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[tweetmeme]About 2 weeks ago I put up a poll about your local library use.
Here are the results.

Do you use your local library?
67% Yes
33% No

If they answered yes, they were asked to complete the following questions.

How many books do you have checked out usually?
80% 1-3    20% 5-10

What types of books do you usually check out?
50% Fiction  50% Non-Fiction

What genre of books do you read?
Romance 22.22%
Thriller 22.22%
Humor 22.22%
Sci-Fi 11.11%
Self Help 11.11%
Other 11.11%

Do you find your own books, or request them online and have them waiting for you?
80% find their books on their own
20% request them and have them waiting

I’m surprised at the large percentage that don’t use the library.  Honestly, how many people go back and re-read books?  I understand buying reference books, but book that are read for pleasure – I can probably think of less than 5 books I’ve re-read in my life.

Do you re-read books?
If so, what are some that you’re gone back to read again?

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Do you utilize your local library?

My title of this actually implies that I spend quite a bit of time in mine, but lately it’s been quite the opposite.
I tend to go online and search out books I’d like and I request them.  When I get to the library, they scan my card and go to the reserved shelf and give me my stack.  It’s great!  I don’t need to search or go into “the stacks” at all.

Occasionally I do still take a wander up the aisles and scan through the new book shelf to see if anything catches my eye, but I usually have enough reserved that I can barely lift my back after I check them out….

Lately I’ve been reading (well it’s more like detailed skimming) books about blogging, job searching, management skills (just to keep me on my toes), cookbooks, and trivia type books.

Do you use your library?
Have you read anything good lately?

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If you’d like to see what I’ve read lately you can check out my GoodReads Account.

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As some of you know, I love to go to yard sales / tag sales / estate sales / rummage sales – whatever you want to call them.  This past Friday I picked up a book called 101 Ways to Find God’s Purpose For Your Life.  There were lots of good points in this book.  Now I don’t want to turn my blog into a religious blog.  Even though I am religious, I don’t push my thoughts and beliefs on others except to say that the 10 commandments all boil down to the “Golden Rule” – Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

Anywho – this book does make good points.

#1 – Discover Your Strengths

“Think back to when you were a child.  What were some of your favorite things to do?  Did you care for injured animals, love to draw pictures, or delight in playing with friends?  Now think of the ways those traits manifest themselves in your life today.  Do you still collect “strays” – animals or people?  Do you express yourself artistically through decorating and creating?  Do you love to fix broken things?  Do you enjoy opening your home to family and friends?”

This got me thinking.  I do tend to collect strays.  I have always been one of those people who tries to be friendly to everyone.  I’m the one who tries to find the wall-flower or shy person and draw them into the conversation.  Sometimes it is more of a challenge than others.  I do tend to be that kind of friend that will drop everything to help a friend who needs it.   I never noticed until recently that people who do this seem to be a rarity.  The older I get the more I look around and notice that so many people seem to be out for themselves and couldn’t give-a-crap about the person standing next to them.  Where did common decency go??  It makes me sad.

Recently I had a friend tell me I need to learn to be more of a self-centered-Bitch.  Can you believe it?  In no way am I a door-mat, but I give too much of myself and then I end up getting my feelings hurt by those people I gave to because they show their true colors and don’t care about anyone but themselves.  Apparently I don’t fit into the take-take-take society that’s appearing all around me….

I always considered it my strength that I could help people.  Lately it’s turning out to be more of a weakness, but I keep hoping that will change.  I do have some friends that do appreciate all that I have to offer with my friendship, but I’ve also learned that many take it for granted.  In times of crisis you learn who’s a friend to value and who’s the friend who’s all for themselves.

What strengths, gifts and talents do you have?
Do you use them to help people?

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Meet Katie 🙂

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my friend KatieKatie and I met randomly on MySpace.  If I recall she was looking to meet another couple around the same age as her and her husband and we fit the bill.  Eventually we met face to face and we’ve really hit it off.     So… without further ado – get to know Katie.

Name: Katie Smith McKay

Age: 31

Location: Watervliet, NY

Hails from: Latham, NY

Relationship Status: Married

Twitter: Katieny79

Children: None not sure I want any

Occupation: Relationship Banker at First Niagara Bank currently, also Pampered Chef Consultant, and aspiring to be a Wedding Planner

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Day job – I’m not happy at and I hate the phone, feel like a glorified telemarketer sometimes.  
Pampered Chef– Keeping bookings consistent and avoiding cancellations – though that is improving as of late….

