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2007 Year in Review

This is a Christmas present a friend of mine sent me a few years ago. I think the last time I filled it out was 2005. But I thought I'd give it another go this year. Anyone else interested in filling it out is welcome to, I love reading them just as much as I love filling them in.

2007 Year in Review Survey

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
Learned how to waltz

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?I dont make new years' resolutions
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?no
5. What countries did you visit?
just the US... but I did go to Las Vegas for the first time

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
some new shoes, i hate shoe shopping

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 25th because I found out I was pregnant. Also Dec. 11th because I finished grad school

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Awesome You Tube Video

Okay, so a few years ago I read a book of Essays and Lectures by composer John Cage. I wrote a post about it here: Old Post of Mine. But I'm revisiting that post because this morning I got an email for a You Tube video from my friend Harmony. It's of a full orchestra performing John Cage's famous 4'33''. Definitely worth checking out to get the full Cage experience.

(Hopefully this video will still be there when you try to view it. You Tube clips from TV tend to have a fairly short life span in my experience.)

snow snow snow

Yay, the first snow of the year is here! Unfortunately this was the day I had planned to go to DC. I didn't end up going. Not because I thought the roads would be too treacherous (with all of the inch and a half we got), but because I didn't want to have to deal with slow metros (which I got emailed about) and lots of traffic. So now it looks like I'll be going Friday before work instead.

By this time next week, I will no longer be a student! I'm so excited that I can hardly keep myself focused on the remaining work I need to do. Not only that but I'm throwing myself a graduation party next week and I find getting ready for that much more interesting than trying to write research papers.

I just can't believe I'm almost done with school (hopefully forever this time). I feel like my whole life has been consumed by it for the past year and a half, its going to be weird when it's all over. I'm hoping that it will feel like a huge weight being lift…

Good Pregnancy Resources

Being the wonderful librarian-type that I am, I have mostly relied on my own research to find out everything I need to know about being pregnant. Which really isnt that hard, since there's plenty of info out there on the subject. Some of my most commonly used sources:

1- The Nest. This is the follow up to The Knot, a well known wedding website. Mostly I use this site to read message boards posted by other "real" pregnant women. It's nice to see what other people are really going through so I dont freak out or worry too much. Though I stay away from any post that asks about how much weight people have gained because I think the only women who respond to that are the ones who dont gain any weight (sorry, but finding out that people were losing 5 pounds during the first trimester just wasn't very comforting). Also they tell me how much longer I have left in the pregnancy... as of today there's only 118 days to go. That seems longer than I want it to be.


It's a Scrabulous Life

My newest outlet for all things entertaining, procrastinating, and time killing? Playing Scrabulous (Scrabble) on Facebook. It can be very addicting. And I'm not as terrible at it as I expected, though that's largely due to the fact that you can look up any combination of letters to see if it's a word while you're trying to make your move. I have played the regular, non-digital Scrabble (sans dictionary) at work a few times (with teenagers) and my scores dont get quite as high, but then again, neither do theirs.

Only two weeks left of school!!! Remaining assignments: a group problem set due tomorrow (done), three booktalks on Tuesday (havent even started), an exhibition review due next week (still need to go to the exhibition, then write the 4 pg review of it), and a short research paper on the differences in how librarians read to children and how parents read to children (I have a collection of resources for my research, but I havent actually read any of them ye…

Still Brrrr... and It's a BOY!

Okay, we still don't have heat. But the heat repair guy ordered a part and is coming on Monday to fix it for real. I hope. I'm tired of being cold all day long. It just makes me want to stay in bed under the nice warm covers all day and all night long.

Also, I had a sonogram on Thursday and found out that Matt and I are having a boy! We're really excited. I can already see the baseball games and guitar lessons (though I'm pushing more for drums). But mostly it just makes this whole pregnancy thing seem more real. Now instead of imaging and "it" I can imagine a "him." And for all those people who are in favor of being surprised at the end, and all those people who say "you know, doctors can be wrong", I say "when you're pregnant, you can decide whether or not to find out the sex ahead of time and I won't criticize either way. but this is our pregnancy and we aren't doing anything to harm the baby, so what's the…


It's finally starting to get cooler out, which I'm happy about. I'd be even happier if the heat was working in our house. Last night got pretty cold, but fortunately we have really warm blankets so I didn't really notice it until I got out of bed this morning. But tomorrow we have someone coming to look at it and hopefully fix it as well.

