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Teaching two classes today, 1) a basic comm. writing class and 2) a research comm. incorporating data and demographics, etc. Was freaked out about the research class but knew it was the second and later class. Went to the first class...IT WAS THE RESEARCH CLASS. Welp. Recovered nicely and handled it well though I was thrown off.
And after the class, two students came up to me and wanted to talk about becoming a librarian so we're grabbing coffee next week. "Librarians are so good about thinking on their feet!" - Derrick
Awesome - Shevonne
I also prepped by learning how to work with Simmons and they were like, *shrug* over Simmons, haha. - Derrick
Simmons sucks. :) (despite the smiley, I'm not kidding on that. I hate that thing and I'm so glad we don't have it.) - ellbeecee
Simmons is o_O. I spent several hours last week and this, working on, for example, crosstabbing males, 21-34, who drink Gatorade, and play video games between 11pm and 6am and the likelihood of whether they use iPhone or Android mobile devices. x_x - Derrick
Exercising considerable restraint.
People be testing me! - Derrick
Knowing how much butter is in my biscuit recipe, it almost feels indulgent to put more butter on them when actually eating them, but OH WELL.
you do what feels right. - holly #ravingfangirl
word. - Derrick
Oh, and peanut butter is pretty awesome too. - Derrick
X___x <-- dead from pb & biscuits dude... - Zamms
It banged. - Derrick
*butters D's biscuits* - LB: Ratchet Bear
Pause. - Derrick
Ah, the butter cooks out. You know, like wine in sauce. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Biscuits are made so you can put good things into your mouth. Doubling down on butter is fully acceptable. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
What Mo said. Yum...biscuits. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Sometimes a situation demands that we stray beyond the narrow confines of propriety and protocol. Biscuits and butter inevitably create such a situation. And mocha fudge brownies with coffee infused chocolate frosting. And angel hair pasta with quattro fromage. And... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Search committee conference call from home because of the snow day. I realize there's a level of nervousness because interview, but the rambling and...not answering the question? Mercy. *scribbles notes*
Yeah, phone interviews can bring out the rambling because of lack of visual cues. But some are just bad at answering questions! - Kirsten
This is so interesting. And illuminating. O.o - Derrick
Kirsten is right, and for some reason actually answering the question seems harder in phone interviews than in face-to-face interviews. I don't know if it's a body language/visual cues thing or what, but I've definitely noticed it as well. - Catherine Pellegrino
This IS interesting, because I prefer a phone interview and feel more confident because you don't have to worry about visual cues, eye contact, smiling at the right time, etc. A follow-up face-to-face interview seems to go so much better after a phone interview. So I'm surprised people are having trouble communicating. - Trish R
First round completed, second round tomorrow. And hopefully I can get into work tomorrow. - Derrick
What about using Skype or similar? I interviewed for my current position via Skype and I felt good about it (and apparently the search committee did, too). - Megan loves summer
Skype is huge and awesome; when I initially interviewed here, it was via Skype. Today we were blindsided by the storm so this was a back up figured out just a few hours prior to our first interview. We don't all have our work machines at home with us, others had kids and pets running around that we all couldn't necessarily corral, so this ended up working pretty well, considering we all planned to be in the office today. - Derrick
Dang, holly has influenced me to watch the Thor sequel today. Next thing you know, I'll be carrying on about how much I love pie and Butch Walker. o_O
*struts through your feed*
+thinks to myself+ he's bringing sexy back. - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Hey, D! :) - Anne Bouey
What you need to do is strut up here to Pennsylvania, my friend. - Friar Will
*fans self* - Soup in a TARDIS from FFHound!
*twirls out of bed and into my comments* - Derrick
Just what I needed. - MoTO Moca Blend
*tummy bumps D-Love* - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Look who I ran into!
Work it (longer) make it (better) do it (faster) makes us (stronger) more than ever (hour) after (our) work is (never over). #CHAIRDANCE
"1...or 2? 1...or 2?" #eyedoctor
Better? Worse? I did that a few weeks ago. LOL. - Trish R
"...or about the same?" - Derrick
IDEK the last time I went. This probably means I should make an appointment. - RepoRat
Part of me wanted to just memorize the letters. Did find out my hairspray and contacts are mortal enemies. - Janet from FFHound!
this? or this? (my eye doctor is now smart enough to make me do the same thing 4 or 5 times to be sure I get it right) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
My father got into the army in WWII by memorizing the eye chart. - laura x
I've usually got the lines they want me to read memorized by the time I'm done. Except for that one damn letter I always have to guess at. It's a D...or a P...or maybe an F...? - ellbeecee
I always start laughing because I'm so amazed when I can see things so much more clearly. It's miraculous. - Derrick
I know I've seen this get talked about here, but now that I'm actually on a search committee for a new librarian hire, I'm a little o_O at what people submit when they apply for the position.
