Friday, March 29, 2013

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Pastel

Spring is on the verge of sprunging. I decide that this week's tights should honor the colors of the season. Pastels are everywhere and green legs are just awesome. Think of these tights as an example of the tulips and daffodils that keep popping up each day.

You can find these tights at ModCloth.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013


Lady B is on a roll.

"If I have to wear tights... At least they can be fun. : )"

You said it.

Links and Stuff: March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BOOLEAN: Segue to Spring

Lady B. is getting cranky that spring is not here. Can you blame her? DC had snow this week.

She says, "I have to say, I'm looking forward to not having to wear tights. At least they allow me to wear a spring-y dress without freezing."

Hang in there. It's almost April! Soon we'll have to bust out the BOOLEAN spring-wear, i.e. nail polish!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What I Read This Week: March 24, 2013

March is my least favorite month. The weather can't decide what it wants to be, the sun is rarely out, and I just want to hide under a blanket until it passes. I think my hatred of March stems from growing up in Upstate New York - there was nothing but mud during March. Mud everywhere. DC is a bit better, but I still wish April was here.

Lucky for me, this gloomy weather gives me a chance to get some reading done.

  • For work, I plowed through a ton of articles I've saved. Right now, I'm looking at a stack of completed pieces to import into my read list. (Said list keeps me from repeating articles and reminds me to the good stuff to refer to if I need it.) I did most of this reading while commuting and the majority of the articles were about general library trends and social media stuff. Yes, I am so nerdy I read work stuff while out of the office.
  • I only completed one magazine this week - the April 2013 issue of Food Network Magazine. I pulled lots of recipes and love the article about the best tools for the kitchen. 
  • Finally, I read about two chapters in Bella Tuscany. It's a good book, I just keep distracting myself with other things. In some ways, that is a good thing. It means I don't get hungry while reading about all the tasty Italian food.

Friday, March 22, 2013

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Spring

Spring is here!

Sort of... okay, not really. Particularly if you leave in the Northeast. But the first day of spring has happened and now I want to share spring tights.

You can find these cheerful tights at Etsy.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Links and Stuff: March 21, 2013

My favorite link of this week.... Someone decided to compile reading lists for each of the Hogwarts houses. It's pretty darn awesome.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Why I Love... Title Spying

Some people might consider it being nosy, but I love spying on what people are reading. While I usually read my own material during my commute, I love keeping an eye out for what other people are reading. Sometimes, if the piece looks particularly interesting, I'll ask my fellow commuter what they think of their book.

Readers are a community unto themselves, and looking at what people choose to read on their commute is my daily form of cultural anthropology. You can tell a lot about an area, individual, or cultural trend by what people choose to read (and how the choose to read it). When the 50 Shades of Gray explosion happened, I would routinely see at least two readers a day with one of the books from the series. Some readers held the covers up without a care for if people saw them or not. Other readers chose to keep most of the book obscured in their lap or hidden behind a seat. I've seen people read classics, romance novels, sci-fi anthologies, philosophy, text books, law journals... you name it, I've seen it. I love that there are so many readers reading some many things. It shows how different we all are, but that we're all still readers.

It might be just me, but I also love seeing people read books that I, too, have read. It's makes me want to ask what they think so that we can start an impromptu book club. Somehow, seeing someone read stuff you like creates a sense of camaraderie. After moments like that, I always think my fellow reader and I should be friends.

To share my love of seeing what other people read, I post the occasional Seen on the Metro post. People are always reading interesting stuff during my commute and I love to share what I find. That said, The Underground New York Public Library does it waaaaay better than me. It's one of my favorite tumblrs and I highly recommend adding it to your daily reading.

Sadly, with the rise of e-books, it's becoming more difficult to spy on people's reading. Every now and then I get the urge to ask what's on someone's Kindle, Nook, or iPad. I've never actually followed through because I'm afraid of looking creepy, but the urge is still there.

Also, it makes my heart flutter when I see people reading books with library stamps or labels. I always walk away from those moments with an extra bounce in my step and a smile on face.

I think most readers (and librarians) can relate to this need to see what other people are reading. Am I right?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BOOLEAN: Blueness

Yesterday, it was supposed to snow during my morning commute. I decided that I wanted (new!) blue tights to peek out of my snow boots.

For the record, there were only flurries. Boo.

YouTube Tuesday: Underground

Monday, March 18, 2013

BOOLEAN: Back on the Wagon

I'm making a conscious effort to wear the more fun tights from my BOOLEAN collection. On Friday, I managed to whip out one of my favorite (but kind of hard to style) pairs of gray tights.

