Thursday, January 31, 2013

Links and Stuff: January 31, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BOOLEAN: More Cold = More Tights

Mother Nature is has decided it really is winter time. At least there is snow this time around. The cold means I get to keep wearing tights and boots. Last week, I decided to be colorful - gray skirt, blue tights, and brown boots.
I do love that space heater...
I don't know if my "look" was completely successful, but I at least had fun wearing it.

YouTube Tuesday: Happy Birthday!


Monday, January 28, 2013

BOOLEAN: New Member Mona!

BOOLEAN co-founder Katie B. sent me a photo of her co-worker and her awesome tights. It appears that BOOLEAN is slowly catching on in our offices. Woot!

Meet Mona and her spectacular legwear.


Who doesn't love stripes?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

What I Read This Week: January 27, 2013

After two weeks of reading awesomeness, I was a bit of a slacker this week. Hockey is back (although my Capitals seem to not know that the games now count). That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
  • I'm now in Part 3 of Sense and Sensibility. I hope to finish it this week.
  • I read a bunch of articles for work. They were mainly about project management and inventory projects. Some were good, some were meh. I've got a big ol'stack of printed articles to get through. I'll let you know if I find a stellar one.

Friday, January 25, 2013

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Commute

This week's Friday Fashion Find was discovered by my co-worker Kristen. She found these awesome subway map tights and sent the link my way.


The image is from Cheezburger, but if you know where someone could buy these, please send the link my way.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

BOOLEAN: Warm Plaid

Mother Nature is not kidding around this week. It was so cold on Wednesday I finally busted out the thick plaid tights (and turned my office space heater on high).


Thank goodness BOOLEAN fashion can also be weather appropriate. Now excuse me while I go burrow under a pile of blankets.

Variations on a Theme: Snow

There's snow on the ground! I woke up to a world covered in white and decided to celebrate by posting children's books about snow and wintery things. Cause, honestly, who doesn't want to turn back into a child when they see snow on the ground? There's just something about the glittery, white stuff that makes us want to go sledding, throw snowballs, and drink hot coca.

More pretty flakes please!

Snow
Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant’s lyrical descriptions of the sights and feelings evoked by falling snow blend gorgeously with the rich and beautiful world created by Lauren Stringer’s illustrations, in which a young girl, her friend, and her grandmother enjoy the many things a snowy day has to offer.

Snow
Uri Shulevitz

No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it. This playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city is perfectly captured in simple, poetic text and lively watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations. As snowflakes slowly come down, one by one, people in the city ignore them, and only a boy and his dog think that the snowfall will amount to anything. 

Eric Carle

It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.

Valerie Bodden 

This book is a welcome addition to the early education science curriculum. As part of "Our Wonderful Weather" series, this book explains, in elementary terms, what snow is and how it forms. One of the most stunning photographs is that of a snowflake less than half an inch across, which will delight young readers. The book explains the role of meteorologists, who try to predict the path of a snowstorm with the aid of radar and satellites. The book points out, however, that scientists only need a ruler to measure how much snow has fallen. At the end of the book there is a simple experiment, using some common kitchen utensils, which youngsters can perform to demonstrate how ice, liquid, and vapor form.

Margaret and H.A. Rey

George and the man with the yellow hat enjoy watching the winter sports competition. When they stop to warm up with some cocoa, George's curiosity about the racing equipment leads to some wild rides up and down the slopes. He creates quite a stir at the resort, and may even create a new sport! A curious monkey causes quite a commotion on the ski slopes. 

Ezra Jack Keats 

Waking up to a world of snowy white-what could be better? Young peter can't wait to jump in his snowsuit and run out to explore. There are snowmen to build snowballs to pack, mountains to climb and snowbanks to collapse in-to carve a snow angel! And when the day is done, there's a dark night of dreams and drifting snow, and a new snowy day to awake to. No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal. The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.


Other Snowy Children's Books
Clifford's First Snow Day - Norman Bridwell
Rabbit's Snow Dance - James Bruchac
Snow Friends - M. Christina Butler
Katy & The Big Snow - Virginia Burton
Let it Snow - Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Snow - P.D. Eastman
It's Snowing! - Gail Gibbons
Snow! Snow! Snow! - Lee Harper
Snow Day! - Lester L. Laminack
Snow Globe Family - Jane O'Connor
Snow Puppy - Marcus Pfister
The Snow Day - Komako Sakai
Snow Party - Harriet Ziefert

Links and Stuff: January 24, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Why I Love... New Book Smell

There's nothing quite like opening a brand new book and sticking your nose straight into the pages. It's one of my favorite things to do I start reading a new book.


