Library Sunday!

In last week’s post I described a few sites to visit off-campus, so today I thought I would share a little about one of my favorite sites on-campus: Thompson Library! (aka-The Main Library).

This gem is located right at the heart of campus, just a five to ten minute walk from Gerlach Hall. One of the most iconic buildings at Ohio State, Thompson offers an array of services. First and foremost of course is the extensive archive.

You can find books surrounding just about every topic here. You can even conduct an online search at the Ohio State Library website, and have the book you want pulled from the shelves and waiting at the front desk for you when you arrive. What’s more, if by chance Thompson Library doesn’t have the book you are looking for, you can request to have the piece sent over from another library on-campus or from libraries all across the state, sometimes even nationally.

That’s not all, here are a few more terrific amenities provided in the Library:

  • Buckeye Bar: Having a problem with your laptop? Come see the experts at Buckeye Bar for an in-person technology help session.

  • Berry Cafe: Feeling a little hungry? Head over to Berry Cafe to enjoy a delicious deli sandwich, healthy fruit and yogurt treat, or sweet coffee pick-me-up.
  • Gallery Exhibits: Need a study break? The galleries are, in my opinion, one of the most unique aspects of the library. I always feel like I’m traveling back in time when I visit them.

And last but not least, what most students come to the library to do-Study! Here’s a typical Sunday in the Grand Reading Room…Remember to be quiet, shhh…

If you’re interested in taking in a view while you crack the books, head up to the 11th floor for a breath-taking scene of campus…

And finally one of the more unexpected, but delightfully pleasant parts of visiting Thompson-the possibility of meeting someone new. Students from all over campus come to study at Thompson. Just today I had the honor of meeting 2 wonderful students in the MHRM program, right here at Fisher, who I probably wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t been awkwardly reaching over them to take a picture out the window. The campus might be large, and the student body very diverse, but it’s always a nice surprise to meet a new Buckeye.

Places in Columbus You Must Visit — The Book Loft of German Village

Books hold a special place in my heart.  Wait – let me clarify, books that are not textbooks hold a special place in my heart.

We talked the other day in one of my classes about the e-reader trend, and I so hope it never totally catches on.  I love being able to hold a book and turn a page.  I love the way the paper smells.  Perhaps most of all, I love going to bookstores and getting lost for an hour or two (or three or four), just seeing what all is out there that I could be reading.  This post then, is dedicated to the greatest bookstore in Columbus, and quite possibly all of Ohio/the Midwest:  The Book Loft.

Are your eyes watering yet? No? Better keep reading then...

The Book Loft is located in German Village on South 3rd Street, just a few minutes drive from campus. Right next door, you can grab a cup of coffee from Cup o Joe, which only enhances your book browsing experience…seriously, trust me on this and try it.  If Starbucks is your preferred brewer there’s one of those across the street too.

Inside the Book Loft, you find yourself swimming in 32 rooms full of books.  32 rooms.  32.  Whoa.

A peek into the many rooms of the Book Loft

Each of the 32 rooms has a different theme, ranging from Cookbooks to Youth Fiction to Nutrition to Business/Economics to – well…you get the idea.  And the selection of books within each room is incredible.  I’ve always found the book I’m looking for, and then some.

As you can imagine, 32 rooms can be difficult to process.  If you notice in the picture above, each room and hallway has a map in it that tells you exactly what is in each room and how to get to that room.  The map is hanging directly to the right of the “Bargain Fiction” sign.  Additionally, there is always helpful staff that are waiting to guide you where you need to go.  I swear they have computers in their heads…not only do they know the store layout, but they know where every book is.  It’s incredible!

Finally, all of the books are sold at for at least a small discount.  Typically you’ll find them for 5% off the publisher’s price, but every time I go there are different books that are selling for a steal.  Take for instance what I saw on Saturday – Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw in hardcover for only $6.99.  Retail on that bad boy is roughly $19.99, I think.  So yeah, you’re going to get some good deals.

