Monday, December 13, 2010

Wood You Keep Me Warm

I did a little rearranging over the weekend.  I have all my firewood piled up outside in the carport and with these below freezing temperatures we have been having already this year, I thought it would make more sense to have my wood inside instead.  I've thought about doing this for a while, but wasn't sure it would look too great with a pile of wood in my living room.  Keeping warm is higher on my list, so in came the wood!

I cut a plastic garbage bag to put under it to catch all the debris.

I'm just keeping it like this for the winter, then I will put my sofa table back again.
Oh and before you get scared that some bugs may have snuck in with the logs, the freezing temps lately have most likely kept a lot of the bugs away. I hope. My mom was afraid I would bring a snake in! 

Domino Magazine

I have actually seen this a lot in magazines and websites where there is wood piled up near a fireplace.  Here's a photo I stumbled upon recently that I thought looked nice with the wood.

For those that have non-working fireplaces, decorating the inside of the fireplace with logs is also an option.  I think this look is really creative.

Photos from Apartment Therapy & Tony Hutchinson

Stay warm!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Outliers - Book Review

This was a really interesting book.  I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but my favorite chapter was the one about how children in East Asia excel at math compared to the children in the United States.  It makes so much sense,  you wonder why people don't realize it. I think we should change the names of our number system here in America! lol  Another reason I liked this chapter is because I could relate to it.  When I was in Thailand, I learned the language and learned the numbers in Thai. Their number system is very easy to learn and makes much more sense the way they say their numbers in Thai as opposed to the way we say numbers in English.  Anyway, I was just really amazed by this chapter if you can't tell.

There are a lot of other interesting topics in the book like, how some people become great soccer players, why so many Korean airlines use to crash, why only a handful of people make it big like Bill Gates, etc.

I definitely recommend this book.  I would also love to read more writings by Malcolm Gladwell.


The next book on my list is Blue Like Jazz.  It's a book I got when I was in Atlanta and just never got around to reading it.  It's about a man who use to be on fire for the Lord, but fell away from God and then came back.  I think this would be the perfect book for me to read right now.

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts On Christian Spirituality