Monthly Archives: June 2013


I said “ya’ll” at the end of that last post. Who am I? Where did that come from? I blame my coworkers at AADL.

Also that was not so much a “this is what I packed” list as it was a “this is what I did instead of packing” list. I can always sleep on the train, right?


Live Blogging the night before ALA Annual (except not really)

Guess what? I leave for ALA Annual 2013 tomorrow morning around 5:30am. And I’m anticipating having a great time. I’m also anticipating exhaustion. I’ve been to 2 teaching conferences from my previous life and one thing I remember, besides meeting wonderful people and being really inspired to go out and do great things, is exhaustion.

So of course you would think I’d be getting a good nights’ sleep tonight! Right! Hah! I wish.

Instead I’m doing laundry, reading twitter, watching Full House reruns and generally trying to pack / clean / prepare. I figured it’d be interesting to keep track of what I take and what I actually use so that I can be better prepared for next time.

Also, procrastination.


  • Kindle has been charged completely.
  • Charging battery pack.
  • Grabbed power cord.

22:06 – 22:13

  • Surfaced clean island counter.
  • Took recycling to recycling bin.
  • Took care of grocery bags.
  • Transferred washing machine stuff to the dryer.
  • Emptied overnight bag.

22:13 – 22:19

  • Wrote reminder note of food I’m packing.
  • Started creating a “pack this” station at kitchen table.
  • Surfaced clean counters.
  • Checked twitter.

22:19 – 22:38

  • Wrote “suitcase” and “backpack” packing list.
  • Attempted to get on desktop to print tickets/hotel info but failed b/c the battery operated “wireless” mouse isn’t work.*
  • Checked email / twitter / facebook on laptop.

*”wireless” because until tonight I assumed it was wireless. It is not. It is battery operated. And can I find replacement batteries? Nope.

22:38 – 22:55

  • Found a bag to work as food cooler.
  • Emptied dishwasher.
  • Loaded dishwasher.
  • Took out glass recycling (b/c in Michigan we get 10 cents for that!)
  • Check twitter.
  • Check facebook.
  • Attempt to write facebook status. Decide not to. Write. Erase. Write. Erase. Update blog instead.


  • Wrote facebook status anyway.
  • Switched from Full House reruns to Friends.
  • Dryer beeped!

23:?? – 23:32

  • Took laundry upstairs.
  • Brought down water cups and put in dishwasher.
  • Found batteries, put in mouse, printed ticket.
  • Collected all chargers, took photo, posted to social media.
  • Drank a glass of water.
  • Puttered.

23:32 – 23:43

  • Entered into a twitter conversation with a friend. 
  • Printed cursory ALA plan.
  • Printed ALA Shuttle Schedule.
  • Drank another glass of water.

23:43 – 23:53

  • Grabbed American Libraries magazine and Entertainment Weekly.
  • Got AADL totebag from the car.
  • Set on counter everything I don’t want to forget in the morning (including cough drops, magazines, kindle, computer case).


  • Decide everything I have to do on the first floor is done and I should move upstairs and actually pack as much as I can and then in the morning just add essentials like makeup / face routine stuff / mouth routine stuff and shower routine stuff.
  • Procrastinate.
  • Putter.
  • GChat for awhile.
  • See ya’ll from ALA.


Out of the Easy

Title: Out of the Easy

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Borrowed from: Ann Arbor District Library

Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars*



Review: Jo, Josie or Josephine (depending on who you ask) just finished high school and needs to plan for her future. Her mother has a disreputable job** in an equally disreputable part of 1950’s New Orleans, her father is nowhere, the mob is at her doorstep looking for money and just when she can see the life she dreams of coming to fruition murder, theft and small lies and truths twist the story round and round. This beautiful coming of age story shares the trials and tribulations as Josie works to become anything but her mother (avoiding bad reputations and less than savory clients) while working in a bookstore with her dream of college just out of reach. Using her smarts and wit, Josie is able to start on her way out of New Orleans and although it doesn’t seem like it, she has a lot of people fighting in her corner to be something better.

Recommended for ages 14 – 18, historical fiction lovers and anyone intrigued by New Orleans.

Of note: This is the authors’ second novel. Her first was “Between Shades of Gray” which is also a beautifully, haunting work of historical fiction set in Russia during WWII. I highly recommend either book for history lovers in your life.

*Truthfully, 4.5 Stars if Goodreads had half star ratings. Sepetys is an author that can really take you places and her imagination comes across each and every page.

Spoilers may be found in the following discussion.

**For those interested: the disreputable job is working for a brothel. Although Josie only cleans the house every morning, many scenes are set inside and within the brothel house and many characters frequent the house or work there. Josie is also propositioned and although she ultimately decides it isn’t worth it, these decisions are not often ones openly discussed. If this is a concern it may be worth it to read this novel with your children or before your child reads it so as a family you can openly discuss issues it raises. I definitely wouldn’t skip this one!

Now for the real discussion: I love historical fiction and I am so excited that I am finding good historical fiction written for teens but enticing to adults. New Orleans has a certain mystery surrounding it (and has always been a place on my MUST travel to list) so seeing it via a teenage girl in 1950’s who is just trying to get out is an interesting perspective.