In other unrelated news... we got Guitar Hero for the wii this weekend. It's so much fun. I'm not a big video game person, but I've definitely already put in a few hours already. I don't think I'll be a guitar hero expert or anything. So far I've just been playing on the medium level. Today I tried a song on the hard level and I dont think I lasted anymore than 7% of the way into the song. It is incredibly more challenging than the medium level. So I think I'll just work in the medium mode a little longer.

Also, this week I go in for another sonogram. This could be the time I find out the sex of t…

Excitement at Panera

Matt and I did a little shopping this morning... I finally caved and got some maternity clothes. I wore them earlier this evening and I feel stupid for not getting them sooner. They are way more comfortable than squeezing into nonpregnancy pants.

But anyway, before we started shopping we got bagels at Panera. Our server seemed pretty new (based on how long it took him to find the items on the register, not that it was too long, but you could tell that he wasn't really familiar with the layout yet.) After we ordered I went to the drink station to wait for the drinks we ordered, and Matt waited at the bagel section while our server sliced and toasted our bagels. I'm not sure if you've spent much time at the Panera by the outlets, but it isn't exactly the speediest, most efficient place to get food. So after waiting for what I think is longer than I should for the drinks, I noticed that Matt was still waiting on our bagels (which usually doesnt take too long).

So I …

Back to the Real World

Well, our vacation ended on Saturday but it feels like it's taking me all week to get back to normal. Matt and I were completely exhausted by the time we left Vegas. But I think that's because we both decided to do as much as possible since we probably wont be going back (at least not anytime in the foreseeable future). After Matt finished up his work related stuff, we had lunch with two of my uncles that live in Vegas (who helped us get this picture above), we saw the Penn and Teller show as well as O (which was surreal to say the least), and played a little blackjack.

It's definitely good to be back home though. I have to admit that I've been feeling more tired than usual. But I think that's due to the busy week we had and the time changes, so hopefully I'll start to get my energy back to somewhat normal soon. I thought I had more to write about, but I think I'm really just stalling before I have to go to work. So until next time...

Suze Orman's advice

Matt and I were watching Oprah while taking a break from the crazy Vegas lifestyle. Suze Orman was on giving financial advice to couples in insane amounts of debt. One tip she gave a guy who had a huge DVD collection: download his DVDs onto an iPod (or something like an iPod) and then sell the DVDs. good way to make some money... so long as you dont mind breaking the law doing it. Good advice to be giving out on national television, especially on something like Oprah, where all the unsuspecting Oprah-drones will follow whatever is said. Why dont people care about copyright laws? (granted I wish they were so crazy myself, I know that the way it is now really just protects big corporations like Disney so they can make crazy amounts of money, instead of serving the purpose copyright was created for-- to support creativity and the progress of culture-- but still, it's pretty irresponsible to go on tv and advise someone to do something illegal.)

What Happens in Vegas...

... gets reported about in my blog.

Today is Day 2 of our Vegas vacation. So far we're having a good time (aside from the fact that Matt has spent all of today in a work conference, and I spent the majority of the day finishing homework for the class I missed tonight).

We arrived early yesterday. After a LONG LONG LONG wait for a cab at the airport (apparently there's some huge conference going on this week and everyone flew in for it yesterday at the same time we got here), we arrived at our hotel. The MGM Grand. It's pretty nice. Lots of casino space and restaurants. We had a small mishap with our room but that just resulted in the hotel bumping us up to a room on the 18th floor, so now we have a nice view of Caesar's Palace and the Bellagio on the strip.

I expected Vegas to be over the top before I got here, so I wasn't really too surprised with all the excess, but I was surprised with all the parallels between Vegas and Disney. And since I've visited bo…

Sunday Thoughts and Events

So far it's been a fairly typical Sunday.

-Matt and I decided to go out for breakfast this morning. Of course I didn't get up until late so by the time we were ready, all the good breakfast places were packed... as in lines of people waiting outside. So we went for our usual Panera. Then we drove around Ashburn trying to find a neighborhood we'd want to live in... nothing. Wanna know why? Because builders build these huge houses on these itty-bitty plots of land where your dining room is practical in your neighbors kitchen. It irritates me SO much. Why cant there just be normal sized houses on normal sized plots of land with a decent amount of space between you and your neighbors. grr

-Then i went to my yoga class. Which felt really good. I missed it last week and felt really tense and uncomfortable all week. So it was nice to go out and stretch some more.

