Wowwwww! Some of ya’ll don’t know about the card catalogue! I saw this and had to reblog…I was using these things all the way up to and through part of college! Btw, I’m only 36 so fix your lips for any of my friends who have something smart to say (wink!)



Student using the card catalogue in the library, 1981. London School of Economics.

Wow, some of ya’s have probably never used one of these. Sweet memories.

The Kindle vs. the Book?

I would like to wax poetic about libraries and technology and how awesomely they go together. This past fall I entered the world of the Kindle thanks to a wonderful birthday gift. Back in the 80s during my middle school years I would never have thought one day I’ll be reading books from a flat DVD cover sized device (shoot I didn’t even know DVDs would exist). It was the frontier-like era of computers; they were available at schools and rarely seen in anyone’s home. I even went away to college in 1993 with an electric typewriter (I thought I was doing big things!). Can you see where this is going? I was brought up in a time period when computers were viewed as something strange and interesting and there wasn’t even a thought (at least by non-tech folks) of downloading a book to an electronic device…what?! I hadn’t even heard the word download. I mean reality is I would never have purchased a Kindle because it was the enemy, it was designed as part of this bigger machine to kill the printed word…seriously, hasn’t that aided in making newspapers one step closer to being extinct?  So what changed? Two things: someone at work brought one in and allowed me to take a (skeptical) look AND it was a gift and you can’t look a gift horse in the mouth (where did that phrase come from?).

When my brand new touch screen Kindle was presented to me, the b.f. told me he thought about this gift because it would eliminate the heavy shoulder bag I carry when I travel because I always have two to three books with me for fear of being trapped somewhere with nothing to do for hours. Hmmm, why in all my theoretical reasons for not allowing myself to love this little piece of technology, did I never think, oh yeah, I can carry mad books with me and all of them together will weigh the same as one of those sorely under-utilized solar-powered Texas Instrument calculators that I still have from my high school chemistry class- speaking of which for all its bells and whistles I only use that calculator to add up my bills…I digress! I’m a chick who loves her book shelves and has read most of the books on them. I love the slightly scratchy texture of paper beneath my fingertips. I was brought up on books and began my love affair with reading one summer when I was grounded, only allowed to sit on the back stoop, and forced to read a book of my Mom’s choosing. That book was Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’ and I was not thrilled because it looked to be the size of a dictionary. Once I realized my Mom was serious and I was never getting off that stoop as long as it was hot outside I began to read in earnest and ended up enjoying Jane and Mr. Rochester’s story.

I now identify my books with happiness especially in colder weather; to curl up with a book and drink some tea while watching it rain or snow outside your window is a beautiful thing. I still don’t get the same feel from my Kindle so for me it won’t replace my buying books that I want to have on my bookshelves. I also find that unlike my books, which I will lend out, it’s not likely I’ll lend someone my Kindle which sucks, because I’d like my sister to read both of the only two books on it: Robert Rave’s ‘Conversations and Cosmopolitans’ and Common’s ‘One Day It Will All Make Sense’. I also thought about the fact that it’s going to get pretty expensive to buy a book every time I’m headed out of town for the weekend, so what’s a girl to do? Enter the public library. Someone recently told me that the local library just started allowing patrons to download books to their electronic devices, which means that I can load some books up on my Kindle without having to go broke trying to keep up with my reading appetite. Moral(s) of this story: technology is awesome and please do get a library card…there are too many benefits the library provides to not take advantage.

Note: Please share any good non-fiction and/or auto-biographical books you’ve enjoyed; I’m always looking for my next good read.

For those that know me, you know how much I love my girl Miss Piggy (didn’t my recent posts about homegirl tip you off). Check out this wonderful jewel that I was happy to stumble upon and had to reblog!


Miss Piggy for MAC…

Of course the biggest diva of them all would have her own makeup collection coming out…

With excitement, MAC’s latest collab will include Piggy-approved false lashes, the pinkest of piggiest eye shadows and her ultimate black eyeliner to get those peepers piggified.

And if that’s not exciting enough…. Christian Louboutin has already created custom-made items for Miss Piggy’s movie wardrobe.

This little piggy did not go to no market, nope, she went straight to the Bond Street of Puppetville.


It’s the Little Things…

Don’t you love when things work out perfectly for you? It’s always fantastic if something really major works out like owing money to your college and still being allowed to walk in the commencement ceremony (my school was gangster about that, but I made a compelling argument and strutted my stuff on graduation day); but you definitely have to give credence to the seemingly ‘little things’ that can make your day! While at my desk today at work, one of my co-workers and partners in crime was asking around for a soy sauce packet to go with his lunch-I wish all of ya’ll could have seen the happy smile on his face, I mean dayum his whole face lit up to the point where I had to say something. He shook his head and said, “It’s the little things”. That got me to thinking…what little things have made me happy and changed the course of my day for the better?

