Friday, September 01, 2017

Non-Fiction Review: Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by
Author: Chris Voss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication: kindle ebook loaned and recommended by friend

This was a good book. I thought it would be like pulling teeth to read due to the subject matter but the way its written is actually quite thoughtful and he really uses the time in the introduction to get me hooked.

I'd recommend reading the entire introduction, then looking carefully over the table of contents and starting in the beginning, but don't feel bad shuffling around the book in non-chronological order!

So it's definitely the type of book you don't really sit and read from cover to cover. But I like that, and I know that's pretty typical from non-fiction (my best friend is a non-fiction book lover fiend) He tells me that is the way it is. I believe him, who am I to judge anyway? Sounds fun and like something different. Can't wait to read more non-fiction actually! It ain't that bad.

Check out more info about it on Goodreads

-- again apologies for the state of the blog - we still have some minor changes to fix! If anyone can help me that would be great. Get in touch w/me via email and we'll chat :) 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Diamond’s Dreamy Reading Spaces

Reading, reading, reading. For us booklovers, we are used to bringing books (or our phones loaded with books) everywhere we go. However, there’s quite a special charm to have a special reading spot … a special place where you can curl up with a book and some tea and snacks. For hours on end, it’s great to just check in one spot (basically it’s also insurance that your bum is comfy) and a throw blanket nearby and you’re basically describing heaven. 
So, what would my heaven be? Oh, it’s the most fun to think about. I think that’s part of the reason it took me so long to compose this post, (besides the fact that we were having major design and technical difficulties alll last week).
I found quite a few dreamy reading space ideas on Pinterest. I’m going to share my two favorite spots, although i would tweak them a bit (of course) to fit my personality.

Dream Reading Spaces 


image found via Pinterest
Okay I really like this one! The main two reasons are because of all the natural light (plus I have those exact same curtains :)

I also really love that style of reading chair — what is it called? I can’t recall the name but I like it because I can’t sit in a chair with my legs hanging down like that and be comfortable for hours on end (unless we have a good ottoman to go along with it). Still I feel like this is the best position for reading..and I like the throw and the pillows. Those would definitely be in my dream reading space.
Not a fan of the side table or the tray that is on the floor? My cat would be all over that and yeah not a good idea… also the color of the rug is gross I would change it to a primary color shag rug. I’m sure my kitty would be comfortable on that while I read she can lay in the sun and sleep!



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Here’s another space I really like. I love the slanted ceiling, and of course that chair …. perfect! I love the little pillows and this rug is much much better. 

I would probably change the lighting though. I really love moroccan style hanging lights. Or, some of the old lamps that I bought in Bosnia last summer would work great here! I know it’s not really practical to fly across the world for some beautiful hanging lamps…but I did find some really cool ones from Arhaus. They have tons of unique lighting fixtures that could shed some beautiful and unique light in your reading room.

This was so much fun. If you’re curious about my other reading spaces check out the full board. I am definitely inspired to create a reading space in my home. I have a corner (next to a window, too) that is just begging for that transformation. I’ll definitely keep the blog posted :)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Please Excuse Our Mess!



Please excuse the mess that is the blog right now! 

Photobucket just changed their policy so all the images that my designer used on her photo bucket are now not available to us. 

Please excuse the mess while we sort this out with the designer! 

And thank you for following despite the troubles. We promise to be back online soon! 


Love,

Diamond + Alex

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Diamond:Graduation, What’s Next?





In 2016 I began the Master’s of Library and Information Science program at UCLA. I went from wanting to be a YA Librarian, to answering a calling I felt in my soul to study Archives and Informatics. Now, in 2017 I finished my program and will be obtaining my Master’s diploma in a few months time! (disclosure: I still need to present my portfolio (it’s a different version of a thesis: intended for those of us who plan to join the workforce ASAP - ME! )

What’s Next?



As funny and odd as these hats are, I felt like a G wearing the regalia: the hood, sash, oh and the gown had extra long sleeves (we put our iPhones in there!)


Most of all, I just wanted to THANK YOU all who have been there these past two years. My family and friends (internet friends included, duh) have put up with countless tears, angry texts that don’t make sense, screams of I AM STRESSED I HAVE TO WRITE 8 PAPERS and I HAVEN”T SLEPT. You know ;) grad school stuff. I am forever grateful to all of you who have supported me and accepted that I have been more absent in your lives due to this program and school. 

Especially with my beloved blog…I was lucky enough to have a superhero as a friend. She lives in NY and she’s a feisty smart wonderful young woman who you know as ALEX!!!!! 

How can I thank her enough, seriously?! For keeping the posts going, while she maintains her amazing and FULL and goodie-paced blog…. I’m just so proud of her and thankful that she has been here helping keep this blog alive. 

and for those who followed despite our absences, waiting patiently for us to return, THANK YOU!

I don’t know what will become of the blog now. I may receive several emails after this post goes live, with offers to co-blog or guest post on here (I would love that!) 

Now my journey includes scouring Los Angeles (and beyond) for a job position. I can’t believe I am finally, actually … starting a career that I am excited about and ready to take on! Digital archivist, preservation, and all sorts of exciting positions are worth exploring in my book.

Let’s hear it for the Archives and the Libraries!! ^_^