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For much of the last few months, I've been in a reading slump. I wish I could say why, but there's really no good reason - do slumps ever really have a true cause? Anyway, I'm slowly digging my way... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at librarysarie
It's a long time since I've shared any finished knitting...amazingly enough, I kind of have a backlog now! Back in the fall when we went to Ugly Duckling Yarn, almost as soon as we walked into the store Ian beelined... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at librarysarie
I like to think that I'm raising a little crafter. One of Ian's very favorite things to do is sit down with a pile of paper, scissors, glue, and crayons and just mess around, and he and I have great... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at librarysarie
I haven't had a whole lot of opportunity yet to play with it, but I think that shrink plastic is my new favorite thing. I always loved Shrinky Dinks when I was a kid, and revisiting the stuff as an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at librarysarie
Like a lot of little kids, Ian is a huge fan of airplanes. He's loved our visits to the Air & Space Museum and the New England Air Museum, is always flying his toys around and/or pretending to be an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at librarysarie
Today was Jim's big extended family Christmas party. I always have such a hard time deciding what to bring to potlucks but for whatever reason this year I felt inspired: soup. I got a new crockpot with a latching lid... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at librarysarie
I think that Thanksgiving weekend is my favorite time of the year. It's always just so...cozy. My favorite people, my favorite foods, a nice long weekend, a few days of fun and relaxation...what's not to love? This year, for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at librarysarie
I don't go yarn shopping very often anymore -- even if I quit my job and spent all my time knitting, my stash would last me for at least several years, and daycare costs eat up an awful lot of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at librarysarie
It seems silly, these days, to think of myself as a spinner. Once upon a time, Stella the spinning wheel lived in a corner of our living room, and so I thought nothing of spending a few minutes with her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at librarysarie
Despite the fact that my life hasn't revolved around a school schedule in years, the turn of the calendar from August into September still feels like a new year to me in a way that the actual new year in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at librarysarie
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending NELLS 2013 - the New England Library Leadership Symposium, a weeklong retreat focused on various aspects of leadership, management, and personal development. I was one of 28 librarians (plus... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at librarysarie
I spent some time today attempting to explain my fascination with the British royal family. Mostly it's just inexplicable (why does anyone have any interest in any celebrities at all?) but a large part of it is just having a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at librarysarie
Countdown City by Ben H. Winters My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Last Policeman was one of my favorite books of 2012, and I've spent the year since I read it talking it up to friends and library patrons.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2013 at librarysarie
William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher My rating: 5 of 5 stars William Shakespeare's Star Wars is the book I didn't know I was waiting for. (Is that too clunky to be a "these aren't the droids you're looking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at librarysarie
From the "better late than never" files... My little boy turned three at the end of April. THREE! I can hardly believe it. Wasn't he just born yesterday? He is, like most preschoolers, quite opinionated, and he was adamant that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at librarysarie
You know the "Stump the Chumps" segment on Car Talk, where they revisit a past call to see whether or not their advice was correct? I wish we had something like that here in ReferenceLibrarianLand. Our regular patrons will often... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at librarysarie
It's summer, so it's that time again...time to attempt to start a running habit before giving up when it gets really hot and humid. I've lost track of how many years I've been through this routine. ;-) Something is different... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at librarysarie
I started my new job back in January, and it feels like life has been a big blur since then. Life changes are often a mix of good and bad things, and this move was no different. The job itself... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at librarysarie
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4.5 stars. When I was a child, I had a brief children's biography of Nellie Bly. While it didn't... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2013 at librarysarie
Crochet One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant My rating: 5 of 5 stars As someone who often doesn't have the attention span for larger projects, I have long been a fan of the "One-Skein Wonders" series, edited by Judith Durant and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2013 at librarysarie
The Movement of Stars: A Novel by Amy Brill My rating: 4 of 5 stars The year is 1845, and 24-year-old Hannah Price spends her nights watching the stars from the widow's walk of her modest Nantucket home. She has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at librarysarie
I am the queen of stress dreams...which is interesting, since I am not someone who generally lets stress get to me. Once upon a time, I had the classic at-school-wearing-only-underwear dreams, but in recent years, they've changed. The setting is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at librarysarie
"Holiday creep" seems to be a popular thing to complain about these days, and with good reason. I do have to admit that I'm not particularly bothered by stores rushing the seasons -- while I may not act on anything... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at librarysarie
If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley My rating: 5 of 5 stars From the title of this book, you might expect a historical treatment of the home itself -- perhaps a book about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at librarysarie
Today: the rare double-review! I was reviewing a galley of Knits for Nerds when our children's librarian purchased a copy of World of Geekcraft (I am ashamed and appalled that Geekcraft had somehow passed me by -- it was published... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at librarysarie