friday

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A couple blogs I read do link round-ups on Friday. I love it!

I don’t plan to add more noise, but thought it would be nice to link up to their link ups!

Shutterbean’s I Love List Fridays

Friday Finds on I am a Food Blog

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I am excited for National Readathon Day tomorrow! I’m headed to Lucky’s this afternoon to get treats to get us through…also having people for dinner tonight so have to get some wine. I’m still going strong with that secret resolution! It’s been fun picking out new things each weekend and actually drinking something halfway decent.

If you’re reading tomorrow, be in touch on twitter or instagram!

@graylin_porter

content overload

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Way too much to read, listen, see, do, eat, drink, watch, write, and make. I want to do it all and every day I just find out about more stuff!

I will be honest that TV has taken a bit of a backseat lately. We don’t have any shows going right now. Although we did start Boardwalk Empire. Egads, that thing is about MEN being MEN and being POWERFUL. Which I’m not so sure I need to see another show like that, but it’s very well done so….

I’ve been reading at night instead of watching stuff and am trying to read during my lunch at work as well. It’s going okay! Here’s a master list of the things I’m trying to consume this week…maybe just this afternoon!?

An hour long video interview with Ashtangi Laruga Glaser. She is amazing. I can’t wait to watch this.

I’m currently reading two incredible page turners. ¬†I was making fabulous prgress on the second book in the Elena Ferrante trilogy when I listened to this episode of Books on the Nightstand. I am now obsessively reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m not sure how great a book it is (quality wise), but it’s definitely entertaining…the Gone Girl of 2015 for sure.

My podcast feed is out of control. Trying to listen through it all, but getting bogged down. Especially with the slew of new albums being released right now too!

Oh, and let us not forget, the internet. There is my Feedly list of blogs, which is downright gigantic.¬†The flood of daily news (thank god for NYT Now), op-eds, long reads, twitterings, and vlogs. Yep, I said vlogs. Perhaps¬†my secret obsession with YouTube channels should be saved for another post entirely…

And on top of it all, today is Thursday and Thursday is when the GOOP newsletter arrives in my inbox, ready and waiting for ridicule!

It’s all too much…but in a good way I’m pretty sure.

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readathon

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This is so good.

Penguin Random House along with GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation has declared January 24th National Readathon Day. From noon until 4:00pm this Saturday I’ll be playing along by plopping down with lots of yummy food and beverages, not moving–settling in to READ something.

My Mom is hosting and it should be funny to see if we can keep from yapping the whole time. Many coffeeshops, libraries, community centers, and even bars are hosting silent, group reading this Saturday.

Click here for a list of participating venues throughout the country.

I found out about this from one of my favorite podcasts, Books on the Nightstand. I’m a little overloaded with great podcasts right now…I plan to share a list of what I’m loving tomorrow.

zazzle

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I am so excited about this post. And before you read any further, just know that this is NOT a sponsored post. I found Zazzle just a few weeks when researching possible sticker options for the studio and have been a little obsessed ever since.

My phone has been living in one of my most heinous Otter boxes imaginable. Mainly because when I bought my Samsung Galaxy 3 this fall (woohoo Virgin Mobile prepaid cell phones!) it was the only Otter Box still available for such an old phone. HA! After lunching with a dear friend that’s way cooler and hipper than I am, I realized that it was just unacceptable. Totally joking of course, I know this is not a real issue in life, but I did think a new case might be fun. I ordered one just to see how it turned out and was blown away! I can’t believe the quality–so good.

I have not been painting much the past couple of years. It’s something I need to get back into. While living in Norway and Edinburgh¬†I got a little obsessed with it. I have digital files of all that work and it translates very well into phone covers. Who knew!?

Each of these photos is linked to its listing on my Zazzle store. Go take a look! They are available on many, many different kinds of cases for a wide variety of smartphones and tablets. You are also in control of aligning the image and zooming in and out.

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The possibilities are endless with this site. I kind of get overwhelmed thinking about all them. If you like these or want to design something of your own, head to my store on Zazzle.

chapter books

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Chapter books. Y’all know that I¬†really enjoy¬†my day job as an elementary school librarian. However, I am a huge picture book fanatic. I’m not as keen on chapter books….I love them of course, but if I had my druthers, we’d be picture booking it all year long.

I especially enjoy working at school¬†after the holidays. I find that after we get through the onslaught of Halloween through New Year’s,¬†the kids and staff come back ready to settle into a routine.

Thus, I always start chapter books with classes in January. Now, inevitably we’ll get messed up with snow days, but so far, so good.

Earlier this week I was trying to decide what to read with second grade. I always read a different book to¬†each grade, but ¬†this year I’m reading different books with different classes. I find that each and every class has a personality of its own and I have tried to select books that are tailored to the individual classes.

Here’s a quick look at some of the books we’re reading right now. I’m still working on picking the others. Any ideas out there?

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Happy reading!

excuse me while I love this blog

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So, I found Sara Cornelius’ illustrated food blog awhile ago. Then completely forgot about it. Not her though, I’ve keep tabs on instagram, but somehow missed most of her feed?!

Whatever, we all know I’m a mess when it comes to organizing social media. Anywho, when she posted a beautiful illustration yesterday, I was reminded of her great blog. After reading an fantastic post of podcast recommendations, right when I’m needing new podcasts, I knew I had to do a post on her blog, Cake over Steak.¬†

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It’s unique, beautiful, and aligned directly¬†with my tastes. I feel like a total goober for forgetting about it!

Please forgive me Sara, you are awesome and I’ve added you to my Feedly. I await more posts…eagerly.

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