Happy Father’s Day!

Stanley Tucci, playing an awesome dad in Easy A

Oh, Father’s Day. I remember in middle school getting my dad a very elaborate shoeshine kit, and seeing a look of sheer boredom on his face when he opened it. I’ve never asked him about, but I’m guessing we got the same shoeshine genes, because grown-up me finds shoe maintenance boring as well. Here’s to you, Dad! I’m sorry I didn’t become a tennis player, like you hoped, but I had fun all those Saturdays that you dragged me to the courts.


June 20, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Monday Memories

Annette’s Book Spot put out a call for special books from the past. I gave it some thought, and decided to share my memories of The Little Prince.


This book somehow managed to elude me until I was in college. One of my friends gave me a postcard of the little guy:


So from there, I hunted down the source and it was just the most delightful, thoughtful book I’d come across in a long time. They’ve released a new translation since then, and it just seems to lack the poetic feel of the older version. Whenever I see one of the old (white-cover) versions in a bookstore, I always buy and give it to someone who hasn’t read it.


“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”

April 11, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Just woke up….

Well, sometime after hour 15, I passed out among my books, Smart Food, Mountain Dew, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Sleep, you win this round. But next marathon, you won’t get the best of me!




Congrats to all the readers who made it through! This was a blast!

April 10, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Mid-Event Post!

1. What are you reading right now? X’ed Out- Charles Burns
2. How many books have you read so far? 3
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? finishing my 2 library books that are due Monday!
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Yep, I skipped a conference, but I didn’t really want to go…
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, I got a phone call from a old friend, and I had an undeniable urge for a jog.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How easily distracted I am.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, I think it’s great!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Try to focus more.
9. Are you getting tired yet? A little bit. Oh, crap, now that song is stuck in my head (see below.)
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? no, just have fun!


April 9, 2011. Uncategorized. 3 comments.

1.5 hours in- first book down!


I’m 1.5 hours into the read-a-thon and I just finished my 1st book- Wally Gropius by Tim Hensley. It’s a graphic novel about a rich teen hipster. My roommate recommended it. I think I’ll move on to a collection of Wendy Wasserstein’s plays that I picked up from the library.

Also, I’ll try to also update on Twitter. You can follow me at the_ginsoak. I hope you’re all enjoying your reading!
Follow the_ginsoak on Twitter

April 9, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Read-a-Thon: I already failed

10:15 am

So, I thought the read-a-thon started at 10am my time, but it seems we’re already several hours in. Whoops! Oh well. I’ll just start now.


1)Where are you reading from today?

New York, NY

2)Three random facts about me…

I really like pickles

I was born on my mother’s birthday

I can’t swim

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

Like, 5, but three are graphic
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?

I just want to have fun!

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

This is my first attempt!

April 9, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

I’ve made a terrible mistake.

I signed up for Dewey’s Read-a-Thon tomorrow.

I’m sure it won’t surprise you that the Ginsoaks get real grumpy when they don’t get their beauty sleep. This could get ugly.

April 8, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Friday Quick Link

It’s been a long week. We could all use some unicorns. Click the Cornify button to make life a little better.


April 1, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Damn you, Simon and Garfunkel

Every time “Cecilia” plays on Pandora, I get an uncontrollable urge to watch Torville and Dean on Youtube and lose at least an hour of my life.

March 29, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Craft times are a-coming…

Back in January, I made a huge mistake. I signed myself up for a chain-letter, pyramid-scheme, evil Facebook peer pressure Craft…Thing. Here’s the fine print-

Pay it Forward in 2011: I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They must in turn post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.

Yeah, that. So, now I’ve been kind of obsessed about what the what I’m going to make for these “friends” of mine. And we’ve already lost a quarter of 2011.

Lucky for me (well, not me, my “friends”), it’s Michael’s Customer Appreciation Week! 25% off all manner of crafty nonsense. Sounds good, I guess, except that I don’t know where my nearest Michael’s is since I’ve recently moved, and I’d much prefer to buy someone’s discarded craft debris from Etsy. But I should explore the neighborhood, and I can’t get packages delivered here (theives abound!).

Fine, Michael’s, you win. I’m going to do some cross-stitching. Perhaps “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts. Can’t Lose!”, in anticipation of the return of Friday Night Lights. And, like any decent Ginsoak craft project, it’s already on Etsy, so I can give up half-way through and just buy it instead…

March 29, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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