alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (Default)
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I really have NO time for anything, much less updating LJ, because it is paper-writing crunch time for my Library & Info Studies class. But...this Library Story of the Day was too...something for me to pass up documenting.

So I was working at the front desk today, and a teenager-ish girl comes up to check out, and she...was the talkative type. Not the type who you can have a nice conversation with as you check out their things, no--she was the type who comes up and starts talking, and just keeps talking without giving you a chance to get a word in edgewise. And that's fine, it's my job to check out her books, not talk to her, it's a library not a host club (thank heavens), but still. I'm something of a people-watcher, and it's become extremely interesting, amusing, and frustrating in turns to see SO many people with varying levels of SOCIAL SKILLS, WUT DAT.

Anyway, finally she started winding down, at which point she said:

Teen: *sounding EXTREMELY proud of herself* "I finished Breaking Dawn in two weeks!"

Me:


*...BUT~ after maybe half a second of that, remembers to smile and nod, all the while biting back what I really WANTED to say, which was '...And *I* finished Great Expectations in two days.'



Thankfully she left almost immediately after that so I didn't have to stifle my snarking for long, but. Uhm, yeah. Boasting about reading that sort of utter tripe? (To a LIBRARIAN, and an ENGLISH MAJOR, no less, not that she could have known the latter.) Sorry, not the smartest move, kiddo.

...AAAAND ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH I GO. 8| And in case I don't make it out alive...David, Thellie, and Laura, you guys get to fight over who gets what from my anime/manga collection. Phase gets my beautiful hardback Garth Nix/Old Kingdom Series books. Anne gets all my comic books, and any of my other books she wants. AND TAO, YOU GET ALL MY BUTTONS. EVEN THE NARUTO ONES. X'D Piper gets anything he can steal/carry home with him, lmao, and my beloved Abbey Road poster if he wants it. EVERYTHING ELSE I EXPECT TO HAVE BURIED WITH ME, JUST FYI. EDIT: EXCEPT MY VIDEO GAMES, Logan gets those.
alory_shannon: Rise from P4 fangirling, most likely over her senpai. & who can blame her, he's a badass, & a silver fox to boot. (So quick to fall in love with anything;)
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So, about 5 minutes before the library closed tonight, I suddenly hear one of my co-workers say, “...Is that a snake?”

And of course I just thought, pfft, oh right, she’s joking, it’s a rubber toy or some sort of prank, but I go over to look anyway…and no.

REAL SNAKE.

(My face on realising this: 8D)

It was coiled up on the floor on the employee’s side of the counter, kind-of off to the side, just calm and cute as could be. <3 So INSTANTLY I’m over there, crouching down to get a better look but still keeping a respectful distance, because I didn’t want to scare it + RESPECT NATURE, LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH UNLESS YOU HAVE TO has been drilled into me from…early childhood, thank you Ranger Rick. I was 97% certain it was just a harmless little garter snake, and even if that was wrong, there were no bright colours on the thing, which when it comes to snakes generally means no need to worry about ZOMG POISON. So when one of my co-workers was like IS IT POISONOUS D8 I couldn’t help giving a little chuckle and saying, “Oh HEAVENS, no.” Even after that, though, the other ladies at the Circ desk…were all kinda clustering away on the other end of the desk, giving that little guy WIDE BERTH, lmao.

So the older gentleman who works in Reference and the middle-aged one who works in Children's came over, both with this semi-patronising air of yeah yeah, stay calm ladies, we’ll take care of it.... And they were trying to corral it into a cardboard box, which…didn’t work at all, small as the snake was. It just kept slipping away, got around the front of the desk, then came back behind it, and finally it went under the Circ desk to attempt to hide amongst the computers’ power cords.

And at that point…I was just like, you know what, forget this. This is never going to work and NO ONE ELSE has the guts to take care of this properly SO.

