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I'm sure I must be up to something, and I will not stop until I find out what.
Me & Him, Therapy Edition:
Me: So is it annoying that I tell you what I'm feeling so often now? - Marianne
Him: No. Because you tell me what I should be feeling a lot less. - Marianne
Him: Not saying you don't STILL DO THAT SOMETIMES. - Marianne
Me: WELL SO DO YOU. - Marianne
Him: ... - Marianne
Tonight I am happy because a young community patron in her early 20s needed to print some forms for a job that starts tomorrow, and we are the only place around here where someone can print something that is still open at this hour on a Friday. #notinthemissionstatement #stillpartofmymission
My version of patron-driven acquisitions continues to consist of saying to patrons (esp but not always faculty / staff patrons), "Yes! We would totally love to buy that book for the library! If you would like I will write an email to your liaison and the acquisitions person right now! I don't mind AT ALL." #slaclife #handsellingisahardhabittoshake
(we have, you know, a form. and also they could just email the people. which I also make sure they know. but when someone expresses "want book," my reflex is BUY BOOK NOW RIGHT NOW YAYAYAYAYAY.) - Marianne
(it's pretty awesome when we get visiting faculty who just finished or are finishing a ph.d. at some R1. "I can... order stuff?? ALL THIS STUFF??? Even though I'm just a visitor??" And it is pretty awesome to be able to point out that they are enriching our collection and we're actively grateful to them.) - Marianne
My office smells like burnt roasted marshmallows. o.O
Even though I didn't particularly want to be accidentally subscribed to their mailing list, I have to admit that Tottenham Hotspur is a remarkably euphonious name for a football club. *unsubscribes with a miniscule pang of regret*
Temperature when I looked at the weather page: 69.2F. Predicted low tonight: 15F. "Layering for the weather" is an art in this state...
Also, I put on lip balm for the first time since early last spring this morning. Also, my lip balm got coated by particulate matter within a minute of stepping outside because it is SO WINDY OUT. signs of winter :D - Marianne
fall headwinds drive me bonkers as a cyclist. they can be fierce. - RepoRat
Today's update: only a Canadian can overdress for snow... *wipes sweat off brow* (not really. i mean, probably minnesotans and north dakotans and swedes do it too...) Huh. It's 18 degrees out. *eyes temperature regulation subsystem warily* - Marianne
oh, I wouldn't say that, Sconnies can do it too! (New sweater. I didn't really realize how warm it is!) - RepoRat
I think Canadians are more likely to underdress for winter, although not at the beginning of the season. - DJF from Android
DJF, I just had a sweater and a jacket. And some mittens. I keep forgetting how impervious I am to wet cold above, say, 5F or so. (Dry or windy cold? Totally different matter. So not a prairie girl.) I ended up walking to work barehanded with all my unzippable layers open. - Marianne
Home safe after driving through crazy icy snowy weather to Bastille concert. Concert was amazing.
