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I love words

11 May

Today I heard someone use the word bailiwick. Awesome right? Of course I had no idea what it meant.  No matter though. I immediately fell in love with both the word and the person who used it — because really, how could you not love a person who uses the word bailiwick?

bail·i·wick [bey-luh-wik]


1. the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
2. a person’s area of skill, knowledge, authority, or work: to confine suggestions to one’s own bailiwick.
Words are great.

Easter Egg-stravaganza

6 Apr

When I saw this blog post I couldn’t wait to “tie”-dye my own Easter eggs. Excitedly, my roommate Jaime and I headed out to the thrift store today to pick up some suitable ties (they have to be 100% silk to work). Here were our selections. My pictures aren’t nearly as classy as in the original post. But you get the gist.

Next, we cut up the ties and wrapped them tightly around the uncooked eggs, securing them with twist-ties. Make sure that the front side of the silk is against the egg.

Then, we wrapped the eggs again with fabric from an old sheet.

We boiled them in water and a third a cup of white vinegar for about 20 minutes. It was so much fun to unwrap each one. Almost as good as presents on Christmas. Some of them turned out amazing, others weren’t as good as we anticipated. I’m amazed at the level of detail that transferred from the fabric. Here are a few of our favorites.

Just one of those days

10 Jan

You know how some days are just terrible? Everything seems to go wrong and by the time the sun goes down you’re ready to climb into bed and hope that something better comes in the morning. Today was NOT one of those days. The opposite in fact. Today just one of those great days where everything is happy and you feel good. I got a job as a research assistant, doing research I’m really excited about with people I really like. I made a delicious (and healthy) dinner. The beautiful sunshine outside inspired me to go running, resulting in me 10% running, 90% walking for almost an hour. I finally got a VPL library card and checked out a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages. And now I’m off to bed early, ready to take on my 8:00 am class tomorrow morning.

I hope my happy isn’t too loud for you all. I’m sure I’ll return to normal in the morning 🙂

Bringing magic to the holidays

7 Jan

So I feel like I need to amend my Birthday in December post. As you probably guessed, I was pretty gutted about not getting the Harry Potter book set for my birthday. It was more than a minor tragedy. My mom gave me this whole spiel about how she returned the ones she bought (that I saw back in August) because she found them cheaper at Costco, but then those ended up being paperbacks and the hard covers were sold out. Convincing stuff. Lots of detail. Anyhow, I was shocked in the most delightful way when I received the aforementioned (and not returned) box set for Christmas from my brother.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that I already have too much stuff in my tiny room in Vancouver and that I had to fit myself, all my stuff, two friends AND all their holiday luggage into my car on the way back to school, I couldn’t bring them with me. My HP rendezvous will have to wait until summer.

Birthday in December

14 Dec

For those of you who don’t know, my birthday is in October. Because I currently live in Canada though, I decided to postpone my family celebration until I came home for the holidays. Last Sunday my sister (who’s birthday is actually in December) and I had a joint celebration.

So, I’ve found that as you get older  presents don’t really matter as much. But they still matter. Especially when you accidentally know you’re getting something awesome. Let’s pause here to explain. Way back in August I walked into my parents’ house to find a giant box on their kitchen counter with a return address from Scholastic Books. It was covered with Harry Potter lightning bolts. I also happened to know that the HP 7 book gift set had been on clearance the previous week at, and that my sister had gently hinted to my mom that it would make an excellent addition to my library. Shocked that I don’t already have the books? Well, I do…mostly paperbacks and in various states of disrepair. Definitely not going to make it the many, many years before I can  pass them down to my own children.

Back to the story. I eagerly made my way through the siblings’ gifts. I got an electric heated snuggie*, an edges only brownie pan** and  Inheritance, the last Eragon book. All excellent gifts, but not the gift. Finally as the pile shrank, and Rachel and I had each opened all of our presents, my mom handed me a $100 dollar bill. And my heart broke a little. It’s not that I’m not grateful for the money, I definitely am.  Heaven knows I need it. I am so poor however, that the money will be used to buy textbooks and groceries, and Harry Potter will have to wait.

Moral(s) of the story:

  1. Don’t be nosy and look at your gifts. Even if it’s 3 months before your birthday and the box is sitting out on the counter in plain sight and there’s nothing you can do to avoid seeing it.
  2. If you find out you’re getting something awesome, keep it a secret because you’re mom might feel guilty that you know about it and plan on getting you something else, but then run out of time because your twin sister is getting married two weeks after you celebrate your two-month-late birthday and she’s about to have a nervous breakdown so she gives you cash instead.

*I am a snuggie lover. I wasn’t sure the original could be improved upon. Then I discovered the magic that is the heated electric snuggie. It combines the warming benefits of an electric blanket with the mobility and overall awesome-ness of the traditional snuggie. Ah-mazing.

**This invention is the greatest thing to happen to brownies since Ghirardelli baking chips. Imagine every piece had edges on every side. Can you imagine anything more outside-crispy, inside-gooey and totally fraught with deliciousness? I dare say you cannot.

Yep, this is the reaction I usually get

3 Dec

When I reveal to people that being a librarian requires a master’s degree they are usually pretty shocked. I ran across this gem of a post on SL County Library’s facebook page and it made my day.

A symphony of sound

31 Oct

What a great weekend. Other than the fact that I didn’t get anything done and I’m stuck with a mountain of homework this Monday… so worth it.

Friday: Bought a new computer. Still on the fence about it. I might take it back. Nightmare Before Christmas with the roommates.

Saturday: Slept in. Bread pudding for lunch. Dinner in Chinatown and the new Footloose with my roommate Jaime and fellow SLAIS-er Lindsay. Amazing that we found a restaurant that was open and didn’t get mugged on the street while searching for one. The movie was excellent. Just the right mix of modern updates with the classic 80s dance movie feel. Loved it.

Sunday: Found out that they give away free Cobbs bread at church every Sunday. For those of you not in Vancouver, Cobbs is a super delicious bakery in town. I’m not sure how I’ve been going to this ward for 2 months and never heard about it. It’s definitely an added incentive to go to church. I scored loaves of whole wheat and french bread and an assortment of rolls/buns.

I also saw Jack’s Mannequin with a school buddy. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is one of their best shows I’ve been to. Definitely in the top two of the 5 or 6 times I’ve seen them. As always, Andrew McMahon was ah-mazing. He just has such a presence on stage. The venue was awesome too. The Vogue is a beautiful old theater, with great acoustics and comfortable seats. I’m also a sucker for a good neon sign.

The opening bands Lady Danville and Allen Stone were SUPER  impressive as well. Lady Danville was very chill and folksy. Who can resist a singer who can play the ukelele and harmonica at the same time? Definitely not me. The band took this picture of the crowd from the stage and posted it on facebook. Allen Stone was a last minute replacement for The Academy Is… who were supposed to play, but left the tour when they broke up like 3 weeks ago. Lucky me because Allen Stone was awesome. Imagine the powerful soul voices of Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin combined with the lyrical skills of the best of the 70s singer-songwriters. Got that? Now picture all that talent wrapped up in a skinny, long haired white kid with energy for days. That’s what Allen Stone brought to the stage. It seriously blew me away. He also led the crowd in an acoustic rendition of The Bare Necessities. I couldn’t get enough. Check him out.

You can kind of see me in the back right corner

So, as I now sit in the computer lab at school, facing a LONG day of work, I think you’ll all agree that my slacker weekend was most definitely worth it.