Archive for April, 2009

Two Years Ago Today . . .

April 30, 2009

I retired from a very fulfilling 25-year career with the Tulsa Police Department . . . how time flies!  But I didn’t really retire (I’m much too young).  I’m now more than a year-and-a-half into my new career (librarianship) and having a great time.  Transitions are never easy, but you just have to “stay the course” and everything will work out (usually for the best).

Two years ago, if you would have asked me, I would have had to admit that I had no idea what a blog was (nor many of the other Web 2.0 technologies that we take for granted today).  Now, not only do I have a personal blog (as well as a faculty webpage), but I also contribute to two separate blogs at work and post my comments on numerous others.  Just this week my personal blog topped the 10,000th view/visitor mark . . . who’d have thunk?  I’m also utilizing wikis on a regular basis (at work as well as through my professional association) and many of the other Web 2.0 tools.

I’ve smoothly transitioned into Academia and I’m having a blast! 

If you are reading this, you’ve found my blog . . . here’s a link to my web page http://arapaho.nsuok.edu/%7Erink/  (if you haven’t already stumbled acrossed it).

Enjoy!

Awesome Vocalizing!

April 29, 2009

Hey all you music lovers, if you like the Manhattan Transfer or the King’s Singers (and are really into a cappella singing) . . . here’s a new twist that is truly wonderful and very entertaining.  The Voca People!  Enjoy!

Reminiscing . . .

April 28, 2009
Moon Over Lombard Street

Moon Over Lombard Street

Today’s dreary, overcast conditions have me remembering one of my visits to San Francisco.  In honor of that visit, here is another painting by Alexander Chen that features a very famous fixture in that great city — Lombard Street.  

Enjoy!

New Brain Teaser!

April 28, 2009
PERSON, PLACE, OR THING  (another challenge from my Page-A-Day calendar)

What common, uncapitalized, unpluralized English words contain the consecutive letters RWR, RKR, and HCH somewhere in their middles?

Person: _ _ _ _ R W R _ _ _ _
Place: _ _ R K R _ _ _
Thing: _ _ _ H C H _ _ _

Bacon Follow-Up!

April 28, 2009

My brother just forwarded me this link.  Ya gotta love it!  But be careful, we wouldn’t want to overdose on bacon!  (Is this even possible?  I doubt it!)

http://www.mcphee.com/categories/meat.html

All-Time Favorite Food!

April 27, 2009

Anyone who knows me well should be able to accurately guess. 

Here’s the description from Wikipedia . . . “a cut of meat taken from the sides, belly, or back of a pig, then cured, smoked, or both. It  may be eaten fried, baked, or grilled, or used as a minor ingredient to flavour dishes. It is also used for barding and larding roasts, especially game birds.”

Yep, I’m talking BACON!  Breakfast buffets look out and be forewarned.

Here are a couple of blogs: http://www.baconunwrapped.com/ and  http://www.iheartbacon.com/.

Check out this lip balm: http://store.baconsalt.com/JampDs-Bacon-Flavored-Lip-Balm_p_40.html (way cool!) 

Or how about bacon salt? http://www.baconsalt.com/.  I particularly like their tag line: “everything should taste like bacon.”

So much bacon, so little time.  I’m thinking BLTs for lunch tomorrow!

Flash From The Past . . .

April 26, 2009

Both musically (Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody) as well as technologically (using some really old computer equipment).  Fantastic!  I really enjoyed this one (being a Queen fan certainly didn’t hurt at all).  Great mashup!

Typical Weekend? Not!

April 25, 2009

Word for the day . . .  frenetic! 

I hit the ground running this morning.  Up by 5 AM, donated platelets and plasm at the American Red Cross at 7 AM, paid bills and checked email at 10 AM, dropped clothes off at the cleaners at 10:45 AM, went to my haircut appointment at 11 AM, visited the post office to mail letters, bills, and packages around Noon, visited my favorite gallery (without making a purchase!) at 12:30 PM, grabbed a quick bite to eat, returned to the apartment to play my piano and practice some choral music, caught a movie at 4 PM (The Soloist — exellent movie, two thumbs up!), returned to the apartment by 6 PM, and spent the early evening cleaning the apartment.  Whew!

I’ve just finished baking a dessert for dinner tomorrow.  A quick and easy recipe that’s sure to please.  Of the topping options, I highly recommend the Apricot Cream (note: it is equally good without the ice cream and just the apricot mixture).  Enjoy!

GINGERBREAD

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
¾ cup hot water
½ cup shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 325° F. Grease and flour square pan (9x9x2). Beat all ingredients in large mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 3 minutes. Pour into pan.

Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean (about 50 minutes). Serve with Apricot-Cream Topping or Honey-Ginger Fluff.

APRICOT-CREAM TOPPING
Mix 1 cup apricot preserves or jelly, 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

HONEY-GINGER FLUFF
Beat 2 cups chilled whipping cream, ¼ cup honey and ½ teaspoon ground ginger in chilled bowl until stiff. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

While We’re Talking About Blogging . . .

April 24, 2009

Have you seen the list of the top 50 Librarian Blogs?

Check it out here.

10 Months!

April 24, 2009

Today marks the tenth month anniversary of my blog!  Still going strong and approaching the 10,000 views mark (should reach the mark this weekend).  As my boss would say . . . “not too shabby!”

And, this just in, one of my favorite authors has a new book coming out . . . here’s the Library Journal book review:

Connelly, Michael. The Scarecrow. Little, Brown. May 2009. c.384p. ISBN 978-0-316-16630-0. $27.99. F

Connelly has done it again. Reporter Jack McEvoy, the hero of Connelly’s earlier novel, The Poet, is back in aMichael Connelly The Scarecrow chilling new mystery. The latest casualty of corporate downsizing at the Los Angeles Times, Jack decides to end his career with a story about a young drug dealer’s arrest for and confession to murder. A phone call from an angry relative gets him to investigate the old case further, and Jack stumbles upon a high-profile serial killer case that might save his job, assuming he can survive long enough to solve it. The newspaper industry is on the verge of collapse these days, and ex-newspaperman Connelly here tackles the subject head-on while juggling an intricate mystery at the same time. He wisely focuses on McEvoy to tell the story, with the occasional interlude from the mastermind behind the attacks, making the narrative terrifying and compelling at the same time.—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.