library haul

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It took me way too long to get my new library card after moving. (Queens and Brooklyn have different library systems.) But I finally made it to the BPL (Brooklyn Public Library) and here’s what I walked away with:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman: “In an instant, Mia’s whole world is shattered, leaving her with only questions. What will happen if she leaves? If she loves? If she stays?” (book jacket)

I’m probably one of the last people in the world to read this, but the premise has me intrigued and I’ve only heard good things, so it was high on my to-read list.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: “When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.” (book jacket)

It makes me incredibly sad that in some places, girls don’t even have the basic right of going to school. (And some people say we don’t need feminism anymore–psha.) I’ve only heard a bit of Malala’s story in news headlines and magazines, and I’m interested to learn more about her journey and her activism.

 The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway: “When they move to a new town after their parents’ separation, sisters April, May and June recover special powers from childhood–powers that come in handy when dealing with the living nightmare that is high school.” (book jacket)

Magic! I couldn’t resist.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff: “This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other’s lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn’t belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren’t in order to figure out who we are.” (book jacket)

I just love those “two people unlikely to be friends come into each other’s lives and everyone learns a valuable lesson” stories. And this sounds kind of adorable.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: “Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, at sixteen, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways…” (book jacket)

I probably would have checked this out even if we weren’t reading it in my book club, because I’ve read really good reviews of it. And what’s not to love about sibling drama?

What are you reading right now?

home decor spree

You know how when you file a change of address at the post office, they give you a packet of coupons? When I did this in Nebraska, most of the coupons I got were for things I wasn’t ever going to use, so with a couple of exceptions they mostly got thrown out. But you guys, the coupons I got in New York are so much better than the ones I got in Nebraska! Pier 1 Imports! Crate & Barrel! Pottery Barn! OMG TARGET!

Now, I know the title of this post says “spree,” but in truth I actually only bought two items. As much as I’d like to go crazy buying things for my new room and restocking the kitchen, that’s not exactly fiscally responsible of me so I just stuck with things I needed for now. Like curtains.

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This is the first time in my life I’ve ever bought curtains. I also purchased furniture for the first time ever a few months ago (my bed frame). It makes me feel oh so grown up. Although, are real grown-ups always thinking about how things make them feel like grown-ups?

I also got this handy basket for extra blanket storage.

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As you can see, Target’s website is where I found the stuff I needed, but then it turned out the coupon was for in store only! So the only post office coupon I’ve used so far was from Lowe’s, where I got rods for my new curtains. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to save the other coupons for things I want instead of things I need.

brooklyn, baby!

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I’m not going to start this post with the typical “I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in so long!” type thing. Because the truth is, I’m not sorry. I needed the break. A lot has been going on in Beth-land (some of it not very creativity-inducing), not the least of which was that I moved to Brooklyn!

So today, the first lazy Sunday in a long time where I’ve felt truly relaxed to just be staying in bed all day watching How I Met Your Mother and cutting up old magazines while I drink homemade cocoa, I decided a little catch-up on the blog was in order. My first week post-move was hectic (and had some truly terrible weather), so this (sunny!) day of laziness feels quite deserved. I’m enjoying watching the snow fall off the roofs across the street. Work is busy, as usual. I’m thinking of making cake batter fudge later. And most importantly of all, I’ve taken up roller derby lessons! (I won’t be playing any actual bouts anytime soon, but hopefully I am working my way towards that.) This is my impulse buy of the month:

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Damn it Target, you make it so hard to stay on budget!

So how have you all been? Is winter refusing to leave your neck of the woods as well? I hope you’re all having an equally lazy and relaxing Sunday. I can’t promise I’ll start posting more regularly now, but hopefully with new surroundings and the winter doldrums passing my creativity will kick back into gear soon. I’d rather give you all a few posts that I’m proud of rather than a bunch of so-so, obligatory posts.

pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Oh hey! It’s been a while. Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest this week:

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Click on each image for source.

pics post | snow day

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There was a big hullabaloo leading up to the blizzard in New York this past week. So of course it was over and the sun was out by two or three that afternoon. But I still got a day off work, so everyone wins.

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pics post | the leftovers

I take a lot more photos than what eventually ends up on the blog. Usually a photo doesn’t make the cut because there’s another photo I like just a little bit better, a random passerby awkwardly inserted himself into the frame, or it’s just plain crap. So they get squirreled away in my hard drive, never to see the light of the Internet.

I did some digging through my archives to give a few of my leftover pictures a chance to shine. Most are from the city, and a few go back to my Nebraska days.

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random goings-on

One of the things I like about watching high school-centered movies is the yearbook graphics almost all of them employ.

I got away with having only one drink at a two-drink minimum comedy club. My rebellious streak continues.

I like it when celebrities play themselves on TV shows.

A dog tied outside the local bagel shop was staring into the shop’s window so longingly it broke my heart a little.

I know I’m over a decade late jumping on this bandwagon, but Firefly is such a good show, guys!

A house on my street is all decked out for President’s Day. I’ve never seen President’s Day decorations outside of an elementary school before. It was excellent.

pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest this week:

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Click on each image for source.

bucket list

Participate in National Novel Writing Month.

Run the New York City Marathon. (Step one was actually living in NYC, so I’m already on the right track on this one. Step two: running.)

Visit the places my ancestors came from (and I don’t mean Omaha).

Finally read the books on my want-to-read list.

Road trip across the country.

 

What’s on your bucket list?

 

pics post: nye in nyc

These were all taken on New Year’s Eve. I took a short walk in Central Park before work. The sun was out, the air was crisp, and my favorite song was playing on my iPod:

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After work, as you already know, I popped over to Times Square to catch the action:

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