If the announcement that I will be starting a new position didn’t tip you off, you might be able to deduce as much from my sudden rash of library-related posts. Over the last two weeks, my brain has been switched into overdrive. This is all well and good but I’m beginning to think that maybe these library-related posts belong somewhere else. I am really, REALLY hesitant to ask Tim to do yet ANOTHER WP install. I know that he says it’s easy but I am aware that I’m eating up resources. On the other hand, I’m afraid that I’m boring people with shop talk. Puddles was always meant to be a personal blog. I’ll think on this a bit more. In the meantime, even though I have tons of libraries thoughts at this very moment, I’m holding off and providing you, dear reader, with something truer to Puddles posts of past (hows THAT for alliteration).
First, the weather was AMAZING today. So beautiful. I decided that the hibiscus I recently bought could tolerate the 15 minute walk to the bus so I schlepped it into work. The hibiscus is currently in a 6″ pot and is quite bushy. The roots may be a bit compacted though, as the plant looks like it is pushing itself out of the pot a little. I have a 10″ (maybe 12″?) pot to transfer it to. In addition, I bought a pair of still-small bougainvillea on Monday at May’s Greenhouse. Tim was very nice to humor me for this excursion. For a moment, I could see that he was very tempted to walk out of there with a $100+ bonsai : ). I will have to snap some pictures. Both plants are blooming (the hibiscus is red, the bougainvillea is orange) and I *think* the artificial light at my desk will suit them. If not, I’m fairly certain they will like my new south-facing window desk, which I’ll probably move into next week.
In other news, Russell just started rehearsals on Duck Soup for the Merry MAC Players of Martinsville. I often blame Russell for evening distractions that prevent me from getting things done. Even though it’s really not his fault. Well, now I don’t have that excuse. I should look at budgeting my evenings better.
In preparation for my new position, I’ve been methodically doing bits of cleaning at my desk so that I won’t have to do it all at once when I move. I found a few sheets from an old word of the day calendar. The words are niveous, sequacious, nugatory, persiflage, and syllepsis. I’m not sure why I saved these. They are pretty nifty words. Must try to work them into writing or speech.
In addition to physical cleaning, I did LOTS of cleaning of a bibliographic nature today. I handle most of the cataloging problems in my current position and there are a few tough ones still sitting around so I resolved those or to the extent they could be at least. I fear we may never know what book belongs in that wayward phase box… It feels good to get those shelves empty. I’m pretty much done with problems (although seven more were just delivered after lunch). It will never end but in two weeks, it will be a problem for someone other poor soul.
I’m looking forward to the new job. A joint Digital Library Program-Techinical Services Dept project to encode texts of Indiana Authors is in forging ahead to the planning stages. I have lots of reading to do in XML and TEI (luckily, only TEI is new to me, XML is old hat). I’m excited about the education aspect of my new job. There are likely to be workshops and things to attend and this makes me happy. I think I will like project management a whole lot more once I know more about what I’m talking about. I look forward to getting to know new people, learning new things. Just excitement all around.
Speaking of excitement, I have plans to go to a greenhouse today. It will be a miracle if I don’t end up uber-splurging on myself and coming home with armfuls of greenery. I need some more plants for that window I’ll have in two weeks. At least, that is what I’m telling myself. Tim: you might need to rein me in. Just saying.
I saw this on Boing Boing awhile back and it stuck with me. It stems from an experience I had while I stayed in Sligo for two weeks. My roomie and I opted for a guest house arrangement with a very wonderful woman who had a garden instead of a lawn, something that seemed to be fairly common in Sligo. It’s funny in a way, because it would be absurdly easy to keep the grass green in Ireland. I’m all for killing my future lawn and replacing it with rocks, perennials, herbs and veggies but the idea is a bit intimidating. There is so much to know about gardening and there’s a lot of upkeep. I suppose a small, urban plot wouldn’t be as daunting. It’s certainly worthwhile though. For one, I’d probably expend less water trying to maintain a garden (especially one comprised of chiefly native plants) instead of perfect green grass. Being able to pick fresh herbs and vegetables needed for a meal is certainly nice too. I probably have too much free time, which I end up wasting on other frivolous and less enriching activities. With food cost climbing, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea, especially since I love playing in the dirt anyway.
I thought I’d post this as an FYI, since the few people who read here seem to share my fondness for neat things (I’m experiencing deja vu, so I’m sure I’ve at least mentioned this before but I’ve probably not expounded on its usefulness). Once a week, I get a feed dump from the Librarians’ Internet Index, a website about useful websites. Diverse topics cover a little of everything: film, parks and recreation, travel, collecting, credit and tax tips, government, green living, astronomy, ecology, animals, to name a few. Sites I found intriguing in this week’s feed include a website for a weekly philosophy radio program, a site that calculates the ‘walkability’ factor for any U.S. address (i.e., ease of living without a car), a website on how to freeze specific foods, and “A big list of sites that teach you how to do stuff.” Nifty, eh?
Do you know what else is nifty? Neil Gaiman is working on a project with Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls fame). Sweet.
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