Take that tights rut!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

What I Read This Week: March 17, 2013

I loathe "spring ahead." Loathe it! That said, the jet lag wasn't so bad this time around. I was, however, up far too late playing SimCity on my iPad. Who knew that building tiny towns could be so darn addicting.

And, before I forget... Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm making shepherd's pie for dinner tonight. Noms.
  • Magazines...
    • Cooking Light, April 2013 - I pulled several of the fast recipes that were featured in this issue. I find that The Boyfriend and I have been in a food rut lately so I want to try new things. I was surprised that this issue was almost all recipes; there weren't any long articles. I was okay with that.
    • Martha Stewart Living, April 2013 - I pulled an art idea from this issue. This was mainly Easter and gardening stuff. I'm giving this one more issue before I cancel my subscription. I've been eyeing a few magazines to get (cause I have a problem?) and I think I might nix this one to make myself feel better.
  • For work...
    • I perused the ABC-Clio spring 2013 catalog. I didn't pull any items - but man did I want to go gobble up all the readers' advisory books. I have a thing for books which list other books. I am that nerdy.
    • I finished Strategic Planning for Social Media. Woot! I love finishing books. I also went back through the text and wrote up an outline of the book because I'll be referencing it at work.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Yesterday, I brought out a new pair of tights! Hurrah! Maybe I'm finally getting out of the BOOLEAN slump I've been in this year.

Then again, these are only subtle striped black tights.

At least they're new!

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Bam!

I decided to post a pair of tights this week that made me want to say, "BAM!"

These tights are from Wolford. I posted the China Red ones because they went "BAM!," but they also come in a more subtle black.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BOOLEAN: Pattern Party

Last week, I threw caution to the wind and had myself a pattern party (sort of). I donned the polka dot tights and then decided to wear my plaid coat.

I think it works.

YouTube Tuesday: Change

Monday, March 11, 2013

BOOLEAN: Purple Perfection

I have been a slacker in the BOOLEAN department this season. I keep wearing the same 4 or 5 pairs of tights over and over again. Hopefully, the bloom of spring will inspire me to bust out a few of my more fun pairs of tights.

Luckily for us tights lovers, Lady B has a fun pair to share.

Who doesn't love purple?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What I Read This Week: March 10, 2013

Where did this week go? One minute it's Monday and the next, BOOM! Week over! I hardly know what I did with myself this week it flew by so fast.

At least I got a snow day... even if there was no snow.
  • I finished the March 2013 issue of The Atlantic. I was okay. The only article was really drawn to was about anthropologists who work for commercial organizations. The piece about the hanging was also intriguing, but mostly in a disturbing manner.
  • At work, I flipped through the March/April 2013 issue of American Libraries. I enjoyed the tips in the piece about how to acquire a special collection archive. I also thought the it about filtering in the First Amendment was pretty interesting.
  • Lady C. is getting married in a about a year. To celebrate, I had the girls over for brunch and the perusal of wedding related magazines. I flipped through so many they all blended together - just know that there were many and the pictures were pretty. Don't tell The Boyfriend I may have given myself ideas...
  • I knocked out a few pages in Bella Tuscany and Strategic Planning for Social Media but not in amounts that are worth squeeing over. The squees were reserved for the bridal mags.

Friday, March 08, 2013

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Le Sigh

My brain was all mush when I was looking for a subject for this post. Thus, I asked The Boyfriend to say the first "thing" that came to mind. He said, "Snow." Using that, I found these here tights.

You can buy a pair here.

We're both bummed that Snowquester was more of a Slushquester. We shall never see a snow storm in DC again. You win, Mother Nature.

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Why I Love... Long-Form Reading

I read a lot of magazines. Since I loathe working out at the gym, they allow me to distract myself as I'm on the elliptical or bike. Everything is better when you add reading!

One of my favorite magazines is The Atlantic. There is one simple reason I subscribed to this publication and that's because it publishes long-form articles. Most magazine articles are short. While I enjoy reading them, I love that longer pieces can provide a more well-rounded argument or coverage of a story. The Atlantic is one of the few magazines left that still specializes in long-form articles.

Back in 2002, my dad tossed a copy of The Atlantic at me. He said, "Read the Bowden piece." This caused two things to happen: 1.) I was introduced to my favorite non-fiction author, Mark Bowden and 2.) I fell in love with long-form articles. I was hooked from the first page of "Tales of the Tyrant." Since that day, I've been an avid reader of this magazine.

