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Spoils of a proper library sale!

1) It's Wednesday, and I'm currenty still on top of work! Only 1/3 of the work assigned today is left for tomorrow, and I have gone as far as I can go until people reply to me (which has been true since 5pm, so I got to do the next thing guilt free).

2) Last year it was terrible, but this time...WOW. Even though I didn't get there until 6.5 hours post-opening, the sale was definitely bigger than last time (I spent 75 minutes cruising around), and they were practically giving books away. Seriously. Nothing was more expensive than $1. Paperbacks/YA novels and kids' books were progressively cheaper by half. I ended up buying to my heart's reasonable content, and here is what I ended up with.

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Whew! That took longer than I thought it would. I am pretty tired from only having gotten 4-6 hours of sleep (the last two interrupted by extended snooze buttons) after a similar amount last night, so I am signing off to retire to bed. Amid a nest of approximately 7 different books, because I am bone-weary but not sleepy-weary yet, and I have enough energy to read but still don't know which one I wanna buckle down and start.
girl

In which I ramble, happy as a clam.

Inspired by a post on the LJ homepage, I looked up an assignment for a "reading autobiography," thought it sounded really cool, and decided to start freewriting one for fun. I had chronologically gotten up to high school when I got sidetracked reminiscing about my school libraries, and then I thought...hey.

Wouldn't that be a cool thing to write about? Your life history with libraries you've known and loved?

I am now super excited and invigorated by this new topic, except I can't figure out how long it should be. A blog post, of a suitable length for sharing on Facebook? An 8-10 page paper? A BOOK?

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Jim/Pam

The rest of today made up for last night.

I just spent 2 hours reading my non-LJ blog entries from second semester five years ago. My life was so interesting! Plus I guess I haven't read these in a while, because I found the coolest "things I want to tell myself" post from the perspective of what praise and advice I would give to my younger college self, and a lot of them were things I don't even remember thinking.
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The Office, 9x10, "Lice"
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Library, I love you: remember when I bought a bunch of blank CDs at a garage sale, then realized I didn't have any cases to put them in once burned? I was contemplating buying 50-cent CDs at other garage sales, but...the library sale room just put a ton of empty jewel cases in their "free" box, both regular and slim-case style.

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Mt. Fandom

A corner of the universe has not been contaminated! and other stories

I am high on Goodreads Ecstasy and haven't been to bed yet (this is like the fifth all-nighter caused by that site), but I'm up to over 950 books on my "read" shelf so maybe I can take a short break.
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From Sunday's batch of checkouts I grabbed the Scrubs soundtrack.  It's pretty much 100% lackluster to terrible music (SO MANY NO-NAME BANDS. NO LADIES.), but as expected, it brings me such a rush of feelings. "Memories" would imply that I ever watched this show in primetime, but...I've been gaining a stronger appreciation for the early seasons lately, and while not all of them trigger recognition, the ones that do rush me right back to the episodes they came from, and it's all very cozy and atmospheric.

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Next on the agenda, I HAVE A DILEMMA:
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Finally, yesterday I learned that Spotify, like any good crack dealer, cuts you off after six months (plenty of time to get good and accustomed to the free streaming model broken up every 3 tracks or so with brief commercials).

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Will facepalm

TIME OUT. INTERVENTION.

thequestionclub is bumming me out. Please, please, please tell me some of you have a history of reading Bill Peet books? If not, please consider educating yourself ASAP. One of his titles popped up when I was entering something else on Goodreads, and I got hit with such an insane nostalgia rush that I immediately requested his illustrated autobiography and hit the library to pull every book they had in stock (which turned out to be half a dozen, but our system appears to own a grand total of 30/37. Not bad.

[digression: just for me, here are the ones the system is missing:]
[edit: DAMN IT. Capyboppy, the only other one I know I haven't read as really excited to read, just got discarded. We also appear to be missing...

-An early book that appears unlike the others, Countdown to Christmas
-How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head, Goliath II, Pamela Camel (ooh, haven't read that one either)...
-NO SUCH THINGS?! Nooooooo I loved that one
-RANDY'S DANDY LIONS?! I KEEL YOU. Awesome circus story, even though it turns out it's a rhyming one and as an adult, I don't find those as engaging as I know I once did.

