Sunday, August 01, 2010

everything old is new again

or newish, anyway
my used bookstore adventure yesterday was a success! sort of. while i wasn't offered cash, nice price books of carrboro gives the option of store credit or trade-ins. good-bye, julie and julia, time traveler's wife and a few others --

hello, organizing plain & simple and the perks of being a wallflower.

both are in nearly perfect condition and are now taking up residence on my nightstand along with curtis sittenfeld's american wife which i am currently enjoying (at my usual snail's pace, of course).

i realize that heading to the library is perhaps an even greener and more efficient way to read books, but i like having books around long-term (waaaay longer than even a renewed book gets to hang around) and i dislike having a time frame/deadline in which to enjoy them. while they are not the perfect solution if you have a specific title in mind, browsing through your nearby used bookstore is not only cost effective, but more environmentally friendly AND kinder to the local economy than hitting up the neighborhood barnes & noble.

plus, you never know what you might find, so it's a little more exciting!

here are the 'rejects'. in particular, i really liked early bird. i'm posting the stack just once more in case anyone is interested in a trade! if not, i will donate them . . . they will someday find a happy home, i hope.

temperate rainforest
= our weather theme for this weekend. i am kind of enjoying the change from the previously sunny-but-scorching july sky. yesterday i met up with an old (and we're talking elementary school here) friend k at caffe driade.

look how cozy! just imagine a gourmet coffee shop/wine bar hidden away behind the trees. we couldn't take advantage of outdoor seating this time around, but we did get to sit outside under a canopy and enjoy the refreshing cooler air.

. . . and speaking of cooler air, i am going to head out on my traditional sunday run! it's 8 am, and the current temp reads 66 -- can i be imagining things?

dear lightning bolt, if you could just hold off for 90 minutes or so, i would really appreciate it.

august goals
new month = a new theme for my personal happiness project! this go-around, i am going to focus on energy. i haven't exactly mapped out my plans yet (hey, that's what a long run is for, right?) so i will post specifics tomorrow.

happy sunday!



workout: 5 easy miles on the TM (speeds 9:06/mi - 8:35/mi) + upper body weights session (~30 min)

in the kitchen: reason #823 why i love summer . . .

mixed greens, strawberries, local tomatoes, local peppers, local cucumbers, local peaches, blue cheese all dressed up annie's light honey mustard for a sweet/tangy finish. BEST LUNCH EVER.

board prep: 15 PREP questions/answers. i'm back on track! today = PROJECT FOCUS DAY.


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Your lunch salad looks absolutely delicious, yum! It's much more temperate here today as well - based on my blog reads this AM, seems to be a theme across North America. I loved the Perks...I had forgotten about that book, now I want to re-read it. I keep meaning to ask, have you done a post outlining a timeline of your AM routine? Would love to hear about it, if not!

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I liked the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I read it years ago and don't really remember it though.

66 degrees is perfect for a run! It has not been like that here. We're still in a major heat wave.

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only 77 degrees as a high Wow in july

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I'll be curious to hear your review of Organizing Plain and Simple. I'm a confirmed library user because I never read things more than once, and if I like something I'll definitely finish it before it needs to go back- even at the expense of other, more important things. Glad you found a way to make used books work for you.

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Ooh! I need to hit up Nice Price Books--I have lots to trade in from my English major days;)
Beautiful salad!

Kristin said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh man, I love Cafe Driade! I have not been there in ages (since college at UNC) but I used to literally live within walking distance on Franklin and visited often. I love their little outdoor oasis down all those steps? Too cute. One of my first local coffee shop experiences I would guess.

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