New books are all crisp and shiny, but it's their distinctive aroma that delights me the most. It's a hint of unruffled paper, fresh ink, and je ne sais quo that just says, "Come and read me!"

I'm not the only one who thinks so; a company thought people would love the smell so much the created a perfume off the idea. Then, there's the writer of Breathing Books who also loves that new book smell. She wrote up this post: 
Me: [I sit down on the couch with a new book. I open the book and begin reading] 
Wife: [Looks at the book] That's a new book. [Leans over] Oh, that smells good. 
Me: [Scoots a little away] I'm trying to read 
Wife: [Grabs the book and sticks her face in it]: That smells awesome. Mmm . . . 
Me: Hey, I was reading that! 
Wife: In a minute, in a minute. [continues to smell book] 
Me: Look, if want to get high on something I can get you . . . 
Wife: Hush, this is working perfect! 
Me: 
Me: 
Me: Can I please have my book back! 
Now SHE gets "breathing books"!!!

If you've ever huffed a new book, you're in good company.

Monday, January 21, 2013

BOOLEAN: Boots and Tights

I've been slacking in the tights-wearing department this season. It doesn't help that it's been a rather warm winter and my more awesome tights happen to be my thickets and warmest pairs. Luckily, I managed to finally don my cable knit tights.


The boots and dress combination meant that you could only see a dash of tights, but I think they made the outfit.

Also, while taking this picture, I determined that I need to get around to buying a full length mirror. Maybe I should add that to my shopping list...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What I Read This Week: January 20, 2012

Three day weekend. What what!

I had another stellar reading week - at least according to my standards as of late. While magazines still seem to be flooding my mailbox (where do they all come from? I certainly don't seem to pay for all of them.), I managed to put more of a dent in my backlog. I love seeing the pile get smaller every day.
  • Magazine wise!
    • Cooking Light, January/February 2013 - This was another good issue. I particularly enjoyed the features on starting your year of light and organizing the kitchen. I only pulled a few recipes, but a lot of stuff looked quite tasty.
    • Real Simple, January 2013 - In this issue, I particularly enjoyed the articles on the 10 Lessons Your Mother Never Taught You and the Things Cooks Know.
    • The Atlantic, December 2012 - I read most of this issue while commuting, but I was able to sit down and read the feature articles while eating dinner. This was a very informative issue, and I read it cover to cover. I found the articles on insourcing to be intriguing, the article arguing for more guns to be well written (even if I disagree), and, of course, I adored the piece on the author owned bookstore in Nashville.
  • Book wise!
    • I'm still working on Sense and Sensibility. I managed to fit in about 50 pages this week. I hope I'll be able to cram in at least 100 in the coming week.  
  • Other wise!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brilliant!

So, this is only a post to brag that my friend, The Roomie, is awesome.

We've started a new, very casual Jane Austen bookclub. We plan on reading the Austen books and then get together to talk about them and watch watch a movie version. Cause we're cool like that. (There will be food. Also, probably, wine.)

Well, as you might have noticed, I've been stumped for how to refer to people on this here blog because I don't want to use real names. The Roomie was The Roomie because we were roomies. (I am nothing if not original). Well, she is not a roomie anymore and, to complicate things, I have other friends I want to mention.

Enter The Roomie's moment of brilliance. I've been bugging her to come up with a new name for herself and, inspired by our new bookclub, she did.

Everyone, The Roomie will now be referred to as Lady B. The other ladies in our bookclub will be Lady K and Lady C. (Side note, Lady C was my friend who just got engaged and inspired this morning's BOOLEAN post.)

The Boyfriend will remain The Boyfriend... cause I'm lazy.

Don't ask me what happens when I run into the problem of people with the same first initial. I'll figure that out later.

That is all.

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Squee!

One of two of my friends got engaged last weekend. (To each other, they are adorable and awesome together.) Squee!

This week's fashion find is a two-fer. These tights are in honor of the bride to be and her love of pink. I think these babies awesome.

You can find this first pair at Peek Brooklyn.


