Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A little archive song

Courtesy of Derangement and Description. Unfortunately I can't load it any bigger (??) but do click through and read it. Especially if you love archives. And finding aids.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm back + Bodleian family printing workshops

It's been some time since my last post...we've been in Portland, and finishing projects for work, and now packing to move...

Anyway, while I work on some proper posts and get ready to share some photos, I thought I'd throw this out there:

The Bodleian is running Family Printing Workshops, with instruction provided by our very own maestro Paul Nash (he of the Strawberry Press). I wish I had a child I could steal/borrow/coerce into joining me - anyone have one they want to lend? I'm so excited about introducing kids to letterpress...

Anyhow, details:

Times: 2 – 4pm
Dates: Saturdays 18 September, 9 October, 23 October, 6 November, 20 November, 4 December and 18 December

This exciting two-hour workshop is led by Dr Paul Nash, a specialist in historic printing presses at the Bodleian Library. Paul will give a short talk on the history of printing, after which participants will set and print their own names in type. Some of the historic printing presses owned by the Library will be used during the workshop. The workshop is suitable for adults and children aged eight and over. Adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa. Advance booking is recommended, as places are limited. The cost is £13 per person.

For tickets, please contact the Historic Venues Team by calling (01865) 277224 or emailing More information will be (but is not yet) available on the Bodleian's website.

Photo from kvanhorn on Flickr

Saturday, July 10, 2010

That's because it's not a real book...

Apparently Microsoft wants to patent the look and feel of digital page turning. One more thing they have that no one wants, or the greatest invention in digital books? I say the first in's fussy, it's corny, and it's annoying when you're trying to read a modern book. But that's mostly because (for me at least), I don't read modern books online the way I read them in print.

That said, it's fun to play with the Turning the Pages feature at the British Library, and we had the Kennicott Bible featured via the same software here at one of the Bodleian's exhibitions. I still think it's corny, but when it's fast and simple, perhaps it has its uses...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Last weekend, in pieces

Argh. So busy having fun and studying for things and teaching and...whew. Which means I cover last weekend on Thursday, and haven't posted in aaaaaages.

The past few weeks have involved driving ranges, First Communions, lots of sun, bbqs, family birthday parties, tearing my hair out over metadata issues at work, and other craziness.


I go home in TWO WEEKS. And Cathy comes tomorrow.

Zoe now has the best guest bed. EVER.

And following sleep on said bed, we wandered through Columbia Road to flower shop, followed by chorizo and eggs in a sunny Spanish cafe. So. many. flowers. :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The things that made my week

Well. It wasn't the best of weeks, in some ways - but there were redeeming moments. Hitting out frustrations at the driving range, for example, followed by a drink by the river on an absolutely stunning evening. Friends over for dinner. Amaretto on ice. Dipping my toes in the river in the company of friends. Best friends to be seen tonight and next week. The US through to the next round. And hugs from Dean.

Also, this...Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper first posted this print from Bespoke Press, and I love it so so much. So much.

...and this: You HAVE to check it out, especially if you are or ever have been a research student. It's called the PhD challenge. Your mission is to get the sentence "I smoke crack rocks" into a peer-reviewed academic publication. Prizes may or may not include
  • 1 Box of Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup (your choice of flavor)
  • 1 Autographed 8×10 Photograph of Nobel Prize Laureate Paul Krugman (tentative)
  • 1 Pack of Leather Elbow Patches
How fun does that sound? If anyone tries, let me know!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dad Day

My dad rocks.

Just saying.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm on Twitter (for the first time ever)...

Following a piece that was published on my Library Routes in the CILIP Gazette:

PaulineRowson Well said Liz Gallagher Library Assistant @ the Bodleian. 'Anyone can touch what has changed the world; it's hard not to be amazed by that.'

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Time does fly...

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.
~James Matthew Barrie
And many golden moments recently - hence no posts!!!

Too much to describe, so a few things in pictures:

A first 10k race...don't I look excited. Also like I have a blonde mohawk coming out of the red.

A birthday! With a birthday cake made by two of my favourite people!!

Lots of various other bits. My sister is at home after a year in Chile - earthquakes, working in a foreign language, and more. We finally booked our flights home for July (HOME! the FARM! PORTLAND!). I am eagerly awaiting the results of my TCRG exam. And I've finally dusted off the press again.

So. busy. Must. sleep.

