Monday, July 30, 2007

vacation

as a kid, i remembered being loaded in the car while it was dark and sleeping most of the trip, awaking with only a little ways to go to get to our destination. i thought this would be the way to go so we didn't have to entertain phaedra for the whole 11 hour drive. we left around 1am Thursday morning, drove about 4 hours and pulled over to sleep a few hours because phaedra wouldn't go back to sleep. we stopped at a horrible little motel and slept till 8am and hit the road. i am convinced it was the right decision... we all got some rest and could have a plesant journey.

we got to florida and i took over the drive. of course, i was cought in a speedtrap in lawtry florida, one of the most famous in the nation.

we arrived in st.pete and checked into our hotel. st. pete is a neat little area that has a retro cabana feel to it. our hotel was right on the beach with a large pool and a tiki bar. we were starving, so we immediately went to the hotel restaurant. i ordered a pina colada and king crab legs. what a way to begin the vacation! we then walked down the beach to my cousin's hotel where the wedding would take place. we met my dad and stepmom, aunt and cousin and my mom at the bar and had a few drinks... which led to a lot of drinks. phaedra went to sleep in the suite with some of my family and kevin and i strolled the beach to our hotel. i have never been big on going into the ocean, and this was my first experience with the gulf. i was quite drunk so kevin convinced me to get in. even though it was dark, i couldn't believe how warm and clear the water was. eventually we ended up in the water naked swimming toward the pool of moonlight on the water and floating around pretending to be mermaids. we went back to the hotel, changed and showered all the sand off of us and crashed out. you know you've been together a long time when your kidless and drunk and just pass out.

the next morning we went for a swim in the ocean and then got ready for the wedding. here are some pictures for you to enjoy:







the reception was fun and in a beautifull location overlooking the beach. guess who caught the garter!?!








the next day we went swimming in the ocean and the pool and went out to dinner with my dad and aunt. we ate at the restaurant above the wedding hotel and it revolves! it was very cool!


sunday we drove home and stopped at cheesy tourist traps



check out this really freaky thing i found... i'm not sure what it is...



Monday, July 9, 2007

Weeds by Mz. Red @ the library

An alternative look at libraries and librarianship



any feedback?

ALA...photos

The gathering of librarians sharing knowledge...

I totally geeked out on how amazing this was!

The Hollywood Librarian Movie Premiere:
I walked the Red Carpet! See my claim to fame!!(page 5)
My co-worker, Lindsey, looks simply smashing!

Fabulous friends

FREE BOOKS! AUTHOR SIGNINGS! OH MY!


Author Breakfast
John Greene

Laurie Halse Anderson (with tattoo of the first word of Beuwolf)

Lois Lowry

Jack Gantos


Some sights and experiences
A Library of course

The Metro

Chinatown



The Eva Perry Teens

Lunch with Marcus Zusak

The Printz Award Reception

I need your help... Library Zine!

I recently attended the ala conference in washington dc and i was uber inspired by a session i went to where several libraries discussed their zine collections.

we recently had a teen produced zine at my library and i am very interested in getting it started back up and testing the waters to take it one step further. So, i need your help....

I am going to create a library zine, so that "higher ups" can relate and learn what a zine is. I need your contributions for this to work.
the title of the zine is WEEDS mz. red @ the library. it will be an alternative look at libraries and librarianship. i am currently writing feature articles on how to express your funky individualism in a professional workplace and discussing the new look of librarians. I am also doing a "twisted storytime" section and other great surprises...
BUT.... I need you!
i need:
true library stories... tales of strange patrons, strange finds in returned books, etc...
librarian testimonials... why did you become a librarian? what do you love most about your job?
book recommendations for the truly well-read.... what is your favorite book and why?
Networking... what are you the expert on and how can we contact you?
Art... anything inspired by the library or librarians, etc...

I am not only looking for librarians to contribute. If you love the library tell me why... love a librarian? why?... write a funny story about the library (or even a short erotic piece...)

send me anything!