Wednesday, September 29, 2010

moving on

19/72 is on! David Adams Richards' Nights Below Station Street (1988).

I'm glad that I re-read The Handmaid's Tale - it means soooooo much more to read it as a 31-year old in 2010 than it did as a 15-year old in 1994. Whoa.

Next week we're off to Toront for a little conferencing/visiting/Canadian Thanksgivinging, and I hope to come back with armfuls of Governor General books to last me through to my next trip home at Christmas. I've already ordered a couple from that should be waiting in my parents' house, and I also hope to find a few spare moments to comb through some used bookstores and try to find some of the older stuff.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

an endorsement for those who have claws

I bought this Scratch Lounge thing online, and I recommend it to all who have clawed beasties in their house. As soon as I put in down, Izzy was all over it.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

my chair secret

First of all, say hi to my little friend.

There's a junk shop in my neighborhood where I've scored two awesome chairs for cheap. This place is kind of like Craigslist incarnate - most of it is junk, but there are a few awesome finds. No adult services though. It's furniture stacked on furniture, tchotches galore and some of the most god-awful lamps you've ever imagined. I drag H. into this shop anytime we are near, because - as it is with all good junk shops - you have to visit frequently to find anything good. And you have to jump on the things you like when you see them - I've missed out on a funky chair (an exact replica I later saw on Craigslist for over $100) and also an old working radio cabinet.

Exhibit A: found by H. when we first moved in:

This chair has a great shape and it is so comfy. Even the cat loves it.

Exhibit B: found today:

These were $25 each. In my fantasy of craftiness, I would make the second chair some fantastic re-upholstery project a la Design*Sponge. In reality this will probably never happen. And I do like it's pinkness, and its velvetiness. It needs a shampoo though.

I love junk, and real junk stores - which are hard to come by in New York.

Lastly, here's a photo of Izzy enjoying some tv. He is watching House.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

18/72, or: I should think of better titles for my posts

I ordered my next book off Amazon last week, along with another book that I've been eyeballing. Amazon has been holding my intended #18 hostage until the other book is ready to ship, which seems to be taking forever, so I had to run down to Barnes & Noble at lunch today after I finished The Mistress of Nothing on the subway this morning.

B&N hardly ever has any of the books on my list, which I learned a few weeks ago, but they do have a hearty collection of Margaret Atwood, of course. So here I am with a new #18; The Handmaid's Tale (1985).

I've read this book before - about fifteen years ago. For a long time I didn't like Margaret Atwood, with the exception of Alias Grace, which is an awesome book. I was easily annoyed about how pedantic her books are, and felt like she wanted me to be ashamed of my inability to worry about these things on my own. But in the last few years I've changed my stance on her. She does not write a bad book. Even the sciencey/fictiony ones that I didn't think I would enjoy, like Oryx and Crake, are really, really good. I'm very much looking forward to Year of the Flood now that it is out in paperback. That's for another time though.

Anyway. I'm tired from too much fun, and the season premiere of 30 Rock is on so bye-bye.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

17/72 and other facts

I finished Clara Callan last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it - there's an aspect of reading a novel of letters and diary entries that appeals to my nature as a snoop. And so, now I move on to 17/72, The Mistress of Nothing (2009) by Kate Pullinger. This isn't even out in the US until January 2011, according to Amazon, so I had to get my mule of things Canadian to bring it down (thanks, Aleks - sorry about the no-curtains thing!)

I'll have to wait a week or two to start this one though, because I have another book to read for the non-Canadian book club of more than one.

My mule of things Canadian has also helped me expand my collection of awesome things that will need to be framed by ordering this fab poster from THIS etsy shop. I'm really excited to put this up in our guest room.

My next photo is a shameless way to show off how cute Izzy is, under the guise of showing off our new guest room curtains!

At risk of letting this silly blog sound like it is getting off track of the original idea of saving money, packing my lunch, eating organic, etc. I might mention what we've been enjoying for lunch recently. The last few weeks we've been bring lunches of a variety of small snakcs - almonds, carrots, hummus, fruits, yogurt and the like. This has made us very satisfied. For me, it means there's something for me to eat at 10am when I'm hungry, then again at lunch when I'm hungry again, and then again at 3pm when I'm hungry. Truthfully, the 3pm "hunger" is more likely boredom, but whatevs. It's also easy to throw these things in a bag when I'm rushing in the mornings.

Finally, I found this on my computer and thought I should share. It harkens back to my first year of university, the art of the incomperable J-net. It's a story that should be told. Let's call in An Ode to the 'Shwa.

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