Halloween 2016

I’m not a big fan of Halloween, but I admit that dressing up can be fun… as long as the costume is within reason.  I stopped dressing up and going out for Halloween when I was ten, but in recent years have dressed up either for work or handing out candy.

This year, it’s both.

I normally have Mondays off, but I was asked if I could fill in for someone who was taking the day off.  Of course I said yes!  I mean, I love my job, so of course I’ll even work on my day off.

I was told when I first started that we get to dress up for Halloween if we wanted to, so remembering that I started to think of what I’d wear to work.  I wanted to go in a Ravenclaw uniform, since all I needed to complete my costume was the Ravenclaw robe, but I wasn’t able to afford it.

I had also considered wearing my Grinch onesie before that, but decided it’d be too hard to go to the bathroom and the outfit might be too hot.  Then I thought about going as Louise from Bob’s Burgers, but again, no money to buy the costume in time.  So what did I do?

I, a Ravenclaw through and through, went as a Gryffindor student.

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Why?  Because I still have my Gryffindor robe from forth grade and so my costume didn’t cost anything… that’s why.

It was fun to see my coworkers dressed up as well.  Between those of us who dressed up, we had a classic witch, a Hogwarts student (me), GI Jane, characters from Stranger Things, Snow White and an Airbender.  I have to say that the Airbender costume was my favorite of the day.

So I might not like Halloween that much, or really at all, but there is some fun to be had when you are allowed to dress up in costume at work.

Now I get to hand out candy, and eat whatever’s left of it.

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Bookworm Problems (v. 1)

I often finds things related to being a bookworm that can be sort of a problem.  Most of the time it’s little things that others might not understand if they’re not a bookworm themselves.  However, I know plenty of people who love to read and I’m sure they, and many others, can sympathize with these common problems we face as readers.

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Bookworm Problems:
  1. Forever torn between “this edition is cheaper” and “this edition is so pretty I might cry”
  2. Wanting to buy multiple books, but only having enough money for one.
  3. Buying a new book and having to rearrange your entire bookshelf.
  4. Reading slumps.
  5. The frustration that occurs when you don’t really remember what happened in the previous book but you don’t want to reread it before continuing the series
  6. When you’re going somewhere and you’re like “should I bring one more book in case I don’t feel like reading the other three?”
  7. Giving a book only 3 stars on Goodreads just because 3 ½ stars are not an option and 4 stars would have been a lie.
  8. Continuing to read a book you’re not digging, but you’re too stubborn to give up on it.
  9. When people are talking to you while reading and you have to reread the same sentence more than 5 times.
  10. Wanting to re-read a book/series you love every time you see a fan post about it but having so many other books to read that haven’t been read yet.
  11. Only buying the first book in a series because you don’t know if you’ll like it or not, but then not wanting to read it because you’re worried you’ll actually really like it and not be able to afford the rest.
  12. Buying multiple books then getting home and not being able to decide which one to read first.
  13. When the covers of a book series changes and then you have mismatched covers sitting on your bookshelf… taunting you.
  14. Movie/TV show covers.
  15. Stickers that won’t easily peel off the cover of the pretty book you just bought.

Okay, so I’m going to stop there.  Trust me, I could easily keep going, but I’ll save that for another time.  Out of the ones here I’d have to say the most annoying ones are the movie covers and my stubbornness to keep reading a book I clearly don’t like.  That’s really just a bad habit that needs to be stopped.

Which of these 15 problems bother you the most?

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Libraries Are Important

I’ve heard from time to time people saying that libraries are becoming a thing of the past; that eventually they won’t be around anymore.  Why should we keep funding them?

Well, first of all… because I work at one (wink).

Also, libraries are important.

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Libraries aren’t just for checking out books and reading them… I mean, yes, that is something most patrons do when they go to the library (myself included), but they provide other services to the community that you can’t find anywhere else.

