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Thursday, January 15, 2009

January 13, 2009 journal pages

One can never have too many books. *ahem* So, I was feeling better yesterday and decided to tackle a little project that I've been wanting to do for some time. We hit our regular comic book stores yesterday where I bought thick magazine bags. My plan was to take all of the books next to my bed, put them in clear plastic bags and rearrange them on my bookshelves. One of the reasons I want the books in bags is that one of my bookcases is next to the window. Living in L.A., no matter what you do, black crud always comes in and gets everywhere. Damn dirt. Damn dust. I don't want you in my books! So, I bought 2 packs of the bags (200 bags total). Unfortunately they were out of "Treasury size" bags which means that most of my books won't fit. I either need to wait and get the treasury bags or go buy the huge ziploc bags.

Long story short, who knew I had over 100 books piled next to the bed? WHO KNEW? It took a couple of hours and some help from Tristan (in desperation when it got past dinner time came the "HELP MOM!" please). Some people buy shoes. Some people go out for dinner and a movie. Some people go on vacation. We buy books.

Here are the books that I am "reading" right next to my side of the bed. I finished Doris 23 & 26 last night.
Here's the *&$%%$@ pile that I need to put away today.Some have emailed me asking where I get my news and what I listen to when I create. If you scroll down on the right hand side of this page, there is a link list called "Sampling of what I listen to/read, etc...". I hope this helps. Pretty much daily I listen to this and read this. I have been reading this blog daily for the past two weeks.

It's been too hot here lately to wear the new shoes I bought online. My feet always give shoes a beating. I hate buying new shoes and clothes, but I couldn't resist these. I thought I'd try these to wear for when I teach. They're cute and comfy. Not for long walks, but perfect for teaching a class. Plus, they make everyone smile. An added bonus is that they are handmade.
I bought this one (pink bows) and this one in my big ass feet size 10.


LostLuggage said...

Hey...watch your mouth... I too rock the size ten shoe...lol

Those shoes are AWESOME!!

I am in awe of your library....

Shoshanah said...

i used to wear those shoes ALL THE TIME. plain black ones. my mom called them "butt ugs" because they were butt ugly. lol

your pile looks like my room did (before we moved -- now the pile is by the couch) -- a hundred or so books & mags because they were new, i was reading several at a time, i didn't want to lose track of them...

Sandy said...

I love these pages, very good message.

Your books look like mine. Granted my pile isn't that big and has gotten smaller. :)

I love the shoes and I too rock the size 10 which depending on the shoe can be a 9.5 lately. I would so wear these just because they look cute and just to see people's faces around my area. They don't wear things like this here. LOL Esp. if your my age. That would be too funny.

Thanks so much for the blog link, I've been wanting more information that the pitiful news is giving on this war.

Sarah said...

I am pleased to see your huge pile of bedside books-I have one of those too. I tackle it and then it slowly grows again. I love the tackling bit as I rediscover forgotten treasures at the bottom.

Renee said...

Kelly, there is so much in this post.

1. shoes are adorable.
2. holy crow talk about a lot of books.
3. thanks for the hook-up on the blog, that video in NY was totally disgusting.
4. question, I have started altering a book (first time ever) and wondered, do you decopage them when finished?


Kelly Kilmer said...

Please drop me an email when you can. I can't find your email addy.

EGorey99 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

I'm not sure what you mean about the decoupaging the book? I want to help! Let's talk ;)

4ravens said...

Ohh - I knew it - I am not alone!
I would sooner buy books than almost anything else, hmm don't think I have 100 beside the bed though - they'd be in double digits though - lol! Love those shoes!

Artzy Diva said...

Kelly- I've cataloged all my books and realized I have over 800 of them!! My mantra goes something like this "Hi my name is Kristin and I'm a book-a-holic...."

Raine said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shoes! I'm not really a shoe person either, but we do have to cover our feet every now and then, don't we. Since I broke my ankle, I can only were clog-style shoes. It's either that or buy 2 pair of the same one in different sizes, cuz my seriously busted ankle is huge!!! Maybe these little Mary Janes would fit....hmm.........

I, too, would rather buy books than clothes or shoes, or just about anything else. If I don't get at least one box from Amazon every couple of weeks, I go into withdrawal!! And my art magazines. Gotta have those. But I had to do a major purge a few weeks ago and put together 9 twine-tethered bundles of magazines to go out to the trash. It almost killed me, but I had to do it. I needed to make room for my newest books!!!!

I don't understand people who don't read. What's with that? Have you ever walked into someone's home and there are NO books? OMG!!!!! I don't get it. Maybe it's just me.... Well....me, you and Artzy Diva...my sweet and crazy buddy!

Seth Apter said...

That is quite a collection Kelly. I am sure everybody would love to have an opportunity to sift through that pile!