HarperCollins has a new policy on ebooks. From now on, libraries who purchase HarperCollins ebooks for patrons to use have a cap on the number of times that book can be checked out. That number?
Sure, maybe that seems like a lot, but for some popular titles, 26 is very, very low, as shown by
A couple (awesome) librarians from the Pioneer Library System who assessed the wear and tear of some of their physical copies of popular HarperCollins titles as compared to the number of checkouts:

Needless to say, some pretty decent quality books had been checked out *much* more than 26 times.

Granted, this is not a scientific study by any means, but as someone who’s worked in a library and maintained print collections, I would vouch that their findings are pretty accurate.


Tonight, I made breaded chicken breasts on an arugula salad. It was a special occasion. I almost never cook meat and almost never fry things (both can be messy and require a lot of cleanup) but this was really simple and delicious.

All you need for the chicken: chicken cutlets or thinly sliced chicken breast, bread crumbs, eggs, flour, salt and pepper.

And for the salad: arugula, parmesan, your favorite dressing (I just used balsamic and oil).

And when you put everything together: half of a lemon. The lemon juice makes everything taste better.

To make the salad, put the arugula on a plate, shave some parmesan and sprinkle the dressing. (I said it was easy, right? ha)

The chicken’s a little more complicated, but mostly you just need to fry it up….there are about a million recipes for breaded chicken online… I just used Martha Stewart’s sans fresh bread crumbs. I am sure better cooks than I have come up with their own special recipes, but the Martha Stewart one is a good basic recipe that you can easily customize depending on what you might have in your kitchen 🙂

As for a non-meat option, I’ve had this meal with breaded eggplant and it is equally delicious!

Put the chicken on top of the salad, add some juice from a lemon and voila! Dinner!

Libraries in England are in the news this week, thanks to spending cuts that may force up to 400 libraries to close.

Many libraries will be going up for review in the coming weeks to determine the number of cuts to be made.

But library patrons across the country are fighting back, including author Philip Pullman (most famous for The Golden Compass, part of His Dark Materials trilogy). Pullman gave an excellent speech a couple weeks ago defending the importance of libraries. The full text (it’s not too long!) can be found here

A number of other authors and patrons across the country will be protesting on the National “Save our Libraries” Day, coming up on February 5.

The Guardian wrote a pretty good article about what’s been going on, as did the New York Times who tied in Britian’s issues into America’s own current library problems:

Ok, I know that’s a lot of links. But that Pullman speech is definitely worth reading.


Procrastination station of the day:

Organ Trail!

It’s like the Oregon Trail, but with Zombies.

Highly recommended for anyone who does not feel like doing work they probably *should* be doing but hey, you work better under pressure anyway, right? So really, you should spend the next 1.5 – 5 hours foraging across the zombie wilderness.

One piece of advice: if one of your characters gets bitten by a zombie, don’t kill them off right away. They won’t actually turn into zombies as long as their health doesn’t get too low.

…Sorry, Roxanne.

Many thanks to the men who wear many hats for helping me not finish the many piles of work on my desk. I appreciate it greatly.


Obama gave his State of the Union Speech tonight.

The Democrats and Republicans sat together.

They NEVER sit together.

I know, because since I was little I asked: Why don’t they sit together? And last year, I really got annoyed because there was so much fighting in Congress, that the LEAST they could do to try and show some form of unity was to sit together.

Well, this year they did. And though I doubt it will do much (at all) for bipartisanship, it was a nice, baby step.  So thanks Congress. It was a good move.

  1. Zicam (taken every three hours at the first sign of a cold…or whenever I get around to going to Walgreens)
  2. Lots of liquids (when I remember)
  3. Vitamin C in the form of delicious clementines and Power C Naked Juice (1000% of your daily vitamin C!)
  4. Sleep
  5. Nyquil (for when 1 through 3 don’t work quickly enough and I can’t manage to get any of 4)


Today I was having a slight quarter-life crisis… well, more of a career-choice-questioning type of crisis, so what did I do?

I Google’d “Magic Eight Ball” and clicked on the first link.

(here’s a link to the link)

It told me, “Definitely.”


I felt better.

Ok, ok, so maybe asking a magic 8 ball isn’t the best way to solve problems, but I think most of the time, you know the answer already in your head, and asking the magic 8 ball (or flipping a coin–a method I used the last time I had a career-choice-questioning type of problem) allows you to either a) feel better or b) gives you something to disagree with and affirm that answer you already knew you had to begin with.

Did that make sense?

….maybe not. But either way, it worked.