This Week in Review – 10/30/2015

This Week in Review

Hi Boys & Girls, can you believe it’s almost November? Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this Sunday! In honor of National Cat Day, here are a few of my favorite cat-related art works.


Carl Kahler, My Wife’s Lovers (1891)

In 1891 Mrs Kate Johnson, possibly America’s greatest cat enthusiast, commissioned artist Carl Kahler to paint a portrait of some of her 350 cats who all lived in great luxury in her California home. (from Sotheby’s)

If you’re not sure what to do this weekend in New York, check out the Museum of the Moving Image’s exhibit How Cats Took Over the Internet.

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Cat with Kittens, maybe from Egypt, circa 664-30 BCE

Or there is always the Brooklyn Museum’s Divine Felines: Cats from Ancient Egypt exhibit.

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Susan Herbert, Baroness Rothschild (2001)

Susan Herbert may be one of my new favorite artists. I’ll have to learn more about her and share it with you soon!


Jeff Koons, Cat on a Clothesline (1994–2001).

And no cat painting collection would be complete without a nod to Jeff Koons!

What are some other cat paintings that I should know about? Hope you have a spooky Halloween!

Interpreter of Maladies – “Sexy”

A saleswoman took one look at the paper and began to open drawers. She produced an oblong cake of soap in a black case, a hydrating mask, a vial of cell renewal drops, and two tubes of face cream. – Lahiri

The third book I am reading this summer is Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. In the short story “Sexy”, Miranda enjoys walking through the cosmetic department, where she sees a man buying the above items for his wife. I also think there is something soothing and pleasing about browsing high-end cosmetics, but I’ve never bought any. I’ve done some browsing on etsy and this is perhaps what I would put on my list; what would be on yours?


Cosmetic Bag


Coconut and Rose Lip Balm


Sage and Lemongrass Shaving Cream


Citrus and Sea Salt Soap


Honeysuckle Lotion


A Matcha Green Tea and Jasmine Set


Aromatherapy Charm (which I didn’t know was a thing)


And a very summer-y Red Berry and Sea Salt Body Scrub


And these are fancy bathroom soaps too much fun 🙂

This Month in Review: 07/31/2015

This Week in Review

Can you believe tomorrow is going to be August? 2015 is flying by, and I’m not ready! This month has been a whirlwind for both of us. Between the two of us, we were in six states, watched six movies, and sent about 153,000 texts back and forth (just kidding, maybe!) We thought it’d be fun to share one-sentence reviews for all of the movies we saw this month.

Jurassic World: Roles of technology and dinos advance while roles for women regress.

A Little Chaos: Watch Kate Winslet look good in everything.

Inside Out: It’s okay to be sad sometimes, too.

Mr. Holmes: It’s heartbreaking to watch Sherlock Holmes try to remember the last case he took on.

Me, Earl & the Dying Girl: One hundred times better than The Fault in Our Stars.

Infinitely Polar Bear: The director tries too hard to do too much, but the children really shine.


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This Week in Review – 7/24/2015

This Week in Review

If you haven’t noticed, Kimberly is out on vacation this week, so I’ve been trying to hold down the fort without her! I’ve broken down this week into two categories for you. It’s short and sweet – Art & Fun!



This week, we posted:

This weekend, I’ll be going to brunch with the Bloody Mary Club, an outdoor concert, and stopping by the Guggenheim. What are your plans?

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – vocabulary

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion was originally written in Japanese by Yukio Mishima and then translated into English by Ivan Morris, who decides to leave some words untranslated. I thought it might be nice to keep all those words together in a list and add to it as I read the book.

Chapter One

keyaki (tree) – also called a Japanese elm. Its scientific name is Zelkova serrata, and it is a flowering deciduous tree of medium height. It is grown for ornamental purposes and typically has a short trunk and round canopy shape.

kempei-tai – the “Military Police Corps” that served like a secret police force for the Imperial Japanese Army from 1881 to 1945. A kempei is one member of the police force.

kaya (tree) – also called a Japanese nutmeg-yew. Its scientific name is Torreya nucifera. It is a deciduous tree of medium height with leaves like evergreen needles. The wood from this tree is highly valued, and the species is now protected after times of over-harvesting.


shinden-zukuri – a style of architecture used for mansions that was popular in the Heian period of 794 to 1185. The shinden is the main room and is typically on a north-south axis with a courtyard placed to the south. There is a specific symmetry to these estates and use of undeveloped space as a point of design. Buildings are connected by corridors. (Jessica – this layout should look familiar to you as it is based off a similar Chinese model seen in many of the Imperial buildings)

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more reading about shinden-zukuri

The Girls from Corona del Mar – Vocabulary

It’s always a good idea to keep a list of words you don’t recognize while you read through a book. For me, some words become very closely associated with where I first read them (cul-de-sac I first saw in The Hardy Boys in third grade). Here is my newly learned vocab list after reading The Girls of Corona del Mar.

  • Rubicund: adj. red or ruddy
  • Autodidact: n. a self-taught person
  • Logorrhea: n. pathologically incoherent, repetitive speech or an incessant or compulsive talkativeness
  • Aplomb: n. imperturbable self-possession, poise, or assurance
  • Weft: n. woven fabric or garment
  • Mimeograph: n. a printing machine with an ink-fed drum, around which a cut waxed stencil is placed and which rotates as successive sheets of paper are fed into it.
  • Dargah: n. the tomb of a Muslim saint; a Muslim shrine
  • Vertiginous: adj. whirling, spinning, rotary