So I just went for it—and it wasn’t really a conscious decision on my part, it felt more like…reflex or something, I dunno. I just gently picked it up, kind of in the middle, holding it firmly enough that it wouldn’t just fall out of my hand, but loosely enough that it didn’t feel like I was a threat. I know you’re really supposed to pick them up closer to the head so they can’t turn and bite you, but it was just so totally chill with me holding it the way that I was already, I didn’t see any need to alter that. I heard a “Wow, you go, girl,” as I headed to the back door with it, and the snake was still totally calm, not freaking out or writhing or even trying to slither out of my grasp, so I took it outside and carried it to the wooded area at the edge of the library's property and let it go. :]

…And when I came back in, all my co-workers sort of just.....looked at me silently for a moment, HAHA. Then I got a “Well...well done, there” and a “YYYYEP, that’s definitely an A+ for you at work today.”


...But it was SO CUTE and SLEEK and as;lkdfjlkdsj I LOVE HOW SMOOTH THEY FEEL AND I HAVE REALLY SORT OF WANTED A SNAKE FOR YEARS AND THIS ONLY REMINDED ME OF THAT FACT

SO MUCH





But lol yeah, ALL IN A DAY’S WORK AT THE LIBRARY~ 83



...And y'know, really all I can think...is AND THE HAT SAID, "SLYTHERIN!!!!"

Y/Y/MFY?? X'D
alory_shannon: Rise from P4 fangirling, most likely over her senpai. & who can blame her, he's a badass, & a silver fox to boot. (So quick to fall in love with anything;)
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SURFACING FROM THE GLORY OF GHOST STORY FOR FIVE MINUTES 'KAY

THE LAST WEEK OR SO IN REVIEW (CHIEFLY IN RELATION TO MY FANGIRL-NESS):

-Last Friday I saw the Cap movie. GOOD STUFF, MAN. Cap is a babe, just sayin'. :3 Though I still like Loki way more. |D

-Monday, I...had to be somewhere that was about an hour from home, and afterward I had a slightly-less-than-three-hour gap before I had to be at work, which is also an hour from home and in the same direction. So since coming home seemed rather futile and a waste of money, I...went to the $2 theatre instead and saw Thor again. THAT MAKES THREE TIMES NOW, WHAT EVEN IS THIS. And I will doubtless be buying it the day it comes out on video, which is September 13th by the way, heaven help me for knowing that without even having to look it up to double check.

-TODAY IS DRESDEN DAY DRESDEN DAY DRESDEN DAY and I was nearly useless at work because of it. And when the clock hit 4:30, I was out of there so fast I probably left behind burning skidmarks, Back to the Future-style. WILL DEF. NOT BE SLEEPING, ANYONE WHO IS FOOLISH ENOUGH TO DISTURB ME IS LOSING WHATEVER PART OF THEIR BODY THEY POKE THROUGH MY DOOR.

-Finally, CUTEST LIBRARY STORY EVERRRRR FROM TODAY. While working at the front desk, I checked out a kid who was doubtless, like, six. He dumped an armload of comic books on the desk, as many as his little arms could carry, seriously, and...on his face, he'd drawn a mustache/goatee thing. And it must've been with those scented markers, and it must've been fresh, because I could still smell the licorice-scent the black markers of that brand have.

And. And, he...was pretending to be Tony Stark. He was pretending to be Tony Stark asdfjk;lasdjf; ahhhhh I normally don't particularly like kids, but I just about died from Cuteness Overload right then and there, WAY TOO FREAKIN' ADORABLE. X'D <33333333333333333

9000+ AWESOME POINTS FOR YOU, KID.


..ALL RIGHT NOW BACK TO DRESDEN /o/
alory_shannon: ...I will KISS YOU if you know what anime this is from without somehow cheating & looking it up. KISS YOU. (Oh reeeeeeeeeally now;)
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...Heh, I can't even remember if I've posted much of anything about my new job...but I have a LIBRARY STORY OF THE DAY for today, so...I'm posting about it now, lol.

