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A mostly dead fish...

As some of you know I volunteered to do hospice care for my children's library's fish.

His name is Rainbow Fish (the 6th) and he's a betta.

The problems arose when he started hanging out a the top of his bowl while lying on his side. From what I know about fish this means your fish is dead. Except our fish is definitely not dead.

So, the parents and the children of the library would look to us and say "I think your fish is dead." We'd sigh and respond "No, he's just taken to lying on his side."

The librarian in charge of Rainbow's care was adamant about not "flushing" the fish before his time. I'm behind that theory, but it seemed like we were torturing ourselves and the patrons with the mostly dead fish.

So, I figure we go out and get a new blue betta fish to name Rainbow Fish the 7th and I would take The 6th home for a peaceful death with out the small fingers tapping his bowl and the parents pulling his bowl closer toward the edge of the counter in order for their "little ones" to see better. (Rainbow the 5th died from complications a day after a "little one" pulled his bowl off the counter and on to the floor)

Fast forward about two weeks...

R the 6th is still alive and living in a vase. I figure since he's still alive he deserves a real bowl and maybe some rocks and a plant. You know, a home. (Ok, so matociquala looked at #6 and said he looked like he needed a bigger bowl.) Oh, and I put him on a diet. I always thought he got feed too much at the library.

#6 seemed to really like his new digs. He was more energetic and he stopped lying, weirdly things were looking up. A week after he moved into his new home he started blowing bubbles! I hadn't see this fish blow bubbles in over a year! Do you know why betta fish, male betta fish blow bubbles? Because, they are ready to mate!

So, let's recap...in less than a month I went from a mostly dead fish to a very happy, horny fish!

I do believe that I'll be living with a the 6th for quite some time...
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JetBlue held me prisoner

Ok, so I think technically they were holding my luggage, but it all equaled the same thing.

This is my lovely time line...

I was staying at Jen's apartment in Brooklyn so that it would be easier to get to JFK in the morning for my 8:45 am flight to sunny and warm California.

6:00 am - the car service comes to get me. The weather is sleeting and I'm leaving my coat in the apartment.

6:40 am - arrival at JFK.

6:50 am - check my luggage at the outside "online luggage check" - (what was I thinking...where did I leave my coat?)

7:00 am - get through security - no trouble - find breakfast!

7:15 am - I start looking for my gate - wandering around and end up having to go back outside (why don't have my coat?) to take a shuttle to a temporary terminal.

8:15 am - Boarding the plane for Flight 221 to Long Beach CA. (I'm going to visit Micky, who I was originally going to visit over Christmas, but the family vacation took priority)

9:00 am - due to the backup on the runway - we are going to sit at the gate for a while.

11:00ish am - The FAA closes JFK - we get off of our plane. (our luggage stay on the plane) The pilot says the estimate is that the airport will open up again at 5 or 6 pm when the storm passes.

11:00 am - 5:30 pm - I read books, I watch an episode of Criminal Minds on my computer, I pace the length of the temp. terminal. It seems to be getting colder. I try to use my cell phone (too many people trying to do the same thing), I try to use the free wireless (too many people trying to do the same thing), I find lunch, I watch the people. I meet some of the people that are on my flight. I acquire a blanket, because half of the terminal has no heat! (I really miss my coat)

5:30 pm - Someone points out that the sky is looking blue!!!!

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - JFK reopens - our current crew has timed out.

7:00 pm - there are airplanes stuck on the tarmac behind the planes at the gates and need to be moved before anyone can get out. People are starting to get REALLY angry!

8:30 pm - the Captain of our crew has timed out. Now we have a crew and just need a captain. He should be here in 45 mins.

9:00 pm - we start to re-board.

9:15 pm - The Captain arrives. They let stand-bys on - that seems to be taking forever!

10:00 pm - We have a legal to fly crew, the doors are shut, we just have to get in line for de-icing. Estimate about an hour.

10:15 pm - sitting in line for de-icing.

3:00 am - We are next to be de-iced, but our crew just timed out! We turn around and go back to the terminal. This flight has just been canceled.

3:30 am - I get back to the terminal and call Micky,while waiting for my luggage, to tell her my flight is canceled and that there are no flights to be had until Monday. I'm not going to California at all.

3:45 am - I'm wondering how I'm supposed to get back to Brooklyn at 4 o'clock in the morning with NO COAT!!!!!!!

4:00 am - I get in a car service with a driver who has other people to drop first and ends up having no idea where I need to go.

5:00 am - We have finally gotten back to my friends apartment and I'm standing outside while trying to figure out what bills I have in my wallet. I get thoroughly screwed (financially) for this ride home, but I can't think and I HAVE NO COAT!

23 hours, and $120 poorer I arrive back at Jen's apartment. I put my ear plugs in and sleep until 11:15 am.

I've now wasted 2 vacation days, so I went to work today!

As far as I could tell the employees of JetBlue were doing everything they could to get us to where we wanted to go. Two of our final crew were on our flight to go home and volunteered to go back on the clock to get us to Long Beach.

