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Yosemite Rural & Small Library Leadership Institue

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I've decided to start back to blogging again and plan to more consistent posting at least once a month. My post today is about a professional development event I recently took part of in Yosemite which involved teaching storytelling and advocacy skills those working at small and rural libraries. It was a very informative 2 days in a beautiful setting.












Playing blog catch-up: Our ten year wedding anniversay trip to Canada

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I have neglected this blog for far too long and what better time to restart writing than now? Since my last blog post in May, lots of fun and exciting things have happened.


Let's recap starting with June 2016 shall we.....




Me and hubby celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary at the end of June by taking our first international airplane trip to Canada. I'm a big library nerd so of course I had to go get a Canadian library card.



We also were able to meet the Canadian Olympic rowing team at the airport on our way back to the States.





While in Canada, we also ate at some delicious vegan restaurants such as Mo:LE and the hotel where we stayed at Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa in Sidney, British Columbia. If you're a books lover, definitely visit Sidney because they have a total 8 eight bookstores with walking distance of each other so there's a book for what type of thing you like to read. I'll post again soon to cover other exciting things such as my best friend havi…

2015 Vegan Oktoberfest

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Me and hubby were lucky enough to attend the Vegan Oktoberfest in Los Angeles on October 3, 2015. It was a day filled with good vegan food, running my old friend Bad Ass Vegan and made some new vegan friends. Here are photos I took at the event.















I've been featured by Black Vegans Rock website!

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Hiya! I've decided to restart posting to my blog on a more regular basis and what better way to start than by sharing that I was recently chosen for a feature article on the website Black Vegans Rock! Below is the article I wrote for the website:


My name is Tamara (rhymes with camera) and I have been vegan since August 2009. Being born and raised in the Huntsville, Alabama, I grew up on a diet of fried chicken, hamburgers and other unhealthy animal based foods. When I started dating my boyfriend in 1998, although he was vegetarian his entire life, I still ate chicken because I felt it would help me lose weight. At the time, I was at my heaviest weight of 298lbs. In early 2007, I transitioned to a healthier lifestyle which included changing my hair from permed to Sisterlocks and looking for a way to eat healthier and lose weight.

On August 28, 2009, I read Diet for a New America, and after this, I immediately became vegan. As I read the book, I thought about how my food choices impac…

Reading Goal for 2015: Complete Popsugar's 2015 Reading Challenge!

For 2015, I plan on accomplishing several goals such as traveling outside of the US, getting my weight down and increasing how many books I read in a year.
I don’t think it’s a secret that I love to read. And I love challenges! PopSugar just published their 2015 Reading Challenge, which includes a list of types of books and not a list of specific books. I’ve decided to take it, and I’ll update the blog as I read with the book I read as well as the title. 
1. A book with more than 500 pages 2. A classic romance 3. A book that became a movie: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg 4. A book published this year 5. A book with a number in the title - Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon 6. A book written by someone under 30 7. A book with nonhuman characters 8. A funny book 9. A book by a female author 10. A mystery or thriller 11. A book with a one-word title 12. A book of short stories- Gross A Paramedics Story by Craig A. Mills and Justin J. Miller 13. A book set in a different country 14…

Scenes from my first ALA Annual

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Life has been so hectic lately I'm glad I have a chance to catch up and write about all the fun I've been having at my new job. Although I've been working at my new job since April, I've been blessed to be able to represent my library on a professional level at the highest conference for librarians, the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas from June 28-July1. 
Although me and Den have been to Vegas more times that we can count, it was a totally difference experience going there for a conference. The first day at the conference was busy because I hard to register as well as figure out where all the sessions I wanted to attend were located.

 In addition to the sessions I went to regarding librarianship, technology and other library related topics, I got to meet a lot of cool people I've admired over the years such \as Bill Barnes author of my favorite library comic Unshelved, Naomi House, creator of the I Need A Library Job (inalj) blog and.actor/author Erik LaSalle! I…

Vegas vegan donut face off!

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I love vegan sweets and Las Vegas and to get my vegan donut fix, I usually go to Ronlad's Donuts. Recenlty I heard that there's a new Vegas vegan donut shop called O-Face Donuts and as such, I had to go see what the fuss was about.

Upon arriving at O-Face Donuts, I was a little annoyed by the parking meters and my lack of getting them to work correctly. After finding a free parking lot nearby, I went into the Donut Shop to see what vegan donuts they had to offer. Below is a photo of the vegan donuts available that day which were a total of seven. I decided to pick two donuts, one traditional and one original which are shown below.



Overall, I wasn't really impressed by O-Face's vegan donuts. The chocolate glazed donut wasn't as  chocolately  as I would have liked, it actually tasted kinds waxy to me. I let my hubby have a bite and he agreed with my assessment.

The mixed berry tart look lovely but again, the intensity of flavor was missing (at least to me). Although …