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My New Year's resolution this year was to not buy a new book until after I've read one of the many, many books I already own. Now that we're just past the halfway point, how am I doing? Abysmally. It sounded like such a good idea on paper, but I clearly didn't think it through.

Problem #1: Series books. I read a lot of series books. In fact, I read mostly series books. Since I don't already own every book in every series I read, having this rule was creating huge wait times between reading books in the series I'm following.

Problem #2: BookBub. If you're not familiar with BookBub, it's a free online deal alert service for ebooks. You can opt to receive a daily (or weekly) newsletter with ebook deals for $2.99 or less in the subjects or genres of your choosing (including M/M romance), or you can add books to your account and BookBub will email you if there's a deal on them. This has been both great and terrible for me because this is where I end up buying a lot of my ebooks. Because I am cheap cheap cheap.

Problem #3: Samhain Publishing announced they were going out of business. Samhain is my favorite publisher for M/M romance and I had a lot of things on my To Read list on their slate. Since they didn't announce a conclusive date when they would close up shop (they're "winding down operations"), I went over to their site to grab what I could before things started going out of print, coincidentally on a day when they were having a massive site-wide sale where everything I wanted was under $3.00. (See above re: cheap.) (And argh, I just popped over to their site for two seconds to copy/paste their URL and what was on the front page? A new book in a series I read. I just bought another book. Somebody please stop me.) [ETA: Samhain's URL removed because the site is now closed.]

On the plus side, I've mostly given up TV and fic in favor of reading my books, which was my original goal when I started giving myself annual reading challenges back in 2010. So maybe it'll only take six more years before I manage to start reading my own books instead of buying new ones all the time.
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Have a safe and happy holiday!



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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] awfulhorrid!
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Pattern lifted from the Captain America 2 Sampler by Lpanne.

Apparently stitching on black fabric until I go blind is a thing I do now.

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I would pay actual money to watch a movie where Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes team up to track down and rescue a missing Steve Rogers.

NERV Logo

May. 1st, 2016 01:13 pm
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Pattern by Servotron on Sprite Stitch.

For those who don't watch anime, NERV was the organization behind the Human Instrumentality Project in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

The original pattern calls for it to be stitched in black on white fabric, but I’ve always been partial to the red on black version of the logo. I’ve never been able to get a truly accurate picture, but the colors look amazing in person.





D-Day +1

Apr. 6th, 2016 09:02 pm
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Remember last week when the northeast corner of the first floor looked like this?



When I left work yesterday, it looked more like this:

Pictures under cut... )

D-Day

Apr. 4th, 2016 05:56 pm
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Last week I posted pictures of what my library looked like after we finished packing everything. Construction started today. About 90% of my workplace is a hard hat area that we're not allowed into.

Oddly enough, the biggest issue was that the construction guys propped open all the exterior doors for easier access. The high today was 39° F. We were all freezing all day.

This was the view from the entrance to the office area when I left work this afternoon:



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The library where I work has just started a major renovation project. When I say "major," I mean "gut to the exterior walls and start over." We're knocking down the main staircase and moving it and the elevator shaft (that'll be the second time for the elevator shaft since I've been there), creating a whole new floor plan, and replacing the HVAC system and rewiring the building. As a result, we're moving out to a temporary location for the next 8-12 months.

Have you ever moved a library? Only about 40% of the collection will fit in the temporary location, so we had to pack in two phases: one group of things for the temporary location and one group of things for long-term storage. And not only do we have to pack and move the books and videos and music and such, we have to move the shelves, computers, phones, reference desk, vending machines, and everything else. As of today the collection is packed and moved, and most of the staff is at the temporary location frantically shelving things so we can reopen to the public on Monday (this is the second week we've been closed). And once we get the public part of the library up and running, we get to start over and move the office areas. We're planning to be in the new offices by mid-April.

