Thursday, August 29, 2013

How to avoid the back to school blues

1) Don't look down. aka Don't stop working. But choose wisely. Go back and reclaim that sweet employee discount. Commute to the clean cut, strip-mall saturated, freshly bike laned burbs, surrounded by sane and friendly adults (the coworkers, not the customers, don't worry my rose colored retail glasses don't extend that far) instead of mobs of children. Lock up your library books, go back and play in dust filled boxes of cultural memory.
one of my favorite reads of the summer, plucked from such a box
2) Overschedule lots of weekend jaunts across the country. Enough time to hug your best and oldest friends and family and breathe some unfamiliar air, but not enough time to let summer relaxation kick in.
sucking up quality time with cuz 2 at wedding of cuz 1
3) Take a summer course, make poor academic choices, create ridiculous amounts of unnecessary stress compounding in a full blown breakdown during the denouement. Anything that comes after this will be a relief. ANYTHING.

what's that you say? 
this is the trailer for the fifth estate, starring benedict cumberbatch as julian assange? 
and not strictly relevant to my class on government secrecy? exactly.

OH HEY DID I MENTION SCHOOL'S BACK IN SESSION? It's my second year in the job, feeling nice and loose and overconfident! Talk to me in two weeks and you'll get a different story I'm sure. Also I never thought I would be SO RELIEVED to be taking a required research methods course. I chose a professor I've had before who is nice and competent. Everything is so predictable in my life right now and I couldn't be happier.

Wishing a smooth transition to all school-adjacent people, and to the rest of you: goodnight listeners, goodnight.

Monday, July 01, 2013

A very special edition of The Canada Day Book Report!

Hey it's that day where I sometimes update you about my reading halfway through the year! My reading has been really inconsistent for a while now, BUT. I'm a little obsessed with vlogs lately, thanks to the geek & sundry vlog project. It turned me on to some great channels including 2brokegeeks! They're the best. So on my day off I went crazy and made a vlog. A video. Blog. It's 16 minutes of me staying up too late and rambling. About books. With bad video quality and silly editing! I don't even know. I'm sure my mom will be delighted.


I would love to hear what you're all reading and (now that Katie and I have tentatively dipped our feet into modern forms of communication) maybe host a google hangout to chat about books and things! I miss your faces. (But you won't miss mine after this video. It's a lot of my face. In poor lighting.)


Sunday, June 16, 2013

My dearest blog soul sister Katie, I grieve with thee. And after scouring our archives like a good blog librarian I present: the greatest blog hits of the man behind the mustache!



"This sounds like a case for One-Eyed Kelly!"

Nitram Yenoham hits Juno

On record scheming to show compromising pictures of Katie and Rich to the grandkids. (Folks, you heard it here, we must make it our sacred duty to uphold Martin's wishes in this matter!)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Time Warp 2010 Reading in Review

It's actually fascinating to write this from the future and see which reading experiences have aged well.

My Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Shades of Grey. I re-read these two books recently, they were such favorites!

Eating Animals. Well. Some of you may recall that I have never felt more driven to write a scathing review of a book in my life. And I stand by it.

Time Traveler's Wife. "After reading this in one gulp, I literally woke up the next morning pondering the existence of god."

The Victorian Internet. I think about this book all the time! And not just for the telegraph poetry...

The Gastronomical Me blew me away so thoroughly I haven't even been able to pick up any other MFK Fisher because I'm still processing the perfection.


2010


The Victorian Internet
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China
Shades of Grey
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
Eating Animals
The Ohlone Way
How To Talk So Kids Can Learn
The Time Traveler's Wife
Pride and Prejudice
Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More
The Gastronomical Me
Bellwether
Down and Out in Paris and London
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco
Rendezvous with Rama
A Season of Gifts
The Help


Rebecca's favorite books »

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The book spam begins

One thing I've been meaning to do is catch up on my reading round-ups, which I haven't done since my 4th Annual Canada Day Book Report back in '11.Like, it's been so long that I have read AND re-read this book since we last talked.

If you have read this book you know that I included the lime for reasons.
 (Btw if you make a 50 shades joke I will never talk to you again.)

I never did a year end round up in either 2010 or 2011 only because I couldn't get the goodreads book widget to post properly either time and lost the will to go on. And then... well. 2012 was officially THE WEIRDEST FUCKING READING YEAR OF MY LIFE. (Excuse the profanity. 'Twas needed for accuracy.) And it was threatening to spill over into '13.

But I recently had what turned into a bit of a group therapy session with some friends over spring break and I think I've finally got past my reading block, which started with school stress and was exacerbated by my living in the internets ( yes even more than before. apparently that was possible?). It became a feedback loop of not reading / feeling guilty / the piles of unread books staring at me harder / me getting more avoidy. Honestly a lot of my identity is as a Reader and it was really weird to be in a place of being constantly involved with books professionally and not ever reading them. Ugh. 

Anyway those days are behind me. BEHIND ME I SAY. For lo and over the next week she shall post book reports for those missing years! And verily this was not an empty promise because the first one is already written and queued up. Widget and all.

Monday, April 01, 2013

the blog is risen indeed hallelujah...

Oh crap, I haven't posted since November????? I have got a report about my spring break and some bookish thoughts pending. Until then please enjoy this glimpse into my domestic life:

box + baby + bridge