COOL STORY BRO )
alory_shannon: ...I will KISS YOU if you know what anime this is from without somehow cheating & looking it up. KISS YOU. (Oh reeeeeeeeeally now;)
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alskdjfARGH I just had a patron ask me out! DX I was organising the comic books, and he got it out of me that I liked them, and we were chatting about them a bit and then he was asking for my phone number and/or e-mail before I could get my head around it and give my usual UH I'M TTLY SEEING SOMEONE ALREADY lie. So...I have to give him my e-mail, I guess... ;^; A-and he seemed nice enough, but...I...am not really interested in dating right now...and...IDK how old he was, he seemed older-ish, late 20s/early 30s, and I guess that would be fine since I'll be 25 in a little more than a month but. BUT. ACTUALLY after a second look...I think it's more late 30s/early 40s SO. AUGH. /FLAILS HELPLESSLY

I MEAN. WHAT DO YOU SAY. "I....AM MOVING TO ALASKA. AFTER WORK. AND WON'T HAVE THE PHONE OR INTERNET ANYMORE...EVER."

....Ffffff /TTLY GONNA START WEARING A FAKE WEDDING RING K 8|


EDIT: BUT as I told Fish-chan, it ended up...more or less okay. As well as can be expected, in any case. =_=;;
alory_shannon: ...A gaming guide might be nice, too. GET ON IT, IGN AND/OR GAMEFAQS. (If only Real Life had Save Points;)
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FIRST OF ALL DRAGON AGE DRAGON AGE DRAGON AGE

IT IS EATING MY LIFE

AND I DO NOT CARE

RATHER, I AM LOVING IT FFFFFFFFFFFFFF


Though, my one issue is...perhaps predictably, The Romances. TEAL DEER RAMBLING~ )

ALSO Library Story of the Day is from yesterday, and it was basically just a WTF. I had to play 20 Questions with a patron after I found him his book. As I was turning to go, he got all quietly intense, and was all, "So how long have you been working here? Do you work here full-time? Are you looking for another part-time job, then? Do you have a degree in library-work? Where did you go to college? Where's that?" And introduced himself and went for the handshake which I HATE I FREAKING HATE SHAKING RANDOM PEOPLES' HANDS, AUGH. And I just sort of...answered his questions quickly but politely and FLED back to the desk, because he was at least my dad's age and sorta creepy and. I wanted the desk between us. And George nearby, just in case he was some sort of crazy. Because WTF I DON'T KNOW YOU STOP BEING NOSY MY LIFE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS AND 'NOT INTERESTED' DOES NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE MY FEELINGS ON THIS SITUATION. But he wasn't done yet--when he got up to the desk to check out his book, there was another flurry of questions. ("So have you lived in Charlotte long? Where are you going when you go back to library school? Do your parents live down here? Do you have a roommate, then?") And once again I answered as vaguely but politely as I could and checked his book out VERY fast and tried not to give in and just SNAP at him. And I'm not blonde anymore, so that isn't an excuse. But. Maybe I really DO have to stop wearing the shirt I wore yesterday...because whenever I do, this sort of thing tends to happen, which I still do not understand because my chest is Really Not Very Impressive. -_-;;;


IT IS NOW MY INTENTION TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES FOR SEVERAL HOURS
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (The problem with stepcats.)
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So I've been meaning to do a "found items at the library" update, but this is just ridiculous.

This morning when I got to work, there was a cat in a little pet carrier beside the staff entrance (i.e. the back door). And there was a little note on the top that said, "Found him outside Fresh Market. And I can't keep him." But he doesn't really look like a stray--he's not all ratty and his fur is very soft and well-kept. He looks SCARED, yes, but when I reached into the carrier to put some water in there for him, he didn't flinch away or try to bite or scratch or escape. I called the Animal Control guy and talked him to see if anyone had reported losing a cat, but came up with nothing. Honestly, I think someone just dumped him there on purpose, maybe thinking we were the animal shelter since that's just about a block away--who travels around with a little carrier for catching stray cats? Plus there was a little mouse toy in there with it. VERY MUCH DOUBTING he's a stray. Though he does have a little...something on his side, some kind of injury. It's not bleeding or anything, but. =\ And he's not eating the food I went to get him AAAAAAAA why not what's wrong plz be okay kitty ;-;

APOLOGIES FOR THE CRAPPY PICTURE QUALITY but crappy cellphone camera is crappy. ANYHOO here he is:
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NO LJ-CUT BECAUSE IT'S ONLY ONE PIC AND HE IS ADORABLE but then again I sort of think most cats are adorable.

