Wednesday, June 27, 2007

In Bed With Helen Mirren

I am not, at heart, a couple person. I think of myself as more of a single person who happens to have a partner. If this makes sense to you, then kudos to you, because I realize it sounds more than slightly nonsensical, and it probably is, but I'm not going to get into all the whys and wherefores of my feelings on this. Let's just say that I don't want vows, or to walk down an aisle and say anything in front of anyone about how I feel about my dude, and the day that I don't get a happy stomach wobble when Nordic Boy walks into the room is the day that we say happy trails. Listen, we've been together for years upon years upon years and it works for me. This does not mean that I don't thoroughly enjoy the show Bridezillas. I almost want to be a bride just for that alone. But I digress.

One of the coupley things that often happens, I hear, is that when one person goes out of town, the other person has a little party with themselves where they do things that they used to do when they were single. I don't really know what those things would be. What aren't people doing because someone else is there? I really can't think of what would be on this list. Maybe you'd rent a movie that your partner wouldn't like. But really, you should be doing that anyway, is my opinion. Why would you spend your entire life only watching movies that the both of you like? And if your partner will think less of you for watching WKRP re-runs while polishing off an entire pint of Chunky Monkey in your underwear, then they shouldn't be your partner in the first place, is what I'm thinking. You shouldn't have all the same habits, and you shouldn't have to hide your habits. Maybe you would go out with your friends when your honey is out of town. Again, my question is why aren't you doing that anyway? I don't know. What could these home-alone behaviors be?

I think I may have found mine. After work yesterday, I had a very ordinary evening. I ate dinner, talked to Bio-Girl on the phone (where a deep subtextual analysis of the Gilmore Girls took place), talked to Nordic Boy who's working in Portland, watched a little tv, read a book, watered my plants, hung out with Delium. I tried to think of something different to do because I had the house to myself, but nothing came to mind. I closed out the evening by taking my laptop into bed and watching "The Queen" with Helen Mirren. I mean, I watched Helen Mirren as the Queen. I did not watch "The Queen" with Helen Mirren. I should be so lucky to have that foxy lady in my bedroom. Unless she was in my bedroom as the Queen. Because that's not foxy. Unless, you know, that's what you're into. And I wouldn't judge you if it was. Well, maybe I would, but only a little. Anywho. Halfway through the movie, I started to get sleepy (all that quiet restraint and prunefaced staring can be quite exhausting, you know. I mean, it's the Queen who's having the quiet restraint and the pruneface. Not ME. Apparently talking about Helen Mirren gets me all confused. Must be the foxyness). ANYWHO. I put the laptop on the bedside table, turned out the lights, and snoozed it up.

When I woke up this morning, I lollygagged in bed for a few minutes, as I always do. I should get up and finish that movie is what I thought to myself. Then I thought, get up? Why get up? I could just reach down, pull my laptop back into bed with me, put it on Nordic Boy's pillow, and watch the movie without moving a muscle.

This is a new level of movie watching lows, people. To think it's ok to not even sit up in bed, to just lie one's head right on the pillow and watch a movie? Sideways. Horizontally. OY. This is behavior that has crossed a line.

I am happy to report that I did not succumb to this idea. Not today anyway. If the next time I post I tell you that I am not vertical while typing it, please send help.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

Monday, June 25, 2007

You Guys So Get Me

Really, ya'll. What would I do without you? When I am in a mood to spout off some Grade A 100% Organic cranium crap, who would care if not for you? There are things in life that I find so frigging entertaining, so mouthwateringly giggleworthy, that I must spread the joy. And to be honest, most people don't care about my particular brand of joy. But you all do, and I appreciate that. I see things in life and I think: I have to tell my blog friends about this one. And I know you'll get it. For example.

At work today, someone asked me a question about the movie "Evening." I asked them who was in that movie. They said "Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep," and I said "Oh yeah, isn't Claire Danes in that too?" and she said "see, I named off the older people in that and you named off the younger person, which kind of mirrors us!" I took all kinds of glee from this comment, and set aside the fact that the person who said this to me looks to be about the same age as me. Who cares? I will take it, so there. Don't judge. Let me have my glee.

And speaking of glee, I've got another one for you. My tivo box, as you other tivo-ers know, will record things for me that it thinks I might like. Because I don't really ever rate the shows I do watch, my tivo box suggestions are really hit or miss. Like, it keeps recording The Roy Rogers Show for me. Stupid tivo box. On the other hand, it will sometimes get me great choices of things I hadn't ever seen before, which is how I found the new love of my life, So You Think You Can Dance. Love you again, tivo box!

The other day, I was scrolling through my tivo suggestions, and saw that it had recorded Oprah for me. And under the title "The Oprah Winfrey Show," it had a summary of what was on tap for the patron saint of Nate Berkus (you guys, I love Nate Berkus. Don't hate). But this summary had nothing to do with Nate, or anything else that I was expecting. What did the summary say? It said the following: "Oprah discusses her bad hair day."


Oh I wish I had taken a photo of the screen for you, so that you could see that I am not making that up. But I didn't so you just have to trust me. She discusses her bad hair day!? As a SHOW?

Of course I had to see this. And you know what? She sure did discuss her bad hair day. Granted, it was only for about ten minutes, and then she went on to talk to regal Iman and giggly Naomi Campbell for the rest of the show. But she led off the show with a TEN MINUTE discussion of her bad hair day!

What could be dumber than that, you guys? The only think I can think of is if someone were to spend an equal amount of time writing a blog post about the whole damn thing. That would probably be the same type of person who would write about their trips to the hair salon, and shopping, and their obsession with having a nice yard. Now THAT person would be banal.

