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Friday 5: Groundhog Day
Lynda, the Library, and me

Friday 5: Groundhog Day

Happy Friday! I worked a full five-day workweek! Woooo! Go me and my white-collar self. I worked from home today with my snore of spaniels. I’ll be home Monday too. This work from home thing? Niiiiice.

Too cute.

Yesterday at work we had a “Tailgate” party for the Super Bowl, but mostly for the Eagles. Although I spent many years actively rooting against the team, I put on my green because it would be so nice for my favorite city to win. I volunteered to make football-themed cupcakes. WM did the baking and most of the decorating and they looked pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Thanks, Pinterest!

This week’s Friday 5 theme is Groundhog Day, and this year, like most years, that rodent is on my shit list. He has only predicted an early spring 12 times in my lifetime.

1. What’s your favorite Bill Murray performance?

It’s a throwback, but I’m definitely going with What About Bob? which I remember as great fun, but is actually pretty dark! Death Therapy!

2. What’s been a highlight of your winter so far?

Christmas. It’s been too cold for highlights.

3. What’s there to look forward to in the next six weeks?

Nephew number 3 arrives in approximately six weeks! I can’t wait to meet him and I hope John and Kristen name him Russell. I’m also taking a trip to see Dad in Florida. Spring breaking with the retired set is always something to write home about.

4. Too early for flapjacks?

There is never a wrong time for flapjacks. Every now and then I’ll even have them for dinner!

5. If someone in a bar asks to buy you a drink (and let’s just say for the sake of the question you are amenable), what do you order?

I don’t have a go-to drink, which is a little sad because every adult should. I’m pretty basic. Let’s see if I can break out the old-school HTML for a second. (cracks knuckles)

If you want to buy me a:I’ll have a:
BeerSam Adams Summer Ale, Blue Moon
Frozen drinkPina Colada (so basic!)
Mixed drinkRum & Coke

Ah. HTML. You so sexy.

Lynda, the Library, and me

The Big!Work!Project! which surely you are tired of hearing of by now involved new software, and a new-to-us way of writing reports. It’s Crystal Reports, which while it’s new-to-us, isn’t very new-to-me. I was using it over 10 years ago at the C-P, and I won’t lie, seeing it re-emerge sent a shiver of dread down my spine. What I needed was a refresher.

Last Tuesday night, I had a dream that I went to (a training site that’s been live since 1995) and signed up for Crystal Reports training.

Wednesday I woke and thought…good idea, dream-Kim! Lynda is free to try for the first month, and then $20-30 each subsequent month. I looked online and saw that there was a Crystal Reports Essentials class. Niiiiiice.

And then I paused. And started to Google. Because I’m a member of 2 different library systems, I thought maybe one of them had a discount available. Turns out, The Philadephia Free Library offers free access to That partnership started on September 5 — my birthday.

Which is how I earned a digital certificate in Crystal Reports for absolutely free, and how I’m going to take SQL and other data classes each month FOR FREE.

You probably thought this was a sponsored post for but instead, I’m going to tell you to join your local library and get stuff for free!

But if wants to give me money to talk about them, I’m all ears! 😉


Watching: WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Only one of my guys won so far – Bobby Roode. Boo, hiss.

Eating: Banana bread, baked tonight.

Reading: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. Come back Tuesday for my Show Us Your Books post!

Learning: SAP Business Object Business Intelligence. It’s for work, and it’s a new thing and while I had training, I’m seeking entry level tutorials on it, because it’s new. I have a love/hate relationship with new software. If you know of any good online tutorials, let me know in the comments, please? Or email me at ladygypsy and then that AT sign with the usual gmail domain name.

Losing: At Words with Friends. STILL.

Sleeping: in tomorrow because it’s Work From Home Monday! Woooo! WM is off as well, so I’ll have an intern to bring me breakfast and lunch. My plan is to watch WeBI videos all morning.

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