Current Event Wednesday: Obama

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Primary Loss and Furor Over Ex-Pastor Hurt Obama in Poll – New York Times
Senator Barack Obama’s aura of inevitability in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination has diminished in the wake of his loss in the Pennsylvania primary and the furor over his former pastor, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

I have to say. I’m disappointed that this is happening to Obama. I like him. I so want him to win. We need him. If he doesn’t make it then I will vote for Clinton. Because any Democrat is better than McCain (and, thus, the status quo). But I have to say I am very disappointed in Hillary Clinton’s tactics during this election. I am just so sick of all of the negativity. But am I surprised that she is like this? No. She has always been pretty cut-throat. This is nothing new.

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Dancing in the Library

Ugh! I had all of these blog posts in my head that I wanted to get to this weekend and the beautiful weather kept me away from the computer. The weekend was wonderful. I actually planted some stuff in the garden. I’m just praying it doesn’t snow again. Here are some of the things going on with me at the moment:

  • Earlier in the week someone tried to break into the house. We think. It was kind of an odd situation. Raf was working at his computer and he heard knocking on the door. So we went to answer to front door but when he came out to the living room noticed someone at the back door! They actually opened up our back gate, walked through the back yard, and knocked on the back door. Raf said, “Dude! What are you doing in my yard?!?” The guy asked something kind of lame like, “Where is the bus stop on this street?” Raf just said, “Get the fuck out of my yard.” And the guy left.
  • So, because of this, Raf and I are seriously thinking about getting a German Shepherd. He has been doing his homework on this, too. And he decided on a German Shepherd. We will probably buy one from a breeder so it will be expensive. But he has his heart set on a purebred. He wants to be able to train it to be a good guard dog. I think getting a dog is a good idea. I loved having dogs growing up and have always wanted a pet but didn’t think Raf really wanted one.
  • I took pictures at this fancy schmancy event at the library Saturday night and had lots of fun! It was my first time photographing an event like this. It’s actually quite a lot of work. There were some guest who would come and talk to me and ask me why I was not smiling. I was concentrating, that’s why! The picture above was taken at the event.
  • We went on a creepy hike today. We decided to try out a new place West of town. It was in the middle of nowhere. We hiked the Columbia Plateau Trail starting at the opposite end, at the Martin Road trailhead. The country is really sparse. It’s kind of pretty, in a very sparse way. There are no trees at all. Lots of meadows and scabland. We walked about a mile and a half and happened upon a Silo next to a beat-up tall building. There was also a camper and a trailer next to it. I don’t know what it was about that building but it kind of freaked me out. I couldn’t even walk past it. Were were going to walk to the gate that was 100 feet past it but I didn’t want to even do that. I just wanted to turn around. My intuition was screaming at me to turn around. I don’t know why. It just was. So we did. And we walked the 1.5 miles against a raging wind all the way back. The wind was so strong that I couldn’t hear Raf talk to me. The road was a straight shot and it felt like it took FOREVER to get back to the parking lot. And the whole way I had this image of some serial killer in a truck driving along next to us and telling us to get in. Yikes.

Photography Friday: Daffodil

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Daffodil, originally uploaded by CraftyMoni.

My daffodils are finally growing! Yay!

I’ve had a busy week! I meant to post both on Wednesday and Yesterday but got busy. I started a new “100 things” post but will have to finish it later. I’ll update you on some of the interesting things going on in my life on Sunday. So stay tuned 🙂

Thanks Dianne

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blog of distinctionMy friend, Dianne from both Dianne’s Dishes and Daffodil Lane gave me a blog of distinction award! It totally made my day. So, I need to pass the honor on to three other blogs. This is very hard because I am a very picky blog reader. I don’t subscribe to a lot of blogs so the ones I do subscribe to are ones that I really, really enjoy reading. So I think, instead, I will talk about some of my oldest blogging friends.