The Atlantic may be my first love, but it introduced me to the idea that longer articles can be great reads.  I subscribe to several blogs that feature long-form posts. I love to save them for those moments in the week where I can settle in for a good read. These pieces, whether print or e-read, give the right amount of detail and research to fully cover a topic without the requiring the full commitment of a book. (That said, several long-form reads have led me to track down books on similar topics.

Long-form reads. I love'em. They're a nice mix of short-and-sweet and suck-you-in depth.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

YouTube Tuesday: Wars?

I need this movie to be released with subtitles. More information here -

Sunday, March 03, 2013

What I Read This Week: March 3, 2013

Good Morning!

First, this post was (is?) pre-written since I am currently getting ready to go snow tubing. This weekend, a bunch of friends I drove out to Wisp, MD to participate in snow/winter related activities, games, and fighting over a hot tub. Cookies were also consumed.

 Now that you get to envision me flying down a hill screaming my head off... let's get onto the reading.
  • I managed to finish one magazine this week - the March 2013 issue of National Geographic. It was pretty good, but the fracking story hit a bit to close to home. My hometown is going through the fracking debate, and it's not polite at times (or so I hear). Thank goodness the images of the gardens at night were pretty to look at.
  • I read some decent articles this week. Most were for work, but I really enjoyed a piece from last Sunday's New York Times Magazine. "The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food" was kind of frightening to read, but I learned a lot. I may have to snag the author's book.
  • Speaking of books... I finished Young, House, Love. I also put substantial dents in both my new "me read," Bella Tuscany, and my professional reading book. Go me.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Book 5: Young House Love

TITLE: Young, House, Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love
AUTHOR: Sherry and John Petersik
STARTED: February 1, 2013
FINISHED: February 24, 2013
PAGES: 336 Pages
GENRE: Non-Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Hi. We're sherry and John petersik (picture us tipping our hats to you with a not-smary grin).

SUMMARY: [From] Design ideas for every style, skill level, and budget, from the beloved couple behind This debut book by bloggers Sherry and John Petersik is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up a home. With two home renovations under their (tool) belts, 5 million blog hits per month, and an ever-growing audience since the launch of Young House Love in 2007, Sherry and John are home-improvement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks, and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. Whether an experienced decorator or a total novice, on a tight budget or with money to spend, any homeowner or apartment dweller will find ideas for his or her own home makeovers here. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, spice up plain old roller shades, "hack" your Ikea table to create three distinct looks, and so much more.

Packed with 243 tips and ideas—both classic and unexpected—every project pictured was exclusively executed for the book. With more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again for the creative projects and easy-to-follow instructions in the relatable voice the Petersiks are known for. Adding a little wow factor to your home has never been more fun!

THOUGHTS: I adore the Petersik's blog, Young House Love. I save their posts to read last so that I can linger over them when I have a moment and enjoy them fully. When I found out they were writing a book, I pre-ordered a copy as soon as it was allowed. As much as I wanted to give this book a 10, I simply couldn't. While this book was, for the most part, wonderful, there was one thing that bugged the heck out of me...

... they're unrelenting cheerfulness. No, seriously. It drove me nuts.

I have no problem with authors showing their personality, in fact, I normally love it. In this instance, the upbeat attitude of the author's was so positively sweet that it was cloying. Anytime they wrote a chapter introduction, I couldn't wait to speed through to the projects. I'm all for cheerleader-ness, but man did I want it toned down a bit.

Now, aside from that... this book as fantastic. I love the projects (I've marked several to do one day) and how they are structured. The instructions are easy to follow and understand, the images are great, and I love the extra ideas they throw in.

So, if this had been not so "THIS IS AWESOME! YOU'RE AWESOME! YOU CAN DO IT!" I would have adored this book. As it is, I'll skip re-reading anything but how to do a project.

RATING: 7/10 [Very Good]

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Polar

I'll be spending this weekend out in Western Maryland getting my snow sports on. I don't ski (going fast, heights, and intense cold are not my thing), but I will be partaking in the snow tubing, ice skating, and, possibly, so shoeing. As a gal from Upstate New York, you'd think I'd be prepared for this weekend....ha! I had to buy winter boots, snow pants, waterproof gloves, and under layers.

Next time, I'm just going to buy these tights and crash by the fireplace with cocoa.

You can grab these polar bear tights off of Etsy.

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