Hello again, Dear Readers. I’m here.

In fact, I’ve been here all along.  I just haven’t been HERE.  You know what I mean.

Sometimes I feel like my life is a series of triages.  I look at the teetering pile of TBR books on my desk, and the size of the pile intimidates me.  So I think … which should I read first, and which ones can wait?  If it’s something I’m reviewing for a magazine deadline, that shoots to the top of the pile.  If it’s something I think I can read quickly (like a graphic novel or a children’s book), that moves it up a couple of spaces.  But meanwhile, some of the lower books on the pile just sit there for months, until I can’t renew them anymore and I just end up returning them so someone else can read them.

It’s kind of the same with anything I create that I think is worth sharing.  I took these pictures / came up with these concepts / thought of a weird or funny or smart idea.  How should I share it?  I used to share things here on this blog, post photos on Flickr, produce podcast episodes, and create blog posts and other social media for my library.  Lately I’ve been less productive, so while I’m still creating content it’s all been going through my library channels instead of those other places.  Which sucks for you, Dear Readers, and I apologize.

There are a few things that I would only share here, though, and those tend to be the more honest things I share.  Some of those are library-related, which ties into the reason I created this blog in the first place.  So today, let’s talk about some library honesty. (more…)

When I was a kid, my family used to take us out to Roosevelt Island once in a while.  Like taking the Staten Island Ferry, it was an inexpensive adventure that would fill up a big chunk of the day.  I don’t remember seeing that much of the island, but I do remember taking the tram both ways and getting to walk around, hang out, and enjoy the view by the water.  I’ve been back several times as an adult, on a walking tour and on my own, and I’ve had a chance to explore more of the island, including the lighthouse, the ruins of the Smallpox Hospital, and Four Freedoms Park.  Since my boyfriend had never been to Roosevelt Island at all, his knowledge consisted of the stories and photos I shared with him, as well as the stories of Nellie Bly spending ten days in a madhouse here, a very creepy story about Jennifer Connelly being haunted by a ghost, Spider-Man having one of his more memorable fight scenes, and that time that Rutger Hauer took hostages on the tram and Sylvester Stallone had to save them.

Since we were both free on Veteran’s Day and the weather was great for walking, we finally decided to visit and make up for lost time.  Most of what we saw was scenic and/or historical.  We did notice an unusual number of signs telling us not to feed the wildlife, but we had no idea that they might be signifying a larger problem.  More on that in a moment.  Anyway, let’s start with the scenic stuff … (more…)

I’ve spent way too much time taking photos of fall leaves this year.  Here are a bunch of pictures I’ve taken over the last month from Manhattan, the Bronx, Roosevelt Island, Yonkers, and the Amtrak Fall Express train!


Earlier this fall we visited the NYS Fair in Syracuse.  Was there enough fried food to make our hearts stop a hundred times over?  Yes.  Was there plenty of other stuff to see?  Also, yes. (more…)

Taking some time to catch up with my photo backlog, here are some food-related pictures from our vacation to Montreal and Quebec City.  Can you smell the maple syrup??? (more…)

There are so many things I want to do, need to do, and promised to do that it’s not even funny.  My list of tasks is being sorted depending on deadlines, and then being re-sorted depending on how serious those deadlines are.

Do I need to put up new posts on my library’s Tumblr feed?  Yes, but I’m the one who self-imposed those deadlines so if I miss putting up posts on the day I originally planned it won’t be the end of the world.

Do I need to get in my magazine reviews?  Yes, because even though I’m not getting paid for them, I’m a professional and I meet my professional deadlines.  Usually.  And … well, I did write back and ask for extra time since I was going out of the country and the latest book they sent me was so big that I could conceivably kill people by beating them over the head with it.  And I was not lugging that thing back and forth in my suitcase.  But, you know, I’m back from Canada and that big book is still waiting for me to finish it.  And review it.

Do I need to finish re-recording some audio for a project I’m doing with my friends?  Yes.  And since it’s a group project and I don’t want to drag other people down, that gets added importance in the triage process.

Do I need to finish reading books / writing reviews for my book committee?  Absolutely.  But we’ve been so understaffed at work lately that my “off the desk” time when I’d usually be catching up on committee work has been pretty scarce.  And what little downtime I have at work has been spent regrouping and decompressing rather than coming up with coherent thoughts.

Do I want to update my website, my Flickr account, and this poor neglected blog?  Do I want to share photos of our visit to Quebec, as well as our visit to the New York State Fair?  Do I want to share thoughts about library programs, and weeding decisions, and dealing with problem patrons?  Definitely.  But everything I need to do is ahead of what I want to do.  And right now, all I can think of is “What needs to be done FIRST?”


Updates at some point, Dear Readers …

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