  • Heinz ketchup packets- notice the use of the word Heinz? That’s important! B. Hayes and I agree that some of those off-brand catsups (wtf is up with that spelling anyway?) turn brown in like a month…ugggggh! Anyway, I’ve picked up fries at lunch, forgot to grab some ketchup packets and been pissed when I made it back to my office. You see I love ketchup on my fries and if the fries are sub-par I definitely need the ketchup to mask it so stumbling across a Heinz packet in my desk drawer is a happy moment. Note to self: If fries are sub-par, maybe don’t eat them…
  • ‘Gone Gonzo’ from the special edition Muppet OPI line-as soon as I discovered a special edition Muppet polish line was introduced around the holidays, I immediately began my quest, however, so did everyone else in the Baltimore metro area. I even trolled the OPI website to see if I could order direct but no such option. Initially I wanted to have something of Miss Piggy’s, particularly ‘Divine Swine’ or Pepe’s ‘Purple Passion’ but alas no luck. Everything changed recently on a trip to NYC; I was at a nail salon and while my nails were drying I spied a cluster of Muppet colors and jumped up asking the owner if I could buy from their stash. All they had left was ‘Fresh Frog of Bel Air’ and ‘Gone Gonzo’. I copped them both for my mother and I respectively. As I type this I’m looking down at my flashy blue disco nails and am finally satisfied. I feel like Indiana Jones when he reaches through that small ass crack to grab his hat; all is right with the world.
  • Discovering a new song on a cd you’ve had for years- While randomly listening to my iPod and forcing myself NOT to forward songs, I’m finding there’s a whole lot of music I haven’t even listened to but have owned for ages. Case in point, ‘Dolly Dagger’, I am now keeping this on a loop so I can glean all the words. ‘Dolly Dagger’ sounds like a pretty bad-ass chick, but I won’t know her story until I give this song a couple more listens. I discovered this song on my best of Jimi Hendrix album. I have no idea when this song was first released although I guess a little internet perusal could solve that mystery.

I’ve shared three small things: packets of ketchup, nail polish, and discovering a new song…what are the seemingly small things that put a big fat smile on your face and change your day for the better?

Fresh Air and ‘Veggie Tales’

Me and the fam tromping through Brooklyn

Fresh from a rejuvenating yet busy (thanks Mezei;-) out of town trip to NYC this past weekend, I am feeling more physically apt, or to be specific non-sedentary, which is of course because you walk everywhere there…and when you miss your subway stop AND there are ‘technical difficulties’ on the track you gotta hop off the train and walk back which can add up to miles of trekking. Couple all of this with some amazing food that included some fun vegetables and I’m thinking perhaps I had better keep the good times rolling and continue good habits that are inherently built into the fiber of a walking city like NYC. Quite the ramble I know, but it’s all true. My challenge now is to walk more, which in Baltimore is definitely not as interesting unless you count stumbling across a Weeble Wobble (code for heroin addict) mid yoga-like forward bend, forehead hovering graze-level above the concrete. Now that I’ve painted a picture for you, you can see I’m not inspired to walk all around Baltimore primarily because this, unlike NY, is a driving city and ‘a lady loves her comforts’.

So my vegetable mention above needs some elaboration; I must diversity my vegetable intake or HOW I cook my vegetables. I’m discovering that I no longer have a strong desire for meat everyday (no worry to my carnivorous friends-I still love my cow and pig) but I can’t sit at a table with the same pile of steamed vegetables day in and day out…that just makes me more susceptible to eating pizza or something loaded with cheese…my future health depends on me loading up on greens so here’s where you, my faithful reader, come into play. Please oh please send me any interesting vegetable dishes; however, please do not send me any dishes loaded with butter and cheese and all of the things that make the vegetable a garnish. For instance, I love green beans and had some amazing green beans at a Thai restaurant. The beans were served steamed covered in a rich deep brown savory/semi-sweet sauce. The sauce was just thick enough to coat, but wasn’t so thick that the beans were mired in it. Those beans jolted my taste buds alive, the flavors all clamoring on my tongue for my attention and finally seamlessly intertwining to satiate my desire for flavorful vegetables. For FYI purpoes the following vegetables are on my ‘I just can’t’ list: asparagus (oh how I wish I loved them), brussel sprouts and cauliflower. Any of your suggestions, whether it be specific recipes or websites with tastee vegetable recipes, are welcomed.

