Projects and Inspiration


Cardio, Mental

thelma_glareby Thelma the Cat

Physical cardio is important, but so is mental cardio, when your human plays with you and you imagine pouncing on them. In your mind.

Don’t let your humans neglect your mental cardio needs. Keep those feathers moving, Mom.

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.


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.

Fresh from the Farm: What I’m Eating This Week


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?

Derisive cat in box

#boxwatch2015: In which I bring home a box for Thelma

Background: Since she moved in last year, Thelma has frequently fit in boxes but will not sit in them. The one exception has been copy paper boxes. Her fits-and-sits have been few and far between (I did a double-take the first time she did it), and with a copy paper box just sitting in the recycling pile at work, I had to see what would happen. This is our evening.  Continue reading “#boxwatch2015: In which I bring home a box for Thelma”