"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" ~ C. S. Lewis

Friday, July 1, 2016


written on Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island

The oceanside will always
be a rejuvenating place
for me.

It holds a piece
of my soul

One I don't realize is missing
until I

see the expanse
of glistening water,
hear the slap splash of waves
on saturated sand,
and breathe in
the brined air.

As my feet reach
the cool edge
where water meets earth
I feel whole
once again.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Reading Resolutions: March Successes

I feel like I've been consuming books like they're vital to my life recently! I've been reading all the time, and enjoying a wide variety of books.

1. Read 200 books (at least 52,000 pages):

I read 20 books in March for a total of 65 for the year so far (what) and added another 5,000 pages bringing my page count so far to just under 19,000.

2. Read 12 non-fiction books (preferably 1/month):

I made it through 2 in March. I read Michael Rosen's Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story, which was a fascinating look at the English alphabet and at language in general. I also read Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age edited by Ariel Schrag. This was a graphic novel compilation of autobiographical stories from middle school. It was...okay. I wasn't a huge fan, but it was an interesting read.

3. Read at least 2 print books I own each month (with an eye to weeding):

I did manage to pull this one off. I read The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y. S. Lee, which I really enjoyed - the whole series was good and I'll be writing a review of it over on the Booksellers Without Borders blog. I also read The Ark by Boyd Morrison, which was interesting, but went into the weed pile, because it's not something I'll read again.

4. Read at least 2 eBooks I own each month:

Completed this one as well making it through L.R.W. Lee's Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury, The Grey Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang, The Berenstain Bears and the G-Rex Bones by Stan and Jan Berenstain (I didn't know there were Berenstain Bear chapter books!), and Kelly Oram's Being Jamie Baker which was super fun.

5. Read at least 1 book off my GoodReads To-Read list:

I did double duty on this one with Alphabetical being both a non-fiction and a To-Read book. I also read Marion Jensen's Almost Super, which I enjoyed.

6. Read at least 2 academic articles each month:

I almost didn't get to this one, but dug up 2 on the last day of the month, determined to complete the challenge I'd set for myself. I read "'Scope for the Imagination': Imaginative Spaces and Female Agency in Anne of Green Gables" by Lauren Makrancy and "Teaching International Students How to Avoid Plagiarism: Librarians and Faculty in Collaboration" by Jenny Gunnarsson, Wlodek J. Kulesza, and Anette Pettersson

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bookish Resolutions: February Successes

Still on a reading kick! And having these resolutions in place has helped me keep my reading varied.

1. Read 200 books (at least 52,000 pages):
I read 19 books this month and about 5,500 pages for a total of 49 books so far (what.) and about 13,000 pages total. Crazy pants. Have no idea how I've pulled that off.

2. Read 12 non-fiction books (preferably 1/month):
I read 2 this month. I re-read Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and also read Kyle Idleman's AHA - I absolutely love Idleman's style.

3. Read at least 2 print books I own each month (with an eye to weeding):
I made it through 5 this month. I read After by Amy Efaw, which was a really thought-provoking book. I enjoyed it, but knew I wasn't going to read it again, so I weeded it. As I said, I re-read A Room of One's Own. Finally got my hands on Assassin's Heart by my bloggy/Twitter friend Sarah Ahiers when it came out at the beginning of this month and it was Ah-mazing. I also read and weeded After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel - really enjoyed it. And finally, as I noted above, I read AHA.

4. Read at least 2 ebooks I own each month:
I read 9 this month. Three of those were the first 3 Anne books, since I'm trying to re-read as much of Montgomery's works as possible before the conference in June. They're like comfort food - anything of hers just makes me happy and cozy. I also read All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray, A Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight, and As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka (which was so interesting). I Also read Robin Lee Hatcher's A Vote of Confidence, which was a fun Christian historical, and C.L. Stone's The Academy - Thief. I also made it through another one of Andrew Lang's fairy books - the Pink one this month.

5. Read at least 1 book off my GoodReads To-Read list:
This month I read Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick, which was adorable and Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr that made me so happy I hugged the book when I finished it. I would love to own that one some day.

