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August 28, 2014

More Wonderful Books

I go to work on Wednesdays not knowing what I will find.  Yesterday appeared to be a quiet day until I blinked.  Poof, there was a whole library, mostly JD Robb/Norah Roberts volumes, in four giant bags.  Giant. 

I was grateful there were no cookbooks as we were still suffering with an excess of enthusiasm from our patrons.  Months ago the boss sent out a note asking for cookbooks.  We are still getting them by the box load.  Yesterday my goal was to get them all priced and out on the shelves. 

So I worked a little late yesterday.  It was flat out fun pulling a few outdated books and filling three shelves with cookbooks.  Then I had to fill two shelves with nonfiction.  Pricing it first of course.  Then…I shelved most of the Robb/Roberts and put a whole wagon load of those out too. 

There are days I feel as if I get a lot done.  Yea…….


  • Himself:  Had fun finding money.  He always does.  Took me out to dinner afterwards.
  • Herself:  I confess to having more fun than allowed with books yesterday.  Women’s group where I got two bags of newish books for the store.  Dinner out.
  • Reading:  New to me, Ben Aaronovitch’s “Midnight Riot.”  Unexpectedly fun start.
  • Balance:  Getting many small things done yesterday.

  • August 26, 2014

    Summer's End

    OB 1980.

    The official end of summer seems to be here again.  Today we sang happy birthday to one of the water aerobics ladies whose birthday it is tomorrow.  She won’t be here.  School is starting for her.  Another teacher began her last year yesterday.  I know we will see her more once she retires, but we will miss her until then.  Another teacher talks of packing books and giving away her office things.  Still another is subbing all year.

    The days are still warm here.  Out At SDSU the days will be hot, and there the school of nursing is moving from building B to building A.  Change is everywhere…and sometimes heat makes it worse.

    It’s in the 80’s here at the beach.  I’ve said goodbye, sang and said happy birthday to two.  I’ll miss my friends, but my summer keeps on keeping on as long as the sun is out.

  • Himself:  Gym, work, he did laundry yesterday.

  • Herself:  I should feel guilty as I read allday.  Today, pool, talk with Bobbie, read….LOL

  • Reading:  The last of Moon’s “Vatta” series.

  • Balance:  Not reading all day.  LOL

  • August 25, 2014

    Sunday Snippets on A Monday

    • Sunday morning G and I went up to Clairmont Mesa to the Mysterious Galaxy Independent Bookstore.  G vanished into a game store just down the way, and I stepped into the bookstore.  I froze.  There was a woman who looked very familiar right in front of me.  Slowly my brain started working, and I recognized my friend Captain Poolie’s sister, Mia.  Then there was Nancy.  After hugs and greetings, I asked where the Captain was.  More hugs.  I love serendipitous moments like these.  We set up a lunch date too.

  • My goal at Mysterious Galaxy was to replace my falling apart “Komarr” by Bujold.  None on the shelves.  “We had a run on Bujold.  The hardbound is out of print,” he told me.  “I’d looked on Alibris and ABE Books,” I said, “and neither had a copy.  I would take used.”  His distributor had a copy, maybe, and I ordered it if it was still there.  I hope it was.  After telling him what I did as a volunteer, he told me that he would donate books.  There are those moments that are good stuff.

  • I have all the Elizabeth Moon book jackets now covered in plastic.  I’ve been ruthless when getting rid of books.  Some of those that remain are fragile.  Unfortunately many volumes were printed on high acid paper and are turning yellow, brown, and/or crumbling too.  Combining the high acid paper with mold caught from the big house means many of the books were not salvageable in the first place.  The only way to kill mold on books is by freeze drying the books, but I have been known to wipe them down with a bleach solution.  To keep the jackets in as good condition as possible, I and many others encase them in plastic.

  • We ate out last night.  Costco….I love their fast food and have calculated the WW points on each item.  Only when we were on our way there did I remember they were remodeling the food area.  I needn’t have worried.  They moved in two food trucks.  Shades of “Chef”…which we loved.  The “Cohn” restaurant group, which includes several of my very favorites places sponsored one food truck.  I gather, since the prices were not cheap, most of the folks weren’t pleased by the trucks.  I was.  What an innovative solution.  And too, the food was flat out really good.  The Patty Melt beat out my next favorite, L’il B’s.  G had the roast beef sandwich.  Heaven lives in the Costco parking lot.

  • Balance:  Shopping and reading today.  Starting to cover the Bujold book Jackets, small things like that on a lovely but warm Monday.