Monday, May 31, 2010

'The world’s most pretentious bacterium. After Quentin Letts.’

So remarks Jon Day (quoting Charlie Brooker), former fellow MSt-er, bike courier and occassional blogger extraordinaire. Read about 'Stately, plump M. mycoides' on the London Review of Books blog.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oh and....

If you haven't already read Nabakov's Pale Fire because of its awesomeness, then you should probably read it because of its new Stephen Doyle cover. And all the rest of of Nabakov, redesigned.

Via Book Cover Archive.

Oh yes indeedy.

Some book loving to top off a satisfying few days of old friends and Ingrid Michaelson. And ice cream.

Ned has informed me that this is the Stockholm Public Library (thanks Ned!). Lucky lucky Swedes. Image is from Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone, via You Are My Fave.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My dad goes amazing places...

It's a tough life, this living in Korea stuff.

(Although in fact living in another country is tough. Amazing, but tough. And I am proud of my dad for doing it.)

Friday, May 7, 2010

In honour of the day after Election Day (on which the politicians start to worry..)

This lovely finger puppet. One of the joys of working for a political archive is the lengths to which some people will go to make politics humorous. I was having a cranky morning yesterday until this came, then spent a good twenty minutes laughing (we also got a stress ball featuring Gordon Brown's head). There are four more finger puppets, all with catchy slogans ('Gordy', Nick, Caroline, and Boris), all available from Rubbish Mag's shop.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A few more amazing tidbits...

Ok, seriously. These rock. Again, courtesy of Newhouse Design. Quite possibly my absolute favorite at the moment. I mean, they made Library of Congress look cool.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Another lovely thing...

I do love this. It's all courtesy of the amazingness that is Newhouse Design.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Embercombe: Creating a sustainable world

So. At Zoe's suggestion (cuz she's cool like that and had been before), we spent the past few days at Embercombe in Devon. Embercombe is a sustainable farming community located in the middle of some of the most beautiful rolling hills and forest I've seen, about half an hour outside Exeter. The community's mission is 'to touch hearts, stimulate minds and inspire committed action for a truly sustainable world,' and I think they're doing a pretty amazing job of it.

Embercombe itself is about 6 acres of land - it was started in 1999 as a place to live sustainably and to teach others about that process. It now hosts a small number of permanent residents/staff, who maintain the land and run Embercombe's many outreach programmes (ranging from high school 'outdoor school' type things to corporate weekends). Various volunteers and friends pop in from time to time, and every month or so Embercombe hosts a 'Friends Weekend,' which is what we attended.
I grew up on a farm, and I was laughing to myself all weekend, since I spent hours weeding and working outside and doing all the things my mom used to have to threaten and cajole us into doing on Saturday mornings. Embercombe grows as much of its own food as it can, and part of its mission (or a result of its mission) means that Friends weekends give those who may not have regular opportunities to work outside or be a part of growing things a chance to do so. They (and I) believe that it is crucial to see and create the process by which we are fed and sustained - that by removing it, we lose our connection to the land - and then it's much easier to ignore it and consume thoughtlessly.

Embercome is also about working as a community. I had various conversations with other visitors, and part of the reason they came was to be able to work together with others who shared a vision of a sustainable future. Not only that, but the way Embercombe operates necessitates a return to working together, in a way that has largely been lost (90% of people don't even seem to know their neighbours' names these days, much less help them out regularly). This morning, I read a Design Sponge post on work parties, a sort of return to the old barn raising type idea - I also came across a New York Times article on the same concept, although here called Crop Mobs. There are things that cannot be done alone, or that, perhaps more often, are a waste of energy if done separately by each and every person or household. Economies of scale mean that cooking for 70 people (which I did! Wedding, here we come...!) is not that much harder than cooking for 6. How much better, how much more sustainable, if we all get together and do them with our neighbour, or friend, or whomever? Then when something else needs to be done at our place, they come and help?

I don't think I am really doing justice to the work of Embercombe - there's so much to say, and it's too much for a blog post. I at first wondered why there wasn't more emphasis on taking away what we got from Embercombe and doing big things with it. Then I realized that part of the beauty of it is that it allows each person to come and to connect and leave with what they need. For Zoe, for instance, this may mean the energy to go off and make world-changing environmental policy (because she can). For others, that may mean going home and growing their own tomatoes, or organizing a neighbourhood party, or making sure that they continue to come back in order to provide their children with an opportunity to grow and work and play.

