All things Winnie

Location: New Castle, Indiana

Wednesday, April 27, 2005


I have been having the most bizarre dreams lately. Usually, I can figure out why I had a particular dream. For instance, last week I got an email from a guy I went to high school with. It was a joke email and I really didn't think it was that funny. Now, I haven't seen or talked to this guy for about a year (he's in library school now and I ran into him at a conference in Indy last year.) So a couple of days ago I had a dream that he was sitting next to me laughing his head off and I was really annoyed and kept telling him to shut up - which he wouldn't do. I completely understand why I dreamed that. It makes sense.

But last night, I had the weirdest dream ever and I can't figure it out. In my dream, Becky and I had been traveling somewhere and we were dropped off at either Sulphur Springs or Lynn (I don't know which it was.) And we were trying to find a taxi to take us home. There were tons of people everywhere in their own cars taxiing people around. So, we finally found someone who would drive us home for $1. Then my face swelled up really huge. Not only was it swollen, but it turned into buttons on a keyboard. I had letters and numbers all over my face. I could be typing this on my face. Then, I woke up. I still felt like my face was swollen. I had to get up and look in the mirror to be sure that it wasn't. I half expected to see the human alphabet in the mirror.

I think I'm losing my mind!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Thoughts on weddings, wives and marriage in general

I just started reading The Meaning of Wife by Anne Kingston. I'm still within the first 50 pages and I haven't decided what the author's stance is on being a wife. Sometimes I think she's for it and yet other times I think she's a feminist who abhors the idea of submitting to another person, particularly a man.

The section I was reading last night got me thinking. It was saying that women only want to be a bride and not a wife. She was discussing the trend in the last 20 years or so of weddings taking over people's lives and just becoming huge spectacles. She has a point. I would say that many couples now spend more for their wedding than their parents spent on their first home. The author says that women want to be a bride to fulfill their childhood fairytale dreams of the perfect wedding. That we all want to be a princess for a day.

So, I've been thinking about how I view the idea of being a wife and how "society" views wives and how other women I've talked to who are wives feel about it. I'm not sure if I have the fairytale stuck in my mind that someday my prince will come and sweep me off my feet and we'll live happily ever after. Of course, that would be wonderful, but is that a possibility in real life. I've often asked myself in the past few years why I have this unquenchable desire to be married and have children if its not in God's plan for my life. And if it is in His plan, why hasn't it happened yet? Is Mr. Right out there? And why aren't we together yet?

Maybe I'm naive, but I do think that "happily ever after" is a real possibility. At least, I sure do hope so!

Thursday, April 21, 2005


I've been homesick for heaven for the past couple of days. I was just listening to Selah sing If we never meet again this side of heaven by Albert E. Brumley. The words are beautiful. Praise God that we'll be together again, if not here on earth, then in heaven!

Soon we'll come to the end of life's journey
And perhaps we'll never meet anymore
'Til we gather in heaven's bright city
Far away on that beautiful shore

If we never meet again this side of heaven
As we struggle through this world and its strife
There's another meeting place somewhere in heaven
By the beautiful river of life

Where the charming roses bloom forever
And where separation come no more
If we never meet again this side of heaven
I will meet you on that beautiful shore

Oh so often we are parted with sorrow
And action often quietens our pain
But we never shall sorrow in heaven
God be with you till we meet again

Meeting, eating habits, and other musings.

I was in Indianapolis yesterday for the INCOLSA Board annual meeting. I have been appointed to be our library's board representative. For the most part, it was what I expected of a board meeting. Secretary's report, treasurer's report, approving next year's budget, etc.

The report on the Digital Summit, however, had me bored to tears. Normally, I really enjoy hearing about technology and new things going on, but I really have no interest whatsoever in digitization. So, I was thinking about some things that I would blog about while the speaking was droning on (think Charlie Brown's teacher). But, of course I didn't write them down, and now I can't remember it all. Oh well.

I made an intersting self-observation yesterday. I realized sitting at lunch at the meeting yesterday that I have this habit of eating all of one food before I start eating the other foods on my plate. I ate all of my salad first, then I ate all of my mixed vegetables, then all the potatoes, then I ate the lasagna. So, I wondered if I always do this, or just sometimes. I came to the conclusion that when I'm eating with people I know and comfortable with, I eat a little bit of this, and then a little bit of that. And when I'm in a group where I don't really know anyone, I eat all of one thing before I start on another thing. Weird, huh?

