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Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:29 pm

 Today I had my first truly negative experience with a patron. The children's department I work in has a display up to celebrate Banned Books week, a week that recognizes books that have been challenged by people for various reasons throughout the years. The display is pretty simple - it's one shelf that has a list of the top 10 banned books of all time and three posters displaying the covers of various titles. It's so small compared to other displays that I don't even notice it half the time.

Anyway, today two girls came up to me to ask about finding something. They were with their mother and before they could even ask me whatever it is they wanted to know, she sort of pushed them aside and said she didn't want them speaking to me. They left and she started yelling, and I mean seriously yelling, about the banned books display. She didn't like that her children could so easily be exposed to words like "sex" and "homosexuality." The kicker is that her two daughters were at least 9. In fact, I'd say one could easily have been in middle school. Unless they're being homeschooled, I don't see how they couldn't know these words! It was so bad, that I actually went and found my boss for support. You could hear her bitching at my boss from all over the place - she was so scary. She ended up leaving in a huff after we refused to take down the display and who knows if she'll actually try to complain to our director or not. I'm still shaken up. I mean I'd thought I'd had bad patrons before, but they were nothing like this. Something working with the public just kind of sucks :( It's hard to encounter such negative, ignorant people and not want to say something to them. Having to be polite to them is frustrating!

Current Location: Work
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Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:17 am Wedding Pictures

If you're bored, check out the pictures from the wedding I was just in!

http://umichigan.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2265913&l=3dc90&id=2225876

I need more people I know to get married - it's fun to get all pretty once in a while :)

Current Location: Work (in Milford today)
Current Mood: blahblah

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Jun. 21st, 2007 06:08 pm I F**king Hate Cars

So for those of you who don't know, I just got another part-time job in Milford, MI (in addition to my job in Canton). To celebrate at least working full-time now, I FINALLY decided to get a new car. But I've been trying to be smart about it. I've been comparing different prices and models online and was going to go talk to dealers tomorrow and Saturday to haggle for prices. 

After the numerous problems I've had with my Dodge Intrepid (including the air conditioning going just as summer rolled around), it was time to upgrade. I figured I could handle driving it a little more through June, however . . .

. . . BIG MISTAKE! I should mention that Milford is about 45 minutes from where I live in Ann Arbor. I don't really mind because I like driving, but today it proved problematic. When I tried to leave work the car started fine, but when I tried to back out of my parking space it was immediately clear that it wasn't going to happen. A nice patron (who was also driving a Dodge) leaving the library heard the noise and could smell my car and, immediately recognizing the problem, came over to explain that my driver's side tire rod was shot. I should further mention that this same tire rod had just been repaired in the past month for about $500!!!!! I'm so pissed I could scream. Thankfully my mom was off work today and is going to be able to pick me up and give me a ride home. 
 
So yeah, I'm more writing this to blow off some steam, but really I just want to cry. I'm so frustrated and all I wanted to do was go home and relax with what time I have left in my too short weekdays. I know feeling sorry for myself doesn't help, but I don't know how to turn off my panicky, anxious self. Apparently I just need to move somewhere where I can walk to my job, because I seriously can't stand dealing with cars. 

Do you think I'm better off just buying a new car over the weekend from the first dealer I see? I know that I want a Chevy Cobalt, but I have always heard that buying right away is bad :(

If any of you have any advice, I'd love to hear it . . .

Current Location: Milford Public Library
Current Mood: irateirate

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Jun. 12th, 2007 07:59 pm Apparently I'm Old Lol

I work Tuesday nights and that's when the teen librarian has her volunteers come in. They're pretty helpful girls and have been great at organizing our summer reading materials, but man do they have the dumbest conversations lol. They're talking about guys (shock, I know), but also going on about how outgoing/not outgoing they are. One girl has changed her mind on everything she says if her friend disagrees.

Anyway, what's important is that they were trying to figure out how to call their parents to get picked up from the library. They're in my office and I could tell they didn't know how to dial out from the phones here. So one of the girls notices me and whispers to her friend (if you can call it whispering), "Just go ask the woman over there . . ."

The girl approaches me and is all, "Excuse me, mam?"

It was awful and she seemed intimidated by me! How old do I look for goodness sake?! I'm not even 25 yet lol. Even the little kids I deal with call me miss or lady lol. I'm surprised it got to me, but wow - I sure felt old lol!

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Gossipping Teenage Girls

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Nov. 27th, 2006 08:24 pm I'm a "Mommy"

Nisha and I got a kitty, Nisha and I got a kitty!!! She's a 10-month-old, former stray and we just picked her up from the Humane Society today :)!!! She is missing part of her tail, but is still the cutest thing ever. I swear I don't know how I'm going to get anything done now. She's so affectionate and I just want to cuddle with her all day lol. I'll inundate you all with pictures as soon as I get a change!!!

Current Mood: happyhappy

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Nov. 22nd, 2006 10:46 am Always a bridesmaid . . .

So my best friend from high school, who I haven't spoken to since this past August, called me up last night and told me she had just gotten engaged and that she wanted me to be her maid of honor! As I love weddings I said yes, but I feel bad given how little I've seen of her recently. I've only even met her fiance once for god's sake! She's so excited though, that we've already been poring over online bridal catalogs to look at potential dresses. Tentatively, she'd like her bridesmaids in something like this (that color and style):



Given that my waist is nowhere near as small as this model's, I'm not sure if this would be a good match for me, but it looks like I'll be trying it on come Friday lol. I guess I should be happy that this is actually pretty and not one of those taffeta monstrosities I've heard so much about :)

While I'm excited for my friend, I have to say that too many people I know are getting married. I've already been in one wedding for a friend from high school, gone to another's, and know of several people who are engaged or married currently. I'm starting to feel like an old maid, and I'm not even close to being 25 yet!!! I keep reading about how people are getting married later and later in life given our longer lifespans and the fact that many women want to settle into careers first. Apparently, I don't know any of these women though lol! Pretty soon, I'll be the only single girl left in my group of friends!!! Sigh . . .

