Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
This lovely sketch was on the library website. I believe it is the original plan that was presented for approval two years ago. I also believe we have been downsized out of it twice. Nice to know what we're working for. If they would just break ground already.
I didn't think much of the design at first. I think it is trying to do a modern Prairie style thing - Glenview is very into Prairie anything. And I suppose it is better than Northbrook's, which we always referred to as "Jabba's Sail Barge". And not in a good way. Wait - I can find a picture of that.
So if you are going to be around town that weekend in July, stop by - I believe I picked up 12 books at the December sale (and have perhaps read two of them). Then go across the street to the Dairy Bar for ice cream.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I had heard stories about this before Ben Stein spoke on CBS Sunday Morning. People that cannot keep up with their mortgages are dropping their keys on the counter and walking out the door.
Which does not solve your credit problems, people.
Worse than that is that some are leaving their pets in the houses they abandon. Can you imagine? As if the bank is going to show up the next day and magically find a new home for the 70 pound labrador that has no idea what in the hell is going on.
I might have some sympathy for people that were caught up in the market by unethical lenders. Perhaps. But this just makes me sick.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
To the best of my understanding, we should buy the biggest cages that we can afford, assuming that we have the space. So I did. I bought this King's Cage. You see that little bird on the bottom? Kiwi is about that big. Her old cage is (seems) half this size.
After our volunteer meeting yesterday, some friends from the Refuge helped me put it together. They made fun of me for getting the enormous thing for such a little bird.
Manu, my foster bird, was convinced it was for him. He is no longer speaking to me.
I moved Kiwi in tonight. She was perfectly happy to play in it. Then she figured it out. She flew back into her old cage and started to growl. When greys are really upset, they growl like little dogs. I got her back to the big cage and gave her a snack. It looks big and empty by comparison. I have some perches and swings coming in from Windy City Parrot early this week and I plan to make some more toys, too.
After some cleaning and moving around, I set up Kiwi's cage for Manu. Because it is bigger than what he has and he doesn't throw his food dish. He thinks such behavior is silly. He was not impressed with the new digs, but I think he is just offended with the hand-me-down and will lighten up tomorrow.
I put them to bed about an hour ago. I heard some flapping around, which must have been Kiwi getting her bearings in the dark. She has settled down.
Space is really tight in that room now. Might have to get rid of the TV!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I opened a box and there was a copy of A Thousand Splendid Suns, the new book by the author of The Kite Runner. I was all set to buy it, but Amazon suggested it would go for 10 or 12 bucks. I listed it for $11. It sold before I left that night.
Between my second and third boxes of books, I saw a trade paperback copy of Norman Mailer's last book on the Classics shelf. One dollar. OK - that one is mine.
Anyone working retail (as opposed to owning a retail business) will tell you there are times when the customers just interrupt you. That happened all night. For a total of $10, but our director keeps saying that every bit helps. As I suspected, it has definitely picked up since Chicago finally thawed out.
Anyway, I went through four boxes of donations and listed about a dozen books. Productive night, I'd say.
Edit: Ha! Two books sold before I had even left the Library last night. The second was a cookbook. Low Carb for the Slow Cooker - if you can believe that!