Since my life is more than shoes...

I thought I'd share it with you

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Check this out, dude.

Do your own

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Harry Potter and that thing called library school boot camp

Well, bootcamp is over. Thank goodness. Not that it was especially difficult academically, but it certainly wasn't what I would consider a "vacation" (when I returned to work, 2 people asked me how my vacation was. I corrected them.) On Sunday, I read the first Harry Potter book because I promised my boss that I would. I have to admit that I actually liked it. Not my favorite book by any means, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. So if you're like me and have been putting of HP for the last 10 years (yeah, the 1st one came out in '97), give it a try. Or, just watch the movie. The last book is 650 or so pages. One girl in my class bought it on Friday night at midnight and stayed up all night reading. I wonder how her exam went the next day.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Help me out here....

Will someone please post something on their blog so that I can read it as I attempt to procrastinate my work? It's like I'm back at college and reading away messages on IM, except that I don't even know my IM screen name anymore so I can't read away messages. I probably don't have any IM friends anymore anyway. :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It's a good thing I'm married

and not for any of the reasons you're probably thinking.

I know myself, and I'm not naturally inclined to read a lot on the internet. I like books (I'm going to be a librarian for goodness sakes!), so I read books. What this leads to is a deficiency of information about the newest things. Especially technology things. Fortunately, I married someone who loves, and I can't emphasize this enough - LOVES - reading the internet. As a result, when I want to know about anything, he's probably read about it and can tell me about it as well as how to find out more. As a result, I didn't have to be one of the people who asked what RSS was on the 2nd day of class. I also know what a Wiki is. Granted, a lot of what I know goes back to Mrs. Jewett's Computer Technology classes in high school, but you also have to be up on the latest technology. So, in celebration of being married 3 years and 349 days (give or take), I post my thanks to Andy for making sure I'm not a mastodon (sorry, that's a library school joke) and can do my work without tearing out my hair.

I will say this, though, I figured out VPN all by myself. :)

Monday, July 16, 2007

How do you know it's time to stop doing homework and go to bed?

When you finish all of the songs in your iTunes library. (Granted, I don't have many on this computer yet, and I was just playing a selection, but I think I'll go to bed anyway.)

Oh, and I finally have access to everything (I think), although they still can't get my address straight. Here's my suggestion for attending college: don't ever move, change your name, or change your major. It's just too complicated. At least I didn't change my name mid-way through any programs. I think that would be way too much for them to understand.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Quick edit

My id card also does not work, so I was unable to access my classroom building today. Fortunately, I was able to knock on the door for someone to let me in. At this point, I'm just waiting for things to work...

How is this possible?

I have to take a break from the insanity of my class to post, if only to comment about the insanity. So for those of you who are loyal readers, you will know that I had a heck of a time with U of I getting everything set up, but I thought that once I could log in to my accounts my worries were over. No. So far (and it's only been 4 days), I have no print quota, my account has a "glitch" that won't allow me to use the GSLIS Wiki software (which we need for our group project). Fortunately the tech people are nice and helpful, but it's really annoying. RRR. Oh yeah, and the dorms are the size of closets with the scariest showers I've ever seen. Messiah College wins the dorm room contest yet again.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Looking for black currant jam?

Look no further than Cherry Hill Farm, owned by my best friend's family. I first learned about currants from them, since they're not very common in the US. Of course, they have other products as well as a pick your own berry farm. But you haven't lived until you've had Vicky's muffins with assorted berries inside. I remember the first time I had them. Yummy. So if you're ever in Vermont, I suggest swinging by the farm and having some tasty berries, or jam, or whatever you're in the mood for.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The beauty of the large university

There are many, many reasons not to attend a large university, but there is one outstanding reason to attend a large university: the large university library. This is especially true of a land-grant university because it probably has a lot of different departments and probably saves a lot of its materials rather than get rid of them when they are old. I am very excited to learn that U of I has one of my absolute favorite library databases, the Readers' Guide Retro, which indexes popular magazines and newspapers from 1890-1982. It is the historian's dream come true. At least popular culture historians. I discovered it at NCSU and have been in love ever since. Unfortunately, few libraries subscribe to it. I'd imagine it's pretty expensive. In any case, in my spare time (haha), I can now continually search for dining room articles. I love the internet.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


Now it says my own name when I write a post. Andy is so cool.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Haribo macht Kinder froh und Erwachsene ebenso

Haribo is a German company that makes some of the best gummy candy around. I especially enjoy the gummy raspberries. Their German slogan, "Haribo macht Kinder froh und Erwachsene ebenso" roughly as "Haribo makes kids happy and adults also." Of course, it rhymes in German. In English, their slogan is "Haribo, kids and adults love it so."

I discovered Haribo in Germany, but you can find them here in certain stores. However, the gummy raspberries are rare, and often really expensive. How excited was I to find them in Walgreen's a few months ago for a somewhat reasonable price? Very excited. But not as excited as when I went to my first Super Target on Monday night and found them for a meager 89 cents. I thought I had died and gone to candy heaven because that candy aisle was the biggest, brightest, most beautiful candy aisle I'd ever seen outside a candy store. There were the bins where you could choose your own Jelly Belly mix, and a whole rack of Haribo candies. If only they had these everywhere... but for now, you can purchase some of the flavors from Amazon. In case you were wondering, my birthday is 1 month and 2 days away. ;)

Monday, July 02, 2007

Vote for Springfield!

In case you've been living under a rock for the last year, a Simpsons Movie is coming out this summer. In anticipation of this, the movie people created a contest for each Springfield across the country to compete to become "the real Springfield." With the help of USA today, you can vote for my hometown! They've made a pretty good video, and if they win, the movie premiere will be in Springfield, VT. Please vote and help a little town compete with the giant cities. Springfield, VT is much more like the one on the Simpsons than the others. Click to see the videos and vote for Vermont!