Current Location: My apartment - no class today!!!!
Current Mood: amusedamused

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Jul. 28th, 2006 01:47 pm I've missed you guys!

I feel bad for not having posted in ages, so I thought I'd update about myself if anyone cares :o)

I'm sad to report that all I've basically been doing this summer is working. Yep, no trips even to somewhere close by like Cedar Pointe (although I hope to get there before the summer's finished). It's not to say that I haven't been enjoying my jobs though.

Being a children's librarian is something I'm enjoying a lot more than I expected to. All the kids I see are a lot of fun and definitely have a better time in the library than the college students I'm used to working with. I know it helps that they're coming to the library for crafts instead of homework, but their enthusiasm makes me forget sometimes. Anyway, my boss carries her camera around with her quite a bit, so I've recently ended up with a lot of pictures from programming I've worked on since June. If you're interested you can check out some of the ones I liked that she sent me.

Here I am before the big summer reading registration kick-off. All the librarians (I do like being called a librarian even if I am only technically an "intern" at this point) got these really dorky shirts that say "Read to Succeed" but I loved it. The Canton Public Library has so much money to spend on programming that they also even brought in amusement for the kids. Paws from the Detroit Tigers was there, along with Ronald MacDonald, and then just a regular clown! 



And this past week I got to come up with my own story-time/craft program for some 1st-3rd graders. While it made me ridiculously nervous to have my boss taking pictures during my program, it's been amusing for me to see what I look like interacting with the kids!

So here's me reading one of my favorite childhood books: Animalia. If you've never seen this book, you have to check it out. The illustrations are amazing and it's still tons of fun trying to find all the hidden images the author/illustrator sticks in throughout his book. Thankfully, I had really responsive kids who had a blast trying to help me find all the pictures!



I tried to give my program a theme, so after the story we made our own animals out of toilet paper rolls. It was more challenging for the kids than I intended, but I discovered that they really do seem to just enjoy the process of making something rather than their finished product (note the little boy who decided to make funny glasses instead of the dog he was working on lol)!



I hope you enjoyed this peak into my summer. I'm sorry for not writing more - I'm going to try and change that since I miss keeping in better touch with all my LJ friends! I want to see pictures from you guys too if you get a chance :)

Hope you're enjoying your summers!

Current Location: Home - waiting until 3:15pm to head out to work
Current Mood: contentcontent

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Mar. 26th, 2006 01:18 pm Fun with SI people

Okay, so as the semester is winding down I have to say grad school is no longer completely depressing me. Classes are still pretty stressful, but I've made lots of nice friends and enjoyed experiences I wouldn't normally imagine doing. It's weird how much I've changed in a few short months, but I wouldn't have it any other way :)

Alternative Spring Break, Feb.-March 2006: I spent my week working at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History


I processed a collection of photo negatives. This rare instrument dealer in NYC (Jacques Francais) took 1000's of pictures of his instruments while he was alive so people could one day compare various wood grains and see if that old violin in the attic wasn't really a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, a week was hardly enough time to make a dent in his collection!


At least I had time to go out with people too :) These are my spring break roomies, who are also all first-year SI students. This is us at the ESPN Zone, which was right across the street from our hotel. If I look particularly happy to you, it's because I'm about to chow down on a cheesburger - something I hadn't eaten in at least seven months. I figured I'd earned it after walking non-stop around the DC area.


And, finally, being at SI has given me a chance to practice my "dancing" skills further, although I use the term loosely. Really, I more just sway around to the music and try not to look too much like an idiot. My best friend Nisha, who was on crutches for various soccer-related injuries still managed to look better than me. Oh well though, I had fun just being able to dress up all pretty :) I felt bad for Rackham (the U-M department that hosted this dance night for grad students). Not many people turned up, and those that did more enjoyed the free food than the opportunity to "get down" with fellow classmates!

Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Benz Silence

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Mar. 12th, 2006 02:15 pm Thanks for posting the fun quiz, Dave :)

You Are Dr. Pepper

You're very unique and funky, yet you still have a bit of traditionalism to you.
People who like you think they have great taste... and they usually do.

Your best soda match: Root Beer

Stay away from: 7 Up

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Feb. 12th, 2006 01:29 pm SI Revue 2006

For those of you who haven't heard me stressing about this for a month, I'll start with some brief background info. My school offers an alternative spring break program to students that gives us a chance to work in well-respected "information" institutions for a week (I'm hoping to end up at the Smithsonian or the Library of Congress). Anyway, in order to do this, some serious fundraising is required. One aspect of fundraising was an SI talent show that family, friends, profs, and even the dean came to. I got roped into doing an Indian folk dance with some other girls, which was terrifying considering I've never been on a stage for anything other than playing an instrument. My group ended up having to go last, and I didn't think I was going to survive the stage fright. But I did it! I got through it and didn't make an ass of myself lol. I'm in such a good mood that I thought I'd share some of the pictures from last night. Nisha's little sister actually has some of my group dancing, so I'll put those up as soon as I get them.

Here I am with some of the performers in my group and other SI friends at Madras Masala for a dinner after our dress rehearsal:


And here are some after we all survived dancing!

I'll post more photos later, but I had to put something up while I was still in an excited, happy mood :o)

Current Mood: giddygiddy

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