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The Adventures of Rexy and Blue, Part 2

The next installment to The Adventures of Rexy and Blue!

You asked for more, and I just kept writing! My research is getting weaker as the night progresses. There’s only so much Wikipedia I can read in one night.

(Want to learn about dinosaurs with me? There’s a MOOC starting in January!)

Continue reading “The Adventures of Rexy and Blue, Part 2”

Book Reviews

Mini-Review: Has Anyone Seen My Pants? by Sarah Colonna

Audio Edition. Four stars.

My new BFF Sarah Colonna is a wonderful road trip partner, and we spent 6+ wonderful hours together yesterday while driving back from my parents’ house.

pants_coverHas Anyone Seen My Pants? has kind of been on my to-read list since it was released earlier this year, but it had never made it off my list and into my car until yesterday, when I realized that I did not need anything serious or long — I just wanted to make it through the 9-hour drive without losing it. (My review also should give four stars to Verizon, for having the LTE for me to download the Hoopla file while on a state highway nowhere near town.)

This was made to be. At the North Platte Starbucks (the last one until I’m practically home, making it a major stop), I had 3 hours, 21 minutes left in the drive AND 3 hours, 21 minutes left in the book. Fate!

So what’s this thing about anyway?

New York Times bestselling author of Life as I Blow It Sarah Colonna is back with a hilarious, honest look at life in her late thirties, in all its messy, pants-missing glory.

How does a gal with a successful career, great friends, and a razor-sharp wit find herself wandering pants-less through the hallways of a casino hotel in Iowa on New Year’s Eve?

Ask Sarah Colonna.

Has Anyone Seen My Pants? is a laugh-out-loud trip around America (and Mexico!) with Sarah as she braves crying in nail salons, mother-daughter road trips, Iowan casinos, and single-shaming resorts. From a fling-gone-wrong to friend breakups and a new romance, Sarah’s signature wit and sharp observations take you on a journey at once so deviously funny and surprisingly compassionate that it might just steal your heart, not to mention your pants.

I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, and then I sped up because I needed to hug my cat and I wasn’t even to the Colorado border yet. Mischief — RIP.

As I enter my 30s, I’m finding myself more and more appreciative of books that take humorous yet honest looks at a.) online dating and b.) having a career that you love. No, I can’t work less nor do I want to. And neither does Sarah, which is great, because I’m looking forward to hearing more from her. Thanks for the support, new BFF!

 

 

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thanksgiving

Two-lane roads are kind of my thing. I’ve been driving on backroads since I first got my license, and even now, I’ll usually choose the farm-lined route over the interstate. Driving to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving was no exception.

Despite my vast experience, I have two serious fears:

  1. Someone popping up in my backseat
  2. Getting followed

#1 is ridiculous, unless one is in a horror movie.

#2 has happened a few times. It’s usually pretty unremarkable. Not so much tonight.

Google Maps chose the zigzag route, and once the sun went down, it was pretty easy to miss the turns, and I flew by one. There was a grain elevator about half a mile up, and I turned around and headed back. But there was a white pickup truck parked along the side of the road with its lights on, and when I passed it on my way back, it pulled out behind me. Cue panic.

In town, you can just turn a lot and eventually lose the possible stalker. With six miles before the next turn, there’s only one option – brights on, pedal down, and run like hell. If the roads are clear and traffic is light, you just might shake them. And I did. But oof, what an experience for the last hour of a long driving day.

 

In the Workplace

#protip: Too Much Information

I’m slowly reading Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford as an exploration of making, but this caught my eye for a different reason.

“In the real world, problems don’t present themselves in this predigested way [like a textbook math problem]; usually there is too much information, and it is difficult to know what is pertinent and what isn’t. Knowing what kind of problem you have on hand means knowing what features of the situation can be ignored.”

It’s tempting as librarians to get ALL THE INFORMATION, but often when dealing with sticky situations in our buildings, some of that needs to be filtered out. Figure out the real issue and address it; everything else is noise.

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Grown-Up Storytime

Book Covers. List follows.

I’m planning a visit to a friend recovering from a concussion, among other things, and who is getting more than a little bored and restless after two weeks in bed. She and I often share picture book recommendations, mostly for her kindergartener, but since she’s unable to read or watch TV right now, I wanted to put together a selection of recent and awesome books to share with her. Hence, grown-up storytime. Here are my picks.

  1. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde. The first picture book I bought for myself and a beautiful meditation for children and adults alike.
  2. Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler. My top pick for her son from this bunch. Bored Ernest plunges into his bottomless pond and discovers a whole new world. Downside — I had to look up a word in this one.
  3. I Am Daisy Written By Daisy, who shares her story of going from the noisy shelter to her forever home. “Ghostwriter” Lori Froeb perfectly captures the feline tone, and I’m looking forward to using it as a read-aloud. Thelma is looking forward to me not practicing the opening line (Spoiler alert: it’s meow!) anymore.
  4. Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers is a favorite illustrator for both of us (his Once Upon An Alphabet was one of my top books last year), and this friendship story is both entertaining and heartwarming.
  5. Goodnight Selfie by Scott Menchin. My first read of this book both left me thinking “that was a two-star book” and “I must read this to J.” She loves selfies, and I imagine we’ll enjoy this book, regardless of literary merit.
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Fresh from the Farm: What I’m Eating This Week

Eggplant

This week’s share was on the intimidating side. I’ve only made eggplant once, and I’ve never worked with beets or Patty Pan squash (even though I have been picking them all summer). Add in a huge cabbage and I was headed to cookbooks and Google.

All that said, it’s a good line-up:

Nom nom nom. What are you eating this week?