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21 April 2010 @ 04:20 pm
You get what you pay for, don't you?  
Because I'm blessed and don't have an actual nine to five job that I go to everyday, I volunteer in the boys' elementary school library every Wednesday. The school librarian actually has two schools to split her time between, and there needs to be someone there to shelve books and sit at the circulation desk when she's not there. Usually it's only for an hour or two, and it's quiet and most of the children aren't ankle-biting mouth-breathers.

Today, though, I went in early and someone had left every single returned non-fiction book unshelved. There were like... a billion of them. And let me tell you, I can knock out the Easy section and the Fiction books without an issue. I can re-shelve biographies with the best of 'em. But for some reason, re-shelving the non-fiction books puts me right off. Plus, here's a note to whomever can't seem to put things in numerical/alphabetical order: "599.78 LOT" ALWAYS comes before "599.78 MON." And it always will. It takes me twice as long to shelve because I cannot leave these things undone.

I digress.

One of my favorite things is when one of the little munchkins comes in and asks for help finding a book. I don't mind and I help them; I have fond memories of my elementary school librarian (Lucretia Cargill - BEST NAME EVER.) But this one little girl comes in and asks ever so sweetly if I can help her find a historical fiction book. "Why yes I can", I tell the little tot cheerily. "They're all over here in one section, just for such an occasion!"

The child peruses the section and says, "Have you got anything else?"

I blink to stop the eye twitch, and I say, "Yes, you can go through the stacks, and anything with a historical fiction sticker is fair game."

She does this, comes back and TUGS ON MY SWEATER and says, "I don't like any of those."

I merely look at the child expectantly. I'm not sure at this point if she expects me to pull one out of my secret pocket or ...what.

"I need two more historical fiction book in order to join the historical fiction book club," she whines.

(Reader, she whined. She honestly WHINED about this.)

I force a smile, try to unclench my teeth and say, "Then I suggest you check out two historical fiction books, sweetheart."

The little darling, who looks to be perilously close to pitching a world class fit, raises her treble voice and says, "But I don't LIKE any of those!"

Temporarily forgetting I'm at the elementary school and not teaching my high school students, I retort, "Sometimes, babe, you gotta suck it up and do something you don't like to get something you want. It's that, or you don't get in the club. If you have any more questions, I'm going to be over here re-shelving non-fiction books 'til my eyes bleed."

(I didn't say that last bit. She was seven. But even seven year-olds need to be told to suck it up, sometimes. If not by their parents, then apparently by their friendly neighborhood volunteer librarian.)

So maybe the filter should have caught that. I have been out of public education for almost eight years. But I can tell you this: I will NEVER work full time in an elementary school. All the pressure of having to keep all the sarcasm inside my head would cause an explosion of cataclysmic proportions. They'd be scraping me and whatever poor little fourth grader that happened to be standing next to me off the walls with a trowel.

Or at the very least, I'd get fired for snapping off at random children.

In nothing related to the verbal abuse of children, I've watched the first season of Merlin and have a horribly embarrassing crush on Bradley James. I smile or giggle whenever he's onscreen. Seriously!

I have ISSUES.
I feel:: busybusy
I hear:: More Than She Knows - The Spin Doctors
Carmen: merlin-arthur-dark-redhumbuggirl on April 21st, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Bradley James is LOVE. Fact.
Carrie Leigh: Fangirlish gleecarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
I just giggled when your icon popped up. Like breathy-little-girl-giggle.
He's freaking adorable. Must find icon.
Carmen: merlin-arthur-sleepy-timehumbuggirl on April 21st, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
I still do the breathy giggle thing.

The cast videos are kind of adorable as well, if you haven't watched them yet. My favourite is just Bradley James mucking around at a train station late at night.

Carrie Leigh: coffee like fanficcarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
That's SO cute.
seegrimseegrim on April 21st, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
And that, right there, is why I despise most children. I pray that mine are better behaved in public.

You just watched Merlin now? I already thought you were a fan. Go figure. I can't get into Bradley. I'm far to superficial. The teeth and the skin? Too many flaws to overlook.
seegrimseegrim on April 21st, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
And oh yeah...

*ducks the onslaught of rotten produce*
Carmen: merlin-arthur-merlin-kiss-mehumbuggirl on April 21st, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
*roots around for a rotten tomato*
seegrimseegrim on April 21st, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I do, however, have this icon in my collection, which seems strangely appropriate...


Carrie Leigh: applausecarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
I LOVE that.

Carrie Leigh: practically perfect in every waycarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)

I'm not going to comment on Paolo's shirt buttoned up all the way to the neck in those pics you sent me.

Ooops. I just did. :P. :D

Yeah. Other people's kids, man. I'm unimpressed.
seegrim: paolo barga poloseegrim on April 21st, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
He has to keep the sexy under wraps, Carrie. Who knows what would happen if he didn't? (Gosh, I'd love to find out.) Yeah, Paolo dresses oddly at best, but there's nothing wrong with what's underneath.

