Friday, January 20, 2017

The Friday Find:

I love shopping for my friend Lady B. When it comes to finding presents for her, I just walk around a museum store until something shiny strikes my fancy. I love museum stores because they have beautiful gifts, great books, and their wares have a touch of je ne sais quoi. Sometimes, when I'm doodling about in the interwebs, I'll pop on to a museum store website just to see what they have. That is how I find this beautiful set of cherry blossom mugs.

These would be perfect to sip out of as you settle in for a marathon reading session. (There is also a matching teapot available.)

You can buy them from the Smithsonian store online.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Links and Stuff: January 19, 2017

From Bonneibennett

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Why I Love... Reading Cookbooks

I love food. I love reading. I love looking at pictures of food. But, it wasn't until a few years ago that I thought about sitting down and reading a cookbook. I have no idea why the idea never occurred to me, but I am so glad I decided to use cookbooks as my "palette cleanser" reading during a read-a-thon. I have since learned that reading cookbooks is a delightful (and tasty) experience.

While the bulk of most cookbooks is recipes and pictures, many also include introductory pages or sections along with individual recipe introductions. These pages are full of lovely stories about family, history, culture, and experiences. It's these pages that truly bring cookbooks to life. The authors will share tales from their life about how their grandmother taught them how to pickle or their grandfather showed them how to make sauce or how their mother used to pack a peanut butter sandwich for them every morning. Even the technique sections of cookbooks will often relate back to a personal experience in the author's life. These tales are full of such life and love that it whets the appetite for the recipes to come later.

The stories also perfectly showcase how food came to play such a central role in our culture. Food brings us together as families, friends, and societies. We find common ground with food, and we share experiences with food. We pass along old family recipes and we share what we make with others. Food brings us all to the table, and cookbooks are what helps us bring that comforting ritual into our own lives.

I love reading cookbooks because the stories go beyond the ingredients to make dumplings. Cookbooks are the portraits of the best of our culture.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What I Read This Week: January 15, 2017

Holy step count, Batman! We're closing another of our branch libraries on campus and my team is doing the the prep work. My fitbit has never been happier. If you thought librarians sat around all day, you'd be wrong. I've done an assortment of cardio, squats, and weight-lifting all week. It leaves me very tired at the end of the day, but at least I lost all of my holiday cookie weight. *eyes shortbread still in the freezer*

Short list this week because I've yet to get caught up on my Feedly reader. One of these days I will get around to reading my massive backlog of magazines. Hopefully, the next two (long) weekends will allow for reading time. Although we do have fun recreational plans. So probably not. Oh well.
  • Books
    • I'm a few chapters into Walkable City: How Downtown can Save America, One Step At A Time by Jeff Speck. I must look like a kid at a metal concert because I keep nodding my head adamantly in agreement with all of the author's points so far. I hate driving, so the author has a built-in fan in me.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Friday Find: Adorn

I have a thing for dainty pieces of jewelry. I love how simple pieces can make a big statement. I also love when I can wear my passions. This gorgeous necklace is simple, stunning, AND quotes Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

You can purchase this beautiful bauble from the NYPL store.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

What I Read This Week: January 8, 2017

I am so tired. We're closing and relocating the collection of one our campus libraries and the deadline got squished this week. I spent most of the week moving books, packing (and unpacking books), pushing carts, and prepping like crazy to get a lot more work done in a short time frame. As hectic as this is, I see two upsides - 1) I'm going to lose 10 pounds and 2) the days wooooooosh by very quickly.
  • Magazines
    • National Geographic, January 2017 - This is a very important issue. It's perhaps the best primer on gender you could possibly read. I love that NatGeo covers every possible spectrum of gender and does so with immense respect. This is comprehensive and a necessary read (particularly at this time). I also think the two pieces on how are it is to be a girl/woman are reminders that we are still far from equality.
  • Books
    • I finished up Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Lady Porn. It was a pretty good selection of academic essays, and I like the new insights it gave me on popular culture.
    • I debated for a night over what to read next but I ultimately settled on starting the book Walkable City by Jeff Speck. As somone whose prefered method of transporation is walking, I have a feeling that I am going to love this book.
  • Other

Friday, January 06, 2017

The Friday Find: To the Wall

In the mood to redecorate a wall or two? There is some awesome bookish wallpaper available on Etsy. I am partial to this white variety.

You can grab this from the Wallpapers4Beginners shop.