dance break

dance break

Have a great weekend everybody!  Any fun plans??  I saw a forecast that said it might be 57 degrees out on Saturday and sunny!  I am hoping to take a trip to the Zoo.  I’ve never been to a zoo during the winter and I heard it is extra fun because it is not as crowded with people but it is crowded with animals running around because it is cold outside!  But now I’ve told all of you!  So maybe it will be crowded again!  Dang!

Here is your dance break for the weekend:

I love the band Lucius and this is their new song and one of my favorite running jams!

Books about snow

Books about snow

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The snow is melting here in Louisville but after two snow days last week I started to look for some fun books about the best/worst part of winter.  The image above is from a website I love called No Time for Flashcards, a site that has a ton of really great themed booklists for elementary and middle school readers.  From this list I decided to get Holly’s Red Boots and Stella Queen of the Snow.  I already had Snow Sounds, The Mitten and Snowy Day.  I will test out the new ones today with my junior kindergarten class!

 

the library life: databases

the library life: databases

 

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I have been visiting schools and talking about databases for about ten years now.  Sometimes kids love it.  Well, maybe not love but they respond well to the flashy pictures, the read aloud option, the fact that databases will provide their citations.  Other kids will let me talk and then open up Google.  Most are somewhere in the middle, the fact is that database presentations are the dentist visits of library talks.

And there are a million things that could go wrong.  The internet doesn’t work, that’s a big one.  It seems like the internet is down every time I need to start talking about databases with a new class.  Lot of librarians that I know will make up a backup slide show to use if you can’t go live.

There is also the fear that a kid will throw out a search term and you plug it in and then no results turn up. Egg. On. My. Face!  This is why I pre-search and make sure I get a flashy looking search results page that impresses people.

On Monday, I met with high school Freshman to talk about the best databases to use for their World History research papers.  Here is my favorite one:

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World History in Context is a database from Gale and it is so helpful to students that I am seriously considering subscribing to it just for the school!  Gale also has similar databases for US History, Science, Literature and Current Events.  The New York Public Library has most of these databases for free.  If you don’t have an NYPL card?  Well you should write to your library and see if they would consider subscribing to it because databases are way more expensive then you would think!

 

Resolution #4

Resolution #4

My fourth resolution is to decorate my house.  I have been thinking about moving out of my little studio and into a bigger (and more grownup) place for awhile but have decided to stay for at least another year so now it is time to commit and put something on the walls. Much like my outfit resolution I have to stop waiting for the perfect home and make the home I want now.  Time to look like I really live here and not subletting for someone!  Here’s the plan:

1. Use more color

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Nothing like a splash of color to show you have a personality!  I am always drawn to pink couches for some reason.  I wouldn’t even say that I am a “pink” person! I just think it looks fun. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be buying a pink couch anytime soon, but some colorful curtains, pillows or rugs could be possible!

2. Upgrade my bed

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A new bedspread, some nicer pillows, a nice bedside table for books and a reading light.  Maybe a fancy rug?  Really, just copy the picture above!

3. Get some plants

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The one thing that all the houses that I love has in common is that there are lots of plants.  Beautiful plants!  Keeping them alive is the hardest part, but I am older now, more mature and ready to care for things…I hope!

4. Make or buy art and then hang it up!

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If you hang things on the walls, it really looks like you live in the place.  I mean, that is just facts!  If I could by up all of the paintings by Sunny Ra I would.  But while I am counting my pennies I could start hanging up all of the posters that I have collected and start making my own things to hang on the walls!

A book that I have putting a lot of post its in is Beci Orpin’s Home.  There are great ideas and craft projects that I would love to get into this year.  As long as the library will let me keep renewing it.

homebookFavorite review from Goodreads, “This is a hipster kind of book. The cats in the book are cute!” Sounds good to me!

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Winter Binge: Dramas

Winter Binge: Dramas

I watch a lot of TV and I am not ashamed.  Haven’t you heard, TV is the thing right now! TV is better than movies!! And really, it is public service for you, because now I will talk about really good TV shows that maybe you haven’t watched yet.  And Winter sure is here so you are going to need more stuff to do indoors.  And what is better than watching TV?!?  I guess I should say that reading is better than watching TV…

Anyway, here are my top ten shows that I watched in 2015:

10.  Game of Thrones (HBO)

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I got into GoT and watched all of the seasons in 2015.  It started out innocently enough, Trent says “oh hey, I have this show on DVD we should watch it.” Me, “I guess!” And then the next month or so was everything Game of Thrones.  Big world building, lots of twists and me yelling at the TV.  But, to be honest, I missed a lot of the show while hiding under a pillow because I was scared.  This show is BLOODY.

9. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

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I love all of the Shondaland shows but HTGAWM is the best for yelling at the screen moments and Viola Davis realness.  Also, Trent gets really frustrated because according to him, it is not how law works and blah blah blah.

8. House of Cards (Netflix)

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This was a show that I started a while ago and then got distracted and moved on.   This year I pulled it together and watched the series.  You see!  I can follow through on things! Robin Wright is everything and it made me want to get a rowing machine in my apartment.

