Love List – 10/28/18

Chekhov’s Hangnail – Martha. Not a new love, but a long-time love. Naturally, the summer after I move to the west coast, Martha does a spring east coast tour. “When it rains, it really fucking pours…”

Two weekends ago I went back to New Jersey for a wedding (pictures to come). I needed to see some friendly faces and to celebrate something beautiful. This weekend I saw an adaptation of Pride & Prejudice which was fascinating.

  •  Wolverine: The Long Night podcast – A friend’s recommendation. I thought it was going to be cheesy, but it is very well produced. 2 FBI agents are called to Burns, Alaska to investigate the murder of an entire fishing crew — and they get more than they anticipated with a local cult, missing persons’ cases stacking up, and a community-wide bear hunt.
  • A simple beef stew recipe – When I visited my family my aunt made this recipe:  3lbs of beef (stew-cut), 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup (~20 oz.), and 1 packet of onion soup mix. Add any vegetables you like (I went with carrots and pearl onions – and some extra garlic) and cook in a crockpot on low for 8 hours. Delicious. Best served with a large, buttery pile of mashed potatoes.
  • Santa Barbara Cider Company – A coworker’s husband’s band was playing. The She’s My Cherry Lime and the Tropical Hopical were excellent. 

Have a good week!


Lately – 3/9/18

Pale Beneath The Tan (Squeeze ) – The Front Bottoms

We were graced with exciting news this week that the Grandma series will actually be a series. I would’ve been perfectly happy with just Rose, but hearing this track and other mastered will be awesome. 

listening :: to re-vamped The Splendid Table (which is inspiring my creatively and thoughtfully in so many ways) and the also re-vamped Live From Here with Chris Thile (formerly A Praire Home Companion);

reading :: NYT Mini Vows column, and getting through my library stack this weekend;

drinking :: Gatorade (see below: loving);

feeling :: inexplicably muddled;

loving :: applesauce (reunited because of a minor bout of food poisoning), phone calls with friends, and the Marinara Timer Chrome extension;

looking ahead :: to a bit of hopeful-not-destructive weekend rain, some St. Patrick’s Day plans, and just being.

What are you guys up?

What I Read Last Week 12/19

The World Is… – Invalid Litter Dept. (ATDI Cover)

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Reference Question : Eagles in New Jersey

Broadcast live streaming video on UstreamAs of late I’ve been watching the Eagle Cam at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ. This started a few weeks ago when I was on the reference desk and the phone rang. I answered and was replied to with “Is the bird outside my window an eagle?”


After disclaiming that I was not a birder of any sort, the patron and I figured out that she wanted to know if eagles still lived in New Jersey.

In New Jersey the bald eagle, osprey, and peregrine falcon were all on the brink of extinction. BUT THEN (after several decades of conservation work) they bounced back a bit. The bald eagle is still categorized on the threatened list federally.

So…yeah! She was super excited to hear about that — especially since she thought that the bird was an eaglet. I gave her contact information for local Audubon Society chapter and the DEP section.

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The Independence Day, 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Winner

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Warmer (and weirder) New Jersey


The latest display in Media is “Warmer (and Weirder) days are ahead, NJ” –  our attempt at keeping up with the warm weather-adventurous feeling that everyone seems to have, but with a spin – Weird NJ – to keep up intrigue rather than a table of how-to garden DVDs .

My co-worker and I gathered books, DVDs, and books-on-CD about New Jersey, outdoor recreation, and urban legends. Or in some cases, all three. Janet Evanovich’s series is based in New Jersey and The X-Files falls right into spooky-town. We made a skirt of grass around the sides of the table and some monster silhouettes.  (Yes, we did think about posting them as staging a fight between the Jersey Devil and Bigfoot.)

I am happy to report that items from the display have been steadily going-on and the tables been replenished a few times since it was put out last week. Outstanding!

And for fun (?), there is a very weird (and a little graphic) story from my area that has ties to the Library indirectly: Seeking the Hide of Antoine Le Blanc. And, if that’s not your speed, Mrs. Sundberg’s thoughts on a warm weather treat:

At the grocery store yesterday, my 21 year-old daughter asked what is my favorite ice cream flavor. No hesitation. “Butter Brickle,” I replied. The funny thing is I haven’t had any in a good long while because I CAN’T FIND IT. No grocery store in the area sells butter brickle ice cream. Where did it go? If anyone can direct me to the Butter Brickle Ice Cream Source, I would be grateful. Because it’s getting hotter out there and ice cream is one of the best things about summer. Of course there are other flavors I love, like mint chocolate chip and lemon graham crumble and strawberry cheesecake and good ol’ vanilla. And black cherry and tin roof and cookies and cream and chocolate marshmallow. But. Butter brickle is my favorite, from back in the day, and yes. I’m having a little craving.