Oh. Oops. Um, yeah.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

What Exactly Is It That You Do-Do?*

Nordic Boy is the poster child for the term "consummate professional." Really, as I go through all of the people that I know, many of whom are tops in their field and superstars in their own right, he rises to the very top of the list, by far, when it comes to those who know their shit when it comes to what they do. He's called upon by people all over the country for help, and he collects industry awards by the armload every year, which he brings home, never shows anyone, and then I run across a fancy award graveyard in the back of our garage, ask him about it, and he looks at me and just shrugs. That's because, although he's kind of a genius at what he does, he's also at the top of another category of folks: those who keep it humble, like Jenny from the Block, or Fergie, who still eats at Taco Bell. Ok, maybe not exactly like Jenny and Fergie. Like them, but not full of shit. Slight difference.

On a conscious level, I am proud that he is like this. It's one of the things I love most about him. He's wicked smart but never shows it off, and I find that kind of incredible when people are like that. Really, most people who are good at stuff totally wear it on their sleeve, and there's nothing wrong with that, for sure. If I were a genius at something, I fear I would be silkscreening t-shirts for myself proclaiming my talent ("World's Greatest Pickle Briner!") and prancing about town making people want to kick me in the nuts. But not him. He just doesn't do it.

Ok, true confession time? This quality, sometimes, drives me INSANE. Really, it does. When people ask him what he does, he never really tells them. He glosses over. He understates. He almost goes out of his way to not tell people. Even our closest friends don't really know what he does. The other day, we went out to dinner with some new friends, H and R. Imagine my surprise when H asked him what he does, and he TOLD THEM. I had to stop myself from making a Scooby sound. arrrrhh? He just up and told them all about it. Ok, maybe it was less "all about it" and more two or three sentences, but WOW. Where did that come from? It was really shocking.

Ok, so my point is that he's good at what he does. More than good, actually. Tops. Why, then, do I start to shake in my boots every time he does a little home improvement project? Because I do. I try not to, but I can't seem to help myself. I am convinced that, when he changes a light switch cover, his hand may slip and he might somehow have a freak accident whereby a bolt of lightning hits our house, charging the wiring that is near his hand, sparking out at the precise moment flowing right into his brain and it will fry right up and cause him to DIE. Really. These are the thoughts that take over. And normally, I am not a morbid person, or a worried person, walking around thinking about people dropping dead. What is wrong with me?

Yesterday, while I was at work, he was moving the water heater from our laundry room downstairs to the utility room, and then re-routing some pipes. I could not begin to tell you what all this entails because I do not understand such things, but I'm sure this doesn't seem like rocket science to anyone out there. On a scale of difficulty for him, I don't think it even registered on the scale. And yet:

Me: I'm leaving for work now. BE CAREFUL today.
Him: I will.
Me: Keep your phone in your pocket. I'm going to call you on my break to make sure you're ok.
Him: Ok from what?
Me: I just want to make sure you don't electrocute or anything.
Him: From re-wiring a water heater? I don't think that will happen.
Me: It's WATER. And ELECTRICITY. Together. That freaks me out!
Him: Ok, call.

A couple of hours into my work shift, I see that he's left me a message.

Him: It's me. I'm done with the water heater. I'm alive. I'm going to eat lunch.

On my lunch break, I call him back.

Me: What are you doing?
Him: Putting in the new duct work for the dryer.
Me: Be careful!
Him: Oh my god.

An hour later, I find this message on my voicemail:
Him: I did the duct. And guess what? I'm aliiiiiiiive! Aliiiiiiiiiive!* Thank god almighty I'm still walking the earth! Thank Jesus! I'm aliiiiiiive!

I love this man. And yet, how he mocks me.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

* That's two references to the same movie. I'm so talented.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

It's Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Quite unexpectedly, my friend Alli is coming to visit next weekend. Turns out she has a client meeting for work in my city, so she is going to make a stop to come visit me in ugly yardland. Yippee! I don't have anything more to say, really, on that, except to say that thinking about the impending visit makes me do a foot-to-foot exotic Does-She-Have-To-Pee-Pee dance, which I'm sure is quite alarming to onlookers. I know this news is infinitely exciting to me, but doesn't really have any bearing on all ya'll out there, and so the entertainment value of this post so far is severely lacking. To make up for this, I shall tell you the following Alli anecdote. My apologies, in advance, go out to her for what I am about to say.

When we were in high school, oh boy, how shall I put this? Alli had this ridiculously sexually charged friendship with this dude, let's call him Shekky. They never really DID anything sexual. The point was they wanted to. Inside each of their virginal hearts, they BURNED for each other. It was palpable. They tried to hide it within the bounds of their friendship. They were JUST FRIENDS, you understand. Totally platonic friends who don't at all notice each other in that way. So they would hang out, and pal it up, and act all innocent about the whole thing, but under it all, this unconsummated yearning built up and built up, with nowhere to go. It just had to be expressed. Somehow, some way.

The way that it started getting expressed was through jokes. Dirty ones. Now I know that all teens like the dirty jokes so maybe this doesn't seem like a very good way to express undercover tingly nether region feelings. I mean, I didn't have a platonic but secretly yummy friend that I was yearning for but yet I still thought it was hilarious to utter the number 69 no matter what the occassion. That's just teenagers, right? Yeah, but in this case, it was more than that. The dirty jokes between Alli and Shekky were getting out of control. Which brings us to the notes.

