Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

The Library Life Listers: And It’s Ticking Away from Me

One of the things that you learn as life lister is how quickly a week can go by. One day, it’s Wednesday and you’re vowing to get more of your life list done. Then suddenly, it’s the next Wednesday, and you know not where the days went. And once again you (okay, mostly me) have to report failure.

This week, I went to lunch with my friend Mira (many of you know her). She mentioned a cruise she and her husband are taking this year, “another item off the bucket list.” I asked her how many places were on the list and was impressed that she had visited most of the countries that she really wanted to see. So Mira is my new life-list role model (as well as Allison, of course.)

So here are our reports:


an excellent (flute) performance at my little brother’s wedding in May

Our last rehearsal went well, and we’re rehearsing again tomorrow night. Monday evening we’re meeting with the bride so that she can make final calls about the selection.

translate the book of Esther

I’m two verses into chapter 3 (on schedule). Last night’s translation was particularly rewarding: I came across a verb with an unusual stem, but I easily recognized it as a verb and was able to identify the tense, gender, and number of both forms of this verb in 3:2. The word was much longer than most verbs, though, so I had trouble identifying the lexical root. After much pondering and turning of pages, I remembered (how, I do not know…other than an excellent Hebrew teacher who took care to emphasize this point) the name of a weird Hebrew verb stem (hishtaphel!), which happened to be perfectly fit the verb in question (indeed, the verb in question is the only extant example of this particular stem, but it’s a rather common verb, so there’s reason enough to identify the stem to help explain what’s going on morphologically). Recognizing the stem helped me isolate the root, which led me to the meaning. I guess this might sound rather tedious and dull…but trust me, it was exhilarating. (Not tedious, perhaps a bit geeky! editorial comment by Jolly Librarian)

work toward solving the problem of homelessness in Nashville

Bought a copy of The Contributor. Nothing else.

write some things I’m proud of

become more fluent in Spanish
Over the weekend I went to a cookout at which most people spoke Spanish; that gave me an opportunity to practice. I attended the Spanish-speaking church Sunday night, and I’ve listened to a couple episodes of Coffee Break Spanish.

give my best to the ESL classes I help teach
I taught class by myself this past Sunday. I’d say it went well. We’re working our way through a Clifford story.


Learn French: Still haven’t activated Live Mocha account, but plan to this month.

Read less tripe, more classics: Reading last in Hunger Games series. Will someday be a classic series. (This is doubtful, editorial comment by Jolly Librarian.)

Grow vegetable garden and herb garden: Planted a few things over the weekend. Still have much to do.

Get a hobby: Last week it was established that Life Listing is my new hobby.

 New Life List goal: Write fewer sentence fragments.



  • Booked the SC July 12th date as a trio. NOTE: One of the 3 is not able to make the date, so we are having to figure out a new gig format.
  • Guitarist fell off ladder and crushed knee, broke leg. May 21 gig cancelled due to house concert host’s sickness in family.
  • Filmed a studio performance at Vol State Community College for the upcoming Fall Bluegrass Program. Lots of fun.
  • Feeling almost lost with no true steps toward a solid musical goal. So much uncertainty. I find that my true LIFE LIST is changing before my eyes. Have sunk into depression somewhat… (Concentrate on what you ARE getting done. editorial comment by Jolly Librarian)


  • Not at all, however, continue to strengthen legs with squats and do countertop push-ups. It helps boost my morale.


  • Reading by ‘books on tape’ a Patrick McMannis book that Charles recommended. I laugh out loud it is so entertaining. The narration is superb, the writing gloriously funny. I realized that I did not finish the History of Everything—only postponed it, so I am resuming it. Gave up on Agatha Raisin and checked out a new nutrition book and country music book of early male/female roles.


Am back in control, allowing some sugars, but controlling. I’m slimming down some. Have been miserable in my clothes. This has been incentive enough. Was miserable. Must eat nutritious foods or I start getting sick.

 ORGANIC FARMING / Farmer Gadd Chronicles

  • Worked all day on Saturday and put together my new fence around my garden! It was so rewarding! Was so tired all I wanted to do was sit and sleep on Sunday. The yard work/garden work is so satisfying; I want to do virtually nothing else on the weekends.
  • PUMPKINS, SQUASHES, AND CUCUMBERS ARE BLOOMING! Such a sweet thing to watch them grow each day. Pea plants are a foot long! Planted tomatoes and peppers to make up for the possum plants.


Head hung in sorrow. In truth…I felt I had nothing to say. This paralyzed me. End of point. How to move beyond “not in the mood”…any suggestions?


  • Awoke at 4:30 worrying about an upcoming gig that my broken-legged guitar player could now not attend (that has since cancelled), and got up and whirled through cleaning the house like a madwoman for 3 hours! This morning…I stood and did dishes. I’m back on track, loving my abode. I need help. I am a slob.


  • I’ve “not been in the mood”. Admittedly, I’ve let my worry and depression make me a slacker and only want to do “what I want”. Is that immature?… I want my mommy…to make me donuts fried in grease and shaken in powdered sugar.


  • Haven’t struck a key. Still plan to…


  • Ran out of time…my friend and I cancelled our walking day. Have not rescheduled


 This list hasn’t helped. I only want to do what I’m in the mood to do. (IS this immature, I again inquire)?

New additions to my Life List:

  • Set a goal and break it into small goals and create steps to my goal. Any suggestions?
  • Go canoeing
  • Go kayaking
  • Revisit the Rocky Mts. in Colorado and go canoeing
  • Retire and live on a small boat docked at Old Hickory Lake in the summer and at a fish camp trailer in Florida in the winter
  • Travel to Machu Piccu
  • Travel to Rome
  • Visit Greece and see the Parthenon
  • Visit the Great Pyramids
  • Hike to Base Camp at Mt. Everest with Charles (This is doubtful. Editorial comment by Jolly Librarian)


  • My leg hurts a little more today.  Perhaps because I went to the doctor today and he moved it around a lot, or because I drove my car and therefore did not get my biking exercise in – see biking is good therapy.  He did say it will just take some time to get the muscles strong again, but that I am doing well. 
  • I continue to tell everyone about MERLOT and TEL.  At the app forum in Dickson last Friday my favorite app (as well as a lot of other librarians) was Access My Library. 
  • I learned about a lot of new apps.  One of which is called “Bump”.  You download it for free and it lets you share apps with another mobile device just by touching devices!  (The Jolly Librarian does not approve of any apps that violate personal space.) Another cool app I learned about is the iFlow Reader.  It’s different from other eBook Readers because it does not have any pages.  Another cool app is iAnnotate. 
  • CleanWell  http://www.cleanwelltoday.com/  offers all-natural alternatives to heavy-duty hand washes and sanitizers.
  • I am still working on Cycling for Libraries conference idea.  Maybe having a book delivery with Ride for Reading. 

Jolly Librarian:

  • Writing: Wrote a review for the Chapter 16 Humanities website. It should be out tomorrow.
  • Reading: Read book for review. Also started Les Miserables, one of the books on my “Books an English Professor Should Have Read” list. Was stunned to find the unabridged version is 1186 pages long. Am now on page 30.
  • Socializing: Went to lunch with Mira; this was a great success. Attended surprise lunch for Dr. Weed. Tried small talk with neighbors. I think they now suspect me as a spy or serial killer. Looked at Royal Wedding hats with the library staff. This seemed to be an excellent bonding experience.
  • Exercising: Went to gym 6 out of the last 7 days.
  • Learn French: Have been listening to my tapes and talking with Noeline. I have “Je ne comprends pas” down pat.