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Spring Wanderlust

23 Mar

At this point in the semester, it’s hard not to daydream. Classes are going well and keeping me crazy busy, so in those spare free moments I have strong urge to jet set to somewhere awesome. All the work will be worth it soon, but in the mean time here are some of the places that have been keeping me sane.

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Hawaii

Thailand

Thailand

Amazon

Amazon

Easter Island

Easter Island

New Orleans! Hopefully soon.

New Orleans! Hopefully soon.

*Pictures courtesy of Pinterest

Happy Saturday!

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My First Frost

24 Jan

This is a year of firsts for me. Getting back to school, adapting to a new part of the country and truly feeling like an adult. So, a whole lotta different going on. As mentioned before, I like change. I thrive on it. But no matter who you are, it can be daunting and unsettling. That was my thought when I noticed the weather changes here in Indiana. Actually, on seeing my first snow fall, my first thought was “what have I done? I don’t belong here.” But I do. It’s just different and takes some getting used to.

I have spent more than half my life in a sub tropical climate. First, the Bahamas and then Florida. No snow. Hell, if it got below 70 degrees people wore parkas. So this was my view this past week:

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I was excited and then went, “what now?”

Thankfully, not a lot of snow. Mother nature needs to ease this FL girl into winter. But I have learned a few tricks. These are great for warding off the cold wind:

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Soap and Glory Hand Food lotion, Nivea Lip Butters

And on those long winter days when I feel like this:

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Sometimes you just have to remember it doesn’t last forever and have a big cup  bowl of tea.

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Stay Warm and Happy Thursday!

Books, Books and More Books

13 Jan

When I was an undergrad studying literature, probably about 8 times out of 10 I got asked if I wanted to be a teacher. I would smile politely and say, “no. I’m not too sure yet. I just like books.” That has been a constant through out my life. I’ve always liked books.

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Even in my early schooling, when teachers insisted on teaching grammar and whatnot, all I wanted was to analyze books and talk about them. Grammar is important but I remember those classes as the teacher trying to herd cats. They would try, but we weren’t buying it.

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Everyone would tell me to wait until college, I could take all the Lit classes I want (and not have to deal with pesky things like math). And that’s exactly what I did.

So when I decided to go to grad school for Library Science, I was faced with the same question. “Do you want to be a librarian?” And again I politely smile and say, “nope. I just like books.” It’s still the most honest answer I can give. But it is a relief to know that a lot of the grad students in the Library Science program don’t want to work the Reference desk. There are so many other options to choose from.

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I have found my niche in Rare Books Specialization and am among other wonderful book nerds. One of the books I am reading is called A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes. While it is filled with facts and dates, it’s not as dry as I anticipated. It has started to cover why people collect books, the “addiction” and how far some people have gone in history to get the perfect first edition.

“I have known men to hazard their fortunes, go long journeys halfway about the world, forget friendships, even lie, cheat and steal, all for the gain of a book” (Basbanes p.18).

Why libraries?

Because I like books.

{All pics courtesy of Pinterest}

DIY River Song Journal

2 Jan

Hello All and Happy New Year!

So far it’s been pretty good. I got to make the most of my visit home to Fl and even visited New Smyrna Beach. It was wonderful to see everyone and I’m ready for 2013. While, I’m not normally one for strict New Year resolutions I do try to accomplish something during the year. Pretty much every year it comes down to the fact that I wish I had more time to be creative, usually journaling. And I will continue to try again this year.

Which brings me to my first DIY. I’ve been on a bit of British t.v. kick during my Christmas break and have gotten caught up in Doctor Who- Oh my goodness. I can see why every one loves it! River Song is a favorite and her diary is pretty cool, so I thought I would make my own. Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: You’ll need a journal. I used an unused black moleskin journal.

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Step 2: Gather Supplies (double sided mounting tape, double sided mounting squares, ruler, X-Acto knife)

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Step 3: Align the pieces as you like

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Step 4: Paint!

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(first coat)

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An online reference of the diary.
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Final product! I even tea stained some of the pages to give it an aged effect. Excellent for your own spoilers :)

Happy Wednesday!

(More) Recent Favorites

11 Nov

I am one lucky girl. Great things have just been falling in my lap lately, and I just can’t help but share. So, off we go.

  • Sherlock (BBC): To be fair, this isn’t quite a recent favorite. I watched this when it first came out, I liked it but it’s greatness was falling on deaf ears apparently. One of the best and worst things about this series is that there are only three episodes (granted, they are 90 mins) per season. So, recently I saw it was on Netflix and  turns out I had more or less forgotten all of what I had originally seen. And this time I truly loved it. The speed of dialog, the dry British wit, and the chemistry between Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) all make it worth a watch. 90 mins is not nearly long enough! :)

  • Meghan Tonjes: I’ve been listening to her CD, This Year all evening. I first heard her from Missglamorazzi‘s youtube channel and I was instantly hooked.  I know absolutely nothing about her other than her voice is simply fantastic. It’s very pure and simple with thoughtful lyrics that make this CD a pleasure to listen to. My iTunes play counter doesn’t lie.

  • I don’t have a third thing. But I was always told you’re supposed to have at least three bullet points. So I’m just going to use this space to tell you you’re awesome.

Happy Saturday!

Have a great weekend!