Sunday, April 23, 2017

What I Read This Week: April 23, 2017

The Husband and I were supposed to attend the March for Science yesterday, but I am a rain wimp and opted to stay home. That said, I put a lot of work into my Ms. Frizzle costume, so I took some pictures and participated virtually on Twitter and Instagram. I give the highest of fives and the strongest of kudos to all the awesome scientists and science lovers who marched in the dreary weather. You all rock! Also, the signs at all these marches were particularly fantastic.

In other news, Readathon is next Saturday. I need to start prepping! First, I need to see what books I can read at home before I start raiding the library. I have a feeling this readathon is going to be rather eclectic.

  • Work 
    • College and Research Libraries News - April 2017 - I skimmed the majority of this issue, but the article on collaborating in the humanities was pretty good. 
  • Magazines
    • Food Network, May 2017 - I didn't bother to read any of the articles in this issue, but I did spend some quality time with the recipes. I loved that the entire issue was themed around Tex-Mex food. Now I need tacos. And avocado. And sour cream. 
    • Good Housekeeping, May 2017 - I want Connie Britton's hair! In other news, there was a lot of pastel to be had in these pages. Aside from that, the article on laundry tips was the best part of this issue.
    • The Atlantic, April 2017 - OMG this issue! I read the cover story on women in Silicon Valley and fumed the entire time. The fact that this outright sexism still exists (on top of inherent bias) is downright infuriating. If you don't think sexism is a problem, read that story. Aside from that, the piece on bringing wooly mammoths back to Siberia was incredibly interesting. It makes you wonder how far we should go with science. The shorter stories were also good, particularly the pieces on data in therapy and Beowulf.
  • Books
    • The end of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is in sight! I'm excited by that because I want to see how it wraps up... and I am sooooo ready to move on to another book. I am going to try to finish this before readathon, but I have a feeling I will be finishing this next Saturday morning.
  • Other
    • I read a lot of news every day. One of the problems with that is that I can start to suffer from compassion fatigue. CNN posted a story this week about a photographer who tried to save a child instead of taking pictures that moved me to tears. It's a reminder that what is happening each day in Syria is still devastating. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Friday Find: Stationery

I love paper products and I love libraries. Ergo, I love these bibliophilia postcards.

You can buy these from the Library of Congress store.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Links and Stuff: April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

YouTube Tuesday: Pairings

If you like tea, it might be worth watching the entire tea and book pairing series.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

What I Read This Week: April 16, 2017

This was a good week. It was a short work week due to the Easter holiday. The Husband and I got to see the Caps in their first playoff game. (Thank goodness for the OT come back!) Yesterday, I hosted a girly coloring and movie party complete with homemade scones and tea sandwiches. And, today, we're going to a park to hang out with friends. I like weeks like this.
  • Work
    • It was a short work week for me, so part of my To Do list was trying to clear out my backlog of article reading. I read and skimmed a bunch of things, but I found the stories below to be most useful:
    • I'm still working on Digital Preservation. The introductory chapter did a great job of highlighting why this issue is so difficult and complex. With digital preservation you're not just saving a real life thing - you're saving bit streams plus content plus a thing. Oh, and then you have to make sure you can legally save these things. 
    • American Libraries annual issue on the State of America's Libraries came out this week. As usual, the report highlights how important libraries are to their communities and how we're always doing more with less. This year, however, there was an emphasis on how libraries and librarians are important in crafting a well-informed citizenery in the age of "fake news."
  • Magazines
    • HGTV Magazine, May 2017 - Not gonna lie. I read this issue whilst tipsy. And by read... I mean skimmed. It was mainly pretty pictures of colorful home decor. The only article I stopped to read was the various ways of laying out a gallery wall.
  • Books
    • I made a decent dent in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. My goal is to finish this book before read-a-thon on May 29th. I just might make it.
  • Other

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Friday Find: Travel Art

I have travel on the brain, so I thought I would feature something that combines both travel and reading. I think this art print accurately depicts how bookworms pack for a long trip.

You can find this in TheLightFantastic Etsy shop.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Why I Love... Killing Time

A few weeks ago, The Husband needed to get a haircut. We were already doing other things downtown so it didn't make sense for me to go elsewhere. Luckily, there are several bookstores in the location of his hair cuttery. I decided to head to the nearest one to kill time.

I absolutely love killing time in libraries because, no matter how much time you have, you can always find a way to fill it. If you have a few minutes, you can browse the shelves. If you have a half hour, you can grab a book that looks good and read a page or two. If you have longer, you can always buy a book or magazine, sit down, and read until your time is up.

On this particularly day, I went to Kramerbooks. It's a fabulous independent store with an attached restaurant and coffee bar. The store recently expanded, so I made a beeline for the new area to check things out. I didn't know how long I had before The Husband would be finished, so I spent about 45 minutes scanning every shelf in the store while the smell of coffee wafted from from the cafe. The smell of freshly baked pie also tempted me, but I was able to distract myself by tracking down a book I've not been able to find in the local library system.

Before I went to the store, I told The Husband I would only buy two books. I left with four. (Oops.) It was a great way to idle away an hour of my time.

Can't wait to do it again!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

YouTube Tuesday: Wishbone

I have seen every episode of this classic kids' show. I might need to watch them all again.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

What I Read This Week: April 9, 2017

This was my first "normal" week in quite some time. It was kind of nice knowing that I would be going home each day after a typical day at the office. Sometimes I enjoy a good "rut." That said, Lady K and I saw Beauty and Beast on Friday and it was both awesome as a movie and spectacular as a trip down memory lane. We did not go to a sing-along showing... but that did not keep me from singing along in my head.

This week, I also finished the S-Town podcast. It left me with many, many feels. It's not the story you think it will be and that is what makes it so special. I highly recommend adding that to your list.

  • Work
    • I started reading Digital Preservation by Marilyn Deegan and Simon Taner. This is a book that is, shockingly, about digital preservation. Our library is making moves towards ensuring our digitized material is around for the long haul, so I thought I would bone up on the topic. 
  • Magazines
    • Food Network, April 2017 - There were two things I loved about the issue. The first was the quick-one page recipe on how to make a cake look like a galaxy. (So cool!) The second was the feature on destination DC. I'm a sucker for stuff on where I live. This issue also had some tasty looking veggie noodle recipes. I also liked the brief piece on all the colorful
      small appliances there are out there.
    • Good Housekeeping, April 2017 - This was a skim issue for me. The only piece I stopped to look at slightly more closely was on how to add more color to your home.
    • Cooking Light, April 2017 - Normally, I love this magazine for the recipes and party menu ideas. This issue, however, had some great articles devoted to healthy eating. The first article looked about the myths and science behind how food impacts metabolism. The second was about what healthy means now (as compared to when the magazine started in the 1980s). The last article was about how to go green (as in eco-friendly) in the kitchen. There were also some great recipes. Good issue!
  • Books
    • Ugh! One of these days I'll get into a long reading session for 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I'm enjoying the book, but I have been reading forever and I'm kind of itching to move on to other things. At least I know I will finish it before or during readathon in a few weeks. No matter what, I will be reading a new book before April is over.
  • Other
    • This article, posted on The Atlantic, shows how former Obama White House photographer Pete Souza's Instagram account provides visual criticism (read: epic levels of shade) of the current administration.