Friday, September 19, 2008

Neville and the Short Pencil Saga

I've been completely off The Drug for two weeks.  Neville seems to be doing mostly ok with this, not many wild twinges or zaps.  My outer fingers are a little puffier and the shiny-skin look is back, but Neville is just bipping along in a mild fashion.  And I'm still a little fog-brained but that's getting better, too.  At least I remember recent conversations now, something I had trouble with a month ago. 

It's been awhile since I've mentioned YouTube.  The danger with YouTube is in the search results.  I may not find what I was looking for but the Related Videos offer so many other possibilities.  An example:  while looking for a video about library bookdrops, something interesting presented itself in Related Videos (not related to bookdrops at all, by the way.)   Pencil Spinning Tutorial - talk about distraction.  This is what I did during part of my 25th-Wedding-Anniversary.  Wouldn't it be cool to be able to do this?  I could compete on America's Got Talent.  Or not, since I haven't yet made it past the ability to do the thumb-spin.  But I'm not giving up.  My husband despairs.

Pencils.  You would not believe how much YouTube time is devoted to pencils.

Who among us has used a short yellow pencil in the library?  Ever wonder how they got there?  Short Pencil Saga takes you on a journey from the forest to the library.

Not the most riveting blog entry, but there it is.  Next time?  Mango Buttercream Icing.  Stay tuned.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Found in the bookdrop...

In library work, processing returned items is a mundane task most of the time. We count the discs in CD and DVD cases to ensure that all are present. We briefly flip through each book to check for damage or personal items like photos.

If you do this task for any length of time, you will notice that there is often a correlation between a book's problem and the subject matter of the book. Things that have come through in the last several years include a number of dog obedience books bearing evidence of a puppy's attention. Books about cockatiels and parakeets have shown up with pecked covers; parenting books have been returned with a ragged corner still moist from its encounter with a teething child.   Kayaking Around the Sound came back so wet it nearly dripped.

We've seen cookbooks with substantial oil splatters and gardening books with leafy matter between the pages.   A novel came back with, believe it or not, a slice of uncooked bacon used as a bookmark.

All of this leads up to a couple of things returned to the bookdrop last week:

1.  A cutting bit from a tile-cutting tool, resting in the middle of Tiling 1-2-3.

2.  $728 cash, nestled within a book about how to stop misplacing things.  Before this book came in, the top cash amount found in a book was a $50 bill.

Libraries.  Stick around long enough and you'll have Tales To Tell, most of them involving a smile.

In other news, I dropped off my first Read And Release book yesterday (a Taylor Caldwell novel) as a member of BookCrossing.  It will be interesting to see how well (or not) this works in Port Orchard.  I may be more successful if I leave books where the moiling masses are, i.e. a Seattle ferry vs the local laundromat.

I still haven't blogged about Cupcakes and at this point probably won't anytime soon.  But I will say that I tried a recipe for Mango Cupcakes with Mango Buttercream.  The cupcake was okay but the icing...whoa...I could eat the icing on its own.  If you like cupcakes, either baking or eating, you might enjoy Couture Cupcakes.  Sometimes she shares her recipes, sometimes she doesn't, but her blog is almost always a good read.  And I learn things unsuspected about the cupcake world - did you know there's an Iron Cupcake competition?  In the most recent one, entries had to contain sweet basil in the ingredient list.  Hmm.  I like sweet basil, but...

Will you look at that!  I blogged about cupcakes, after all.  I'll post the Mango Buttercream recipe next time.  Stay tuned.