Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
For a project at work, staff were encouraged to participate in this meme. Participants were to list 10 random things about themselves, publish it to their blog, and then send out a Twitter update when finished. The goal was a networking/getting-to-know-you experience.
I've had fun reading others' random things and thought I'd extend the challenge out to those of you outside of the library blogosphere. Have fun!
- OK, the CML stuff first. I was a Page before there were LSA’s and a Clerk before CSA’s and CSS’s. I’ve been in the system 12 years. (Yes, I realize this sounds like gibberish to all you non-library folks. Sorry. None of the other 'things' will; promise.)
- My husband and I met at the library, although he was not an employee. (We’re actually kind of the result of a set-up.) We’ve been married 8 1/2 years. If not for him, I would not have absorbed so much Seinfeld trivia nor developed an interest in the Tour de France.
- My retirement dream is to move to Maine, buy an old farmhouse, and open a bed & breakfast.
- I have naturally curly hair and it drives me crazy when people ask me about it - I don’t like the implication that I might possibly have a perm!
- I love to travel. A few years ago, the husband and I took a cross-country 3-week trip out West, visiting St. Louis, MO; Moab, UT; Sedona, Flagstaff and Grand Canyon, AZ; Santa Fe and Taos, NM before looping back home. The kicker–we made the trip in my ‘94 standard transmission, NO cruise control Saturn. Yeah, that made the Rockies interesting. Still, it’s our favorite trip.
- I can’t stand the word ‘whatnot’.
- Typos, misprints, grammatical errors, the stuff on Jay Leno’s Headlines are my worst pet-peeves. That’s why I enjoy reading this blog.
- Garden gnomes freak me out.
- As a child, I was i n c r e d i b l y shy. I hated talking to ’strangers’ like my parents friends, employees at stores or restaurants, doctors, etc., even on the telephone. I’m not sure when I got over all that…maybe not until high school.
- I love mail. As much as I enjoy and feel thankful for email, blogging, IM, chat, etc., I still love sending and receiving handwritten notes and letters. Besides feeling special and more personal, one of the best things about mail is that it combines two things that I love/am fascinated by: stationery and people’s handwriting.
Care to share your 10 random things?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Once I scanned the image, I inserted it into a Word document, shrunk it down a little bit, and added the text, "Happy Thanksgiving!" below it. Copy and Paste a couple times, and voila! Adorable (if I may say so) 4x6 handmade turkey cards to print and sign.
~Wishes for a happy, thankful, and yummy Thanksgiving!
Isn't that just the coolest? I'm such a fan of stop motion animation and I hope someday I'll have the patience and creativity to attempt one. (And, the music is totally rockin'. I'm going to have to find that on iTunes.)
Aside from how amazing the video is, aren't the cards, calendars and gift tags just adorable? This morning I logged on to the Etsy shop and purchased the 2009 calendar. Within 2 hours, I was printing them out and totally loving them. Little Brown Pen emails you a PDF file of whatever it is you purchase. Then, you print as many as you like and can go back and access the file anytime for more! It's an impressive and inspiring concept; one that's economical, innovative, and environmentally-friendly. Bravo, Little Brown Pen! And thank you.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things."
"Every child is an artist. The problems is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- Great Harvest bread - especially the cinnamon chip. The principal at my husband's school usually gives a loaf to all the teachers at Christmas and Easter, which I think is a nice tradition.
- Elizabeth Mitchell's cd You Are My Little Bird - beautiful folky music that makes me imagine it's Spring.
- Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - I love double-duty products!
- Aveda Hand Relief Lotion - Aveda's signature scent combined with the most amazing moisturizer.
- Shopping for Christmas ornaments and handmade gifts at Columbus' annual Winterfair.
- Charley Harper's Birds and Words - Intricate and intriguing art as well as funny, tongue-in-cheek descriptions of various birds. Great addition to the library of an artist or naturalist.
- Life is Good tote - Fun and functional!
The balancing act.
Ha! I'm so proud of myself!
Get ready, Mama, I'm going to jump!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
J is taking this bundling up thing quite seriously. He begs to go bye-bye and I think it's basically so that he can wear his "mins". He's even content to just run around the house with them on, occasionally stopping to admire or adjust them.
What are your kids attached to these days?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Well, considering J is an only child at this point and not even 2 years old, it never crossed my mind that he could have already become somewhat of a tattletale. I don't look forward to mediating his future squabbles, but, so far, his version of telling on someone is actually pretty fun!
A couple weeks ago, he and I were making our weekly trip to Target. When he spotted the big red balls out in front of the store he exclaimed, "Tah-get!" Then, he went on to say, "Daddy Tah-get. Daddy hot coffee." It only took me a second to realize he was referring to Daddy's secret habit of stopping at the Target Starbucks before grabbing the diapers and dog food (the original reason for the errand). Oh, how I loved busting him out on that one!
This little incident has taught me two things:
1. I now know that I need to be careful about letting J in on my own secret habits (also often involving coffee);
and, 2. I should plan to take him around to all of Daddy's stomping grounds to see what other secrets are divulged!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Mothers (and fathers and caregivers) across the globe have been wearing their babies for CENTURIES. And (Motrin, this is addressed to you) slings and carriers positioned correctly will evenly distribute baby's weight and put less strain on a mother's back than carrying a baby in her arms. All the literature out there on babywearing warns that if you feel pain or discomfort you have the sling positioned incorrectly.
When J was an infant, my husband and I both used sling carriers with him. In the sling, J seemed more of a participant in whatever we were doing than while riding in a stroller. The hands-free functionality of slinging was also a great benefit. Going for a walk or making a trip to the store, I had less to lug in and out; I had two free hands; and I was still snuggling my baby!
Luckily for me, my good friend Margaret was experienced with slings and babywearing, so she was able to help me choose comfortable slings and positions. Dr. Sears' books and web site were also very helpful resources to me while I got the hang of it. Here are a couple facts from Dr. Sears's web site about the importance and benefits of babywearing:
- Sling babies spend more time in the state of quiet alertness . This is the behavioral state in which an infant is most content and best able to interact with his environment.
- Sling babies are intimately involved in the caregiver's world. Baby sees what mother or father sees, hears what they hear, and in some ways feels what they feel.
- Carried babies are intimately involved in their parents' world because they participate in what mother and father are doing. A baby worn while a parent washes dishes, for example, hears, smells, sees, and experiences in depth the adult world. He is more exposed to and involved in what is going on around him.
- Carried babies become more aware of their parents' faces, walking rhythms, and scents. Baby becomes aware of, and learns from, all the subtle facial expressions, body language, voice inflections and tones, breathing patterns, and emotions of the caregiver.
- A parent will relate to the baby a lot more often, because baby is sitting right under her nose. Proximity increases interaction, and baby can constantly be learning how to be human.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Well, true to my experiences, J is really taken by the flannel board. (And Daddy and I are too!) We had a few friends over last week for a playdate, and all the kids (from 1 1/2 to 5) were very interested in it. This winter I am hoping to make a lot more pieces. So far, we've basically just got a starter set of a few animals, a tree, a sun, and a moon.
The flannel board is a 20 x 24 artist's canvas that I covered in brown flannel with spray adhesive and some upholstery staples. Once we borrow my dad's masonry drill bits we'll mount it to the wall in the playroom. Easy peasy.
I chose the canvas as the backing because I found one really cheap. I also considered using heavy cardboard, foam-core board, or even a piece of mdf. (Although, for the latter, I probably would have covered it in some batting before stretching the flannel over it.)