Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer To Do List

I will always consider fall to be my favorite time of year but there's something so nostalgic and wonderful about the summer months. Waking up with the sun, rushing through breakfast and running from house to house to escape the heat, hopping the fence to go swimming at a friends and long afternoons for movie marathons made for an excellent summer day. What's on your must do summer list?

1. Make s'mores and listen to scary stories.

2.  Try a new hiking trail.

3. Make homemade fruity popsicles.

4. If you can't take an extended vacation, take a day trip somewhere new.

5. Go to the beach in the middle of the week.

6. It's been forever, take a dance class. 

7. Get tickets for a baseball game. 

8. When was the last time you went to the water park? 
(I'll be in the Lazy River if you need me)

9.  Go wine tasting.

10. Host a dinner party for the opening ceremony for the Olympics.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up...

 sundays are for relaxing and game of thrones.
 first time to snow monster.
 homeland, aka los angeles public library.
 mushroom and potato pizza from scratch.
a little bit of sketching and coloring.

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"Do it or don't. It's amazing how many things in life are that easy."

-Henry Rollins

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Showing

I've been in a bit of a fairy-tale mood, lately. My book shipment of these came in last week and I scored this gem from the book nook inside the library the other day, so something Cinderella-y seemed appropriate for a weekend viewing. I haven't watched Ever After in forever and I loved this movie growing up! Who was your favorite Cinderella of the 90s, Drew Barrymore or Brandi? Don't you think Angelica Huston makes the perfect evil stepmother? What is your favorite live action fairy tale movie?

Friday Morning

After downing a few bottles of cold/flu medicine, I'm feeling much better now that it's the weekend. In anticipation of the new Harry Potter bound script, a coworker and I will be working an event this evening that I'm totally psyched for. I'm leaving work a little early so I can properly dress for the occasion. If you have already sorted yourself and you're a proud Ravenclaw, I'm sending you a high five! There's a day trip planned for the weekend and I will be continuing the massive clean out of my apartment after rereading sections of Marie Kondo's book, The Art and Magic of Tidying Up.  What do you have planned for the weekend? 

this week's favorites...

Since this year's Summer Reading Program is all about the Olympic, I chose to go my own way with programming instead of following the manual's suggestions. I worked around 90's teen game shows and changed them around to make them fun for kids today. As far as the movie line-up, I decided to stay with the 90's sports theme, and this is what I came up with!  Even though Heavy Weights is not really sports related, it fits in with the fitness theme. You know you loved these movies growing up!!! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What My Day Looks Like

Now that I have more than five minutes to myself after spending the last eight years in college and grad school, I don't want to waste a minute of my time. Although I'm getting rest and enjoying down time, it's hard to go to sleep knowing I have all this free time to do whatever I want. This is what my day looks like in a nutshell: 

6:45 - 7: :30 a.m. - Put on makeup, listen to music, do a little dance and get ready for work.

7:50 a.m. - Eat breakfast, make tea for the week and grab my already made lunch.
(Sundays are for food prep)

8:30 - 6 p.m. - Head to work: email, network, collaborate, take notes in meetings, create programs, collection development and of course catch up on podcasts on my lunch break. 

6:55 p.m. - Start dinner, which by the way loving my free month of Blue Apron recipes. 

7:35 pm. - French Lessons

8:30 p.m. - Get inspired with half an hour of a few TED Talks. 

9 p.m. - Tending to my long list of books to read. Or catching up on shows, I just started Game of Thrones, I know!!! Can we talk about Emilia Clark, she is my everything!!!

10: 45 p.m. - Hit the sheets

Monday, June 20, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up...

 nearly six years of blogging deserves a treat...
 anthropologie find of the week.
 hotter than hell outside...
 a massive kitchen cleaning was in order :)
sick means in bed with a gilmore girl marathon 
and chicken noodle soup.

(images via instagram)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Morning

How are you all? I'm getting straight into bed when I get off work this evening, I did not anticipate the amount of people who came to all of my events this week. It's been insane to say the least, so I'm looking forward to a super low key weekend. Excuse me for a short post, I hope you have an excellent weekend and see you all next Monday :)

this week's favorites...

Poplar Library in Beijing
The Library of Muyinga in Burundi
The Public Library in Duluth, Minnesota
The Tree House Library Singapore
The Central Public Library in Vancouver, Canada

Since we've made it through our first week of the annual Summer Reading Program, these are some of the libraries on my bucket list to check out. These children's rooms are out of this world!!!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book to Screen

What are your five favorite book to screen adaptations? 

1. Matilda

2. Harry Potter

3. Pride and Prejudice 

4. Jurassic Park

5. Bridget Jones' Diary

The Librarian Suggests

What I'm Reading: In the last few months, I've been reading a lot. Although I've been going to school to be a librarian for the last three years, I haven't had a lot of time for pleasure reading, so I'm working on getting in the habit of reading before bed. I know I'm a little late, but I'm having a moment with Marie Kondo's book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It's exactly what I needed after spending the last eight years in college and grad school. Discarding the old and reinventing my space. Even though it's a work in progress, I already feel so much better. Another book I'm way behind on is the mega hit Me Before You, at least I didn't have to wait five years for the sequel. By the end of the day, I can't wait to get in bed, settle in for the night and dive into this book. I saw the movie before I read the book, I know what a bad librarian, right?