Sadly, this second pair is sold out, but if they come back into stock, you can buy them from ASOS.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book 1: Clan of the Cave Bear

TITLE: Clan of the Cave Bear
AUTHOR: Jean M. Auel
STARTED: December 22, 2012
FINISHED: January 6, 2013
PAGES: 529
GENRE: Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: The naked child ran out of the hide-covered lean-to toward the rocky beach at the bend of the small river.

SUMMARY: [From Barnes and Noble] This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly--she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.


THOUGHTS: When I picked up this book, it was because I needed a big honking novel that would keep me entertained for the whole of our Christmas trip to Nashville. This novel had been taking up space in my collection for years. Now, after reading it, I don't know why I waited to long to get around to it. This was not the best story I've read, not by a long shot - but it did hit the spot.

I love books that make me want to read them. This story did that. When I had stuff going on during the day, I was bummed that I couldn't just curl up and read. At night, when my eyes started to droop, I always pushed through the sleepiness because I wanted to read "just one more page." Auel's story, setting, and characters are compelling figures. The whole book is just interesting. There is enough drama and emotion going on in the book that you feel the need to keep reading.

Was the writing spectacular? No, it was middling. Where the characters perfectly developed? Not at all; in fact some, particular the secondary characters, felt like charactertures. But the plot and setting were so different that I loved reading this book. It was the perfect book for my mood; big, door-stopper books that keep me interested are always a winner with me.

My main critique of this book is that it needed a better editor. The page count is long, and I bet you at least 50 pages could have been chopped without the story being negatively impacted. Auel repeats herself. A lot. I think she does so because certain things are mentioned 100 pages apart, but I think most readers would not have been lost if these repetitions had been axed. In fact, the emotional impact of the plot might have been more powerful if you didn't have to read through the extra explanatory material. It didn't add anything to the novel that was not already there.

If it means anything, I've already requested (and received) that second book in the series. I have a feeling I'll get around to it sooner rather than later.

RATING: 8/10 [Terrific]

Links and Stuff: January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Useful Things: Bathroom Break

I drink a lot of water. When I'm at home watching a movie it doesn't matter. I can either pause the film or wait a few minutes for a commercial break. No biggee.

When at the movie theater, however, I have no control over the show on the big screen. That means I have to balance my liquid consumption and wait to hit the restroom until the very last minute before the show starts. With those uber-lengthy movies (I'm looking at you Les Mis), it can be tough to wait for the whole film to finish before you have to hit le toilette again.

Some genius (and I use that term with respect here) has created a tool for people like me. It's call RunPee and it tells you when it's a good time to hit the bathroom during a movie. Brilliant!


The tool simply tells you when in the movie there is no plot advancement (or kick-ass special effects), so that you can hit the restroom without missing anything important. The website also provide a duration time so you know if you need to rush (or run to another restroom if there's a line). The website also provides links in case you want to find out what little you missed.

It's a simple concept, but it means you can chug that large soda from the concession stand with abandon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Seen on the Metro: Oh! I want to read that!

Last week, I got stuck standing on my morning commute. (I shouldn't complain, I only go a few stops.) Luckily, this occurrence gave me a great vantage point to see what everyone was reading. There were a ton of people reading The Express and I saw a couple of people with books and e-readers.

I only managed to see one title, and it happened to be on the cover of the girl standing across from me. My fellow commuter was about my age, and she was wearing a gloriously colorful floral scarf. In her hands was a library copy of Code Name Verity.

That book is on my TBR list. I couldn't help myself, so I asked her what she thought. She said the book was really good and that she couldn't put it down.

Methinks I'll have to bump that book up on my list.


YouTube Tuesday: Ask!


