Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Round Up

Love this piano stairs experiment.

Mini items for all of your travel needs.

I was watching some little girls in my neighborhood playing hopscotch a couple of weeks ago, and remembered how much fun that was. I forgot that there are actual rules to hopscotch. Streetplay has some street games that I never heard of (probably because I grew up rural).

Polka dot Aga. I would love to have an Aga, but I think I would have to pass up the dots, maybe a red or black one would do.

If you are a dog lover and have the National Geographic Channel then you must watch Dogtown. Best Friends Animal Society runs this no-kill sanctuary for the nation's abused and abandoned animals. Some of Michael Vicks' dogs have ended up here. Here is the sanctuary's website. I never wanted to live in Utah, but if I did I would definitely see if I could volunteer here. They are doing marvelous work with these animals.

I have always wanted to sleep in a bed nook. I just like nooks, kitchen nooks, window seats, little cubbyholes. There is something so cozy about them. Wonderful spots to settle down with a book. Check out these bed nooks on the blog A Diary of Little Things and Curiosities.

I am a huge fan of Jane Haddam's Gregor Demarkian mysteries and I just found out that she has a blog, as well as a website with some of her essays. This woman is an incredible writer.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave 10 million dollars to the National Museum of African American History. This newest museum under the Smithsonian umbrella is slated to open in 2015.

Most of you are familiar with actress Debi Mazar. She's been acting forever and you may have seen her in Goodfellas and Entourage (I've never seen these) or in a lot of supporting roles in different television programs (where I have seen her_. Well, she and her Italian born husband have a very popular Internet cooking show called Under the Tuscan Gun. It's a hoot. I am going to make their Limoncello recipe.

Oh no-Ansel Adams in color!!! Why does this make me feel out of sorts? Kind of like when I found out that Lassie was a BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love these meringue bones, and so easy to make.

I was a science geek in school and I love all of this science-related decor.

Homemade Candy Corn-home made or not, I used to love this stuff. Now more than a couple and I feel like I am going to swoon. And, Necco Wafers are going all natural.

This woman has been reading a book a day and then blogging about it.

Remember to tune into the documentary The Botany of Desire on your local PBS station tonight (Wednesday 10/28/09) at 8 P.M. If you haven't read Michael Pollan's book of the same name, well, you should.

Ossuaries around the world.

I leave you with Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette in honor of Halloween. This music was also the theme song to Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Have a spooktacular holiday.

"Backward, turn backward,O Time, in your flightmake me a child againjust for to-night!"~Elizabeth Akers Allen

Friday, October 16, 2009

Round Up

This is going to be a short post today.

Rosie the Riveter model still going strong. Also, Rosies-very nice workwear for women.

Very interesting story about the "island of barcodes."

Typology of quotation marks.

Nothing relaxes me more than reading finding aids, and even better, library newsletters. (I know I'm an oddball). ALiNUS (Academic Library Newsletters in the United States) is a directory of academic library newsletters-okay you've got the idea. Hours and hours of fun.

I am such an author groupie. I think if I ever got to meet David Sibley I would turn into a giggly, blushing school girl. He is so amazing. I have owned a copy of his fabulous guide to birds for quite a few years and I am always referring to it. Now, he has a guide to trees. I simply must have a copy of this treasure. Maybe Santa will bring it for me. And he has a BLOG!!!

Google books has every single issue of Life magazine that was ever published.

This sort of thing fascinates me. I am always looking up small towns and checking out the demographics of the town, population and any odd factoid I can find. Monowi, Nebraska is a small town. It has the grand population of 1. That's it 1 person.

77 Ways to build community in our neighborhoods.

On the way to the Kiss & Ride this morning I actually said the words "I reckon" to A. It made me wonder why there isn't a Talk Like a Cowboy Day. Or is there?

Supposedly the latest wedding cake trend is luggage wedding cakes.

I'm crushed. Gourmet Magazine is now being added to the list of defunct magazines.

When I was a teenager I always thought that there was something so romantic about working and living in a fire lookout tower. To be alone in nature, high up in the trees with just books, binoculars and nature seemed like such an adventure.

I stumbled across information indicating that so many of these towers have been closed and have succumbed to the elements and vandals. Wikipedia has a great page of information on lookout towers. I never realized there are/were so many different types. Also, there is a Forest Fire Lookout Tower Association.

I love these velvet pumpkins.

Chanel's library.

I leave you with Jennifer Lopez (yes, J. Lo) because every once in awhile you just have to get loud!!!

Have a fun weekend. (Get Loud!!!)
"You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. " ~Steven D. Woodhull

Friday, October 02, 2009

Round Up


Marshmallow Test Video-Adorable!!

A very nice sea glass identification deck. I am such a fan of any sort of flash cards as a learning tool.

Historic Bridges of the United States. Wow, my home state of Pennsylvania has 2,263. The only problem I have with this site is that there is not a photograph of each bridge on their statistics page. Now, I only looked at the ones from my home state so perhaps I need to investigate further.

B.B. King has a museum.

For years I have been saying why aren't there dessert vendors out on the streets. I also would say why aren't there vendors promoting healthier goodies. Well, I've seen the healthier goodies vendors, but I haven't seen any dessert wagons. However, I have read about them. I love the Cupcake Truck. I guess my lesson is, when I have an idea act on it. Unfortunately a good idea usually needs financial backing, and that is where I always fall short.

Very nice blog about library history-Library History Buff Blog.

Instructions on how to make your very own Aluminium Foil Deflector Beanie. I think I'll whip one up this weekend. Perhaps I could bring a giant roll of aluminium foil into the office and we could have craft hour.

Some "weird" things held at some of the Yale libraries.

Banned book necklace. Banned Book Bracelet.

YouTube's Poetry Animations.

How to make creamy ice cream with one ingredient.

Buddha pears.

Mmmm, tasty pumpkin vines. Who knew you could eat these?

That's all for this week folks. In honor of Julie Andrews' 74th birthday on October 1st, I leave you with this wonderful woman singing The Loney Goatherd with The Muppets.

"A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it." Julie Andrews