Friday, November 28, 2014

The Friday Find: A Free Elf


Given all the random socks I find in the dryers of our apartment building, I feel the need make one of these...

Hat tip to this blogger.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Links and Stuff: November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book 14: The Man Who Found Time

TITLE: The Man Who Found Time: James Hutton and the Discovery of Earth's Antiquity
AUTHOR: Jack Repcheck
STARTED: August 31, 2014
FINISHED: September 15, 2014
PAGES: 247
GENRE: Non-Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Before there was science, there was the Bible.

SUMMARY: [From BN] There are three men whose life’s work helped free science from the strait-jacket of religion. Two of the three—Nicolaus Copernicus and Charles Darwin—are widely heralded for their breakthroughs. The third, James Hutton, is comparatively unknown, yet he profoundly changed our understanding of the earth, its age, and its dynamic forces. A Scottish gentleman farmer, Hutton’s observations on his small tract of land led him to a theory that directly contradicted biblical claims that the Earth was only 6,000 years old. This expertly crafted narrative tells the story not only of Hutton, but also of Scotland and the Scottish Enlightenment, including many of the greatest thinkers of the age, such as David Hume and Adam Smith.

THOUGHTS: This book was surprisingly readable. The Man Who Found Time is the biography of James Hutton, a forward-thinker who pushed science past the boundaries of biblical time. This could have been very dry text, but it read like fiction. I love it when that happens. I learned quite a bit about how the study of the earth progressed, and how other thinkers began to build on Hutton's work. My main criticism of this book is that it spends so much time talking about things other than Hutton. The book is readable because it goes into the history of Scotland, earth studies, and scientific reasoning... but Hutton doesn't really come along until almost half-way through the text. That felt odd to me. 

RATING:6/10 [Good]

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What I Read This Week: November 23, 2014

Is it time to stuff my face with stuffing yet? The Fiance and I traveling to his parents new home in Austin, Texas. I have never been to Texas. I have been warned that the food is very good and served in plentiful quantities. Good thing the weather will be good enough that I can workout outside... otherwise I might not fit into my wedding dress. Who was silly enough to plan a wedding two weeks after Thanksgiving? This girl. This girl was that silly.

  • Magazines
    • Real Simple, October 2014 - I enjoyed the organizing tips, I only wish I had a house in which is use most of them. The rest of the issue was a flip through for me, but the story about an organ donor and his family was quite moving.
    • National Geographic, November 2014 - This issue was very informative. The cover story on zombie bugs was fascinating and icky. I cringed looking at most of the pictures. The other feature story on the sherpa deaths on Mount Everest was more than a little moving. Finally, the meat industry in America, we have a lot to learn.
  • Books
    • Well, I couldn't stay away. The next book in the earth's children series by Jean M. Auel, The Mammoth Hunters, arrived in my mailbox. I started reading it this week. So far, so good... but I'm only a few chapters in.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Friday Find: Comfy

It is the season of snuggles! Of burrowing under covers! Of plowing through a stack of books while drinking hot cocoa and ignoring the weather outside! I think we should all buy these to celebrate this seasons.

If you are interested, these PJ pants are on Amazon.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What I Read This Week: November 16, 2014

Less then one month until the wedding. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! It's cool. I'm good. Thank goodness for to do lists and all the very helpful people in my life.
  • Work
    • American Libraries, November/December 2014 - I think the most interesting piece in this issue was the brief article about how the Ferguson library acted as a safe haven during the protest. There were also good articles about the challenges with library budgets, homeless populations in libraries, and dog therapy.
  • Magazines
    • Washingtonian, November 2014 - This issue was kind of a downer. The main article was all about how expensive it is to live in DC. Yeah. There was also a feature piece on a woman searching for her long lost dog. At least the restaurant reviews and design sections were fun to read. 
  • Books
    • No book this week. Gasp! I'm trying to get through my backlog of magazines. The next book in Auel's Earth's Children series arrived in my mailbox. I am likely to start that soon. I guess I should have something to read over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

What I Read This Week: November 9, 2014

Oh, it's just over a month to the wedding. Don't mind me as I sit over here making lists and trying not to hyperventilate. Actually, that's being dramatic. We're actually in pretty darn good shape. The major things are done, we just need to make a few things in terms of decor and guest needs, but none of those should be all that difficult. (Fingers crossed.)
  • Work
    • How much can you read about OCLC's batchloading process? A lot, apparently. I also read VIVA's reclamation task force report because you can never be too informed.
  • Magazines
    • The Atlantic, November 2014 - NPR hosted the author of the cover story about why kids sext - so I had sort of "read" this article before I actually read it. Still interesting but not entirely surprising. The piece on drones gave me a few gift ideas. Shh... don't tell anyone. And, lastly, I heart the piece on the urban suburbs... probably because it centered on my geographic area.
    • Washingtonian, October 2014 - I like this issue because much of it focused on home design and I got to look at a lot of pretty pictures. Same goes for the DC style pages - now I can dress like Olivia Pope. In terms of  informative content, I managed to read the piece on Muriel Bowser the day before the election. Win.
  • Books
    • I finished The Valley of Horses. Is the next book in the series here yet? No? pout. I don't plan on starting a new book until the honeymoon because I have a backlog of magazines and blogs to read. I reserve the right to go back on that decision. 

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Friday Find: Arrangement

This is a long image. Hang with me. I'll see you at the bottom.

If you've got books at home, you likely use them as decor. I thought this was a pretty good graphic explaining a way to style your books and assorted knick-knacks. I found this guy on Pinterest, but it links from this awesome page.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Links and Stuff: November 6, 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Book 13: Written in My Own Heart's Blood

TITLE: Written in My Own Heart's Blood
AUTHOR: Diana Gabaldon
STARTED: June 28, 2014
FINISHED: August 30, 2014
PAGES: 825
GENRE: Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Ian Murray stood with a stone in his hand, eyeing the ground he'd chosen.

SUMMARY: [From]  1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.

The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is  searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.

THOUGHTS: It has been over two months since I completed this book, and I am still ruminating on it. This book was, in my opinion, the weakest in the Outlander series. It was, even for all its action and plot points, slow moving. But that slow pace did not, in any way, ruin my enjoyment. Reading Written in My Own Heart's Blood felt like resuming a conversation with a good friend you see once a year. You talk late into the night and enjoy every moment, but nothing earth-shattering happens. Yes, even with all the THINGS that do happen in this novel, it read like comfort food.

This book picks up right where the last one left off. It did not feel like I actually waited years for this book to com out. The conversation with the characters started anew, and each page was simply spending time with a friend. The last chapter leaves me anticipating the next book, and I assume I will pick-up the conversation right where I left off.

At this point, the Outlander series is not longer a book to me. It's a friend I get to catch-up with every few years.

RATING:7/10 [Very Good]

Sunday, November 02, 2014

What I Read This Week: November 2, 2014

Wedding stuff and watching sports on TV. That is now my life. I'm kind of okay with it. Also eating.
  • Work
    • I flipped through the Fall/Winter 2015 Catalog for ALA editions. I saved a few books to my professional reading board on Pinterest. They were mainly about management and social media.
    • I finished reading the manual of OCLC's batchloading. It was dense. I took notes.
  • Books
    • I am so close to finishing The Valley of Horses that I am going to have to determine whether or not it's worth it to pick up another book before the wedding. I am leaning toward no.
  • Other