How long have you been a Pampered Chef Consultant? 2-1/2 years. www.pamperedchef.biz/katiezdreamz

Are you having any good sales right now? May is a great month to host.  May is Help Whip Cancer month purchase exclusive pink products to benefit the American Cancer Society

Jeff & Katie

How did you and your husband Jeff meet? Jeff and I met when I was 20 and he was 25 through a mutual friend.

What did you and your husband Jeff do on your first date? We went to see a movie The Bone Collector I think that was it, we met at theater after he got out of work on a Friday night. We didn’t do much “dating” as in going out mostly just hung out and talked and hung out with friends very casual dating atmosphere in the beginning I guess.

What have you always wanted to do but were too afraid to try? That’s a really good question and I feel like I should have an answer but I really don’t. I could say starting my own business but I’ve decided to work toward that plunge so I guess I lost my fear in some ways. The best I can come up with is maybe sing in public sober and non-karaoke.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Hmmm that’s hard……. I enjoy food so to pick a favorite comfort food……….. I guess I’ll be boring and say pepperoni pizza or if I’m sick Chicken Noodle Soup.

Would you go back in time if given the chance? Yes

What would you do? If I could go back 10 years ago, I’d know that wedding planning is my true passion and could have started pursuing that then.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

What were your favorite TV shows when you were a kid? Full House & Fresh Prince of Bel Air I guess

Now? Too many I watch way too much TV. But currently probably Survivor, Parenthood and Modern Family oh and How I Met Your Mother.

What do you like to spend money on? Wish I had money to spend on things I liked to spend it on. Mostly just goes to bills and necessities.

What is your favorite board game? I  LOVE board games so I really can’t pick a favorite, but I guess if I absolutely had to pick one I’d say Cranium.

Chewy

What is your favorite way to relax? Reading

What’s your biggest pet peeve? Socks and sandals

You and I met on MySpace.  Are you surprised we hit it off as well as we have? Honestly yes I am but I’m glad!:)

You’ve just closed on 1st home.  What part of home-ownership are you most looking forward to? All of it!  I can’t wait to pay towards an investment instead of rent to landlords that don’t even care about their property. Being able to do whatever I want, paint tack knock down walls. Having space and freedom.

What other questions do you have for Katie?
Ask away!

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Great Book!!

I started reading this book last night.  It’s kind of interesting to see what people say when they’re on their death beds!
One that sounds like something I would say was:

“Throw a quilt over her.”

FREDERICK THE GREAT

Emperor Frederick the Great of Prussia was a splendid ruler.  During his long reign in the late 18th century, he abolished religious persecution, established a free press, and protected private property.  Nonetheless, he believed his subjects were ignorant cattle and reserved his affection for his army and his pet dogs.  For his deathbed, he saw his favorite greyhound shivering, and issued this order to his valet.

This sounds like something I would do on my deathbed if Isabella was sitting next to be shivering.  She’d most likely be shivering from fear of what her life would be like without me!

Any idea of what you think you might say on your deathbed?

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The Weekly Re-cap: News made me angry, I went to karaoke, we had a final countdown, we talked about FEAR, beautiful blue shoes and palm trees….

The Weekly Read: I miss reading…  maybe now that our taxes are finished I can enjoy a book!

Helen Hunt & Bill Paxton in Twister ~ 1996

The Weekly Movie: Twister

The Weekly Time Waster: Thinking it was a good idea to give Michael’s in Clifton Park ANOTHER chance.  Yet again – they failed miserably.  Why did I bother?  Back to JoAnn’s I go!!

Smirnoff Ice Triple Black #74

The Weekly Beverage: I’ve been wanting a Smirnoff Ice Triple Black #74.  Why don’t any bars seem to have it anymore?

The Weekly Food: A Harvest Quesadilla from Bentley’s Tavern

Frank Buckles at 16

The Weekly Amazing Fact: There are only 3 WWI veterans currently aliveClaude Choules, a veteran from the British Royal Navy; Florence Green, a British veteran from the Women’s Royal Air Force; and Frank Buckles, a US Army veteran. Buckles enlisted at the age of 16, and had to lie to recruiters in order to fight in the war.

Guy's Birthday Cake!

The Weekly Birthdays: Erin Tomson Haight, Tim Rivenburg, Matthew Parker, Lea Pastore, Wayne Boomer, Matt Rizzolo, and Nancy Hans.  And EXTRA SPECIAL birthday shout outs to Hannah Totman who turned 18 and Guy Rivers who turns 40 today!!  I hope you all had a wonderful birthday!!  Did you do anything special for your big day?