Shekky would write Alli these "joke" notes. Ha ha, just for a laugh, he didn't really mean any of it, it's just funny! Except, oh yeah, oops, the note just happens to be Filthy. There was this one note that he wrote her, and the subject of the note was how he wanted to put Alli in a giant banana split. Naked. And all of the things that he wanted in the banana split with her. You know, the whipped cream, the chocolate sauce, all of it. Ha ha, really funny, just kidding!

So what does Alli do with this banana split note? She reads it, and then leaves it, opened up, on her kitchen table. I don't know why she did that. Was she so flushed and atwitter from the note that she just had to leave it somewhere? Or did she feel guilty about the note and somehow want to be caught with it? Because that's what happened. Her mom found the note, you guys. OY VEY.

When I think about this even now, a chill goes down my spine. Alli's mom is not one to be trifled with. She was, when we were kids, what one would call a mother bear. Infinitely loving, but a straight shooter. She wasn't taking crap from anyone, least of all us kids. So, for her to be the one to find that note, where seemingly innocent Shekky was talking about sliding around a human size banana split with her daughter. Oh. God. Someone's head was going to roll.

Here's where it gets so fascinating to me. Alli's mom did not freak out. She did not yell. She did not forbid Alli to see Shekky. In fact, she didn't do anything. She left that note right there, and didn't say a word. None of us knew that she had seen it.

One day, after school, we were all hanging out at Alli's house, having a grand old time as usual. I wish I could remember who all was there, but I can't remember. I just remember Alli's mom walking in and saying hi to all of us, and when she spotted Shekky among the gaggle of teens, this is what she did.

Her: Hiya, Shekky. How are you?
Him: Fine, Mrs. J.
Her: You hungry?
Him: No, I'm good Mrs. J.
Her: You sure? Not hungry for a banana split? I know how much you like those.
Him, and Alli, and those of us who knew about the note, bugged out and froze.
Him: (hoping against hope that it's not what it seems) Um, no, thanks, that's ok.
Her: You sure? No whip cream? No chocolate sauce?
Him: No. Thanks.

I can't imagine his embarrassment. To be called out, in front of Alli, in front of her friends, by Alli's MOM. How awesome is that?

I don't know if Alli got a talking-to about that note after this happened. What fascinates me about this episode is that Alli's mom knew, somehow, that that note wasn't really indicative of what her daughter or Shekky were really doing. Was that mother's intuition? Did she just know her daughter that well? I never could figure out how she knew that she didn't have to go ballistic about this. The mysteries of parenting, I guess.

I wonder if Shekky was off banana splits for good after that.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Shelf Life

I try not to point fingers, everyone. I really do. Who am I to point a finger at anyone else for anything? Me, who watches "So You Think You Can Dance" and rewinds and watches the routines twice? Me, who is almost always the first one to leave a party? Me, who, at times, can't tell the difference between Toto and Loverboy?

HOWEVER. I just have to point this one out. It's too shocking. And I am warning you that if you are not a librarian, or don't use the library, this post may be the equivalent of three or four quaaludes being injected directly into your jugular. So be it. I just can't keep silent about this any longer. It's too unsettling.

I have a friend who lives in a ginormous metropolitan city. One of the top five largest cities in the U.S. I don't want to say which one, because, you know, I'm trying to be graceful within the confines of this conversation. Who cares if I am talking shit about something? I will have my pinky finger up and speak in a genteel manner even as I do so. So, she lives in this big city. And this city has a large, historic, well-established library system. And here's what she asked me.

Her: In your library system, how do you shelve your fiction?
Me: By author.
Her: And then what?
Me: Just by author.
Her: You know, at my library, they shelve the fiction by last name of the author only, and then by title.
Me: Say whaaaaa?

Are you all getting this? Do you understand the sheer wrongness of what's going down over there in that metropolis she's living in? Last name of author and then TITLE? Let me break this down for you.

Let's say that you read the novel called Selfish and Perverse and loooved it. And really, with a name like that, who wouldn't? So you figure, because you are smart this way, that maybe you'll like something by the same author. You mosey over the the fiction shelf and look for the author, Bob Smith. There's all the Smiths (minus Morrissey maybe, har har), together on the shelf. Only all the Bob Smiths are not together. Because first, the books have been shelved by last name. All the Smiths. Together. THEN, the books are shelved by TITLE. So Alice at Heart, by Deborah Smith would come first, then next to that would be Cry Wolf by Wilbur Smith, and then Deadly Grace by Taylor Smith, and so on like that. So all the Bob Smith books would not be right next to each other. Not collocated, as we librarians like to say. So in a yooge library, the Smiths might take up stacks of books, and if you just wanted all the Bob Smiths, you would have to browse every Smith book there.

I know librarians read this blog. I can hear you breathing out there. Tell me, have you ever heard of this shelving system before? And if, perchance, you work for this library system of which I speak (or another one that shelves this way), can you tell me why this is happening? Because that is not practical and that is not orderly. And as a librarian, I must have the practical and the orderly. At least when it comes to items on the shelf. When it comes to knowing the difference between Toto and Loverboy however, I can slide into the sloppy and the useless.

HEY. Non-librarian readers! STOP SNORING. As Stephanie Tanner used to say: how rude.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

Monday, June 18, 2007

I'm Totally Burying the Lead

This is the type of post that has no rhyme nor reason but is just a post about the last few days in my life so if you're looking for things like continuity and sequiturs and so forth you should brace yourself for disappointment.

