January Favorites


Snowed In


While I haven’t been exactly snowed in, I haven’t left home in two days due to snow and ice. I prefer to err on the side of caution. Good thing, too, because I’ve already heard from people who got stuck or stranded yesterday due to the weather. When it’s below freezing, I’d much rather curl up with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate. For fun, I’ve been having a Harry Potter movie marathon. It’s nice to have a few days off. However, I think I’ll be glad to go outside again soon before I go stir crazy. Stay warm, everyone!

All Facts Considered

I am enjoying this beautiful last day of my four day weekend by looking out my window while doing homework. As much as I would prefer to do anything else, I was struck by a particular reading for class. It’s a joy to find something in my classwork that speaks to me as a person. Here are my favorite parts, taken from Kee Malesky’s introduction to All Facts Considered:

“Facts and information are the nourishment, the lifeblood, the raison detre, and also the bane and despair of librarians and researchers. Librarians tend to be generalists, people who know a little bit about a lot of things. Maybe that sounds superficial, but it makes a great reference librarian. We store up facts and information (and occasionally even knowledge or wisdom), connect them, organize and describe then, and make them accessible to the world. It’s that simple and that infinitely complex.

I am – we all are – Sherlock Holmes: deducing, eschewing factoids, chasing down the fact, wherever it leads.

I’ve always believed that being a librarian is a vocation, a calling, and not just a job. What we do matters in the world. Every moment of the day, I must be open to learning something that will help me to be a better librarian. If you live in the world and you pay attention to what is happening around you, you acquire information.”

Cupcake Taste Test


I love cupcakes. First of all, they remind me of high school. Baking cupcakes was my way to de-stress, and my circle of friends would find an excuse for someone to bring cupcakes on a regular basis. Secondly, who doesn’t love miniature cake?

I don’t bake cupcakes nearly as much as I used to, mainly because I don’t have a large group of people to share them with anymore. If I made them now, I would end up eating a whole cake mix box’s worth single-handedly. Instead, I treat myself to a Gigi’s cupcake now and then.

Everything I’ve tried at Gigi’s is delicious, and the cupcakes are large enough to share or save some for later. Although if you eat it all in one sitting, I promise I won’t judge. I’m always the first in line when I hear about new flavors, so I thought I would do a review of their January additions.

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Brown Butter Vegetable Pasta

Last night I worked on two of my new year’s resolutions: eating healthier and trying new recipes. This came from one of my favorite blogs, How Sweet It Is. It was definitely out of my comfort zone. But ignoring the huge mess left in my kitchen, it was a success. Completely delicious! I’m not sure how healthy it is with all of the butter and cheese. The vegetables balance it out, right?


Making Mistakes

Here I am world! Trying to blog with the start of a new year. I have so many goals and aspirations for 2014. I can’t wait to share them, even the mistakes.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” – Neil Gaiman