Friday, May 12, 2006



I was in my pantry and happened to finally notice that there are ten boxes of cereal (for three people, one of whom is 3 and the other two don't really actually eat cereal). There is a crazy compulsion out there to make purchases. I can attribute three of those boxes of cereal to a $.99 a box sale at the local Hannaford (formerly known as Shop n' Save and before then the old A & P). I have a box of Cheerios for my 9 month niece. Three of the boxes, two of which are open, are the same cereal. I have generic Rice Chex. I have two open jars of peanut butter below the cereal. Three boxes (all open) of hot chocolate mix are on the second from the top shelf. There is a jar of enchilada sauce which I have moved faithfully from my mother's house in Colorado to mi casa in Phoenix and then to North Carolina, north to Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and to two different locations in the Central Maine area. Pantries are crazy places; they're the manifestations of everyone's secret OCD. Check out Why We Buy: The Science Of Shopping by Paco Underhill. Copies are available at your local library.

I'm not quite sure how to start my first post, so why don't I just list what I'm reading, watching, and listening to these days. All of which I highly reccommend.

What I'm reading
I'm currently reading three books at the moment (ambitious aren't I?): Lost: Signs of Life by Frank Thompson, The Water and The Blood by Nancy Turner, and V for Vendetta by Alan Moore. Signs of Life is an original novel based on the television series Lost. These books (there's 3 so far) are about passengers not featured on the tv show but they also interact with the main characters that are. There are some instances when I can picture the episode they're referring to. It's a fun light read and you don't necessarily have to be a fan of the show to understand it. I just picked up The Water and The Blood so I don't really know what it's about yet, but I have high hopes for it because I absolutely loved Turner's other books These Is My Words and Sarah's Quilt (both reccommended to me by Sarah). I decided to read V for Vendetta because I really enjoyed the movie. I'm not a big fan of graphic novels so it's different for me.

What I'm watching
Unfortunately the following shows I'm about to mention are ending for the season and won't be back until the fall, but they're still worth mentioning and besides they're always showing repeats.
~Grey's Anatomy: I'm not usually into the medical type shows, but I think this one is more focused on the characters and their problems than it is on medical problems. There's still guts and gross stuff, but not as much as some of the other shows on. I love all of the characters and the story lines, it's an awesome show.
~Lost: I started watching this half way into the 2nd season, I was so into that first episode I watched that I went out and bought the first season on DVD and watched the whole thing within 2 weeks time. I'm totally addicted.
~The Office: This is probably THE funniest show on television right now, I love it. It's a different kind of humor, but it is absolutely hilarious. Steve Carrell (40 Year Old Virgin) stars as the boss.
~American Idol: two words: guilty pleasure. I haven't cared about any of the winners since Kelly Clarkson and I think it's getting a little tiresome, but I can't help but watch. I love the auditions at the beginning because they're so outrageous, and then I end up getting attached to certain contestants and I just have to keep watching.
~Family Guy: Funniest cartoon ever. Stewie Griffin is my hero (even if he is an infant). This show is so quotable, my sister and I could have whole conversations using lines from Family Guy.

Songs I'm obsessed with
~ Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
~ Promiscuous Girl - Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland
~ Why - Kelly Clarkson (Anni Lennox cover, AMAZING)...actually ANYTHING by Kelly Clarkson = love
~ anything by beautiful You. Sadly bY is no longer together and they only have about 6 songs, but they are SO good. Go here http://http://www.myspace.com/beautifulyou and here http://www.myspace.com/djamesmusic to hear their music.
~ anything by The Graham Colton Band http://www.myspace.com/grahamcoltonband
~ You're Beautiful - James Blunt
~ Somebody to Love - Elliot Yamin
~ Move Along - The All American Rejects
~ I Walk the Line - Chris Daughtry

Thursday, May 11, 2006

There are so many great things about living in Central Maine that when a not-so-great thing comes up, it's always rather surprising. One of the not-so-great things that I've encountered recently are the frogs (sorry if that grammar isn't correct). I really had forgotten (after time spent living away) how on those misty spring evenings all country roads in Maine become infested with frogs of all sizes. I remember in high school making my at-the-time boyfriend drive s-l-o-w-l-y lest he run over too many frogs without giving them a fair shot at getting to the other side quickly. I hate driving on those nights. I always feel like a frog killer, which, in fact, I am. I am resolved to use my local library (aha!) to investigate what makes the frogs hop and hop and stop and hop across my roads. Another instance of a library being just what one needs...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I thought to create some clever and wonderful introduction to this blog.. this record of the culture of the Waterville Public Library.. but what sounds great in my head while I'm driving to work or to pick up my son at daycare always ends up looking really rather insipid in print..
and I don't believe that there's anything insipid about libraries.. they're crazy places, filled with ideas and people, and that's so cool..

So as librarians excel at the generation of lists (booklists are like band-aids in the hands of librarians...), here's what's currently stacked up on my side of the bed.. (it will be like a SarahBookList)

I'm indulging my inner sci-fi geek and watching my way through the first season of "Battlestar Galatica" (the Sci-Fi channel offering). I watch shows like this (along with all of my beloved film adaptations of Jane Austen novels and Inspector Morse episodes) only when my husband is away and not there to groan when the opening credits appear.

"False Impression" by Jeffrey Archer (recommended by one of my favorite patrons! (although all patrons are my favorites.)

"Kill Me" by Stephen White (another recommendation by aforementioned favorite patron)

"A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl" by Tanya Lee Stone (new offering for teen readers and the librarians who serve them..)

"Boy Girl Boy" by Ron Koertge (recommendation from a regular teen patron..)

"Born to Kvetch" by Michael Wex (a Tom Clohessy recommendation http://tomclohessy.blogspot.com/)