Top Ten Tuesday: Goals/Resolutions for 2015

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

I hate making New Year’s Resolutions.

Hate it.

I never keep them.  Then, once I break them, I spend days wallowing in self-pity and failure and whatever chocolate/ice cream I can find.

The last time I made one, it lasted all of three hours and BAD life choices were made.  Alas, that story is for another time (and another blog).

But I suppose I can try this resolution thing again…what’s the worst that could happen?

1.) Become organized.

2.) Eat more vegetables.

3.) Cut back on my coffee consumption (coworkers, this is your warning).

4.) Move more.

5.) Plan programs ahead of time (as is more than 3o minutes before program time).

6.) Pay off ye olde credit cards and keep them paid off.

7.) Blog at least 4 times a month.

8.) Write more book reviews on my Good Reads account.

9.) Weed all of juvenile fiction.

10.) Clean out my office….

Anyone else attempting the making and keeping of resolutions?


Back to Library Life

After nearly two weeks off, I’m back at the library!

I should add that I’m the genius who scheduled her first day back at work on a Saturday when upgrades are being done to the circulation system.  So far, all is quiet on the circ desk front.

I hope everyone has had a lovely holiday season.  The Tiny Human and I had a great Christmas.  Santa brought exactly what Atticus wanted….

The Elusive Chocolate Walrus

And now, back to work!


Librarian Skills: Vacation Preparation

Vacation is upon us!  Well, at least it is for me.  I had scheduled some time off in December early on in the year.  A few weeks ago, after consulting with our library’s scheduling goddess (really, I have no idea how she does it), we realized I had a few more vacation days that needed to be used.  Thus, I will be off work from December 13-December 26 (other than a training I’m going to).  Wow.

But before vacation starts, I need to take care of a few things here at work.  I’m lucky to have an awesome staff who keep the Youth Services department running smoothly at all times, so that’s never a worry (no pressure girls!).  I do try to leave them a list of special projects to work on, as well as a list of projects for our volunteers.  We’re heading into our “slow season,” so it’s a good time to clean house and get some things back in order.  The only thing out of the ordinary is that my staff needs to view a webinar about some changes coming to our circulation program.  My director is going to make sure all of them see the webinar before the changes take place.

Because my vacation falls in the middle of the month, however, there are some business things that need to be taken care of.  What needs to be done before I can have some fun?

-Schedule for January

-Monthly Board Report (early meeting due to the holidays)

-Final book orders for the year

-Final craft supply order for the year

-Winter Reading Program- Our WRP begins in January but we’re sending everything out to our branches next week.  Many of our staff members have vacation time coming up and we want everyone to have a chance to look over the program information before it starts.

I also need to do little things, like set up my auto-respond email message and voice mail (if I can figure out my phone), and maybe clear off my desk a bit.  I doubt the last one will happen.

What do you do to prepare for vacation?


Stay for the Food: Hot Chocolate a la Book Club

I swear I’m capable of making more than hot chocolate.  It just worked out that the two recipes I’ve shared so far are hot chocolate recipes.

Our library has two monthly book clubs for kids (click here for more about that) and instead of having a traditional book club meeting in December, we have a party.  There are games, free books, shenanigans, and the now infamous Hot Chocolate Bar.

I found this recipe on Pinterest three years ago and it has become the centerpiece of the book club parties.  This recipe has also been a hit at our staff training day lunches.

Be warned: this stuff is RICH.  I’ve upped the milk from the original recipe to help cut the richness a bit (and make the recipe go further).  What makes it so rich?


Nothing like smartphone photography!

Nothing like smartphone photography!

I love sweetened condensed milk.  The recipe calls for whole can…but in all honesty about a third of the can makes it into the hot chocolate.  The rest goes into a cup for me.  Omnomnom….


Hot Chocolate a la Book Club

-1 1/2 cups heavy cream

-1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk

-2 cups milk chocolate chips

-8 cups milk

-1 tsp. vanilla extract

-Marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate chips, candy canes, and whatever else you need to adorn the hot chocolate (or you can drink it plain…but why?!)

Dump all the ingredients into a slow cooker and stir.  Cover and turn slow cooker to low.  Stir every 15-20 minutes, being sure to scrape all of the goodness off the bottom of the slow cooker.  Hot Chocolate should be ready in 1- 1 1/2 hours, depending on your slow cooker.  Once everything is melted, you can turn your slow cooker to Warm.  Stir before serving.  Allow guests to top as desired.