Sunday, January 13, 2013

What I Read This Week: January 13, 2013

I am calling this the week of conquered reading! I read through a metric ton of magazines. At least my cold that won't die is good for something. I am seriously pleased with my reading this week.
  • On the fun magazine front....
    • Real Simple, November 2012 - This was a decent issue. No articles jumped out at me but, as always, I enjoyed the pretty pictures.
    • Real Simple, December 2012 - This was a good issue; I actually stole a couple of gift ideas to add to my list for next year.
    • Cooking Light, November 2012 - Holy Moley was this a good issue. I loved the articles on 9 Simple Principles of the New way to Cook Light, Celebrating 25 Years of Cooking Light, Hot Stuff for Real Cooks, and The Golden Age of America Food. I also pulled two recipes to try later; they both have mushrooms in them. Yum!
    • Cooking Light, December 2012 - I pulled a couple recipes from this issue, but I loved the Share the Love ideas (particularly the idea to through an appetizer sharing party).
  • On the work magazine front...
    • American Libraries, January/February 2013 - This was an okay issue. I enjoyed reading the story on the HathiTrust, but that might be because I'm a copyright nerd.
    • Library Resources and Technical Services, October 2012 - This was a big skim issue for me. No articles really struck my fancy.
    • Library Resources and Technical Services, January 2013 - I mostly skimmed this issue, but I did find the article on "Conservation Documentation in Research Libraries" to be intriguing.
  • On the book front...
    • I finished reading Clan of the Cave Bear. I liked this novel enough to request the sequel from Paperbackswap. Hopefully that book won't sit around for years once it arrives.
    • I started a new book: Sense and Sensibility. This is a re-read for me, but the girls and I have decided to start up a Jane Austen book club. We're going to be very casual about it all; it'll mainly serve as an excuse to get together and watch movie adaptations of the books. Clearly this is a fantabulous idea.

Friday, January 11, 2013

New Thing for 2013

I've decided I want to add a new scheduled feature to this here blog.

I constantly find myself thinking, I love [insert library, information, reading, bookish related thing here]. Since I'm an over-sharer of things I like, I've decide to use the blog as an outlet for my crushes on bookish and informationish stuff. Although, I might throw in other things if I find the need to share. Cause, you know, it's my blog and all that.

Some of the posts will be short and sweet, others might be epically longer than even I had planned, but all the posts will explain what and I this "thing" I've chosen to highlight. 

The new feature, Why I Love..., will post every other Wednesday starting later this month.

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Alice

If I had all the money in the world, I would by the entire Wolford line of tights every season. They come up with some of the best designs. For example:


Don't those rock? For some reason they remind me of Alice in Wonderland and I want them.

You can buy a pair from Bare Necessities.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 Reading / Bookish Resolutions

I'm not making any resolutions this year.

How do you like them apples?

For the past few years, I've made a list of things I hope to achieve either in my reading, with the books I touch (or not), and with this blog. And, every year, it hangs over my head as soon I MUST DO or I shall be severely disappointed in myself.

Well not anymore. I've decided that I don't give a fig about resolutions. I'm just going to read and blog as it comes. Whatever happens, happens.

So there.

Links and Stuff: January 10, 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

2012 In Review


How I Would Describe 2012
Part of me is really disappointed in my reading this year. My numbers were epically low. I only read 41 books. I struggled with my reading through slumps and general disinterest. I had phases where the thought of reading made me want to run away.

Then again, there were some books that kept me reading far past my bedtime. I finally tackled books that have been sitting on my shelves for ages. I read a lot more books that could be described as door stoppers. (My 41 books totaled 11,241 pages.) And, I went on a Young Adult reading spree this summer.

I guess 2012 was a year of general disinterest and distraction. In the end, though, I'm generally happy. I had a lot more going on in my life than reading this year, and that's okay. When I did get around to books, I was reminded of why I love them so much. 

Reading Goals v. Reading Reality
If you're interested or need a refresher, you can read my 2012 resolutions here.

1. Read books I own (on my endless quest to reduce Mt. TBR).
-- I did better. Not great, but better. There are more gaps on my shelves now than there were at the start of the year, so we'll call this a win.

2. Read from the Titanic collection.
-- Only two books read for this resolution. Womp womp.

3. Stop focusing on the numbers.
-- Big fail! I read far fewer books this year and it bugged me.

4. Be a more conscious consumer of media. 

-- I did okay. I still went through "Ooh shiny!" phases (particularly during the election... and with Pinterest), but I did manage to catch myself far more often than I used to.

5. Be a better blogger.
-- I think I did well here. While I never do seem to get around to the big-important-idea posts I always have in my head, I did manage to keep up (for the most part) with the majority of my blog feature posts. I neglected some Variations on a Theme posts from time to time (sorry December!), but that's what happens when life gets in the way. All in all, I'm pleased with myself in this area.

The Year in Genres
I think we can say that 2012 was a year of fiction and young adult fiction at that. Clearly I went through a phase.

