Sunday, January 10, 2010

TSS - 01.10.10

As I write the date on the title of the post, I am stunned not only by how fast the new year is passing BUT I love the symmetry of the numbers. I guess October 10th will be a date to remember this year.


But I digress....I wanted to share the updates to the nook since last week's grand unveiling. My husband has put up shelves and I have filled them (and don't forget I have two large bookshelves at the far end of the room that house my teaching books). Wow --- I really didn't realize I had this many books since they were all double stacked on the lower shelves. I guess outta sight outta mind really does exist! But the really great news is all the extra space I have to add even more *grin*

I can literally spend hours in this room basking in the solitary silence. It is truly my home within my home.



I managed to bring all my rubber stamp supplies into the nook and put them on the shelves over the craft table. At this point I am sure that all my inkpads have dried out, since they have not been used in nearly two years, but not worry. At least I have all supplies in one place and at my disposal. The comfort that I feel in this room is sure to inspire my creative juices to flow once again, and I look forward to scrapbooking memories and creating gift cards in the near future.



I went to Hobby Lobby and found some wall art at 50% off (if you click on the photo you can see the prints on either side of the window -- one of London and the other of Paris). Not only do I love to read and enjoy crafts, but I am passionate about travel - especially to Western Europe. I have such grand dreams of spending several months touring the countryside of England, another few weeks lingering in the wine country of France, and taking a year to fully appreciate the history, beauty and culture of Italy. I can think of no better way to decorate my nook than with pictures that inspire me to achieve these dreams.

I spent the majority of my hours in the nook this week, as Kansas has experienced record winter weather this week. While we did manage to have our teacher in-service last Monday, school was cancelled on Wednesday and Friday due to blowing snow and dangerous wind chills. I, however, kept warm and cozy in my nook reading and blogging and daydreaming about the future.

I managed to participate in the Bloggiesta, which I will publish the final results later today. To that end, I managed to write several back-logged book reviews, and also delve into a few literary finds, like A Truth Universally Acknowledged - a collection of 33 essays on why famous authors read Jane Austen, and A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway's memoir about his time spent in France. I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them, although I wish I had read more of Hemingway's works (I have only read The Old Man and The Sea) and the works of his literary friends (such as Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce and F. Scott Fitzgerald) in order to fully appreciate his references. Sometimes the more I read the more behind I feel. There are SO many classics that I have neglected to read in my life, and there are still more and more wonderful books being released that I do not want to miss. I guess I just need to learn to accept where I am at --- and enjoy the literary journey before me.

I feel well-rested and ready to begin the school year. I needed this extra week of relaxation and I know the students will benefit from it as well.

24 comments:

SmallWorld at Home said...

I really like your nook. We have a room like this that was a playroom but will be converted into my 9-year-old's bedroom over the summer. I like the way you've painted it!

bermudaonion said...

Your nook is fabulous and I can see why you're spending so much time in it.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Love that nook! I don't blame you a bit for burrowing in there! And I must say I am admiring your tabs. You figured it out! Now come on down here to Orlando and fix mine please.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

That's a great nook - I love it!

Kaye said...

Just love your nook! Just put in an electric tea kettle and I would never want to leave. I would have to be dragged out of there if I had such a wonderful space.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love this nook! I feel cozy just looking at the photos.

My Sunday Salon is here:

http://laurel-rainsnowsaccidentallife.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunday-salon_10.html

Did you ever figure out how to do the favicons on Blogger?

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Okay, now I feel dumb! As I finished my previous comment, I glanced up, and there is your favicon!

I'd be interested in the process of how you accomplished it.

Meghan said...

Your nook looks fabulous! I can see why you'd like to spend time there. =)

Liz said...

So delighted to get a glimpse of your nook -- wonderful! And if you haven't yet read James Joyce's Dubliners I highly recommend it. A wonderful place to jump in with Joyce. I feel like with each book he sort of mastered the style and then moved on to the next. Dubliners is a perfect book of short stories in my humble opinion:)

JoAnn said...

The nook looks wonderful! I have an award for you today:
http://lakesidemusing.blogspot.com/2010/01/tss-over-top-catching-up-on-awards.html

Vivienne said...

Your little nook, looks absolutely divine. I would love to have a room devoted completely to all my hobbies.

C.B. James said...

I've long been a bit jealous of people who live where it snows precisely because they have this excuse to burrow in from time to time. Sounds quite nice to me.

All we get where I live is rain. It's not the same. But it is rainy today and I do have a copy of A Moveable Feast around here somewhere.....

Lisa said...

Your nook looks so cozy! I'm sure you'll have many wonderfully creative hours there! Enjoy your Sunday and stay warm! We're having record temps here in Florida too. We even had sleet yesterday morning! Brrrrr!

Aarti said...

Ooh, I have A Truth Universally Acknowledged to read, too! I'm excited to see your thoughts on it.

Janel said...

I love how your room is turning out. I could use some new book shelves right now, especially since a library sale is coming up next month :)

Glad you enjoyed your time off from the weather.

Kim said...

1. I am so glad you got a few extra days off to rest and rejuvenate!

2. I am insanely jealous of your nook! It is so cozy and warm looking--I simply love the red walls.

3. I lament the classics too. There are so many I have missed, but more main stream fiction keeps calling my name!

Have a beautiful Sunday---
*smiles*

P.S. Thanks for all your well wishes this past week on my blog. I am feeling even better today!

mattviews said...

This looks like a perfect book nook for you to bask in bookish solitude. It's good to have a refuge like this, away from everything else.

kikiv68 said...

Molly, I love your blog,comments, reviews and photos! I also like reading what other followers comment. I'm hooked on your blog. I too, feel like you that the more I read, the more I realize the literary gaps I have. But you are so right!!! I, too, have to accept where I am at so I can move forward in my literary journey! I feel grateful to have found a blog like yours to help in this journey. I would love to say warm wishes from Miami....but's it's soooo cold!!!

Book Dilettante aka Book Bird Dog said...

What a great book nook! My 2010 project is to fix one up in my basement! Hope you'll visit my Sunday Salon

Iliana said...

Your nook looks great! I just did something similar since we recently moved and I got a room all to myself. So it's my library/studio.

Enjoy reading and creating in your space!

Nise' said...

Looks so warm and inviting. I need to get my room straightened out. Then maybe I'd spend more time there.

caite said...

I have been following your nook creation. A nice, dedicated space like that...so lucky.:-)

Alyce said...

I love the look of your nook! Everything looks so wonderfully organized! It's easy to not realize how many books you're accumulating. My husband and I are having a new mattress set delivered tomorrow, and are going to have to figure out where to put all of my books that are around (and under) the bed so that they stay safe during the switch over.

Michelle said...

I love it. I have a library in my loft and I love it. I don't actually read in there that much but I love staring at all my books.

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