The Librarian’s Cat

Every library needs a cat and we just lost ours.

In early fall 2002, I didn’t yet work in a library and my library at home was significantly smaller, but I did get the first element of a true library: my own library cat. This small, orange creature, who was scared of even his shadow, spent his first few months hiding under the desk of my student room. He was small and nervous and very, very fluffy, so we decided to him call him Elmo. It took a while, but after a week or two of mainly hearing him scuffling around at night, he finally came out of his hiding place and made it to the sofa.  Read More …

Unstretch Goals

scalesThis is going to be a bit of a personal post, so if you’re here for the books and the books only, be warned. Last December 3rd I did something big. I started to change my eating habits in order to lose weight and get to a healthier place for myself. And it’s been going amazingly well and every kilogram lost is motivation to keep going, but still it’s nice to have goals to work towards. And with goals come rewards. Of course, being the bookworm I am and rewarding myself with chocolate or something similar would rather defeat the purpose. So I decided that starting from fifteen kilograms onwards, for every five kilograms I lost, I could read one book I had on my shelf that I really wanted to read, but kept putting aside because review copies. And since I was making a list, I included some review copies I desperately wanted to read as well. I’m calling them my unstretch goals.  Read More …