Commonplace Book, 47

What is a commonplace book? For me, this is a space where I post interesting links, reflections on what I’m reading, and the newest recipes I’ve been trying out — a collection of miscellaneous micro-posts.

What I’m fixing:

  • I started shaping my sourdough into boules to be all fancy, but I haven’t attempted doing the cool venting designs because I am terrified that if I buy a lame* bread slashing tool someone small will find it and shank someone else small.
    My trademark stunning food photography
  • In other sourdough news, I made these mushroom tartines and J fell in love with me all over again. It wasn’t hard but kind of a lot of work at the dinner time rush. Still, any excuse to buy and consume gruyere is most welcome.

What I’m reading:

  • I loved this meditation on how much those wholesome things advertised as cost-saving actually cost, and why they might be worth it after all.
  • The Two Shall Become One: The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Marriage. Because I’m tired of the typical examinations of conscience that just run through the Ten Commandments and then give you a pass. Haven’t murdered anyone so I guess I’m in the clear, guys.
  • “Are Libraries Closing the Book on Late Fees?” (Daily Heralds/o Prufrock) I never handled our library budget so I can’t weigh in on the mechanics of that, but I worked at two libraries, one which had a metal detector and levied late fees and one which didn’t bother with either. The latter was a warmer place where patrons seemed happy; at the first, when a metal detector went off the person was always mortified and collecting late fees could be embarrassing or contentious — plus occasionally barred patrons from using resources so that, for example, a teen mom couldn’t get GRE prep materials because she’d lost a book at 12 while in foster care. It was absurd. What’s your experience been, from either side of the circ desk?
  • I’ve been quoting What’s Wrong with the World like crazy but I’m not actually loving it — it’s just that Chesterton is always eminently quotable. I thought it was going to introduce his ideas about distributism, which I encountered in Dorothy Day earlier this winter, and while it sort of alludes occasionally to his economic theory, so far it’s mostly arguing against women’s suffrage. Fun. Still:

“Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance.”


“All true friendliness begins with fire and food and drink and the recognition of rain or frost.”

This girl loves flowers. I’m going to have to try to get some stuff growing this spring!

Time Machine:

  • One year ago: “Experiments In Naps.” “I’m not pregnant,” it says in the lede, but SURPRISE! TURNS OUT I WAS.
  • Two years ago: “On Moving” and saying goodbye to our old house.

*It’s called a lame. It’s not actually lame. Not that I would know because I’m too scared (lame?) to use one.

4 thoughts on “Commonplace Book, 47

  1. Thank you! P.s. I find that when I pay my fees at the library everyone seems weird and awkward. I am embarrassed to have them and they are embarrassed to collect them! Ours just got rid of them for children’s books, which I appreciate.


    • It wasn’t fun for me to perform the shakedown for chump change. And while I think working circulation is important even for library directors, having to do too much of that kind of thing sends you into an existential tailspin as to why you bothered with a masters to become a Blockbuster Video clerk!


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