"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Sorting picture books to determine good ones for toddler storytimes and preschool story times


thinking of songs and rhymes to add to the toddler storytimes and preschool storytimes


watching--and, yes, singing along with gusto--Pete's Dragon (the full version, which I've never seen before).

What exactly does that say about me?

Nothing new. I know.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What's Been Up with Me (some of it)

If you'd like a hint of what's going on with me at work, this is from my LDS blog yesterday:

Day 53

So much to be grateful for at the end of this day:
  • I got the splinter out that had been in the crook of my left index finger for about 6 hours
  • I had leftover dumplings for my dinner
  • I had leftover Sis. E.'s potato salad (so good!) for a snack
  • I got some books added to the order
  • I got a pile of books pulled to prepare for my soon-to-come storytimes.
  • The headache didn't get much worse
  • I had a good excuse to not go to the singles' FHE where the headache would have inevitably gotten worse and where I would have had to deal with the stress of my social anxieties (and annoyances)
  • My fabulous bed now awaits to welcome me with blissful sleep and take away "the Monday Migraine."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Before & After

Before starting my (3rd) day of work at my new desk.

After my (3rd) day of work at my new desk.

And let's not even begin to think about only one teeny, miniscule part of what I have inherited.

Yes. Officially announcing to my Janeite friends and readers:

My new position as the Children's (aka Youth Services) Librarian.

Welcome to my joyful insanity.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Extension #2

Due to extreme busyness in my personal life, we are extending our Ella Enchanted discussion a few more days. The Wednesday writing may have to change to a different day, but we'll see what happens once life calms down a squink.

Just so you know--I did try my hour of obedience and I have a little to report. But I'm tempted to try it again. We shall see.

Sorry for the absence, but I will return when and as often as I can!! Keep thinking Ella and have some fun!

Friday, February 12, 2010

A sure sign of this Janeite...

[from my online journal]:
I love to dress up!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

My New Favorite

Six weeks of plowing through (with a vacation and work and church and all to throw in the mix) and I finally finished the much-recommended-by-The-Brambler Betsy-Tacy series. (First series to finish this year in my Finish-That-Series Challenge, by the way.) She told me I would love it. But she was wrong. I'm completely and irretrievably dead gone over it! (I know. Different series there. Oh well.) Truly--I am obsessed with it!

I've spent the last 4 weeks looking around online and in stores for the books so I can have my own copies to read whenever I want. (Thank you again, by the way, for that great Interlibrary Loan of the whole series! Except for the out-of-prints. Now I have to go search those out!) I have been looking up any information I could find. (Me and my weakness for "based on a true story.") I'm anxious to read biographies. I have a new interest in history 100 years ago. I want to know what happened to the fictional characters true-life counterparts as the years have passed. I want to know about the descendants. I want to take a trip to the town and see the houses and shriek and giggle over the bench on Big Hill. And maybe take a picnic.

And it hasn't just been great stories. As with any good book, I learned more about myself. I saw where I could become better where my weaknesses are, while being happy about my strengths. I wanted to ignore the petty and focus on the truly important. I enjoyed my own nostalgia of memories and emotions as I read a series that seemed full to the brim with it. I came to love each character--even the annoying/weird/silly ones! I am upset that it has ended! Ten whole books, and over too soon.

Well, in my browsing, I came across this quiz. And I had to take it. I had to! How could I not?! I was sure I was going to come up with Betsy--though I was hoping not. I've spent the whole series loving Betsy while wanting to shake her, and cringing every time I thought "Oh no! I'm not like that, am I?!" I also spent the whole series thinking Tacy was the coolest, most awesomest person and friend ever and how I wish I was more like her growing up as well as now.

My results?

I know! I'm shocked! And thrilled!!! I'm Tacy! Happy, happy day! Then again, some of those questions I was unsure about asking of myself and would wish that better judges of me (aka friends and family) would answer for me. I would be intrigued with the results.

I highly recommend all fans (especially the greatest Betsy-Tacy fan I know--greatest in many senses of the world) to take the Which Betsy-Tacy Character are You quiz! It was really fun.

And I'm saying right off--#12 was completely unfair!!!!! I had to pretend that I could only have one of the choices in my life to see which would be the hardest to give up. And I thought I would die from the thought. Pray it never comes about! It still took me a good 5 minutes of "But I can't live without..." before I finally picked one.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Trying to Obey

Can I cheat and do my hour of obedience while I'm driving in my car? I'm a little worried where this obedience thing could go.

