I hear the voices in my head

I swear to god it sounds like they're snoring

I go the right way
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Turns out, my commute was not really affected at all... I live on the right side of the river, after all. ;) 
And it's actually been a little bit nice... traffic around the library is much better since there aren't 80 million people trying to get to I-64E in New Albany. I can actually cross the street between the parking lot and the library with ease. :) 

However, I still have much sympathy for those commuting to Louisville who had to sit in traffic for 1-3 hours this morning... Even at 6:30 this morning, the southbound lanes on I-65 were not pretty. 

(It turns out I did overprepare, but better safe than sorry, right? And now, if you'll excuse me, it's been a freaking long day, so I'm going to go collapse...)

So, the bridge is broken...
The bridge that I cross twice a day to get to work is, well, cracked. And so it is closed.
Which is unfortunate. However, I am glad they caught it before it, y'know, crashed into the river and killed a bunch of people. 

If you don't know, Louisville has three bridges that connect Louisville and Indiana. The I-64 bridge in New Albany, which is right by my library and how I get to work every day, is the one that's closed. About 89,000 cars cross that bridge daily. Traffic from that bridge is now being diverted to the Second Street Bridge and the Kennedy Bridge, which are already congested during rush hours. 

For people (like myself) who have to cross the river to get back and forth from work, this means... what? I don't know yet. I know that they're making plans to alleviate as much traffic as possible. I know that they won't have all the kinks worked out for tomorrow's commute. I know that since the majority of river-commuters travel from Indiana to Louisville, it'll either be better or worse for me going the opposite way. (Could be better since not as many people will be traveling that way... could be worse because they'll turn northbound lanes into southbound lanes to allow more cars through.) 

I normally leave for work at 8:00 and get there around 8:30... Tomorrow I'm aiming to leave at 6:30 (but it might be closer to 7... we'll see how things go in the morning...). I have snacks packed and an audiobook ready to go. 

We don't know how long it's going to last, but they're saying it's going to take three weeks just to inspect it and figure out how much work they have to do. The mayor of Jeffersonville expects the bridge to be closed for six months. (How would he know? But I guess his guess his probably better informed than mine!) 

So, here goes nothing. Cross your fingers for me, LJ friends! It'll be nothing if not an adventure...

Osama Bin Laden is dead.
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It's complicated. All at the same time, I feel all these things:

"Anger and hate are seeds that germinate war. Forgiveness is a seed for peace." - Eva Mozes Kor & Lisa Rojany Buccieri

"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ha.)

"Do not be ashamed, be thankful that you can feel pity and horror at the death of an enemy. The day we cease to care, even for our enemies, is the day we have lost this war." - Dragonlance series

"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." - Mark Twain


[paraphrasing for Barack Obama] "Ahem. 'While you jackasses were complaining about my birth certificate and siding with a glorified gameshow host... I was killing the architect of the single greatest attack on our nation. E. A. D.'" - My friend Will

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 I am watching the premier of Terra Nova: 

Did you see?! DINOSAURS!!!!!

OMG.  :D

PS: I watched the Super Bowl.  I feel apathetic towards both teams, but I do think the commercials were mostly lame.  I did actually kind of like that Kia commercial with Poseidon and the aliens and the Mayan temples and everything because we were all, like, entranced and watching to see where the car would go next.  And then when the Kia logo came up at the end, every person in that room was like "KIA?! KIA SUCKS!!!"  So that was pretty hilarious (but I'm pretty sure it's not the reaction Kia was hoping for...)

A question for my Louisville friends...
Louisville friends, who do you use for home internet service? 

I'm with Insight, but they raised my bill AGAIN and I'm pissed off.  I'm currently paying $56.00/month for high-speed internet.  Anyone else use something better?  I don't have a phone line, but I'd be willing to get one if the phone+internet would be less than $56/month. 

(Really, they increased the bill by $3, which is not such a very big deal, but IT'S A SLIPPERY SLOPE.  I canceled my cable when they raised my bill $10.) 

Californiaaaaa, Californiaaaaa
I flit off to San Diego for the ALA Midwinter Meeting on Thursday. 
I am definitely ready for low-60s and sunny. :) 
And yes, I will be singing the OC theme song all weekend. 

What will I be doing there? 

Well, there is an all-day meeting of the Emerging Leaders group on Friday.  I will also be sitting in on several open committee meetings because I'm curious as to how lists like the Children's Notable Books are created.  I will be attending the Youth Media Award announcements on Monday morning.  And I will be hanging out with a bunch of wonderful blogger and bookish types and scooping up all kinds of free books (I hope!). 

Should be good times!! 

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 Hi, 2011. 

It's going to take me forever to get used to writing that. :) 
This year... I dunno.  I think it will be good.  I hope it will be good.  I really have no strong expectations for it. 
I hope that Summer Reading Club is less stressful than last year (I think it will be).  
I hope to read many good books and see many good friends. 

I will travel to San Diego (Thursday!) and New Orleans (in June) and possibly other places...

I am going to try to take more care with my appearance and I am going to refuse to let my blog be stressful.
I am going to sing!  And read and write and spend time with friends. 

I am going to try to be less stressed out about work.  

I could conceivably move to a different apartment when my lease is up, but more and more I'm thinking I might just stay here.  Other than being a little far from work, it is a good place to live.

And on that note, I'm going back to my last day and a half of vacation. 
Welcome, 2011!  Please be good. :) 

And... vacation!
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 I am on vacation until January 4. :) 
Part of me is very excited and part of me is wondering what I am going to do with myself for the next week. :) 

Lots of movies are on the agenda (if you would like to go to the movies with me this week, let me know!).
Also lots of reading, blogging, and watching TV on DVD. 

And relaxation begins in 3... 2... 1.......

(By the by, I had a lovely Christmas.  I hope you did, too!)

I was thinking about doing a year-end survey
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but then I realized that I don't really remember anything that happened this year. 
Oh, well.  It was a good year!  

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I got a flat tire tonight when driving home from choir rehearsal. 

I'd never had a flat tire while driving and it completely freaked me out at first because I had no idea what it was.  I was on I-65 and I pulled onto the side of the road and put my blinkers on.  Then I thought, "Oh, I bet I have a flat tire!"  I could see the next exit from where I was, so I bumped along until I got off the highway and into the parking lot of a Wal-Mart.

I called AAA (this is why I renew my membership!).  And lucky stars must have been out tonight because the AAA guy happened to be eating dinner at the Taco Bell right across the parking lot from where I was!  So I only had to wait about 20 minutes (which is really lucky because it was fricking freezing...). 

And he put my spare tire on and all was right with the world.  

I mean, as right as it can be when I have to use my morning off tomorrow to buy a new tire.  


In other news, I am getting completely excited about attending the American Library Association Midwinter Conference!  It's January 7-11 in sunny San Diego and I have several good bloggity friends who are going (including one with whom I am rooming).  I've already been invited to several dinners and receptions and things (which is good because I am all about scoring as much free food as possible...).  (It's also good because it makes me feel important!  Woohoo!)  It'll be really nice to see so many bloggity friends in person and hang out with them.  PLUS there will be free books and the Youth Media Awards announcement.  

Fun, fun, fun!  But first we have to get through the rest of December... the next two weeks are crazy busy.  For reals. 

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