Friday, October 31, 2008

Day 54 - October 31, 2008 - Halloween

Happy Halloween from all of us!

Jon and I had Sean, Mandy, and Drew over for Halloween Festivities tonight.
We decorated our gourds and pumpkins from Eckert's with these crazy push in eyes and such that my mom sent me earlier this month. My mom always knows how to make our holidays awesome with packages full of goodies. She's been sending me stuff since I went to college.
I love you MOM!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 53 - October 30, 2008

I was so excited when these little beauties appeared in my mailbox this morning.
Yeah, so they didn't exactly "appear" per se but they did come unexpectedly quick.
Yarn Pirate BLF Superwash Sock. (Buy it here!)
They grey one is Smoke and the green Cassiopeia (and its an over dye! so it was cheaper!)

420 yards of pure gooey delicousness each. HMM!
and the best thing about Yarn Pirate??? She has the absolutely most adorable little boy in the whole world. Read her blog. Its worth it almost just for the pictures of her little H. Not to mention the copious yarn pr0n.

Week #9 - YouTube, Podcasts, Media/Book Downloads

Of course I love YouTube

I've posted so many YouTube videos on this blog already

But just to humor you all, I will post another (and maybe this time it will be more educational!).

The thing I really love YouTube for is the educational/DIY type of videos. Obviously some of them are really good and some are horrible but I am almost always able to find what I have been looking for.

Example -

Just a few weeks ago my friend Mandy and I decided we wanted to make crab rangoons for Jon and Sean but we had no idea what we were doing.

So we looked on YouTube and found this video:

It worked like charm. Gai (or Kai in some of his videos) not only gave us a recepie but step by step instructions for making the crab rangoons.

They turned out great!

Podcasts -

Now, I've been subscribing to podcasts on and off for a while. Well pretty much since I got my first iPod about 5 years ago.

Right now I've been listening to Car Talk (from NPR) and the KnitPicks podcast (its knitting!)

And I love them both. They're great for long distances and don't get as messy on my iPod as audio books (which never have all of the tracks right!)

I think podcast would be great for recording special events at the library and sharing them with the public (video podcasts would be even better!) or as a kind of tutorial.

Downloadable Media -


This is my number one greatest wish.

Santa, Please bring me Overdrive that works for Christmas. I promise I'll be good for the rest of the year.

Thank you,


I know its all the fault of Apple/Microsoft/the music and audiobook companies but I feel like we are not reaching a lot of our patrons because its not compatable.

I know there are cheap audio players out there. The $40-ish one offered as a prize for this program for example. But I really don't want something else. I want audiobooks on my iPod that I A) don't have to buy them from iTunes or someone else or B) I don't have to physically upload each CD. I don't mind the short lending period, I don't mind downloading new software, I just want it to work with my iPod.

So Santa, please fulfill my request.

And don't even get me started on MyLibraryDV.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Day 52 - October 29, 2008

Here's the birthday boy!
It's Sean's real birthday today. The party we had on Saturday was preemptive.
I feel bad for forgetting his birthday until we were actually at the Upstream. I made a mental note to call him this morning but obviously I'm pretty forgetful.
Well, Happy Birthday anyway Sean. I hope you had a great day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Day 51 - October 28, 2008

My first real day at Benson was pretty good. No major problems as of yet.
I'll be doing the after school Homework Help program and therefore spending a lot of time with young kids. They are pretty entertaining/fun. I already know some of the regulars.
I think we'll have a great time.