I know I can't do it at work. Imagine Ella of Frell with a job! In customer service!!!!

But where could I do it that I wouldn't be making the biggest fool of myself ever possible? Or put my life, sanity, decent name, good reputation on the line? Or try not to laugh my head off as I'm forced to keep the secret of what I'm doing while I look and act like an idiot?

I know.

I'm sympathizing more and more with Ella.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"What book is better than sleep when the sun goes down?"

Hello Book Clubbers! Welcome to Kyrria! This is the land which contains Frell, home of our heroine Ella, of Ella Enchanted. I hope you enjoy our next place to stay as well as this new round of questions where we will discuss the book (and our lives.) I'm giving you two weeks to answer the any or all of the questions. Bring on the discussions!

But wait! There's an added bonus! Scholastic.org listed 3 activities that readers could do which related to the book. And I loved them!!! So I'm including them at the end and highly encouraging you to participate in one, any, or all of them. Trust me--it will be such fun to pull out the talents that I know exist among we fellow readers and Austen-lovers. This may very well be my favorite part of our visit to Kyrria, and I'm going to try at least #1 and #2.

“‘Perhaps she’s changed.’”
What do you think are the three most important differences between Ella and the original Cinderella tale?

“That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift.”
What do you think is the worst “gift” Lucinda bestows on anyone during the novel and why?

“I loved having the power to say yes or no, and refusing anything was a special pleasure.”
How much freedom do you have to disobey orders in your own life? What keeps you from disobeying? If you do disobey, how does that come about?

“I could barely stay seated because of the command.”
Give an example from the book of a positive result of the curse.

“‘Nothing is small magic in a moment like this.’”
What do you think is the difference between small and big magic? Give some examples of both. Can you think of real-life situations in which people have power equal to big magic?

“It was a taste of obedience without an order, and I didn’t like it any better than the Lucinda-induced kind.”
What difference is there between choosing to do good and being forced into it?

“When I opened it, instead of a fairy tale, I found an illustration of Mandy!”
What do you wish your own fairy book would tell/show you when you opened it?

“Char couldn’t see them and twirled me as before, until he got halfway around. Then he set me gently on the floor and bowed at Father and Mum Olga, his buttonless doublet flapping. He was laughing so hard he couldn’t speak.”
What are your impressions of the prince? Compare him with other princes from fairy tales—original or fractured.

“‘Your very good friend, Char.’”
In too many fairy tales we (*groan!*) see the love-at-first-site aspect instead of a real relationship being built between the hero and heroine. What do you think about the relationship between the prince and the Cinderella character in this version?

“I refused to become a princess but adopted the titles of Court Linguist and Cook’s Helper.”
Especially for the linguist of our Book Club: Can you find any patterns in the different languages spoken in the book? Can you find any spelling, punctuation, capitalization, or other characteristic that distinguishes each from the other?

"In that moment I found a power beyond any I’d had before, a will and a determination I would never have needed if not for Lucinda, a fortitude I hadn’t been able to find for a lesser cause. And I found my voice."
What are some times you had to find an inner strength you did not think you had, but which was there when a greater cause called forth its need?

“‘I’ll work her harder than she ever worked in her life, and give you a fine cook into the bargain.’”
Do parts of this Cinderella version remind you of any other Cinderella versions you have read or seen? Which parts/versions do you prefer?

“But my favorite was…”
Favorite character?
Favorite part(s)?
Favorite story element?
Favorite anything else?

“‘Is it terrible?’”
Least favorite character?
Least favorite part(s)?
Least favorite story element?
Least favorite anything else?

Bonus Activities!
1. Pick a fairy tale and write your own, new version of it, or a synopsis of it. (For example, set "The Frog Prince" in a high school or change Rumpelstiltskin from a mean villain to a lonely old woman. Imagine how the story of Pinocchio would change with the invention of lie detectors or how computers might help Hansel and Gretel.)

2. Try living as if you were cursed like Ella for one hour, obeying every command you are given, without telling anyone about your curse. If you want to try for a second hour, obey not only commands from people around you, but also commands you hear on TV/radio and from anything you read. Tell us about your experience.

3. Within the novel, there are many magical and fanciful creatures. Imagine what each of the different kinds of creatures would look like together in one place and draw a colorful scene of them. Include at least one human, elf, fairy, ogre, giant, and centaur.