Merging Books

This post is mainly for my friends over at the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club. I made this questionnaire after reading an essay from a collection of essays. To fill you in, in case you came to this post from elsewhere, there was an essay about the author merging her book collection with her spouse’s collection.

The thought of merging libraries scares me. This constitutes another reason to stay single! What if they only have sci-fi and horror, which I don’t read? What if they are a book hoarder and will never be willing to clean their shelves?

I felt the only way to deal with this anxiety was to start to develop a new screening questionnaire for any potential dates.

Below is Liz’s completely unscientific yet personally important screening test, which you may refer to as LZUYPIST, as all the fancy tests have acronyms.

  1. What genres do you read?
  2. How long should you hold onto books for?
  3. How do you feel books should be shelved?

 

For me, the prefered answers would be:

  1. Eclectic, but is preferred to not have horror/scifi/romance as the only genres.
  2. It depends. Classics-forever, other things should be donated if they will not be re-read. The super correct answer would be, whenever they are due back at the library!
  3. The answer should be alphabetically by author or by color of the book. Bonus points if they say both!

I think I found someone who fits these…me!  Luckily we get along quite well! 🙂

 

What questions would you add?  Does merging shelves with someone be it a family member, spouse, significant other or roommate terrify or excite you?

Celebrate Advent, even without kids!

I share more about the below on my podcast at Life with Liz.

When we think of Advent on a commercial level, it seems to currently center on activities for children. Pinterest is full of ideas of Advent activities to do with children, and Facebook is another avenue that ideas are being shared.

How about those of us that do not have a children?  As a single adult, Advent has been very meaningful to me so far this season, and I would like to share some of my ideas with you. Perhaps you will have ideas to share as well!

Advent is a time of waiting for Christ, it is a time of hopeful anticipation.

 

My advent practices:

Advent Wreath

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Advent calendar and Countdown Clock

 

German Advent Poem:

Advent Advent, a little light burns,
First one, then two, then three, then four,
Then the Christ Child stands in front of the door

 

Movies:

The Holiday, Prancer, The Nativity Story, Elf and The Santa Clause movies are my favorite.

 

Giving Ideas:  cookies, dinner, local charities, spread Christmas cheer (think Buddy the Elf).

 

Choose not to be busy, and only choose things that bring life and joy.

Commonplace: The Sequel

Hey readers! If you got here from my podcast Life with Liz, thanks for stopping by!

I previously posted about Commonplacing at this post. You may want to start there before reading further!

I have a new commonplace book since my post in August, that I wanted to share pictures of! I bought this on Amazon here.  (I am not an affiliate, so I’m not benefitting at all from sharing this link). This is my 2nd of these and I adore them, and it is such a great price!

This is the cover of my commonplace:

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This is my index page:

 

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Sample page in spoken section:

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Sample page in Classics section:

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Do you plan give commonplacing a try?

5 ingredient Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito

I have multiple food allergies, and so on busy evenings my favorite recipes are simple, quick and delicious.

When I look online for recipes, anytime the ingredient list gets over about 5, I know I am going to have most likely omit things.  So this is my take on black bean and sweet potato burritos. There are tons of recipes out there, this is my 5 ingredient version, all with things I can eat.

Serves 1 person, with leftovers for the next evening.

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1 c. black beans, drained and rinsed

2 corn tortillas (I used gluten-free corn, you could also do other varieties).

pinch of salt

a bit of olive oil

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes on a sheet pan, coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. (For quick clean-up, I line the pan with foil).
  3. Put in the oven for about 20 minutes (stir at the 10 minute mark). They are done when fork tender.
  4. During that second, ten minute stretch, warm up the beans (I used the microwave for about 20 seconds).
  5. Warm up the tortillas. (I put a damp paper towel on top of two, and warmed them up for 30 seconds in the microwave).
  6. Top the tortillas with sweet potatoes and beans, roll up and eat!

 

You could also choose to top them with whatever you have on hand!

My only regret is I didn’t get a picture before the food was inhaled. There is always next time.

Roadwork Ahead!

This morning, Siri was navigating me to my morning meeting. As I proceeded to the highway, her chipper British accent (my preferred setting) alerted me to the road ahead.

“There is roadwork ahead, but it is still the fastest route.”

I know Siri didn’t intend to be profound, but she struck me that way. When obstacles are in our way, our tendency is often to go a different route, to turn around, to go the long way or find a short-cut. We don’t want to slow down and go through the obstacles.

Yet, it is still the fastest route? Perhaps it is because it is not always the destination, but the journey we are on that is important. If we skip an obstacle, we may skip an important moment that is a key point in our life.

Thanks, Siri for the morning thoughts!

Currently Reading

Hey everyone! I wanted to share what I am currently reading. I read several books at once, because they serve different purposes.  I also read pretty quickly and enjoy reading. I am not reading from each book every day!

Often times I will have friends ask what I am reading, so here is what is currently on my bookshelf (except for my fiction book which is on Kindle as I found a great deal).

Fiction:

Outlander
Outlander

 

Non-Fiction
The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (Updated and Expanded)

 

Classics

Don Quixote (Signet Classics)

 

Poetry

Eugene Field’s Poems Of Childhood

 

Work

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

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