Well, if you love books (or even like them a little bit), what are you waiting for?

Get to the Book Loft!

This is me - I was very sad to learn how little my car is worth. At least I was at the Book Loft!

My Winter Vacation

This is what I plan to do with my winter vacation:

1) Read.  But for fun.  Yes, I am a dork.

a) I’ll be re-reading “The Alchemist“, as I tend to do once or twice a year to remind myself of my personal legend and that I’m on the right track.

b) I’m going to try and read “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan, a definitive and expansive examination of the universe.  Like I said, dork.

c) I will NOT be re-reading “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” until after I’ve seen the second half of the movie.  The movies never live up to my imagination.

d) Kurt Vonnegut.  “Slaughterhouse Five” is next on my list.  For a good short, short story of his to ease you into the world of Vonnegut, try “Harrison Bergeron,” set in 2081 where 212th, 213th, and 214th Constitutional Amendments guarantee equality in the most extreme of ways.  Click the title for the full text.

2) Travel.  Hopefully for an internship interview (hint hint, internship deities.  I humble myself before thee), but mostly for friends and family.

a) Going to spend as much time with my long-distance boyfriend as possible.

b) We’re going home together to DC for our first Christmas together with my fam.

c) Then back to his place the week after for our first Christmas together with his fam.  Yes, I’m nervous.

3) Play video games.

a) Snake is on Facebook.  I’m trying to forget this until finals are done.

b) Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale.  If you’re an RPG fan, you’ll love this.  It’s about running one of those leet or fail item shops in the games that have those elusive items that you need to grind for hours and hours to afford but it’s totally worth it.  Did I mention I’m a dork?

c) Install Wine.  Wine is a program that you can install on your Mac or Linux machine that allows you to play certain Windows games without having to partition your drive and install Windows.  FTW.  I’m also a nerd.

4) Eat and Cook.

a) I’m going to make a stuffed, savory pumpkin.  Click on the dish for the recipes.

b) I hate Rachel Ray, but doesn’t a triple chocolate-coconut refrigerator cake sound good?

c) And one of my all-time favorite soups, minus the apricots, is a curried sweet potato soup.  Super easy, super warm and hearty.  I recommend it thick so it’s a bisque-like consistency.  Just stir less of the broth back into the puree and serve with some crusty, buttered bread.

5) Finally, work out.  You didn’t think I was gonna spend a whole month just cooking, eating, and sitting on my ever-expanding rear end reading and playing video games all winter did you?

a) Hip-hop abs.  This guy rivals Tony Horton (P90X guy) in the annoying realm, but the work out looks fun and it’s a nice switch.

b) Insanity.  As in, if I am struck with insanity, I may try this vomit-inducing work out.

And that’s it!  Hopefully I will return to OSU with a fresh, clear mind and lots of fond memories to sustain me through the grueling winter quarter.

Happy Holidays everyone, good luck with finals, and see you next year!

Reading…My New Hobby

I think I just had an epiphany.  A  moment of solitudinal (and I think I totally made that word up) reflection of some sort.

As I sit in my apartment watching Monday Night Football, I am reminded of my undergraduate days at South Dakota State University.  My friends, those were the days.  I was 19…a newbie to undergraduate life who didn’t have a care in the world.  I can’t say it was my first time away from home because it really wasn’t.  Prior to enrolling at SDSU, I enlisted in the Army National Guard and headed off to basic training and AIT at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.  For 14 weeks, I endured a vigorous training regime that included, to the best to my memory, a lot of push-ups, front/back/go’s, road marches, etc.  After completing the training at Ft. Leonard Wood, I felt like I had figured a lot of things out for my life (directionally) and was ready to move in that next stage of life called college.

