I buy childrens’ books because I am cool like that.

Other things that make me cool: 1.) This hat. You are jealous of this hat. And if you aren’t, then you should be.

2.) My ability to make you a coffee in one minute and fifty-four seconds. Ordering and transaction included. BOOYAH. Eat THAT, suckah! Or… drink it.. seeing as if you were able to eat it there’s probably something wrong…

 3.) Posing:

 Mad skillz, yo.

I don’t know why I’ve suddenly become gangsta. Maybe it’s the hat. Or the fact that I got up at 2:50am. Or possibly the 4 shots of espresso I consumed.

 Whatever the case, you should probably just ignore the words in this blog post and continue to admire my hat. Have I mentioned that I love my hat? Because I do. It is the best head adornment I have ever had. First of all because it’s an antique, second because it’s mad-hatter esque, and third because it has a peacock feather in it.

Although to be honest, the peacock feather was my own addition.

I look down my nose at all you hatless people, because you are bereft and your lives are incomplete without a head-topper as awesome as mine.

I also quite like my hair today. I’ve grown used to my bangs, and they’re less… sproingy than they were the first few days after I’d snipped them. I do wake up with epic bed hair, though.

Can you tell I really like this outfit? I took like a bajillion and forty pictures of it. And they all turned out good. But I won’t subject you to all bajillion and forty of them. Because I love you.

Well, I’m distantly quite fond of you. Love might give you too many ideas.

 My brother doesn’t like my hat. He says it looks like something you wear to an engagement party or a wedding. So really, I think he just doesn’t like fact that his baby sister is suddenly grown-up enough to look like she could be engaged or getting married.

 My dad refuses to acknowledge that I ever got older than seven.

 As I was taking detail shots, I thought “you know, it would be really awkward if our Jehovah’s Witness back-yard neighbor came out of his house and spotted me taking a picture of my boob area…”

I mean, how do you nonchalantly walk away after having taken a picture of your chest?

 Although I suppose that’s better than the fact that I keep forgetting my window faces the street and my blinds aren’t closed before I start undressing. I usually remember just in time.


So, if you were wondering about the blog title, yes. I do buy childrens’ books. For myself. (Also, I can’t figure out whether that should be “childrens’ ” or “Children’s”. Probably the latter. But I’m too lazy to change it.) Without any intention of ever giving them to children.

I just bought this one:

because it was a dollar, and the illustration was adorable.

And I don’t regret it one bit. It’s a delightful little book, with quotes like this

“Joseph, known to everyone as Jop (for this is what Sir Bertie had written on the document at his son’s baptism, finding ‘Joseph’ a bit too hard to spell), was a fine upstanding lad, and was said to have inherited nearly all his father’s intelligence. This, people felt, would explain why Sir Bertie had so little left himself.”

And this:

” ‘Nonsense!’ screeched Lady Priscilla. ‘Have you ever seen a dragon?’

Sir Jasper wondered whether he should tell her he’d married one, but restrained himself.”

It is my new favorite book.

 And the very last thing: I have written today, but I wrote it all at work so right now it just looks like this:

 So… yes. I’m not sure how many words I’ve written.

And I know. My handwriting is very glamorous. 😀

Here’s a little quote. I wrote this last night.

I tripped lightly forward, wondering why excitement pulsed through me, why my reluctance faded, feeling my senses grow tense with the overload of information. I felt alive, if one in my state could feel such a thing; like a memory of life, my veins seemed to run with blood, my heart felt aflutter with anticipation, my lungs expanded and contracted of their own mind. The migraine that had overcome me a few moments before had become a high, intense pressure that blended with my surroundings, not painful, but dizzying.

In that moment, bursting into the dark and life-filled bar, I felt I could have flown.

Tomorrow and Forever

I hope you all have a beautiful week! I may be a little awol this week, because I have a friend coming to visit me for nine days. So if I suddenly disappear until the eighth, don’t worry. I haven’t died.

Or maybe I have.



  • Asia Morela

    What a fabulous hat! I do agree with your brother, though, but both facts don’t need to cancel out each other (you *should* wear a fabulous hat at an engagement or wedding party).

    Also, I actually really like when you ramble and are high on coffee. 😀 I find it hilarious.

    I also buy and read children’s books without qualms, and those quotes are the kind of humour I like! It kind of reminded me of Dickens or Austen’s style of wit (the hero of Great Expectations is called “Pip” by everyone because he could never pronounce his actual name “Philip Pirrip”).

    Your handwriting looks very writer-like in my opinion. 😉 It reminds me I’ve wanted to post a picture of *my* handwriting too… It’s going to frighten a lot of people, as it inevitably does in real life (not because it’s bad or ugly; there is another reason).

    • Mara

      Haha, yeah. I think it does look slightly wedding-ish (maybe it was a wedding hat!) but I’d wear it anywhere. The lady at the antique store asked if I was keeping it for myself, and when I said yes she said “Good! You look like it will be adorable on you!”

