Wednesday, December 10, 2014

On Holiday

The blog will be taking a long holiday from today until December 28th... ish. I'm off getting hitched to the love of my life (and his beard).

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season full of warmth, love, and lots of reading.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

What I Read This Week:

This post covers the past two weeks. The Fiance and I traveled to Austin, TX to visit his folks for Thanksgiving. Between the 6 hours of flight time and additional hours waiting in the airport, I made a rather large dent in some of my reading. I may not be a fan of flying, but I do enjoy the chance to read uninterrupted for a long stretch of time.

One last note: This post will also be the last WIRTW until I return from our honeymoon. 6 days to go. Eep!

  • Magazines
    • National Geographic, August 2014 - (This was a replacement issue for the one I missed during the move.) The cover story on Scotland's stone builders was utterly fascinating. I had not idea any of that existed. I read the hunger in America story was not surprising at all, and that fact made me sad. To round out this issue, I enjoyed the brief pieces on Jane Goodall's apes and the tunnels of World War I.
    • National Geographic, December 2014 - I read this on the airplane heading to Texas. The stories on the Joy of Food, Holy Lands walk, and Patagonian cowboys provided a nice mix of informative and easy-reading.... anything to distract me from the fact that I was on an airplane.
    • The Atlantic, December 2014 - I also read this on the airplane to Texas... and also coming back from Texas because it was a great issue and I read it cover-to-cover. The piece I found most interesting was the one on the Jesus' wife fragment. I also thought the articles on midlife crises and strict schools were informative. As for lighter articles, the science of hit songs made me want to turn on Pandora and the short snippet on airport bartenders had me looking at DCA's terminal bar a bit differently.
    • Washingtonian, December 2014 - This was mostly a flip-through airplane read for me. That said, I did take the time to read the articles on football helmets and relaxation in DC. I also enjoyed
      some of the things listed in the tastiest dishes and gift guides.
    • Cooking Light, November 2014 - It's a good thing I read this issue after Thanksgiving or I might have commandeered my future in-laws kitchen. There were so many tasty looking morsels on these pages. I pulled a new polenta recipe to try since I have a bag of that already in our pantry cabinet. The surprising thing about this issue was that included two full-length articles that only felt tangentially related to food. The first was on how to spice up your cooking when you feel out of love with. The second was a very touching story about her mother and her preemie twins. Definitely worth reading both.
  • Books
    • I'm almost a third of the way through The Mammoth Hunters. This door-stopper of a
      book shall be joining us on the honeymoon. There is a beach to be read on!

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Friday Find: Card

Do not under any circumstances give this card to a random librarian. They will not like it. Do, however, give it to someone you know and love.

Grab it on Etsy.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Links and Stuff: December 4, 2014

This will be the last Links and Stuff until 2015.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Friday Find: A Free Elf


Given all the random socks I find in the dryers of our apartment building, I feel the need make one of these...

Hat tip to this blogger.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Links and Stuff: November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book 14: The Man Who Found Time

TITLE: The Man Who Found Time: James Hutton and the Discovery of Earth's Antiquity
AUTHOR: Jack Repcheck
STARTED: August 31, 2014
FINISHED: September 15, 2014
PAGES: 247
GENRE: Non-Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Before there was science, there was the Bible.

SUMMARY: [From BN] There are three men whose life’s work helped free science from the strait-jacket of religion. Two of the three—Nicolaus Copernicus and Charles Darwin—are widely heralded for their breakthroughs. The third, James Hutton, is comparatively unknown, yet he profoundly changed our understanding of the earth, its age, and its dynamic forces. A Scottish gentleman farmer, Hutton’s observations on his small tract of land led him to a theory that directly contradicted biblical claims that the Earth was only 6,000 years old. This expertly crafted narrative tells the story not only of Hutton, but also of Scotland and the Scottish Enlightenment, including many of the greatest thinkers of the age, such as David Hume and Adam Smith.

THOUGHTS: This book was surprisingly readable. The Man Who Found Time is the biography of James Hutton, a forward-thinker who pushed science past the boundaries of biblical time. This could have been very dry text, but it read like fiction. I love it when that happens. I learned quite a bit about how the study of the earth progressed, and how other thinkers began to build on Hutton's work. My main criticism of this book is that it spends so much time talking about things other than Hutton. The book is readable because it goes into the history of Scotland, earth studies, and scientific reasoning... but Hutton doesn't really come along until almost half-way through the text. That felt odd to me. 

RATING:6/10 [Good]

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