So today was our last official* summer program at the library, and if I may say so, we ended with a bang. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat came to take pictures with the kiddos (and librarians)
We're so cute
Also, today the teens reached their 5,000 hour-mark which means on Saturday I am getting purple streaks in my hair!
The summer has gone really quickly and I’m a little sad that August will be a little slow. Though I am first going on vacation so it won’t seem slow…Also! July is almost over so I (and Autumn) can eat desserts again! I’m totally psyched. At midnight my sister and I are going to either do Tim Tam Slams** or have ice cream sundaes. Or…both? Lisa votes for both. What do you think?
And now. Off for dinner with Jen! Huzzah!
*I say official because I have a party tomorrow night for my 8-10 year olds and one on Saturday night for th 11-14 year olds…
**edited Autumn pointed out that she didn’t know what a Tim Tam slam is, basically it’s the best cookie to ever come out of Australia (besides the Anzac cookie…). Here’s a video explaining a Tim Tam Slam:
When I was working at my local library in high school, I found all sorts of great, older, more obscure (or so I thought) books to read. While this is still the case, the discoveries that I made as a shelver felt so much serendipitous that they do now that I’m responsible for ordering a portion of our collection. Anyhow, there has always been one book in particular that I felt was an extra special find. Long after I read it, I found out that it had been a best seller in it’s time and had even been made into a movie. But when I found it while shelving I had no idea, to me it was just a slightly ugly spine– remember the old library bindings? This one was one of the orange ones with the cover of the paperback edition pasted on. As a whole, this book was ugly as sin, but I fell in love with that pasted on photo. So much so that I scanned it and pasted the scan into one of the notebook/journal my best friend E and I swapped throughout high school. So much so that I pathologically look for the book every time I’m in a used book store (there’s always a copy there, but never the one I needed). So much so that I’ve even entertained the idea of checking the original copy out of that library and never returning it!
But today, as E and I were shopping at Half Price books. After finding a ton of old school Georgette Heyers,
I wandered over to where this book is shelved. Not actually believing the right copy would be there. Sure enough there was a copy, but it wasn’t going to be my copy. Sighing I slid it off the shelf and glanced at the cover. And my heart literally (okay maybe not *literally* but it felt like it) leapt in my chest. It was my cover!
I hope I haven’t built up anyone’s idea of what this was going to be. It’s just a photo of a guy and a girl making goofy faces at each other. But I loved it so much, still do. And that price sticker? Yeah, it says $1.00!
Plus it’s way better than this one:
Anyway, the book is (obviously) called Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford. It’s utterly hilarious and witty and heartbreaking and real. But I’d need to reread it (which I will be doing) to give you a really accurate summary of it.
Well, I just wanted to share with you all that today I am the happiest girl of all the girls. 🙂
Leigh Anne did it. Then Ruthie did it. So of course *I* did it. And I was most pleased with the outcome! I got David Foster Wallace (I tried to paste the code for the badge here, but it wouldn’t work)! I think it may have something to do with my love of commas and run-on sentences…see, Mrs.8th-grade-English-teacher-who-was-gone-most-of-the-year-on-maternity-leave-so-I-don’t-remember-your-name run-ons aren’t *always* bad!
Okay, it’s 6:00, my work day of making ice cream is over and soon I shall see friends at the Stag’s Head pub! Woot and Huzzah!
So Autumn posted a blog last night http://autumnhasfallen.blogspot.com/ about her July challenge and I think I shall join her! Her challenge is to lay off the sweets for a month. She’s allowing herself 2 exceptions so I will too. The first one will be on Sunday because Robin is making a pie. The other will have to be really good. And then I will pig out in Cape May in August 🙂
Bye bye sweets! Ooh, this is a like a mini-Lent! I like a challenge, I think it might be interesting to do a vegetarian month/week too. To sort of get out of food ruts or whatever. Okay, will stop thinking about food now.
Except to say that I made a Thai beef curry last night.
It’s okay. I wish it was spicier and I wish I’d added fewer noodles because it is definitely noodle heavy and that takes away from the curry-ness in my opinion. But it was my first attempt at Thai curry so I’m pretty proud of myself for deciding last minute to do it (there was a cookbook on Thai curries in the donation pile as I was leaving work). Also, the recipe made so much (and it didn’t even occur to me to half it) that there were 5 (5!) tupperware containers-worth leftover. So I’m set for lunch for a while!