complete loss for words. but, to be nice and a good sharer, here's a general update:

- i got my first sunburn of the summer hiking out at smith rock, this crazy huge volcanic mountain thing in the middle of the desert.
- my left knee is totally numb from falling during derby practices. is this bad?
- i stretched my earlobes to a four gauge. oooh, exciting!
- work is not very exciting or eventful right now, which i hate. clockwatching begins tomorrow at 9 am..
- tonight i'll watch the Breakfast Club, which I have never seen in my life. Scandalous, I know.

congratulations to erin for continuing the "family tradition" that is the Edmon Low award. hopefully next year's graduating class has an overachieving queermo in the wings..

i'm thinking about planning a tropical vacation for next winter. Mexico, probably..who's in?

first, with the funnybloc party

Mon, 24 Apr 2006 03:30:18 GMT

Although, "deck" and "fin" are sooo 2002..,

This weekend was so perfect. Great sunny weather, scones and bacon, yard work, swimming in a brand new Olympic pool and skating with my new skates that fit a lot better after stretching, craftyness and cleaning, the perfect balance of social engagements and alone time...yeah, it was super. I do actually feel rested and ready for the insane-o-rama week that's coming up.

the end.

the lineupnone

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 00:05:09 GMT

Last week's practice, I'm 7th in from the left.
My new skates just came in, so no more rentals for me. I'm now totally devoted. I don't know if I'll be selling those t-shirts any time soon, though..they require an initial purchase which I won't be able to handle on top of dues. Maybe when I get a raise this summer..

I went to a fun, mid-morning mimosa-fest (a.k.a many library workers getting together for easter brunch). now i'm having a hard time motivating myself to get the laundromat and grocery store. also, it decided to snow today, which pretty much sucks. i need 70 degree days, ASAP!

In memoriam.

Tue, 04 Apr 2006 19:39:49 GMT

Rest in peace, dear Maggie. You were the sweetest cat ever to have lived. I'll never forget you!
My heart goes out to E and N.

update on my standing as a derby dollthe strokes

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 04:32:25 GMT

I think i'm totally doing it. I have to sink a fairly significant chunk of change into equipment, dues and rink insurance..but i also get a free gym membership/personal trainer, tons of skate time (exercise that is fun!), and oh yeah, those races where i might get my nose broken. the other skaters seem pretty cool, although i really need to work on people who have informational meetings and then do nothing to welcome any new folks.

i forgot that i have shin muscles. i will never be bruise-free. anyone have suggestions for a good mouthguard?

you might get harassed to support my new hobby and buy a t-shirt so we can build a real track, and not have to use the weird plastic squares laid down on the hockey rink. also, seriously, i need a derby name. so far i'm leaning toward Miss Information, with my jersey number being whatever the dewey number is for roller skating. other suggestions are very welcome, although there's this national registry where only one skater can have any particular name. fascinating, eh?

shut. up.

Sat, 01 Apr 2006 06:23:46 GMT

There is a women's roller derby league team forming in Bend, the Deschutes Derby Dolls. Sign ups end on Tuesday, and there is an "open skate" this Sunday. Here are the questions:

should i join?
what should my roller derby name be?
can i function in roller skates, which i haven't been in since...middle school?
can i kick ass and not be afraid to get all hurt?

i think the answers are all pretty obvious (except for the pseudonym), but yet i'm so nervous! i don't even know where i would go this weekend to buy a pair of skates..

two seconds later, I found that GI Joe's, my local sporting goods franchise, carries several varieties of roller skates, this one being my favorite.

yeah, well..yeah!computer hum

Thu, 30 Mar 2006 02:43:48 GMT

so, it appears Chicago Public Library is no longer under a hiring freeze for librarians. all i can do is think "by the time i leave bend, i will most likely be prepared to enter a Librarian IV position, and that will make CPL crazy with the desire to hire me."

why this urge to get back to the midwest? am i homesick? am i overcome by the life-long infatuation for the city that i've had since my first little-girl visit? probably all of this, mixed with the cancer scare my dad had last week (he's ok)..if he (or my mom) were to become ill, i would find it nearly impossible to be out here in Oregon. neither of them are in peak health for their relatively young ages, and my brother is such a..youngest child (no offense against you fabulous younger children out there) that i wouldn't want him to be the only one around. weird.

well, hopefully none of these morbid thoughts will come to pass for several years, by which time i will have my upper-level librarian position in a major midwestern metropolis secured.

i do hope that both nancy and jen had wonderful National Hot Tub Days yesterday. i mean, birthdays!

other randomness..this weekend i will manhandle my hair back to a shade of red as yet to be determined. this will involve several chemical processes, so keep your fingers crossed. my other main plans are to buy some gear for fixin' up my yard. yay, mulch and lava rocks!