Thursday, December 31, 2009

My One Little Word: Commit

Lovely necklace from Sky Koltun on etsy.

Back in 2007, scrapbooking guru Ali Edwards started a project for herself called One Little Word. She chooses a word for the coming year, and uses it to guide her life during that year. Here is the link to her blog for this year's word. From the beginning of this project, Ali has invited people to join her on this journey and come up with their own "one little word."

Last year, I picked one little word for 2009. That's as far as it went. This year I've decided to pick a word and live by it throughout 2010. My one little word for 2010 is COMMIT.

2009 was a really tough year. It had some very high highs, and some very low lows.  I needed a word that would help me make 2010 a better year.

I brainstormed a list of at least 20 words before deciding on commit. The word has been swirling around my head for a while, but it really hit me this morning during my yoga class. I can make all my New Years' resolutions reality if I commit to my one little word.

Here are my plans for my word and how I'm going to let it guide me through 2010.

Commit to creating more layouts
Commit to observing everyday life and putting it in my 2010 scrapbook
Commit to make time for myself and preserve my sanity
Commit to Andy and make our marriage stronger
Commit to the memory of Aunt Sue and live my life how she lived hers
Commit to the libraries in which I work and make them better
Commit to my yoga practice
Commit to my family
Commit to my friends
Commit to weight loss and finally achieving my goals

To Be Read Book Challenge

Miz B is hosting a reading challenge in 2010 that I will be taking part in. Here are the details.
** Pick 12 books – one for each month of the year - that you’ve been wanting to read (that have been on your “To Be Read” list) for 6 months or longer, but haven’t gotten around to.
** OPTIONAL: Create a list of 12 “Alternates” (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn’t grab you at the time)
** Then, starting January 1, read one of these books from your list each month, ending December 31.
(for more information, please read the challenge FAQs)
By the end of the year you should’ve knocked 12 books off of your TBR list! (of course, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have added *at LEAST* 12 more to the ever-growing pile by then! LOL).
The good news is, though, that you’ll be making some progress! ;o)
Additional rules/guidelines for this challenge:
* the challenge is to read 12 TBR books in 12 months — you can read those all in one month if you want, or one a month, or however you wanna do it.
* you should have a list posted somewhere for others to see
* you CANNOT change your list after January 1st, of the current year!!!
* you can create an Alternates list of MAXIMUM 12 books, if you want, in order to have options to choose from (you can read these in place of books on your original list).
* audiobooks and e-books ARE allowed
* re-reads are NOT allowed, as they aren’t TRUE “TBRs”
* you CAN overlap with other challenges
* OPTIONAL: you can join the Yahoo! Group created for participants of the TBR Challenge, if you want to have a place to keep your list, or just to share with others about how you’re doing!
These are the books that I'll be reading for this challenge. I have twelve alternatives just in case the book I'm reading doesn't grab me.These are all books that have been sitting on my bookshelves for a very long time.

To Be Read
1. Spilling Clarence by Anne Ursu
2. Every Secret Thing by Lila Shaara
3. The Wishing Year by Noelle Oxenhandler
4. Hateship, friendship, courtship, marriage by Alice Munro
5. The Feast of love by Charles Baxter
6. Where is Joe Merchant by Jimmy Buffett
7. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
8. High Fidelity by Nick Hornsby
9. The Ha-Ha by Dave King
10. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
11. Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian
12. Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy

1. Truth and Consequences by Alison Lurie
2. Patchwork by Karen Osborn
3. Five Things I Can't Live Without by Holly Shumas
4. The Cure for Modern Life by Lisa Tucker
5. An Alphabetical Life by Wendy Werris
6. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
7. Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
8. Envy by Kathryn Harrison
9. The Worst Thing I've Done by Ursula Hegi
10. What to Keep by Rachel Cline
11. March by Geraldine Brooks
12. The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates

Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday Five: Christmas Gifts

Merry Christmas to all! Here are five Christmas gifts that I am giving this year.

1. Rocking Motorcycle: This is going to my nephew. He is only nine months old, so he’s a little young for it, but I can’t wait to give it to him.

2. Food Face Plate: I found this on Perpetual Kid. I think my nieces will have lots of fun with them.

3. Bon Jovi: Well, I didn’t buy Bon Jovi for someone, but close enough. I got my friend Vicki in our Secret Santa gift exchange, and I bought her the new Bon Jovi book, When We Were Beautiful, and their new CD, The Circle. I think she’s going to love them! I know I do!

4. Jimmy Buffett: Again, I didn’t actually buy Jimmy Buffett for someone. I did buy his new CD for my grandma. She’s kind of a cool grandma.