Well, first of all, Dianne. Since she awarded me with this I can’t choose her but I have to just say that her blogs are both awesome. and worth the read. Dianne’s Dishes makes me hungry all the time and her recipes are fantastic. I met her through her other blog Daffodil Lane. I have that tale chronicled here if you would like to read all about it. I stumbled on Daffodil Lane one night in the Summer of 2004 (almost 4 years ago!!) and was disturbed by the conservative trolls that were swarming the comments section. I made a decision to post my own comment in response to them. And we have been blogging friends ever since. I agree with her when she says we are kindred spirits. Indeed, we are.

Okay, on to my three.

I have known Amanda from the blog Etc. for about as long as Dianne. I can’t remember who started reading who first. I think I was searching for knitting librarian blogs and found hers. Her blog has been an inspiration ever since. I want to be Amanda when I grow up :). (well, except she is, like, 10 years younger than me). She is a luminary in the library field and it is such and honor to know her virtually. She is a fantastic writer and I always enjoy it when I see that she has posted. At Etc she writes about all kinds of things (kind of like my blog is here). At Blogwithoutalibrary she posts about library related web 2.0 technology. Both of them worth the read.

Lolly started blogging around the same time I did. Lollyknitting Around took the knitting word by storm and now girlfriend is writing articles for Interweave Knits ! I am so proud of her :). Her blog started as a knitting blog but has evolved over the years to include her other interests, travel, photography, green living (and lots more). Lolly is also an knitter/librarian, which explains our connection. She is also a fantastic writer. Every one of her blog posts are well thought-out and engaging. I believe I found Lolly via either Ei Knit or Pixiestikz (two bloggers that I MISS). We kind of clicked when we found out we were librarians and we have been friends ever since.

And now for something completely different… Frank! I think he is my only male reader after my brother stopped reading (are you still reading big bro?) and I hope I’m not boring him with all of my crafty talk. I think I found Frank’s blog back in 2004 when we were on the “Bush Sucks” webring. Or I may have been sent there by Etherealgirl (anther blogger I miss!). Nevertheless, his adventures in Philly have kept me reading for about 3 years (maybe even longer). I think the first blog post I read sent me to a video of someone driving through Paris really fast. It was really cool…He has lots of great finds like that, and interesting adventures. Go read his blog, if you don’t already. Definite must read.

So there you go! Thanks for the great blogs, guys. Feel free to pass it along or not. It’s up to you.

I like the idea of sharing my blog reads with you. I may just make this a regular thing.

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Well. It has been quite a while since I posted, hasn’t it? I’ve had quite a busy week. Here are the highlights:

  • I got sick last weekend with a cold and have been fighting all week. It looks like it’s on its way out. Yay!
  • I went to a librarian conference in Vancouver, WA. The WLA/OLA joint conference.  It was awesome! I learned all kinds of good stuff. I have some fantastic ideas to share at work. I love conferences! I haven’t been to one since I started this job.
  • As it turns out, I roomed next to the president of the Washington Library Association. As I was entering my hotel room she stopped me and asked if I was at the conference. When I said, “yes” she said, “I wanted to let you know that we are having a big party tomorrow night, in the room next door. So it’s going to be pretty loud.” great. What was I supposed to say to that? In the end, it didn’t keep me up all night and the sensible librarians were cleared out of there by 11:00.
  • Vancouver WA is an absolutely lovely city and I don’t think I would mind living there.
  • I hiked to the top of Multnomah Falls. I thought it was gonna kill me. I am so out of shape.
  • It’s still cold and snowing here. Yet, the buttercups have been seen so Spring is on it’s way. Despite what the weather says.
  • I finished Talia! I bought some fabulous buttons yesterday at my LYS. I’ll show it to you tomorrow. It turned out really cute!
  • I also bought Zimmerman’s The Opinionated Knitter. OMG. I heart this book so much. I am so glad I bought it. It is worth every penny. Not neccessarily for the patterns. It’s the wonderful pictures and writings that are collected. I love EZ so much. She is my knitting grandmother. I leaned how to knit with Knitting Without Tears and Knitters Workshop, years and years ago before the whole knitting revolution exploded. So reading this book kind of feels like coming home.

My week in bullets! I’ll see you tomorrow when I show you Talia!