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I work in the library computer lab four days a week. I have my "own" computer and table, shared with the other lab monitors. It has it's own computer with a sign reading, "Reserved for Lab Monitor," a bottle of Germ-X, a stapler, and a box of Kleenex.

The library director (my mom) bought about 50,000 purple pens that have the name of the library stamped on the side. They're very nice pens, and there's a mug of them sitting on my little table with the other supplies for students' use.

And every time I come in here, someone has taken out the highlighter, the pencil, and the one non-matching pen, and set them on the table next to the mug. This is just beyond my comprehension -- because what's wrong with keeping all the writing utensils together in a place where they can't roll onto the floor and get lost?

Yet it never, never fails -- as soon as I get here I gather them up and put them back with the rest of the matching pens. It's not a major annoyance so much as a constant slight peeve. And then I have to turn around and wonder -- am I driving someone else crazy? What is with my need to have the desk tidy? Why do I have to MIX THESE PENS TOGETHER??

So I ask you, unknown OCDer: Why must you segregate these pens???
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Some of you may know that my new year's resolution is to write more letters. You know, the kind that come in the mail and have a stamp on them and take up more than a note card. So if anyone wants a pen pal, (even if you're overseas, I don't mind the air mail rates for letters), now would be a good time to tell me.

We are supposed to have another snowstorm some time in the next hours. All the meetings for tonight and tomorrow are being canceled, although nothing has started yet. I was hoping to go to Pittsburgh with Mom, because she had a meeting in Fort Scott, but that got canceled already, so that's out. I was looking forward to lunch with Michael and Rory, but that will have to wait for another trip.

I did have a nice lunch today with Mom and Judy, so that was fun and delicious.

I'm trying to get more practice time in for class and it's just hard and sucky to set aside the time for it. But I want the job so I'll keep at it!

And one final library note: Why do people come in to a completely open lab, and take the one seat closest to me? What makes them think that it's better to sit right up in my space when there's an entirely open row of seats just a little farther away?
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I had a pretty good day on Friday. I slept in, then slowly got myself together in time to go to lunch with mom. We went to the Mexican place and had chimichangas and margaritas. Then I went to the library to see if any of my ILLs were in (they weren't, but I have plenty to read).

I went home in the afternoon in time to meet Gregory and Chris at my house. B called to wish me happy birthday, which was fun. We hung out and played Magic until my grandparents showed up for dinner, when we had Dad's homemade pizza. There were some presents presented, among others: Got a gorgeous Blue Willow tea set from mom, as well as an iHome. Greg got me The Child Thief by Brom -- yay! Chris got me a nice hefty external hard drive and a cover for my iPod (which he got me for Christmas). Then there was The Greatest Birthday Cake in the World, which we consumed with mighty amounts of ice cream.

Then Gregory, Chris and I went over to Chris's to watch The Shawshank Redemption, since Chris works in a prison and he's never seen it. Only I wanted some wine, and there was no bottle opener, so we went to Walmart for that, a new lightbulb, and I found a copy of Tropic Thunder at a buy-myself-a-birthday-present price.

We watched Shawshank Redemption with wine for me to drink and pizza bites for us all to eat... and then decided to rock out with some rock band. Only... we didn't have enough batteries for the guitars. So another trip to Walmart and a $5 copy of Super Troopers later, we were back in the warm apartment rocking out.

Overall, it was a little too much Walmart for my birthday. Oh well.

Finally came home and crashed around 5, a little after Gregory headed back to Manhattan, where he had to be late in the morning to help a friend move.

It was an awesome day.

And NOW the holidays are over.
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I've gotten a few requests and questions about Mom's ever-growing Lord of the Rings collection, so I thought I'd take some pictures and meander on through the books, the other books, and the other things Tolkien-centric in our household.

This seems like a good place to start:

Many Pictures! )

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] prettybooks, [livejournal.com profile] told_tales, and [livejournal.com profile] richlayers
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001. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
002. I will respond by asking you ANY five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
003. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
004. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
005. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

From [livejournal.com profile] ladytairngire

1. What's with you and your Mom?

Mom and I are tight. She's one of my best friends. We talk all the time about most everything. If I haven't had a chance to talk with her for a few days I find that we can sit and catch up and share ideas for hours. If I haven't seen her for a few weeks we take a day to adjust to each other again, during which time we'll snap at each other and get annoyed easily--before we get our zen back on and are best buddies again. There are still a few things that I get embarrassed to talk to her about, due to a lifetime of her being my mother... but most of the time I think of her as just another good friend.

2. What is one topic your friends and family know better than to let you get started on...

The third Harry Potter movie or the third Xmen movie.

3. What do you imagine you will be like as an old lady?

I hope I'll be a little like Purple Grandma--noticeable quirky, perhaps, but still sharp and strong.

purple g

4. You've got $100 gift certificate for Victoria's Secret. What do you buy?

Bras bras bras! Actually, bra bra bra. 3 bras I'm pretty sure would use up $100 with very little left over.

5. What do you think about when you can't fall asleep?

Valentino Just Isn't Doing It For me

No, but seriously, I tend to think a lot about writing. The only reasons I usually can't fall asleep are if I've got a lot to do and I'm worried about remembering it all, or if I'm thinking about a story and I keep having new ideas about it and want to keep working on it... and sometimes I just get up and write if that's the case.
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Mom called me while I was in class this morning. My phone was on silent, but I still heard it buzzing in the middle of class, and I'm pretty sure people around me could hear it, too.

I found out a little later that she was calling me to tell me that Neil Gaiman won the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book.

I told her, "Don't call me when I'm in class unless it's an emergency!"

Her response? "It was!"

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