Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today is my birthday!  As a Chicago girl born on St. Paddy’s Day, I think it’s appropriate to share the dyeing of the Chicago River as time lapsed by on YouTube by Frootis :
    

I used to live on the river and always thought it was kind of green anyway.  But not this gorgeous, shocking acid green.  Don’t worry, it’s just vegetable dye (and probably one of the least toxic things in that water)!

Yesterday, to celebrate my aging process, I took a trip with a friend to Ojai, CA, where we hit every bookstore we could find, including the gorgeous outdoor bookstore, Bart’s Books.

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Isn’t it cool?

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There are bookcases built into the wall outside that you can buy on the honor system.

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 That’s the kids section on the left!

We also stopped in at the charming Friends of Ojai Valley Library Bookstore, Twice Told Tales, and Bookends Bookstore, which used to be a church!  Some of the pews have been repurposed as shelving, and all of the sections are labeled with Scrabble tiles. 

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It was a perfect day.  Today I plan on eating Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage and about a thousand cakes.  Or at least one slice.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!