-After that I went to the only drive thru place I know of that has salads that dont come with chicken on them.…


I got one of the greatest gifts ever today... the gift of a clean house. My mother-in-law was kind enough to give me the gift of a monthly maid service. She knew that I've been struggling with keeping up with house chores, so today she sent over her cleaning ladies to help with the floors and the bathrooms. And I have to say, these women did such an amazing job that for a long time I couldn't stop inspecting their work. Behind the toilet- check, shower doors- check (they look brand new, they even cleaned the tracks for the shower doors), bathroom mats- check, vacuumed stairs- check, vacuumed the vertical part of the steps- check, mopped up all the eve drool marks from the wooden floor- check, cleaned the baseboards- check (yeah this doesnt seem like such a big deal, but trust me, it is). I mean, it's amazing. They took care of all the little things that drive me crazy, so I dont have to worry about them anymore. Maybe I'll finally have the time and energy to f…

Maybe I'm Just Driving Too Much

You know what cars really need? Some kind of horn that lets drivers behind you know you are not happy with them. Typically when someone honks a horn the people to the front or immediate sides of the car think they are honking at them. So what am I supposed to do when Mr Jerk in a fancy mercedes is driving right on my tail and the guy in front of me keeps slamming on his brakes for no reason? And of course, i am following him at a safe distance so that I have time to step on my brakes and not hit him... which seems like a good reason to step on the brakes (as opposed to just stepping on them because they're there, which is what I think this guy was doing). But Mr Jerk behind me is practically kissing my car and I want to let him know to back off so I dont have to worry about him slamming into me when I have to react to Sir-Brakes-A-Lot. My solution: we need some kind of signal for the cars behind us. Like maybe a big banner that says "back off" or "if you'…

These Things Happen in Threes

That's the saying anyway... and today I figured out who the other two people are.

#1- On Friday I told the people I work with that I am pregnant (actually they guessed it when I started off by saying "I have to let you guys know something..."). Right after I made my announcement, another girl I work with was like "well... I wasnt going to say anything yet, but... I am too!"

#2- My mom just called me to let me know that I have another cousin on the way. It turns out that my aunt is pregnant. Not that it's a race or anything, but I'm due first. Which means that I am going to have a cousin younger than my own kid. This is what happens when your mom's family consists of 11 children, and your aunt is only 5 years older than you.

What are Capers Anyway?

A few weeks ago Matt and I went out to dinner with his parents. His mom had some tartar sauce that had some little green things in it. At first she thought they were some kind of pickled peas, but when I saw them I said "oh those are capers." I dont think she believed me at first (because she had never had capers), but eventually she was convinced. Of course, I have no idea what capers are... I mean I know one when I see it, I know what it tastes like (actually they taste a lot like what pickled peas probably taste like), so I looked it up in Wikipedia... because that is the easiest way to get quick info now a days.

The salted and pickled caper bud (also called caper) is often used as a seasoning or garnish. Capers are a common ingredient in Mediterraneancuisine. The grown fruit of the caper shrub is also used, and prepared similarly to the buds to be used as caper berries.The buds, when ready to pick, are a dark olive green and about the size of a kernel of corn. They ar…

The Real Reason for the Lack of Posts

Okay, so over the past several weeks I haven't been entirely honest about my reason for not writing much. Mostly I haven't been posting very often because I've been completely exhausted, which has caused me to cut out most extra activities, like using the computer (except when I absolutely have to for school), and instead I spend that time napping. And the reason I'm so tired all the time? Well as it turns out... I'm pregnant!

I've known since the end of July, but Matt and I decided to only tell a few people until I was further along. Now I'm nearly three months, and the pressure of the secret has gotten to be too much, so today I told extended family and friends, which I suppose makes it ok to talk about it in my blog now.