5. Books: What would Christmas be without a book as a gift from a librarian? I bought my mom the new Lisa Scottoline book. Since Lisa Scottoline is one of her favorite authors, I know she’s going to love it!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Five + One: Reading Challenges

Until this year, I had never heard of reading challenges. Now, I feel like they’re everywhere. Maybe not everywhere, but now I just am paying more attention. I found a reading challenge that sounds really fun, and at the same time, it’s manageable. The What’s in a Name? Challenge asks you to read in 6 different categories. This is the third year of the challenge, and this year it’s being run by Beth of Beth Fish Reads.
Here are the categories, and some of the ideas for books that I’ve come up with.

1. A book with a food in the title:
Bread Alone by Judi Hendricks
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Better Than Chocolate by Susan Waggoner
Belle in the Big Apple by Brooke Parkhurst
Carrot Cake Murder by Joanna Fluke
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir by Giulia Melucci

2. A book with a body of water in the title:
The Ocean Inside by Janna McMahan
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The Sea House by Esther Freud
The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title:
The Doctor’s Wife by Elizabeth Brundage
Wedlock : The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore by Wendy Moore
The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo Napoli
The King of Ragtime by Larry Karp
The Prince of Nantucket by Jan Goldstein

4. A book with a plant in the title:
Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange by Amanda Smyth
The Penny Tree by Holly Kennedy
The Brambles by Eliza Minot
Wildflowers by Robin Jones Gunn

5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title:
Capturing Paris by Katharine Davis
Prague by Arthur Phillips
Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White
Molokai by Alan Brennert
Honolulu by Alan Brennert

6. A book with a music term in the title:
A Song I Knew By Heart by Brett Lott
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan
The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
Music of Falling Water by Julia Oliver

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Five: Movie Quotes

Here are a few of my favorite movie quotes.
  1. “Ted Nugent called. He wants his shirt back.” Ocean’s 11
  2. “Oh man, my dick’s on fire.” The Recruit
  3. “Let’s cut the chit chat, a-hole.” The Rock
  4. “He’s a nutbag. For all we know, he’s dancing around in his grandma’s
    underwear, rubbing peanut butter all over himself.” Seven
  5. “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack
    of cigarettes, it’s dark & we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.” The Blues Brothers
What is your favorite movie quote?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Five: Book Covers That I Love

You always hear the cliche, “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” With such great titles out there, how can you not? I’ve always been one of those people who judges a book by the cover. It’s probably a sin to do so as a librarian, but I can’t help it.
When I’m at the library or a bookstore, I browse the shelves and displays and see what jumps out at me. It is often the book covers that catch my eye. I’ll add them to my LibraryThing catalog because I like the cover and want to read the book. Here are five book covers that I love.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Five: Random Tweets

I love Twitter. I have been using it for a little over a year. I use it to ask questions and get help from the people that follow me. I use to it to stay connected to what’s new and upcoming in the library world. I use it to connect with other scrapbookers. I use it to see what people are reading. I need to use Twitter more to have conversations with people about all of these things.
Here are five random tweets from my Twitter account.
  1. RT @brewinlibrarian: Libs must create center of conversation in the community. “Be where stuff happens” #il2009
  2. Going through my completed scrapbooks to see what I like & what I don’t like. #AliYT
  3. Thinking about future blog posts based on a non-fiction “project” book. Kind of excited about the prospect of it.
  4. arg. Trying (in vain) to add a LibraryThing widget to my WordPress blog. Can’t seem to do it. :(
  5. Just recommended Into the Wild to a patron who’s trying to get her son hooked on reading.
So how do you use Twitter? What are some of your random tweets? What do you like about Twitter? What don’t you like about Twitter?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Five: Q & A

I started a new job this week at Barrington Area Library. When I met one of the librarians that I’ll be working with, she asked some questions to get to know me a little better. For this week’s Friday Five, I thought I’d share those questions and answers.
Q: Coke or Pepsi? A: Cherry Coke
Q: Cubs or Sox? A: I’m not a huge baseball fan, but if I had to choose, I’d go with the Cubs.
Q: So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing with the Stars? A: Neither. I like fake TV, rather than reality shows.
Q: Dogs or Cats? A: Dogs
I think she only asked four, so here’s an extra to make it to five.
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla? A: Chocolate

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Five: Favorite Quotes

These are some of my favorite quotes.
  1. A house without books is like a room without windows. –Horace Mann
  2. My best friend is someone who gives me a book I have never read. –Abraham Lincoln
  3. The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it. — Samuel Johnson
  4. Follow your bliss. Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it. –Joseph Campbell
  5. There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way. –Christopher Morley

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Five: Favorite Layouts

Here are 5 of my favorite layouts from LOAD.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

5 Books on My List

These are 5 books that are on my to be read list.

Investigating the brutal murder of her new captain’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Lieutenant Eve Dallas believes she is closing in on the perpetrator only to encounter a series of teasing clues that suggest the identities of several possible suspects.

John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi–the setting of his popular first novel, “A Time to Kill”–in a surprising collection of stories.