I'm thinking I'll try to go back and visit in the fall. For now back to my regularly scheduled life...
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I've been sent on a task to find people...

Ok, it seems that because I am younger than most of the people I work by a good 15-20 years, I was more likely to know people out in the online world and I seem to have been nominated to find "others of my kind"...

So, My library is doing a program on the evening of Feb 5 about MMORGs and Second Life - type worlds on the internet.

They are looking for people who play MMORGs in the Fairfield County, CT area (or someone willing to come to Fairfield County) and would be interested in participating in a panel discussion. They would love to include women in this discussion, too!

Does anyone know anyone? Please, let me know and a big Thanks!
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Why I should never complain about my job!

Ok, so for some reason the world here at the library was just all wrong today. We all felt like the day should be over at 10 am and nothing I touched worked properly.

And I shocked my co-workers by saying that I hate technology! Since, I'm the one they usually come to when they hate technology, they were all very frightened!

So,I spent some time trying to figure out what I could do with my the rest of my day and still call it work...

I went Graphic Novel shopping! How cool is that. I can legitimately spend hours looking a websites and blogs about comics and graphic novels and call it work!

I love my job!
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Severance: stories

One of the (many) perks of the Technical Services side of my job is that, I end up being first on the hold list for books that I find when ordering them.

(It also causes problems with my hold list at the library. It can make it very long...when am I going to read all of this? Or I go down to circulation to pick up a book that I've put on hold and wonder what was I thinking?)

Recently, while placing an order I came across a book we were purchasing called Severance: stories, I vaguely remembered it having to do with people who were decapitated. I put a hold on it.

A couple weeks later, I have a message that the book I requested is here,...It's always fun to see what book, that I have no recollection of putting on hold, is waiting for me.

This time it is Severance: stories by Robert Olen Butler. This is a little gem of a book.

The author came across two concepts that that he put together: (Quoted from the first page)

"After careful study and due deliberation it is my opinion the head remains conscious for one minute and a half after decapitation." - Dr. Dassy D'Estaing, 1883


"In a heightened state of emotion, we speak at the rate of 160 words per minute." - Dr. Emily Reasoner, A Sourcebook of Speech, 1975

Which means that this is a collection of stories that are each 240 words long of the last thoughts of mostly historical figures who had their heads cut off in chronological order.

It totally intrigued me. (I might be a bit worried about what that says about me, but...)

The first story is called "Mud: man, beheaded by saber-toothed tiger, circa 40,000 B.C. The next one is Medusa - I've always been fascinated by her, and it just keeps going until the last one, which is dated 2008. I was a bit confused but then I realized the author wrote one for himself.

The concept is so quirky, I just have to love it. Although, I would probably enjoy it more if history was my thing and I knew more of the details of these people's lives.

Just needed to share.
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"Adult" Books

Adult books in my vernacular are non-children's books, not what you're thinking. Get your mind out of the gutter I'm a children's librarian!

And due to the children's librarian-thing, I read a lot of kids and teens books. I enjoy them, for the most part. And I've apparently gotten used to reading at those levels.

I'll even admit that when I do venture in to reading non-children's books they tend to be on the lighter side. I work hard enough reading for my job. And I'm a bit of a slow reader (Audiobooks, Rock!).

brianrogers loaned me two books to read on Saturday. The first was A College of Magics, by Caroline Stevermer. I was given a bit of a warning about the ending (which I now understand). I flew through it and enjoyed the ride.

The second book, Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson has taught me a few things and I haven't even gotten 50 pages in.

Sitting in a coffee shop this morning I crack open Pattern Recognition. I'm reading along, thinking this is very different from what I usually read. And then I start hitting words that I'm not entirely sure what they mean. A few pages later I've resorted to using my bookmark to write down the words I need to look up when I get to work.

This reminds me of the test we tell parents to use when reading with their kids to find out if the book is too far above the child's reading level. The idea is that when reading with the child, everytime they hit a word they don't recognize they hold up a finger. If they get to 5, the book is above their reading level.

I'm not sure this book is above my reading level, but it's definately giving my vocabulary a run for it's money.

Now, I'm thinking I'd better add a few more "Adult" books into the mix.
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The Warrior Heir

by Cinda Williams Chima

The Weir are different.

The Weir have stones that give them powers.

The Weir are wizards, warriors, soothsayers, and enchanters.

The wizards are fighting a centuries old war.

The wizards are hunting for Weir with the Warrior stone.

Jack is a wizard born without a wizard stone. As an experiment a wizard implanted a warrior stone in him as an infant. It saved his life, but…

Sixteen years later, Jack thinks he's a normal boy. He has tryouts for the soccer team, he's got way to much homework and he's trying to figure out how to talk to the new girl in school. Then he finds out he is the Warrior Heir.

Now, Jack has to find the sword he’s to inherit, say goodbye to everyone he’s ever known in order to protect them, figure out who he can trust, learn to be a warrior, and stop the Wizards from forcing him to kill.