Along with exhaustion I've had a pretty nasty case of morning sickness, but I'm learning how to cope with that so nausea doesnt consume my whole life (like it did for a while). Mostly I just have to eat a lot (but I dont cook …

Long Time, No Post

Okay, so apparently I've totally forgotten my blog altogether lately. I guess the summer is just getting the best of me. or at least my summer class is. I've been taking this Business Info class which has been a lot more work than I wanted it to be. Fortunately this is the last week of classes (and I have all of next week off before the Fall semester starts). Unfortunately I have a 25 page paper due on Thursday and I have a mere shell of a start as of now. So I know how I'll be spending my next two days...

Also, I got a new job. It's a part time library assistant position at a nearby library. My primary responsibility is working with the Friday evening teen center (which has nothing whatsoever to do with library stuff), and then I spend the rest of my hours working in the children's department. I started two weeks ago. So far it's been pretty good. I like the people I work with. It's way more laid back than at the gallery. And I can actually ans…

It Burns

So summer is moving right along. It seems that at this rate, December will be here in no time (as will graduation). I can hardly wait!

In the meantime I'm trying to keep myself busy. Summer classes are doing a good job at that, but I'm also trying to do what I usually do in spring cleaning, but never got around to this year. I had big plans for today, but I did something stupid that has kinda hampered that.

My sister Elizabeth is over sealing our deck for us today. So around 1 I started to make lunch for her, Matt, and myself. I made Matt a little frozen pizza first, and as I was getting ready to put Elizabeth's pizza in the oven, I grabbed the handles of the hot stone (just used to cook matt's) with my bare hands. I don't know why, I just wasnt really thinking... I guess I figured that since the pizza was frozen, the stone wouldn't be hot either... not thinking.

So after realizing that the pan was hot, I dropped it and immediately ran to the sink and put b…


For Virginia Residents:

If you are as outraged about the new traffic violation fines as I am, you may want to visit this site:
Repeal the VA "Civil Remedial Fees" for Traffic Offenses Petition

You may also find this information interesting:
Washington Post Article
Metroblogging DC Post

Taking A Walk

After two rainy days spent indoors, yesterday Matt and I decided to head out to Great Falls with the dog. It was really nice out, especially in the shade under all the trees.

matt and eve overlooking the river. i didnt get that close to the edge.

It's Coming!!!!

Xanadu on Broadway!! How crazy is that?!?

Last night my sister Sarah came over to pick up some stuff she had left behind after house sitting for us. I convinced her to have dinner with me, and then we watched Xanadu... singing along and laughing at all the beyond crazy outfits throughout the movie.

Then today, Matt checked the mail and pulled out his new Entertainment Weekly. And smack in the middle of the magazine is a 6 page article on the tragic, yet popular (among some) movie Xanadu and the fact that it is going to be a Broadway musical (opening this month).

If only there were a (cheap) way to get me, my sisters, and my mom up to NYC to see it...

Xanadu (doo doo doo doo doo),
Now we are here
In Xanadu.

Xanadu your neon lights will shine

(it's time to break out the leg warmers and roller skates)

Greetings From Florida

Vacation is almost over :( We fly home tomorrow morning... then it's back to living life in the real world. No more reading by the pool or ordering room service or standing in line for roller coasters. But it's been good while it's lasted.

Me with the topiary Sorcerer's Apprentice in front of Fantasia Golf

Matt doing his part to stop the at-ats from attacking us.

Overlooking Tampa from the hotel's gazebo

The Wilco Concert

As mentioned in my previous entry...

First of all, the circumstances weren't great. It was a Thursday evening and Matt and I both had to take off work early because the tickets and website said that the show started at 6:30 (which I thought sounded crazy early, but I then I thought... well it's an outdoor venue, maybe they want to do it while it's still light out?), and there was no mention of an opening band (again... weird). So we wanted to make sure we got there on time (I know what rush hour beltway traffic is like). And we got there earlier enough to have dinner before hand at the Cheescake Factory. And while we were eating there was a thunderstorm... which could be distressing for an outdoor concert, but I was smart enough to buy tickets for seats under the roof. They weren't great seats, but at least we didnt have to worry about getting wet, and we had actual seats to sit in. We got to the concert close to 6:30 and surprise surprise, there was an opening ba…

Random 8

I've been tagged (thanks Tom)... here's the game:

a) I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
b) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
c) People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
d) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
e) Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they are tagged and to visit your blog.