For example, when I was looking at jobs, I really relished the idea of the cover letter as an opportunity to talk about myself, my background, my experiences and why i wanted the job and what I could bring to the position. It might've spanned a couple pages. I'm seeing half page cover letters that don't really say anything you couldn't deduce from looking at their resume. It's...interesting. - Derrick
It's also hard out there, job market wise. I know I was grasping and applying for positions that I thought I might be able to handle, but we're seeing a wide range of applicants. WIDE. - Derrick
Well that's done. Went from 40+ candidates down to 10. Whew. - Derrick
Being on that side of the app pile does tend to change one's perspective. - RepoRat
Seriously. - Derrick
I never know what to put into a cover letter. - Yolanda
It got a lot easier to write a good cover letter when I phoned HR to ask what I thought was a simple question and they put me through to the university librarian and (me swallowing my wibbles and freaking out) we had a long conversation which I could then refer back to in the letter and sound actually interesting. Before then I probably was writing more or less a prose version of my resume. - Deborah Fitchett
Again, this is new to me, but I feel like the cover letter is an opportunity for us to learn about you. What makes you tick? What are you curious about? What interests you? Why do you think you'd be a good fit and why should we hire you? I look at the cover letter as something distinctly different from the resume but together the two should give us a complete and accurate look at who you are. - Derrick
That's how I see them, too. They're a great place to expand on a relevant aspect of what you do well that might not come across as clearly in the resume or cv, as well. On a similar note, based on grants I've looked over for people, there are a hell of a lot of people out there with grad degrees who write terribly. - Katy S from iPhone
There's someone with a doctorate who...won't make it past the first stage. o_O - Derrick
I'm trying to do better this year about referring people to the Writing Center. It's a little harder for me because I tend not to assign Ginormous Writingz. But if I see multiple typos in a relatively short discussion forum post? Referral. I tell 'em librarians are persnickety and this will hurt them. - RepoRat
As for Ph.Ds, I've read library-school applications from them that just made me eyeroll. We Do Not Give The Ghost Of A Damn About Your Research, people. - RepoRat
This person regardless of their doctorate would likely not make it past the first round. No real talk of research, per se, but a very questionable, kind of uncalled for rant in their submission. Oh well. - Derrick
Was it at least an entertaining rant? - RepoRat
Dunno. I'm trying to find a new colleague. Didn't make my "next" pile. - Derrick
soon will be the interviews. Hopefully you wont have one where you walk out of the room asking 'did s/he really just SAY THAT?' - Hedgehog from Android
Or the one where you walk out of the job talk feeling embarrassed that you brought this person to campus. #btdt - RepoRat
Looking forward to seeing what happens next. So interesting being on *this* side of the table. - Derrick
Well, there's so much weird/bad advice out there about how to do this. It is very easy to respond weirdly after seeing all the advice out there. On the occasion of having to write my first cover letter for a library gig I felt paralyzed with confusion. That I've been applying for jobs for the past 35 years seemed to go by the wayside as I recalled everything that I was supposed to do (or not supposed to do) for a library job application. - henry
Please submit all materials in hard-to-read fonts. And tell me about your hobbies that include chili cooking and how people just think your accent is so charming. SRSLY. - kaijsa
Is the hobbies section ever worth including? I've never had a hobbies section, or "other interests", or anything like that. I figure people don't really care. - Regular Amanda
Speaking for myself, I only care about volunteer work that's relevant to the job, which it sometimes is. Hobbies and other personal info is irrelevant. - kaijsa
^^ and then it should be categorized as community service/public engagement/orsomethingelse but not hobbies. - Lisa Hinchliffe
Just saw that NMRT Resume Review Service is recruiting for Annual: "volunteer to greet participants, and/or review resumes and cover letters of those who are undergoing a job search in this challenging economic climate." Or, as I'm thinking of it, help cut down on the o_O - Regular Amanda
Watching Netflix on the Wii U is kinda cool.
