365 Days of Photos: Day 33 (February 2, 2013)

33 - Feb 2

Alex and I spent the day doing good deeds together. After attending an event to help the homeless, he and I created a care package for a friend who recently had surgery. He’s a batman fan so we went to a used book store for some comics to add to the package.

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Everyday Organization: Cleaning Out My Parents’ Bookshelf

Today turned into a day with no solid plans to a day helping my parents clean up their den. The original focus was on my dad’s desk, but a bookshelf in the corner kept driving me crazy. Books were literally spilling from it and I found myself motivated to tidy it up as well. Pulling my parents into the room, we went through all the books and binders, throwing away a lot of unnecessary things. Now my parents have a much more organized bookshelf with room to grow with their changing interests. (I wish I would have gotten a “before” photo, but it was a very impromptu decision and I had my eyes focused on the prize.)

We ended up with seven bags of garbage and a box for the basement. (The torn up couch belongs to our dogs who have done quite a lot of damage to it.)

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A lot of the books on the shelves were novels my parents have read over the years. We boxed them up to either keep for future generations or sell to a used book store.

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The final product!

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My (Currently Fictitious) Coffee Table

Coffee tables intrigue me. What’s on a person’s coffee table can tell you a lot about them: what they’re hobbies are, what they’re interested in, etc. Although I currently don’t have a coffee table, I already know the sorts of things I’ll be putting on mine. Here’s an idea:

1. My Coaster Collection

The plan is to find a coffee table with glass top and room beneath it to display things so I can spread out the fifty or so coasters I’ve collected from restaurants over the years but keep them safe from any damage.

2. Pictures of Walls Book

I got this book from a modern art museum while I was in London. It’s just a collection of photographs of “amatuer” graffiti around the world. It’s cute, entertaining, and the perfect coffee table book.

3. Diana F+ Book

A nice book filled with lomography that any future guest will enjoy flipping through as I get them a drink or something. Plus, as an added bonus, it also tells the history of the Diana camera.

4. A Book About Cupcakes

Cupcakes not only taste delicious, but look so adorable. I’m sure I’d end up flipping through the book on cupcakes hundreds of times myself if it’s on my coffee table. Maybe I’d end up trying to a make a few of them!

5. A bowl of candy

The bowl will be awesome and the candy fresh. Of course.

What’s on your coffee table (real or future)?

The photos are from all over and are not mine.

Top 5 Favorite Books

A few days ago it suddenly dawned on me that I created a list of my favorite movies, but failed to ever create one for my favorite books. I’ve decided to rectify the situation.

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5. Paper Towns by John Green

I’ve been watching John Green and his brother Hank Green on YouTube for probably over a year now, and finally decided to read John Green’s novels. Paper Towns is a really great novel about finding yourself. What I love about John Green is his ability to relate to his younger teenage audience. He doesn’t simplify his messages or talk down to his readers, but rather talks to them.

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4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

This novel has just stuck with me over the years. There’s just something about it that keeps it on my list. Maybe the fact that it takes place within a traveling circus keeps it there, but it’s most likely the surprising love story.

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3. Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

I love everything about this series from its main character Jessica Darling to the journal/diary style it’s written in. Jessica is the type of character you can’t help but try to relate to. Her quick wit, insecurity, and intelligence makes her a lovable character and A force to be reckoned with. I’ve loved this series since the first book came out, and have just discovered the 5th and final one’s existence. An Amazon order has been placed and I’m eager to start reading it to what happens to Jessica and her on again off again love interest Marcus.

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2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I’ve read this novel over and over again. This is undoubtedly my favorite love story because it transcends all other love stories for me. The two characters are meant to be together so completely, and it’s actually hard for me to imagine loving someone so much that something so big as time doesn’t play a factor.  Edward and Bella have nothing on Henry and Clare.

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1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

I love this book not only for the story, but the experience I had while reading it. I ended up staying up until 2 a.m. on vacation to finish it. I hid out in the bathroom so the light wouldn’t bother people sleeping. Just picture me sitting on the floor in a bathroom in the middle of the night crying over a book! I’ve never experienced such a range of emotions while reading. I laughed one page and cried the next. John Green became my favorite author after reading this one.