I Heart Miss Piggy

During the holidays I was channel-surfing when I stumbled across a commercial-free airing of The Great Muppet Caper, one of my three favorite Muppet movies- the others are The Muppet Movie and Muppets From Space– my excitement was one part Miss Piggy (she’s the star of this movie) and one part remembering my father who, if forced to admit to his favorite Muppet movie, would always say The Great Muppet Caper because he thought Charles Grodin being in love with Miss Piggy was hilarious. FYI: Charles Grodin is an actor as well as a tv commentator (i.e. 60 Minutes II), which makes his infatuation with Miss Piggy all the funnier. Anyhoo, by the time I came across the movie, which incidentally was set in England, Kermit was on Miss Piggy’s supposed doorstep; you see she was pretending to be Miss Holiday (in true Muppet hilarity, Miss Holiday is a human) an imperious fashion designer. That evening led to one of the best scenes in all of the Muppet movies: Miss Piggy’s dance in the black, white and mirrored art deco-esque restaurant dining room. While being serenaded by Charles Grodin’s character, Miss Piggy channeled her inner mermaid and performed a water show ala Esther Williams. She was rocking a tiara topped with sparklers on top of a shooting geyser of water in a silver skirted va-va-voom bathing suit avec sparkly heels. Per usual Miss Piggy was caught up in a flight of fancy and ended up being shamed in front of all the diners when she went to ‘dive’ down the shooting geyser and landed splat at the end of the runway. Miss Piggy was not just humiliated but was also set up by Grodin, who assisted in stealing the real Miss Holiday’s jewels and planting them in Miss Piggy’s jacket pocket; never one to be held back by a little thing like being accused of theft, Miss Piggy shrugs this off but flees the scene since her cover is blown in front of Kermit. He’s left behind, bewildered and still carrying one of her sparkly heels which is especially hysterical since her shoe is almost as big as he is.

 I was hee-hawing the whole time I watched this because it makes me wonder about the writers for these movies; I mean these stories are so layered and detailed as are the Muppets themselves, this movie was a feast for the eyes and for the intellect, which leads to the next scene. Kermit sees the figure of what looks like Miss Piggy cloaked in a pearlescent soft pink trench coat with matching cloche hat and approaches her. When he discovers it is indeed Miss Piggy, Kermit goes off about her disrespect and lying. Typical Miss Piggy she’s in denial, but what’s especially funny here is that Kermit puts his foot down and goes off on Miss Piggy riding right over her excuses. Their argument ends with her screaming on him calling him ‘Frog!’ and him calling her ‘Pig!’ which shuts her up. I was buggin’, like ‘yo-did they really just go there?’ At the end of the day Kermit wasn’t taking any of Miss Piggy’s foolishness which is probably why in her heart Kermit is her man and she is his ride or die chick!.

 The rest of the movie is the typical Muppets work together to solve a mystery/crime and end with a good musical number…although I can’t remember what it was in The Great Muppet Caper.  What is it that makes the Muppets so damn magical? What makes Miss Piggy feel like your homegirl? For the Muppets as a whole my vote is the attention to detail in the set-design, the Muppets themselves and the writing. I mean this movie resonated with me at age 7 when it was first released. As for the lovely, talented, Rubinesque Miss Piggy, I remember thinking she was beautiful when I was child…in fact Miss Piggy is still doing the damn thing. She’s not a push-over, she is immaculately dressed and always stylishly cutting edge. Her hair is always done and what I love the best (and secretly wish I had the energy to do) is that her hair is an accessory to her outfits. So my Mom works at the local library and has for years and when I was kid she brought one of those huge READ posters home and it featured Miss Piggy…boy I was sooooo excited…I wish I had that poster right now. Suffice it to say I was one happy camper when The Muppets was released in theaters this year right before Thanksgiving. I rushed out on opening day…which I have not done for any movie since the first feature length Sex and the City; I was not disappointed. I still geek off of the ‘Am I a Man or a Muppet’ song and Walter’s hair, but that movie is a true throwback, allowing me the opportunity to have that magical experience now AND understand all the subtext as well… and my girl, Miss Piggy, she was beautiful and brilliant as usual.

FYI: Miss Piggy is going to be guest-starring on Lifetime’s Project Runway this Thursday evening.  According to my sister, the Project Runway All Stars will make cocktail dresses for Miss Piggy and she gets to judge them…my DVR is set!

Oh yeah: If you want a good cackle, please oh please read Charles Grodin’s interview entitled ‘Charles Grodin Finally Reveals His Brief Tryst with Miss Piggy’: