Monday, July 26, 2010

Painting Water

You must watch this:

I'm sorry it's just a link, I tried to embed the video (I even searched on how to do it!) but the code isn't working for some reason. At any rate, this is a guy doing an awesome job marbling paper, something that I learned about in my Paper in the Scholarly World class. You need (as you can see) a tray for the water which has been treated with (usually) something called carrigeenan, which comes from a plant. Then you can drip pigments/paints which have been treated with oxgall (literally stuff that comes from the gall bladder of an ox....appetizing, no? lol) onto the water, where they will float. You can then use various tools, combs, etc. to manipulate the pigments to make cool designs, then gently place a piece of paper that has been treated with allum (another chemical) onto the top of the water. Ta-da, marbled paper! It's often used to cover the boards of books, and/or as endsheets on books.

In somewhat related news, I just started my bookbinding class today and I. Love. It. so much! :) There will be many pictures and a big post to come at the end of the week. I know, you're all really excited to hear more dorky book stuff, don't all tell me at once. hehehe :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Battlestar and Blog Awards! :)

I have been totally neglecting this blog. Part of the reason is because I am staying with my friend/future roommate, and we have been watching what is now one of my favorite shows, Battlestar Galactica (the new one, not the old one). We JUST finished it today, and there were some mind-blowing twists! I won't say anything else because I don't want to spoil anything in case anyone reads this who hasn't watched it.

Anyway, when I remembered I had this blog (lol) today and checked to see if I had any new comments or anything, I was surprised to find that my friend Lindsey had posted on her blog a fun thing called the Versatile Blogger Award, which she has awarded me (and some others)! You can find her blog detailing her awesome adventures in New York and beyond at:

The purpose of the Versatile Blogger award is "to recognize good design, writing, photos, etc.; to network amongst other bloggers; inspire content ideas, etc. Conditions of the award stipulate that I need to share seven things about myself and then pass on this award to other wonderful bloggers.”

Without further ado, I give you my seven things, and then seven bloggers!


1. I sometimes wonder what the conversation must have been like when Congress was deciding whether or not tomatoes were to be classified as fruits or vegetables for tax and trade purposes. I bet it was funny.

2. If you hang out with me after a road trip of 1 or more hours, I will most likely have a hoarse voice from singing loudly along the way.

3. I have budgeted for two trips this spring....locations and details to be revealed, but I am so excited!

4. I wish I could still ride horses, but my back injury prevents me from doing so.

5. I just found out that the White Castle buildings were modeled after the Water Tower in Chicago. Cool!

6. I sing the "Soft Kitty" song from the TV show "The Big Bang Theory" to my cat sometimes.

7. A few weeks ago I bought my friend some socks that turned out to be children's socks, but since they fit me I didn't realize that they weren't meant for adults. lol

And here are 7 of my favorite bloggers!! I would first like to honorarily award Lindsey, because reading about her adventures is always super duper fun!! But since she has already received the award, I will list 7 other bloggers so that she doesn't have to do a repeat post awarding more people :)

1. Holly of Meatless with Mia, found at

Holly is one of my very good friends and blogs about her random adventures, including eating vegan and inspirational fun quotes she finds!!

2. Carla of The Grass is Greener, found at

I have known Carla since we were itty bitty little kids, lol! It has been fun to find that we have come to share interests, specifically that we have both started eating and living vegan!

3. Emily of Carnival of Sorts, found at

Emily is my library school buddy, and I am so glad that we met! Here you can find excellent randomness, including movie/book reviews and accounts of library school adventures. Beware: we both really like paper, and aren't afraid to blog about it. lol

4. Livy of A Field Journal, found at

I do not know or have any personal connection to Livy, but I love love LOVE her blog!! It is one of the first I found that got me into reading/following/starting my own blog.

5. Amy, a.k.a. That Winsome Girl, found at

Again, I do not personally know Amy, but her blog and jewelry are both super adorable! Check out her Etsy shop of the same name, and her delicious looking Cookies and Cream Cupcakes!

......I have run out of blogs! I read many more of them semi-regularly, but that's all I can think of at this hour, lol! So that concludes tonight's Versatile Blogger awards. Hopefully this fun e-award will continue to circulate, I like the idea of a community of bloggers :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Since summer is almost over and the completion of my master's degree finally seems attainable (I'll be done in May 2011), I have decided that it's time to set some goals for myself. I want to make the most of library school, and so by posting them here I hope that I will be more likely to really stick to them! I *usually* stick to my guns pretty well, but it's nice to have an extra incentive, like the thought of people reading this blog later if I update on progress, and, well, if I haven't made any progress I would feel judged by the internet at large. lol. So, without further ado, here we go!

GOAL 1: get in shape/eat healthy very strictly until the end of 2010

This goal is already going pretty well. Part of this has to do with the fact that I need to fit into the clothes I already own, since a) one of them is the bridesmaid's dress for my brother's wedding in September and b) I can't afford to buy new clothes! I would also like to be a more active person, get outside and all that, and eating vegan really helps with eating healthy (although knowing that Oreos are technically vegan has SO not As for eating vegan, I've been doing pretty well, but haven't been extremely strict with myself over the past few weeks. I'd say I'm eating about 75-80% completely vegan, and the other % are just random things, like cupcakes for my friend's birthday, or butter that was already on some pre-prepared frozen garlic bread. But, the goal of getting in shape/eating healthy will be a joint one, as I am moving in with a friend and have been staying with her the past few weeks, and we are planning our meals and working out together!

GOAL 2: gain technological skills useful to future employment/continue professional development

Now, my mom thinks I'm pretty tech-savvy already. I love her very much, but she is not the greatest relative judge of my technological skills, lol! Since I have planned out my library school path anticipating that I will be able to get a job in a rare books-related position, particularly focusing on preservation and conservation, I haven't taken many classes focused solely on technological skills. I hope to broaden my knowledge of technology through my own study, including learning basic HTML, photoshop, and web-design skills. I don't know if this is a realistic goal or not, having not had much experience with technology, but I know that in many library positions I will soon be applying for that familiarity with many kinds of technology is a must and will (hopefully!) give me an edge over other applicants. In addition, I hope to keep volunteering at the preservation/conservation lab, and hopefully to research and apply for internships for the spring semester before I graduate.

GOAL 3: begin researching PhD/second master's programs

I have already started doing this, but what I really need to "research" is the amount of student loans I currently have VS how expensive it would be to get a second master's or even a PhD. A lot of rare books jobs call for a PhD or a second master's degree on top of your master's in library sciences, and so I think it would be wise to at least consider this option in planning for future employment. I think I'd like to get some "real-world" experience first, but if I can't find a job in my field maybe going back to school WOULD be the best option. I just have SO. MANY. student loans, and so the thought of trying to pay for school literally blows my mind. So that's something I need to explore, especially because taking careful inventory of my existing loans will help me when I have to start paying them back, which is pretty soon (right after I graduate).

That's all I can think of for now! :)