Thursday, May 29, 2008



How do you pronounce this word if you ever use it? Does the middle i make a short i sound or a long e sound?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Look at that adorably goofy face?

Need I say more?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Have you ever noticed that almost anyone will take the time to comment on the weather? Total strangers have delightful encounters centered around weather. It's such a brilliantly benign topic. It definitely can come in useful in the retail world.


Does anyone else feel like May's weather has been particularly chilly? I mean it's nearing the end of May and I'm still picking out a cardigan or zip-up sweatshirt to wear out every morning.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Finishing My Stash Inventory...

Well, my dear readers, I took an official inventory of my stash this morning and I was amazed by how many books I forgot to include in yesterday's list.

This is a picture of my stash from today. It's kind of disaster.

Here's what I forgot:

*Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (a retelling of Fairy Queen)
*Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
*Dwelling Places by Virginia Hampton Wright
*A Garland of Girls by Louisa May Alcott
*The Hand of the Poet by Phillips et al
*The Cross of Christ by John R. Stott
*2 copies of Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Hegan Rice (I actually already own a copy of this book, but when I see it I want to buy it again, it's weird, I know)

And today I added these two books:
*The Art of Nonfiction by Ayn Rand
*Freelancing for Newspapers by Sue Fagalde Lick

I haven't kept track of how many books I'm hoarding, it's better if I don't know. :) It's like a disease!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

An Overview of my Stash

To anyone that doesn't know, my "stash" is nothing sinister, but merely something like my locker at work. It's my shelf where I can place anything from lotion to food to name tag to BOOKS. It's where I place all the many I must have items that come my way. When you work in a used bookstore, these items seem to be plentiful. Some weeks I find books I loved as a child and feel I must add to my library. Other weeks I discover fascinating non-fiction books. Occasionally I'll find a new fiction read, but mostly those are just books I've had recommended or books I've already read and want to own. So, on any given week I'm adding 1 or 2 or 12 items to my stash. This is troublesome when technically employees are to have no more than 20 item stashes. Almost all of us abuse this rule because there are too many intriguing options to pass up. Now, if you don't want to have to spend half your paycheck, we as employees are also allowed to check out items, almost like a library. This helps with viewing movies and listening to CDs. Still, I find myself using too much of my already small paycheck to buy books and anyone who has seen my bedroom knows that I have lots of books and I'm already out of room. But folks, I have delightful reads beckoning to me to be purchased and then added to the mounds of words already piled around my bookshelf. Did I mention I get an amazing dicount at work?

This is what my stash looked like a couple months ago when it was much more under control.

This is what my stash currently holds (bear in mind that because I'm doing this from memory, I might miss a couple items):

*2 Travis CDs (I can't remember the titles)
*The Painted Veil DVD
*Becoming Jane DVD
*(2 other DVDs that I won't mention as they are intended for a gift in the future)
*The complete Pippi Longstocking with illustrations by Astrid Lindgrin
*Letters from E.B. White (this is an old book that I keep thinking I should put back on the shelf to sell, but I just love his writing style)
*2 or 3 books intended for the fiance and therefore will not be listed
*The Art of Marvel Comics (also for the fiance, but he already perused it)
*Writers on Writing (a collection of essays on writing, my current lunch time reading)
*The Time Quartet by Madeline L'Engle
*Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates (a beautifully bound book with color illustrations) by Mary Mapes Dodge
*Information Trapping (a book on relevant web-based research)
*The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
*American Appetite: The Coming of Age of a National Cuisine by Leslie Brenner
*Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck
*The Joy of Cooking
*A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life by Frederick Busch
*Too Lazy to Work too Nervous to Steal: How to Have a Great Life as a Freelance Writer by John Clausen
*Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson
*Catopia: A Cat Compendium
*The Love of God by Oswald Chambers
*A fitness book
*And these three items don't fit on the shelf: Apples to Apples, Imaginiff, and The Annotated Charlotte's Web.

What am I going to do? I'm addicted to the written word. I don't intend to purchase every item mentioned, some are for lunch time reading or mere perusal, but still, this has gotten to be somewhat of a problem. Still, don't the books sound intriguing? So much to read!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What is it with people thinking bookstore employees can pull information out of nowhere?

Customer: I'm looking for a book and it has the word pumpkin in the title.
Me: Okay, um, do you know anything about the book like the author or what it's about?
C: No. I just know that pumpkin is in the title. I think maybe it's from the 1800's or early 1900's.
M: Is it about that time period or was it written in that time period?
C: It was written by a slave girl back then. Or maybe it was in the mid 1900's. All I know is it has pumpkin in the title. Like The Pumpkin.
--here she fades out, so all I know is The Pumpkin--
M: Is it non-fiction or fiction?
C: I think it's fiction.
--I glance through a few book listings on
M: I'm sorry, without any other information like the full title or the author, I really don't think I can help you.
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