Long story short, it looks like I've probably got a new cat. XD; My dad OK'd it--he's just as much of a sucker for cats as I am--but my mum works today too, so she'll find out tonight. Miiiiight have to do some aggressive negotiations there. Such as offering to be on litter box patrol permanently.

Also LOL the manager on duty today e-mailed our boss about the little guy, and told her that I was adopting him, so I'd probably need maternity leave to get acquainted with my new family member. |D And the animal control officer who stopped by said CONGRATULATIONS when I told him I was keeping the cat, as if I gave birth to it or something. lol WAT

EDIT: He's been to the vet, he's healthy, and he's definitely staying. 8Db
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (I think he knows you are)
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Today's--or yesterday's* rather--"Library Story of the Day" is short and isn't that funny, but it's definitely another case of 'they should have known better', so it still gets mentioned.

It was a middle-aged lady again**. And I saw her coming out of the men's bathroom. She must've been in there long enough to use it, too, because I didn't see her go in, I just saw her come out, and I was sitting there at the desk with a full view of the bathroom doors for a good while.

Anyway, as she exited, I think she happened to glance across the way and see the sign for the women's bathroom, because she covered her mouth with her hand in an 'ohmigod oops' sort of way.

And that's what made this noteworthy to me; aside from the fact that the bathrooms are clearly marked, did she just not notice the urinal in there or what?

I'm sure most everyone's made the wrong-bathroom mistake at least once, but the one time I made it***, the INSTANT I saw the urinal on the wall, I was outta there.


The only other thing even marginally worth reporting would be the number of times I had my chest ogled. I'm not really complaining about this, because my top was kinda low-cut, and when you wear something like that, you have to know that some people are gonna look†. But really, I was wearing a sports bra, which makes me a B-cup at best, so...not much to see, guys. But I guess boobs are boobs.


In other news, I'm going on another Batman binge, as you could probably tell from my user icons. Our library subscribes to the monthly $2.50-an-issue comic book, and I checked one of them in while I was at work Monday night, and started reading, and...I was lost. Must. Have. More. In fact, I don't know why I don't personally subscribe to that...hmm.



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*I got home last night, took my shower, and just...passed out. Around midnight at the latest, which is super early for me. It had rained all day, and I was SO TIRED.

**It almost always is, it seems. Young brainless high school or college students are probably a close second, though.

***I was an elementary school student at the time, so the signs were well above my line of sight. It was still a stupid mistake, though, as I should've taken more care to actually look for the correct sign.

†Still, it's one thing to be sneaky about it and look when I'm NOT making eye contact with you, and quite another to let your gaze keep VISIBLY dropping from my face to my chest.
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (ST:NG - Data Error)
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I think I should really start posting a "Library Story of the Day", because almost EVERY day that I go into work, I get asked questions that anyone with an ounce of common sense would not have to ask. For example, I had this exchange with a patron at the library today:


Middle-Aged Lady: -beckons me over to her computer, where I find that she's trying to set up an e-mail account- "What's that mean?" -points at screen, where it says that the stunningly creative user name she'd chosen (her first and middle initials in front of her last name) was "unavailable"-

Me: "Ah, I'm sorry, that means that user name is already taken."

Middle-Aged Lady: -looks at me with surprised disbelief- "Someone else has my name?"

Me: -resisting the urge facepalm- "...It...would seem so. You could add a number to it..."

Middle-Aged Lady: -huffs rather indignantly and types some more letters onto it instead-


Can you believe it, the nerve of someone else having her name.

It was so very hard not to tell her that she was not a beautiful or unique snowflake--she was the same decaying organic matter as everything else.



In other, totally unrelated and quite boring news, I was good and ran/walked my three miles today. I need to be better about that, so if one of you peoples whom I talk to on a regular basis would like to take on the most likely quite thankless role of pestering me about that occasionally, I think I'd appreciate it.

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