For the last few days I’ve been trying to write a blog post in my head.  It was going to be about one of the weirder phone calls I’d received in the last decade, and the blog post was going to have “memory lane” somewhere in the title.  Faceplant on Memory Lane?  I’ve Just Been Dragged Down Memory Lane?  A Surreal Trip Down Memory Lane?  Something like that.  But that phone call was connected to my family, and then another family thing happened the same day, and then there were MORE family updates today … so this is going to end up being a family post instead.

Let’s start with that phone call.


One week ago, we adopted a sweet but shy black kitten who we named Luna.  Since then we’ve had a couple of developments and discovered several things about her:

Luna is a good name for her, but a better name would have been “Ninja.”  She’s really good at hiding in shadows and … everywhere else!

She’s letting us see her more and more often.  Usually she’s running past us as she goes from one hiding place to another.  But sometimes she’ll stop and poke her head out at us.  And sometimes, if she’s hungry enough, we can be in the same room at the same time.  If that room is the kitchen.  My boyfriend got a couple of pictures of her with his phone when she came into the kitchen to eat while he was there:

Luna 1

Luna 2

Luna 3

Luna 4

Luna 5

So, we’re making slow but steady progress.  Onward and upward!

So, Luna spent the first three hours in her new home hiding under the blanket in her carrier.  I knew that if I just waited long enough my patience would eventually be rewarded, and it was when she finally emerged …

Luna Emerges 1

Luna Emerges 2

Luna Emerges 3

Luna Emerges 4

… aaaaand immediately ran under the entertainment center, where she stayed for the rest of the day.  Every few hours my boyfriend or I would lie down on the floor and check to see that she was doing okay and talk to her for a little while.  She was doing fine, but she wasn’t coming out anytime soon.

Luna Under the Entertainment Center

It did remind me, though, that we should have dusted under here beforehand.  My last cat took a day or two to acclimate, and he spent a lot of time in this same spot.

Last night I was watching TV after my boyfriend went to sleep.  It was almost midnight when Luna’s head suddenly poked out from behind my desk.  She looked at me, froze, and then ran back into the library where she went back to her hiding spot.

My boyfriend got up this morning to discover that she’d eaten some of the dry food overnight, so he refilled the dish.  When I got up several hours later (I have today off, and I’m spending it at home), I discovered that Luna was no longer under the entertainment center!  Which means that she’s now hiding … somewhere else in the apartment.

I heated up some leftover chicken for lunch, and I cut up a small portion for her.  I walked around the apartment, going in and out of every room calling her name, making my best universal cat-summoning noises, and waving the chicken back and forth.  Then I put the dish down in the living room, where it’s close enough to me that I can see it but not TOO close.  And now I’m waiting for her to make her next appearance …

ETA: After spending some time wandering around the apartment with a flashlight looking for her, I finally moved the old couch and found her underneath it.  She still isn’t coming out, but at least I know where she is.  I put the chicken nearby, so we’ll see if that gives her any encouragement to come out.  *SIGH*

Since I’m killing time until my next photo op (the cat is now hiding under the entertainment center), I thought I’d look through my camera downloads to see if I had more food photos to share.  It turns out that I did!  These include store-bought stuff as well as some home cooking, including recipes we’ve been making with our new pressure cooker.


This is the ear of our new 8-month old kitten that we adopted this morning.  She’s incredibly shy, according to the woman who’s been fostering her.  When we picked her up she was already hiding under the blanket in her cat carrier.  She stuck her head out exactly once, but it was too quick for me to get a picture.  The rest of the trip she was either totally covered or just her ear was sticking out.

I know this is going to be a big adjustment for her.  The rest of her siblings were all adopted already, and she was the last one left.  I know that she’s incredibly shy, as she still hasn’t emerged from the carrier yet.  But we will be patient, and we are ready to help her adjust as soon as she comes out.  In the meantime, it’s a waiting game …

Oh, and I picked her name, in case you were wondering.  My boyfriend said I could name her, but I threatened to name her Floopsicle and he looked very alarmed.  So I thought about it for a while, and then I suggested that we could go with a flower name (Daisy?  Lily?  Buttercup?) or something from a book (Katniss — get it?  Because she’s a CAT?) or something representing night because she’s a black cat.  And so, Luna it is!

So, stay tuned for more pictures … AFTER she’s ready for her closeup!

Tomorrow a Big Thing is going to be happening, so I thought I’d try to clear through some more recent events first before I report on the Big Thing …

Weird library patron quote of the day: an older man was checking out a stack of DVDs, and he said, “It’s raining out.  Nothing better than to have some scotch and watch a movie.”  I’m not sure what the correct response was supposed to be — was I supposed to say “I agree with you completely”?  Or “I hope you’re not planning on drinking in the library”?

I finished writing that article and sent it in.  Deadlines are my friend, which means that if I have a deadline hanging over my head I will get tasks done.

That being said, sitting down and making phone calls to try to figure out what’s wrong with my new-and-improved security settings on my hacked website is proceeding at MY pace … which means I keep putting it off.  Of course, to get this done, I need to be at home in front of my computer.  Whereas too often I’m at work, getting ready for work, unwinding from work, or spending the energy I have on the stuff that’s under deadline.  And so it goes.

