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Curious

Books.

I am currently reading three books:

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s by Temple Grandin

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The most recent addition to my bookshelf is Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy. I saw it at Costco and it was cheaper than on Amazon, so I couldn’t pass it up. It’s next in line for reading. I’ve never read it before, but Binchy’s Tara Road has been one of my favorite books since high school, so I want to read this new one. 

I usually have more than one book going at a time, usually from different genres, so I can pick up the kind of book I’m in the mood for at the time.

A couple of days ago, I watched the movie Saving Mr. Banks. It became an instant favorite, and I watched it again today. I think I will watch it very often over the next few months, that’s how much I love it.

It inspired me to re-read all of the Mary Poppins books. There’s 8 of them. It’s probably been over 10 years since I last the first 4, and it’s about time I do it again, and read the last 4 as well. However, I don’t want to just borrow them from the library. No, I want to own them. So, I made a list of all the books so that when I am at the thrift store I can search for them.

Then I couldn’t stop, so I made a list of many other books I want to own…then went to one of my bookshelves for some inspiration.

While looking through my bookshelf, I noticed something curious. On the Romanian books, the titles on the spine are printed opposite the American books. See what I mean?

Curiouser and curiouser.

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On Reading

Today I realized two reasons why I love to read:

1: It makes me proud. 

I got my car detailed today (I haven’t had a car this clean inside and out for YEARS!). While I was waiting, there were 3 men around me who were also waiting, and they were all doing something on their smartphones. I pulled out my Alice in Wonderland book and started reading where I had left off last time I was waiting for something. And yes, it made me proud to be a book reader amongst the smartphone men. Who knows, maybe they were reading a book on their smartphone (I doubt it). However, there is just something about holding a book in your hand that makes it more worthwhile. 

2: One word can trigger the memory of a whole story.

I have recently (meaning last week) discovered the beauty of Panko bread crumbs. And after my car wash today I went to the grocery store and I bought pork chops (among other things). So when I got home, I looked for a recipe involving pork chops and Panko bread crumbs. Found quite a few, and decided on one after I read “No need for frying, this oven baked, lower fat pork chop recipe is delicious served with pasta and your favorite simple marinara or puttanesca sauce.”

Is it the “no need for frying” that got to me? NO. 

Is it the “lower fat” that got me? NO. 

Was it the “puttanesca” that got me? ABSOSTINKINLUTELY YES. 

The last (and only) time I hard the word “puttanesca” was when I read A Series of Unfortunate Events. I love that series!

puttanesca

Reading the word “puttanesca” again brought back the memory of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny being forced to cook for the evil Count Olaf and making puttanesca sauce. I had never eaten it then, and I still haven’t eaten it (if I ever to make it, I am leaving out the anchovies), but what matters is that ONE WORD can bring back a whole memory of a book I have read. Like magic. 

And there you have it. Two of the many reasons why I love to read. 

P.S. Shout out to Texas Car Wash on Eldridge here in Houston, TX for doing a great job with my car.

P.P.S. Shout out to all the writers ever. 

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 77

I got the dress when I went to Disneyworld! The shoes are from my mommy…the undershirt is a Shade tank top, and the leggings, I don’t know where they’re from…..Oh, and the socks are Alice in Wonderland, I got them from the Dollar Spot at Target!

So, apparently I felt it was necessary to beat up Sheridan…

After she creamed me (not caught on camera), she received a knighthood.

And then, since I’ve always wanted to marry someone with a knighthood (not entirely true, though it would be pretty cool), I proposed.

I love Sheridan!

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 50

Today I wore this…

Kenzie took those pics for me today…she’s so great. The capris I got from DI for like $5! I don’t remember where the shirt is from. I made all of the bracelets except for one, and my hair is finally long enough to braid! Even though they’re tiny ones….oh well. The shoes I’ve already told you about, and the socks are from the Target Dollar Spot…they’re Alice in Wonderland!

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 28

Today was pink and white day

(Sheridan took my pictures today)

Look at my cute skirt! I made it!





My skirt? I made it.
My shirt? It’s from Old Navy…it was free! I had a gift card!
My pink undershirt? It’s a Shade tank top.
My shoes? The pink and black one is from I-don’t-remember-where. The pink and white one is from my mommy!
My socks? I got them this week in the Target Dollar Spot!
The short pearl necklace? It’s from my grandma Lorena.
The two long pearl necklaces? Those ones are plastic. They were like 15 cents at a thrift store!
My bracelets? All over the place…
The butterfly in my hair? I made it. Well, kinda. I bought a pack of butterflies from Hobby Lobby and hot glued them to hair clips! 

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