Tuesday, December 04, 2007

OK, Yum.

I'm not a chocoholic, by any means. But sometimes in the afternoon you need a little something, you know? I just tried my first Jocalat bar (by LaraBar). It's made of only nuts, dates, and organic cocoa. Um, hello? Yum! It's like a delicious nutty brownie. None of that weird health-food taste. It's just yum. I will be buying more of these. It made me happy. We like food that makes us happy.

You know what else makes us happy? Books. Lots and lots of books. Preferably free books. Enter: the Alameda Library! I have had a card since I moved here over 9 years ago (really? 9 years?) but haven't used it much. But now there is a new, fabulous, beautiful modern new Alameda Free Library. I went there with a big list of books I wanted to find. I didn't find all of them, but enough to feel like a success. And then I also started to fall into that wonderful trap of, "Oh, that looks good... hmm, that also looks interesting... wow, I'll have to read that next time..." I love that. Libraries are good, happy places. I can also search for the books I want online at home in their online catalog, and reserve them! I love this!

Which reminds me, I have library cards at the Berkeley Library and the Oakland Library as well. The Corvallis public library spoiled me for all other libraries, but the new Alameda one is pretty amazing. Free wi-fi, a cafe, free computers, self check-out, lots of parking. It's a very nice space to be in. I will be going there more often.

But now I have to find a good online source for those other books that I didn't find. I read something about paperbacktrade.com, recently. I will have to check it out, and report back.

Books make us happy, precious. Yessss they does.


wen said...

oh two of my favorite things: books and chocolate! (especially chocolate power type bars that don't have a hippie health food aftertaste...i am a bit of said hippie, but i like my delicious choco treats rather than figgy carob crunches.)

i used the santa cruz library regularly but haven't gotten to the oakland one for a card yet. probably because santa cruz was so small, everything was on the way, and i rarely find myself walking by things now that i am citified. ;) what oakland lib did you like the best?

Sasha said...

wow, I really have to come see the new library! they were building it for so long and we moved before it was done!!!!

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Kate said...

Hey, I promised myself I wasn't going to comment anymore on your site (at least for today:) but I do the paperbackswap.com and love it. You should look into it if you haven't already - I keep lots of my books but it's a good way to get rid of the ones I know I'll never read again and get others back that I wouldn't spend money on. You should check it out!