First of all I have discovered that I have lost the ability to feed myself. Not in the sense that I cannot lift fork and knife and guide it into my face. It's more that I am unable to figure out what to eat and prepare the decided upon entree. This is because Nordic Boy is the cook in my household, and although I help with the food preparation, he is the one who decides what we are eating. When I come home, he will have shopped and started preparing whatever meal it is, and so the part of my brain that has to come up with a dinner idea ALL ON ITS OWN has atrophied to the point where I have become one of those sitcom husbands that needs to have a frozen casserole left in the freezer for him when wifey goes to visit mother. Last week, Nordic Boy went on an overnight business trip. When dinner time rolled around, I was completely engulfed in dinner-decision-inertia. I had to call Bio-Girl, TWO STATES AWAY, to help me. She suggested I go get some take-out and not mess around with trying to come up with something to cook. She gives it to me straight, that girl does. Do NOT try and cook! Back away from the kitchen! Proceed directly to take out joint! Which I did. And when I got to my favorite Indian restaurant, the proprietors CALLED ME OUT. They smiled with surprise and said, "Oh! YOU're coming in to pick up your order?" To which I said, meekly, "yes." To which they replied "Your partner usually comes in to do that." All surprised. Like THEY KNOW that I don't know how to get my own damn dinner any more. Did I defend myself? Did I take back my dinner-getting power? No. I looked down, said "he's out of town," and slunk out the door. SHAMED.

A few days later, Nordic Boy and I showed up there for dinner with our friends H and R (not H&R Block, although wouldn't that be cool if we knew them?) so I got over my shame fast. Nothing will make me get over myself like an order of killer alloo mutter.

On Friday night I went to my first bbq party of the summer, which was a lovely cap to my day and much needed, as I had to deal with doggie diaherria at work that day. And oh how I wish doggie diaherria was a euphemism for something. So a party is just what I needed. Who cares if it's June and 55 degrees in Seattle? We are going to pretend it's summer goddamnit and I don't care if I have to drink hot chocolate while we grill something. Who's with me?

On Saturday I spent the entire day with Nordic Boy, as we have both been so busy lately that, as I crawled into bed after the bbq on Friday, we looked at each other with a look that could easily be interpreted as something along the lines of "and you are?" We capped off the night by going to see Ocean's Thirteen, which was good but was Ellen Barkin supposed to be scary or sexy in that? Because I was scared.

The following evening I went over to my brother's house for dinner and to celebrate my nephew's 5th birthday. My nephew is a little social dude-about-town, with lots of stories to tell me about his friends at swimming lessons and his friends on the block and his friends at school. I asked him out of all his friends who his best friend was and he didn't even hesitate before saying "I have two best friends: Mommy and Daddy." I just about went into sugar shock and fell to pieces with how cute that is. I gave him a conductor's whistle as part of his birthday present and it was a huge hit. I think his parents might just want to kill me after hearing that whistle for oh, about the 347th time that night. Happy Birthday to all of you!

Oh, and um, you guys? My dear friend Neighbor J is currently, as-we-speak, right now, at the present time, now o'clock, HAVING HER BABY. Labor started yesterday. When I told Nordic Boy that it was go-time for her, his response was: "Hi-yabba!" That about sums it up.


Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

My One Dad

In honor of Father's Day, I present you with two lists.

Ways That I Am Just Like Dad

1. I love to walk. Dad, when he was well, would walk several miles each and every single day, no matter what. I love to walk too. There is nothing I would rather do than take a walk with or without a pal in tow. Granted, I don't always wear walk-appropriate shoes, but still. Strolling is how I be rolling.

2. We both, at one point in our lives, owned Members Only jackets. Mine was lavender. His was grey.

3. We both shake our heads when the commercials for Benny Hill dvds come on, but we both laugh at them anyway.

4. I don't know how I picked this one up, but I wash my hands like a doctor. I have no choice but to admit I got this from my dad. I make sure my entire hands are thoroughly scrubbed, front and back and between all my fingers, and then I turn the faucet off with my elbow and walk over to the towel rack with my hands raised up in the air, palms facing me. Nordic Boy finds this INCREDIBLY WEIRD. Astonishingly, no one else I know has ever called me out on this.

5. I prefer to eat things with a spoon, even if they are fork foods. Pie? Spoon. Green beans? Spoon, please. When my dad does this, it drives my mom batty. When I do it also, it almost drives her to violence.

6. My Dad speaks English-English, not American English. I have picked up the following phrases from him, and have to consciously Americanize the way I say them:

I want to say "post a letter" not "mail a letter"
or, "have a shower" not "take a shower"
or, "hostel" instead of "dorm."

Ways My Dad and I Differ

1. I curse too fucking much. Sorry, Dad.

2. That dude can watch/read the news until the cows come home. BBC News, New York Times, CNN news, C-Span, Bill Moyers, The Economist, David Brancaccio, AAAAHHHHHH! I can't handle the sheer volume of news sources. On the bright side, when my Dad refers to the Dow Jones index, he refers to it like Dow Jones is a dude. He cracks himself up doing that, and I crack up with him. I don't know why it's funny. It just is.

3. Dad actually ENJOYS story problems. You know, this train is heading east from New York at 45 miles per hour and that train is heading west from Jersey at 25 miles an hour and so what time will it be in Kankakee when they have a head on collision. Straight up story problems, involving math and logic and a pencil and paper. He thinks they are fun. Like, when we would sit around the fireplace during the holidays, having a grand old time, my dad would bust out some crazy ass story problem, like it was a GAME. It's not a game, Dad. FOOSBALL is a game.

4. Dad doesn't like mushrooms. He says he can't get over the idea that he's eating a fungus. I, on the other hand, am a fungus eating foo'.