I'm still thinking about what it means for me - but it was refreshing, and intriguing, and it made me think. Plus I made friends with a 3 year old who sings songs, a 10 year old with a tool belt and the skills to build bridges, an incredible leader who lives in a library van, a small scale farmer/homeopath from Cornwall, a mental health worker who wants to stimulate political action among young adults....and I got to spend a weekend in a beautiful place with good food and my best friend. In a yurt. With fires and marshmallows and cats. And tadpoles. And treehouses. And tea. Um, yes please?

Pictures courtesy of Zoe

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I have grown flowers. Successfully. Ones that smell good, too. Even Dean hasn't laughed yet (I'm trusting that's because he thinks it's also truly impressive, not because of some super-hero-like ability to keep a straight face).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Does anyone want to buy me this?

In fact, I might have to get it myself. It rocks.

Sorry for the no-post-wasteland of the past few weeks - busy busy busy. More to come.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I think that I would be happy to go to school forever (if someone took care of the bills), so perhaps I'm a little biased. But it makes me SO ANGRY (so angry it's hard to speak about it) to hear a number of the discussions going around at the moment on the supposed 'uselessness' of higher education. Because it makes me angry and I've spent too long thinking about it, this may not be a very logically argued post. Just sayin'.

I entirely agree with those who point out that higher education, both in the US and the UK, needs a lot of work. If Universities aren't paying for themselves, then the government either needs to make funding a priority (duh...I argue that degrees trump the Olympics, Mr. AHRC), or find ways to make them more efficient. Efficiency is a Good Thing anyway, but the way to achieve it is not closing Classics departments or leaving professors to founder. Nor is it churning out thousands of PhDs who will never find jobs in academia, although I very strongly disagree with those like Thomas Benton, who argues in the Chronicle for Higher Education that graduate degrees in the Humanities are virtually worthless (Master's degree in English because you thought it would get you a job and now all you have is debt? Bad Idea. Master's degree because you loved every minute of it and all you ever want to do is talk about English even if it means you have to work in a shop? Debt, schmet.). There are problems in the system, in the divide between professional studies and liberal arts studies, in the funding issues - so fix the problem - don't discount the system, please.

Education ROCKS. And I struggle to see why a rising number of degrees raises so much anger here in the UK. Is it a class thing? I think it's partially an educational structure thing - here in the UK, you don't get a liberal arts education; you study One Thing. In my opinion, that's stupid, unless that one thing can still teach you how to think. And how to write. And research. And speak. And read. And all sorts of things that may not be part of a plumbing course, but can still help you make an incredible plumber. Or baker. Or scientist. Or teacher. Those who argue against degrees forget that major employers more often than not leap at the chance to hire someone with more education. And it's not because they've studied Media, or whatever - it's because they have a more mature mind, not in the 'no longer things about fart jokes' sense, but in the 'able to think abstractly and work with others' sense (well. they should anyway).

The Times Higher Education Supplement has begun a campaign, based in Twitter, called #loveHE. Part of the problem, it claims, is that Universities have an 'image problem'. The campaign ' is an all-embracing and unashamed way to champion higher education in all its multifaceted glory, from inside and outside the sector. ' Woohoo!!!! Plus Patrick Stewart is one of their supporters. Double woohoo!

But seriously. We need more of this. Let's stop saying why education is useless (please) and begin talking about why our society rests on a foundation of learning. Stop railing on education, because it's one of the most important things civilization really has going for it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blog It Forward: Sources of Inspiration

Some readers may know about the extra-special Blog It Forward project that sfgirlbybay is running. It features over 300 (!!!) bloggers in an interconnected mashup extravaganza of inspiration. Yesterday, Out and About Africa talked about sources of inspiration (and there are a lot to choose from when you blog about such a beautiful continent!); tomorrow, Paislee Press will wrap up our section of the event.

So. What is Blog It Forward about? Things that inspire! Although I care way to much about staying on time and getting things done, there are quite a few things that manage to sweep me away/leave me awestruck and full of a desire to DO things - whether that do-ing is printing, reading, writing, starting projects, or just thinking or loving. Some of the many include:

books. libraries. people who love books. reading. words.
Bookshelf art by Timothy Taylor, found on librarynotebook. Isn't it cool?