But on the bright side, that means I can still look at such beloved super-faves as Chester the Worldly Pig (possibly my all-time fave), Ella, Encore for Eleanor, The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock, The Whingdingdilly, Wump World, and Zella, Zack and Zodiac.

And we own Cowardly Clyde, which of course is one of my favorites because it's about a horse, while my brother liked it because said horse was ridden by a knight.]


THESE ILLUSTRATIONS. Even though we only own one, my childhood was loaded with these stories, all checked out multiple times from the library because they're so strong. They're fairly wordy for picture books, which is great as an older reader, but the images are as classic as the Wesley Dennis sketches in Marguerite Henry horse books. Why isn't he as well known as Dr. Seuss? His books are way more awesome than Dr. Seuss books. (OOPS. I mean, honestly, I like some of them, but most of them I find too ridiculously off the wall to be memorable. Peet all the way.)

I honestly cannot fathom a world in which children do not grow up inundated by these books. They spanned 30 years from 1959-1989 and many of them are still in print. Where were your parents, where were your libraries! I'm at the point where I think I need some sort of secondary Goodreads account to comment on all the beautiful picture books I have encountered in my life without massively skewing my 5-star book count.
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Survivor

I call this "being rewarded for being a good person."

Number of requests on Pink's new CD: 43
Number of days it took me to get my hands on it after requesting the "clean" version instead: 3

In less awesome news, what is about The Office that makes the people in my county hoard it like bottled water before a hurricane? First there was the case of the Mysterious Jackass who kept one copy of season 7 a recordbreaking two weeks overdue while another was apparently shipped out via Interlibrary Loan for three weeks (and still came back a couple days late!), and now of the three copies of season 8, two of them are 7 and 8 days overdue, respectively.
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Changing topics -- Survivor was pretty awesome last night!

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girl

I may have a slight problem.

This is a picture of all of the books currently checked out of the library that I need to read in the next 2-3 weeks:

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Meanwhile, I had yesterday free of work! And also today!

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Last but not least: after all of my posts about The Middle, I only just realized I unconsciously took dollsome's advice in the "glee 4x04: the fallout" tag to heart: My solution, of course: bounce right over to another fandom, a happy fandom!, and let it cradle you in its happy fandom arms!
--Excellent work, Life Coach!

Then, as with any Shiny New Obsession Love, I eventually decided to go seeking fanfic. (whatever! normal American family! Maybe I want to apply some ordinary life scenarios to them that a sitcom can't accommodate)

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P.S. As of yesterday, Kym The Dog has lived with us for 14 years. A toast for the aging pupster! Who just the other night decided to casually nose open a cupboard, gingerly pull an unopened sleeve of saltine crackers from an open box she found, and casually walk away with her prize dangling from her teeth. In full view of everyone.
books

Liiiiiiibraries! You know what those are full of?

TREASURE, THAT'S WHAT.

Yesterday, I came home with a boatload of (rented) treasure from the library - you know, one of those days where you just love everything you've checked out and cannot wait to absorb it all into your brain. Behold:

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And then today, we hit the other library for its Big Annual Fall Book Sale. It was huge. Deeply unlike last time, I was CRAZY spoiled for choice. They had more YA than they have ever had - like, I looked with annoyance at a paltry tabletop of useless paperbacks, then turned around and staggered backwards at the sight of a 5-foot shelf full of hardcovers stacked more than 1 row deep, plus about 10 more boxes of YA and middle grade mixed together. I barely had time for the nonfiction. There were even a ton of DVDs going for $1 each, which they've never had before, at least not popular movies and not for under $2.

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In other news, we also went to an estate sale in a townhouse that I didn't even want to enter because townhouse, but it turned out to have interior space everywhere plus a lake view. The sale was advertised as having "100s of camels," and they were not kidding - camels in every size and shape and form, mostly figurines and toys but also anything you can imagine having a camel on it. And there was all sorts of other neat old stuff - unlike I expected; it's been my experience that people who live in townhomes don't have much left, having downsized and given away anything interesting to relatives - including an impala hide.

Have you ever seen an impala hide? Yeah. Unfortunately, unlike the monkey fur muff earlier this summer, I did not get to touch this one because it was next to the case full of jewelry being watched like a hawk and I felt weird. But at least I saw it.