5. My dad once said that Charlie Brown had the right idea. His closet is full of the same exact outfit, and he never has to decide what to wear. He just wears the same damn thing every day. I am having trouble breathing just writing that.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I'm Bringin' LYLAS Back

This, everyone, is the cover of a little autograph book that I own. It was seeing action when I was in 7th grade. Having this memento gives me joy, and as I am known for doing, I have to share this particular brand of embarrassing joy with you, my blog friends. What do these autographs say about my 7th grade self? What do they say about my peers? Join me, won't you?

"You've been a great friend to me. I hope we stay friends forever. Watch yourself with those boys. Stay cool! Keep smiling. --April LYLAS."

This one's pretty boring, but I included it because I have to wonder who "Rodney" is-- was he some sort of logo? Was she a 12-year-old marketing genius, branding her signature at an early age? I suppose we'll never know. I also included this page to illustrate the omnipresent LYLAS emblazoned across the bottom of the page. LYLAS. We need to bring that back. Promise me, the next time you sign any sort of document (mortgage payment, bar tab, what have you), you will write "LYLAS" in the corner.

"You are wild. Stay that way. Have fun in the future. --Jeanne"

Oh my god. I am wild. So says Declarative Sentence Girl. She's totally a robot. So very succinct. Beep. Boop. Beep.

"You're a great friend, you're also intelligent, sweet, and pretty. You have a couple faults but then everybody does. Stay the way you are and you'll go far in life. Good luck in everything you do!"

OH SNAP. What kind of shit is THAT? Ouch.

"To a super cool dude that I like a lot. To a great racket ball partner. The generic one is making me mad. She is such a jerk. Well the sub is watching. See ya later."

The "generic one"! I love it. It's like Voldemort- she whose name cannot be spoken. I wonder who the generic one was? And how it came to be that the insult in fashion was to call someone GENERIC. So poetic. Oh, and another thing? I AM NOT A DUDE.

"I knew I signed it I don't know what happened to it I wouldn't know Love your sister ? Sheryl"

What is with the question mark? And why was she calling herself my sister? And the message- is it me or does it not make any sense? I think this one was a little boozy suzy, if you know what I'm saying.

"I'll try not to say oooopssy!! Yep yep yep ahh hahh ahh hahh!! See you and Gino next summer! Love Shasha"

Oh, dear. Shasha. I think that, actually, she NEEDS to say oooopssy. Because reading that makes me want to say oooopssy. Yep yep yep.

"To a super and to my best friend. We have had our disagreements but we had gotten over them (resently!) You are the most coolest and wild gal i have ever know. You are a sweet etc. person! And stay the same! You can change just a little! Well I better rap it up, ok, Bye-Bye. Luv ya, Poopy. PS Stay cool baby! Vanity. William."

Holy smokes. First of all why did I have a best friend named Poopy? I honestly don't remember calling her that, you guys. Maybe that was the disagreement that is referenced here? I was calling her Poopy and she was having a hard time accepting this? My other question is, what is with the cartoon eyes labeled "Vanity"? And who the hell is William? I wish, I WISH I could remember what that meant.

"Hey Bud How have you been well I have to go talk to my fans. Reuben 2000"

Ok either Reuben was not expecting to graduate until the year 2000, or he was ahead of his time and adopting 2000 as a part of his name. You know, like Andre 3000 of Outkast. Even with the weird signature, I totally love this message. If any of you ever ask me to sign anything, I am totally writing this.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

Monday, June 11, 2007

I DO Know How to Quit You

I am going to write a whole post advocating something that not a lot of people are advocating. I don't care! I am taking a stand! I am all rebellious like that. Koo-koo-cah-choo. (I don't know why the walrus and the eggman have anything to do with being rebellious and taking a stand. It just seemed like the right time to say koo-koo-cah-choo. Just roll with it).

Here's one of the cornerstones of my life, as I am living it, all happy and tra la la and dancing around the mulberry bush. Quitting. I am 100% behind the idea of being a big ol' quitter. Dissatisfied? Unhappy? Pissed off? Here's the answer: QUIT. Recuse thyself. I'm not just talking about jobs. I'm talking about all sorts of stuff. You know how everyone is always telling you you have to finish stuff? Horse pucky, I say! And furthermore- nuh-UH! ("Horse pucky." Apparently I am a 92 year old coot all of a sudden). Up and quit! Join the quitter's revolution!

Ok, ok, let me clarify. There are plenty of things in life that are worth working on. Don't get me wrong. I work on stuff all the time. I work on my hair in the morning. I work on, um, work stuff. Both worthy endeavors, to be sure. But here's what I think. I think that we live in a culture that is defined by the concept of WORK. Everything has become work. We work on our relationships, we work on our friendships, we work on our asses. Here is my highly intellectualized theory about that. Screw THAT. Screw it! It's a total load.

I totally don't believe in relationships being work. WORK? While I am trying to get my smooch on? Hell to the nizzy. If I get to a place where being around my date feels like work, that is a sure sign for me to check OUT. Bye, sucker. I gots a job and it ain't you. Same with friends. Once the friendship starts to feel like work, it's curtains. There's too much in life that is hard by definition. My dad in the hospital? Hard. Wondering if you still want to be my friend? Not hard. Not hard, because I'm not doing it. Sorry. Ok, not really that sorry.