I've written far to many essays on how enthralled I am by the fact that tiny scribbles on a page can change the world. Seriously. When you think about it, it's awe-inspiring. Entire civilizations and many of the things that make me laugh or cry rest on the power of a few scratches and some sounds. And its all in libraries. You can go and TOUCH what changed the world. How amazing is that?

dancing. Photo by Dean McCarthy

I am a dancer. Before I started 'real' classes (which led to daily Irish dancing and world travel), I made my parents' dinner guests sit down and watch my performances. Dancing, really dancing, is incredibly freeing. And a truly gifted dancer almost always makes me cry from sheer...I'm not even sure. Emotion? Power? Sometimes it just that it makes me want to get up and dance with my whole entire being.

people who think. and are curious. and wonder at things.
image via Apartment 34

Because they constantly make me question my own ideas and values. Because they let me love them (some of them at least). Because they create our world.

These are only a small few of the many things that inspire me. Others might include Dean (um that's a huge one. Dean is always pushing me to be a better person) Or daffodils. Or pie. Or my dearest friends. Or TYPOGRAPHY (that's also a pretty big one, actually). Or smiles. I could go on...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Oh dear.

When you've given up chocolate for Lent, Vosges' Easter line is enough to make you weak in the knees. And drool. Hickory smoked almonds, grey sea salt, and deep milk chocolate? Yes please!

Plus they're like the cutest chocolate bunnies EVER.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Best. Video. Ever.

Happy Friday! This made me smile (and cry a little - it was so joyful)!

Found on Wide Open Spaces, who found it on A Tribe Called Treese

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

War of the

A certain Dr. Zeus has painstakingly collected images of all (or at least very many of) the book covers of War of the Worlds and put them online here. The book has been in print for over 100 years (since 1898), and there are at 378 covers in this online collection. Brilliant browsing time, whether you're a bibliographical afficionado and get all misty-eyed at the eras they represent, or whether you just think they're cool (or both).

Some of the worst (I
What does Tintin have to do with War of the Worlds?

Or this Tin Can Alien?

Or, um, the USS Enterprise?

Friday, March 12, 2010

That Old Book smell...

Sometime sniffers of the Radcliffe Camera air vents may be interested to know that scientists have developed a technique for dating old books that relies on what all you know and adore - that 'old book' smell.

Apparently, the scientists described the smell as “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.”

Visit the original Los Angeles Times article for (slightly) more info, or treat yourself to the original article in Analytical Chemistry - entitled 'On the Smell of Old Books' and full of tasty tidbits on 'material degradomics.'

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wedding photos done right

Some words of wisdom from A Los Angeles Love (discovered via East Side Bride)...

(with the added point that I do believe that wedding photos themselves are lovely and that not stressing over the perfect look etc. doesn't have to mean eschewing them entirely - keeping in mind the oh-so-reasonable concept that your wedding is NOT a production and you are not a Hollywood star)

"[People say]...Wedding season is around the corner and you "need" to look bikini-ready for that dress. And even worse than the how-do-I-lose-ten-pounds-fast-and-entirely-unhealthily panic is the oh-[crap]-I-have-to-take-pictures despair...

Turn away from those blogs right now and reclaim your wedding. For yourself. Because your love isn't ordinary. It's rooted in your unique how-we-met story and your own we-snorted-soda-out-of-our-noses stories and your individual how-the-hell-would-I-have-made-it-here-without-this-partner stories. Your love is gorgeous and obvious and entirely personal. And it will shine through in the pictures. And it will illuminate your faces with complete and utterly stunning joy."

Photograph of sheer joy from Lillian and Leonard

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Little things...

I'm well known for killing plants, but I'm quite proud of the first bloom on this....

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I'm lame....

...Because I haven't posted in days and days. You might think that means that I have such a glamourous lifestyle that I am too busy enjoying champagne at midnight and meeting famous people (you would be forgiven for thinking this - I know I give that impression sometimes). Actually, I have just been working A LOT and applying for MANY scholarships and trying to learn THOUSANDS of dance steps that are all the same but called different things (seriously. WHO wrote the TCRG book?).

