Monday, September 28, 2009
What was odd (for me, at least) was all the families there. OK, this shouldn't be a surprise, because what did I think families with small kids did on the weekends? Head up to Vegas? Go clubbing? But I had this moment of thinking to myself, wow, so this is what you do when you have kids. You take the kids to kid-friendly places. And you have fun too. It's one of those moments when you realize that you are getting older, and that taking your kids and hanging out at the apple orchard sounds like a fantastic weekend. The kind of thoughts that would scare my 21-year-old self, but that my 28-year-old self finds oddly comforting.
On Sunday, we both went to my goddaughter's 5th birthday party (dear God, I AM getting old! Wasn't she an infant, like, yesterday?). Lots of fun, burgers, cake and more fun with toddlers. Madelyn (my goddaughter) is really into Hannah Montana already, and poses like she's a rock star. Gotta love attitude in a 5 year old.
And all of the chores that I swore I would complete this weekend? So didn't happen.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Do you snack while you read?
Usually, since I tend to read a lot during breakfast and lunch.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Grad school forced me to write in all of my book, underlining, circling, writing in the margins. I do NOT like the way the hubby writes in his books - my way is much neater. This has caused spats in the past.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
As a librarian, you'd think that I wouldn't do this, but I do. I dog-ear and leave books open all the time. This also drives the hubby crazy. It's my secret shame.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
Both, but let's face it, fiction is more fun.
Hard copy or audiobooks? All hard copies.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
I try to come to a good point, but I often fall asleep with a book open, and then I can't remember where I left off.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
I have never done this...maybe when reading Hegel.
What are you currently reading?
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" and (drum-roll please) my husband's second book! Yes, my husband has written not one, but two PUBLISHED books. He's wicked smart.
What is the last book you bought?
Ummm....I can't tell you that, but let's just say that I needed it.
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
Usually can do multiple books at a time
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
Love to read myself to sleep
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Hmmm...that's a tough one. Honestly, I could recommend anything that I've read.
How do you organize your books?
Ha!!! You need to read the rest of this blog.
Friday, September 25, 2009
This time around, I decided to make something with a little more style. Originally, I wanted to use these labels that I had left over from our wedding...
And painstakingly cut each one out by hand.
And added each one the beginning of each of my sections.
And there you have it! Easy-peasy bookcase shelf labels - for a fraction of the price.
If you do want to spend more money, see this post on Apartment Therapy Chicago.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
- Media Studies
- American Government
- Middle East Studies
- International Relations
- Environmental Policy
As for me, my fiction collection is quite substantial, and I used to divide up novels, poetry, & drama, but after this last move, I combined everything together, but kept a separate section for literary theory and Classics (I was a Latin minor).
Yes, our inner nerd is showing. Haven't you seen the title of this blog?
Does anyone else organize their books in this way? How do you keep track of your collections? Please share!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
In order to fully enjoy this fall, I've given myself a list of things to-do this fall:
1) Decorate the house with fall colors & decor
2) Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks (this may happen several times...)
3) Go apple picking
4) Pick out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch
5) Carve said pumpkins
6) Eat pumpkin pie!
7) Rack leaves and then jump into the pile
8) Take a walk in a forest preserve once the leaves change colors
9) Throw a football around with my hubby
10) Host a football party
11) Go to a haunted house
12) Go on a hayride
Let's see if I can actually complete all these now!!!
We continued my mom's tradition of having a "free box" of the stuff that you really have no use for, but feel guilty about charging money for, say, half used detergent. Highly popular.
Step 3: Convince a couple of extra nice guys to sit in your hot garage and entice the ladies to buy more.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
It's no secret that I care about the environment, and I'm always looking to 1) buy more enviro-friendly products, and 2) support local shops (as opposed to giant corporate big box stores). Not that I don't shop at Target, like, 5 times a week, but it's nice to find a store that isn't a big box and is really trying to make a difference.
I was most excited to see all-in-one cloth diapers in person. I really want to use (mostly) cloth diapers when we have kids, and I've done some investigating online about them, but it was really nice to see them in person and realize how soft they are, how easy they are to use, and how freakin' adorable.
I had to buy something, so I bought this little recycling truck made of recycled materials (yes, you read that right) for my nephew's birthday.
Savvy has a website, but for those of you who don't live in the Chicago suburbs, I really encourage you to look around and see if you have any local green shops to support. If not, I would also recommend Greenfeet for buying green products online.