I got really fired up the other day. I went to the drycleaners to pick some things up and drop some other things off and the workers were smoking. I saw red and asked to speak to a manager. I told him that I didn't pay them to make my clothes smell like smoke. Basically, all he said was we'll try better. I was so mad when I left that I was shaking. Needless to say, I'm never going there again!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

A funny thing happened at the reference desk...

I was just getting ready to leave work Tuesday evening when I was asked to come assist at the reference desk. We have a fairly new part-time employee working there and she was having trouble finding some information for a library patron.

Since the tax deadline is looming on Friday, the lady was looking for a tax form. When I asked her which one she was looking for, she replied "it's the purple and white one." Me: "Do you know the number of the tax form?" Her: "I don't know, it's the purple and white one." Around and around we went in this same manner for quite a while. I suppose I'm a bad reference librarian because I never could find the purple and white tax form.

Then, by the time I got back to my office, it was almost 6:00 and my coworkers who I share an office with had left and locked me out of the office. Which of course had my purse and car keys in it. I was told that they had just left and maybe I could catch them. So, I went running out of there like a maniac and caught them in the parking lot. Phew! When I came back in a man was standing there looking at books and he complimented me on how fast I could run in high heels.

So, the moral of the story is that I may not be able to find purple tax forms, but I sure can sprint in high heels.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Do people read blogs?

I just read an article about a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll that says most Americans don't know what a blog is. I suppose that's true. I've just recently been turned on to blogs. But, I think its probably going to catch on.

I went to a workshop on reinventing libraries last week. It was really good. Great facilitators. And I got to hear a my new favorite tech person talk about the future of technology in libraries. And actually, after hearing him talk about 3 weeks ago, I came home and started this blog. But anyway, the workshop last week got me thinking about how technology is used in my library. I think technology is great and I like to have all the newest gadgets personally. I'm finding out that other libraries are really using some new technology in really interesting ways to reach their users. I get so excited because I really want to try some of this stuff in my library. Hence, my new library blog. Another thing that I'm trying is IM a Librarian. So, we'll see how that goes. But I started thinking that in New Castle people aren't really tech savy. We have a lot of blue collar workers and not many jobs that require people to be familiar with new technology. It's frustrating to me because I feel like the library is driving technology in my community and not the other way around. So, I don't know if this is good or bad. Somebody has to lead the way. It might as well be the library.

Monday, April 11, 2005


My friend Amanda sent me some funny emails this weekend. I thought I'd share a few. People in my office think I'm crazy because out of the blue I start laughing. Although, its kind of scary because they're getting to know my various noises pretty well. My boss can now tell the difference between my "I'm tired" sigh and my "this darn thing is not working" sigh and my "these people are morons" sigh. Maybe if I click my heels together three times and say over and over "there's no place like my own office, there's no place like my own office", it will really come true.

Anyway, here's the funnies:

Important life questions
  • Why do we press harder on the remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?
  • Why do banks charge an "insufficient funds" charge when they know there's not enough?
  • Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?
  • How do those dead bugs get into the enclosed light fixtures?

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends, if they're okay, then it's you.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Today's thoughts

It's been about a week since I've posted to my blog. It's been a busy week. I've been to 2 workshops and one training session. I feel as if I haven't spent much time in my office this week.

It is such a beautiful day today. It's warm, the sun is shining, the trees are beginning to bud. Another long winter has finally passed, and the promise of summer is on the wind. I love summer. The time when I can wear fewer clothes and no shoes. I can hardly wait!

I think I'll go out now and enjoy the day.

Monday, April 04, 2005

I'm hungry!

So, I'm sitting here at work drinking REALLY bad coffee and thinking about food. Sometimes, I can't function at work because all I can think about is food. I meant to bring a banana from home, but I forgot. I decided that I'd better visit the snack cart. They just restocked it last week, so I thought I'd have a pretty good chance of getting my favorite, peanut butter on cheese crackers. When I arrived at the snack cart, I thought "Yes! There's plenty of crackers." Upon closer examination, I realized they are cheese on cheese. YUK! Life is so unfair.

Friday, April 01, 2005

The Counter

So, I put a counter on my blog just because I thought it would be fun to see how many people have been visiting me. I really didn't expect anyone to because I've really only told 1 person where to find my blog. Now, I know that counters on webpages are not really reliable. I mean, come on, I just went to my own blog and clicked refresh and I added a count. But still, its a lot higher than what I would think that it would be. Who are these people that are looking at my blog?!

Or, Emily, is it you just hitting refresh over and over and over?