That said, exciting things have actually happened to me. Dean and I found Atomic Burger and have now been twice in a week (that's impressive for us, but they have peanut butter milkshakes and play Star Wars clips, so we're kinda hooked). Zoe and I went to look at some wedding dresses - and got some serious attitude from the woman at The Bridal Room at House of Fraser (don't go there) - but also enjoyed a night out in Brick Lane, some amazing chicken, and Olympic curling. We then ventured into the UK's first Anthropologie (I know, I know, I can't afford anything there, but they have card catalogues. Card Catalogues. Why do they get to use them to display unaffordable pretty things when I have ACTUAL stuff I could put in them. Like pretty things? Or maybe spoons?). Anthropologie has...dun dun dun...the most amazing 'wallpaper' ever. A beautiful growing green wall:

Ok, most random post ever. Sorry.
Image courtesy of Biotecture, creator of the wall

Thursday, February 18, 2010

12 Reasons Why Librarians Rule the World

A colleague sent this today, and I thought it was eloquent and insightful while still containing some of that 'Yeah, I'm a librarian. I rock. Ha!' quality. Take, for instance, this excerpt:

"...Librarians often contrive for themselves this Luddite image. But they are in truth the most progressive and visionary figures in the whole university: like bloodhounds, always hot on the trail of the future. Their demure appearance is a cunning disguise which allows them to perpetrate their radicalism all the more effectively. It is a camouflage net thrown over an armoured vehicle...

...At the same time, there is nobody more conservative than a librarian. Their enthusiasm for constant change and reinvention springs from an even deeper commitment to what has been received from the hand of the past. The library is an angel whose wings are spread out in fierce and loving protection of the past, while its face stares deep into the eerie light of the future."

Um, see why I have the coolest job in the world?

Image of Denison Library at Scripps College - my alma mater and first library job...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

He sent me ROSES :)

Dean and I have the amazing luck of celebrating our anniversary (yeah, I know we're not married yet, but when you've been together six years (!!!!) you have to celebrate it because it's a wonderful thing) two days before Valentine's Day. So we have a whole weekend to celebrate us!

Last night we ate some lovely fish and salted caramel chocolate mousse at the Ashmolean Dining Room (current favorite restaurant font, by the way), and Dean is now the proud owner of a poster that reflects his outlook on life:

I know lots of people think Valentine's Day is stupid, but I don't. I even loved the cheesy Cinderella valentine's we gave everyone in 2nd grade. I know, I know, all the commercialism is crap and we shouldn't have to buy things to ensure that our loved ones know we love them...but it's a day for brownies and candy conversation hearts and paper goods that are lovely to look at and snuggles and all that is good - what's not to like? Seriously. Chocolate, paper and snuggles. Think about it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Muffin Love

So, when I made those muffins on Tuesday, I didn't realize that I was launching total muffin amazingness. No offence to those of you who may believe yourself the blueberry muffin queens, but Martha Stewart pretty much has it. All of it. Her recipe rocks. It is so so so yummy. Go make it now.

What are you waiting for?


Makes 1 dozen (yeah, well - 10 in my case)

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a standard 12-cup muffin pan and dust with flour, tapping out excess; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Working over the bowl, toss blueberries in a fine sieve with about 1 1/2 teaspoons flour mixture to lightly coat; set aside the flour mixture and the blueberries.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a handheld mixer, beat butter and 1 cup sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Mix in vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add reserved flour mixture, beating until just combined. Add milk, beating until just combined. Do not overmix. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the blueberries. Divide batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. If desired, in a small bowl, mix together remaining 1/4 cup sugar and nutmeg. Sprinkle sugar mixture on top of muffin batter.
  4. Bake, rotating pan halfway though, until muffins are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Turn muffins on their sides in their cups, and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

PS. I am liking my new office vibe - we're creating a new team, and we've all been on a coffee muffins flowers in the office trip - lovely.

Image and recipe from Martha Stewart

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday Night Muffins

A quiet Tuesday night - it feels so good when I'm actually getting things accomplished. Especially when those things involve working out, baking blueberry muffins and making risotto, working on cards and filling my brain with typography - although I am also studying for my TCRG (Irish dance teacher's exam) and doing yet more scholarship applications. But Dean will be here soon to help me eat risotto, Regina Spektor is on Spotify and I have tea, so all is well.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


WHY do we have to have a groom's cake?! Can't a groom like a big cake? I'm pretty sure this goes into the category of wedding industry 'if you don't have this your wedding is not going to be as good as Jane's wedding and everyone will hate you and you will be so uncool and no one will ever like you again' scams.

Is it totally impossible to choose a cake you BOTH like? Is that so hard? I'm pretty sure Dean and I are both excited about our amazing secret cake plan.