I’ve been working with my Teen Advisory Group on several future blog posts, one tying into that article I just finished (so all of that work could be channeled into several different uses) and one tying into the topic of a meeting I attended this week.  Content, content, content …

I’d checked out a film noir called Ace in the Hole recently because I’d heard great things about it, and it really was amazing.  Billy Wilder made this after Sunset Boulevard (which I also love), but this one was not well-received when it first came out.  I’m not an enormous Kirk Douglas fan, but he was very well-suited to the part of a newspaperman who will do anything to claw his way back to the top of his profession.

Ace in the Hole

The dialogue was AWESOME, and I laughed out loud at a lot of phrases that were antiquated, over the top, SUPER-manly, or all of the above.  Lines like:

I don’t go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.

I met a lot of hard-boiled eggs in my life, but you – you’re twenty minutes.

When they bleached your hair, they must have bleached your brain, too.

I also learned some memorable trivia on IMDB about several of the actors in this film.  On Jan Sterling:

On a never-aired game show pilot called “Talking Pictures”, Jan revealed that when her dramatic studies ended in London, she traded her ticket for her flight home for passage on a steamship, in order to use the difference to purchase some lingerie. The original ticket was for The Hindenburg. Thus, she claimed that fancy lingerie saved her life.

And on Iron Eyes Cody, who played the uncredited role of Indian Copy Boy:

He was the man who played the Indian that sheds a single tear for a blighted American environment in “Keep America Beautiful” ads that ran from 1971 into the 1980s.

which is especially important in conjunction with …

Iron Eyes Cody was born Espera or “Oscar” DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy. In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from “DeCorti” to “Corti” to Cody, and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American.

That sound you hear is my head exploding.

Oh, and this movie also included one of the strangest “goofs” I’ve ever seen listed on IMDB:

Rattlesnakes will not eat bubble gum, in or out of the wrapper.

Okay, that’s all for now.  Photo updates soon.  News about the Big Thing also soon.

I had a couple of days off, and in that time:

I made some (okay, a LITTLE) progress on that article that’s due by the end of the week.

I worked on my website troubles but didn’t actually fix them.  I’ve hit a couple of dead ends, which mean that the technical people might not be able to fix my problems.  So I might have to rebuild my podcast and website … from scratch … which will totally suck :(

I read a few books — Audacity by Melanie Crowder (awesome poem-format historical fiction), Displacement by Lucy Knisley (poignant graphic-format memoir in the vein of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast), My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (a poignant friendship / romance / tearjerker story), and The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi (gripping and paranoia-inducing).

And speaking of paranoia-inducing, I also watched some TV, including Citizenfour, which made me want to unplug all of my electrical appliances and never leave my apartment again.  I saw episode 5 of The Jinx, which almost made me fall off of my chair at the big reveal.  My boyfriend was watching with me, and he turned to me after the reveal and said, “I just got CHILLS!”  That was Sunday night, and then on Monday morning I woke to learn that there was a new article in the New York Times about the Durst case that referenced what we’d learned the night before.  Yikes!!!

Monday was my boyfriend’s birthday, and I had taken the day off to go shopping for cool and fancy things.  I went on a SOHO/NOHO shopping spree, where I went to Uniqlo to go clothes shopping for myself, then to Pearl River Mart for some unusual birthday gifts, then to Whole Foods for ingredients for Tuesday night’s dinner, then to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken for Monday night’s dinner.  I went a little nuts in the food department …

Blue Ribbon Fried ChickenYeah, so some of that was going to carry over into Tuesday.

Oh, and BTW, the food was very good here, and the sauce selection was AMAZING (chipotle honey being a personal favorite!)  But the chicken wasn’t quite as good as the chicken at Root & Bone which was, like, TRANSCENDENT.  To be fair, Root & Bone is a sit-down restaurant and Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is an upscale “order and pay at the counter” place.  They’re within walking distance of each other, though, so you can sample both and compare for yourself!

So today I caught up with several loads of laundry and then I did some cooking.  My boyfriend is a fan of lamb but I’m not, so I try to make it for him a couple of times a year and then arrange a dinner alternative for myself.  I made a Garlic Braised Lamb Roast for him (with some of those extra BRFC side dishes) while I had sushi.

After dinner we had dessert, I watched the latest episode of The Voice, and then I tooled around online for a while.  I caught up on work / email / committee stuff and also browsed around on Tumblr.  Which is how I found several library-themed Tumblrs like I Freaking Love Libraries, Vintage Libraries, and When a Librarian … [ETA: Oops — and I almost forgot Librarian Problems!]

It’s also how I stumbled across The New York Times Tumblr called The Lively Morgue.  It showcases just a fraction of the millions of pictures from the NYT archives, many (most?) of which were never used in the paper.  I’ve found a bunch of photos that are really cool (just a few of my favorites), and several of the pictures have led me to discover some fascinating stories.  Be forewarned … that Tumblr is kind of a black hole of browsing.

I’m sorry, and you’re welcome!

Tomorrow I go back to work, so I’ll be getting back in my “regular” routine again soon.  Stay tuned for lots of pictures I’ve taken recently that I still need to upload.  And yes, they’re mostly NYC pictures and food pictures.  How did you ever guess???


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