  • Patrons who do not have a computer for whatever reason can use the public computers to check emails, paystubs, print out files, apply for jobs… and well, do just about anything you can do on a computer that is appropriate.
  • Patrons who have laptops or tablets, but no wifi at home can come and use the library’s wifi.
  • Teens who go participate in programs offered by the library aren’t out getting into trouble.
  • Study areas are available for students when they don’t have any other place to concentrate on their work, especially in the summer.
  • Most libraries offer passes for bus trips to museums and other educational and historical places at discounted rates.
  • Programs offered for children, teens and adults allow you to meet new people with similar interests.  Plus, they’re free.
  • Microfilm machines are typically available to look up old newspaper articles for personal or educational research.
  • Rooms can be ‘rented’ out for meetings (as long as the building has a designated meeting room).

And of course the fact that book and movies can be checked out saves a struggling family some money because they don’t have to go out and buy that book or movie.

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I think this picture pretty much sums it up.

I’ll say it again… libraries are important.  It’s also important that our communities support our local libraries.  Donate.  Volunteer.  Use their services.  Participate in their events.  Anything you do to help the library matters.

Because libraries matter.

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Our Fur Babies

It’s been three years too long since my mom and I have had cats.

We planned on getting them last year when we moved into our current home because cats are allowed there, but we never ended up getting them.  Finally, a few weeks before we took our Vermont vacation my cousin told us about her friend whose cat just had kittens.  My mom got in touch with her and now we have two precious little furballs that are two months old.

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For the first time I can remember we did not name them right away.  We had some ideas based off pictures we got of them when they were 3 weeks old, but they looked a little different when we got them home.  So for the first day we didn’t have names for them and kept playing around with different names.  I was torn between two for the little orange kitten and my mom had a nice long list for the black kitten.

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I finally chose Theodore (aka: Theo) due to the fact that he’s shy and his longer hair makes him look a little chunky, and it reminded me of Theodore off Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Plus he tends to copy what his brother is doing.  His full name is Theodore Thomas (you know, for when he misbehaves).

My mom named our little black kitten Charlie.  She chose it originally because she loves the Peanuts gang, but we’ve decided his full name is Charles Reagan.  We still call him Charlie Brown at times and it works because if you think about it, the kittens probably hear us talking like the adults in the Peanuts show (wha-wha-wha).

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During the course of trying to name them, my mom happened to look up the word ‘cat’ in Hungarian and considered naming Charlie “Macska” (much-ka).  Obviously, it didn’t stick, but now we keep calling them ‘macskas’ when they’re in hiding or getting into some kind of trouble.

All I can say is that I’m very happy to have cats again and love these little guys we’ve been blessed with.

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33 Things That Make Me Happy

I’ve seen a few other bloggers do this sort of post as part of a tag or the #100daysofhappy and it just seems like an encouraging thing to do.  Even if it’s not directly encouraging toward the readers, it still throws out some positivity into the world.

I like that.

So today I’m going to post 33 things that make me happy.  They might just be current things going on or things that will always put a smile on my face.

things that make me happy

  1. My library job
  2. Chilly mornings
  3. The smell of rain in the air
  4. Fall/Autumn
  5. Reading a really good book
  6. Clean sheets
  7. Salted caramel hot chocolate from Dunkin’
  8. Jamming to music on long car rides
  9. Kittens
  10. Dancing while cleaning
  11. Freshly mowed grass
  12. Getting coupons in the mail
  13. A good photo session
  14. Libraries
  15. When my online order arrives in the mail
  16. Making carrot cake cupcakes with my mom
  17. Warm oatmeal cookies
  18. Ice cream
  19. Random silliness with my best friend
  20. Coffee and donuts from The Whole Donut
  21. Walks with my mom
  22. Watching football games with my dad
  23. Early mornings
  24. Spending hours in a bookstore
  25. Lazy, rainy days
  26. Homemade soup when I’m sick
  27. Family cookouts
  28. Organizing my room (it gets messy easily)
  29. A good sermon/bible study that really hits home
  30. The smell of cookies baking
  31. Bookstagram
  32. Being able to help someone and make them happy
  33. Surprising people

All these things, plus more that I couldn’t think of yet, make me happy and appreciate the little things in life.  I hope this will just spread some positivity to everyone out there and maybe inspire some of my fellow bloggers to try out a ‘things that make me happy’ post.

What are some things that make you happy?

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