6. Read at lest 2 academic articles each month:
I read Alyson Buckman's "'Go Ahead! Run Away! Say It Was Horrible!': Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog as Resistant Text" and "What does knowledge look like: Drawing as a means of knowledge representation and knowledge construction" by Tracey Bowen and M. Max Evans.

Monday, February 15, 2016

SonShine Eats - Taco Bowl

Now that I've been on my own for a while I've started getting more creative in the kitchen. I had a couple of big successes recently and people asking me about them, so I thought I'd start keeping track of what I've done and then post about them. I get some of my best ideas from blogs and Pinterest, so here's hoping someone else gets a little inspiration from me :)

Starting off with my taco bowl. I love crispy taco bowls, but they can be pretty expensive to buy at restaurants. And I love me some tacos in almost any form.

I started looking up ideas and saw suggestions for deep fryers and realized that my little mini deep fryer was perfect for making a taco bowl! I have enjoyed many of my Bella appliances (and no, I'm getting nothing from them for saying that :) - I love french fries, so I picked up this mini deep fryer on sale, and it's the perfect size for me. It's also the perfect size for turning medium tortillas into taco bowls!
Sometimes the shell sticks to the basket, but it pops off pretty easily. The tongs I use are bamboo toast tongs and work perfectly for fishing the bowl out if necessary.

Bon appetit!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bookish Resolutions: January Successes

I can't believe January has passed us by already! I did a ton of reading this month - just couldn't seem to stop! Excited to see what this new year will continue to bring.

So here's how I did on my bookish resolutions:

1. Read 200 books (at least 52,000 pages):
I read a whopping 26 books this month. I did read 12 graphic novels, but a couple were pretty lengthy. Counting the articles I read, I managed about 7,600 pages and since I only need about 4300 a month to make my page goal I'm off to a really good start!

2. Read 12 non-fiction books (preferably 1/month):
I read 2 this month. One was the graphic novel Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert, which was a fascinating look at their initial struggles to communicate and also, and to me more interestingly, a look at the plagiarism charges Helen faced which ended up effectively discouraging her from writing fiction. I also finished David S. Serchay's The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Adults, which was an interesting look at the history of comics and graphic novels and a good, if a bit outdated at this point, list of suggestions for collection development.

3. Read at least 2 print books I own each month (with an eye to weeding):
I squeaked by on this one, reading Library of Souls, the conclusion to Ransom Riggs' Peculiar Children trilogy for book club and Adam by Ted Dekker in my continuing efforts to read through alphabetically. It's kind of depressing me that I'm still in the As, so I want to make a stronger effort to read more books I own and avoid the library for the most part.

4. Read at least 2 eBooks I own each month:
Did better on this one, because I read them on my lunch breaks and can keep myself from being distracted. This month I read Andrew Lang's The Yellow Fairy Book (only 8 more fairy books to go...), Agatha Christie's The A. B. C. Murders, Above by Isla Morley (which was crazy and good), Avalon by Mindee Arnett (a YA sci-fi reminiscent of Firefly), Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream, Mercedes Lackey's A Tangled Web (a novella of the 500 kingdoms that I wish was much longer!), and Arena Mode by Blake Northcott. So a total of 7 eBooks for this month.

5. Read at least 1 book off my GoodReads To Read list:
These are strictly books I do not own, so these are the only books I'm going to allow myself to get from the library. Starting alphabetically I read The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi which was sweet and wonderful and makes me happy just thinking about it again.

6. Read at least 2 academic articles each month:
I am glad I added this challenge, because it forced me to go looking for and find articles on topics I'm interested in but might not take the time to read right now. I read "Overcoming the Barriers to Information Literacy Programs: CALM Lab for English Majors at Dickinson College" by Christine Bombaro and "'The Status is Not Quo!': Pursuing Resolution in Web-Disseminated Serial Narrative" by Anouk Lang, which was a fascinating analysis of the reception of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

All in all I am very proud of my progress this month and looking forward to the books I have on queue for February!