Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tadpole Update

Once again the tadpole shows his power to pull on the heartstrings of small children. I took the tadpole home for another little break and had a child come to the desk looking for him. This little boy was extremely sad that the tadpole was not there. I asked him if he would like to draw a picture of the tadpole but he decided to write the tadpole a note instead. With great, great care he proceeded to write the little note attached to this post. When I asked him what it said, he informed me the tadpole would know. He then asked me to place the note against the side of the tadpole's tank so he could read it and know he had a friend waiting for him to return to the library. It just doesn't get any cuter than that. And so Berkley now has his first fan letter. I think he's been enjoying looking at it through the glass. I wish he'd tell ME what it says, though.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Some Great Videos

Here are some more of my favorite YouTube videos. (Disclaimer: clicking on the links below will take you to an outside website. I have no control over the external content of that site.)

Woman Freaking Out After Missing Her Flight - You parents of young children think you have it bad? Here is a full grown woman having the father of all hissy fits. You have to see it to believe it.


Baby Giving the Evil Look - I about died laughing!


Oops! - Remind me never to walk under a loaded crane. One question, where does that guy think he's running off to in such a hurry? Does he think his boss won't catch up with him later?


Validation - I love this video. It just makes you want to smile after watching it.


Gymnastics Bloopers - They always make it look so easy in the Olympics. For those who can not stand to see pain inflicted on others--skip this one.


Squirrel Attacks Deer - You have to see this to believe it.


Halloween Light Show - I would love to have this in my front yard! So how many hours do you think someone spent on programing this thing to make it in sync with the music. More importantly, how much money did they waste on hardware to make this work?


Christmas Light Show - Raspberry, this one is for you!


R2-D2 Chorus Line - That is a LOT of R2-D2 toys!


Talking Animals - No joke.


And this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=964uCtgsDoE&feature=related

Mankind is No Island - This one simply touched me. Had to share.



Sunday, February 15, 2009

Do You Like REALLY Scary Stories?

Then the young adult book Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman is the book for you. I had a bout with the stomach flu Saturday so I read all the way through this ghost story in one day. What made it so scary? The videos. As the story progresses the main character's best friend sends him emails with videos she has taken. Videos of a ghost. And this ghost is frightening to look at, believe me. The girl sends her friend passwords that you as the reader can use to view them on line as the story progresses. It gives the story an almost real feeling you rarely get while reading a story. I read/watched it during the daytime and I was scared silly. It was a lot of fun though. The videos are so important to the storyline that the book by itself is useless without them. In fact, you have to watch the last video if you want to find out how the story ends, if you can call it an ending. Unfortunately this is only the first book in a series so the story leaves us in a horrible cliffhanger, I'll be having nightmares about for months to come. There is no gore or violence in the context of the story, but this story is much too spooky for younger children. (Heck I'm an adult and at times it was almost too spooky for me.) The most amazing part is the depth the author is willing to go to in making this fiction feel like reality. There is an "unofficial" website (obviously put there by the publisher), Wikipedia entries with more info about the ghost, and even fake newspaper articles you can find if you follow links. There are hidden goodies that appear on the official website but only at different times of the day. According to one fan, the best stuff comes on after midnight. If you like spooky stories don't miss this real treat. And make sure your laptop is handy.

P.S. Karlene, you will want to skip this one. Trust me.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Like it Never Even Happened

Would you believe this is the same door frame my bird trashed three days ago? Amazing! You can't even tell there was ever any damage. Except for the big hole in my pocket book that is. *Sigh*

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bad, Bad Birdie!

Guess what my parrot did to my parent's door frame last night when no one was looking. He managed to unlock his cage and this is the result.

In case you can't tell from the pictures, the damage is almost a yard in length. There were woodchips everywhere. I don't know if I should laugh or cry. I think my father did a little of both. The parrot has managed to escape his cage before and chew things but never to this extent. Why oh why couldn't he have done this at MY house instead of my parents? I swear I'm cursed.
At least the parrot had fun.



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