I took this photo on my walk home from work yesterday. I loved the pink-gold light and those long shadows. In a perfect world I'd have captured someone interesting walking past on that opposite sidewalk, but as the Rolling Stones famously sang, "you can't always get what you want."
The kids are out of school today and tomorrow for parent-teacher conferences. And all the conferences are taking place on Zoom, so things should be pretty quiet around the ol' library for the next day or two.
Motivated by the webinar I attended about weeding, I pulled some stuff out of the collection yesterday to buy new versions. Our Africa history section is pretty dire. I pulled seven books, none of which had been published after 1993 (and some as far back as the '60s). I found a few replacements that should be much more current. I knew this was a problem area and when I was sitting through the webinar I was picturing those shelves!
Speaking of the library, I got some exciting news yesterday. I've been approved to go to Vienna in April for a training session on our collection management system (the computer system we use to check out materials and keep track of our stuff). It's a two-day event on a Monday and Tuesday, and I'm hoping to fly early Sunday so I can get in a day of sightseeing. I've been to Vienna before but it was 26 years ago (!), so I'm eager to see it again.
Dave, meanwhile, is about to go to Oman for a student choral festival, and he'll be in Prague later in the spring on a student music tour. The latter trip was originally planned and paid for in 2020, before the pandemic intervened and everything stopped. It will be nice for them to finally be able to benefit from those plans.
It's great to be moving around again. I'd forgotten what it feels like to have these sorts of opportunities.
It was freezing cold yesterday morning -- literally. This was Olga on the lawn at the nearby housing estate. Check out that frosty grass! My phone says it's 35º F (or 1.6º C) out there right now.
Oh, and here's a mystery. I got the most peculiar postcard in the world in yesterday's mail:
What on earth could this mean? Since it's been mailed from Jacksonville I'm thinking my brother might be behind it, but I have no idea what that big number 2 is about. Those people don't look any too happy to be swimming in their wool bathing costumes, do they? Modernity has its problems but modern swimwear is not one of them.