Collections Monday, Oct 30 2006 

I remember having about eight million collections as a kid, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve begun to look deeply into collecting things that could make me some cold hard cash.  I recently picked up a copy of a coin collecting book that was suggested to me, and I’m trying to decide if I’m interested in it enough to put some money into it.  I don’t have a clue at this point which ones are valuable coins, so I’ve got a lot of reading and studying to do.  But, at least I’ve matured from my troll collections.  Ha!

Amazing day! Saturday, Oct 21 2006 

Today has been an amazing day.  First of all-I am slowly making my way (due to busy life, not to lack of desire) through Crunchy Cons, and it is totally convicting me and changing the way I am living my daily life!  I am recyling more, eating less processed meats, and thinking deeply about what I want to be known for.  If I claim to be an earthy-type person, then I need to live that way everyday, all the time!  Not, just tote the title.  So, anyways, I went to the local farmer’s market, and I am so sad that I have not been going there every week since I have lived here!  It embodied everything I love!  Small town farmers selling me and allowing me to taste all their wares, with cultural diversity surrounding me and street musicians.  It was amazing!  I bought some tea from the tea lady,  some veggies, and went home to eat an incredible vegetarian fresh lunch.  I then went to visit my parents and road on their scooter around the neighborhood and felt the wind in my air.  Now I’m off to a birthday party with my nephew.  Hooray for relaxing weekends!

Library Tuesday, Oct 10 2006 

Autumn is upon us here in the midwest, and that means good books and hot tea are much needed to survive the lengthening nights and shortening daylight!  I just joined the library in our area, and I have been taking advantage of the free internet, cd checkout, books, and DVDs galore.  They even called me to welcome me to the area a few days after I got a card.  Isn’t that nice of them?  I just hope that I don’t end up using my piggy bank full of my coins to pay for all my late fees that I fear I will accrue.  ha 🙂  Long live the library!

book quote Monday, Oct 2 2006 

So, I haven’t had much time to read lately, but I did find some time this weekend to sit down, suck on my favorite Korean Ginseng Tea Candy and to  read this great quote:

“We poke fun at the sactimony of environmentalits, and try hard to convince ourselves that the sprawling crapulence of big-box stores, strip malls, monotonous housing developments, and other degrading manifestations of our built environment somehow represents progress. We abandon or bulldoze old buildings and human-scaled neighborhoods, then create fake environments (shopping malls) to re-create what we destroyed…
We want a faith that makes us feel good about ourselves, not one that makes demands we’d rather not obey. We’ve turned religion into another consumer good. Our faith does not help us stand against the money-driven materialist culture, but instead baptizes our participation in it.”
-from “Crunchy Cons” by Rod Dreher

Wheel of Time Thursday, Sep 28 2006 

I am almost done with the first book in the series Wheel of Time-it’s called “Eye of the World” and I totally love it.  I admit, sometimes fantasy is pretty great.  The author just keeps writing them and writing them and he will never end it, and he will die with no end.  It kind of makes me not really want to get into it, but I guess it’s too late…I’m sucked in now!

I still haven’t finished “Crunchy Cons”….I need more free time!  I need more time to relax and chill out with my books and tea!

High Fidelity Tuesday, Sep 26 2006 

My roommate is reading the book High Fidelity right now, which I didn’t even know was a book before it was a movie (I’m slow to pick up on some things I guess!)  She says it makes her feel so bad for the main character, and she feels like it’s a pretty realistic character.  She hates seeing him put all this energy into a person when she isn’t what he wants anyways.  Have any of you read the book?  I liked the movie, maybe I should read it…

Books and community Saturday, Sep 23 2006 

The area that my parents live in are building these huge condominiums that will be connected with a huge 14 screen movie theater and shopping area.  But, what they are missing in the plans is a good book shop and coffee shop!  I think every community will fail if they don’t have a place where community can meet and come together.  In the 1950’s this may have been a hair dresser’s shop, or the barber shop for men, or church, but now where can people meet outside of a bar?  Coffee shops, music venues and book stores are so vital in my opinion.  Anyways, I just started thinking about this as I discovered that there are going to be a bunch of new condos for sale in Cincinnati, and I am curious what it would be like to live so close to so many people that you don’t know!  It could be a really neat community in there!

Reading date Sunday, Sep 17 2006 

Tonight I have a “reading aloud date” with two dear friends. We are going to head to the park, bring some drinks, a blanket to sit on, our favorite childhood book, and we are going to take turns reading them aloud. I can’t wait! There is this great park downtown with a fountain, and a view of the city skyline over the river. I love finding friends and excuses to lounge at parks. 🙂

Unfortunate Events Tuesday, Sep 12 2006 

I am in the middle of the books by Limony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” like I may have mentioned before, and I freaking love them!  They make me laugh out loud sometimes!  But, I will say that I am getting frustrated.  I think honestly, I just want it to end in a fairy tale ending!  I know it warns me the entire series that if you want a happy ending you shouldn’t keep reading, but for some reason, that makes me want to read it and find a happy ending even more!

New Friday, Sep 8 2006 

You know how I was mentioning that Korean Tea stuff?  Well, check out what I found out that they have NOW.  I personally think it sounds a little gross, but I guess I’ll give anything a try once right?

Anyways, I found the COOLEST book yesterday evening!  It’s called “Everything’s a Puzzle” and it’s probably from the 1960’s or so.  It is all word puzzles, like with a picture drawn, and then you subtract and add letters…and then in the end it makes a great word pun.  I have made one before, and it made me decide that I want to do it again.  Only this time I want to make really detailed drawings, paint over an old book, and make the word puzzles really hard.  I need some free time to work on it!

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