6 Feb
2015

Ice Cream For Breakfast Day!!!! YAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heyyyyy you guys, February 7th is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! Certainly not the only day of the year you can eat ice cream for breakfast, but one hundred percent a special day for people (me) who want to eat ice cream for the most important meal of the day in a cocoon-like no judgement zone.

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Maybe you need more encouragement to participate in ice cream for breakfast day? Maybe you are thinking that you just, you know, pop a container of greek yogurt in the freezer and eat THAT for breakfast, and it will be fun and equally exciting as ICFB-Day? You're Wrong. You're soooooooo wrong, Becky >:(

Just eat some ICE CREAM for BREAKFAST and LIVE a little!!! If you put cornflakes on top (DELICIOUS) it's BASICALLY like having a normal bowl of cereal for breakfast! It's FINE! People used to do it all the time:

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Greatest Generation

 

 

You don't even have to stick to coffee flavored ice cream! Try mint chocolate chip rice krispies or moose tracks bran flakes (HEALTHY)!

Go on, have FUN! It will be great! Until you get brain freeze, that is....

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3 Feb
2015

Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week

The first week of February is Children' s Authors and Illustrators Week, a celebration started by Childrens Authors Network (CAN) to promote a love of reading, writing, and storytelling in "schools, libraries and children's shelters all over the country."

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During the visits the authors and illustrators give presentations or lead workshops on their craft to inspire students to create art on their own. How cool is that?

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Another great way to celebrate the week is by visiting your local library or bookstore and loading up on hilarious, beautifully drawn, insightful, inspiring children's books for your favorite little ones.  Read them together (or by yourself, it's fine. If people can run around reading 50 Shades in public like it'd NBD, sin verguenza, then certainly it's acceptable to read Frog and Toad alone in a coffee shop! ) and have a mini book club after! You can discuss what you think happens after the story ends and unlike normal book club you'll be sure that everyone has read the book ;)

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"The gender politics of The Giving Tree are sketch, you guys"

This week is also a good time to marvel at the amazing skills of children's books artists. Their work is imaginative, silly, fun, endlessly re-readable.The George and Martha series by James Marshall is clever and fun while modeling a true, caring friendship between two inseparable hippos.

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This is Not My  Hat and I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen are amazing books that I read as an adult, still laughing out loud and enjoying every page. Best surprise ending since The Sixth Sense, IMHO.

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So suspenseful!

Final shoutout to Little Golden Books , which have some of the best, most colorful pictures and stories that have entertained generations of readers.

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I love this book soooo much <3

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plus they look so pretty stacked up on your shelf

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Margaret Wise Brown and Richard Scarry are the best! Also Polite Elephant is sooo polite to wash up for dinner at that tiny little sink!

Have a great Children's Authors and Illustrators Week and tell us about your favorites!

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1 Feb
2015

Go Seahawks! Or not. Whatever, really. IDGAF, to be honest.

Blah.  Just blah.

Blah. Just blah.

So here's the thing.  About this year's Superbowl.  And let me preface this by saying that the Steelers really played with my heart this year because they were like, really terrible but then they kind of got it together and then they did really well for like 3 weeks and I got really excited because I thought they were gonna like, ride that momentum all the way to the bank.  And it didn't happen.  So I'm kind of over football for this season.  Despite the fact that I really enjoy watching football, there's really no way to disguise the fact that I'm a fencing nerd and at the end of the day, if it's not my home team, I'm pretty much not interested.

Artists rendering of me when the Steelers lost.

Artist's rendering of me when the Steelers lost.

So anyway, about this year's Superbowl.  First of all, the Patriots are probably cheating cheaters who should just go home and think about what they have done.  Also, Bill Belichick = yuck.  So I'm half or quarter-heartedly rooting for the Seahawks.  (What even is a Seahawk?  An osprey?  Are you talking about an osprey?  Or a Stellar's Sea Eagle or something?  I don't know.)  Also, Chris Evans is a Patriots fan and has been having an adorable Twitter fight with Chris Pratt about the Superbowl, so that's fun.

He's the cutest.

He's the cutest.

But we all know what the actual draw of the Superbowl.  We do.  It's the commercials.  Superbowl commercials are totally awesome and are the best thing on tv on Superbowl Sunday.  Sorry, Steelers, even your Superbowls.

