Update

Jul. 2nd, 2017 10:41 am
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
The news segment about the Higgins Hall implosion that my friends and I were in is now up on WQAD's Facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to view it.

And here I was worried that I wouldn't have any pictures or videos to remember this by because I forgot my iPod. This is the coolest thing ever.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Last month I found out my undergrad college was going to demolish the dorm I lived in junior year. Although I lived in another dorm longer, Higgins was the one where I met all the friends I still keep in touch with, and one of them (Cheryl) organized a reunion for us to watch the building come down.

The tale, with videos )

Well, Huh

Jul. 23rd, 2016 09:58 am
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I was keeping an eye on some storms yesterday via The Weather Channel's website when I spotted something I'd never noticed before. Can you see it?

Pics behind cut )
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
Grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] agt_spooky.

For a change in the news feed, tell us about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!!

The year was: 1987 )

Copy and paste. Let's hear your story.

D-Day +1

Apr. 6th, 2016 09:02 pm
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
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
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
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:



the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
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.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
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?
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
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.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
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.

Ugh

Jul. 10th, 2015 10:29 pm
the_other_sandy: Kaleidoscope (Kaleidoscope)
A perfectly good evening of planned cross stitching was just derailed when a spider landed on the couch and decided to watch Killjoys with me. I was forced to be elsewhere. So, so elsewhere. And it's fairly even odds whether the amount of Raid I just used will kill me or the spider first.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
[livejournal.com profile] agt_spooky broadly tagged her flist for this and I haven't been posting much lately, so I'm taking this as a poke with a sharp stick to be more active on LJ. So, 7 things you may or may not know about me:

1. I have the ticket stubs, wristbands, or badges of every convention I've ever attended. The first one was TARDIS 21 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in 1984. Back in those days, you bought your tickets from someplace like Ticketmaster and they gave you an actual ticket like a concert or theater ticket. My parents bought two tickets and shared the second one between them so they could take turns chaperoning me on alternate days.

2. When I was in high school, the big crushes for girls were Rick Springfield and the members of Duran Duran. My biggest crushes in high school were Lord Peter Wimsey and d'Artagnan of the Musketeers. Yeah, I read a lot.

3. Part of my college graduation requirements for my degree was to do a one semester internship and then write a 30 page paper about the experience. The end of the semester happened to coincide with convention season here in Chicago, so the bulk of the paper was written between panels and while waiting in lines at Visions '90 (coincidentally also at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare).

4. I'm an only child. Both of my parents are also only children. I've never had aunts, uncles, or cousins.

Read more... )
the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
I'm in Seattle right now for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. It's the boring one of the two annual conferences (Midwinter and Annual) because it consists almost entirely of committee meetings, but I'm here to meet with my committee, so there you are.

When I was in line waiting to board my plane this morning, one of the airline employees at the check in desk looked at us and said, "Wow, you're all so orderly and quiet." A guy at the front of the line yelled, "How many people are librarians?" About a third of us raised our hands. Everyone else allowed as how that probably explained a lot.
the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
This is the first year the con hasn't been held a short drive from my apartment, due to the Ryder Cup people taking up all available hotel space in the Greater Chicagoland area. We're currently in Madison, Wisconsin. This is actually okay with me because I live just a couple of miles down the street from the Ryder Cup venue and my neighborhood has been a three-ring circus all week because of it. Too bad traffic on I-90 sucked so hard. There was a solid 62 mile segment that was under construction, followed shortly by a lane closure because someone had spilled something fluorescent yellow all over the road. The two hour drive took me four and a half hours. Hopefully, it won't be as bad headed home on Sunday.

Read more... )
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
Seriously. I've lived here for 14 years and this is only the second time the fire alarm has gone off. I'd been doing my Saturday morning thing of reading fic in my pajamas and it was 17 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside, so after checking my door for smoke or heat, I took the chance of getting dressed down to my long underwear before I went out. I still made it out of the building before the fire department showed up. Fortunately it was a false alarm, although a fire might have been nice for the heat. Did I mention it was 17 degrees outside?

I continue to be one of only three or four people who bother to evacuate when the fire alarm goes off. Two people came out to let their dogs do their business, then walked past the fire trucks and went back inside. There was a woman and her two little kids on the third floor watching the whole thing out the window like it was reality TV. I shudder to think what would happen if there ever really was a fire here. There actually have been three fires in this complex since I moved here, one of them fatal, although none of them were in my building.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
9/11
Where were you?


I was actually one of the last people around here to find out what was happening. I had already been at work for 10 minutes when the first plane hit.

Read more... )
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
Every time I catch up on my flist, disaster strikes to put me behind again. In this case, my cable went out. That means that I have to completely avoid my flist in order to avoid Supernatural spoilers until the technician comes on Sunday afternoon. Yeah, that's two days from now. Imagine my delight. Oh, well. I suppose this is a good time to catch up on my reading. And maybe The CW will have the new ep online by the time I get home from work tomorrow night.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
I don't know what else to call it, because it's not a snow day. When I got in to work this morning, there was no power. Everyone who turned up was being sent home and told someone would call us with a new start time for our day. When that call came, it turned out that we weren't going to be getting power back until 5:00 p.m., so unexpected paid day off!

My first thought was to take the opportunity to catch up on my flist, but of course LJ was down. Boo. I was forced to do grown-up things like grocery shopping and laundry instead. Now that I'm feeling all virtuous and LJ is back up, I'll be spending the rest of the day with fic.

DST Fail

Mar. 24th, 2011 07:12 pm
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
Is anyone else getting their butt kicked by daylight savings time? I'm usually a little fuzzy the first two mornings after the time change, but then I adjust and it's all good. Not this year. Every time I try to go to bed, my body says 'but it's early.' And you'd think that only getting 5 hours of sleep a night would make it easier to fall asleep the next night, but really not so much. It's been a week and a half. I'm tired of being tired. Do you think anyone would notice if I just changed my clocks back again?
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
You know what doesn't bode well? Looking out the window of your workplace and seeing 3 news helicopters hovering overhead. It turned out that there was a small plane crash (the plane was small, not the crash) at the municipal airport in our district. It's just down the street from us. That's the second crash there this year.

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