Perhaps it's just a teeth thing. You know how I feel about teeth...

And I'm so annoyed-when I scroll through my icons, it only gives me about 30 to choose from. Stupid LJ.
Carrie Leigh: Fools I shall destroy you!carrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I do know how you feel about teeth.

His don't bother me at all. Not even a little. I even think they're cute.

Why does it do that? I get all of mine to choose from.
O Demanding One: Express: Big Mouth Surpriseheyurs on April 22nd, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)

You and Celeste. Goodness. Y'all and other people's chickenses... *tries not to grin* *shakes my head*

Sharlene: Coke and a Smirk by jennymalfoymynuet on April 21st, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have to put my hand up for the superficial thing, too. I considered using him for TL Draco, but I couldn't get past the acne and teeth. No way Draco doesn't get those fixed before allowing himself to be seen in public.
Carrie Leigh: just wickedcarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I could get behind him for TL Draco. he doesn't smile much anyhow. And truthfully, I know I've been watching on a LT screen, but I don't see the acne. I think he's an adorable bastard. It's like Draco has come to life. :D
Sharlenemynuet on April 21st, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
You pick and upload the icons, you can have whoever you want as Draco.
Carrie Leigh: fairie kisscarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
You're so sweet to me.
Sharlenemynuet on April 21st, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
It's amazing I haven't been canonized yet.
Carrie Leigh: Moral Indignationcarrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Not that sweet. ;)

Though I have penned a few odes...
O Demanding One: Urs: Kissing Chickensesheyurs on April 22nd, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)

*cracking up* Goodness! How can you NOT like all of those wonderful baby chickenses?! :O

*goes off cackling*

Lauradream_mancer on April 21st, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
A) I swore that if I ever taught, EVAR, I wouldn't teach anything younger than college level, because I would kill all of my students. My mother's favorite level of teaching is junior high, and I think she's cracked in the head for it.

B) Bradley James is crush-worthy. The SyFy channel has been doing a lot of Merlin reruns, and even though I've seen all the episodes, I watch purely for him.
Carrie Leigh: C is for Carriecarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
It's touch and go, sometimes, even for my older kids.

I MEAN. Seriously. That kid is gorgeous. He's got that regal-but-lion-heart-thing down PAT.
Kate: Bitchy Dustmugglechump on April 21st, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Blargh. I hate whiners. I'm fairly sure I was one as a child, though. Not something of which I'm proud.
Carrie Leigh: rock oncarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
My mother didn't allow whining.

It just wasn't done.

Which is why I think my sister and I are probably the least whiny women on the planet.
The Mellifluous Leaper 182: HF - Hard at Workleaper182 on April 21st, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
I remember having to deal with a high school student who was looking for Howard's End for the summer reading list.

When she saw the one copy I could find (which was in one of those three-books-in-one kind of books), she literally said, "LAWD, GEE-ZUS-SUH!" I think one of her friends even added a "Lawdamercy!" or something.

When you can turn "Jesus" into a three-syllable word because, omgflail, you have to read a book for high school, that's really kind of pushing it.

Of course, now I'm imagining the dude's ears perking up because someone used his name, and then having the "Okay, really?" face.

And then God would tell him that his face was going to freeze that way if he kept doing that.

Because God's that kind of dad.
Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, Leaper. You make me laugh.
The Mellifluous Leaper 182: Sense and Sensibility - Colonel Brandonleaper182 on April 22nd, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
It's times like this when I remember Dogma, where Metatron (Alan Rickman! Oooo.) mentions that God has a sense of humor, because look at the faces people make mid-coitus.

slitherhither: snape_out_of_seasonslitherhither on April 22nd, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Then there's the saying that when someone predicts the end of the world, God pushes it back a day, just to be funny. :D
Jessica K Malfoy: s&d: sam lose the toweljessicakmalfoy on April 21st, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
hahahahahahahaha. i can't believe kids in elementary schools care about stuff like that. i'm going on a field trip tomorrow (i usually end up going on these things). some kids need to be brought back to reality. going on the field trips is about as involved as i can be. i don't adore groups of small children, that's for sure :) i think you were quite nice, considering!
Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on April 21st, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
No field trips. Not for Carrie. Not since the great Fair Petting Zoo Escapade of '05.
Jessica K Malfoy: disney: lotte WHA??jessicakmalfoy on April 21st, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
oooooh? and what would this story be?
Carrie Leigh: Angry bearcarrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Well, I could do the Carrie Long Version, but the short of it is that I was class photographer, it involved 40 head of Kindergartners, a pair of new Reef Flip Flops and a pile of sheep dip.