I can go on and on about the joys of quitting, the many levels, the many different ways it has set me free. I am a quitting evangelist, really. But today's quitter's sermon has a focus. The focus is on feeling ok about the act of quitting in the middle of a story. Narrative interruptus. A surprising number of people have trouble with this. I know, because I see them in the library every day, reading stuff that they don't like and persisently, unhappily, wasting time finishing it, grinding their teeth and hating it the entire time. Don't do that, people! There's lots out there you will like. Don't flush your reading time down the terlet. (And yes, yes, I KNOW that Nancy Pearl, the most famous librarian ever, has said something to this effect in her reader's advisory classes and talks. I KNOW. But I'm saying it too, totally independent of Nancy Pearl. I love Nancy just as much as you all do, but I was a student of quittology long before I knew about Nancy Pearl. So BACK OFF.)

This goes the same for movies. Do you watch a movie long after it has started to go south? Do you know the exact moment it goes south and still sit there until the end? I understand this more if you are actually at the theater. You have paid a hefty price to sit there and watch that movie, and I am cheap enough to understand the idea that we want to get what we paid for, even if we paid for a pile of doo-doo butter. But dvds? Cut your losses. Turn it off.

I turned off a movie last night, and almost started to feel guilty about doing so. But the thing was, it had started to get depressing, and not in a way that I felt was GOOD for me. You know, like when I watched Who Stole the Electric Car, it was depressing, but I felt like I was learning about something I didn't know about and so the educationalness of the interestingness was palpable (god I am eloquent. I just have to soak in what I just said). This one was not only depressing, but it was a surprise depressing. The worst kind of depressing, right? It's like you're having a nice chat with a promising dude, and all of a sudden he tells you about how proud he is of his hairy back. AWWWW! I thought this was going to be good, and now you went and sucker-punched me with the Hairy Back Pride. Damn. (By the way, that totally happened to me. I did not make that one up). The movie that I was watching was a documentary on the Sundance Channel called "Gay Sex in the 70s." Whoo! Post-Stonewall, disco, free love, happiness time! I'm down with that! Pass the popcorn! Except, halfway into the movie, it got depressing. Which brings me to life lesson number two: movies about the 70s are great about being surprisingly depressing. Not movies made IN the 70s, necessarily. Movies that are fundamentally about the 70s. Exhibit A: Saturday Night Fever. You think it's all John Travolta dancing around in a white jumpsuit to the Gibb brothers. And it is, at first. But then you get smacked in the mouth with suicide and non-consensual sex and horrible horrible non-dancey times. Exhibit B: the movie "54." Again, you think you're going in for Ryan Phillippe and Neve Campbell shaking their groove thing around the club, but no. It's Mike Myers, being all disgusting and creepy and you getting to feel really dirty when the movie is over.

So remember,
Lesson one: quitting is ok.
Lesson two: relationships should not be work.
Lesson three: beware of disco movies.

Especially number three. Number three is the one I'm most sure about.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

P.S. Do any of you guys do MySpace? If you do, email me. I resurrected my page, and I can't figure something out and I need help. Because apparently I am old and decrepit and don't understand the innernets any more.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Oh Deer.

The other night, Bio-Girl and I were talking about boys. She and I both have a long litany of relationships in our lives that go something like this: girl dates boy. Boy freaks out and breaks up with girl. Girl goes on with her life. Boy shows up at some point later on (oftentimes years later on) and proclaims that girl was the love of his life. Girl, by now totally over it, shrugs and says tough breaks kid. More years go by. Repeat.

And now, I give you, the genius that is Biology Girl.

Her: I've got the perfect metaphor to illustrate this situation.

Me: Give it to me.

Her: It's like, Jack (the ex) is walking down the street. And all of a sudden, a piece of trash, like a piece of paper, blows right into his face. Of course he's going to want to get it off of him. It's trash! In this scenario, I'M the trash.

Me: I thought this was supposed to be an uplifting metaphor.

Her: I'm not finished.

Me: So far, you have cast yourself in the role of "a piece of trash."

Her: I'm not finished! So, Jack gets the paper off of him, and it begins to blow away. As he looks at it flying away, he notices that this piece of trash is actually A WINNING LOTTERY TICKET. D'oh! So of course he's going to regret that he thought it was regular trash. See? He's going to run after the trash. He's going to regret not picking up that piece of trash for the rest of his life.

Me: I see what you're saying. But still. Trash?

Her: But see, you and me, we're valuable trash.


Her: Ok, I've got a better one.

Me: Thank god.

Her: It's like this. Our ex-boyfriends are like deer. So you've got this deer, and there's a car coming toward him. He looks up, he is in the path of the car! It's deer in headlights! He has to freak out and run away!

Me: Wait a second. Are we the CAR in this situation?

Her: Yes.

Me: We're the car? The car??? Driving at the deer?

Her: But what the deer doesn't realize until later is that we're not driving at him to run him over. We're driving at him to pick him up. We just want to give him a ride, drive along with him, that's all.

Me: So...we're a deer taxi?

Her: YES. We're a nice deer taxi. Only he just hasn't realized that, until it's too late, and we've driven by, and we're gone. So he's left, running after the taxi, trying to hail it.

Me: How does a deer hail a taxi, anyway?

Her: With his antlers, of course.

Of course.

There's a reason why she's getting her doctorate before reaching 30, folks. I think I've demonstrated why.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Me me me

I have been tagged by my blogger pal the Well Dressed Librarian. I don't usually do the "8 facts" meme because it's freaking hard to think up things about oneself without the context of a larger post in mind. However! I'm participating in this meme for three reasons and three reasons alone. One, us well-dressed librarianfolk need to support each other in our fabulousness. Two, WDL is one of my favorite blog people. Three, he tagged me by calling me a "gorgeous celebrity," and guys, flattery is like GOLD to me.

Here's the rules of engagement:
Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 4 people and posts their blog names, then hopes they notice they have been tagged and continue this chain ad nauseum.