1) I almost never go to arena concerts, everyone was superkind and respectful, and thousands of people all enjoying the same damn things is amazing. - Marianne
2) OMG WHEN DAN SMITH DID HIS RUN AROUND THE AUDIENCE THING I ENDED UP THREE FEET AWAY FROM HIM *FACING HIM* WITH NO ONE IN THE WAY IN A POGOING CIRCLE FOR LIKE 20 SECONDS MY BRAIN EXPLODED AND HAS DECIDED THE ENTIRE NIGHT IS A DREAM BUT IT TOTALLY WASN'T *deep inhale* It was pretty grand. And the friend / almost-graduated student worker I took with me totally caught the Bastille obsession virus, so I feel like I have done my part in passing it along after I was infected with it last year :D. - Marianne
Stuff I don't want to do getting pre-empted by more urgent things I do want to do is one of my favorite things about working. #fridayafternoon #donwanna
Thought of you the second I saw this, Steven:
I have a backpack just like that. :) - Steven Perez
All summer, I *knew* intellectually that I'd finished my degree, and that I wouldn't have to do the school/work two-step this fall, for the first time in 3 years - but it wasn't until I was walking home tonight, at the end of the first day of the academic year where I work, that I really FELT IT down to my bones.... I AM FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had so much free time this weekend! I had so much free time *today*! I was happy and interested and intellectually engaged at work all day, never overwhelmed or anxious at how few brain cells I had left (even though it was a crummy day physically, and involved a lot of saving my strength - but it didn't seep over into panic - BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING TO PANIC ABOUT)! HOORAY. - Marianne
High fives! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Yay. :-) - Megan loves summer
It's THE BEST feeling not to start school as a student! - Lily
Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe - Transformers Wiki -
Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe - Transformers Wiki
If you or some kid (or former kid) you know was ever obsessed with Transformers, YOU WANT THIS BOOK. The Transformer pop-ups? Actually transform!!!!! My mind is blown. - Marianne from Bookmarklet
I uh. Kind of want this for myself. - RepoRat
RepoRat, my copy is absolutely for myself. I *might* let other people play with it. .So I say go for it :D. - Marianne
I need to see this. Reinhart does such good work. - Katy S
Mostly I skim the Times Literary Supplement. Every so often a sentence comes along that makes me glad I bother. Today, a nasty burn at the end of a review: "Come Christmas, this will make a vindictively disappointing present." *whistles*
That is SO TOTALLY TLS. - Steele Lawman
Yikes. Which book is it?! - Kirsten
Heeeeeeeeeee - lris
Kirsten, he was referring to Alexander McCall Smith's book about Auden (reviewed in conjunction with a new edition of Auden's Christmas Oratorio). There are many other mean-funny sentences in the review, and I don't really TRUST the review, but it still cracked me up. - Marianne
Ah. Cool, thanks. - Kirsten This is pretty interesting.
(An essay about why "unplugging" really doesn't have a lot to do with "reconnecting", among other things.) - Marianne
Turns out, lack of caffeine is just as effective as anything else for bringing out my Maritimer accent. Not just the vowels, but also the tones and rhythms. Who knew? #twentysixhoursandtryingnottocount #weirdjobproblems
One of the things I find frustrating and awkward is when I have some fundamental point of agreement with an author who I know I would not actually enjoy AT ALL. Like, the author writes a book about how the way to make America better is by focusing more on personal relationships (friends, family, community) and local politics....
.... and then I realize, OH, he doesn't mean MY friends, family, and communities, we are excluded from his idea of a better America. *sideeye Jim DeMint* I pay so little attention to those folks that I usually don't remember their names and only on googling their books to see if I want to read them, do I realize what's up. - Marianne
(I mean, I'm sure we'd be theoretically welcome. If we reformed ourselves to be completely different people.) - Marianne
That moment when you realize the reason you were so grumpy about the heat yesterday is that the high was 103. (Overnight low of 60, yay semi-desert). Today it is purportedly going to stop at 89, although it's already up to 89.7 so I have my doubts about that. But the rest of the week will (in theory) stay under 90!
The weather measurement station is about 8 blocks from my house.... also, summer is the only time when you can so closely predict my mood just by tracking the high temperatures for the day. - Marianne
"oh wow, this room is so nice and cool... only 80 degrees!" - Marianne
Happy birthday, Barry's Uncle Robert! You helped a young boy grow into a fine, upstanding man whom I am glad to know. Even a little bit, on the internet :D. Thank you!! #unclerobert
Due to trying to be chipper about annoying things, Jay and I have been coming up with alternative endings for the word nauseated. So far my favorites are nausticated and nausesque. Fun times.
Nausealicious! - Steele Lawman
Nause-O-rama - Meg VMeg
Nauseleum. - Katy S
Naustalgia - Steve C Team Marina
Nausoree! - Spidra Webster
Nausoretum - laura x from iPhone
Nausomat - laura x from iPhone
Naustae - Katy S
Nausmaste - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Naustastic. - Melly Claus
Naumnaumnaum. - bentley
Nausilly. - Joe
nausique. - jambina
nausinator - Janet
Most interesting publisher's weekly moment of the last few months: John Darnielle wrote a novel!! And it is coming out in October. "Darnielle ... captures the allure and danger of being in thrall to a mythic vision." The reviewer says the book's central conceit is "a monumental symbol for a supple novel." I say, EEEEEEEEEEE.
