How Has Jane Been Occupying Herself?

A mundane update about me, because really, it is all about me, you know.

I had a fun weekend filled with tree trimming and house light hanging. Mr. Rochester could really care less about either, but I adore them so that he perches on the ladder while I hand him gutter clips and the next string of lights. He even helped with the tree this year. Lovely. In other Rochester news, we are having a healthy baby boy. Mr. R is glad to have escaped a house of giggling and princesses this round and I am glad to have escaped the threat of having my daughter want to be a cheerleader.

Now, if you were unfortunate enough to have spent your formative years cheerleading, please do not be offended, but what would two nerdy geeks do with a cheerleader? Just consider that and move on without getting all huffy. I was a band nerd for the love of Friday.

I then packed off to Sacramento, CA to teach the first of many workshops for InfoPeople. The workshop is on using Web 2.0 tools and ideas for staff training. It went off well with a very participatory group with a myriad of good ideas of their own. I am going to make some tweaks for next time. If you live in California, I will be back every week in January teaching the same class.

If you have received your copy of American Libraries for December, my little face appears twice! I wrote the “On My Mind” column this month on freedom and literacy in libraries. There is also a picture of me a few pages later, p. 48, at the Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium from this summer. In that picture, you can see me laughing as I lose horribly at Mario Kart. It was fun, even though I failed to be victorious, twice.

Now, I am back in Houston, enjoying our “cold” weather (it is 50 today) and contemplating what to tackle on my to do list first.

–Jane, had some last minute emails from students who did not prepare well for their research papers

On Being Thankful

At the request of KGS, here is a list of what I am thankful for this year.

My growing faith and some important lessons I have learned.

Mr. Rochester, the best husband anyone could ask for. Last night, he gave me a big hug and told me he missed me the last couple days. Mondays and Tuesdays are our busy days where we pass in the night. I missed him too.

A new addition to the family, though Monster Rochester is not here yet.

Friends who make me laugh and love me.

Family that is occasionally dysfunctional, tends to drink more than they should, but has a lot of love.

Big, slobbery, puppy lips rubbed on my face in greeting on Saturday mornings. I know he loves his momma.

The roof over my head, the food on my plate, health, and jobs that pay the bills.

I am thankful for being able to recognize new opportunities as they appear and I am curious and excited about the year to come.

We all have blessings to be thankful for. I wish you all a year of bounty.

–Jane, thankful

Hear ye, hear ye!

All of the principles have been told and I think it is time to tell the Interwebs.

In a flight of fancy with a dash of what-the-heck-were-we-thinking, Mr. Rochester and I are expanding the Rochester household. We should have a bundle of Human Beta somewhere around the end of April. I think it will end up looking something like the picture on this site, but the grandparents are hoping for something like this.

I shall now answer all the questions people have been asking so I only have to do it once:

    I am lucky biotch and have had no morning sickness (mine is an evil laugh!)
    yes, we are going to find out if it is a boy or girl
    yes, I will tell you
    yes, we have some names in mind
    no, I will not tell you because I do not care to hear what you think about them
    no, I have had no weird cravings yet
    I feel great, but I take a lot of naps, which may or may not occasionally occur in various places in my library

Besides being busy in general, this site has been quiet, because by the time I get home and eat dinner, it is nearly time for bed. I know I am supposed to have more energy soon and I am at least hoping I can stay up long enough to watch the Daily Show again. John Stewart, I miss you.

–Jane, happy to be keeping a secret no longer

I Know Why People Have Harleys, a top 10 in pictures

I spent a weekend in Milwaukee before the Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium. I have an Aunt and an Uncle who live there and I see them so seldom that I had to take the opportunity to visit. Milwaukee is a beautiful city and in the summer it really is at its finest. I had a great visit. Here are my top, rather belated, 10 things from that short trip:

10. The weather was amazing. Cool. Breezy. Sunny. I reveled in it.
9. The flowers. At a time in Houston when everything is starting to get brown around the edges, there are vibrant blooms everywhere!
8. Sitting on Aunt Sue’s porch drinking vodka and Squirt and catching up.
7. The sunset over Pewaukee Lake.
6. Bloody Marys at The Wicked Hour. They were spicy and came with all kinds of goodies.
5. Brats. (pronounced brah-ts, the food not the annoying toddler next to you)
4. Hanging out at Fest Italiana.
3. Spending the afternoon with Uncle Larry and Aunt Jennifer. They live in East Troy, a sweet little town. Their house is surrounded by tall tress, green grass, and flowers. Jennifer collects sediment from all over the world and Larry collects Harleys. I do not get to see enough of them.
2. Getting to see Aunt Sue. I love that lady. I always have fun with her. We went to a couple local bars, went to the market at Cathedral Square, and walked through Fest Italia.
1. I know why people have Harleys and ride motorcycles. Larry took me on my first real motorcycle ride (dirt bikes do not really count, now do they?) It was exhilarating. All of the smells around you slap you in the face. Everything fills your senses. I could barely keep from giggling the entire time. It was amazing. We stopped at a local bar, Kuckleheads, for a drink and then returned home as the sun was setting. I could not have asked for a better end to a wonderful day.

–Jane, is ready to go back again

Larry and Michelle on Motorcyle

If You Like Pina Coladas…


Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre.

The cruise was great. Amazingly, after four days, I was very tired of all the eating, but the drinking was still fun. There are lots of fruity drinks on my flickr page now. I have condensed my trip into the following top five:

Top Five Cruise Memories

  1. real wonderful pina coladas all day long, ok, really it was the drinks in general all the time
  2. playing slots for the first time
  3. lobster night in the dining room
  4. seeing the Tulum Mayan ruins which are right on the coast (picture at right)
  5. sarcasm requires a raised hand to alert some of the women of its use

–Jane, glad to be home

Sailing the High Seas

Arg, Matey! The Rochesters will be sailing the high seas on our way to a couple stops in Mexico this week. It is my first cruise and I am looking forward to all the things I have heard about, like the food and the swim up bar. Mr. R and I are going with his parents, his sister and her husband, and the father inlaw inlaw. Confusing, yes? It should be fun. I mean, if it is not, I can always have another drink.

Besides all those dumb dress up clothes I had to pack, the most important decisions I made were, of course, which books I was taking along. I chose the following three:

  1. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
  2. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  3. Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast

This space will be quiet until Thursday or Friday. Have a great week. I will not be missing you. I will be sitting by the pool with a drink sporting a little umbrella.

–Jane, off to have fun

New Wheels

New Car

Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre.

The Rochester household has a new set of wheels, a blue Toyota Sequoia. It has more buttons then I have ever seen in one vehicle. We needed something big enough for us, the large dog (read house horse), and all the crap we are continually dragging around with us.

It will get its first real outing when it goes the the family lake house this weekend for the New Year’s festivities.

–Jane, loves the new car smell

Got a Little Story for You Ags!

In Texas there is this blessed piece of land in College Station called Aggieland. Students go to Texas A&M, study, learn, and eventually earn enough hours to order their class ring. The ring at A&M is very important. Most Aggies will wear their rings for the rest of their lives. To me (and I am not alone), my Aggie Ring is as important as my wedding ring. It is part of who I am. I come from an Aggie family and I was lucky enough to find an Aggie husband.

My brother got his ring today. My parents and I drove up to College Station to celebrate with him. The lady handing out rings let me hand him the box. It was fabulous. I am very proud of my little brother. He is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’07 and he now has the ring to prove it.

–Jane, Whoop