Yeah, that's right. Cookbooks. So, you bet, set dressers, I've been scanning those shelves for two seasons, I and see those duplicate books in there. I used to have to dress with books. You wouldn't believe how wonderful it is to have duplicates and like-colors to fill out those shelves!
That's the old Glorious Greens there by Sharon's elbow. Have fun checking them out. I've got a list I'll track down and upload of the titles. And of course, don't forget the much beloved Macaroons!
So, I should probably put this under the Raydor kitchen items post--but this was such a fun "ah-ha!" moment for me, I figured I'd just give it it's own post:
First, I've been eyeballing this cookbook for a while, but couldn't quite understand the cover. It looks sparse and simple, and it seemed to have a spoon and fork on the cover. But it's always in the background and really indistinct. I loved how simple the cover seemed.
I kept trying to find cookbooks with a fork on the cover in front of some blurry round red things--apricots? apples? Couldn't quite get it. Then today: eureka! That fork/spoon combo is a cookbook holder! Duh! Like this one, below:
...and this is the blurry screen grab (1x09:cheaters never prosper) that made it all come together--cause I could finally see that the spoon/fork combo weren't part of the cookbook cover:
And kind of awesomely--word?--here's the cookbook Sharon Raydor has on display:
HA! Excellent! Sharon Raydor like macarons. Who knew? Likes 'em enough to have this striking cookbook. I feel that this should immediately be incorporated into somebody's fan-fiction ASAP. I mean, there's tons of it out there and in most of it she cooks--but has ANYONE had her make macarons for Brenda? (my OTP) or Andy? (other ppl's OTP). I don't think so. So get on it, writers.
Thought I'd covered this a while ago, because there are several nice shots of Raydor's desk at home, but I guess I neglected to do a break-down.
First time we see Sharon Raydor's home office area in 1x02: Before and After:
Later in 1x02: Before and After, Sharon has wisely removed that ugly desk/stationary organizer.
I guess right off the bat my first question is what the hell are those two buff-colored books still doing on her desk after a year of Major Crimes time? I'm assuming they're regular books, but then I got to wondering if they're hollowed out storage? That would be fun and cool. There are tons of neat "book safes" or book storage containers out there. Maybe it's where she stores paperclips, rubber-bands, little jump drives, etc.
Probably just books. But way neater if it's "hidden storage." Along these lines:
In the Season 1 promo shot, they're stacked on top of each other in Sharon's leather in-box. And it looks like they may both have the same image of the Eiffel tower on them?
By Season 2, the leather in-box and lamp have swapped sides, the ugly upright stationary organizer reappears (it comes & goes)--but those books are still there, still stacked in the same way: perplexed.
That black leather desk set can be found online at several office shops as well as, (oddly?), gifts for groomsmen. Seems to usually start at about $100 and go up from there. Careful searching will lead to good deals.
Groomsmen get all the good stuff: flasks, pens, leather desk-sets, cigars, charging valets: seriously cool shit. What to girls get? Crappy dresses. Maybe a necklace. Saddled with groomsmen. Sorry. Where did I go? Without much effort, here's a couple web-grabs of typical black leather desk-sets:
Sharon's got the leather blotter, in-box, pen-holder, letter opener (hers rests on a ceramic dish) and small notepad holder. No business card holder, which makes sense. But might be hilariously awesome if she had that out on her home office desk. Perhaps a personal calling card such as:
It could work.
This very pretty desk lamp from Pier 1 I've already covered in other posts--but here it is again for the sheer pretty of it.
There's an odd seafoam green colored little box that usually sits on her desk, but sometimes moves to other tables. Looks like it has some texture to it.
Also a small post-it note dispenser:
These also appear on most of the Major Crime team's desks.
Small stack of notepads? Hard to tell, looks like at least one is spiral bound, maybe another couple that could be small ledgers. No good detail on those.
Looks like the rectangular plate that she keeps the letter opener on and sometimes eyeglasses, etc., has made the Season 2 cut. But not the small, round plate.
Looks like that leather cup holds reading glasses, some ornamental glass pens? letter openers? wizard wands? The post-it note oraganizer gets moved about, there's that sea-foam box again.
And the one thing I'm not sure about is the small, tall, rectangular black box? I think it has a reflective surface, so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled on upcoming episodes to try to figure it out (not pictured above, btw--but you can see it the promo pics behind the Eiffel Tower books).
Could be a pen holder, but she already has the leather pen cup. Honestly, I don't know what it is--except it seems shiny.
That's it so far. No info on reflective (?) black box, no info on upright stationary organizer, no good details on sea-foam box or small ledgers/notepads. Ceramic dish seems generic to me. Could probably find half a dozen at any home/kitchen store--either as a condiment dish or a candle plate.
Wow! Just WOW! From the Superman Homepage comes this amazing infographic. Steve Younis, in collaboration with the Superman Homepage staff members compiled this incredible collection of Superman's "S" shields, as they have changed and evolved (devolved?) from Superman's first appearance to present day.
The shields are drawn from a variety of sources. Quoting Steve from the above linked site "...we felt it was time the Superman Homepage stepped in to create our own detailed chart, truly showing how Superman's "S" Shield has evolved over the past 75 years, using Superman's regular comic books, original graphic novels, Elseworlds, and other publications, as well as cartoons, TV shows, animated movies, films and more."
Kudos to you folks! Outstanding effort. My image below is much reduced. Very large, high quality original at the Superman Homepage. Go check it out!
Of all the things I could have kept that were my father's--I'm really glad I kept the OED.
I wish I'd have kept his small collection of mystery books--but you can't keep everything--and I'm glad the bulk of his books stayed together, as a set and a permanent collection elsewhere.
But this set of dictionaries, which frankly, I thought I'd use more and don't--I'm totally delighted that it sits here with me in the house. I imagined that I'd maybe have a child to pass these on to, as well as a love of books are reading--& clearly this is dreaming because one can never know how one's child will turn out. But I'd hoped that one of mine would absorb a love of books if only through osmosis, much the way i did as a child, surrounded by a library's worth of books & being read to by parents who valued reading (and valued reading to a child) and wanted to pass on words, sounds, literature and the value of education to their sprout.