Category Archives: Fun Stuff

Egged into Cooking

Egged into Cooking

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but boredom is the impetus for creativity. Having run out of junk food during Snowpocalypse, I am resorted to actually cooking. Results: probably the healthiest breakfast in months. Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, Stilton, and thyme; iced coffee with organic fructose and cream.

Creative Endeavors

A Wedding PresentHenry's NapkinsA Pillow for CharityThe Tiny MewBaby AnimalsPrints for Princesses
Lavender Baby, Part 2Lavender BabyTurtles MarchingE's Dress CompletedE's Dress in Progress

Creative Endeavors, a set on Flickr.

To the ladies of Miss Samford 2013

Some advice for my beautiful Miss Samford ladies:

As you’re preparing for Friday’s pageant, it’s natural to feel a little nervous, maybe second-guess which shade of neutral pink you chose for your manicure:

But I’m here to tell you, that it’s okay. It’s okay to not know the answer to a question, to say you don’t know. It’s okay to walk into a fake tree onstage, and it’s okay to smile ALL the time until your face hurts. What’s most important is that you enjoy what you do and believe what you say. You have my personal permission to say “I don’t know” with all your conviction, and it will be respected.

1 Peter 3:3-4

Respect yourself and all those around you. Love yourself and show love to your neighbor. It has taken some years for me to really see this as truth, but we show who we are through actions. We teach others how to be through how they see us, not just as a still picture, but how we interact with others and how we treat ourselves. Be someone who teaches by example.

Roald Dahl, from “The Twits”

There’s no wrong answer. Your choice to participate in the Miss Samford Program, your academic and service achievements, your personal growth. Each has a purpose in helping you form your opinions.

And in the end, my goal as a volunteer with Miss America and a faculty member of Samford University is to help provide you the assistance and experiences to become a critically thinking, productive, independent young woman.

With love,



So, appropriating a library term may have just changed my outlook on life. Or at least, social scheduling. Here’s how it went down.

Last Friday, I was perusing my Twitter feed (as one does) and noticed a discussion between two colleagues about the new API and the ability to use it to search user profiles. One friend commented on the number of people who identify as both library people and cat lovers. Of course, part of the dialogue was the difficulty of truly finding the number is the lack of consistency in how people describe these two personality features (authority control!). At this point, the following exchange occurred:

  • Me: @jloter@cajunjoel Can you wildcard the query? cat* would be easier than guessing all variable terms, same with librar*.
  • CajunJoel: @msthomas@jloter I think you just made “wildcard” a verb. Now, as an exercise, use it in a sentence NOT related to querying databases.
  • Me: @cajunjoel@jloter I prefer to wildcard my weekend, planning dinner and just seeing where it goes from there. #partyhard

Which made me really think… how do I plan my weekends? Am I a fly-by-night girl, or do I want to know everything from beginning to end?  Do you abide by your ALA Scheduler or use it as more of a suggestion? “Wildcarding”, silly though it may seem, really does fit a lot of situations, doesn’t it?

How often do you wildcard?

P.S. If you don’t know what a wildcard is in search terms, find a librarian.

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