Pictures under the cut... )

We all got quite the workout over the last two and a half weeks, even with the help of the moving company. And I'm one of maybe half a dozen people who have been there long enough to have participated in the move the last time we renovated.
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I subscribe to Barnes & Noble's Nook Daily Find newsletter. February 29th's email contained this gem in the description of Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline: "It’s an emotionally gripping story about how far you can, and should go to protect those you love from bestselling author Lisa Scottoline."

Are we supposed to be protecting our loved ones from Lisa Scottoline's books, or from Lisa Scottoline herself?
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"It was a terrible day even before Crispin blew up the study."

--Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles
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I made a New Year's resolution this year not to buy a new book until I've read a book I already own. It didn't seem like it was going to be that big a deal, but it's not even the end of February yet and it's the worst. Five books in series I read and/or by authors I like came out this month alone. Also, several books I've been wanting to read went on sale for super cheap this month, and I couldn't pass those up because I'm a happy miser.

I'm never going to be able to keep this up. I just want to read all the things. Is that too much to ask?
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Total: 10,062 pages


Last year I struggled to hit 6,700 pages due to the unusually large number of books I read that I didn't like very much. This year I discovered Listopia, and in particular the list for Gay Romance Featuring Psychics/Mediums/Shamans/Spiritualists, and read an absolutely record number of things for me without even trying. Unfortunately out of the staggering number of things I read in 2015, only about five of them were things I owned when the year started, so the giant pile of unread things has not been reduced at all.

Towards that end, my resolution for 2016 is to not buy a new book until I've read one I already own. Since there are at least seven books I know of coming out in the next year by authors I like, I have little hope that the giant pile of unread things will be hugely reduced, but at the very least it won't get any larger.

Stuff I read in 2015:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
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Filched from [livejournal.com profile] agent_jl36.

Name six movies you can watch any time without ever getting sick of them.

Only six?

Hmm.

1. Airplane!
2. Blazing Saddles
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. Gettysburg
5. Murder By Death
6. Star Wars (the original, unadulterated, Han-shot-first one)
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] gottalovev.

50 Questions for fic readers. Put a number or two in the comments for me to answer.

[ETA: I found out the hard way that LJ won't let me post comments with hyperlinks in them today, so I am adding my answers to the body of the post instead. ::kicks LJ::]

List of questions )
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Pattern by Tereena Clarke of Artecy Cross Stitch.

This was one of their free patterns for August. The pattern calls for white aida, but as soon as I was holding the skeins in my hand I thought the colors would look really good on a darker fabric. I chose navy blue because I have four other projects in my queue that need to be stitched on black and there's only so much my eyes can take.



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Craft Show season is heating up here in Greater Chicagoland. Most of the big ones occur closer to Christmas and have mostly Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday things, but Fall Diddley in Belvidere is always in early October and has plenty of Halloween-themed things.

Fall Diddley is my favorite of the craft shows and well worth the hour-plus drive. I've been really good about not buying things the last couple of years, but I've been looking for a new purse because the brown one I have clashes wildly with my red winter coat. Then I found this:



(Sorry about the dark backgound, but it was either this or a blue and green plaid bedsheet.)

How cool is that? And it was literally the only one in that fabric out of all the styles she had. Clearly, it was fate that I should own this purse. Which I now do.
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Or, you know, have already changed.

I cleaned out and reorganized my desk drawers yesterday. I found a whole bunch of things I'd forgotten I actually owned, like two folders of stationery, the newest of which is 20+ years old, some letter-openers, and a box of envelopes.

I used to write a fairly decent amount of letters because my best friend and I went to college in different states and the internet wasn't a thing yet, but then email started to become more common before I ran out of stationery. I also pay almost all my bills online now, so I have all these leftovers that I'll probably never use. This makes me weirdly sad. I don't think I've even used a stamp since I sent out Christmas cards last December, and I haven't had a chance to use any of my fountain pens or glass pens since...I don't even remember when.

And the change happened so abruptly that I have an entire desk drawer that's basically a time capsule from another era.

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