PS The title is Wolf in White Van. - Marianne
I'm torn between "holy crap" and "oh dear" - Meg VMeg
who is John Darnielle? - Sir Shuping is just sir
the lead singer for a band called the mountain they are singing my favorite song of theirs in a chapel (i think meg gave me the link to this some time ago): - Marianne
^^^^^ like. - Marianne
i also love this song rather a lot: - Marianne
<3 <3 <3 (<3) - Meg VMeg
ah ok, i'd never heard of them before, but bookmarked them to listen to more of their stuff! thank ya! - Sir Shuping is just sir
This is the first song of his that I ever heard: Killed me. - Meg VMeg
Mountain Goats are awesome. I've been a fan since Coroner's Gambit. They put on a GREAT show. Go see them if you get the chance. - Akiva
Also, I love the "rights statement" on this: 129 shows there. - Meg VMeg
Jeff Buckley - Lilac Wine (Live) - YouTube. Quite possibly my favorite performance of this song by anyone ever. It crackles my heart. -
Jeff Buckley - Lilac Wine (Live) - YouTube. Quite possibly my favorite performance of this song by anyone ever.  It crackles my heart.
YES. - Jenny H. from Android
Here is a picture of me at convocation this weekend. I really do have an MSLIS now! HUZZAH. (this is the converse of POIDH. :D) (Notes: the person next to me with the curly hair is my upstate NY job/philosophical doppelganger; the one next to her is checking a picture she took on her phone, not her email!)
Congratulations again, Marianne! - Soup in a TARDIS
Congrats! - Anne Bouey
One of us! - Meg VMeg
Woohoo! - Kirsten
*waves*... you can see me waving, right? - MoTO: #TeamMarina
*shrieks from the balcony* WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! - Catherine Pellegrino
:D Thanks all. - Marianne
Congratulations Marianne!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Congrats! - YvonneM
So many thank yous to everyone who helped send me presents (everything in the picture except mr iron fist is from y'all - Jay got me the superhero :D), and really to all y'all, for helping me do this thing. Sometimes it takes an internet village, you know? xxoo - Marianne
Also, it's fitting that these arrived today; I'll be getting on a plane for Syracuse, and gradumacation, tomorrow. - Marianne
Enjoy your graduation ceremony! - Soup in a TARDIS
Rupetta won the Tiptree. - maʀtha
Dear LSWians and FFolks, thank you SO much for your kind and totally unexpected gift. How delightful! And I am totally intrigued to see what is coming in the mail :D. You all are the best! *beams*
Happy MLIS! - maʀtha
Just turned in my very last assignment for cataloging. Got my final grade for my internship today. Guess that means I'm 100 percent, absolutely, completely, and FINALLY done, other than the crossed t's and dotted i's and rituals of actually graduating? I figure it will sink in sometime in the next couple of hours.... :)
Way to go, Marianne! It's rather surreal, isn't it? :D - Lily
Woo-hoo! - bentley
Congrats! - Jenny H. from Android
It is, Lily! (and thanks, all) - Marianne
so jealous! :) - henry
:) henry, you will be here SOON. *hugs* - Marianne
Congratulations, Marianne! - Soup in a TARDIS
Yay Marianne! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Congratulations!! - Heather
Woohoo!!! - lris
Yippppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - laura x
Woo hoo! Congratulations! - Galadriel C.
Congratulations! (Not sure if you're looking to move, but we will be hiring librarians soon. Sorry for blatantly trying to poach you.) - kaijsa
Aw, kaijsa, it's very kind of you to try to poach me. I'm not going anywhere for at least a few years, I think. At least right now, I feel like the most important thing I do in my job (both most valuable AND most important to me personally) is directly support our department's eighteen-or-so student workers, and there aren't a lot of librarian-level jobs where that can be the most... more... - Marianne
That moment when you realize your impossible-to-shorten-any-more paper isn't actually too long, it just has a bunch of leftover notes and bits you weren't sure if you would need stuck in at the end of it. And you delete them. And it is all ok.
