Sunday, October 23, 2016

Unconscious Mutterings x2

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  1. Submit :: Send
  2. Recollection :: Memory
  3. Humble :: Modest
  4. Wire :: Cable
  5. Braces :: Suspenders
  6. Tunnel :: Mountains
  7. Strategic :: Political
  8. Padding :: Insulation
  9. Sophisticated :: Cool
  10. Wrist :: Carpals
  1. Unflattering :: Unfit
  2. Challenge :: Dare
  3. Passion :: Intensity
  4. Founder :: Sink
  5. Home :: ... base
  6. Puppet :: Marionette
  7. Lotion :: Cream
  8. Flavor :: Taste
  9. Respectful :: Polite
  10. Runway :: Takeoff

Sunday Stealing

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Bookish Questions

1. How long did it take you to finish your last book?
The last book I finished was Private Down Under on audio. Now I can say I have read Patterson. It took me 6 days of commuting to work and back to finish this. I'm not impressed.
2. How many times do you stare at your bookshelves each day?
Huh. At home, I rarely look at my books on shelves. What I'm reading isn't on a shelf. At work, I stare at books all day, hoping they'll all get cataloged, magically, without my intervention. Hasn't happened yet.
3. How many GoodReads friends/books do you have?
Friends: I have 78 friends, and I follow 44 people. There are a few that are on both lists.
Books: I've got 3,511 listed. Almost 3,100 of those are books I've read. There are four more I'm currently reading, 351 I'm waiting to read, 46 on the "next" list (absurd to have that many "next" I know), and 13 title I will never (willingly) read. The last category is so GoodReads will stop recommending them to me because I "should" be reading them, I guess. I'm sure I could go through YA and children's sections and easily double the "books read" amount given several hours of free time and nothing better to do.
4. Do you ever quote books in public?
It has been known to happen. Unfortunately, I don't always remember specific quotes well enough to say them at the appropriate time.
5. Do you ever re-read books?
Not too often. A few. And sometimes I find myself partway through a book and realizing that the reason it's so familiar is because I've read it.
6. Do you judge a book by its cover?
I do. Kind of. There is a bit of publisher-coding that goes on with covers. Anything covered in flowers gets passed up by default. Almost anything with horses, ditto. Half-naked people? Nope. Having said that, I can think of at least one title in each of those categories that I've read and loved. It's not foolproof.
7. Do you take pictures of your books before you read them?
Nope. It wouldn't have occurred to me to do this when I start a book. I do, sometimes, take pictures of my To Be Read Pile.
8. What are your biggest distractions from reading?
Facebook, and the internet in general. Sleep. Puzzles and games.
9. Where is your favorite place to buy books?
I rarely buy books, but when I do I prefer to shoot most of my money to my local independent bookstore. I do use Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well.
10. Do you always have a book with you?
I've begun carrying a book with me in the car now that I'm chauffeuring Beast around and having to wait for him on occasion. And I subscribe to BookShout! on my phone so I always have something to read there if things really tank.
11. Do you read during breakfast?
I read whenever, wherever, all the time. During meals, in the car (audiobooks), before sleep, in the middle of the night (hello, insomnia). About the only time I can't read is while the TV is on because I can't concentrate. Oh, and riding in a car is out as well because I get carsick.
12. How many hours a day would you say you read?
If we're straight-up talking about printed material (books, audio, emedia, magazines, journals) probably at least 3-5 hours a day. But really, i spend the whole day reading, and then I come home and read some more. It's just that a lot of that is online stuff: social media, catalog records, web pages for reference questions, etc., etc. If I include that, I'm probably reading, conservatively, 12 hours a day.
13. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?
Feels like slightly less. I've just realized that I never did a year-end summation on my book blog last year as I've done every other year. So, the stats for the previous 15 years are as follows:
number of books read in 2014: 105
number of books read in 2013: 90
number of books read in 2012: 88
number of books read in 2011: 69
number of books read in 2010: 67
number of books read in 2009: 85
number of books read in 2008: 93
number of books read in 2007: 75
number of books read in 2006: 77
number of books read in 2005: 127
number of books read in 2004: 102
number of books read in 2003: 100
number of books read in 2002: 118
number of books read in 2001: 83
number of books read in 2000: 128
I guess I'm reading a little more than I was 10 years ago. I did 110 last year according to GoodReads. I had some slow years there while Sparky was in middle school and high school.
14. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?
I read fast, but I'm not a speed reader. I just spend a lot of time reading.
15. Do you read in bed?
16. How old were you when you got your first library card?
I got it, I expect, pretty much as soon as I was allowed. I was 6. I later worked at that library, and they still had my registration card on file then! That was weird.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sweater Weather