7. The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)

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I love a TV show that is based on books!  Then I don’t feel as bad about watching TV instead of reading. The Amazon series is based on the novel by Philip K. Dick.  It is an alternate reality story where the Axis forces won World War II.  You have to suspend a lot of belief to get into the story.  Like, could Germany really keep control over a country as big as the US?  That seems crazy.  And what is the Neutral Zone about?  But once you let go of all that, its a really suspenseful show that is both fun and heartbreaking to watch.

6. Narcos (Netflix)

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Narcos was GREAT.  It was described as a mix between a cops and robbers action show and a Ken Burns documentary.  I love both of those things plus 80s style.  WATCH NARCOS!

5. Vanderpump Rules/Southern Charm (Bravo)

I mean, technically these are supposed to be dramas.  I love a lot of fancy shows, but nothing delivers entertainment on the regular like Vandies and the often overlooked Southern Charm.  Vanderpump follows a bunch of young(ish) waters and bartenders falling in love and lust and stabbing each other in the back in LA.  Southern Charm is almost the same, except they are richer and they live in Charleston.

4. The Sopranos (HBO)

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Another show that I watched from behind a pillow!  I started the Sopranos years ago and then stopped after a moment of spoiler-y tragedy.  I’m glad I watched it again.  It was funnier than I remembered and Carmela’s outfits might be my favorite part of the show.  Another perk, it is a new talking point for me and my wonderful Uncle Vinny!

3. Madam Secretary (CBS)

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The blazers.  The blouses.  The best marriage on TV.  Tea Leoni.  Tim Daly. BEBE NEUWIRTH.  I make sure to watch this every week and I hope I am not the only one because I want it to last as long as CSI/NCIS or whatever that is!

2. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Oh my god I love this show!!  It is soapy, funny, dramatic, romantic and wonderful. Full of beautiful Latinos that are not gang members or undocumented workers begging Olivia Benson for help. The characters are funny, real, and gorgeous.   Also #teammichael

1. The Americans (FX)

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I have been casually mentioning The Americans to Trent for the good part of a year and finally we found ourselves between shows and he agreed to give it a shot! The Americans has everything, KGB spying, family drama, marriage problems, mysteries, on point hair and eyeliner (I would expect nothing less from Keri Russell), and so much sexiness that Keri and her costar Matthew Rhys are currently expecting a real baby in real life!

So there you have it, my top ten favorite shows of 2015 in order of favorite-ness.  Let me know some of yours!

 

dance break

dance break

Happy weekend!!  Any plans?  I am supposed to help with an academic team tournament but the snow might have other plans!  With the snow piling down it is hard to get out and move but I am lucky to work in a place with a beautiful and big gym so I can run around (or bounce walk if I’m being honest) before school starts.  I’m not really about snow runs.

Confession time: one of my favorite running songs is Justin Bieber’s “What do you mean”

I haven’t the actual video until now.  Something like, Justin Bieber pays John Leguizamo to kidnap him and his girlfriend in an effort to bring her to a surprise underground skateboard party.  It sounds like the worst Bachelor date ever.

I actually got into the song after seeing this video:

A true dance break!  A fun song minus the weird bedroom grinding!!  I do miss the Chi Chi Rodriguez cameos though!

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Resolution #3

Resolution #3

My third resolution is to update my outfits.  Especially my clothes for work which definitely needs an upgrade.  I am still dressing like I did in grad school and I would like to have the look of a put together 30 year old who is not uncomfortable in their clothes.  I have thought about my style, read books, made pinterest boards, and have come to the conclusion that my style is J.LO meets, Jackie O, meets Miss. Frizzle!  I don’t know how to make that work but I do have some ideas on how to get started.

  1. Start now.  I have been putting off a makeover because I wanted to lose weight first and then have a celebration shopping spree that looks like a scene in Pretty Woman!  
      But, you know what?  Why wait?  I should be feeling good now instead of waiting and if the clothes are nice enough, I can tailor them after I get super fit!
  2. Get help.  Did you know that most big stores have personal shoppers?  And you don’t need to be as rich as Richard Gere in Pretty Woman to use one!  I met with a personal shopper at Nordstrom to help put together an outfit for my friend Virginia’s wedding and it was a lifesaver.  All you have to do is email them in advance and tell them what you are looking for, they will ask you about size and price range and then have everything ready for you and even give helpful advice!
  3. Make lists. If you are getting started like me, go to Pinterest and look up things like “Capsule Wardrobe” or “Wardrobe Checklist” to find helpful lists and ideas.  Usually you will end up dressing like a Frenchwoman, but that in the end is the goal, right?checklist
  4. Read a book.  I must say that this is one of those few moments that Pinterest might help you more than books.  I know, it hurts to say so.  But fashion changes so quickly that books can look dated pretty fast.  However, Kate Spade?  Her book, Style, was published in 2004 and still looks fresh, fun, and remains my main inspiration:styleimg 1 /  2 /  3