music monday (sort of)

gentlemen prefer blondes changed my life in weird ways. i'd had a crush on marilyn forever but it was jane russell i loved in this movie. she was more down to earth than marilyn. beautiful, smart and funny. i spent hours in front of a mirror at 15, figuring out how to properly use liquid eyeliner. i tried red lipstick after red lipstick. my favorite bathing suit of all time was almost exactly like her halter top here - and that's exactly why i picked it. i started wearing vintage. i stopped being a total tomboy. thanks jane. you were awesome.

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things i love tuesday

exploring new antique stores. so much fun.

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wordless wednesday

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when i get a little money

i buy books. not quite as many as i used to but its still my most favorite thing to shop for. i have had a long running love affair with bookstores. 

i remember going down the staircase at kroch's & brentano's at randhurst when i was wee. i knew my way around that store as well as any of the employees - some of whom i would later work with at borders. oh borders - i spent 5 really great years there. and with all the news about borders, i've been thinking about bookstores a lot.

i now live in a city with one of the greatest bookstores i've ever been to. powell's is amazing. i've probably gone to powell's once a week since we moved. and honestly, the presence of powell's was a huge point in portland's favor when thinking about moving here. 

but as much as i love books and bookstores, i have been thinking about a kindle for a long time. even my mom, who is a devoted book lover, has one now. as much as she loves books, she is enviromentally and fiscally minded - and the kindle is appealing for those reasons.

but i love books. i love the weight in your hands, the smell when you first open it. i love the act of turning the page. i often use the receipt from buying the book as a bookmark but i also really love dogearing pages. and still, i get why the kindle is a good idea.

i know i'm not the only book lover who feels that way because bookstores are hurting. even powell's had to lay off 31 employees recently. so i have this ongoing argument with myself over it. my emotional attachement to books and bookstores vs. the practical. and since i haven't yet given in to the practical, i go to powell's for my fix.

when we made the decision to move to portland, i remembered that an author i really enjoy, chelsea cain, lives here. she writes dark, twisty thrillers featuring an absolutely terrifying female serial killer. i got really excited because i knew she does events at powell's so i decided i'd go when her new book came out. 

the night season came out on tuesday and she was doing a signing at powell's that night. i don't think i've been to a signing since i actually worked at a bookstore. i was reminded of all the reasons why bookstores are magic. i knew that this was an experience that i could never have buying a book online. now i know that chelsea cain is funny. and super nice. she told me she liked my hair - when has amazon EVER done that? and if i had a kindle, i wouldn't have this...

    

a book with a hilarious inscription (possibly not to everyone but my mom and those close to me will understand) and a bedazzled safety whistle. yeah. i'm sticking with books and bookstores for the time being.

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flashback friday

apropos of yesterday's blog post i present this pic. me & the cat in the hat (as played by my friend eileen) at borders store #61 in schaumburg, il, circa 1994-95.

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new camera love

after much deliberation i ended up just buying a slighty newer, slighty more fancy version of my old camera on ebay. another lumix with a magic leica lens. as much as i would've liked to finally upgrade to a DSLR, i need to save my pennies. it arrived the other day and i couldn't be happier. as user friendly as my old camera, with a slightly better zoom and a larger screen, i'm in LOVE. 

 

 

 

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march madness

throughout the month of march i'll be doing some wacky one day sales. after the first sale tomorrow, i'll announce the details on twitter and facebook so if you don't already follow me there, you should! 

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week in review

i got acquainted with my new camera. i had lunch with these two. love them. i had coffee with this lady and a lovely group of crafty ladies, explored new antique stores and renewed my vows to books. i ate some tasty treats. i made some pretty stuff.

i got even more settled. i wrote some letters and read some more. went out with new friends. yeah, it was a delightful week.

 

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music monday

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wordless wednesday

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homesick, or something

so, i've got a head cold. i was feeling twinges of it last night and had to face facts - i was getting sick. i woke up this morning feeling entirely crappy - achy, unable to breathe, sore throat. and all i can think about is that last batch of chicken soup my mom gave me. or leona's chicken soup. either way, i'm over 2000 miles from the soup i want. for the first time since we got here i miss home. 

yes, home is here in portland with shawn, monkey and my books.

but its also chicago. because that's where mom's chicken soup is. 

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