And yes, before you ask, it's fine if you get lost in the Youtube rabbit hole that is commercials.  Enjoy.

So anyway, in summary.  Boo to the Patriots, meh to the Seahawks, yay to Chrises Evans and Pratt, and double yay (or double yoi, if you prefer) to the Superbowl commercials.  Can't wait!

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8 Dec
2014

KU’s Great Gift Ideas: The Christmas Series! Stocking Stuffers for the Reader(s) in Your Life!

Let's be honest, KU is pretty much stocking stuffer central.  Santa shops here for the stuff he puts in your stocking.  Seriously.  Also he loves us.  Obviously.  Anyway, here are some stocking stuffer ideas for your favorite bibliophile!

Letterpress tattoos!  So you can make your favorite book quotes on your skin!

Letterpress tattoos! So you can make your favorite book quotes on your skin!

Literary wristwatches!  (Also we have a ton more that aren't literary but are frickin' epic, so, there's that.)

Literary wristwatches! (Also we have a ton more that aren't literary but are frickin' epic, so, there's that.)

Book cover t-shirts!  They rule so hard, you guys.  Again, we have a ton more designs.

Book cover t-shirts! They rule so hard, you guys. Again, we have a ton more designs.

Secular Saint devotional candles!  Here's Vonnegut (he's the patron saint of humanity, misanthropes, and the fantastic!) pictured with his books, but we also have Freud, Darwin, Shakespeare, and several other secular saints!

Secular Saint devotional candles! Here's Vonnegut (he's the patron saint of humanity, misanthropes, and the fantastic!) pictured with his books, but we also have Freud, Darwin, Shakespeare, and several other secular saints!

Shakespeare's Star Wars (and The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return) does double duty as the perfect gift for a Shakespeare fan AND THE BEST GIFT FOR ANYONE EVER BECAUSE IT'S THE COOLEST IN THE WORLD!!!!!!

Shakespeare's Star Wars (and The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return) does double duty as the perfect gift for a Shakespeare fan AND THE BEST GIFT FOR ANYONE EVER BECAUSE IT'S THE COOLEST IN THE WORLD!!!!!! Plus, who doesn't want a Darth Vader cookie jar?

The Greatest First Lines of LIterature mug needs neither introduction nor explanation.  Get it.  Got it?  Good.

The Greatest First Lines of Literature mug needs neither introduction nor explanation. Get it. Got it? Good.

Ditto for the Jane Austen mug!  (We also have Poe and Vonnegut mugs which kill!)

Ditto for the Jane Austen mug! (We also have Poe and Vonnegut mugs which kill!)

All this and much much (MUCH) more at KU this holiday season!  Come down and see us! <3!

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16 May
2014

IT’S NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY

Pizza parties are one of the best things you can do for others. You might think giving compliments or generally being courteous or even giving people money is important, but nothing is more important than pizza parties.

The announcement of a pizza party will instantly lift the spirits of any group of people. This relatively small gesture of free, warm, cheesy pizza is one of the best ways to get people smiling. This is just science people. Science.

This is literally what will happen.

Before pizza party:

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After pizza party:

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The Ninja Turtles had the right idea:

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If you really want to get sneaky, you can host a secret pizza party, like the racoon main character in the awesome book we sell, entitled Secret Pizza Party. All he ever wants is pizza, but he keeps getting "bonked" in the head with a broom. So he devises a plan to get himself some pizza to have a secret pizza party. It's a wonderful book and a wonderful idea. All pizza parties are a wonderful idea!

May your pizza party be blessed with warm cheesy pizza, good conversation, and good times :)

10 May
2014

National Miniature Golf Day

Anyone that's played a round of golf knows that um, golf isn't easy. You can't just pick up a set of clubs and ride your golf cart into the sunset after scoring under par.

Mini golf isn't a piece of cake either, but it makes for a much less serious time. The spirit of mini golf is upbeat and fun.

There are many stages/feels of mini golf.