I watch it on my regular Wii because it keeps a better connection to the internet than my Blu-Ray player. - Katie
A lot of my time on Netflix is trying to find something to watch. I like that I can browse for something to watch on the gamepad while something else is on the TV. Then when I'm ready, I'll use the built in TV remote to switch the TV input to the Wii U. - Rodfather
I used my PS3 before since it was my blu ray player but I don't watch a lot of actual discs much any more. - Derrick
WELP. Found some sausage. Think I'll make a quiche, since I won't be going to work tomorrow.
And I think that sausage was dodgy. Tossed it. Considering now using bacon w/ tomato AND potato and broccoli (and some cheeses of course). - Derrick
Dodgy sausage. Great band name. - Yolanda from Android
Or drag queen. - Derrick
Better drag queen name. Next time you're in town we'll go to the Balkan store for all your Balkan meat needs. - Zamms
The jokes I could make. The jokes! *looks up Serbia's national water polo team* - Derrick
D needs to scratch his Slav itch. *gets coat* - Pete
Yeah, well. - Derrick
Oy, I've worked as much today as I do when I'm in the office. *logs off work email finally*
Pancakes? Pancakes.
No question about pancakes. Because pancakes. - Julian
And this buttermilk is just sitting there too. - Derrick
I fell asleep. Oops. Maybe I'll make some for dinner. - Derrick
But Tuesday is Pancake Day. Except here where it's Doughnut Day. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I wish I had the luxury of making pancakes before work. Sadly, I don't. - Derrick
Nono - It's Pancakes for dinner. My Grandma gave us doughnuts for dinner on Shrove Tuesday. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I'ma just eat pancakes when I feel like it. I'm grown! - Derrick
Derrick. Such a rebel. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
*struts* - Derrick
Waffles, dude. Waffles. - Mary Carmen
^this, although I'll take pancakes, too. - Katy S
Eat what you want! You're grown too! - Derrick
I was actually thinking about making one or the other tonight. After shoveling snow, I'll have earned it. - Katy S
I almost feel like going through FF search and bumping every pic of carne asada fries/chips, but I won't. Just know that I was thinking pretty hard about it.
haha, 'D' bags
I mostly think monogrammed things are kind of douchey and whatnot, but y'all know I love me some LL Bean, right? So, yeah. Fight me. haha. - Derrick
They're okay if your name is Frank Underwood and they're a gift. ;) - RepoRat
Hahaha - Shevonne from iPhone
Oh I love those LL Bean bags. I have one that's about 15 years old and still strong as ever. - Trish R from iPhone
My mom had a bunch when we were growing up. I think I got nostalgic, but they're great for hauling groceries. - Derrick
I might've got drunk at brunch with Shevonne today. Might've.
You accidentally? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Ooh! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Haha, I had to sit down and catch my breath after grocery shopping. #wobbly - Derrick from iPhone
Home! Whee! - Derrick from iPhone
I was worried the whole drive to Baltimore that you were going to fall down and dirty your 'D' bag - Shevonne from iPhone
Hah. - Micah
You should've seen me in the grocery store, which is already crazy when people know a storm is coming. @_@ - Derrick
haha, 'D' bag. - Derrick
If you'd told me four years ago that I'd be a librarian, and living in Washington DC (after living in New Orleans for three years), I'd ask you where on Earth did you get that crack you were smoking.
I'm very happy being a librarian, and living in DC, btw. - Derrick
(Though I do miss my California tacos...) - Derrick
Gas station tacos await you in Rockville. - Zamms
I was just thinking it might be time again for that. - Derrick
If you told me four years ago (or ever) that I'd be living in my hometown and have a kid, I would have asked the same thing. I am happy about the kid and ambivalent about the rest. - laura x
Life can take you to crazy places, for sure. - Derrick
Me? Teaching library school? NFW. - RepoRat
Me living in Chicago? Sure, okay. Living with a boy for 18 months already? No way. - Hedgehog
Me, doing the same goddamn thing? Great. Love it. ._. (Happy for you, Derrick!) - Steele Lawman
if you were in Toronto. its easy just ask Mayor Rob Ford .. he knows where to get crack ! LOL - Peter Dawson
Four years ago I hadn't even met Uli, so if you'd told me I'd get married? Skeptical wouldn't even begin to cut it. But yeah, very happy with where not-knowing got me. - Kirsten
If you told me 4 years ago I'd be making real money with my computer, with a real job (not by developing Windows apps), I'd be really confused. - April Russo
I live WHERE IT SNOWS. How the fuck did that happen?! Oh, right..... - Pixie
;-) - Derrick
I say that a lot too, Amber. Fell in love with a Detroit girl. - MoTO Moca Blend from Android
Well I guess I'll get my hair cut in the next couple days too.