The Weekly No-Shit Headline: Larry King seeks 8th divorce”  At what point should he realize “Maybe I’m just not a good husband?”

Pink Scarf

The Weekly Craft: I’m going to crochet a pink scarf along with my friends Cute~Ella Is Bold, Kelly and Adrianna for a Relay for Life event.  They’re going to stitch them all together.  As of April 1st it was already 45 feet long!!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Celtic Tours, Cafe-Teria, Boston Market, Frank Martin, Good Housekeeping, Everything Candy, Ballston Voice, and OMG Facts.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: The Reese family (Mike & Tammy) and “Team Soft Spots” are marching for babies this year.  Go to http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/t1366950 to donate.

The Weekly Ride: No Destination rode to Ravenswood this week.  It was a nice place and I never knew it was there!

The Weekly Reminder:
NYS motorcycle registrations are due by April 30th!

The Weekly Cool Facebook Fan Page: I wish money would have sex in my pocket and multiply.

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: I’ve been given a challenge to ride my bike by myself to the Finger Lakes in a month and a half.  What tips does anyone have for me to feel more comfortable riding on my own bike?

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Hmmm…  What to blog about??  Dog poop? Nah, I think Rob Madeo has that covered….
Baby poop?  Nah, the Mommy blogs have stunk up the place with that…
Farting?  Nope, covered that last week….

If I do this to a clock will time slow down a bit?

Let’s talk a little bit about things I need to accomplish….

I MUST get my taxes done.  The 15th isn’t too far off!!  My accountant is probably swamped and I really don’t want to file an extension this year because there is a slight chance I’m going to have to pay in.  Even though it’s slight have you seen the interest and penalties they charge?  I’d be better off going to a bookie!  Seriously!  The news said something this morning about 6% interest.  BULL$HIT!  I know someone who owed $90 to the state.  He mailed in a check for the $90 around October of that tax year.  He has a bill for $120 which is all interest and penalties.  That’s more than 100%!!

I need to go to DMV and renew my registration on my motorcycle and check when my inspection is due.

I need to make a ton of phone calls.  One to a hotel, one to a friend about a trip, a couple to banks, a couple to home contractors, and one to my old employer about transferring my 401(k)….  I dread ALL of these calls!

My Friend Who Needs Relationship Advice

I also need to call my friend who needed relationship advice (my most popular blog to date) to check in with him.  I don’t dread that call because I genuinely care, but I know I’ll need to block out a good chunk of time for it.

I need to apply to more jobs.  I have companies in mind that I want to look into but not enough hours in the day to research them all!

I need to start figuring out what’s for dinner in advance.  I hate the never-ending argument with Michael.

I need to clean up things around the house.   Sort through piles of mail, etc.

I need to return books to the library.

Miss Isabella

And best of all – I need to cuddle with Miss Isabella 🙂

There’s more on my to-do list but I’d be here all day!!

Do any of you have organization tips to help my days go smoother?

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Interview Series ~ derryX

Meet my friend derryX

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my friend derryXderryX is a great guy who I want to play some Ducktales with!!  I loved the TV show, and now I want to try the game!!

Name: @derryX

Age: 30

Location: Capital Region of NY

Relationship Status: In a state of flux

Blog Link: http://www.twitter.com/derryX

Occupation: Research Scientist at a contract pharmaceutical manufacturing company

What is the most challenging part of your job? Being overqualified. I took my current job with little negotiation due to economic hardship at the time of the offer. Having the education and background that I have, my learning curve was relatively short compared to my peers and also superiors who started after me. Finding the right balance of initiative to improve my position and working at my level is difficult at times because I feel that I am capable of so much more than what is expected of me.

What talent do you wish you were born with? I really have no issues not having talents that others have. I wish I could fly, but having that ability probably means I’d have to save people, so no thanks.

I know you’re a gamer.  What is your favorite video game? This is kind of a difficult question, as I’ve been gaming since I was very young. Moving through the generations of gaming, I’ll list some key games so you can get a flavor. Galaga, Mike Tyson’s Punchout!, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Ducktales, Super Mario World, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Mortal Kombat II (arcade), Sonic 3 (and Knuckles), Marvel vs Capcom (arcade), Doom, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Suikoden, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 and 4, anything with Katamari in the title, Bioshock, Guitar Hero/Rockband. This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of my favorites, but if you sat me down with any of those and told me I had to play for 10 hours straight or you’d shoot me in the face, I wouldn’t argue with you.

