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This is a food memoirs by an Ethiopian born, Swedish adopted and now American chef. I had not heard about Samuelsson before this memoirs. I think I picked this up because it I read some good things about it as a memoirs about food. The book discusses not only food, but adoption, culture, soccer/football, and many countries including: Ethiopia, Sweden, Switzerland (it made me miss it!), Austria, New York City, France (I always miss it),…

Hello, everyone! This past week my review of Ex Libris was posted. I posted beauty reviews of my favourite hand creams and first impressions of two Lioele BB creams. Finally, I featured my finish Shedir hat. This weekend I am finally finishing Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I started this all the way back in October, but I've mostly put it aside in my kindle as library books and other things have gotten in the…

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="461"] On the left is the Triple the Solution sample beside the Dollish Veil Vita[/caption] I recently ordered some BB cream samples from eBay seller "sing-sing-girl". The seller also provided extra samples of two Lioele BB creams that I have yet to try: Triple the Solution BB cream (Lioele's most popular BB cream) and Dollish Veil Vita BB cream. While these weren't on the top list of BB creams to try, I…

This is my second Shedir. My first Shedir was made over five years ago. I really liked this pattern the first time, and it is one of the items that many knitters and non-knitters alike remark on. I only did the main cable repeat 4 times because a lot of people said the hat was too long. It was a tad too short as it barely touched my ears. It was a beanie and I…

Do you ever try to pair music with the book you’re reading? Play the movie soundtrack while reading the original book? Find mood music that fits with your story? - BTT Not really. I don't listen to music that much, but sometimes when it's very quiet, I will play something mellow since I don't want distractions to the words and the story. Lately, I've have used Songza's Reading playlists though, but it's not a regular…

As I was perusing Sali Hughes's recent article about hand creams, I realized that I've used and experimented with a lot of hand cream over the years. As someone who is dedicated to taking care of my own skin, the hands need to be treated well. I do frequently wash my hands and am susceptible to the dreaded hang nails. If you do not take care of yours hand, they will become dry, red, and…

A book about books that I've wanted to read this for a number of years. Anne Fadiman wrote 18 essays over four years about reading and books. The essays cover such wide range of bookish topics such as book arrangement, poetry writing, book treatment, writing new and unknown words from books whilst reading, book inscriptions, reading books in the locations they are set, private readings, secondhand books, and a few more. "What a blessing it…

Hello, everyone! I read a book this week: Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman. The review will be up tomorrow or Tuesday. It feels like an accomplishment because it's third week of January and I've only read three books! Two of which were very small and short. It's been a busy month as I try to improve my job hunt and do some reflections on my life. Even though I wrote about fanfiction last week, I've…

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="368"] Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon is copyright Naoko Takeuchi, Toei Animation and others.[/caption] For the past month, I've been experiencing an anime revival in the sense that I have found opportunities to rewatch some of my favourite anime series. I thought this would be a good chance to explore my relationship with anime and all the ones I have watched. Most of the anime I've seen were first watched in the early…

It’s the depth of winter here where I live right now … what books do you like to read when it’s snowy and white? What books do you read to evoke a real feeling of winter (good or bad)? BTT I don't really read for the season. I do think I read much more in summer and spring. This partly due to a habit I grew up with when I went to school. Winter was…

Hello, everyone! This week I was very unproductive and rather escapist. I read one a beauty book: The Beauty of Color by Iman. But really, I spent most of the week rereading some of Harry Potter, the His Dark Materials, and fanfiction. Yes, I read fanfiction. I have done so for years, for perhaps dozen years now. I have read it from many fandoms. While I have not read many real published books as I…