(Said paper still needs about 3 hours of revision work before it becomes presentable. But at least it EXISTS now. This one, one more big ole (much more chunkable) assignment to do once this is over, and then I will be done. *nods firmly, gets back to revising*) - Marianne
Go Marianne Go! - Marina's Godmother :-)
*shakes pompoms* - Kirsten
BOOM. - Derrick
That's so exciting! YOU GOT THIS. - Lily
Weirdest patron return experience this year:
Someone (a student I quite like) brought back 6 or 7 books smelling incredibly intensely of buttered popcorn. Like, eyewateringly so at the time, 4 hours later there is STILL a (now-pleasant) buttered popcorn aroma at circ, smelling intensely. Which a) how did the smell get so intense??? does the person work at a movie theater???? and b) the books were totally clean. No stains, no damage, purely aroma.... so weird. - Marianne
(my used bookstore stories put that one to shame - black widow spiders, anyone? - but for purely weird with zero ick factor, that one might win the decade, not just the year.) - Marianne
maybe! to make it weirder the same person just brought back a bunch more books and they didn't smell of anything. - Marianne
One of our librarians brought in a giant tub of stuffed animals for end-of-the-block study relief with a big "Need a Study Buddy?" sign. And her favorite monkey puppet, which has been slung around both her and the ref desk monitor (alternating). Actual squeals of heartfelt delight have been heard. Some of them from hockey players.
There are stuffed animals dispersed throughout the building. I love this place. - Marianne
That's brilliant. We've been having fun with a bunch of donated stuffed animals (for teen craft this summer). Head of Circ arrived yesterday to find a Teddy Bears' Picnic Staff Meeting going on in her office. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
I appear to have finished my internship (pending prof's approval). They are wonderful wonderful people, my internship colleagues, whom I would love to work with again in the future... AND I AM SO GLAD I AM DONE WITH THIS TWO-JOB SCHEDULE. Also once I finish my cataloging assignments/classwork (still substantial), I will be DONE done. Stay tuned...
The only thing harder to get out of your head than an endlessly repeating loop of "We're up all night to get lucky" is an endlessly repeating loop of "We're up all night to do homework." (Listening to the album now in the hopes that it will clean the loop out of my brain. And, I'm not ACTUALLY going to be up all night. This time.)
Good night/morning, Marianne. :) - Derrick
Howdy, D. Hi, Kirsten! (It's afternoon now. I slept lots.) - Marianne
Good! - Kirsten from Android
(Welcome) Sooprize Wednesdaybrarian! :
It is very quiet out here. In barely related news, I think the college could take a siesta from 3-4 every day and we would all be better off. - Marianne
Me to my boss: I'd be happy to cover. I haven't been getting anything done, at least if I do that out there, I might actually help people. (So nice to have a boss you can say stuff like that to.) - Marianne
stay tuned for less omphaloskeptic comments if people ever start actually asking questions. - Marianne
"where do i fax stuff?" bookstore. - Marianne
It amuses me that everyone (not just library people) finds it remarkable / noteworthy when I am over here. sample quote "You do this TOO??" Yup. (Sometimes people try to tell me that the students / faculty don't even really notice the research desk. Comments like that one make me doubt these people.) - Marianne
"Is person X here?" "She'll be here in 20 minutes, but can I help you?" Turns out they really need person Y, who will be conveniently working the desk tonight. (Person X having actually warned me about that before leaving.) - Marianne
omphaloskeptic = great word! - maʀtha
Oh, hey now, student, I'm not doing your searching for you. Nope, not me. Especially if you can't ask me using a complete sentence - maʀtha
This seems to happen more often via chat. You know, the "please send me 5 articles on [incredibly general topic], thanks" - maʀtha
Student just told me that the "reference pencils" are "the twitter of pencils". They stop him from writing too much. Apparently, he genuinely loves the tiny pencils. - maʀtha
Cleaning guy just said, "You've turned your office into a woman cave!" Which I guess means that it is clean now? - maʀtha
Gah, hard question the moment the desk closed. So of course I stayed. - maʀtha
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