Saturday, January 4, 2014

Books On Film: Teen In '13 (A Review)

Film adaptations of teen novels, spurred by the success the Twilight movies, haven't slowed down yet. In 2013, we saw the adaptation of Catching Fire, The Host, Beautiful Creatures, Warm Bodies, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, City of Bones, and Ender's Game
Which 2013 teen adaptation did you like best? free polls 

In 2014, we will see even more teen books brought to the big screen. For the rest of this month, I will talk about several of the upcoming teen book to film adaptations.

Covers courtesy of LibraryThing.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Learning | L is for Lollygag

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Every once in a while, I encounter a book that seems to have been written by a kindred soul (or, one might say, a fellow word nerd.)

L is for Lollygag: Quirky Words for a Clever Tongue is such a book.  I remember making lists of words when I was a kid. Some words were cool, some were interesting, and some were hilarious, like lollygag. This book has so many of those words, that I remember putting on those lists, I almost wondered if the authors stumbled across my childhood scrawls. Nah, that couldn't be the case, because my handwriting was downright illegible.  But only a kindred spirit would include words like fiddlesticks, rigamarole, and kit and caboodle for consideration.

As if the words and definitions were not delightful enough, the editors included droll, retro illustrations for the words and phrases (think about those animated interludes on Monty Python's Flying Circus--that's the idea!) 

I checked L is for Lollygag out in November, and I've renewed it a few times already.  I'm enjoying it so much, I know I'll be checking it out again someday, if only to use it as a list to inspire me to look up etymologies, or word origins.

I'll only bore you with one etymology today, from the title: lollygag is an interesting word for those looking up word histories, mainly because we aren't sure what it originally meant.  It did not appear in print until 1868; it seems to have something to do with tongues (lolly is an English word for tongue.)  

As the Wordphiliac entry for lollygag pointed out, it no doubt is somehow related to the expression loll, to have one's tongue hanging out. Of course, gag is a word we associate with mouths, too; think of something to put into somebody's mouth to stop them from talking.  But tongue-gagging is not how we use the word these days; to lollygag is to dawdle or waste time.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

She's Crafty | Crafty New Year!

Oh my gosh, HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 is here already and it feels like I barely got to know 2013.

With the new year comes a heap of resolutions...right? Right. I'm a resolution makin' machine and over the year's I've kept some really important ones so I continue to keep up the tradition. Something about new beginnings that make us stop and take stock of our lives. But that's another post for another time.

My resolutions usually include: read more, exercise more, travel more, quit doing this, definitely stop doing that, play more, smile more...

But I also have a long-list of crafty resolutions:
  • I resolve to sew more. 
  • I resolve to finish more projects that I start. 
  • I resolve to learn more about basic painting techniques. 
  • I resolve to keep an art journal.

More goals exist in that lofty, dreamy area of my brain, but these are the ones I feel are most important and attainable.

To help me keep my art journal resolution I found two colorful and thoroughly enticing titles at the library, Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers and Journal Junkies Workshop by Eric M. Scott and David R. Wodler. I also found two thrift books to journal in that I purchased from a Friend's of the Library booksale. Come tomorrow, I'll be ready to start 2014 with my first messy and colorful journal page! I also resolve to post more about art journaling in the new year, so stay tuned for that.

Ohh so colorful and enticing!
Can't wait to dive in!

Do you have any crafty resolutions? Let us know in the comments.

May your 2014 be happy and crafty!

~Kaye & Malia

Monday, December 30, 2013

Just Life | Words Of Wisdom From Our Postcard Wall

I love funny and inspirational postcards. At Chavez library, we have a wall full of them. Here are a few of my favorites postcards:

So what are you waiting for. Call a friend before the New Year.

That is my excuse for having a messy house.

That reminds me that I should think before opening my mouth.
Reading is anything but boring.

Happy New Year everyone.
Signing off until next year- Panteha

P.S. Send me your old postcards & Christmas Cards and I will make sure to add them to our postcard wall at Chavez.