*like Edna from the Incredibles* NO FIELD TRIPS!
Jessica K Malfoy: model: dion in sunglassesjessicakmalfoy on April 23rd, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
those kind of shoes are expensive! BLEH! not that i drink a lot of beer, but i always liked the Reef ones with the bottle opener on the bottom!

the field trip went well yesterday. aislynn was Moody Judy but finally she said she was hungry (she refused to eat breakfast, insisting that she wasn't hungry) but the trip was (for once - we've been to this place every year) very organized and cool. also, the 3 other adults i carpooled there with were super fun and we went to have Indian food for lunch after. a very good one :)

maybe you could give it one more try......? LOL
Leigh: Coy Pansyleigh_adams on April 21st, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Merlin, but I've heard good things about it. But he has bad teeth? Yeah, homie don't play that.

And whiny kids aren't any fun, either. At least she didn't ask you where to find the movie version of the books. :D

Did you see our new pretty? bwfd_ldws?
Carrie Leigh: Slytherin ru gonna drink that?carrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
NO! Look at humbuggirl's icon up there. He's beeyouteeful.

LOVE the art on that comm. So cool!
Leigh: Bill/Fleur OTPleigh_adams on April 22nd, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
He's not bad, but I... can't ever get past bad teeth. >.<

Isn't it great? You should totally sign up for our first round... *gently nudges* :D
Carrie Leigh: writer coffeecarrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Really? I've never written either of those characters. At least I don't think so.
Leigh: Emilieleigh_adams on April 22nd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
But zere ees a first time for everyzing, chéri!
Carrie Leigh: *pokes tongue*carrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
Because you're not intimidating to write against! Not at all! :D
Leigh: potcleigh_adams on April 22nd, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
1. I am not intimidating to write against. If anything, it's vice versa.

2. I'm not writing. I'm an almighty MOD. :D
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Carrie Leigh: my twisted ever aftercarrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Aw. I'm sorry for scary librarians. The child seemed unaffected. Pissed that she was going to have to check out a book she didn't want to read, but unaffected.

I love his smile. When he does it it lights up his whole face.

Arthur doesn't smile, though. :D I think that's why I like him.
Adelagia: bradley heartadelagia on April 22nd, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
I... have a horribly embarrassing crush on Bradley James. I smile or giggle whenever he's onscreen. Seriously!

This comment is extremely relevant to my interests :D That he is SUCH an unabashed dork in real life only makes him more attractive, I think.

Come and play in the Merlin fandom! It is so shiny! :)
Carrie Leigh: Cowardly lioncarrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Could you suggest some communities?
Adelagia: arthur loves pudseyadelagia on April 22nd, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
If you haven't watched/don't want to be spoiled for S2/upcoming S3, you could check out merlin_us, though it's not super active since I think most people have found a way to get to the episodes that haven't aired in the US yet.

For general squee, merlin_love is a good one (but again, could be spoilery). A very sizeable chunk of fandom is made up of slashers (me included), but merlin_love is open to all ships and everyone plays very nicely.

I'd recommend friending gealach_ros to keep up with Merlin news; she's very on top of things and has a great archive of past interviews, vids, etc.

If you're interested in where everything's been filmed, merlinlocations is a really wonderful resource (and may make you want to hop on a plane to Europe immediately).

And this isn't a comm, but if you ever get the urge to while an entire day away staring at HQ stills of all the pretty, pretty people on the show, check out Merlin's Keep.

I don't know if you have a ship preference yet, but there are plenty of comms out there for whatever floats your boat!
Hyacinth Girl: Sakura black wingseustacia_vye28 on April 22nd, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Heh. Poor kid, being told she has to read something she doesn't like. Welcome to school, kid. ;)

Re: Merlin. Of course you giggle at him. He's so giggle worthy on that show. :D

We saw the SciFi Season 1 marathon a while back, and they're showing Season 2 Friday nights. So I watch that while playing WOW with Myn. It's so horribly inaccurate, which turns off my hubby, but it's so much fun to watch. Arthur is such an idiot, Merlin is adorable and I drool over Morgana's dresses. She's my favorite character. I think I ship Merlin/Morgana, tho I'm not into the show enough to OTP them yet. I friended a bunch of comms, but I'm not headlong into the fandom. Most of seems to be Arthur/Merlin.
Carrie Leigh: my twisted ever aftercarrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no, I'm not a slashy girl at all.
(Anonymous) on April 22nd, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Next time I'll send in Lillian...
The L always jogs up to the librarian at our library down the street and asks to be pointed to the "Barbie books," as if there is a category just so. And every time, the poor librarian (who just told me this week she isn't a librarian at all, but just a manager, whatever that means) looks like she wants to run and hide behind a shelf.

On a side note, after volunteering in L's kindergarten class every other Thursday all year, I have realized young children are not my calling either. I have perfected The Stare, and it's beginning to work.

Carrie Leigh: the queen is not amusedcarrie_leigh on April 22nd, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Next time I'll send in Lillian...
Use an eyebrow, too. It's very intimidating.

There's not a section for Barbie books? How ridiculous.