Although, if he did want his own cake, he could have it. And I would make it for him.

PS. The amazing secret cake plan? Well, it's pretty amazing.

Image from Smitten Kitchen

Friday, February 5, 2010


Having one of those Fridays...wish I could spend my weekend like this:

Photo by Pamela Hanson

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Life is good

So. While in London for a very important mission (more when I find out the result of said mission), I got to spend an afternoon with Zoe!!! (!!!!)

Can I just point out that it makes me so very very happy when I get to spend time with my closest friends? I am so so glad that Zoe moved to the UK. Who else would eat cupcakes with me? And let me just point out...that is no normal cupcake. It is a MARSHMALLOW CUPCAKE. Which makes it incredibly cooler.

Dear friends. Why must so many of you live in far away places?

Monday, January 25, 2010



Too cool for words.

All from 100 l ayer cake

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I mean, yes?!

The League of Moveable Type. Dedicated to open source fonts!

Definitely on my exciting list. Especially after a day spent trying to move type around with frozen fingers. Having your 'studio' (I am calling it that now) outside is not so hot (haha literally) in the winter.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The things they should really teach you in school

According to East Side Bride:

The groom will get bored with wedding planning. There will be entire days when he doesn’t want to talk about it.

What?! Really?! He's not going to be jumping up and down every day like this guy every time I bring up flowers?

Haha. This is going to be fun.

Picture from Snippet and Ink.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Typeface: The film

Anyone in London next Thursday? How about Boise? Or Chicago later in the month? Love type? Then this is for you...


The film.

I think it rocks. They have amazing posters (unfortunately my favorite is selling for $1000). I want to see it (if only it were the NEXT Thursday, when I'm in London anyway!).

I can't decide whether it's amazing or slightly bothersome that printing has become the new hip thing. On the one side...I stumbled upon it in part because it is (well - in part. Scripps and Scripps College Press, in combination with the Mills College program and Southern California fine press printing in general, formed a large part of my printing education. I spent hours archiving Scripps College material and learning about it as part of my work in the library there, and that's where it started. And I don't know that my learning about printing at Oxford, where the bibliography room has been going for decades, falls into the new hip and trendy category). The fact that it's new and cool makes it easier to find material. It means there are more people to share ideas and experiences with. It means when I go home to Portland I have exciting things to do. It means when I make stuff people admire it and will potentially (one day) buy it.

But it also means it's not the same small community anymore that I think it had been in the past (again,'s still small. Just not AS small). Not that I can claim to be a huge part of the community yet, but I'd like to have a little edge or corner one day. I don't want it to be the thing that EVERYone does. Maybe I just feel that way because everyone does it in Portland? Am I just being silly?

I guess it's the same as find a band no one knows about, then they're the next big thing. You start Irish dancing, then Riverdance comes along and everyone does it (ok - that's kind of specific to me, and it was because of Riverdance that I got to tour the world with a professional dance company). But you know what I mean - it's not your thing anymore, it's that thing that everyone does.


Preview here:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cheetos and all that

At home, I'm not that big a fan of Cheetos. Or Fritos. When I can't have them 99% of the year, however, they rock.

I brought Dean a bag (Dean...hahaha...secretly me....) and we ate half of them at midnight last night. I love this man.

by the way who EATS Natural Cheetos? Either do it or don't....there's no healthy in between!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Miles and miles and miles....

I HATE having the things I have most spread out over the world. I am very selfish and want them all in one place (and if that place were Portland I would be happier). Sigh.

That said, I am excited to be back with my man and also back at work (new projects ahead! what fun!). I had a lovely time relaxing in Portland, including wedding planning with Mom and seeing old friends. Highlights:

*Trying on wedding dresses with Mom and Cathy. We started with the new Elizabeth Dye dresses. So. Pretty. And Clara, who works there, was brilliant. When we stepped into a typical bridal shop I nearly turned and ran - they were all so...poofy. In the end though, there were some lovely ones...
*Cooking dinner with the guys, later joined by Steph and Ariel
*Catching up with friends I hadn't seen in years (!)
*Spending hours looking at paper and stamps and ribbons and other such printing geekery
*Seeing my brother and meeting his girlfriend
*Mexican food!
*Andrew's gig
*Dancing girls and coffee
*Reveling in the weirdness of our cat, Columbus

Images of Powells by Hunsonisgroovy