Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and receives all the books on their list.

Time for my to go curl up by the fire with my book and a cup of cocoa.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Blog Vacation

Save for a few, pre-set entries, the blog and I are going on vacation for the holidays. We shall resume our normal publication schedule on Monday, December 30.

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Wonderland

When I think of winter, I think of a white and shiny wonderland. The Fiance and I are driving to my parents' place in Upstate New York tomorrow. My mom tells me there is snow, but it is supposed to rain all weekend. Poo. We might not get a white Christmas after-all. Might have to make up my disappointment with copious amounts of hot cocoa.

These tights will have to replace my need for white and shiny.

You can grab a pair on Etsy.

These tights are very reminiscent of the snowflake tights I posted earlier this month, but they're a bit more subtle.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

BOOLEAN: Fun and Office Friendly

Lady B sent an image of her new tights. "These shall be added to my regular rotation. They're just so fun while still being subtle enough for work."


Links and Stuff: December 19, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Seen on the Metro: Engrossed

Yesterday, on my commute home, I spotted a man very casually slouched in his seat. His posture was deeply relaxed and he seemed to be curving around the book in his hands. I noticed that he had iPod buds in ears and his eyes were seemingly engrossed in Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out.

We only shared two stops on our commute, but his eyes never wavered from the pages in front of him. From what I could tell, he was about two chapters into the book and I wonder what he thinks about it so far.

The book was hardcover, and I'm glad he left the dust-jacket on. The cover was pretty cool looking.

YouTube Tuesday: Back to Reading Tablets

Sunday, December 15, 2013

What I Read This Week: December 15, 2013

What is it about the lead up to the holidays that makes me stop reading? I guess a marathon of decorating, holiday cards, shopping, and packing do tend to end with flops on the couch with TV instead of reading. Oh well. I'll start reading again once it's all done. I do have a massive door-stopper of a book to get through.
  • Work
    • I perused through the latest PEW report on how Americans value their public libraries. The good news is that people like us and find us useful, but we still need to figure out the best way to translate goodwill into usage and funds. 
    • I flipped through the 2014 edition of the ALA catalog. Didn't find much that I had not already seen.
  • Books
    • None. Yikes! I got distracted by Christmas errands and episodes of The Office.
  • Other
    • The Atlantic had a fascinating post on raising the minimum wage. I found it to be a thorough and even-handed argument. It's long, but worth the read.
    • As a person who still sends snail mail notes, this story on written letters made me sniffle.

Friday, December 13, 2013

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Cut It Out!

Holy cow these leggings are awesome!

You can find them on Etsy. There are other colors too!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Seen on the Metro: Back Cover

Today, everyone was bundled up against the winter chill. From under the brim of my hat, I peeked to see the back cover of the book commuter next to me was reading. Some sleuthing led me to discover that my seatmate was reading The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

After reading the book's synopsis, I am intrigued by the story. During our ride together, my seatmate made several underlines and notes in the text. I assume he found the story interesting; he was quite near the end. Might have to check this one out.

Links and Stuff: December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Why I Love... Being a Book Santa

There are several reasons I like to give books for the holidays. The reasons are, in no certain order:
  • Easy to find in stores and online
  • Offer many options
  • Easy to wrap
  • Easy to transport or ship
  • May be enjoyed by the recipient at their leisure
  • Can be constantly regifted with love
Mostly, I love giving books because they are a gift of an idea. When you share a book, you share an adventure, a lesson, or simply a literary hug. Books are more than an tangible object you can wrap. Books say that you know and appreciate the receiver because you've taken the time to consider what they like to read.

I say, give more books! They go well with chocolate!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

What I Read This Week: December 8, 2013

I can't with the introduction. My brain as the fuzzy. I blame the head cold.
  • Work
  • Books
    • I read a few chapters of The Bronze Horseman. This book is about 900 pages long. I think I'll be reading it for quite some time.

Friday, December 06, 2013

BOOLEAN: Chevron

Lady B sent me a picture of her awesome tights.

"My all black dress needed something to keep it from being too somber. Chevron tights to the rescue!"

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Snow

The weather people are predicting some snow for Sunday. Huzzah! I honor their forecast with these here tights.

And now for a close up...

