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That's the way to start the new year off right.

Goodnight all!
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (Default)
That's the way to start the new year off right.

Goodnight all!
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I felt awful yesterday, but I'd promised to go to the First Night activities today and scout out programs for the library so I dragged my sorry tailfeathers out of bed this morning and went to pick up the button from one of the managers (no names mentioned to protect the innocent!) We had a great conversation, and she started my brain buzzing with ideas about things. There were meant to be a couple of more librarians doing the same thing, but they hadn't turned up by ten of 1, so I headed over to the Hynes on my lonesome. (And stopped for a bite to eat.)

The afternoon was a blur of bouncing from one room to another. I have to admit that scoping out a bunch of different things suited my attention span today. But much to my astonishment, as the crowds got thicker and the noise level went up, the vestiges of yesterdays migraine disappeared. Maybe because the weather outside had improved, but hey, I wasn't arguing. I found a couple of performers I think will do very nicely and chatted with a few more (I'll have to write up a report while it's fresh in my mind) and then followed the path of the parade down to the main library so I could watch from the second floor windows.

That was fun too -- I found one of my fellow FirstNighters there, and we compared notes, and I ran into a few other colleagues and friends too. Then I started the trudge down to the Common for the early fireworks, pointed out possible bathroom venues to a family that sounded vaguely Scandinavian, found them again in Borders (there's a new Borders on Boylston Street!) and got very amused by the gaggle of political signs that walked down the street in the wake of the parade, and the beautiful part singing chorus in Copley Square that had a great big old "Impeach Cheney" sign in front of them...

I wandered on down to the Public Garden and got a seat on the edge of the pond (which is at low water) and got into a conversation with a small person about fireworks... which were five minutes late, but very nicely done. Then it was off through the Gardens and the Common to Park Street, having random conversations with people in the crowd about everything from Opera to Go Dog Go.

Back on the train to the Hynes, and up to look at a rock group called Uncle Monsterface (the acoustics were too bad to understand a word, unfortunately) and then off to check on other programs.

I ran into one of my "kids" -- or ex-kid, I should say. In college, going for his degree in a year, and he remembers me from coming to the library when he was nine years old. Said I used to help him with his homework. He told me his name, but my ears were still ringing from the rock group so I didn't quite recognize it, but oh, was it nice to hear that he remembered me fondly.

Heard a marvelous flute player, but I was exhausted, so off I went to head for home, and who did I run into? The professor from Library School who talked me into being a children's librarian in the first place.

There was an open Au Bon Pain, so I have dinner, and I passed The Cheesecake Factory so I have dessert. I got a seat on the train, I've buzzed home, and I've got the midnight fireworks around the corner in an hour and twenty minutes.

*sigh*

And the whole day and night I heard exactly one child having a temper tantrum, two teenagers swearing, and one adult acting like a jerk. Everyone else -- and the town is swarming with people -- was smiling and enjoying themselves and willing to let everyone else enjoy themselves too.

Cool.
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I felt awful yesterday, but I'd promised to go to the First Night activities today and scout out programs for the library so I dragged my sorry tailfeathers out of bed this morning and went to pick up the button from one of the managers (no names mentioned to protect the innocent!) We had a great conversation, and she started my brain buzzing with ideas about things. There were meant to be a couple of more librarians doing the same thing, but they hadn't turned up by ten of 1, so I headed over to the Hynes on my lonesome. (And stopped for a bite to eat.)

The afternoon was a blur of bouncing from one room to another. I have to admit that scoping out a bunch of different things suited my attention span today. But much to my astonishment, as the crowds got thicker and the noise level went up, the vestiges of yesterdays migraine disappeared. Maybe because the weather outside had improved, but hey, I wasn't arguing. I found a couple of performers I think will do very nicely and chatted with a few more (I'll have to write up a report while it's fresh in my mind) and then followed the path of the parade down to the main library so I could watch from the second floor windows.

That was fun too -- I found one of my fellow FirstNighters there, and we compared notes, and I ran into a few other colleagues and friends too. Then I started the trudge down to the Common for the early fireworks, pointed out possible bathroom venues to a family that sounded vaguely Scandinavian, found them again in Borders (there's a new Borders on Boylston Street!) and got very amused by the gaggle of political signs that walked down the street in the wake of the parade, and the beautiful part singing chorus in Copley Square that had a great big old "Impeach Cheney" sign in front of them...

I wandered on down to the Public Garden and got a seat on the edge of the pond (which is at low water) and got into a conversation with a small person about fireworks... which were five minutes late, but very nicely done. Then it was off through the Gardens and the Common to Park Street, having random conversations with people in the crowd about everything from Opera to Go Dog Go.

Back on the train to the Hynes, and up to look at a rock group called Uncle Monsterface (the acoustics were too bad to understand a word, unfortunately) and then off to check on other programs.

I ran into one of my "kids" -- or ex-kid, I should say. In college, going for his degree in a year, and he remembers me from coming to the library when he was nine years old. Said I used to help him with his homework. He told me his name, but my ears were still ringing from the rock group so I didn't quite recognize it, but oh, was it nice to hear that he remembered me fondly.

Heard a marvelous flute player, but I was exhausted, so off I went to head for home, and who did I run into? The professor from Library School who talked me into being a children's librarian in the first place.

There was an open Au Bon Pain, so I have dinner, and I passed The Cheesecake Factory so I have dessert. I got a seat on the train, I've buzzed home, and I've got the midnight fireworks around the corner in an hour and twenty minutes.

