Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dr. Horrible!

Yep. Joss Whedon has made a series for the internet. And it stars Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. It is Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. You have to watch it! You can also go to

Soon I Will Be Invincible!

Yes! The best summer book. I bought it on impulse at Border's at their buy one get one half off sale. How could I not? Super heroes, novels, all combined in one package?
It did not disappoint. The super heroes are unique. The villians are genetically wired to try to rule the world. They can't not try. It's called Malign Hypercognition Disorder. How cool is that? It is just too fabulous. It takes all the formulaic nonsense and makes it fresh and interesting and so, so readable. Perfect beach read, cabin read, cave read, mountaintop read. Just go get already! Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Crap! I was fooled into buying an old book in a new package!

Foolish, foolish librarian.  I saw a new Mary Balogh book and though, YEA!  I should have checked the publication date as it was originally published in 1991 and republished in 2008.

The Ideal Wife SUCKS!

Laptop Institute

I'm in Memphis at the Laptop Institute.  So far we have been going to excellent sessions. I'm now on twitter and have many ideas for using technology in the classroom.  I'm totally stoked by all of this info. It has been really great to get to know Judy and Jose and John better.  I'm really looking forward to working with the tech dept. more next year.  

We went to Blue City Cafe for dinner for rib and catfish.  It was interesting, but I think I prefer Louisiana BBQ and gumbo. 8-)

Monday, July 7, 2008

More IPOD Covers and Purses

IPOD Covers:

To the left you can see the little Iphone/Ipod cover that I made for mom. It has a cute ladybug button. I made a plain one for dad. They seem to like them pretty well. I did them in the round, so the fit is a bit tighter, which I like.

This is the green purse body, partially felted. The machine felting didn't do a real good job. I put it through twice. I think I need to do it again with tennis shoes for agitation.

Here are the purse straps before and after felting. The straps felted pretty easily, but the purse bodies were much more difficult.

The photo to the left shows the sari yarn. It is very brilliant and the photo doesn't do it justice. Perhaps I'll get a better camera when my incentive check arrives. 8-)

The purse body I was making with this yarn is done. I just need to stitch it up and then add the strap. It should give over time, they say. So we'll see how it does. I'm really pleased with the yarn though. It does vary in thickness, but overall is easy to work with. There wasn't much in the way of sticks and odd bits of detritus in the yarn, so it was pretty clean.

Summer Book Reads So Far:


I'm off to a big start on summer book reads. I just finished a magazine review of a work book that I loved Librarians as Learning Specialists: Meeting the Learning Imperative for the 21st Century by Allison Zmuda and Violet H. Harada. If you are a school librarian, you must get this book! I liked it so much that I bought five more copies to give to my school directors and the other librarians.

The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead by David Callahan. I'm still waiting to hear all about academics. So far we have been through the history of cheating in America, sports, banking, industry, blah blah blah...blah. Honestly! I don't think I will be able to get through the tedium of all the bad people out there and how we set up systems to encourage bad behavior and then are surprized when people are weak and want to keep their jobs and so they do bad things. Can you say housing market collapse? Really. We have a very bad, perverse culture that values money and status above principles. End of story.


The Android's Dream by John Scalzi. Oooooooh baby! I loved his other book, Old Man's War, and was hoping that this would not disappoint. Yes! A great summer read. SOOOOOO FUNNY! That first chapter is worth the price of the whole book. The plot is zany and believable. The aliens are weird and fully drawn out. The characters have depth and humor and lovely shades of grey that make it more interesting to see what they will do in the end. The plot twists are unexpected and thoroughly enjoyable. The action is well written. It's a joy to read and I highly recommend it.

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn. I listened to this one from and it was fabulous. The reader got the voices just right and really added a depth to the story. I thought at first I would be getting one of your standard Victorian romances with a little mystery thrown in, but this was a full bore, hardcore mystery with just a dash of romance. It opens with the death of Julia's husband, who is sickly to start with. However, a mysterious man comes to see her following his death and he thinks her husband may have been murdered. From that moment on we see a shy and retiring woman develop a backbone and learn to be herself and learn what she wants out of life. It is very well written and has many surprising twists and turns. I even stayed up until 2 am to get it finished. Always the mark of a must read! And there is a sequel....I love it!