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Killin’ time being lazy: Giving to yourself


Killin’ time being lazy: Giving to yourself

“My friend Irene found this on Facebook and I just had to share:

This January, why not start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. 

What a wonderful gift to yourself or to do as a family! (and if you know someone who needs a little love, consider KindNotes – or make your own”

Nice idea, LazyGal, thanks for passing this on

Reading Recommendations


Today I finished reading a wonderful fantasy novel for tweens, The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet. The book was recommended by my online friend Lazygal. She’s a school librarian and reads a lot of children’s books for her job. She also is a voracious reader – reading even more than I do. I have to suggest her book review blog, Killin’ Time Reading. She picks up a lot of Advanced Reading Copies when she’s at the American Library Association conferences. Her blog is a good way to keep up with what’s new, especially in children’s literature.

As a final note, you’ll like The Cabinet of Earths.

Fun Days


My library book club has been a source of wonderful and not-so-wonderful unexpected books over the past six years. I never would have read Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons if it hadn’t been for then. Now I enjoy Lorna Landvik’s books.

The other thing about this group is that I’ve made a great group of friends. We usually meet every third Tuesday for book club. But then we have days like today. We had a pot luck picnic at one of the member’s new home. The couple had bought a fixer-upper and have finally finished restorations and moved in. The house is beautiful (he’s an architect, need I say more?). More fun, though, was just the gathering. We sat around eating and discussing everything from books to politics to travel to gardening to panning for gold to renovations to books again.

Good friends, good food, and good books – can you ask for much more?

Six Things Meme…


From Lazy Gal – Six Things That Make Me Happy meme:

1. Hugs from my granddaughters – and daughters
2. Vacation with my family
3. Curling up with a good book and a cat on my lap
4. Finding just the right information when doing a search at work
5. Book club meetings
6. Scrapbooking family and vacation memories

I’m supposed to tag 6 people – but Lazy tagged some of the ones I would have. So I’ll add two –

1. Sardonic Girl (I know you hate these!)
2. Wife, Mom, and Sister (you tend to like these)

Meeting Old Friends for the First Time


One of the interesting things about the Internet are the relationships we develop there when we stay with a group in a site. I “met” LazyGal around ten years ago at a now defunct web site called The Reader’s Vine. Over the years we have stayed with a core group who have now migrated to The Reader’s Place. She’s a school librarian and an active member of the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA is having their conference in Anaheim this year.

This morning I hopped in my car, stopped at the gas station, and hit the road. Over an hour later I pulled up to the Anaheim Convention Center (next door to Disneyland). There I finally was able to meet LazyGal in real life to continue a friendship that has lasted all this time. It was a wonderful afternoon.

It was also nice having an experienced member navigate me around the Exhibits Hall. She showed me how to find the publishers’ give away books (Advanced Readers Copies, etc) – the hidden gems. So Mt. Bookpile (which LazyGal named in the first place) is growing again.

Old friends are treasures – no matter how you meet and stay in touch over the years.

Five Things Meme


LazyGal tagged me a month ago. What can I say? It’s been crazy in my life for the past few weeks.

What were you doing five years ago?
Working for this same company and applying to get into graduate school for my MLIS

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?
Watch my granddaughters
Update journal links
read Giant before book club meeting next week
avoid US Open traffic
article retrieval for some physicians

What are five snacks you enjoy?
jelly beans
All-bran crackers
Did I mention chocolate?

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
learn to fly
education trust fund for my children and grandchildren (just like LazyGal for her family)
choose a small handful of charities to support and ignore all the other supplications
travel more
keep my job but not let it stress me too much

What are five of your bad habits?
reading instead of sleeping
don’t like to exercise
let myself be walked on if not careful
and many, many more

What are five places where you have lived?
Minneapolis, MN
West Leipsic, OH
Akron, OH
Munroe Falls, OH
San Marcos, CA

What five people do you want to tag?

Whoever is interested

Happy St. Patrick’s Day


(OK, I know it’s really tomorrow, but my friends had their annual party today).

One lady in my book club and her husband throw a big St. Patrick’s party each year. It includes corned beef and cabbage, a band singing Celtic songs, and “home brew” which was not bad as far as beer goes. Over 100 people wandered in and out during the 3 hours or so I was there.

My friends are smart – they invite everyone on their street. The neighbors don’t complain about the parking, then, because they come too. People of all ages come, the youngest I saw only being a couple months old and the oldest – I don’t want to guess ages.

Of course us readers got together and started talking books and movies and poetry and Renaissance Faires and science fiction conventions and jewelry making and television shows cell phones and technology and… You know how those conversations ebb and flow and circle back on themselves.

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth PetersThere’s one lady in my book club who I really respect. She was an English major while in college and takes apart a book and puts it back together so we see the ideas and structure as well as the story. I knew she liked fantasy novels. It was exciting today to discover how many books and authors we share. She told me how she even went to a Halloween party dressed as Amelia Peabody. She started reading science fiction when she was young and the Golden Age of Science Fiction writers were putting out all their work (Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, etc.). She remembers when Dune was first published and how it changed the science fiction world. (I didn’t discover it for another 10 years or so. I probably missed it because I was reading Georgette Heyer and romances at the time.)

I had so much fun this afternoon, then came home and immediately got onto the public library web site and reserved one of the many titles we discussed – although the title I chose was mentioned by someone else in our group.

Now I have to return to Middlemarch. I thought I had another week – our meeting is this Tuesday. I’ll be close…

Gifts for Readers


My daughter’s apartment needed a new bathtub. That was a two-day job. So last night she, her husband, and their daughters, aged 2 and 3 months, stayed the night in our small place. We did fine and I had a good time cuddling the baby. The two-year-old is bright and busy and was awake at 7 this morning. So Grandma got up with the girls and let their parents sleep in another hour or two. Thank goodness for children’s programming. After a busy hour, I was glad to let her watch Pooh’s Corner on the Disney channel. Since they don’t have it at home, she thought it was a treat.

This evening after they were gone, I finished up presents for some friends. We had stayed with them in Arizona last month for a week. I learned they are great readers. I found some wonderful old (30 and 40 year old) classic science fiction on their shelves that I borrowed. They had been her parent’s books. So instead of buying them a small thank you present, I came home and dusted off my sewing machine. I need a new book cover. I made a couple more for them. Now what book am I going to put into hers before I give them the covers tomorrow? Hmmm….

She’s a quilter and he’s a volunteer fireman, so I chose fabric for them. I still have to make a new one for me, though. Mine is so old and so worn the fabric has holes where the spine corners rub on it.

Wedding Reading


I was invited to a beautiful wedding this past weekend. My daughter was one of the bridesmaids. Of course you shouldn’t read at a wedding (tell my other daughter that…) but I still found book time. It’s always smart to have something handy and portable because you never know when you’re going to be just hanging around. Waiting for the rehearsal dinner and before the wedding easily gave me three hours to read Julie Garwood‘s romantic suspense, Murder List. I was able to finish it that night after I went to bed.

A Southern California wedding in August is beautiful. Andrew and Carla had a wonderful, at times humorous, at other times evangelical wedding. The reception was held outside right after on her college alma mater’s grounds. Although we were under huge shade trees, there was a suntan lotion towelette at each plate. (If I had used mine, I wouldn’t be pink now.) They had one hors d’oevre I hadn’t seen before – there were SnoKones. After spilling the syrup down my dress, I decided they wouldn’t be featured at any event I give…

Congratulations, Carla and Andrew.