When you miss the ball entirely:

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When you overcompensate and hit the shit out of the ball:

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When you somehow manage to hit a hole in one:

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When it takes you 7 strokes every hole to get the ball in and everyone is waiting for you:

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When someone you're with takes a pro golf stance:

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When you get to the hole with the windmill and time it perfectly so you hit it and miss the opening:

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When you hit the ball into the water and everyone has to wait for you to fish it out:pass out

When you purposely hit the ball in the water because you realize it's part of that hole's strategy:

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When someone else hits your ball in with their ball:

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When you encounter a hole that looks like a giant vagina:

Now that's what I call a questionable hole. (I've been waiting 7 years to find a use for this photo of mine)

Now that's what I call a questionable hole. (I've been waiting 7 years to find a use for this photo of mine)

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When the score is tallied and you lost by a great margin:

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THIS IS FROM HAPPY GILMORE, GET IT

When you know just how to fix that problem:

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A for Affort

A for Affort

18 Mar
2014

Awkward Moments Day: Celebrate Your Awkward Self

Awkward moments are my favorite. Sure, they're awful as they're happening (cue red face, anxiety sweating, and stuttering) but they always make for a funny story later. The other great thing about awkward moments is that they keep us grounded. Hearing others' stories of awkward moments undoubtedly brings up a number of our own awkward moments. So I'll share with you some of my own awkward moments.

  • Creeping on someone's Instagram feed when my phone mistakes my scrolling as double tapping, thus accidentally 'liking' one of their photos.
  • My phone rings, and I say hello before it's connected me to the person. So they know I've picked up but don't hear me say 'hello' and they just get silence.
  • Bumping into an inanimate object and saying, 'Excuse me,' before I realize it's not a person.
  • Forgetting someone's name as soon as they tell it to me because I'm so nervous I forget to remember.
  • Looking for an open treadmill at the gym and making eye contact with 7 people working out instead.
  • Accidentally making a lot of eye contact with the same person at the gym because they're just there and hoping to GOD they don't try to talk to me.
  • Singing along with a song in front of someone and singing the wrong lyrics.
  • Impatiently pulling on the car door handle multiple times as someone else simultaneously tries to unlock the car.
  • The other person getting so annoyed with me that they just get in the car and drive away. (JK this has never happened but could, you know?)
  • Trying to count a pile of money and repeatedly getting confused about the total.
  • Getting to the front of the line at the bank and forgetting what you even came for.
  • Using the ATM to avoid interacting with an actual person.
  • Getting on the bus and trying to pay when you're supposed to pay when you get off. (This makes the port authority bus drivers CRAZY.)
  • Sending someone a Facebook message and seeing that they read it but didn't respond to you. Ever.
  • Apologizing to your pet when you accidentally kick/walk into them.

And here are a few socially awkward penguin memes :) Please feel free to share your awkward moments!

19 Nov
2013

Honoring the Humble Toilet, World Toilet Day

That's right, November 19th is World Toilet Day. Now you might think "That's the dumbest thing I've ever hear!" and on one hand your right. But let's think about it. The toilet is one of the most important and frequently used appliances in your house! You use it multiple times everyday. And so does the rest of the world. I mean not yours specifically. But A toilet. Let us take the time to acknowledge and appreciate our friend who takes our crap everyday!! (OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!)

like a boss.

like a boss.

Toilet Day is actually meant to be a serious thing too. It is recognized by the UN as a global day for raising awareness about worldwide sanitation. People like us in the wealthy parts of the world don't realize that so many people around the world don't have the luxury of toilets or even bathrooms at all. 1 in 3 people across the globe do not have toilets. That's crazy. So World Toilet Day (and the organization of the same name) aims to push countries like ours to bring the gift of modern wizpalaces to others. I know I don't enjoy doing my business outside. Leaves are never as comfy as they may seem.

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sink + toilet combo. the soilet. sounds much less clean.

Personally I find the toilet to be a wonderful place of relaxation and self reflection. Maybe I'm reading. Maybe I'm playing a game on my phone. Perhaps I'm just enjoying the solitude of being totally alone for like 2 freakin minutes. Whatever you like to do while you poo, it's something that not everybody gets to enjoy. So remember then the next time you take a seat atop your porcelain throne and spare a thought for the less fortunate. You done good toilet. You done good.

The thinker. On the toilet. Outside. This image has LEVELS.

The thinker. On the toilet. Outside. This image has LEVELS.

Now before I go. For those of us who not only need a toilet but need a toilet with a foot warmer, butt warmer, bidet, and integrated music player, and all kinds of other crazy things, I give you the Numi:

Holy crap (pun intended again). It's the toilet of my dreams.

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