What are your favorite songs to sing at karaoke? Another difficult question! I very much have the desire to entertain in my personality, so when I pick songs that I want to karaoke, the entertainment factor goes into that. My absolute favorite song to sing is “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, and that is because I put a lot of time into listening to her song to learn the nuances and turn it into something enjoyable for all. I also like doing “Tribute” by Tenacious D with my brother @dompap. Other than these staples, I don’t have too many others that I feel confident with. I’m trying to change that, but I get picky when I flip through those books.

What is your drink of choice? I really don’t have any standard thing that I get all the time. I love scotch, but seldom order it when I am out. Lately, if I order beer, it is usually one of the delicious micro brews by Dogfish Head. Coffee-wise, IT’S ESPRESSO! But I order lattes and regular coffee many times too.  Flavour Café’s Almond Joy latte is awesome (make sure you order it “with extra joy” to be cool like me). Otherwise, I’ll either drink water or Diet Coke.

Where is your favorite place to eat out? Living in the capital region, I don’t think it’s possible to have one place. We have a very diverse selection of different cuisines that makes the Capital Region a great place to live. I guess what I’ll do is go through my favorite types of food and list my favorite establishment and if there’s anything in particular I always order.

PizzaRed Front [COB (Cheese on bottom)]

SushiSushi Tei

IndianKaravalli

ChainFriendly’s

Hot WingsBuffalo Wings and Rings fulfills that urge sometimes (it used to be Scubbers, hands down, but they closed)

ItalianLoPorto’s [Chicken Milanese]

MexicanPancho’s but it’s not authentic Mexican the way El Bandito in Middletown, NY is.

Your parents own an Italian Specialty Food Store. Did this make you a good cook?  What are some of your favorite Italian Meals? I definitely learned a lot of cooking skills by working in the store for years. The problem is that since the cooking done there is on a larger scale, that’s all I really know how to do. So to me, cooking for 2 is the same thing as cooking for 20, so I always have tons of leftovers.

Believe it or not, I actually don’t like pasta with red sauce! I’m probably the only “Italian” this way, but I don’t see that as a problem; it gets me to order more diverse dishes. Chicken parmigianna is my favorite dish when prepared right. I tend to stay away from the dishes that have lemon in the sauce (i.e. francaise or picatta). In fact, I tend to like things with as little sauce as possible. My favorite meal ever is my mom’s chicken cutlets with her saffron risotto.

You and your brother seem to be pretty close.  How different do you think your life would be if you were an only child? It’s really hard to say. Mainly I think my sense of humor wouldn’t be as developed as it is. A big part of our interactions with each other is trying to make jokes about things, and we kind of riff off each other, molding the joke into something amazing. This would have a huge Butterfly Effect on me in that I probably wouldn’t be as sarcastic as I am. I think I’ll get to this in a later question…

LOST - Tuesday Nights 8-10PM EST on ABC

When you’re not online or gaming, what other hobbies do you have? I like reading a lot, either comic books or literature. I haven’t done much of it in the last 5 years, but I am turning over a new leaf and trying to read more. I also like designing recipes for home brewing beer. This is a really fun hobby because you get to drink what you make. I’m gonna take a break from this hobby because Dogfish Head beers are too good right now. I collect movies and shows on DVD. I am particularly obsessed with LOST and can watch that no matter where I am or what I’m doing. I also play guitar. There was a time where I was good enough (maybe in my own mind) that I could fill in for James Hetfield of Metallica, that’s how well I knew to play those songs. I don’t pick it up as much as I used to, but it’s fun to play around from time to time.

What is the biggest misconception about you? I have a very strong opinion about what I think is funny which manifests itself as sarcasm, and, many times, people perceive this as me being serious. I always tell new people I meet, rule # 1 is to never take me seriously. Of course, this poses issues when I am actually being serious. For the sake of comedy, however, I’m willing to take this risk for that 1% of the time that I am serious.

How do you see your life a year from now? I definitely see myself in a better place mentally. I will most likely also be working hard at my career, trying to synchronize my job title to my level of ability. I anticipate being able to get to 1000 followers on twitter, I just have to figure out how. I probably will have watched the entire series of LOST three to four more times. Other than that, the year ahead has some major changes lined up, and I’m really looking forward to it!

How about 5 years from now? I never was one to plan this far ahead, but, for the sake of this questionnaire, in 5 years, I’d like to own a house and start getting settled into my career without feeling pressured for continuous advancement. By then, I think I will have worked hard enough for me to achieve a level of stress with work that is not as erratic as now. Other than that, it’s really hard to say. What the last several weeks have taught me is that the direction of the current can change at any moment, and that re-evaluation of priorities should be an ongoing process.

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