My 8 Random Facts:

1. I dont know how to parallel park. And I really dont care to learn either. In all honesty, I think the world is better off without me trying to do it. I count this as one of the reasons I could never live in a city.

2. I dont like being in cars with black leather interiors. To me it's the same as having a bedroom with the walls, ceiling, floor, and furniture painted all black... depressing and confining... not to mention how hot the car would be in the summer.

3. I'm rea…

Giving up the Commute

Total commute time I've been dealing with over the past months:

School: twice a weeks, 9 hours in class, 8 hours driving

Work: two or three times a week (alternating) avg: 20 hours of work, 10 hours of driving/metro

That's like having a part time job of just commuting. I realize that in this area there are a lot of people who do it every day (and from places even further than Leesburg). My grandpa used to commute into NYC from a little town called Mahopac NY (about a 2 hour train ride... that's a train, not the subway) and he did it for YEARS. I talked to him a week ago at my sisters graduation party and told him that whenever commuting started getting to me I would just think "hey Grandpa did it everyday so why can't I?" and he looked at me and said "grandpa was an idiot." But in all honesty, he and my grandmother had 11 kids to take care of, so they were in a different situation than me. He also told me that several of his children would ask h…

Lunch Break

Some pictures from a lunch time stroll (from a few weeks ago) to the Botanical Gardens:

A pretty combination

The boat is a sculpture (the red, yellow, orange objects are made of glass). I got a lot of material at work about the sculpture so I decided to check it out.

View of the Capital just a few steps away from the Gallery.

The National Gallery of Art... if you look about 20 feet underground of the right end of the building.... that's my office!

No, I didn't fall off the face of the earth...

... though sometimes I feel like that might be easier.

So summer classes started. I remember last summer's classes, and how I used to complain about how easy and work-free they were (I'm sure I even blogged about it), well, you'll be happy to know that I'm now eating those words.

I'm currently taking a Young Adult Literature class (YA for all those who enjoy acronyms), which is actually really interesting, partly because I genuinely enjoy reading YA materials, partly because the teacher is really good (which is a rare and beautiful thing in my program), and of course partly because my friend Melissa is in it with me (how else would I survive the school library media frustration?). But it is a LOT of work. We have readings and writings due every class... I think when all is said and done I will have read 12-14 books over a (very short) 6 week period (plus boatloads of scholarly articles-- my personal favorite). Not that I mind the reading, I love the reading, but …
My summer class starts today. ugh.

Drink Recipe

Having a little time on my hands today, I decided to make some iced tea and fresh lemonade. Knowing that not everyone likes lemon in their iced tea (crazy), I like to make them separate. So I made the usual black tea, nice a strong (if people think it's too strong they are free to add some water to it). And then I started squeezing lemons when I realized that I had a bunch of oranges in the fridge too. So I squeezed some of those and added them to the lemon juice. Then I remember that I had some canned pineapples in the cupboard, so I added a little of that juice to the mixture. And when all was said and done I had a nice refreshing citrusy concoction. It tastes really good. Kinda reminds me of a juice I used to drink when I was a kid. I'm not sure how it mixes with the iced tea, but it does taste really good in a tall glass with a lot of ice cubes.

Recipe (for those interested... note- I squeeze the fruits by hand, so it tends to get messy and may not make as much jui…

Garden Pics

Purple flowers

The backyard

The deck

The monster hosta

My orchid

My hibiscus

Things I Have Time for Again

With the semester over, I'm finding myself with some free time. Not too much... I'm still working, and I start classes again in two weeks... but until that time, I'm going to enjoy doing all the things I couldn't do in the past 3 months but would think about whenever I was stuck in my office writing papers.

For starters, there's a lot of housework to be done. Matt and I started rearranging the house after the piano was sold and gone, but there are still areas in the house that need fixing up. For one, my new office has turned into a catch all, so at some point I'm gonna have to suck it up and clean that room. I got some book son Feng Shui to help with ideas of how to arrange things, which has been really helpful. It at least gives me an approach to design. And after using it in the living room (which I think has turned out great) I'm excited to see what I can do in my office. Though with all the junk in there right now it's all a little overwhelmi…

Cool Art

Here's something I came across at work the other day. I think this is one of the more interesting sculptures I've seen. It's located at the Seattle Airport (part of a public art project). I tried to find up close pictures of some of it, but haven't seen any on the internet that were as good as the ones in the brochure I got.