Books about Books = 1
Memoir = 1
Art = 1
Food = 2
Titanic = 2
Mystery = 2
Non-Fiction = 2 
Juvenile = 2
Romance = 3
Graphic Novel = 5
Library Science = 5
Young Adult = 7
Fiction = 8 

One of those fiction books was also an audio book.

The Year in Ratings
Given that I only read 41 books this year, I was shocked to see that the ratings I gave trended on the more positive side.

1 = 0
2 = 0
3 = 2
4 = 4
5 = 11
6 = 8
7 = 8
8 = 7
9 = 0
10 = 1

The Ten Best Books of 2012   
Since I only read 41 books this year, my top ten is a quarter of my yearly reading. It can't be helped! 

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Re-Read)
9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Re-Read)
8. Rex Libris: I, Librarian by James Turner
7. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
6. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books by Leah Price
5. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
4. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
3. The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
2. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

My number one book this year is, without a doubt....

1. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister


And that, my friends, in 2012 in a nutshell. 

Monday, January 07, 2013

BOOLEAN: Holiday Lateness

Whoops, I forgot to post these!

I added some BOOLEAN festiveness to my Christmas when I donned these tights for dinner and desserts.


Yes, I indeed paired paisley tights with snakeprint shoes.

Book 41: A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree

TITLE: A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree
AUTHOR: Colleen Monroe
STARTED: December 27, 2012
FINISHED: December 27, 2012
PAGES: 32
GENRE: Juvenile

FIRST SENTENCE: Every year as traditions go, they get in their cars at the first sign of snow, and head to the farm at the edge of town, to cut the family Christmas tree down.

SUMMARY: [From Barnes and Noble] The story of a sad tree who was overlooked each year and never selected as a Christmas tree is told in rhymed couplets. Now the tree knows he is too big to be selected by a family. The animals of the forest tell him how important he is to them. Squirrel says the tree's branches have kept him warm, Cardinal says he has been protection from the wind, and Deer says his needles have made a warm bed. Still, the tree wishes he could be a Christmas tree. The animals go into action, each bringing decorations such as acorns, icicles and berries. The birds sing and the tree realizes, "it wasn't as important to be a Christmas tree,/ but to always be the best friend you can be."

THOUGHTS: Whilst on our Christmas vacation, The Boyfriend and I visited an art museum with his parents. One of the exhibits at said art museum was a Christmas tree display. Each Christmas tree was decorated according to a classic Christmas tale. Most of the trees were obvious (The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Frosty the Snowman, etc.), one tree was not. That tree was decorated according to this book; a book I've never heard of. Luckily for me, each tree had a copy of the book on display. Since this was a children's book, we picked it up and read the story.

This book was really cute and had a heart warming tale. Our hero is a tree who is sad that he keeps getting picked over for smaller, cuter trees. Sad face. But all is not lost. The forest animals love the big tree and all he provides to them. So they dress him up as a Christmas tree using stuff found in the forest. The story is utterly charming. It was a perfect, cute read (and one that actually ended my reading year).

The illustrations were also gorgeous. The colors were rich and vibrant, giving the book a feel of the holidays. The expressions on the animals and tree were adorable and lively. Even if you didn't read the story, the book was pretty to look at.

I might consider adding this book to my collection (when I finally get around to creating a Christmas book collection).

RATING: 8/10 [Terrific]

Sunday, January 06, 2013

What I Read This Week: January 6, 2013

I seem to be in a rut, but a good sort of rut. Since I was off this week (gotta love working in academia), I put a several hundred pages dent in my current book, Clan of the Cave Bear.

I wish I could have devoted some time to reading magazines (I am several months behind of some subscriptions), but I decided to clear out my Google Reader instead. Maybe I need to go to on an RSS feed detox...

Friday, January 04, 2013

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - New

Happy New Year! Let's celebrate 2013 with some Art Nouveau tights.


You can pick up a pair of these at Bare Necessities.

Send your BOOLEAN pictures and links to BOOLEANgroup@gmail.com

Thursday, January 03, 2013

BOOLEAN: Late Night Tights

On New Year's Eve, the girls and I decided that tights were the perfect accessory for our celebration ensembles. Behold!


We should start a kickline.

Links and Stuff: January 3, 2013