Earlier this week the title and publication date of Dan Brown's (The Da Vinci Code) new book were announced. The book, The Lost Symbol, is due out September 15th. His past successes and the current marketing program have created an incredible amount of interest in this book. So much so that it is already showing up on best seller's list. It's number 3 on Amazon's list, just from pre-orders. Amazing. There have also been articles in local newspapers about the author renting out a local auditorium for some "secret" purpose. Hmmmmmmm......
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Whew! It is hot! The temps were in the high 90's today here in Southern Maine. For someone who doesn't like the heat to begin and is fighting a cold, this was not a day to write home about. This is the hottest it's ever been in April. Fortunately it's only going to last for the day. But, is this a taste of things to come this summer.......................
Monday, April 27, 2009
Uh, oh. My annual spring cold has arrived...It's making its presence known in my nose, ears, and throat. Am playing it safe and staying home from work. Don't want to inflict this on anyone else. Ugh. So, here I sit with a cup of tea, a big box of tissues, aspirin, and Zycam. Hopefully, I started the Zycam early enough. It usually does work well for me. Aaaahhhhhh choooooooo!!!!!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Make that two big comebacks in a row. Way to go, Red Sox. The season may have gotten off to a bad start, but you've made up for it now. Keep up the good work!
The games have been amazing. Extra innings last night and a huge slug fest today. Today's game was an appropriate one to close out Boston Marathon Week. This game was took so long that the first round of the NFL draft was over long before this game.
What a difference a week makes. Last night we went looking for eggs again. No luck....because they've already hatched! Those little tadpoles were darting all over the place. I think we just missed the eggs last week because the pools were nearly dry and what we thought was moss were actually the eggs. Good to see all the little guys back. Our resident ducks are back now, too.
We just waiting on the turtle that makes her way through the yard each year. We've made a change in the backyard within the past year, so we're not sure she'll be able to make it up to the house. She should be here within the next month or so.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
For the last two nights my husband and I have canvassed the neighborhood vernal pools looking for signs of new life. Unfortunately we haven't found any. Our own vernal pools are just about dried up. We hear the peepers down in the back, but there's no signs of eggs. We went to several other pools and ponds around here but had no luck. Are we too early? It has been fairly cool this Spring, so things may be delayed. We'll keep looking. We've got a lot of area to explore. I hope there's some rain on the way to refresh our own pools.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This is a bizarre story that I've been telling all week.... On Monday I came into work and found a fax asking the former director to call the sewer district office. I thought maybe there had been a mix-up with payments or something. When I called and spoke with the person who sent the fax, she told me that she had been told by FairPoint (the phone company for this area now - no more Verizon) to call us. It took a few minutes to register, but this is what happened.
The sewer district has been having a number of problems with their phone bills - getting bills weekly, payments misapplied, etc. The office manager called FairPoint to try and straighten out the bills. After being on hold for a half hour, the manager was told to get in touch with their account representative. FairPoint then gave them the former library's director name and the library's number to call. Huh???!!! I know that libraries are the best sources for information, but I didn't know that we could also fix phone bills. Absolutely incredible!
When I put the story out on a librarians' listserv, I heard back from another library whose phone number had been listed in the most recent FairPoint directory as the for all of their town departments. And, oh yes, they neglected to list the library at all.
On Tuesday, we got a call from a FairPoint field technician looking for the hours for the North Gorham library. Another big, "huh????!!!!" As I've said before, you just can't make this stuff up. No wonder the Public Utility Commission has called the company on the carpet.
I just can't get my mind around all of this!