*sigh*

And the whole day and night I heard exactly one child having a temper tantrum, two teenagers swearing, and one adult acting like a jerk. Everyone else -- and the town is swarming with people -- was smiling and enjoying themselves and willing to let everyone else enjoy themselves too.

Cool.
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I'm off to a friend's house for Christmas dinner... and bringing pumpkin eggnog and books in lieu of partridges or a pear trees. Can't figure out how to carry either one of 'em on the T anyway.
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I'm off to a friend's house for Christmas dinner... and bringing pumpkin eggnog and books in lieu of partridges or a pear trees. Can't figure out how to carry either one of 'em on the T anyway.
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I went and saw The Revels today, knowing I'd meet a friend who was also there and I turned out to be sitting just above her and two rows back (although there was a drop, so I didn't find her till intermission. Of course, by that time I'd got myself got caught up in the long line of dancers heading out into the lobby, singing "Lord of the Dance" with the rest, so I was pretty happy already.

After the second half, we went with her and her mom and some of her mom's friends (none of whom I'd met before) to Legal Seafood, where I stuffed myself on scrod and talked entirely too much on cats, knitting, and Roxbury Puddingstone. Fortunately, they were all lovely people and put up with me, but I came home still giddy from good music and good company. Good thing I don't drink!

Trying to find rock salt in preparation for tonight/tomorrow's storm brought me down with a thump. Nine bucks for ten pounds! But I couldn't find it anywhere else within walking distance and it's cold out there...

Oh, well, I have leftovers in the refrigerator, a pile of new Revels CDs (because I utterly failed my resistance roll) and the prospect of a day when it will be a virtue to sit inside and drink hot chocolate...

*wanders off to listen to the weathercasters panic for a little while before she goes to sleep*
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I went and saw The Revels today, knowing I'd meet a friend who was also there and I turned out to be sitting just above her and two rows back (although there was a drop, so I didn't find her till intermission. Of course, by that time I'd got myself got caught up in the long line of dancers heading out into the lobby, singing "Lord of the Dance" with the rest, so I was pretty happy already.

After the second half, we went with her and her mom and some of her mom's friends (none of whom I'd met before) to Legal Seafood, where I stuffed myself on scrod and talked entirely too much on cats, knitting, and Roxbury Puddingstone. Fortunately, they were all lovely people and put up with me, but I came home still giddy from good music and good company. Good thing I don't drink!

Trying to find rock salt in preparation for tonight/tomorrow's storm brought me down with a thump. Nine bucks for ten pounds! But I couldn't find it anywhere else within walking distance and it's cold out there...

Oh, well, I have leftovers in the refrigerator, a pile of new Revels CDs (because I utterly failed my resistance roll) and the prospect of a day when it will be a virtue to sit inside and drink hot chocolate...

*wanders off to listen to the weathercasters panic for a little while before she goes to sleep*
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Was gone for the weekend... tried to catch up on my flist and now my brain is full. And I'd barely made it as far as Saturday.

My but you folks were noisy!
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Was gone for the weekend... tried to catch up on my flist and now my brain is full. And I'd barely made it as far as Saturday.

My but you folks were noisy!

*sigh*

Jul. 4th, 2007 10:09 pm
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It's raining. That would not stop me from going to see fireworks, usually, but the rain has combined itself with a few...er... digestive difficulties, and I don't want to get caught in the Boston coming home crowd on a work night.

*sigh* At least the fireworks in the harbor on First Night were really good this year.

*sigh*

Jul. 4th, 2007 10:09 pm
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It's raining. That would not stop me from going to see fireworks, usually, but the rain has combined itself with a few...er... digestive difficulties, and I don't want to get caught in the Boston coming home crowd on a work night.

*sigh* At least the fireworks in the harbor on First Night were really good this year.
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At 11:01 p.m., as I get ready for bed, the neighbors decide it is a good time to start playing their music as loudly as possible...

2006 doesn't look very promising so far.

ETA Twenty of one and I think they're finally done. I hope anyway...
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At 11:01 p.m., as I get ready for bed, the neighbors decide it is a good time to start playing their music as loudly as possible...

2006 doesn't look very promising so far.

ETA Twenty of one and I think they're finally done. I hope anyway...
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The power went out last night (while I was in the tub, of course!) and once I assembled myself and went out to see how the neighborhood was doing (half the street had power while the others didn't -- randomly on either side of the street) most of the neighbors had gone out too. It was a muggy night, without a lot of breeze, so most of us without power wound up staying outside and chatting until the electric company finally showed up. There were probably oh, twenty adults out there and ten or twelve kids.

And I now know the names of two adult neighbors and nine of the children...
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The power went out last night (while I was in the tub, of course!) and once I assembled myself and went out to see how the neighborhood was doing (half the street had power while the others didn't -- randomly on either side of the street) most of the neighbors had gone out too. It was a muggy night, without a lot of breeze, so most of us without power wound up staying outside and chatting until the electric company finally showed up. There were probably oh, twenty adults out there and ten or twelve kids.

And I now know the names of two adult neighbors and nine of the children...

Brilliant

Jul. 9th, 2005 11:27 am
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The British reaction to what happened. Much saner!

http://www.livejournal.com/users/tyrell/154027.html

Brilliant

Jul. 9th, 2005 11:27 am
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The British reaction to what happened. Much saner!

http://www.livejournal.com/users/tyrell/154027.html

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