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I'm really enjoying October so far. Autumn is my favorite time of the year--leaves changing colors on the trees, cool evenings and crisp mornings, fresh apples and apple cider, visits to the pumpkin patch, Halloween and Thanksgiving, October as National Medical Librarians' Month, and my favorite college football team back in action.

Okay, my Nebraska Cornhuskers devastating loss (17-48) in their conference opener against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday hurt. That's one football game that left me with a sick feeling in my stomach, though I did appreciate seeing Badgers' quarterback Russell Wilson play like a dream. Sort of--as much as I could while watching my team disintegrate, anyway.


My friend and pen pal Dana over at Save Snail Mail wrote a post about a couple of petitions involving snail mail at Each petition needs to reach 5,000 signatures in order to be seen by the Obama Administration. This petition involves refunding the pension overpayments in order to get the USPS budget in balance, and the 5,000 signatures must be obtained by October 26. This petition seeks to preserve six-day mail delivery, and the 5,000 signatures must be obtained by October 29. Please consider signing one or both petitions if you're an American citizen, and, as Dana noted, pass the word. Thank you!

If you're looking for a 2012 calendar, I want to suggest the Men of the Stacks calendar. The proceeds go to the It Gets Better project, dedicated to showing LGBT youth "the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years," and Mr. January happens to be originally from Lincoln, where I live.

What's new with you this October?


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Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?