1. You know how Joel McHale always jumps into the tv frame at the beginning of that show "The Soup"? I love that. I wish I could just jump into people's line of sight that way. Can you imagine this at the reference desk? No one at the desk then HEY! A librarian shoots in from the side? That would rock.

2. At the end of interviews on talk shows, sometimes the guests are so naive about how talk shows work that they get up and leave at the end of their segment. If you're a big star, you know that you don't get up and leave when the segment is over. You sit there and soak in the applause, the show cuts to commercial, and THEN you get up and leave, off-camera. The pre-mature leavers are often non-celebrity guests. And when they don't know that they are pre-leaving, I feel all motherly towards them. The sheer unjadedness of these people, not knowing talk show rules, touches me. I know. It's weird.

3. I make up swear words. For instance, if I drop something, you may hear me say this: "punk ass kibble sniffer!" That's one of my regulars. What it means, I couldn't really tell you, but it works for me.

4. I have a stomach of steel. I do not have problems of the Pepto variety. Granted, I eat pretty healthy, so maybe that's it, but even when I don't, my stomach is ok. I have only barfed once in my life (TMI, I know) and it was actually very poetic because it was on the bed of a guy that was a total dick to me. That's a story for another post.

5. I have never seen a Tom Cruise movie in its entirety.

6. You know how some women mother people? I tend to sister people.

7. I have never been camping. I would like to go, but I have a secret fear that I will HAAAAAATE it. And then what would that say about me as a person? Will it say I am a nature-hater? I don't want that. At the same time, when I am not sleeping in my own bed, I enjoy such things as room service and cable.

8. My closest friends my entire life have been girls and gay boys. At this point, I am at my lifelong peak of hetero boy close friendships. I have three.

I have a weird thing about tagging people for memes. Like I don't want to be pushy and tell them what to do with their blogs, you know? So, I'm tagging four people, but it's sort of half-hearted. I won't be upset if you don't acknowledge the tagging.

The woman who brought bullhonkey back.
The woman who always smiles at me during meetings.
The woman who I must have coffee with someday.
Coffee with this one too. She rocks.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

Monday, June 04, 2007

Where Have All the Corsages Gone?

My college roomie has come and gone, friends, and she was gracious enough not to bring up the time freshman year when we all took the Purity Test and I got into a fight with my chimp of a boyfriend over it. Then again, the graciousness went both ways because I didn't bring up the time that she broke the heart of the statewide pingpong champion. Oops, except maybe I did bring it up, like right now. Sorry, roomie.

Her graciousness did not stop there! She took Nordic Boy and I out for a lovely dinner and she did not crap her knickers when she saw our ugly yard for the first time. It was very generous on both counts. I took her to see the library (I swear to god it was at her request- I do not drag people who visit me from out of town to the library unless they specifically request it, which- considering the library here, they often do) and we had a lovely time hanging out.

On Saturday afternoon, roomie and I stopped in at the Nordstrom cafe to quench a powerful post-library thirst. As she ordered her drink, the barista asked her what her name was in order to yell it out when the bevvy was served up. And my roomie gave a bogus name! She, who is like me in that she has a non-common name, picked an alias that was short and easy to remember: "Kate." I thought I was the only one who goes undercover when I get coffee and smoothies! That made me happy. Like there's a whole underground movement of us who are "Jen"-ing and "Amy"-ing ourselves to fight the power of mangled first names! Aww yeah! All ya'll out there masquerading as Janes! Can I get a wutwut?

As we sat with our beverages (and it should be noted here that her cup said "Katie" instead of "Kate" so I guess getting names wrong may be an equal opportunity, um, opportunity), we chatted and watched the city go by. We saw, in the span of maybe twenty minutes, a man ride by on a unicycle carrying a brown fur suitcase, another man on a pedal-powered dune-buggy, riding down the street with ads stuck all over his vehicle, two women in identical white vinyl mini-trench coats and heels with spray tanned legs and porn star hair, and more than a few tuxedo'ed and gowned prom goers. And I gotta tell you, the prom goers were the ones that I stared at the hardest.

Prom fascinates me, you guys. Prom! The etymology of this word is "promenade." As in stepping out, walking about, galavanting free. The lore used to be that this event is when many, many people lose their virginity. Is that really true? None of my friends lost their virginity on prom night. None. If anyone out there did lose their crunchberry at prom, will you please let me know? Just one person. They've got to be out there, somewhere.

Part of the reason I am fascinated with prom is because I have never experienced one. That's right, I never went to my prom. I remember when I made the decision to not go to prom and I told my friends, many of them said to me: "but you HAVE to go to your prom! If you don't, you'll regret it for the REST OF YOUR LIFE." And yes, people, I am a shell of a person. I don't know how many times a day I go over and over this mistake that I made. Every time I lose my lipstick, every time a patron is rude to me, every time I can't figure out what to eat for lunch, I think GOD DAMN IT IF I HAD ONLY GONE TO PROM THIS NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO ME.

Not only did I not go to my prom, but I never went to any formal dance of any kind when I was in high school. And it was not because I was not getting dates, friends. It was because I was taking a stand. Some people were protesting apartheid in South Africa, some people were trying to save baby seals. My issue was the tyranny of formal dances. I am not even kidding you, this was a topic that would get me CRAZY pissed off in high school. Here was my problem. You were not allowed to go as a single person. Tickets were only sold to couples. I found this compulsory couplehood revolting (still do, as a matter of fact) and so my protest was to vow never to set foot in a formal dance at my school until I could buy my own motherfarking ticket. Fight the power, Librarian Girl! We shall overcome!

