A productive long weekend

We’ve had a busy and productive long weekend at our place. In preparation for selling our house we had a bit of a working bee to get the garden tidied up and looking presentable. I made a start on Saturday by trimming the hedge and pruning the roses. I had a couple of helpers too, who did their bit to try and tidy up.

 

Me with my gardening helpers

Me with my gardening helpers

Yesterday it was all hands on deck. My parents came over yesterday to help in the garden and to be an extra couple of pairs of eyes and hands to watch the boys and keep them out of trouble. We managed to get quite a bit done, and you could certainly notice the difference in the appearance of the garden. Grandma’s chocolate cake was certainly a hit with the boys.

 

Mmmm, cake

Mmmm, cake

Mmmm, cake

Mmmm, cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also took the opportunity to clean the pram and stroller, as well as the pram that we’ll be giving away to the Dandelion Support Network. Thomas also thought it would be a good idea to clean his wheelbarrow.

 

I think you missed a spot!

I think you missed a spot!

Dad came over today to do a bit more work, and we managed to lop some dead branches off the trees near our driveway, and finish the pruning of some other trees around the place. There’s still a bit of work to do around the back of the house (which Dad is planning to work on tomorrow if the weather’s OK), but the front yard is looking much better.

All we have to do now is keep it looking that way, until we’re ready to sell.

Now THAT’S what I call a geocaching trip

I thought it was about time that I wrote a post about geocaching, seeing that the blog is called Geocaching Librarian. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to go out caching for a while – hopefully I’ll get a chance this week during my last week of leave.

This weekend, though, a couple of intrepid Canadian geocachers have set out on an expedition to find the oldest unfound geocache. It’s called 4.5lb Walleye, and it was hidden on 23rd June, 2001 and has never been found. The trip to the cache involves a couple of days paddle along the Albany River in Ontario, so it’s not a trip for the faint-hearted. Of course, after more than ten years in the wild, there’s no guarantee that the cache is still actually there. But for most cachers, the journey is more important than the find.

The trip has gained quite a bit of interest amongst geocachers (there’s an eight page topic in the geocaching.com forum discussing it). One of the geocachers on the trip has set up a tracking page so their progress can be monitored. It looks like they made it to the cache location, but there’s no way to know if they found the cache. We’ll have to wait another couple of days to find out.

So this got me thinking if there were any similar caches in Australia. The oldest unfound cache on the Geocaching Australia website is on the Queensland-New South Wales border in the Girraween National Park. It was placed on 2nd July 2006, and there have been a couple of search attempts, but no-one has been able to find it. On geocaching.com, the oldest unfound cache is in north-western Western Australia, a couple of hundred kilometres north-east of Derby. The cache owner states on the cache page that you need a boat or helicopter to reach the location, and that it’s a once in a lifetime cache.

Anyone feel like a roadtrip?

My first library job

As one of her blogjune posts, @kalgrl started a “My first library job” meme, so I thought I’d write about my first library job. I started as a Shelver at my current workplace just over 10 years ago, and I’ve worked there ever since. At the time I’d finished the first semester of my Grad Dip of Library and Information Management through Charles Sturt University, so working part-time (four hours a day) suited me well. There was time to study in the morning before I went to work. My fellow shelvers were a good group of people to work with, and some are still working at the library, and others have left and come back. The job gave me a good appreciation of how the students used our collection, as I shelved in a different area of the collection every day. It was my first experience of providing face-to-face service to library clients, as Shelvers get asked all sorts of questions, not just “where do I find this book?” This helped me when I moved on to my next role, in Circulation. I would certainly recommend being a Shelver as a first step in an academic library career. I know of a few colleagues who started this way and have since progressed to quite senior roles.

So that was my first library job – what was yours?

Another meme

One of the library-related memes going around at the moment is the You as the Dewey Decimal System meme. So where do I fit?

Andrew Spencer’s Dewey Decimal Section:

405 Serial publications

Andrew Spencer = 1448539654358 = 144+853+965+435+8 = 2405

Class:
400 Language

Contains:
Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you.  You like trying new things don’t mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory.  You get bored with routines that never change.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

I guess this is a fairly true description of me. I’m certainly not afraid of jumping in and trying something new.

I thought it would be fun to try this name on some famous librarians and library-related folk. First up, the man the meme was named after, Melvil Dewey:

Melvil Dewey’s Dewey Decimal Section:

152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives

melvil dewey = 35229245355 = 352+292+453+55 = 1152

Class:
100 Philosophy & Psychology

Contains:
Books on metaphysics, logic, ethics and philosophy.

What it says about you:
You’re a careful thinker, but your life can be complicated and hard for others to understand at times. You try to explain things and strive to express yourself.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

How about Casanova?:

Giacomo Casanova’s Dewey Decimal Section:

110 Metaphysics

Giacomo Casanova = 791353531914521 = 791+353+531+914+521 = 3110

Class:
100 Philosophy & Psychology

Contains:
Books on metaphysics, logic, ethics and philosophy.

What it says about you:
You’re a careful thinker, but your life can be complicated and hard for others to understand at times. You try to explain things and strive to express yourself.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

Hmmm, looks like these two were fairly similar. Let’s try a female librarian, Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl:

Barbara Gordon’s Dewey Decimal Section:

460 Spanish & Portuguese languages

Barbara Gordon = 2182181758454 = 218+218+175+845+4 = 1460

Class:
400 Language

Contains:
Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don’t mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

According to her Wikipedia page, being multilingual wasn’t one of her superpowers.

