The last few days I’ve felt compelled to do some kind of 2011 wrap-up post, but at the same time I didn’t want it to be a long, rambly rehash. I started off with a few random statistics, and then I saw a couple of people post list-style updates. Seemed like a good idea. So, without further ado:

Bouts Officiated: 21 (5 expos, 8 regulation, 7 sanctioned, and one Men’s Roller Derby Association bout)

Zipcar Rentals: 11

Trips to Target: 11 (5 of which were in the last two months of the year, oy)

Amazon.com Orders: 28

Foursquare Badges Unlocked or Leveled Up: 22

Dailymile Workouts: 76

Albums Purchased: 14, plus a few stray singles

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The Nutcracker

As some of you may have already seen, Danielle and I went to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker today at the Lyric. It’d been a very, very long time since I’d seen this, and I really enjoyed it. The strength, agility and grace of the dancers just astounded me. The costumes were beautiful, and of course there was a corps of kids from a local ballet school involved in the performance. There’s another show on Sunday at 1pm, so if you’re interested, check it out. Our matinee today was not sold out, so I imagine there are probably some seats available at tomorrow’s show.

What really stood out for me, as I imagine is the case for many people, were the dancers who performed the Arabian Dance. They’re a duo who are trained in acrobatics as well as ballet, and they did amazing things that just looked like no big deal. Here’s their performance from The Nutcracker today, enjoy!

What's interesting today

Simmons GSLIS InfoLink: How to Get the Most Out of Library School
Oh look, an article I was interviewed for this summer is out. And not only am I the lead interviewee but the featured photo on the InfoLink homepage. Woah.

Wired.com Epicenter: Amazon’s Kindle Gets a Library Card
Kindle users can now borrow e-books from libraries that use Overdrive (the system most libraries use to lend e-books). Kindle users, please go check it out. Sounds like they have done a nice job integrating the Kindle features you’re used to.

The Chronicle: Women’s Colleges Try New Strategies for Success
Interesting for those of us who’ve been affiliated with a women’s college.

Looking forward to 2010

Based on the 2009 recap you can probably guess what some of my 2010 goals are without even reading this. But I’m doing it anyway, mostly for myself. This year it’s a shorter list, as some of the things from last year (changes in how I’m eating and things like that) are just how I do things now.

More Mid-Atlantic travel
Too bad Mobile, AL isn’t the Mid-Atlantic, because I’m going there next month! Maybe this year I will try to talk some folks into a trip to Annapolis or something.

Start learning how to use my D40 in manual mode
Still trying to figure out the best way to do this. I’m hoping a summer session class at Notre Dame might be a possibility. We’ll see.

I didn’t knit much this year, partially because I got a sewing machine in the spring and was using that a bunch, and partially because I had two sweater projects that both stalled out. But I think Mom was hoping for another pair of socks for her birthday, and one corner of my living room is dedicated to yarn. So I’m going to try and focus on smaller projects that are finished more quickly, and don’t have the issues of “does this fit and does it look good?” that a sweater has.

See Foxie Renard in action!
Last year some other things came up, and in the end I didn’t make it up to Providence to see Foxie skate. This year, however, I am going to make it happen. And I need to take a flight on Southwest by July in order to get a free round-trip, so this seems like a perfect excuse.

Go on a freakin’ date.
Hello, Internet dating. Nice to see you again (I think?).

A Day in the Life

So last week, there was this whole Day in the Life of a Library thing happening that I had no idea about until I saw a couple of librarians posting on it last week. I haven’t been doing much that’s very exciting lately, but on Wednesday I thought that I would keep track of what I did and post it. This week I have actually pretty busy, but that’s partially because I was out on Thursday and Friday, and partially because the head of my department is pulling together our annual report, and needed various writeups from us by Friday. Continue reading

Greening Ally: Back in the day

In the last few weeks I have found myself thinking, and starting to do, a lot of things to live my life more sustainably. (I wish “sustainable” wasn’t such a buzzword right now, then maybe I wouldn’t sound so precious saying that.) As I thought about sharing my experiments and experiences in this forum, I found the well-trained (semi-) journalist in me wondering why. Why have I been thinking so much about what I consume (edibles and non-edibles) and the waste that’s generated by consuming it? How much influence is the media having on me as I think about these issues and make these new choices? Why am I so much more focused on this now, nearly 5 years after leaving a job at what was, at its core, an environmental advocacy group*?  This couldn’t have come out of nowhere, so when were the seeds planted? What’s the context?

That brought me back to the beginning. So, travel in space and time with me to idyllic Douglas, Massachusetts, in the 80s and 90s. Check out the satellite and take a gander at how green it is. (Wait, Google street view has been to my tiny little hometown? What?) That’s where I grew up, in a house with a few acres encompassing a huge backyard, a front yard that could fit at least three Baltimore rowhomes, and a patch of woods leading back toward the Mumford River.

Looking back at it now, my family did a lot of things that would be considered “green” today. But the reasons why we did them were driven by frugality and a DIY ethos (one that my Dad and grandad would probably never in a million years refer to in that way). After all, it’s cheaper to fix and make things yourself, and to not buy a lot of expensive stuff when something cheaper will do the job just the same.

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