dear caitlin

8 11 2009

this is what i want, so don’t be sad.
– Nina LaCour in HOLD STILL.

So I’ve read a streak of amazing books recently, namely THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY and THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, which were both phenomenal, and I highly recommend them to anyone, but it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that connected with me on such a strong level as this one did.

And book trailers are usually a bit dodgy, but this one was made by the author and her friends, and it’s so perfect.

Oh… this book is so lovely, guys. I mean, it’s definitely heartbreaking, but also it’s just so wonderful.

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Plus, Nina’s website is adorable!





apartment hunting… or not really hunting at all

4 11 2009

So my roommate and I have discussed many times the prospect of moving from our apartment at the end of the year, and our lease is up at the end of November, so we were thinking about starting to look for places at the beginning of November. So, right now. And so today, my roommate emailed me a bunch of craigslist ads to call and make appointments. I called three, and only one person answered, so I scheduled a viewing of that apartment later that afternoon. Four hours later, we signed the lease. WHAT? I know. It sounds crazy, but it really happened, and the hilarious part is that now I get to tell people that we found an apartment before they even knew we were looking for one. Because we had been “officially looking” for about 2 hours.

Anyway, the apartment is in Hoboken, which is perfect because my roommate works in Hoboken, and it has cool things like exposed brick walls, and a dishwasher, and two ACTUAL bedrooms, and it’s pretty much perfect for what we need in an apartment. And, I’m very excited to buy bookshelves and other things to decorate!

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I’m so happy we were able to find a nice apartment without any of the hassle! So excited to move in next month.





halloweentown (the postgrad years)

2 11 2009

Stargirl from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
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“She was illusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”

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and TheRoommate as… The Great Kate Weather Machine (Kate Wetherall) from The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
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“That was close,” Sticky said. “But now what? There’s nothing else to tie him up with.”
“How about this rope?” cried a familiar voice, and to their surprise Kate Wetherall suddenly leaped in through the open window.

And just so you understand the great attention to detail in her costume…

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“I’ll show you,” Kate said, and began removing things from the bucket. First came a Swiss Army knife, a flashlight, a pen light, and a bottle of extra-strength glue, which Kate examined to be sure its lid was tightly closed. then she produced a bag of marbles, a slingshot*, a spool of clear fishing twine, one pencil and one eraser, a kaleidoscope, and a horseshoe magnet, which she yanked with some effort from the metal bucket. I’ve been through dozens of these,” she said, holding the magnet up for them to admire. “This is the strongest I’ve found.” Finally she showed them a length of slender nylon rope, coiled around the bottom and sides of the bucket. -The Mysterious Benedict Society

*We tried. We were unsuccessful. Seriously? Where do you go to pick up a slingshot these days?