Finally, I thought I’d finish with a librarian wannabe, Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones:

Keith Richards’s Dewey Decimal Section:

378 Higher education

Keith Richards = 1590889381849 = 159+088+938+184+9 = 1378

Class:
300 Social Sciences

Contains:
Books on politics, economics, education and the law.

What it says about you:
You are good at understanding people and finding the systems that work for them. You like having established reasoning behind your decisions. You consider it very important for your friends to always have your back.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

Not so sure about that one. I wonder if anyone’s developed a similar meme for the Library of Congress Classification?

 

My first response to a meme

I’ve never responded to a meme before, but I thought I’d give it a go as part of blogjune. There’s a meme that Mashable has come up with – “what does social media mean to you”? I guess for me social media is about connections. Twitter allows connections to be made easily with people from all around the world. I did a quick tally, and I’ve only met and spoken to 30% of the individuals that I follow. As far as my followers go, I’ve only met 20% of them. I’m a bit choosier when it comes to friends on Facebook, as I’ll only “friend” people that I’ve met.

I guess that’s why it’s called “social” media – it’s all about feeling like you’re part of a group with common interests. And that’s what social medis means to me.

We have boxes!

As part of our preparation for moving house, we went and bought some boxes this morning. We only bought 10, so I’m sure we’ll be back for more down the track.

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We have boxes (and tape, and a tape gun)!

We wanted to have some boxes handy to help with the de-cluttering that we’ll be doing to get the house ready to sell. Luckily my parents have said we can store some of our boxes at their place once we start packing.

One of the jobs on our to-do list was to sort through our videos/CDs/DVDs to see if there were any that we could get rid of. Most of them will be staying, and there’s a few videos that I need to try and find the DVD version of. We don’t have a VCR any more, so there’s no point keeping any videos. The videos are a blast from the past – five episodes of Star Wars.

My Star Wars videos

My Star Wars videos

I’ve got the re-released versions of the original trilogy on DVD, but it would be nice to have the original versions of Episodes IV-VI. I’ll be scouring eBay and Amazon to try and find them. I’m sure they’re out there somewhere – possibly in a galaxy far, far, away.

 

A night on the town

Yesterday was my wife’s birthday, and we celebrated by heading into the city to check out the lights of the Vivid Sydney festival. They boys weren’t with us – they were being babysat by my parents, so we were able to have a nice relaxed wander around.

We started the night with dinner at Wolfie’s, with a great view of the display on the Opera House.

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

 

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner we wandered along the waterfront to Dawes Point, to check out the lights on the western side of the Harbour Bridge.

Vivid Sydney lights on the Harbour Bridge

Vivid Sydney lights on the Harbour Bridge

Then it was back to Circular Quay to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art show, and the display which was projected on Customs House.

Vivid Sydney display on Customs House

Vivid Sydney display on Customs House

Monkey business on Customs House

Monkey business on Customs House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After buying an icecream, we headed over to have a look at some of the installations in First Fleet Park. We were a bit underwhelmed by these. Last year there were a few interactive ones that the boys could play on, but there was nothing like that this year.

We then headed back to the QVB to catch the bus home. We were glad to hear that the boys had behaved themselves for Grandma and Grandpa. It was a very nice night, with pretty much perfect weather (same as we had last year). We’ll be back next year, most likely with the boys.

A disconnected couple of weeks

Although I’m not going to be totally unplugged for the next couple of weeks, I’ve decided that I’m going to unplug myself from my work email. I’m on leave for two weeks, and I’m not going to read my work email at all. I’ve got my out-of-office reply set up, so any staff or students that contact me will know that I’m not going to be able to respond to their enquiry for a while (and I give them the contact details of my colleagues who can help them while I’m away). In theory, email isn’t an urgent form of communication, so I don’t feel too bad about not checking it at all.

It was easy not to check my email today, as it’s my wife’s birthday, so there were plenty of other things to keep me occupied. There was cleaning to be done, and an afternoon tea to get ready for. We headed out to have dinner and see the Vivid Sydney festival tonight. Tomorrow’s blog post will talk about our night out.

Good weather for cleaning up

Today we were able to devote the day to cleaning up in the kitchen. The boys spent the day with their grandparents, which made things a lot easier. The cleaning up is being done as part of our plan to sell our house in the next few months. We were quite productive today, and managed to cross a few things off our to-do list.

One of those things was to carry out repairs on the boys’ books which have been damaged. I armed myself with some stickytape, and got to work on the pile of books.

Book repairsIt didn’t take too long, and I came across books that I’d forgotten the boys had. Thomas was quite pleased to discover some of these long-lost titles when he returned home.

The boys had a good time at my parents’ place. When I dropped them off, Dad brought out a box of some of my old toys for them to play with. It was a real blast from the past to see the toys – they were classics from the ’80s. There were characters and vehicles from Masters of the Universe, Transformers, and M.A.S.K. Apparently the boys had a great time playing with them.

Thomas playing with He Man.

Thomas playing with He Man.

Blake playing with one of the MASK vehicles

Blake playing with one of the MASK vehicles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s still quite a few things left on our to-do list, but hopefully with another couple of days like today, we can make a dent in it.

Here we go again!

Yes, it’s June, which means that #blogjune is back for another year. Last year was the first year that I took part, and I enjoyed the challenge and the experience, so I thought I’d give it a go again this year. Check out the list of participating bloggers – there’s certainly a wide-ranging group of people taking part.

My entries will probably be split fairly evenly between work and non-work-related topics. I’ll be on leave for the first two weeks of June, so that’s when most of the posts will be about things not related to work. Once I’m back at work the focus will probably be a bit more work-related. I’ll be consulting Flexnib’s list of potential topics if I get stuck for something to write about. Hope you enjoy reading my posts!