(From Kwizgiver)
1. Favorite Candle Scent
I really like Yankee Candle's Clean Cotton
2. Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate
Most of the time, of those three I'd prefer tea
3. What’s the best fall memory you have
Jumping in leaf piles
4. Best Fall Fragrance
Burning leaves. No, seriously
5. Favorite Thanksgiving Food
All of it. I even like squash and green bean casserole, in small servings. But I mostly like the trifecta of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes (with gravy). You can keep the sweet potatoes for yourselves
6. What is autumn weather like where you live?
Approx 70 in the day. right now overnight lows in the low 30s. Perfect!
7. Most Worn Sweater
I have a couple that I wear at home on really cold days. They're ancient and holey
8. Football Games or Jumping in Leaf Piles
These days I watch these things, and I totally prefer football
9. Skinny Jeans or Leggings
I loathe skinny jeans. But I rarely wear leggings either. Give these two options alone, though....leggings
10. Combat Boots or Uggs
Combat boots. I will never wear Uggs
11. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
12. Favorite Fall TV Show
We haven't investigated anything new
13. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
"Monster Mash"?
14. What do you want to be for Halloween?
I'm being pressured to dress up for work. I'm not sure what I'm doing at this point--frumpy librarian? I prefer just handing out candy dressed like myself
15. Hats or Scarves?
Scarves. I hate hat-hair. And it's nowhere near cool enough for either yet anyway
16. What’s your #1 favorite thing about fall?
The temperature and lack of humidity


You Should Practice a Mindful Meditation
You are a very observant person, especially when it comes to what's going on in your own head. You are constantly aware of your own thoughts and actions.

You are a realist to your core, and you don't run away from your problems. You are good at staying in the present and facing things head on.

You may take on too much at times, but that's when you remember to breathe and focus. Everything eventually passes.

You are good at letting go of judgment - both with yourself and with others. Whatever will be will be.
I need to meditate more, for sure. There's entirely too much stress swirling around me.

Saturday 9

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Can't Stop the Feeling! (2016)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This is an upbeat, positive song. Are you feeling upbeat and positive right now?
Having just watched the video for the first time ever, yes. Music is like that.
Overall, when I think about what life looks like, I'm less happy. Work has tanked yet again, the house is a mess, we are not at all ready for winter in the yard/etc., and I'm just so bloody tired all the time.
2) Justin Timberlake is a good dancer. And why not? In this song, he sings he has "good soul in my feet." Consider your own dancing talent and compose your own lyric: I have ___________ in my feet.
'lead weight' seems the most appropriate. I used to love to dance around the living room (when no one was watching). Now that I weigh twice as much, it's harder to get the feel moving.
3) In the video, there's dancing in the laundromat. Do you have dirty clothes in the hamper, or are you all caught up with your laundry?
I'm doing laundry right now. fact, I need to go switch loads. Thanks for reminding me. BRB
4) There's also dancing in the supermarket. What do you need to pick up at the store?
And this reminded me that I needed to update my Amazon Subscribe & Save order because we need Q-tips and laundry detergent. At the store? Maybe some bread? I think we're in good shape overall there though.
5) This song will appear in the upcoming Dreamworks Trolls movie. Some people believe Troll dolls are good luck. Do you have a good luck charm?
I've been known to change clothes when the Packers aren't doing so well, either into or out of team gear.
6) Justin Timberlake loves to dunk Oreos in milk. Crazy Sam thinks this is all wrong -- the way to eat an Oreo is to twist the two halves apart and lick the cream first. Which method do you prefer, Justin's or Sam's?
I'm with Sam on this. And then throw the cookie parts away.
7) Justin admits to some fashion fails. He and Britney Spears wore matching denim outfits that he regrets, and he's sorry he ever tried cornrows. What about you? Can you think of a look you thought was cool at the time, but now it makes you shudder?
Hello most of the 1990s! I really loved the denim shirtdress for a few years--had about 8 of them over the course of time.
8) He is a very good golfer. When were you last on the golf course?, I have played precisely one round of golf in my lifetime. So, that would be 10 (?) years ago or so. I haven't even played minigolf for awhile. OH! But we golf at the library every year, so last March!!!
9) Random question: Think about your romantic involvements. Were you in love with one of them, some of them, or all of them?
Some of them, and some more than others for sure. I got really lucky and married the right one, too.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Your Uniform is Gray and Red
You are the last person that others would suspect of being a superhero. You are a very private person, and you don't meddle in the concerns of others.