Now, I have never been a big study book reading guy.  For whatever reason, the reading aspect of learning was never hard for me.  During my undergraduate years, I never cracked a book …ever.  Ashamedly, at the time,  I was more concerned with two things:  (1) who was I going to find to  buy me a case of Bud Light (since I was 19) and (2) how I was going to sneak it into my “dry” dorm room.  Because, let’s be honest, watching Monday Night Football… in your dorm room…with NO beer…and  five other dudes is, IMHO, is lame-o-a-rama-thon.

During my undergraduate years, I didn’t take a whole of things seriously – including my education.  I wouldn’t say I studied a whole lot during those times and I relied heavily on my analytical strengths and being able to absorb information quickly and effectively.  But after being out of school for almost 8 years and reinserting myself back into the full-time MLHR graduate program, I am discovering that what I did before is not going to work for me now.  I have grown up a lot since then and have taken a more serious approach towards academics.  In order to survive a full-tilt graduate program, I knew I was going to have to be committed, focused and, most importantly, dedicated to finishing.  I feel the years I worked professional cultivated in me the necessary skills and attributes that will carry me through to graduation in 2012.

So tonight, almost 8 years later, I am sitting in front of my TV again…watching Monday Night Football…muted.  And I’m reading.  No beer.  No dudes.  Just me, a muted TV, a few books and a bottle of S. Pellegrino sparkling water with a lemon.  I find two things very applicable here:  (1)  I’m not getting behind on my reading assignments and (2) I definitely won’t be fighting some ridiculously STUPID hangover in the morning.

My epiphany:  In 2000, I was cracking beers…In 2012, I decided I’m cracking books instead.

Trust me, folks, that’s deep.  Like, Dr. Phil deep.

This quarter is starting off just fine!

Some things I’m thankful for:

After buying/ordering all the books for Winter Quarter, I added up everything… and was thrilled that the total was only $188.07… About a third of what Autumn Quarter was!

I made it through a week-long road trip and nearly two weeks with the family over winter break without any mishaps.

Christmas with my extended family was relaxing, and everyone enjoyed their gifts.

I successfully achieved > 90% on the SAT I took this afternoon – in order to teach SAT prep classes at Kaplan, your score has to be over 90% AND from within the past five years… mine was eight years ago!

New Year’s Eve is shaping up to be a nice, low-key event with friends, music and of course some tasty beverages.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last few days of “freedom” before we start classes again!

Best wishes,



Well, I now have some freedom to myself. I can now work a full day at work without having to leave for meetings, class, or random things that may pop up at any second. It’s a good feeling to actually be able to finish projects that have been sitting on my desk for a while and being able to check things off my list. That being said, I’m so used to receiving 50+ emails each day that I’m constantly checking my email to see if anyone has sent me anything.

I’ve ordered my books. I need to start reading so that I can actually read all of the books next quarter. I think I’m most excited about my Psych class. I’m also very excited that I’m getting one of my elective courses checked off the list. And, I also only have 3 more Christmas presents to buy between my and my fiance’s families. Considering there are a lot of people, that’s pretty exciting. And, we have 2 of the 3 figured out, we just have to go get it.

In honor of the holiday season, I’m going to post a few cookie/’food you wouldn’t normally make unless you’re bored’ recipes between now and the end of break. I figure other people are just as bored as I am and would enjoy something new to do.

Today’s is an Ice Cream Kolacky – recipe courtesy of


  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fruit preserves, any flavor


  1. Add flour to butter or margarine and crumble in pastry blender. Add ice cream to crumbled mixture and, using dough hooks, work into dough. (If you don’t have dough hooks, use your hands. Rubber gloves will help cut down the cold temperature from the ice cream.) When dough is smooth, shape into ball and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface. Using the rim of a glass dipped in flour, cut out circles. Place on a cookie sheet and make a thumbprint in center of each. Fill thumbprints with 1/2 teaspoon fruit filling.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar when cool. Eat and enjoy!

Cheap Books and Tips.

