Monday, October 20, 2014

Pairs Well With (No. 1)

We went to the Bronx Zoo this weekend and I couldn’t stop thinking
about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which I read last
spring.


The zoo makes such a great day trip and I recommend getting there
before the end of the month when most of the animals go into hiding
for winter.

That being said, the zoo is also pretty fantastic in the winter. The
admissions rate is a little lower, and you can walk around the woods
and then duck into the different houses, like Madagascar! and Jungleworld to warm up. It ends up feeling like a mini-vacation and is a
great escape from the brutal weather.

I am not well-versed in animal rights issues, but from what I can
tell, the Bronx Zoo is a respectable organization. I mostly make the
connection between my visit and WAACBO because of my time spent in the Congo Gorilla Forest. It was moving and challenging and I kept thinking back to this book. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"The music was too loud for us to talk. Once we got out of Jefferson Park, we rolled down the one window that worked so the world would know we had good taste in music"

John Green, Paper Towns

During this scene they are listening to The Mountain Goats, and even though Green uses lyrics from Game Shows Touch Our Lives in the epigraph, this is my best guess to what they are listening to as they drive through rural Florida.

What do you think they are listening to?

(Source: Spotify)

coverspy:

A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson (F, 20s, ACE knee bandage, headphones, gray jeans, Q train)

I loved this book, and it includes one of my favorite quotes insults.

coverspy:

A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson (F, 20s, ACE knee bandage, headphones, gray jeans, Q train)

I loved this book, and it includes one of my favorite quotes insults.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I don’t totally buy that Q just magically pulled out (or knew about) the Mermaid Ave record from Margo Roth Spiegleman’s record collection when he was looking for a clue about Woody Guthrie, but I’m enjoying the book and this is a great song.

(Source: Spotify)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
So long Miami. So long summer.

So long Miami. So long summer.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Found the perfect quiet spot to escape to during this week-long conference. 

One and a half days left. Keeping my eyes on the prize of reading time by the pool once this is all over.

Found the perfect quiet spot to escape to during this week-long conference.

One and a half days left. Keeping my eyes on the prize of reading time by the pool once this is all over.

Monday, October 6, 2014

In Florida for an eight-day business trip. Decided to come down a few days early so I could enjoy the weather and get charged up before a long week. I said goodbye to T yesterday and spent today settling into the hotel. Lots of long days to come this week, but I brought a stack of good books to come back to at the end of the day.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

'I'm in a very bad mood' she said.

'Do you want me to tell you more stories about my cat?' Mr. Ananias asked.

Darcey Steinke, Sister Golden Hair

Pretty sure this strategy would work on me.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Good morning!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Recently a young chaplain at a girls’ college got himself into trouble by preaching a sermon on sex in which he said, among other important things, that sex was fun. Perhaps "fun" was an ill-chosen word, with its suggestions that sex is in a class with tiddlywinks and tennis”

-Evelyn Fiore, with Richard S. Ward, MD, Sex Facts for Teenagers (1971)

*I work at a reproductive health organization, and last year while I was at the Park Slope United Methodist Book Sale (it’s seriously the best! has anyone ever been?), I spotted this book and thought it would be fun to keep on my desk at work. The problem is, it has just sat around collecting dust. The book was written in the early 1970s, and from what I can tell, it was probably pretty progressive for it’s time. Each Thursday I’ll plan to post an excerpt here for fun, but for solid, fact-based information check out Planned Parenthood’s awesome Tumblr