Sorry for the absence kittens! I've been busy and have been meaning to catch up for a few days now, but the wheel of life keeps on turning, turning, turning. Currently most of my focus has been on writing an article for a rare books journal concerning the implementation of RDA (cataloguing) and the seminar that took place this past November. I'm not...
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libris:
@catdad Wow, those people are brilliant for convincing people how much fun it would be to work at the bookstore and pay to do so! I'll have to go check out that little town, but I don't think I'll be staying at that place; I escaped the public sector for a reason.
deesilvs:
Sounds like you have a lot of cool things going at the same time! I spend a lot of time glaring at screens too - I'm very sure my vision is deteriorating because of it :/ Anyways - I particularly like your animal snaps! That bird looks so plump and comfy :3

When proposed with this week's blog homework, I balked and hee-hawed thinking Pfffft, celebrities don't inspire me; but I dug around in the furthest recesses of my mind and came to the conclusion that's not true.

When I have down time I love to read about old Hollywood, and two actors have stood as inspirations to me despite them both being dead
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oswin:
you're such a classic beauty just like these Hollywood ladies💕
dashwood_one:
Vivien Leigh was the classic 'troubled soul'. In one of David Niven's ridiculously entertaining books, he describes a very dark and disturbing encounter with Ms. Leigh, that happened one night. Her moodswings drove Laurence Olivier to distraction. I have read an awful lot of biographies and autobiographies, and, possibly I'm wrong, but a lot of the great stars of the past went to Hollywood to hide. To hide from despair, addiction, homosexuality - by being up on the silver screen, being other people; hiding in plain sight. To me, that's why some were such great actors. Because they weren't acting at all.

The cold darkness of January hasn't gotten me down yet! Probably because I have so many things going on I haven't been able to turn my attention to the dreary month. Yesterday was my knitting group where I'm working on a hat for my husband. I've also been reviewing catalogue systems (I have no idea why I get such a kick
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ivylina:
You are such a profound person! I love your blogs and if I ever have a chance to become even a tiny bit like you in charachter I'd call it a win :) Also, one thing which is hard for me as not being a native speaker is a language of poems. I can understand every single word in a prose, but when it comes to poetry I'm completely lost after the fist 2 lines. Any advice on how to become better at it? 
libris:
@ivylina That's a good question! The only thing I could recommend is starting with something fun and easy, so it gets you in the groove, and move forward from there. I always mean to tell you your English is fantastic! You should really be proud of how much you've accomplished!
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Miss me? I missed you all! I apologize for the completely uninspired photo, but I'm still jet lagged after making a trip into the past and launching back into the future. I've been gone so long I don't know where to even being... I suppose the beginning is the most logical! (Hang on, I'm going to need a cuppa for this
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orangey:
Beau iful blog! I'm glad you got to see snow and all of your family. I'm sorry to read that your friend had that wreck and isn't getting support from her "friends." I'm glad you're a stand-up gal and haven't forsook her. Happy new year!
angela14:
As I've said before, I really love reading your blogs😊 They make my heart smile. So glad you enjoyed your holidays. Happy New Year lovely❤️
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The way to my heart is clearly books, especially books about books, so number one on my list of gifts to buy a person such as myself is... (get ready to lift your jaw off the ground when you see the nerdiness of this):

I really have no idea how useful this book actually is, but I have a deep, dark obsession with reference materials
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jimbolena:
I expect, @libris , that, like me, you get excited about footnotes. When I was told that there were "a few gems" in the footnotes of my doctoral thesis, I did a brief dance. You look better in a tutu, though. ❤
onespeed:
perfect
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In winter
all the singing is in
the tops of the trees
where the wind-bird

with its white eyes
shoves and pushes
among the branches.
Like any of us

he wants to go to sleep,
but he's restless—
he has an idea,
and slowly it unfolds

from under his beating wings
as long as he stays awake.
But his big, round music, after all...
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sirrobim:
<3
onespeed:
<3
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I rarely watch TV, but when I do I usually have something in my hands to keep me occupied. Giggety. No, knitting you pervs! But I always, always dread the Christmas commercials; the sugary sweet, sappy, tear inducing Christmas commercials. Even if they're supposed to be moderately funny, they still get to me! If I even hear the start to one I leave the...
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libris:
@catdad No, I haven't seen that one! Generally the long original version of the commercial is cut down to 30 seconds or so.
dashwood_one:
I was surprised to see Mog in a commercial, as, if you have ever been anywhere near children's books in the last ten years or so, you will know that [SPOILER ALERT!] Mog is now an ex-cat. In the series of books in which she appeared, she aged, and in 2002, the book 'Goodbye Mog' appeared, in which she dies. I stupidly looked at a copy of this in my local bookshop when it was released, being familiar with and fond of the other books in the series, 'got something in my eyes', and had to leave pretty sharpish, to avoid the indignity of "Mummy, why is that middle aged man looking at a picture book and crying?"  Yeah. If you have ever had cats, and lost them, it is way too close to home. Still on the subject of TV, my Christmas viewing is as follows: [1] The new 'Luther' two parter; [2] The Doctor Who Christmas Special; [3] The 'Sherlock' special, 'The Abominable Bride'. That's it. Nothing else that I'm interested in seeing. No commercials, either - it's all on BBC. And I'm sending Krampus cards this year.
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(Aobh took this behind the scenes shot. We encountered a couple hikers and a man hunting grouse, but they didn't seem bothered we were up to no good. ;p Look how cute Snowy is, she's such a sweetheart!)

Thank you all so much for the wonderful and pleasing comments you've been leaving on my set; there's nothing more heartwarming than to
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wizard0:
Great blog!
dutch:
Oh man what a day you had!! But at least you ended it in good spirits! That Christmas tree and lights are so lovely :)
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I'm officially 263 years old... wait actually I think this account said I was 73? So I'm 74 today! I would wax poetically about the implications of age is just a number, but I'd rather get into some shenanigans. :)

I'll report back tomorrow.

xoxo

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mrdave1369:
Happy Birthday beautiful :)
angela14:
Hope you had a wonderful birthday, I'm sorry I missed it. Ps your video attachment had me cracking up! XD