a norwegian tunnel video

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Insert right here: a super-happy-that-it’s-Friday line.

What a whirlwind of a week! I’m so thrilled we’ve seen so many new students at the studio, but it makes for busy days. I’ve been making peppermint towels around the clock and it is amazing. I’m still reading the second Elena Ferrante novel, The Story of a New Name. For those of you out there who’ve read it, DID YOU EVER FINISH!? I love it, but every single night this week I’ve sat in the tub reading away and I still have a over 100 pages left…

I also found a random video on the computer from a time we drove through a super long, super creepy tunnel in Norway and thought I would share…this video could be a lot longer…that tunnel was LONG. Not sure we’ll ever get over Paul Simon’s The Sound of Silence coming up on the iPod at that moment. Shuffle is psychic sometimes.

 

 

 

 

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This is a recent photo of the bridge progress in Louisville. Thanks Terry! Our dear city is getting not one, but two new bridges over the Ohio.

It is an insane project…pretty much a marvel to drive through it each day.

Things are happening. Lots of brainstorming and thinking about future plans around these parts…especially in regards to the studio and its future. I look forward to sharing on this blog once we are more solid on details.

In the meantime, I’m busy with thinking about it all. New ideas for everything…new websites, new places and spaces, maybe a new location of this here blog!?!? Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted.

It was a great weekend full of reading, yoga, and book buying. I went a little nuts at Carmichael’s new kids store on Bardstown Rd

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The kids at school will be thrilled with these I’m sure.

As January comes to a close, I’m thrilled to report that resolutions are going strong. Little Free Library is up and I’m on my fifth book of the year. We’ve also got a definite plan on painting the upstairs. More on that later.

We also have had no snow days yet at school…hoping for just a few here in there in February. Ha…

 

friday

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A couple blogs I read do link round-ups on Friday. I love it!

I don’t plan to add more noise, but thought it would be nice to link up to their link ups!

Shutterbean’s I Love List Fridays

Friday Finds on I am a Food Blog

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I am excited for National Readathon Day tomorrow! I’m headed to Lucky’s this afternoon to get treats to get us through…also having people for dinner tonight so have to get some wine. I’m still going strong with that secret resolution! It’s been fun picking out new things each weekend and actually drinking something halfway decent.

If you’re reading tomorrow, be in touch on twitter or instagram!

@graylin_porter

content overload

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Way too much to read, listen, see, do, eat, drink, watch, write, and make. I want to do it all and every day I just find out about more stuff!

I will be honest that TV has taken a bit of a backseat lately. We don’t have any shows going right now. Although we did start Boardwalk Empire. Egads, that thing is about MEN being MEN and being POWERFUL. Which I’m not so sure I need to see another show like that, but it’s very well done so….

I’ve been reading at night instead of watching stuff and am trying to read during my lunch at work as well. It’s going okay! Here’s a master list of the things I’m trying to consume this week…maybe just this afternoon!?

An hour long video interview with Ashtangi Laruga Glaser. She is amazing. I can’t wait to watch this.

I’m currently reading two incredible page turners.  I was making fabulous prgress on the second book in the Elena Ferrante trilogy when I listened to this episode of Books on the Nightstand. I am now obsessively reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m not sure how great a book it is (quality wise), but it’s definitely entertaining…the Gone Girl of 2015 for sure.

My podcast feed is out of control. Trying to listen through it all, but getting bogged down. Especially with the slew of new albums being released right now too!

Oh, and let us not forget, the internet. There is my Feedly list of blogs, which is downright gigantic. The flood of daily news (thank god for NYT Now), op-eds, long reads, twitterings, and vlogs. Yep, I said vlogs. Perhaps my secret obsession with YouTube channels should be saved for another post entirely…

And on top of it all, today is Thursday and Thursday is when the GOOP newsletter arrives in my inbox, ready and waiting for ridicule!

It’s all too much…but in a good way I’m pretty sure.

painting above from Dorothy Goode

 

 

readathon

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This is so good.

Penguin Random House along with GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation has declared January 24th National Readathon Day. From noon until 4:00pm this Saturday I’ll be playing along by plopping down with lots of yummy food and beverages, not moving–settling in to READ something.

My Mom is hosting and it should be funny to see if we can keep from yapping the whole time. Many coffeeshops, libraries, community centers, and even bars are hosting silent, group reading this Saturday.

Click here for a list of participating venues throughout the country.

I found out about this from one of my favorite podcasts, Books on the Nightstand. I’m a little overloaded with great podcasts right now…I plan to share a list of what I’m loving tomorrow.

chapter books

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Chapter books. Y’all know that I really enjoy my day job as an elementary school librarian. However, I am a huge picture book fanatic. I’m not as keen on chapter books….I love them of course, but if I had my druthers, we’d be picture booking it all year long.

I especially enjoy working at school after the holidays. I find that after we get through the onslaught of Halloween through New Year’s, the kids and staff come back ready to settle into a routine.

Thus, I always start chapter books with classes in January. Now, inevitably we’ll get messed up with snow days, but so far, so good.

Earlier this week I was trying to decide what to read with second grade. I always read a different book to each grade, but  this year I’m reading different books with different classes. I find that each and every class has a personality of its own and I have tried to select books that are tailored to the individual classes.

Here’s a quick look at some of the books we’re reading right now. I’m still working on picking the others. Any ideas out there?

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Happy reading!

staying warm

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Wow, has it been cold.

Word on the street is that we’re in for some “wintry mix” tonight.

This week I’ve been keeping warm and ignoring the cold by wearing extra soft, extra long warm crazy socks.  

Like everyone else, continuously dancing to this song…maybe in the shower.

Margaritas at El Mundo. Last night Andrew ordered the prickly pear and it was so good!

Thinking about this hot chocolate from my name is yeh

Reading. I’m on a roll. Currently reading these two:

Screenshot 2015-01-11 07.30.29We watched the documentary, Art and Craft. I kind of cried through the second half.

Loving my new Sorel boots. I have been wanting Sorels for ages and my head about popped off when I found them discounted by 60% at Anthropologie…they had one pair left…which was my size. I had to.

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I really should end this post because I’m working on it instead of meal planning/grocery listing for the week. So far, so good on that one..we’ll see how week two goes.

Stay warm!

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