Category: Books

Our flight from Dublin to JFK was almost downright pleasant this time.

Israeli Couscous, Feta & Fresh Mint Leaves; La Croix Water

Plenty of Reading Material

Cozy Shawl

The flight passed super quickly- even the two extra hours we spent waiting for a gate at JFK due to snow.

We’ll just ignore the fact that I was (once again) tagged for extra security. . .

Prepping for my next training course at work. . .

brewfist- small

work book- small

Preparing for a training course at work this week.  Barrel Aged Mikkeller to lubricate my thoughts.  🙂

balcony bar- small

I love taking photos of Scott when he doesn’t realise. . .so much more natural.  🙂

In an effort to improve our French, we watched Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets.  I’m not sure how much it helped us as far as making water cooler conversation is concerned, but we did learn a few fun facts:

  • Hufflepuff is called Poufsouffle.
  • Severus Snape is Severus Rogue.
  • Slytherin is Serpentard.
  • Tom Marvolo Riddle becomes  Tom Elvis Jedusor.  Yes, Voldemort is Elvis.
  • Nearly Headless Nick is the quite literal Nick Quasi-Sans-Tête.

We also learned a bit about our maturity levels, as we began referring to one another with the insults “you poufsouffle!” and “you serpentard!”  Some things never change.  🙂


I love books.  I always have.  I generally read between three and five books a week.  Living in Australia though, made my reading habit quite an expensive indulgence.  Paying $20+ for a paperback started adding up rather quickly, so when the Kindle was released, we hopped on the bandwagon.

Now, the only physical books I buy are cookbooks.  Everything else has long since gone digital.  Do I miss holding a real book?  Honestly yes, sometimes I do, but when we travel, I can pack a 1,000 books in my handbag.  In this instance, convenience wins.

Which brings me to our new Drinks Station. . .

Last weekend’s project was compiling charity donations.  Most of the bags were menswear (I live with a clotheshorse of entirely my own making 🙂 ).  Next up, we cleared a couple of shelves on the bookcase.  Once the books were boxed, there were two sad, naked, lonely shelves, just sitting empty.

By Sunday morning, I had decided that we needed a bar.  To be honest, I can’t believe we didn’t already have one!  So, I gathered a few pieces of my barware collection from the kitchen: two Art Deco trays from the 1940s, some novelty mid-century tools, a mix of vintage glasses and a selection of our most used bottles.  Voilà!  It’s a mini bar!

bar 3- small crop

It’s a work in progress.  Things will move.  They always do.  I like the idea of Buddha there, doing his best to talk you out of that drink, but that might not last either. . . If only my retro ice buckets weren’t so bulky.  😉

Today when I was reading David Sedaris’ new collection, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, I came across this quotation:

It’s not that they are stupid. . .  It’s that they are actively against knowledge.

I think I feel that way about most people.  🙂

After a quick stop @ Bennelong Bar for cocktails and nibbles, we’re going to see Stephen Fry, who’s doing a 90 minute talk at the Opera House.  Really looking forward to it!!  🙂

It’s Kindle!  It’s Kindle!  😀