The sculpture is of a bird landing on the water. The bird is made up of small little bird sculptures hung on cables, then the reflection of the bird is made up of small fish sculptures. At the very bottom (which you cant really see) are little sculptures that have something to do with the Seattle area or airports. Some of pretty much what you would expect (coffee mugs) but some are really clever, like a suitcase with the clothes spilling out of it, and the way the clothes are falling, they spell the word "lost" (as in a lost suitcase... see the airport connection?) Anyway, I'm not sure if the sites I found do it justice, but in …


It's over. The semester is finished. And not a moment too soon. I just emailed my last paper to my teacher, so I officially have no work left.

For some reason, this semester just wiped me out. I dont understand how that's possible, especially since I didn't have any instruments to practice (which was always my undergrad excuse). I have my theories... my job (plus commute time), the # of papers I had to write (I think it was 5 total, with about 55-60 pages overall-- I'd much rather take tests though), and lack of sleep (due to staying up late writing papers and waking up early to go to work). But I made it through alive, and I'm pretty sure my grades will reflect my awesomeness (I already know 2 of them, I just have to wait on the last one before I can feel completely assured that I did as well as I hoped this semester).

But now my brain in mush. I dont know how long it will take before it recovers... hopefully less than two weeks though because that's whe…


Lately my new favorite band to listen to (just new to me, seeing as how they’ve been around since the mid90s) is Wilco. Matt started listening to them a few months ago, and instantly knew they were good, but it always takes me a while to warm up to new music, though once a do, watch out, because it’s all I’ll listen to. Wilco is a great band, the kind of group I would love to be a part of if I were a “band” kind of musician (despite my new attempts at bass playing, I don’t except to ever really fit in to that kind of environment). But the songwriter/lead singer Jeff Tweedy writes some amazingly interesting (and good) songs as well as the kind of voice i love hearing. I tried to describe the band to my sister a last week and I think it went something along the lines of (depending on the song) a mix between John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Beck, and the Rolling Stones. Who wouldn’t like that kind of combination?

They have a new album that came out yesterday (Sky Blue Sky) and I re…

How I Know I Learned Something This Semester

The other day I went to the library to pick up a book that was on hold and to also do a little browsing. I found a book on container gardening. On the cover of the book is a little bubble with the words "All New Edition" in it. All I could think about when I saw that was:

Should I consider that an official edition statement if I were cataloging the book. I mean it does say something about the edition, but doesn't really seem like one of the standard edition statements (like 2nd Ed. or 4th Ed.). Would I put that in the 250 field for MARC, or is that really something that would be better as a quoted note in the 5XX area? hmm... I wonder... let me check the CIP to see what they did, oh wait, there's no CIP in the book... great that means I'm actually going to have to look it up in WorldCat or LC's catalog (since i can't view the MARC record in the public library's OPAC.

Turns out, the Library of Congress does this. The 250 field says "1st e…

An End to the Craziness is in Sight

So these past few weeks have been fairly intense. Somehow I managed to finish 3 papers that were due within 10 days of each other. I wrote over 40 pages by the time it was all over (not including scores, appendixes, a CD, and lots of bibliographies). So this weekend I made sure that I had nothing to do with writing (cleaning, gardening, dinner with family, movies, tv, napping, reading for FUN-- it was great). Unfortunately, my music paper was only a rough draft so at some point I still have to edit and turn in a final copy, and I have a final exam on thursday, so I'm not entirely done with the semester, but for the most part, I've made it through the stressful week (it probably didnt help that I actually worked more than usual last week too, to help out with absences while some of the librarians were at a conference.) I'm almost finished, it's so close that it's starting to get tempting to blow off the few things I have left, but I know myself well enough to k…

Love Is All You Need

So here I am working on paper #3 for this week (which explains my lack of blog postings lately, or even my lack of interacting with anyone or anything that isn't school related)... I'm listening to iTunes, just letting it play down the list, not really paying attention... until the Beatles song "love is all you need" came on. I've heard this song MANY times (especially after performing it at church last summer) and despite how simple the song sounds, there's quite a bit going on. For instance, the verses (for the most part) do not follow a standard 4 beats or even 3 beats per measure pattern, instead it alternates (4 then 3 then 4 then 3 etc) which makes counting fun. And despite all the times I've listened to it, I noticed something new today. At the end of the song there are two trumpets that come in and play the opening measures to a Bach Invention (I cant remember what number it is because I'm not good with numbers, but it's one of the st…

Yay (?) for Global Warming

From the EPA's kid site for climate change:

What Might Happen? It is important to understand that scientists don't know for sure what climate change will bring. Some changes brought about by climate change will be good. If you live in a very cool climate, warmer temperatures might be welcome. Days and nights could be more comfortable and people in the area may be able to grow different and better crops than they could before. But it is also true that changes in some places will not be very good at all.(

Sol LeWitt

Okay, for anyone who closely monitors my blog, you may have noticed that over the past week or so I've been switching back and forth between using "LeWitt" and "Lewitt" in one of my earlier posts. This is because everywhere I've read his name lately does it differently. So at first I had "LeWitt" because that's what I thought I remember seeing it as. But then I saw it somewhere else as "Lewitt," so I lower-cased the "w" on my post. But then while at work the other day, I noticed that our folder on him was "LeWitt." So I just used the Library of Congress authority files to see what the official form of his name is... and I was right from the beginning, it's LeWitt. I guess I need to be more careful about where I get my info from.

Also, if you have published anything and are wondering how the Library of Congress forms your name, you can check out the authority files here. Just make sure you search under yo…

Crunch Time

So I'm now officially at the part of the semester in which I can no longer procrastinate (though that didn't stop me from going out with matt this morning). I have 3 research papers due in the next week and a half, and I have 0 amount of significant work done for any of them. Well actually i have most of the research done, just very very very little of the writing done. And unfortunately, I think I have writer's block. I can't even seem to make very coherent outlines at this point in time. It's very frustrating. But I'm gonna have to push through and come up with something. Fortunately I have most of this week off from work. My boss and the reference librarian are going to an art's librarian conference, so instead of working tues/wed, I'm going to work fri and next monday (to help cover their absences). So that means that I have most of this week to write my papers... but unfortunately it means that I have hardly any time next week to finalize …

My Family's Reaction to the News that I am a Vegetarian

a story my sister just told me...

Sarah: ohhh i have a story for you!!
Jessica: ooh i want to hear
Sarah: im watching planet earth with dad
Sarah: it was the rainforest one
Jessica: what is planet earth?
Sarah: um..we'll get to that in a minute
Sarah: anyways
Jessica: ok
Sarah: ..its on discovery for some background info
Sarah: a mini series that took 5 years tofilm
Sarah: and shows like..all this nature sstuff
Jessica: oh ok
Sarah: so i came downstairs to watch it in hd
Sarah: and theres are part when there is a chimapnze raid kind theyre like fighting eachother
Sarah: and one side kill another chimp from the other side & eat it
Sarah: and dad goes"guess jessica cant eat that"

that pretty much sums up my parents reaction...

What, No Library Science?

Your Learning Style: Unconventional and Insightful
You are very intuitive and ingenious. You're attracted to any field of study that lets you break the rules.

You Should Study:

Art history
Comparative religions
Eastern religion
PhilosophyWhat Should You Study?

NPR and Sol LeWitt

I never used to listen to NPR. I think it's because I always thought that all they did was talk about politics and other things of non-interest to me. But lately I've decided to give them a try. This link goes over a review of the song "This is Why I'm Hot" that I heard a couple days ago. It's a very unique way of analyzing a piece of music.

Also, just thought I'd mention that the minimalist/conceptualist artist, Sol LeWitt died this past week. (Part of my job requires that I read the obits of major newspapers... so I'm pretty on top of who's dying in the country, here's an interesting one). I was sad to hear about that, I really like some of his sculptures. And I remember my old boss telling me about when he was at the gallery working on one of his wall paintings.

Galaga Commander

Matt and I stopped by the outlet mall today. Since we got there before things really started opening, we hung out in the food court with some Starbucks and Matt played Galaga for a little while. He played just long enough to set a new high score (if you are ever at the outlet mall, you can check it out). I've also seen him flip the score (go all the way around back to 000000) at a bar in Herndon.

Matt is the Galaga Commander. I am honored to have the privilege of standing by his side (and holding his hot chocolate) while he shows his dominance and leaves behind his three letter legacy.