What I'm Watching: So I saw Me Before You over the weekend with my sister and I absolutely loved it. I'm not usually one for sad romance movies (besides The Fault in Our Stars) but I love Sam Claflin and I've heard so many people talk about the book and film. In fact I've seen it twice in the last five days. Go see it and share your thoughts. And because I still have a girl crush on Greta Gerwig, I finally watched Mistress America a few days ago and although it took twenty minutes to really get into, it was an excellent movie. 

What I'm Listening too:  Drake's new album and the podcast Lore :)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up

 friday morning is for a glass of tea and podcasts.
 pre-ordered this months ago, so excited to read!
 bando wall art :)
 super excited to prepare my blue apron recipes.
the perfect summer day with my sister includes shaved
 ice, the water park and an afternoon movie.

(images via instagram) 

Quote of the Day

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." 

-Ernest Hemingway

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Morning

Happy weekend readers!!! While this week has been pretty tame considering our summer programming kicks off next week, the inside of my mind is going crazy. There is still a million things to do and I'm trying to get use to the new approach for this year's program, I am also mentally preparing for the hordes of people coming into the library next week. This heat wave is exacerbating and I'm not sure I'm ready to handle 70+ people every Tuesday mornign. Although I'm looking forward to everything I'll be putting on, it's going to be a long summer. I'll be working on work related projects all weekend in preparation, so we'll catch up next week. And I promise regular posting will return within the next few weeks. 


Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Letter to My Grandmother

Last fall when I started my last year of school, the first month was really hard, emotionally and physically. The coursework was a lot to handle on top of working full time and I was insanely busy in every aspect of my life. With the combination of stress, anxiety and fatigue there was this big elephant in the room that I wasn't dealing with, a secret I wanted to keep buried at the bottom of my gut. But now that school is over and I'm just waiting to hang up my diploma, I want to say out loud that I did this all for my Grandma Dorothy. She was the most voracious reader and my best friend, she went too soon and I never got to say goodbye. Unfortunately, I never had a relationship with any of my other grandparents, two passed away before I was born and my grandfather who deeply resembled The BFG (he had the kindest soul, he lived an extraordinary life and was the most beloved human being in our small town) was taken from me when I was eight years old.

Now that I'm older and have spent a lot of time watching and observing my family at get-togethers, I look at my mom and her sisters and admire the strong women they all are. And without delivering a history thesis on the women on my mother's side, I can tell you life was not all roses. In fact hardship is the best word to define and describe each person. I look at these woman and my life and think, my grandma must have been a tough but awesome mother to raise four confident, independent and out spoken women. My grandmother was stern but fair, cool and trendy and through colon and breast cancer, her unwavering courage was admirable to say the least. If she was ever scared from being sick, I never noticed. She never said no when my sister and I wanted to stay the night and play at her house. A typical night at Grandma Dorothy's included her salty tacos and root beer floats while watching Laverne and Shirley, learning to sew and sneaking into the bedroom my aunts shared growing up, playing dress up with her wigs and boa's and we especially loved going through all her makeup and perfumes. We were scared of her dark and creaky pantry, you'd think a Goosebumps monster would pop out at any moment. Wewent to the library often so she could get bags full of Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins and looked forward to her singing us to sleep when it was time for bed. If there was anyone who would be proud of this degree, it would be her. And although she is no longer with me, her spirit lives on in the work I do. I became the librarian she perhaps always wanted to be. I'm stern but fair, I'd like to think I'm cool and trendy and above all else, I hope I'm brave enough like her to be the best I can be.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up...

 thrice show after a four year hiatus, stoked...
 the beauty habit. 
 ready for the show...
 yes way to this very pink and very cute mug. 
lazy sunday.

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling." 

-Margaret Lee Runbeck

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Showing

I've never really been a talk show kind of person. While I was in college with friends who watched Stephen Colbert and Saturday Night Live religiously, I was usually asleep or studying while they were having fun joing around and making pop culture references. As a Netflix junkie, I was kind of excited when I heard about Chelsea Handler taking on a talk show on Netflix. Turns out, I love Chelsea Handler. So in it's third week, I strongly advise to stay in Friday night, grab take out and binge all nine episodes. What are you watching this week?  

Friday Morning

Can you believe it's already June?! I'm gearing up for summer programs, hitting the pool more frequently and planning out vacations for the fall, so I'm in pretty good spirits this week. I'll be heading to the coast to see my guys favorite band and enjoying a quiet and relaxing weekend. I know I've been absent a little longer than I intended but the the break has been nice. I'll be back soon, believe me I'm working on a lot of fun projects for the coming months for this blog, so regular posting will be back before the summer ends. How are you? What are your summer plans, any trips planned or a enjoying a nice staycation? See you all next week :)

this week's favorites...

 Spectre - Tycho
 Hey I Won't Break Your Heart - Corinne Bailey Rae
 One Love - Drake
 Stand Under My Love - Diane Birch
Cool - Alesso 

(images via amazon)

this week's favorites...

The top of the 21, 778 foot high Kailash mountain in Western Transhimalaja has never been reached. However, every year thousands of...