The Library Life Listers: Long, Hot, Lazy (Emphasis on Lazy) Summer Days

One of my friends has proclaimed this the summer of fun. Of course, that’s easy to say when you’re only on campus once a week. For those of us still working each day, we have to dig deeper to find the fun part of summer. Still, the pace is a little slower, and three of us are on modified contracts. So, theoretically, we should be finding more time to do the things on our life lists. This is not exactly proving to be the case for all of us. Here are the lows and highs for this week:


Write some things I’m proud of:

I’ve started working on a third draft of the piece I’m editing.

Give my best to the ESL classes I help teach:

No class this week…which I didn’t realize until I was the only one who showed up Sunday afternoon. Well…this means I have a head start on preparation for next week’s class.



Share wealth of vegetables, some in the form of pies :

Gave the Jolly Librarian a cucumber. (The Jolly Librarian is grateful for the gift and also that it didn’t come in the form of a pie. However, she doubts Emily’s dedication to the Life List process.)

Jolly Librarian:

Socialize More:

Attended a happy hour on Friday. Went to lunch with fellow deans on Tuesday. And celebrated friend Michelle’s birthday today at lunch. Then had a surprise visit from my best bud, LA, and we spent some quality time drawing pictures.


Took another chapter to Writing Group and this chapter was more than three pages long. Was quite pleased with myself. However, that turned into frustration as I’ve struggled with how to begin the next chapter.

Be More Physically Fit:

Went to the gym five times. But gained weight on our challenge weigh-in day. And today, I weigh more than I have in over a year. Something is quite wrong here.



Wrote a letter to my niece, Hannah. J


  • Picked on Monday night with friend at 4th July party. Had a great time.
  • High Hampton, NC gig will be this coming Monday with trio. I’m rehearsing for it.


  • Am contemplating joining the Sportsplex for swimming. It is just too durn hot to walk during the days at work – even to get a chocolate covered banana at Bobbie’s Dairy Dip! Student discount rates at the Sportsplex are only $27 a month! I do plan to start walking in the early mornings.


  • Read 2 books a month:
  1. Have not read all week. TBA


  • As vegetables are coming in, I am eating more nutritiously. Have gotten into the fudgecicles again. Oh, good grief. Still determined to not gain weight.


  • Fed nutrients to all plants. Things are looking better. Have weeded so hard this week. Great


Shampooed my carpets for 3 hours. They look new. Have taken great pride in the house ever since. It is so important to live orderly.


  • Learn to Scuba Dive
  • Go to Hawaii with my mom
  • Hike some on the Appalachian trail
  • Go fishing and camping this summer in NC under the stars
  • Set up telescope.
  • Make my office into a teaching studio
  • Visit the pyramids and Egypt
  • Visit Machu Pichu


My leg continues to get stronger every day thanks to being a bike librarian! One good thing that came out of bike vs. car accident is that I am an even bigger advocate for safer conditions for bicyclists. I am currently reading a book called Pedal Power: the quiet rise of the bicycle in American public life. It is written by a Political Science professor, J. Harry Wray. He teaches at DePaul University in Chicago where he takes his students on rides through Chicago and shows them how politics, economics and the environment combine to affect culture and be affected by it.  There is a chapter about biking in Amsterdam and how more people bike than drive cars over there – safely – from young children to old people. That is one reason I want to do plan a Cycling for Libraries conference here in Tennessee.

I continue to tell everyone about MERLOT and TEL.

I want to add this to my life list: Do an excellent session and poster session at the Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies Conference next week.

I am also working on granting a grant through Pepsi to turn a vacant lot in Mt. Juliet into a fitness park/connector greenway.

Some new things I have learned:

  • The classic pizza, the Margherita, which is topped with Italy’s colors—red (tomatoes), white (mozzarella), and green (fresh basil) was intended to represent the colors of the Italian flag. Created in the late 19th century, it was named in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy.
  • The daisy was originally known as day’s eye because its petals, like the human eye, open in the morning and close at night. Through usage, day’s eye eventually became daisy.
  • For the 4th of July — In the chemistry of fireworks, the minerals that are used to produce the colors red, white, and blue are red, strontium; white, aluminum or magnesium; and blue, copper.
  • Gummo, whose real first name was Milton, never appeared in the zany films that featured his siblings. He was the first of the brothers to appear onstage—in vaudeville—but gave up acting and represented his brothers and other talent. His four brothers were Groucho (Julius), Harpo (Adolph), Chico (Leonard), and Zeppo (Herbert).
  • The brand-name image that was chosen as the 20th century’s top ad icon by Advertising Age magazine was The Marlboro Man. In second and third place on the list of the Top 10 ad icons were Ronald McDonald and the Green Giant respectively.
  • The official summer sport of Canada is Lacrosse. It was named the official summer sport in 1994, when hockey was designated the country’s official winter sport.
  • The charitable organization set up by baseball legend Willie Mays was The Say Hey Foundation. Mays’ baseball nickname was the Say Hey Kid. His foundation promotes educational and enrichment opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters.
  • In boot-shaped southern Italy, the toe is Calabria; the heel is Puglia (Apulia, in English)






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