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Life's been a bit more chaotic than usual lately.

FenCon prep, what little of it there was. Coming down sick just before the con. Being sick afterwards, and dealing with sick kids. [livejournal.com profile] selenite's mom visiting, and having time with the grandkids. Etc. I'm hoping to have things settle down a BIT now, and get back to the rich online life I was having, interspersed with the busy local life. Which is getting busier - Wednesday nights at church are back up and going for the kids, Maggie has dance on Thursday, we've been entreated to start coming back to ORAC stuff, etc. And of course the sheer busy wonder that is baby Alanna.

Today I am tackling a goal I've had for some weeks. I've been checking LOTS of knitting books out from the library - many through Interlibrary Loan. (Which you can request ONLINE now, at least in my area. Bwahahaha. Dance, my puppets, DANCE!) I've been reading and sending some back, but have realized I ought to do better than that, and I want to write up little informal reviews of each of them. I will put them up here, but also in the Knitting Book Talk forum on Ravelry. Hopefully this will be a helpful resource for other knitters, and also useful for me to go back and read over and recall just WHERE that cool glove pattern was from, and such.

At some point after this is done, I'd like to get back to being online and actually getting to chat with people. That'd be nice... although everyone will have to be patient with me and my much-interrupted life. Nursing at the keyboard works better for reading than typing.

Ooooh! Mail just came. A BOX. For me. Sterzings I will have to find time later WITH NO KIDS. Mine mine MINE. They wouldn't properly appreciate them. Well. Maggie might. But it'd be a clear case of the Shrimp Principle[1], as discovered by my grandparents.

[1]They urged my dad [livejournal.com profile] rlseiver and my uncle to try shrimp. Got them to really like it. Then they realized - wait, now they needed to buy shrimp for 4, not 2. This caused budget problems.
celticdragonfly: (Library)
Okay, okay, I'm giving in to the peer pressure here. There's this SF series, about this Harry Dresden guy. I've never read any of it, but I've heard friends being quite excited about it. And there's a TV show? Probably been canceled already, if it was any good. It's the repeated references to a costumed Harry Dresden in the FenCon Cabaret that we missed that have finally driven me over the edge - I don't know what the guy looks like or what the fuss is all about.

So - what are these books? What's the first one I should start with? I'll put in a library request once somebody tells me. [livejournal.com profile] joyeuse13, you're up to date on these, aren't you?

(And why am I still up this late when I should be in bed?)
celticdragonfly: (Library)
Okay, I'm disturbed. There's a bunch of stuff on my library account that I did not check out. When I called Southwest Regional, they report they were checked out at Summerglen - I've never even BEEN there. They're closed today, I need to call tomorrow.

Something like this happened a few weeks ago, but it was stuff checked out at Southwest Regional the same day as I'd checked out stuff, and I figured they just forgot to scan the next card. I called and they fixed it. I hope this one gets cleared up. Very disturbing.
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As may have been obvious from my previous entry, we are working on cataloging more of our library into Readerware. Some time back we had a big work party and did just about all the fiction - there are still piles of "problem children" in each section of the alphabet, stuff without ISBNs that I have to manually enter. I've cleared those for the paperback A's, B's, and C's. Mostly tonight I'm working on adding in more of the nonfiction, which we'll be shelving by Dewey Decimal numbers.

I am enough of a book geek that it makes me VERY happy to be doing this. To me, this is getting the house more organized and under better control. Others may not see it that way - but [livejournal.com profile] selenite and I do, and we're happy together.

It's up to 1,457 so far.

It's rather interesting, seeing what comes by in non-fiction, the rather specialized books that [livejournal.com profile] selenite has. It can sometimes be pretty clear what belongs to whom. History of Warfare, and A Natural History of Love - not hard to figure out which is whose, is it?
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I got my library card renewed today!

Sounds like no big deal, but it was. I *love* my Fort Worth library card. It lets me use their website - and the FtW Library website is totally... (tries to think of a more family appropriate term than the one I use in my head)... my faithful servant. I request books from all over, they deliver them to the branch I like, I go pick them up at the desk. Considering that Jamie in a stroller can reach books from both sides, wandering through the stacks just does not work for me.

Anyway, I am not a Fort Worth resident, and didn't find out that the Saginaw library is not part of the Fort Worth system, like most of the other little towns around Fort Worth, until after we'd bought this house. So I had to spend several months checking out books at random from Saginaw's library and bringing them back to prove I was trustworthy, then get them to give me a TexShare card, then use that to get a nonresident (yet free) Fort Worth card.

So the website was no longer letting me renew, telling me it was expiring. Last week I went to try to renew. They wanted a new TexShare card, as that was also expired. I was worried I was going to have to start the whole process over again. I went back to the Saginaw library, and fortunately they were willing to renew my Saginaw card and give me a new TexShare card with no fuss. So today after lunch with [livejournal.com profile] selenite, I went back down to my preferred branch of the Fort Worth library and got my card renewed.

So, time for another orgy of book requesting. Bwahahaha. (Yes, I still have a whole SHELF full of books already checked out. So what?)

Hm, I'm about due for another mini-research-binge. Although I suppose the pile of Buffy books so I can try to understand the backstory for [livejournal.com profile] cadhla's Martin's Passage fics sorta counts. But I should find a more serious nonfiction subject to go after soon.
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So a lot of this weekend has revolved around Cataloging Our Library.

That was the plan, it's turned out more to be cataloging significant portions of our library.

[livejournal.com profile] kd5mdk and [livejournal.com profile] jazz007 came up very late Friday night, and then we stayed up entirely too late after that chatting with them. Saturday morning after breakfast I picked up [livejournal.com profile] sandy_tyra, Rhiannon, and Shawn. We started out at it, starting with the paperback fiction, which got scanned, uploaded, checked, stickered with a star, alphabetized, and put on the shelves. More than 1000 paperback fiction books, not counting the "problem children", the ones without ISBNs or LoC numbers. There's rather a lot of those, as [livejournal.com profile] selenite inherited a lot of OLD sf from his father. We finished by about dinnertime, and were tired. Gerry Tyra came over, and the evening mostly shifted to computer stuff.

This morning after brunch, since [livejournal.com profile] kd5mdk and [livejournal.com profile] jazz007 were still here and still willing, we tackled the hardback fiction. We got an even higher percentage of problem children, but all the ones that could go in by scanning or isbns are in. Total so far in the database is 1272.

We'll have to tackle the nonfiction a bit at a time, and slowly go through and manually enter all the problem children. And then get upstairs for the kids' books, my crafts books, my midwifery books, etc. This will take a while. But we've made a good start, thanks to our friends coming and helping.

PICTURES! From today - I should have gotten some of the Tyras yesterday, but I didn't.

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