Who are you, and how do you Armchair?

A lovely group of book blogger people has put together a consolation event for those of us unable to attend this year’s BEA (Book Expo America). It’s called Armchair BEA, and it allows for bloggers to network and “meet” each other and share a bookish social event, without traveling to NYC. I shall be playing along by visiting other blogs and following the theme posts every day.

Today we got our first question of the week. Asks Armchair BEA,

Who are you, and how do you Armchair? This is the time to introduce yourself and your blog. Share with us a random fact about yourself. Use the organizer interviews for inspiration. Be creative, share photos, let your personality shine through! A number of new visitors may be hitting your sites, so give us a snapshot of who you are. Simply, share how you are kicking it!

We all enjoy the chance to talk about ourselves, right? :)

I live in Houston, Texas, and I love my hometown. I have a wonderful husband and two wonderful little dogs, and Husband and I both love to ride bicycles a lot. I’m a bike racer, too, and although I’m a bit out of shape and struggling this spring, I intend to make a comeback. We spend a lot of weekends traveling to ride and race, and we’re great fans of craft beer, too. I work as a librarian, and aside from cycling, reading is obviously a great passion of mine. Little dogs, bicycles, books and beer, along with my family, make up my life.

To steal a few questions from the Meet the Armchair BEA Team post…

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?

There’s always one, but I think it always changes, too! I could name several: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe; The Hobbit by Tolkien; For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot; My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. But right now, at this moment, I am very excited about Fire Season by Philip Connors, and that’s the book I would be placing in people’s hands.

If you could have lunch with any author, living or not, who would it be and where/what would you eat?

The author that I have been most consistently fascinated by all my life is Ernest Hemingway. I am delirious with love for his work, and I like to read about him, too, because not only did he create beautiful art, but he’s an intriguing figure, too. Not entirely likeable, but definitely intriguing. I would most like to meet Ernest Hemingway, and find out if I would be drawn into his spell! He seems to have been a real jerk, eventually, to all of his four wives; but they all married him (three, after being a mistress while he was married to the wife before), and it seems clear that many other women, besides, were convinced that he was wonderful despite his bad behaviors.

We would eat at one of those sidewalk cafes he describes in Spain, in The Sun Also Rises, or a take-out picnic in a similar setting. I love his description of the cold white wine that Jake and Bill keep in the stream while they fish for trout. Something like that. In my opinion, nobody describes food and drink like Papa; I would share one of his many delectably described simple meals with him.

And finally, in the spirit of personal sharing… a few pictures for you.

I just got my first pair of glasses! Not only can I see better – I’m a real librarian now!

This picture is from last spring, but still representative: amid the bluebonnets (state flower of Texas, no it’s not the yellow rose) at Rocky Hill Ranch, where I raced yesterday.

And finally, here I am being a library-tourist at the public library in Den Haag (the Hague) in the Netherlands. (Also not a new picture; this was January 2010.)

If you’re just dying to know more about me, and see more pictures, check out my personal website.

And thanks for stopping by!


Edit: thanks Jenna for pointing this out: I need a pic of my little dogs here!

Hops (in front) and Ritchey (in back)

Hops, Ritchey, and my parents’ dog, Barley (perhaps a hint of Westie for you there?)

8 Responses

  1. Julia,

    I enjoyed learning about you! I used to be a docent for the Ernest Hemingway birthplace in Oak Park, IL. He came from a very interesting family and that experience made me appreciate his work in a whole new way.

  2. What fun! Yes, I think the whole clan was a bit outrageous. I haven’t visited any of his sites yet but would like to… Key West… Cuba…

  3. I just came across your site from the Armchair BEA page. I really like your blog, and I’m now a follower! Looking forward to reading your reviews! You mention you have a dog…what kind? I have two Westies myself and love little dogs!

  4. Hi Jenna, you have made me realize how I need a picture of the dogs here! See my edit above. They’re just a pack of mutts, but oh we love them. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Ahhhh…the doggies! Love it! And I love love love the bluebonnets! Oh my!

    On behalf of the Armchair BEA organizers thanks so much for participating! We really are so happy to have you!

  6. Hi, I found you via Litlove’s blog. The Armchair BEA sounds like a great idea. I missed our local annual literary event here (the Franschoek Literary Festival) and didn’t even look to see if they had an armchair version. (It’s in Cape Town in case you wondered.) And you’ve also reminded me that I must promote our library when I start work as a school psychologist in a few months’ time.

  7. Yes, please! Those libraries & librarians need all the help they can get; we’re so easily forgotten because we’re quiet :)

  8. A bike racer – wow. I can barely stay up on a 2-wheel bike. My husband has a 4-wheel bike thingy with a bench seat on the back for the kids – since it doesn’t require much balance, I can actually handle it :)

    Glad to have found you via Armchair BEA!

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