You would be pretty reluctant about being a superhero, until you reached your breaking point. And no matter what, you'd remain anonymous!

You may try to stick to your own affairs, but you are always ready to step up when no one else will. You are
highly energetic and passionate about changing the world.

You are a person of great courage and confidence. You never second guess yourself, and you are able to jump right into action when the time is right.
Not a terrible combination of colors, and I like the description as well.

Thursday 13

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Things Starting with L
(continuing a series started in 2010 with A)
  1. Lagging. I constantly feel tired. I'm lagging all over the place, both in the sense of being behind and in the sense of being slow.
  2. Leftovers. I just threw away half a casserole from 10 days ago. I'm so irritated that despite both of us being around, neither of us finished it. Plus, it left a trail of icky smell in the house when I carried it outside. Yuck.
  3. Loose ends. I'm not sure what I ought to be doing instead of this, but I know that it involves cleaning. Floors, kitchen, cobwebs in corners, something....
  4. Land. This time of year, this part of the world is beautiful. The fields are mostly harvested now, the trees are approaching the full color spectrum, and the weather.
  5. Light. On the other hand, I'm not loving the increasingly short days. It's just getting darker and darker....sigh. I'm not ready for winter, this year.
  6. "Lovely." The British version of "That's nice." I still am catching myself saying that when people tell me something that I'm not really interested in knowing.
  7. Legal issues. Continued worrying, on Beast's part mostly, about why our state followed through on something from another state that is in the process of being thrown out of court in the original venue.
  8. Library. Well really, I pretty much have to mention this. Perhaps now is a good time to confess that I seem to have misplaced the latest Harry Potter book somewhere just as I got to the last 50 pages. I'm sure(is) that it is somewhere in the house, though that's not narrowing it down much.
  9. Love . Another one that has to be on the list. I feel so fortunate to have the people around me that I do. They didn't "just happen" to be there, and I'm unwilling to take credit for thinking ahead to create such an awesome support system. Also, I really really love Sparky. He's such a great guy.
  10. Luggage. So, if I never put away suitcases, does that mean vacation never technically ends? OK, seriously, I need to just bite the bullet and put away all the crap including The Bag of Liquids and all the brochures that I picked up.
  11. Lean on me. Beast had another 30-minute trip up the stairs to bed an hour or so ago. His back is SO bad again. Very discouraging. He can't feel his hands, and he can't feel his feet, so climbing stairs is tricky. Plus he's got "shooting" pains in his extremities, and nearly constant, 24-hour spinal pain. I'm living with an invalid who just refuses to admit the truth.
  12. Lyrics. Bob Dylan needs to come down off his high horse and just accept the damn award. He makes me so tired, honestly.
  13. Laughter. Truly is the best medicine. I really don't think I could make it through a day without finding something to laugh at. There is so much absurdity in the world. Like Bob Dylan blowing off the Nobel committee. lol
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