Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I know, I go days, even weeks without posting. I imagine that can't be good for my readership...such as it is. :)

For quite a change, Jeremy and I have been fairly busy. Two weeks ago my parents drove up for an overnight. It was lovely to have them here. Then last week Jeremy's parents came for a couple days. Since they live states away, it was nice to be able to show them our home. Jer and I don't have much to show people around the city, but we introduced our parents to our libraries and showed them a few other spots.

Recently we discovered a great little coffee shop that's filled with eclectic chairs and art. The coffee is perfect and costs less than any other place. The first time we visited we ordered house salads and they were unlike any house salad I've ever tasted. Torn Romaine leaves topped with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, green onions, huge feta chunks, salty sunflower seeds, covered in a light vinaigrette and served with warm rye bread.

I've been experimenting in the kitchen again some. Monday night I made salmon that turned out excellently (not to sound too pleased with myself!). I brushed a mixture of melted butter, olive oil, and lemon juice on the salmon and then sprinkled salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, and dill and baked it all. Last night a made two kind of sweet potato wedges. One batch I tossed in a mixture of olive oil, cumin, salt, pepper, and a little allspice. The other batch I tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and a little salt. The sweet and spicy made a nice contrast and we decided we liked both quite well.

I discovered a new classical artist that is simply amazing. David Garrett. By chance I checked out his new CD from the library and loved it. This is some incredible violin (admittedly I'm not much of a violin fan)! When I googled his name I read that he is the world's fastest violinist. He played Flight of the Bumblebee in 1 minute 6.56 seconds (apparently that's 13 notes per second!). So, if you have the chance, check out this musician.

Last week I was asked if I'd be willing to work a few of my hours in the Children's Room. They are short-staffed there and Circulation where I work is sometimes overstaffed. I'm kind of excited to learn something new. Besides, any one that knows me, knows I love children's books. I'll be starting that soon, so we'll see how it goes.

I'll leave you with this update for now. Soon I have much to say about reading, I've been consuming books this summer and I'll have to share some of my favorites.

Hope you all have a pleasant Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A few family photos from Margaret's wedding.

In the busyness of the day, I somehow managed to miss getting a photo of Margaret and Philip together! I'm appalled at myself, but of course cannot do anything about that now. So, if you want to see more wedding detail photos, as well as a great picture of the happy couple, check out Alaina's blog. Enjoy the few photos I have!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

No More J___ Sisters

Margaret, the littlest sister, got married Friday night! It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception. She looked radiant. Not long before she and Philip left she told us that she'd had so much fun and it was exactly what she hoped for. A friend commented that there are no more J___ sisters. Seems strange.

I hope to post a few pictures, but that will have to wait.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Where is my consistency?

I keep telling myself I'll blog more, but then the days pass. I've even encountered some very blog-worthy people (jewelry-making hippie-like woman at a Farmer's Market) and circumstances (observing a photo-shoot for a quinceanera), but they've fallen by the wayside of life.

Tomorrow I'm heading home for my little sister's wedding--which I totally can't believe she's getting can this be...she's my baby sister! This will be my third road-trip alone this summer. Jeremy has to work. So, unfortunately for him, he's going to miss seeing me decked-out in a black dress and he's going to miss seeing all the family. To keep me company as I drive, I'll be listening to Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire. (Did you actually think you'd get through a post without me mentioning something about books/reading?)

Have you ever watched Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds? I saw it several years ago and was reminded of it again this week. Sometimes when Jer and I walk outside our apartment, there are a couple birds that seriously dive-bomb our heads. I don't know if there is a nest or what, but they aren't happy with our intrusion. They screech and fly at our heads, pulling up just at the last second. The even stranger thing is, they're not always around, so some days are much less hazardous than others. Go figure.

As I still have plenty to do before tomorrow, I'll leave you be. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'll see you next week.
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