joooooooooin uuuuuuuuuuuuuuus - RepoRat
Mine's scheduled for Saturday already, frighteningly enough. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
BOOM. Done. - Derrick
Monday for me. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
lol i scheduled mine after Marie's post reminded me :) - ~Courtney F
Having to attend to things campus wide, committee work, ALA stuff, etc. in addition to my primary duties is new and challenging. Not overwhelming (yet), but much more to handle and stay on top of then just jetting off to the ref desk after class.
I feel a disturbance in the, someone's...missing their mate.
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Shantay, that sock stays! - Zamms
Real sock realness. - Derrick
The brotherhood of the meandering socks? (Just saw Zamm's post.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
There will soon be a reunion. - Derrick
It took ALL DAY LONG and was not without obstacle, but I now have a humidifier and I hope it helps with this awful state of Winter Cold. *achoo!*
Effin' red and white bullseye. - Zamms
I threw congested shade all up and down 14th St. - Derrick
they do help. I was having bad trouble sleeping until we plugged ours in. - RepoRat
Cool. My throat has been SO dry, and I felt my worst when trying to go to sleep and upon waking. Looking forward to some relief. - Derrick
I photographed my biscuit process, haha. #rodfather
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The complete set is on my flickr page. Also, that's a lot of gotdang butter. - Derrick
or, as we say, "enough" - Glen Campbell
Yum! - Anne Bouey
Super Yum! - Katy S from iPhone
I made a batch yesterday and this one today and all but about three are in the freezer for will call noms. Especially now that I picked up some bacon. And cheese. >.> - Derrick
What recipe are you using again? - Katie
I looked at maybe a half dozen different recipes and stole what I liked from each, and then tweaked that a couple more times to test and prove it. - Derrick
Those always turn out to be the best :D - Katie
Agreed! - Derrick
A great tip I learned from one of them was freezing the butter then grating it on a box grater. That way you don't have to cut it into tiny "pea size" pieces with your fingers. Also, placing the dry ingredients with the butter in the freezer for a few minutes to keep the chill on any heat worked up while prepping. - Derrick
Yes, Derrick, that butter tip has helped me a lot when making scones. It's so simple but really makes things flow better. - Gabrielle
heh, I refrigerate my whole-wheat flour on general principles. it does help in this situation! - RepoRat
dammit, i forgot to get buttermilk at the store today. *adds to list for tomorrow* - holly #ravingfangirl
Oooooooh - Soup in a TARDIS
Yoli, do you see that biscuit cutter? :P - Derrick
I do! Also, I'm hungry! - Yolanda from Android
why am i looking at all these pics when i am starving? NOT SMRT. - holly #ravingfangirl
Want. - Jenica
*breathless* - MoTO Moca Blend
Due to the wintry mix falling in the DC metro area right now, I will make another batch (or two!) of buttermilk biscuits.
