So I’ve been gone for a lot of the past few weeks. People think it’s sort of a funny joke that there is a “high season” for library conferences but in the last month and change there have been five library conferences that I’ve been interested in and I got to go to three of them. Last weekend was bookended by MLA and CLA (MA and CT) which are both conferences that I really enjoy. Got back home Tuesday night with some pollen-induced sniffles and have been staring out the window or walking out the door, pretty much ever since.
The exciting news, which is not that exciting, is that I went in for my every-decade eye test and my vision is still good. Doc says I probably have two years til I need glasses, just on average. Coming from a family where everyone has worn glasses seemingly forever, I feel sort of ootchy because I always liked glasses. I hear that the thrill wears off pretty quickly. I also got a bone doc to look at my achey shoulder and she confirmed that it’s fine and I probably just need to do some shoulder exercises. I got sent home with my x-rays on a CD so I can look at my bones whenever I want.
While I was sitting around reading trashy magazines, I also asked the docs the questions I’d been waiting to ask.
Q for X-ray doc: What’s your opinion of the backscatter machines in the airport, and am I a crazy person for not wanting to go through them?
Answer: Less exposure is better. They’re probably safe but you’re not crazy to want less x-ray exposure.
Q for eye doc: What’s your opinion on the Zenni Optical phenomenon? Would I be okay getting $10 glasses from China?
Answer: We always like people to have one professionally ground and fit pair of glasses so that they know what a good fit and a good pair of glasses looks and feels like. If they want to get a second or third pair of inexpensive glasses, that’s fine, but I worry that people will get a bad pair of glasses and not know that they’re a bad pair.
Here are some other things that have been cluttering up my desktop that you might enjoy.
- An interview the other Jessamyn West did with the Paris Review in 1977.
- The little movie I made for my mom on Mother’s Day, a new twist on an old theme. She enjoyed it.
- My shoulder x-ray.
- A photo of Gracie the reading dog (the dog kids can read to, she does not read to the best of my knowledge) who came to the library on Saturday.
The last two days I’ve worked short shifts at the local public library and there is something about walking the half mile to work at the public library in the morning in the almost-springtime that makes me exceptionally happy to be alive.