In Which I Get An IUD: Part 2

You’ll want to read Part 1 if you haven’t already. I’ve had my IUD for just over two weeks now, and so far so good. Depending on your tolerance/interest in these sorts of things, this post might be a little bit too much information. Consider yourself warned. (Alternatively, if this is not enough information – please just ask me and I will be glad to answer your questions.) Continue reading

Friday Favorites

Catherine enjoys our Flight Delay Gelato

Not quite on time as I’ve been a bit busy with the conference, but this week’s favorite is my friend Catherine, the original Lady Date (TM) companion. We traveled to Anaheim together for the ALA Annual Conference and wound up having to kill quite a bit of time in the Phoenix airport due to a flight delay. We wandered around the maze-like Southwest terminal and spotted a gelato place, which seemed like an excellent way to pass the time.

Friday Favorites

A day late, but I had an unexpectedly full evening yesterday!

In Baltimore, the second Friday of the month is Librarian’s Happy Hour. We meet at Howard’s of Mount Vernon, where the staff are super awesome and accommodating. They have a back room and as long as it’s not been rented out for an event, we just take over, rearrange tables and have it all to ourselves. They’re at the point where if they see a couple of us on a Friday, they bring a stack of plates and flatware back to those tables. Once or twice we’ve even arrived to find the tables all set for us. They have a nice long happy hour, which means you can get drinks and dinner pretty cheap if you’re willing to order off of their appetizer menu. Because they’re so great I always tip really well. Online reviews seem to indicate that a lot of people have trouble with the service when going there for a meal. Can’t speak to that but we have found it to be a great spot for our happy hour.

Yesterday afternoon, my friend Heather invited me to join her for opening night of Foot of Water at Single Carrot Theatre, so she met me at happy hour and then we headed out for that. Single Carrot is a tiny ensemble theatre company that really pushes the envelope. They stage weird and wonderful plays that are truly thought-provoking, and often have many layers to peel back. I’ve seen several of their productions, and while I often find that the descriptions aren’t particularly compelling, it is always, always, always worth going. Foot of Water is a play written by the ensemble that looks at the “sociology of sex” and of ritual. It was intense, weird, somewhat uncomfortable and I’m very glad I went. (Also there’s a really cool set.) We also attended the opening night reception, where we enjoyed some drinks and pizza from Joe Squared. Heather did the costuming for the show, so I got to meet the entire cast, who were all very friendly and seemed great. I really encourage you to go see a production there, and if you can, go on a night when they’re having a post-show reception so you can talk to the cast.

Friday Favorites

Idea stolen from Laura, who has too many blogs for her own good. Just another thing to help me post a little more frequently.

Doing what she does best . . .

This week one of my favorites has to be my friends Catherine & Sean. They were watching Escape Cat, shown here in fine form, while I was away last week. Naturally, as soon as I left she busted out of the building. . . and luckily was rescued by a neighbor who recognized her. Catherine & Sean came by to check on her and instead found a note about where they could find her, and they went and got her back. We won’t talk about her behavior for the rest of the week. Let’s just say she’s going to be boarded the next time I go out of town.

Another favorite? That I am DONE with Anna Karenina, which was the pick for book club this Sunday. This was actually a re-read for me, and now I sort of get why I really didn’t remember anything about it. I probably wasn’t paying attention for most of it. I was mentally done with it about halfway through, soldiered on, took a break and read two other books, and then came back and finally managed to finish it off. Serially written works are not all they are cracked up to be for the modern reader.

We’ll end on a more positive note, with the tiny and impromptu gathering that some friends had at their house on Monday. They’ve got a pool, and the weather was perfect for it. We floated around, drank a little beer, ate a little pizza, and had a fun time. I think I managed to forget to get sunscreen on my chest, and so I now have a very dramatic, plunging (and faint) tan line from those couple of hours. But my red & white polka dot bathing suit is super cute!

Back to your regularly scheduled Seattle trip updates tomorrow!

What's interesting today

American Libraries: Sacramento Public Library unveils award-winning National Library Week campaign
This is totally rad. They got a grant to work on the campaign, which is focused on outreach to the LGBT community. They partnered with some community groups – including Sac City Roller Derby – and got design work from LGBT designers. But what I love most of all about this campaign is the joy that the photos capture. The library is a place where you can come to find whatever it is makes you happy, and we don’t care how you identify yourself. In fact, we consider it none of our business, much like it is none of anyone’s business what you read, unless you choose to tell them.

The Telegraph: Birth of a Book: A tour of Smith Settle’s handmade bookbinding process
If you have two minutes, you have enough time to watch this lovely video about the creation of a special-edition book. For all that we talk about digital these days, I do believe that there is still a place for books like these, which are little works of art.

The Atlantic: The Missing 20th Century: How Copyright Protection Makes Books Vanish
Very interesting chart that shows that right now on Amazon, there are twice as many books published in the 1850s for sale as there are from the 1950s. You can really see the impact of copyright protections here, for better or worse.

North Baltimore Patch: Archdiocese Unhappy About Good Friday Baseball
I’m sorry, but baseball is secular. Since when does the church get to call the shots here?

Harpoon Brewery: Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA
One of the 100 Barrel Series brews from last year is being added to the year-round rotation this month! This was developed by the brewery’s cofounders as a celebration of Harpoon’s 25th anniversary, and it was so popular that they decided to keep it around. Looking forward to trying this one.