After his best friend’s daughter, Laura, sets her sights on his son, Alec, Pete Dizinoff sees his plans for a perfect son not just unraveling but being destroyed completely and sets out to derail the romance.

After his best friend’s daughter, Laura, sets her sights on his son, Alec, Pete Dizinoff sees his plans for a perfect son not just unraveling but being destroyed completely and sets out to derail the romance.

A family travels to a New Hampshire resort to allow their dying mother a week to say goodbye to friends, as their daughter, who doesn’t know that her mother’s condition is terminal, explores her feelings about love and family.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Shelf Discovery Challenge

Reading challenges are all over the web. I’ve thought about joining in on a few, but there’s a reading challenge that starts today that I am really excited about. It’s called the Shelf Discovery Challenge, and it all started with an idea from Julie at Blogging Mama. Shelf Discovery is a book edited by Lizzie Skurnick that explores classic YA literature. YA books are something about my preteen & teen years that I remember fondly. It will be interesting to go back and read these books over again. I wonder what my adult self will think of these books now that I’m older?
The Shelf Discovery Challenge will run for six months (November 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010). Grab a copy of SHELF DISCOVERY and pick out what six books you want to read (of course, you can read more than six!) Then, after you read a book, just write a “book report” to share your thoughts with others! To join me in this challenge, go to Blogging Mama’s blog and sign up!
My List:
  • The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger
  • Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan
  • Tell Me if the Lovers Are Losers by Cynthia Voigt
  • Jane Emily by Patricia Clapp
  • Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  • Sister of the Bride by Beverly Cleary

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Project 21: Day #27

These are books in my to be read pile. I hope to read all of them in the next week or two.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Playing Catch Up

I got behind on my photos of the day for a couple of days. Here are photos from Friday & Sunday.

Project 21: Day #26

This is a layout I just did from pictures of a family get together yesterday. The kids are NOT MINE! They are my nieces and nephew.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Project 21: Day #22

This picture is of my computer screen. The picture is a slide from my presentation for a Flickr class I’m teaching tonight. I’m getting nervous!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Project 21: Day #21

It’s October 21, but once in a while the weather cooperates so I can drive around with the top down. One of my favorite things!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Project 21: Day #20

We went here for lunch today. It’s in Lake Zurich, and it’s another place that we’ve been waiting for it to open. I wasn’t terribly impressed. The menu was very small which wasn’t the problem. Their choices in toppings for hot dogs is minimal. The only things you can get on hot dogs here are the ingredients are what you can get on the original Chicago hot dog: Mustard, Onions, Relish, and Peppers. For most people from the Chicago area, that would be fine. But give me my tomato and pickle!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Project 21: Day #16

This is my favorite Chinese restaurant. It’s in McHenry, IL, and has been around for roughly 35 years. The best Chinese food ever!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Project 21: Day #15

The photo of the day is a beer that my friend Chris gave me. It’s a Chocolate Lager from Miller Brewing Co. So far, it’s very tasty. Thanks, Chris!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Project 21: Day #13

This is a picture of a layout I saw at JoAnn Fabrics that I want to use sometime.

Project 21: Day #12

I’m a little late on day 12, I know. This is a layout I did yesterday for LOAD.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Project 21: Day #11, round 2

Project 21: Day #11

It has been two months since I got my new tattoos. This one is my aunt’s initials. I wanted to get it as a memorial to her. The other one is a book, which I got to commemorate my Master’s Degree.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Project 21: Day #9

These are the Halloween decorations we put out on the front walkway.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Project 21: day #6

The photo for Day #6 is a picture of my scrapbook closet. It is a complete disaster, and unfortunately, usually looks like this. Hopefully I will be able to reorganize it today, and clean it up so I can actually use it. We’ll see how that goes. When it’s clean and reorganized, I’ll post a photo of it so I can compare the two.

Project 21: Day #5

I am taking a Big Picture Scrapbooking class, taught by Ali Edwards, called Yesterday & Today. The photo from day 5 is a screenshot of the video presentation for Week one of the class.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Project 21: Day #4

I fell a little behind yesterday in posting. Here’s a picture from Cedarburg, WI.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Project 21: Day #3

We went to Apple Fest today in Long Grove. Here’s a photo from it.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Project 21: Day # 2

Something exciting is happening today at my library. Workmen are installing a ramp in the garage! After it’s finished, we won’t have to wheel the carts outside the building to the garage. This will help us in the winter months since we will no longer have to take the materials into the elements.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Project 21: Day #1

Today begins my photo project from the 52 Projects book. Each day for one month, I will take a photo and post it on the blog. Here’s the photo for Day #1.
What’s with the 3 Musketeers bar? My grandfather passed away 7 years ago today. His favorite candy was 3 Musketeers. Every year on Oct. 1 and his birthday (Oct. 28), I have a 3 Musketeers bar in his honor.