      Hehe. Well, thank you! I’m like this most mornings. Definitely a morning person.

      The writing in Sir Bertie does remind me of Austen or Dickens, yeah. I love it.

      I’m curious as to why your handwriting will frighten people. You should post a picture soon so I can see it. 😀

  • Comy

    The hat is nice, but what I’m currently jealous of are your tights – they are so pretty! 😀

    Children’s books are the best. Probably because they are meant for children (and people who will never grow up :D). Do you like cartoons?

    Your handwriting is pretty difficult to read. But I’ve seen worse. 🙂

    • Mara

      Oooh, I know! Aren’t they fantastic? I need more tights like this! Especially now that it’s winter. I just need more tights.

      I do like cartoons!

      haha! Thank you… I think…? Sometimes even I can’t read my handwriting. It’s terrible.

      • Comy

        They are fabulous! 🙂

        Any favorites?

        Bad handwriting can be useful, if you don’t want anyone to read what you’ve written. 😀

        • Mara

          The old classics, like Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Popeye… and all the old black and white cartoons . They’re weird and awesome. 😀

          That is very true! Hehe.

  • piccolaitaliana

    As I was taking detail shots, I thought “you know, it would be really awkward if our Jehovah’s Witness back-yard neighbor came out of his house and spotted me taking a picture of my boob area…”
    Um yeah, you’re totally hilarious 😀

    And please be my personal shopper. I’ll even fly you down here to St. Louis. Serious. Whenever I got shopping I buy like two things and end up spending all the money from my Go To Ireland fund jar, and you bought that dress for two bucks?! Maybe my first problem is that I take money from my own fund…? Hmmm…

    • Mara

      Why, thank you! I’m glad you were amused.

      Okay! Actually I’m not sure how good I would be at shopping for other people, because I’d want to keep it all for myself. 😀 But I do love getting people stuff, so maybe it would work. And the problem MIGHT be that you’re taking it out of your own fund. Start a clothing envelope! I think one of the things that helps is that I’m trying to only spend about $20 a week on clothing/makeup/etc, so… I rarely buy things full price.

  • Bethie

    I outwardly squee-ed when I saw this outfit! Mostly because of that amazing hat that I am most definitely jealous of, but also because of that gorgeous jacket and the way you combined all the elements of that outfit to make one amazing ensemble! Love it to bits!!

    I’m so happy that you consumed four shorts of espresso! 😀 I believe that error only goes to show what kind of state your poor brain was in while making this post.

    I want that book. I must find it at my local thrift store or online or something because I’m in awe of it already. It’s so quirky and hilarious and fantastic!!!

    • Mara

      Teehee. I can imagine you squeeing! This outfit does remind me of you. 😀 Thank you!

      Bahahahaha! I’m glad you caught that. I fixed it. Shots. I drink shots, not shorts. 😀 *snicker*

      YOU MUST! You would LOVE it!

  • Marie

    I love peacock feathers 🙂 They make everything sooo much better.

    Also, your tights are amazing, yo! (See I’m gangster too!)

  • shreejacob

    Ooo I’d never think of combining all those, and it lokks pretty avante garde (sp?) Yes I am just jealous all around that you get wear hats. If I wore a hat here, I might be looked at strangely. I LOVE children’s books..I mostly hunt for Enid Blyton books as I grew up reading them.

  • Demy

    What an awesome post! First, your outfit is perfect, one of my faves actually! It’s not that I like one particular piece (although I do :P), but it’s the whole thing that makes me stare at you! Everything’s perfectly combnined and you look really perfect, although I have this feeling that if I wore it I’d look like a clown 🙁 Whatever 😛 The hat is like the cuuuuutest thing ever! Look at this! Love your addition, makes everything so…peacock-y 😛
    Coooome oooon! Your handwriting is amazing! I can’t even read what I write. Seriously. Sometimes I can’t understand the words at all. And I have written them. :@ At school all the profs tell me I write in runes 😛
    The book looks great! I don’t know if it’s normal but such things really really amuse me! 😛
    And one last thing: Tomorrow and Forever!

  • Jamie Rose

    I quite enjoy this outfit and your fantastic hat! I love hats and wish I wore them more often/had more of them. Those tights are pretty awesome as well.

  • Avra-Sha Faohla

    I got the book out from the library. It was EPIC.

    I like:

    “I see shields, Jop. And paint. And I see that the Idea must lie somewhere between the two. But somehow I don’t quite see where it is.”


    All night long he had been kept awake both by thoughts of his journey to the Lonely Mountains and by severe rheumaticky pains in his legs (the result, he decided, of crouching for long hours in other people’s geranium beds).


    “Father,” he said, “can you hear the sound of hooves?”
    “Indeed I can,” said Sir Bertie. “I am riding a horse.”

    Also, I laughed aloud at the dragon-wife quote you mentioned. And then remembered that you’d mentioned it. 😉

    But really, I like it all. The writing is just so deliciously charming! What’s not to like about a book wherein a character refers to another as “dashed funny blighter”?

    Beth must read this!