Category Archives: Life

Free Services to Help Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

I went to an excellent program the other day by the Wisconsin Office of Privacy Protection about protecting yourself from identity theft. It was very enlightening.
In addition to a lot of best practices, like not carrying around your social security number in your wallet and shredding all unwanted personally identifiable documents, I learned about several free services which can help you protect your privacy. And you can register for of them all right now from the comfort of your computer or phone.
You may already know about these, but they are definitely worth repeating.

  • Stop pre-approved credit card offers by calling 1-888-5OPTOUT or visit www.optoutprescreen.com. Complete the registration to opt out for five years. You can also opt out permanently by mailing the Opt-Out Election form available through the website.
  • Wisconsinites can register their phone numbers for Wisconsin’s No Call list which limits the calls received from telemarketers. Call 1-866-9NO-CALL or sign up online at NoCall.Wisconsin.Gov. Your number will remain on the list for two years. It was suggested that you put a reminder on your calendar to re-register annually so you don’t ever risk falling off the list.
  • Check your credit report regularly. You can get one free report per year from each of the three credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. You may request them by calling 1-877-322-8228 or going online at www.annualcreditreport.com.
    It was recommend that you not request them all at once form all three agencies, but rather, that you stagger them every four months. So, for example, you’d request one from one company in Dec, another from the second company in April, and another from the third company in August.

There are lots of other good tips on the Office of Privacy Protection web site at www.privacy.wi.gov. They also have tips on what to do if you are ever a victim of identity theft.

Gingerbread Haunted Mansion


This item came up today in one of the blogs that I read and thought it was too cool not to share – a gingerbread haunted mansion. Librarians will appreciate the “Return Your Books or Die!” sign at the top. Now that’s harsh!
We love Halloween at our house. It’s so fun to see the kids get all dressed up, especially when grandma makes all the costumes! This year my daughter is going as a witch and my son as a purple crayon. So, of course, we just had to read Harold and the Purple Crayon!
Source: Boing Boing

The View from Mars

Last night as we were snuggling up in our favorite rocking chair, my three-year-old daughter invited me along on her rocket ship. “Where are we going?” I asked. “To the moon?” “No,” she said, “to Mars. It’s a planet.” Surprised that she knew this, I continued, “And what will be see when we get there?” expecting some fanciful response. Instead, she replied simply, “The Earth… and the moon.”
Woah, when did she get so big? I find myself asking that a lot these days.

If I Were President, My New Rules Would Be

This morning I was looking through my six-year-old son’s backpack and found his journal from summer school. I was struck by one of the entries.
The topic posed by his teacher was: If I were president, my new rules would be. This was his response:

1. No sadnis (sadness)
2. No pets
3. No polushun (pollution)

Ok – I’m right there with him on #1 and #3, but what’s up with #2, no pets? I asked him and he said that it was so dogs wouldn’t bark and wake you up. I just smiled and shook my head at that one. Yeah – our dog, Jake, can bark with the best of ’em. But I don’t think my son really meant that one – six-year-olds tend to be a bit short sighted. We all still love Jakie dearly.
In fact, my son’s favorite book these days is Smartypants (Pete In School) about a dog who eats everything in the school – including an encyclopedia, rendering him superintelligent and able to speak. Silly dogs are something we know a lot about.

Life Comes First for Gen Xers

Findlaw has a very interesting article on Why are Women — and Generation X and Y Attorneys Generally -Leaving Large Law Firms? The piece is a follow-up to a provocative article in the California Lawyer.
From the article:

On average, almost a fifth of associates (male and female) leave their law firms each year — a record high. Within five years of entering a firm, over three-quarters of associates will depart. The associates who are leaving are disproportionately female…. Unlike the Baby Boomers who preceded them, Generation X and Generation Y women, she says, are less willing to sacrifice the rest of their lives for their careers.

As a Gen Xer myself, I totally concur. While I absolutely love my career as a law librarian, its just one part of my life. I’m also a mom, a wife, and an individual with interests outside my job. But unlike the high pressured attorneys featured in this article, as a law librarian I can have both a rewarding legal career and a life.
I’ve been invited to speak a couple times to our Women’s Law Student Association about careers in law and this is something I always mention. And I’ve talked with others about it, too. In fact, in the last few months, three people in my life have seriously contemplated mid-life career changes to librarianship. I guess librarians aren’t so nerdy after all – or maybe it’s just OK to be nerdy.

Five Little Known Things About Me – One of Which Isn’t True

I’ve been tagged by Steve Matthews over at Vancouver Law Librarian Blog to share five things little known things about myself. Only four of them are true. Can you guess which one isn’t?

  • I had a lot of nick-names as a kid. One of the longest lasting was “bruiser”
  • I’m a big fan of sci-fi movies and TV shows. Stargate Atlantis is my current favorite.
  • I married my high-school sweetheart whom I started dating at age 14.
  • I have close to one hundred first cousins.
  • I am 100% of Swedish descent.

I tag Barbara Fullerton, Diane Murley, David Badertscher & Harvey Morrell

Barry Manilow & Doris Day Drive Out Hooligans

From BoingBoing: “To rid a park of hooligans in a Sydney suburb, the town council began playing Barry Manilow and Doris Day music at high volume from 9-midnight every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. The tactic worked, but now the people who live near the park can’t sleep at night and are unhappy about it.”
Other than the late hour, I wouldn’t mind this a bit. I like Barry Manilow and Doris Day. My parents had an old 78 record of Doris Day’s “Que Sera, Sera” and I wore that thing out. Now I sing it to my kids. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve seen Barry live in concert.