I’ve noticed as I’ve read through several of the other blogs that people have commented on on the expense of buying books through campus bookstores or are curious as to where they can find a cheaper alternative. As my fiance puts it, I’m a connoisseur of online buying; most everything I buy is from online and multiple times cheaper than the vast majority of retail stores.

I discovered about 2 quarters into my sophomore year the art of buying books online. This quarter is probably my pride and joy as I saved $160 by buying my books online as opposed to buying used books from the campus bookstores. **NOTE** this does not apply to course packets. And for any professor reading this, sympathize for your students and don’t have course packets. Post readings on Carmen and make them buy a book. At least that way it’s re-sell-able.

How do I do it? Simple – Email your professor and ask which books are required for your class and be sure to ask for the edition. Once you have the title, author, edition and most of the time ISBN, google search the ISBN. Use the shopping function of google, which is AMAZING, and find the cheapest book. Amazon is good, but I much prefer It tends to be a little cheaper and have less shipping. Amazon has the “super saving” deal where you can spend so much and get free shipping, but that’s only from Amazon, not their dealers, and most of the time are more expensive than the dealer prices or the prices from other online book distributors. and are other good sites, but always make sure you’re shopping through a secure site. Nine times out of ten, if the web URL starts with https, not just http it’s secure, but be careful where you put your credit card number.

Also, if you have the option of buying the binder-ready version vs the hard/soft back book, buy the hard/soft back book. Campus area stores won’t buy it back if it’s the binder-ready version. I learned that the hard way after “saving” $40 on a physics book and ended up losing $120 because I can’t sell it back.

More tips to come. For now, happy 2nd day of classes!

The Book Loft: One Of My Favorite Columbus Places

Re-posted from

So I went to the Book Loft in German Village. Imagine a fun house with all those wacky mirror, but instead replace all those mirrors with books. Now imagine a haunted house with a whole bunch of sketchy people in costumes but replace all those sketch people in costumes with books. Now imagine 30 other kinds of houses with some salient feature, but replace said salient feature with books. Welcome to the Book Loft, located on South 3rd Street, “The Loft”  is more than a block long and has 32 rooms of books, but also greeting cards, calenders AND OHIO’S LARGEST SELECTION OF JIGSAW PUZZLES. Now that I have your attention, I must apologize that the Book Loft doesn’t have any coffee or pastries, no re branded Starbucks crap here. This is a true, independent bookstore (with greeting cards and puzzles). On top of all of that, EVERY BOOK is at least 5% off the cover price, most are even cheaper than that. So if you have a spare couple of hours to spend to get lost in a labyrinth of literature, hit this bad boy up. please. Also if you have a few minutes and are feeling nostalgic about vintage web design and animated gifs… check out their website (I am in love with it).

I hate textbooks!!!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog!

I was hoping I could hold off on complaints until at least day one of class, but come on, textbooks, come on.

Do you really have to cost $60 plus? And by $60 plus I really mean at least $90? Does there have to be at least two of you and then a Uniprint course packet on top of you? Not to mention the bottom-of-the-line cheap-kid WC parking pass that I bought for $80 and is only good for parking after happy hour?

I once had a class called Managerial Accounting where the textbook was optional and also available at the library. True story!

Professors, publishers, library book buyers…how do we get more of these books in the library? I’m not trying to kid anyone – I may be a “Working Professional,” but truth is, mama left her full-time job last spring and a girl needs a break!

I’ve been working in publishing for the last five years so I’m on to you “new editions.” Don’t play. Most students will most likely pay full retail price but all I’m asking is for one library copy for those less fortunate. (Me).

What does everybody think? Have textbook prices been making you max out your Discover and cry since dorm days? Do you know of any good websites to get cheap ones?

While you’re thinking, take a look at a picture of my cat on top of my Financial Accounting textbook from this summer. This one was worth it…it doubles as a learning tool and sleep aid for humans AND felines!