rowanf: (bear Roszmairta)

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It has been a pretty good week. We had our Second Sunday Adocentyn Research Library work party and got a fair bit done (although since I was multi-tasking and attending the NCLC meeting remotely not so much thanks to me). But I did get a two day work week both weeks going up mid-week and spending the night at Glenn's. I still hate the commute (esp in the rain) but at least I can put in 5-8 hour days. We are up over 2,000 books entered on Library Thing (haha, I just noticed Glenn's count it 666). Not quite ready for patrons, but definitely getting to the stage where it is tempting to browse and read.

I really love Aangan, the Nepali Restaurant around the corner. It is a definite incentive to drive to Albany to work at the library. *grin* Although I did manage stops at Stag's Lunchette one week and I ate at the Solano Grill the other. But Aangan does amazing paneer pakodas and lamb korma and paneer masala dosa. Kurt donated his mini-fridge to the library so I can even have take-away for breakfast the next morning. Life is good. Unfortunately with my surgery coming up I have appointments that will keep me from working before surgery and then who knows. I had hoped to get more done. *sigh*

In WoW news, I have 11 toons lvl 85 or over and Velarosz will probably hit 90 next week. Even Roszmairta, my very first ever toon hit 85 despite the fact that she is a druid and I'm not very good with that class. So from August 2008 to November 2012 to get 85 levels. She started, of course, in Libraries and Librarians over on Aerie Peak but has been on Bronzebeard for a couple of years and is now in Daughters of the Alliance. I have friends who can get to max level in like a week. I have never understood how they do it though. OTOH, many people don't understand about dozens of alts. That is the nice thing about WoW -- there are so many different ways to play. Speaking of which, one of the new things is pet battles. If I didn't feel like I had to level some of my toons to 90, I would soooo be all over battling and collecting new pets. This week is the 8th anniversary of WoW. Happy anniversary!

In movie news, Russell and I saw Skyfall and Wreck It Ralph. Skyfall was a perfectly competent James Bond movie. Wreck It Ralph was a seriously delightful tribute to the arcade games of old. It reminded me a bit of Toy Story, in that the story is "behind the scenes" from the view of the gamers who play the games; what happens after the arcade closes. I laughed, I cried, I left with a smile on my face. Really, really fun.

I had my pre-operative appointment with the surgeon on Friday and my coven and other dear friends did a ritual for me. It was really wonderful and I am feeling calmer and more centered than before the ritual. We also dressed and charged candles for them to burn for me on the day of surgery. I'm already in the fasting from ibupropen (and not finding acetominiphen adequate). Tomorrow I have an ultrasound scheduled for a last look at the nodules before they are removed. We don't suspect cancer, but the ultrasound will show my lymph nodes just to see if she should inspect them whilst my neck is open for signs of cancer. My last needle biopsy was years ago, but there really is no indication. And my family doesn't seem cancer prone. I'm kind of amazed that it is a scary word despite my intellectual surety that it is unlikely.
rowanf: (lego library witch)

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At the last Adocenty Library board meeting Glenn and I had talked about my coming up and staying in her back building (which has never had a cat living in it) to get in multiple days at the library. So this week, I went up on Tuesday and got to the library about 10am. I worked until 3:30 or so and then headed over to Glenn's. We visited and had dinner with Don & Anna and Gus at Fat Apples. I was back at the library by about 7am and worked until noon. Actually working hands on gives me a better handle on taxonomy also. I consider it very successful and will overnight in Berkeley regularly whilst I'm not working to get the library in better order. We have also instituted Second Sunday Work Parties, in case anyone wants to come and enter books into our database on Librarything or shelve books.

I also told Don I would take over the organizing of the Esoteric Library Association or whatever we end up calling our association of Pagan, Wiccan, esoteric and metaphysical libraries. We first thought Pagan Library Association but PLA is Public libraries, of course. So I am looking at library association mission statements and trying to figure out what the actual benefits to having such an association would be - sharing extra copies of books/journals, sharing best practices, etc. I should also think about whether to join the American Theological Library Association and see if they have anything useful (or whether it is all so mainstream as to be a waste of time).
rowanf: (Cigana do Almas)

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Friday I drove up to the East Bay for the first board meeting of the new Pagan library initiative. The drive was insane - took a bit over an hour going and two hours to get home as I hit the edge of rush hour. This puts a damper on my enthusiasm. But we have a space, the start on bookcases and we are entering our collection into LibraryThing as a start on cataloging. And it is good to work with Don & Anna, Glenn, Diana and Gus on the project. But oh, dear, that commute!

I got home and then went out shopping with Kurt to get the meal for Ember's necklace ceremony together. Aida Wedo had interesting dietary requirements - vegetarian except eggs with a dish of each colour of the rainbow. Kurt did three types of grains (rice, cous cous, quinoa) surrounded by colourful cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, blue potatoes, etc. to get the palette. Colourful and tasty.

The ceremony went well I think, the power was well seated. I danced Ogun, Oxossi, Pomba and Maman Brigitte. I had taken a Huichol scarf for Oxossi and I got a Path I hadn't met before. Things did not go very well with him and I was late to horsing Pomba. All the Pombas were smoking cigars and I had an asthma attack. My lungs are still not back to normal, I guess. I hate feeling unreliable but I just couldn't do the last 4-5 powers after Maman. I was to be a "show must go on" type who can be counted on through thick and thin, but it is being borne in upon me over the last few years that I am not.

May 2015



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