Sunday, March 26, 2017

What I Read This Week: March 26, 2017

This week was all over the place. There were many (many!) meetings of various sorts. There was a lot of pie at work. There was dinner with Lady B that involved some delicious udon noodle soup. There was scanning many little boxes of microfilm and packing them in bigger boxes for digitization. There was space lecture. There was a train ride to Baltimore for a day trip to the ACRL conference. There was a trip with the Husband to a winery we love. There was just a lot of things... and next week looks just as busy.

  • Books
    • I'm still working my way through 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I'm very much enjoying the story but what I really need is a night or two where I can read for an hour straight. That's not going to happen until April, but I am determined to make it happen.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Friday Find: Swing

Hat Tip to Lady KS for sending me the link to this awesome library swing skirt. It's so retro and awesome. I want to get it simply so I can flounce through the stacks in it.

You can but one from Unique Vintage.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What I Read This Week: March 19, 2017

This was a weird week. Instead of covering all of it, I'll just talk about the moment that stands out the most... the moment 6 firetrucks came to the library.

Early Thursday, someone detected smoke in our main reading room. We evacuated the building and let the firefighters do their job. As the Head of Preservation, I feared the worse as I saw the two ladder trucks deploy while people ran into the building with hoses. Books do not mix with smoke, fire, and/or water. In the end, nothing was too wrong. Turns out one of our HVAC units had an issue and a belt started smoking. We just had to vent out the space of the haze and burning rubber aroma.

I would call that one of the craziest moments of my working life.
  • Magazines
    • Washingtonian, January 2017 - I was not looking forward to reading this issue... given the cover subject. Aside from my distaste for the new president, however, this was a fine issue. There was a great story about the local Flying Dog brewery and I also enjoyed the guide to newcomers in Washington (the advice was quite spot on). Normally, I skim the home section, but this issue had a nice piece about an attic redone as a study.
    • HGTV, April 2017 - I merely flipped through this issue, but I did love all the colors. It was a very bright issue that was pleasing to the eye. The last article, on sweet
      smelling flowers for your garden, was also nice.
  • Books
    • I'm surprised by how easy it is to read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Normally, books from this era have "stodgier" language that it takes me awhile to adjust to. Not so with this translation. It's really easy to dive into the story. I think I might have to set aside some time this weekend to really focus on the book.
  • Other

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Friday Find: New Uses

Many libraries have decommissioned their card catalogs. These large, usually wood pieces of furniture are now being turned into many awesome things. I've seen card catalogs turned into rolling coffee tables, recipes boxes, wine holders, and sideboards. What I have never seen was one turned into this most excellent end table. It's not a stretch from the other uses, but I love how this turned out.

The best part of this table... it splits apart and becomes modular. You could have extra seating!

You can buy this from Merles Vintage on Etsy.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Why I Love... Reading During a Meal

It's a little thing I never paid attention to until yesterday, but I love reading while eating a meal. Yesterday was a snow day so, during lunch, I grabbed a book while I ate lunch at the table. It was only twenty minutes, but it was twenty minutes of enjoyment.

I ate my cucumber and tomato salad while reading a few pages of Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. I'm not too far into the actual story yet, so I relished getting a few extra pages in since I don't bring my book to work. The moment was simple but maybe that is why it was so enjoyable.

I had spent my morning working on a massive to do list I gave myself (website creation, laundry, shredding, filing, etc). I knew I would spend the afternoon also tackling that list, so I decided that I need a break during lunch. I'm normally an eat-at-your-desk sort of person, but yesterday called for something different. So, I turned off my background noise of Netflix stream, I walked away from my computer, and I gave myself a real rest. Those twenty minutes were a true break from work. I could disconnect from what needed to get done and focus on myself and the book in front of me.

I think these breaks from the everyday are what make reading so enjoyable. Particularly when you're reading a high-interest book. Sometimes, the simplest things are the best.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

YouTube Tuesday: Snow Day

When you need to seek refuge in a library from some horrible winter weather. Seemed appropriate for those of us on the East Coast today.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What I Read This Week: March 12, 2017

This week, I discovered that the only read clothing I own is related to the Washington Capitals. Since I had to work on the #ADayWithoutAWoman, I want to represent my position by wearing red. Lacking clothing, I DIYed some holiday ribbon and made a pin to wear. It wasn't much, but it worked. I work in a profession that is predominately women and our staff are mainly women. We happened to have an All Staff meeting on the day of the protest, and I loved that our (male) library director wore a red tie and gave a shout out to all the women. It was a brief moment, but it really made my day.

In other news, I am been a magazine-backlog-reading bad-ass. I've caught up on all of my subscriptions save for one (Washingtonian). I hope to keep up with my activity and finish of the rest of the backlog soon. I never realized how much reading I got done on metro until I had to UBER/Lyft to work for a month.

  • Work
    • College and Research Libraries News, March 2017 - I almost skimmed through the entirety of this issue but I did stop to read the brief piece on digital scholarship centers and building relationships.
  • Magazines
    • National Geographic, March 2017 - On the whole, this was just an "ordinary" issue for Nat. Geo. I enjoyed the cover story on Vikings but I wish it had spent more time on how they're use technology to help uncover settlements. A more intriguing piece was the expedition story on caving in one of the world's deepest caves. The one piece I loved in this issue was the picture story on the wisdom of trees. The images were fantastic and it as a great
      reminder that trees were here before us and they will be here (hopefully) long after us.
    • Real Simple, March 2017 - Two of the articles in this issue were placed many pages apart from one another, but I think they actually go together. The first article was on how to become more resilient. Grit. It's a good thing. The second piece was about how to stop being a martyr. I recognized a few traits of the martyr in myself, so I'm going to try to put a few of the recommendations in this piece to work. On a less serious note, the article where design pros give their best tips for purchasing furniture could come in handy if The Husband and I ever get around to buying a place.
  • Books
    • Well... I am finally making headway on the actual story in my edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea... but this edition comes with footnotes. A lot of footnotes. I could be reading this book forever. At least the actual story is good and the footnotes provide context and relevant information.