Butter in the freezer to firm up before grating! - Derrick
Can you get through that many biscuits? Or can you freeze them? - Soup in a TARDIS
Oh, for the freezer, for sure. I usually make 9-10 from each batch (though I made some yesterday and ate three!). - Derrick
Oooh, that's good to know. My entire understand of buttermilk biscuits is the buttermilk-flavored ones in the tube from Pilsbury. *fails* - Soup in a TARDIS
I might just join you in biscuit-making; finished the last of the last batch yesterday. Might do bread instead, though. This morning was the last subzero one we'll get for a good while. - RepoRat
I just use Bisquick. That way I can have biscuits or coffeecake or pancakes or whatever without fancy supplies. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Thank you! You just reminded me that I was thinking about making biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast on Monday, and that means I need to start thawing the sausage now. - Catherine Pellegrino
I only started making biscuits in the last six months and I love it. So simple with ingredients I usually have on hand: flour, baking powder/soda, salt, butter, buttermilk. The technique can be a little tricky, but it's worth it! - Derrick
Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups -
Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups
Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups
"It's basically hot bourbon and lemon juice, with a heaping helping of honey. I cut it with a bit of water, too, but that's optional. It's an easy nightcap, steaming and warm, with a stiff shot of booze to put you to sleep, lemon for Vitamin C, and all that sweet honey to make it go down easy." - Derrick from Bookmarklet
thank you, boo. *winks* - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
:) - Derrick
Um, isn't this a hot toddy? That's pretty much how my dad's always made them, anyway. - Kirsten
I've seen a dozen different variations on toddy's (toddies?) recipes since last night and they're not too far apart. I just like the name. And bourbon. - Derrick
Oh sure! Was just confuzzled. - Kirsten
I call it: Delicious. ;) - Derrick
Can you get PLJ over there? I'd use that instead of the Lemon Juice, which could sort of "Muddy" it a bit - Iain Baker
Don't think so, Iain. - Derrick
Damn! It's good stuff - Iain Baker
The Wisconsin variation substitutes brandy for bourbon, but the result is similarly effective. My dad used to give me a small dose even as a kid. Of course, it knocked my socks off. (But I fell asleep pretty quickly, which was the desired outcome.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Oh. I need some bourbon. - maʀtha
Damn. I'm remembering this for next time I get sick. - Jason P
Jason, why wait? - DJF
Landlord came home and shoveled the walk. Oh well.
I was hoping I had enough milk, though I'm happier about finding a stash of lemongrass and green tea, because sick.
I mean, I don't like the sick part, but you do have that bourbon cough syrup recipe too. - Zamms
True, true. - Derrick
Hope you feel better soon. - Kirsten
On third mug of tea. Feeling a little better. Now if I could just finish up that one thing for work... - Derrick
Feel better soon, boo! - Tamara J. B.
WAIT! bourbon cough syrup recipe? DIGAME! - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
this book has all sorts of bourbon cough syrup recipes. #OnlySortOfKidding Tieraona Low Dog, MD: Healthy at Home - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I might need shoveling lessons. My landlord, who's done it so far this winter, is out of town.
lift with your legs - jambina
^This. And, like voting in Chicago, it should be done early and often. - Katy S
If the snow is really deep and soggy, don't try to shovel from the bottom - go in layers. Also don't pile it on a storm grate or you can get flooding when it melts. - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm happy our yard, walk way, and sidewalk are rather diminutive. I think I can handle carving out a path so we can get in and out. - Derrick
Yes - this snow is expected to be much wetter and heavier than previous. Don't try to scrape all the snow from the sidewalk and lift it. Take off a level at a time. Spray the shovel with Pam if the snow sticks to it. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
If you have a hydrant, don't forget to clear the area around it. - Katy S
Remember to make a path for the mailman. One of my neighbors only shovels one short path from her front door to her car and that's all. Grrrrr. - Betsy
ProTip: Find a kid you can pay to do it. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Everyone is right! - Zamms from iPhone
Not really relevant to your situation (heavy wet snow), but I've learned to throw the snow downwind: one, it doesn't blow back in your face; and two, it's less likely to blow back down into the canyon you're gradually carving out. - Catherine Pellegrino
Try to do it as soon as possible after the storm ends, before it has a chance to freeze or get trampled down. (It will be harder to clear if that happens.) If you can, try to shovel the whole width of the sidewalk and make sure meltwater has a place to run off so that it doesn't pool and freeze on the sidewalk. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks, y'all. Plotting my strategy... - Derrick
Be sure to have warm drinks at the ready for when you're done. - Zamms from iPhone
^This, too, is very wise. - Katy S
yes to all of the above. AND - try to shovel BEFORE you step in the snow - that is, shovel in front of you - or you'll have shoe-shaped ice spots that WON"T THAW TIL SPRING. #HasHappened - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
If you remember where your drain is, clear that as best you can so when things thaw it won't flood as much. - Hedgehog
If it looks like it's going to be deep, don't wait till it's over to get started. Take advantage of lulls and start shoveling. Especially with wet, heavy snow, it's better to do it in stages rather than all at once. Also, it keeps people from trampling on it. - Betsy
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