So, in the four years I was in high school, I stuck to my guns. When I was asked to go to dances, I would just say NO. Even when it was really tempting and the dude was really cute and I really wanted to make out with him in a hot evening gown (that's me in a hot evening gown, not him), I would turn that opportunity down. I was making a POINT and I was willing to give up smooch time to make it (and honestly, what is more of a valued currency than smooching? NOTHING). And for four years, people didn't make that big of a deal out of it. If I didn't go to Homecoming, or Sadie's, big deal. But when I was a senior and my very own prom was at stake, things started to get ugly. People actually begged me to reconsider, for my own good. I would regret it, they all said, over and over again. And I have to admit, after all the badgering, I started to cave a little bit. I was going to miss my prom! Was it worth it? Didn't I want to get an updo and slow dance to "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette? Didn't I?

My boyfriend at the time was an older man and there was no way in hell he was going to show up at a high school prom, so that was out of the question. My friend Joe asked me and I seriously considered it. I really did. But, when the time came, I just couldn't do it. I had made a solemn vow for independent souls like me everywhere, and I couldn't go back on my word. Hence, no prom for me.

Oh yes. I rocked it like Norma Rae. Only it wasn't a union thing. And I didn't really change the system or anything. And I don't look anything like Gidget. But other than that, it was totally the same thing.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl

Friday, June 01, 2007

Baby Love

I didn't write a post for Mother's Day, as I was spending it in the Midwest sans innernets, sniffing hospital fumes. So, although it's a bit late, I would like to say a little something that is semi-related to Momma's Day and to Pappa's Day, because my dear, dear friends Neighbor J and Neighbor B are about to beget a littlin'. Any day now, our family will be welcoming a new juvenile into its bosom. (And Neighbor J, I will refrain from making any comments about bosoms, as in your bosoms. Except to say. Wow). And my dear dear friends will become Mom and Dad. As in, their KID will call them Mom and Dad. Not me. Because that would be weird.

In honor of this blessed event, I would like to write a note to Baby Neighbor, the newest Neighbor in our loving familia.

Dear Baby Neighbor,

Hey girlie. It's your Auntie Librarian Girl here. I know you are going to have lots and lots of Aunties and Uncles in your life, as your mom and dad are well-loved, so it may be a little confusing at first. You can just remember me like this: I'm your cool Auntie that is somewhat immature. Everyone has to have one. Ben Gellar had Monica. Darlene Conner had Jackie. Go rent Auntie Mame when you're old enough and you'll get what I'm talking about. I'll be the Aunt that will slip you a twenty and not laugh at you when you're feeling oh. so. dramatic. And, I will laugh at poop and fart jokes. Then again, so will your parents so I guess you're covered there. I will keep you dressed in fabulous outfits, should that be your wish, and I will listen to as many boy stories as you can dish out (or girl stories, should that be your preference).

You'll be meeting Uncle Nordic Boy soon too. He's the one that looks like he's deep in thought all the time and who always has paint stains on his hip clothes. I know you'll love him. Not just because I think he's cool, but because, in little kid circles, he's a complete rock star. I don't know what it is about him, but the kiddies think he is the BOMB. I have seen crowds of little children jump up and down and CHEER when he walks into a room. "YAYYYYYY!" they all say. I don't know what the mystique is. Maybe it's all the cool tools he always has on his person and the way he's always fixing stuff. At any rate, when you're old enough to wield your first hammer, he's the man to show you how to hold it.

There may come a time, when you get close to your teen years, when you start to have conflicts with your parents. I honestly don't know what those conflicts may be, as you are blessed with Extremely Cool Parents. The only fights I can imagine at this point would be some kind of argument over the typeface that you've chosen to use on a
party invite or something. Because kiddo? Your mom is crazy-talented when it comes to graphic design, and her knowledge and aesthetic of fonts and typography are a wee bit scary. So here's a piece of advice for you. Your first ever Auntie advice from Auntie Librarian Girl! A momentous occassion, to be sure. Here it is: do not, for the love of all that is holy, ever use Comic Sans. EVER. Just don't. She may
ground you, just for that. While you're at it, stay away from Jokerman too.

Here's something else. Talking on the phone. Your mom and I like to do this. A lot. We talk on the phone like our lives depend on it. So, if you get to an age where you are talking on the phone a lot, and your mom gets mad at you for doing so, you can use this ammunition to argue your need to be on the phone. Remind her of the hours she has spent talking to HER friend, and how much she relies on that. (Sorry Neighbor J, to give you up like this. I have Cool Auntie duties now, though. It's, like, my job).

Now let me give some advice on your dad. First off, you are going to be the coolest kid around, because your dad is going to rig up some cool ass technology gadgets for you. Forget ipods. You will probably have some sort of music device that pipes music directly into the side of your sunglasses or something. Your friends will be dying of envy. But here's the downside. I'm going to give it to you straight. Do
not let him build you a robot playmate. Oh, he might try. He might tell you it will rock. But don't let him. The kids at school will think it's weird, and you'll be known as Robo-Girl. So cool gadgetry, yes. Creepy robot people to play with, not so much.

So, little girlie, I will save up any further advice for you until you've moved out of your mom's belly. I just thought it was time we get acquainted. I am over the moon excited to meet you, and I'll be cheering you on in whatever you do and I'll be there for you in whatever way you need me. I know you've got two parents that love you to pieces, but you can add me to the list of folks that love you unconditionally. I will always listen to what you have to say, and I'll do anything for you. Those are the Auntie vows I pledge to you.

Oh, and let me know when you need that twenty.

Kiss the rings, I'm out.
Librarian Girl