New Bookcase Set Up

By Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4 Permalink 0

Over the weekend, I got Cass to help me move my bookcases around. I finally have it all set up! I’ve already rearranged all the books twice. I’m actually thinking of rearranging again because I used my Barnes & Noble settlement credit to buy more books.

We anchored all the cases to the wall because Lexi likes to camp out in front of them. She also tries to use them to jump up when she’s chasing flies. I’ve been terrified of them tipping over on her.

For now, the left tall case houses the books I’ve read, our collection of children’s books for our future kids, and reference-y type books. The two small cases in the middle house the books I want to read sooner rather than later. The right tall case houses the books I’m going to read eventually and the graphic novels I need to read. They’re arrange alphabetically by authors’ last name.

As you can see, I have lots of empty space now. So much potential for more books! I love it!

ICYMI on Ech Reads:

Blue Ink Press Unboxing
[Spoiler Free] Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

My 30th Birthday Trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico

By Wednesday, June 22, 2016 12 Permalink 0

For my birthday, Cass took Friday off and we took a long weekend trip to Albuquerque!

New Mexico road trip

The biggest thing I learned on this trip: How to spell Albuquerque without relying on spell check.
The second biggest thing I re-learned: I hate traveling in the summer.

We stayed at La Quinta because they’re pet friendly with no extra fees and they allow pets to stay unaccompanied in the rooms as long as they behave. We brought Lexi’s crate and planned on leaving her in the room for a few hours at a time while we checked out some sights that weren’t dog appropriate. Too bad that plan didn’t work out. Every time a person or dog walked by the door she went on high alert, growling and barking. We didn’t get any sleep because people were coming and going at all hours.

Eventually we learned to keep her harness and leash on. Every time she started to get upset, we’d open the door so she could run into the hall and see who was walking by. Worked like a charm. Once she realized that it was people walking by, not evil Lexi-eating monsters, she calmed down significantly.

Since she needed so much hand holding, we knew there was no way she’d behave in the room by herself. The main thing we did was explore Old Town.

It was so cool to see all the old-style buildings and poke our heads into all the shops. A surprising number of them invited Lexi in. (We declined and kept her outside since she was so excited about all the people and dogs. We didn’t trust her not to be a disaster.) We would have spent the whole day there, but it was over 100 degrees. We were melting and Lexi’s paws were getting sensitive.

We met another Westie in the main square. At first, they didn’t notice each other so Cass and the other owner led them closer. The moment they made eye contact was priceless. “OMG! You look like me!” The other dog warmed up to Lexi quickly and immediately went into play mode. Lexi needed a minute of sniffing and cautious staring, but eventually she got into play mode too. It was adorable! One would crouch and hop to the side, the other would copy. I would have been happy to spend the rest of the day letting them play and watching them.

Next we drove down Central Avenue aka Route 66. We wanted to go at night, but by the time it got dark we were in our pjs in bed. We’ll have to do that next time we’re up there.

Our last stop on our way out of town was BookWorks. I’m a sucker for local book stores.

It’s not my birthday if I don’t go on a trip and it’s not a trip if I don’t check out a local bookstore.

A photo posted by Joslin (Ech & Will) (@echandwill) on

30 bookish facts on my 30th Birthday

By Monday, June 20, 2016 7 Permalink 0

In honor of recently turning 30, I give you 30 bookish facts about me.

The past few years, I’ve been getting little pangs of anxiety over turning 30. But once the big day arrived, it felt right. I’m embracing my 30’s and all that comes with it. A professor once told me that 20’s are fun, but you have no idea who you are and it’s a confusing time. I agree. I had so much fun (sometimes too much fun) in my 20’s. I think my 30’s will bring its own kind of fun with it. Not better or worse. Just different. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Leave me some bookish facts about you and/or advice about being in your 30s in the comments! Let’s bond over our love of books and/or being in our 30s.