You can find them on Chicwish.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Book 33: The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns

TITLE: The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns
AUTHOR: Carley Rooney
STARTED: November 21, 2013
FINISHED: November 23, 2013
GENRE: Wedding

FIRST SENTENCE: Close your eyes and contour it: the wedding gown.

SUMMARY: [From BN] What's the real difference between an $800 gown and an $8000 gown? Is Dupioni better than Duchesse? When do you need a crinoline, and what is a crumb catcher? From the creator of the #1 online wedding resource, The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns provides the answers to these questions and thousands more. The perfect gift for a bride-to-be, this lavishly illustrated book--more than 250 color photographs and illustrations--tells her everything she needs to know about the single most expensive and important piece of clothing she will ever own. The only fully comprehensive book on the subject, The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns dissects the construction of the dress; profiles the numerous styles; defines and illustrates hundreds of varieties of fabrics, laces, embellishments, and accessories; and provides straightforward counsel on which cuts work best with which fabrics, and what styles look best on which body types. In addition, informative sections explain how and where to search for a dress, how to pull everything together to achieve the perfect look, and how to care for the masterpiece when the wedding is over. Fascinating bits of history throughout unveil the traditions and significance of this most important piece of clothing.

THOUGHTS: I quite enjoyed how this book breaks down the history of the wedding gown, and then builds it back up by telling you how the dress is constructed. The tips on shopping and how to accessorize were also valuable. What I did not like were the dresses they used as examples. Maybe I just think the book is dated, but I did not find any of the dresses to be that pretty. Many of them looked cheap looking as well. Then again, fashion is totally subjective.

RATING:6/10 [Good]

Monday, December 02, 2013

Book 32: Joy for Beginners

TITLE: Joy for Beginners
AUTHOR: Erica Bauermeister
STARTED: October 16, 2013
FINISHED: November 18, 2013
PAGES: 273
GENRE: Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Life came back slowly, Kate realized.

SUMMARY: [From BN] Having survived a life-threatening illness, Kate celebrates by gathering with six close friends. At an intimate outdoor dinner on a warm September evening, the women challenge Kate to start her new lease on life by going white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon with her daughter. But Kate is reluctant to take the risk. That is, until her friend Marion proposes a pact: if Kate will face the rapids, each woman will do one thing in the next year that scares her. Kate agrees, with one provision – she didn't get to choose her challenge, so she gets to choose theirs. Whether it's learning to let go of the past or getting a tattoo, each woman's story interweaves with the others, forming a seamless portrait of the power of female friendships. From the author of The School of Essential Ingredients comes a beautifully crafted novel about daring to experience true joy, starting one small step at a time.

THOUGHTS: I think Erica Bauermeister can do no wrong. Her writing is beautiful, full of emotions, and her characters are people you know. This book is like her other two that I have enjoyed so much. What was new in this book was that it made me cry. There were certain chapters where I was so invested in the women's stories that I found myself fighting back tears... while on the elliptical... at a public gym. Yeah. It was that good.

My only negative comment is that Bauermeister has used the same writing style in all three of her books. Each book is written as a series of chapters that focus on one character. These chapters then intertwine with one another to create an overarching story. It's not a bad system, I just wonder if Bauermeister can do something else.

RATING: 9/10 [Excellent!]

Sunday, December 01, 2013

What I Read This Week: December 1, 2013

Is there anything better than reading while on vacation? Probably. But right now this is all I need. Is it wrong that I am already looking forward to Christmas break?
  • Magazines
    • Cooking Light, December 2013 - I pulled only a few recipes - but several looked delicious. The best article of the issue was about slow cooker cooking. I love slow cooker season; it's so warm and cozy. Bring on the stews!
    • Real Simple, December 2013 - This was not the best December issue they've done. I did appreciate the organizing tips and gift ideas. I also liked the holiday recipes but I did not pull any of them for my own use.
  • Books
    • I started reading InStyle Weddings. Like the other wedding books, it's a mix of good information and ignorable information... but at least all the pictures are pretty to look at.
    • I've focused most of my reading attention on The Bronze Horseman. It's a door-stopper of a book set in Russia during World War II. It's a delightful vacation read - as along as I keep all the names straight.