The Stack | Life

I love used books! It’s all the fun of reading a physical book and easy on the wallet. I ran out of cat books so I got two. Then I randomly discovered a mystery involving weaving. I’ve been dreaming about buying a rigid heddle loom so that book was a must.

That is also why I got the Navajo weaving book. I picked up a small woven square when I was in DC. I wish I’d gotten more because they’d make great gifts. I wanted to read about how they make them. And see if I could get any ideas for my future loom.

I’ve been watching lots of Agatha Christie recently so I picked up one of her books. I haven’t ready any in years. My Father had a pretty good selection on his shelves.

Sometime last year I watched Wallander with Kenneth Branagh. I figured since the show was so amazing I had to read some of the books. I picked up three because why not. I immediately began reading Faceless Killers and it’s as good as I hoped.

The final book I got on a whim. I love mid-century modern furniture and my husband and father-in-law sometimes build things. They will at least get inspiration for joints and curves/lines. It shows each piece of wood that makes up the item and the dimensions. Could be handy when I request a hand made couch. But while I wait I’m lusting after this one coming from Ikea + Hay.




Tomorrow new books arrive. Powell’s had a buy 2 get 1 free sale on used books. To get free shipping you need to spend $50 so I ended up with 9 books. I kept adding books and then one would be free so I had to had more. After many tries I got to $50 but I had 8 books in my cart. So I added a 9th free one.

I just finished my last magical cats book. I take them with me and read why my husband works at the data center. We plan the trips around other fun stuff so I don’t mind sitting around for 30-60 minutes. Plus it gives me time to escape in a book.

Olympus XA | Camera

Usually in October we join with some friends across the states and take pictures. We upload one a day for a month. Each day you vote on yesterday’s photos. At the end the winner gets bragging rights.

This year we skipped it. Mid October feeling the loss our fearless instigator came up with a new plan. Shoot film in November. I pressed for more details but it was really that simple. Shoot film in November. No plan to post & stare later. Just shoot.

I had long dreamed of carrying the FED-3 everywhere. It’s heavy and mine malfunctions so I never followed through. So I went online and looked for compact rangefinders. That lead me to discover the XA family. Then I was pushed over the edge by a friend posting a pic of his. He was using it for film November.

I hoped on where I get all my typewriters. I watched a couple auctions before deciding on a local one. Goodwill of Seattle had one. I managed to win it. The bonus is it came loaded with film. I got most of someones Alaska photos probably from the mid 90’s.


Since then I’ve been having fun with it. The biggest challenge for me is remembering to be 2.8ft or more from my subject. In some lighting it’s super hard to see the focusing square. And I haven’t mastered taking evening/night shots. But blurry photos can be part of the fun.

I started with 800 iso film and worked down to 200. The 200 has been my favorite. It seems to give me the best colors.


This is my favorite shot so far. It’s Lomography 800 iso. There’s a park near my work. It has a tiny trail that ends in the woods. Most of November/December it was muddy. I got to the mud, took a couple more steps and got this shot. I want to make a giant print.

Here are a few more taken with it. The first two shots are the Lomography 800 and the third is Fuji Pro 200.

I’m so glad I got it. It’s been exciting to have it at the ready. Now I want to get an XA4 so I can shot things from 1ft. I just need to run more rolls through this first.