Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Roads Less Traveled: Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth by Catherine Watson seemed to fit my usual woman traveler bill. Overall its a fairly good collection although i couldn't make much sense of its organization (if there was sense to be made of it). Watson seemed to travel many places but i didn't get a real sense of who she was or how the places she visited shaped her--although in some of the pieces i got just the tiniest taste of it. Maybe this was because she is a travel writer for a newspaper, maybe it is just her style, i don't know, but it felt like just so much surface (maybe it was just supposed to be dispatches?) the other problem i had was that i felt like whenever she was describing "native" peoples they were always "happy smiling faces" who were just ever so overjoyed to see an American, now maybe that really was her experience, but it felt just a little politicized to me. Now this was an enjoyable read--but it did not make me feel like i was there, nor did i feel enlightened afterwards like i prefer my armchair traveling to be. (The pieces i did like were: Mexico City: Taking the Cure; Malta: Hunting the Falcon; Machu Picchu: Reunion in the Andes; Alaska: No Place Like Nome (just because i grew up in Anchorage); Germany: Glass as Good as Gold; Antarctica: the White Continent; Egypt: Kingdom of the Dead; England: Great Expectations; Russia: After the Fall (always wanted to go to Russian--even more so the USSR); and Kilimanjaro: to the Top of Africa (i am really obsessed with mountain climbing books--don't ask me why).
Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum have come out with their fourth collection of the Unshelved webcomic Book Club (which covers February 16, 2005 through February 19, 2006 for those of you keeping track). If you are not familiar with this series, it is absolutely required reading for any public libraries, recommended reading for anyone in public service, but i believe everyone should be able to appreciate the humor of the situation--a surprisingly accurate depiction of life in a public library.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I'm not sure i still fit into the babe category at my advanced age but i like to think so--anyway--check it out..."If you’re living with a chronic illness and trying to balance healthy living and—whoa—fun, then you're DEFINITELY in the right place. If you're sick of reading depressing, clinical dissertations on disease, then you're going to feel right at home. If you're hunting for creative approaches to life, come on in. This online community is for babes (who just happen to be chronic)"
Monday, July 24, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Kinda...deep down to my tiptoes good...no headache,no hip-hoppedy stomach thingjust good.This is kindaCool."
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
hot tea because my throat is sore
bread, crackers, etc.
instant breakfast (with skim milk), low fat cheeses--thank god i am not lactose intolerant--i have done my bouts with vegetarianism and could give up meat if i had to but never my dairy
now if i can only figure out that breatharianism thing i'll be totally set!
Sunday, July 16, 2006
I am not sure if anyone can pinpoint where it all started, but personally i'm not voting for The Real World although that definitely was groundbreaking and served as a model for many to follow it (as well as create a superpower production team). If you want to track genre roots you can look at An American Family which was first broadcast on PBS on January 11, 1973 (and of course arguments can be made for Candid Camera which premiered in 1949) but i think the current "Realitymanianeurosis" began/morphed with shows like Donahue, Oprah, Jenny Jones, Jerry Springer (his early days as well as his latter days), Sally Jesse Raphael, etc.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
...now hopefully i do not need to explain to you that migraine is not a really bad headache but a genetic neurological disease that produces flare-ups referred to as "Migraine attacks" or "Migraine episodes", which can include such symptoms as moderate to severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and/or sensitivity to sound, sometimes migraines are preceded and accompanied by nifty little things called auras which can be visual, aural, smelling things that aren't there, etc. Sometimes you feel like one side of your body has gone numb, or lost vision in one eye, or prickly feelings--all sorts of neurological problems accompany this disease we call migraine--and i've experienced most of them at one time or another.
Friday, July 14, 2006
(in one of those "whoops, where did that come from?" moments)
i had been driving home from an exceedingly good night at the dance club and
i had Kim Wilde's "Keep Me Hangin' On" blasting on the tape player--over and
over and over again--singing with all my dance club kid daze might--when all of
the sudden a concrete tunnel popped up where ,i swear, a concrete tunnel had
never been before...
An officer did indeed come the next morning, and after looking at (the remains of) my car, and (after reading me my rights) hearing my recount of the event, he somehow found it unbelievable, and thought it more likely that i had been involved in a hit and run.
And i got in my exercise with the walking, and i used to rationalize that my life expectancy was longer because i spent less time in cars (that of course was blown my first four years back in the commuter life when i was working two jobs spending about eight hours a week at the least in rush hour traffic, but oh well). I also really enjoy walking. I even enjoyed the time i walked home from the hospital really high on Demerol because i had convinced the ER nurse that my roommate was going to pick me up and i didn't want to spend the money on a taxi and even though the Demerol hadn't entirely gotten rid of my migraine and i got a wee bit lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood at 3:00a.m. it was yet another interesting experience--and i would have NEVER done that in a car!
so i will just say:
I am a much better driver than i once was (and i don't drive drunk), but i hate being on the road. It is one of the most frustrating experiences there is. It is an instant migraine inducer. You never truly learn how to swear until you learn how to drive. And driving in traffic produces so few entertaining stories.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Okay, so we already have librarian action figures, (or at least one) and of course there is the Sunnydale High Library Action Figure Playset (and speaking of Sunnydale there ARE a couple of Giles action figures already available and more in the works so we DO have more than one!) And now, to my ever increasing delight, some-wonderful-unnamed-brarian has given us Librarian trading cards! And, here, for your viewing pleasure, is my own personal favorite--the afore mentioned Giles--The Buffyverse's answer to the revitalization/re-imaging of librarian role models everywhere. School librarian (and that is not Media Specialist mind you!) /Watcher/Father Figure extraordinaire (and on a personal note i must add--not only do i love the British accent and tiniest touch of the bad boy but i find him a slightly more intellectual version of Adam Ant--and for me that IS a compliment) If only there really were such cards to collect....
I don't know, what do you think would make up a Rampaging Trading card???
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I lost the ring I've lost so many times and haven't found it yet.
There is nothing that I'm doing that I want to be doing.
just watched Mrs. Parker and the Viscious Circle--have been reading her work as of late...connecting or searching for some connection--I don't know.
this is going nowhere.