Not as many blog links this month, however I hope you enjoy some of them!

Blog Links

I Can Relate To This:

Getting Things Done

Knitting Links:


Money Blog Links:


Planner Related Links:

The Bullet Journal Works Because It Soothes Your Panicky Mind

Planning Woes—Ready to Try Something New

Being A List Maker

Recipe Links:

S’mores Bark

Amish Chocolate Frosting

Baked Doughnuts

In case you missed them!

Tales From a Polk County Girl August Blog Posts:

#onebookJuly2016 Week 4 Review and Wrap Up

Goals Update August 2016

Future Knitting Projects

Cheap B6 Insert Score!

Monthly Check In—August 2016

Career Spotlight: Nutritional Anthropology

Travel Flex Binder

Foxy Fix Marina LP 5 Unboxing

Resetting the Traveler’s Notebooks for August

Monthly Knits July/August 2016


Here’s what I’ve been working on for the past two months:

Monthly Knits July August 2016

Baby Blankets:

1-Bernat Baby Little Royals

Bernat Baby Little Royals blanket (1)

Bernat Baby Little Royals blanket (2)

1-Bernat Baby Little Roses

3rd pic


17-Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Mango Madness

Bernat Mango Madness

YouTube video link:


Alright, people, #onebookJuly2016 is over and I get to play with all of my traveler’s notebooks again! I’ve reset and reorganized them since I have a new one (Foxy Fix LP#5).

From smallest to largest:


ZLYC Passport: story ideas insert, brain dump insert, and temporary lists insert.


Fabric Dori: gardening insert, homesteading insert, and book notes insert.


Foxy Fix Marina Le Petit #5: empty notebook, The Master To Do List, and Projects insert.

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ZLYC Narrow: Yellow Paper House’s 2016 Monthly booklet, kraft folder, 31 day journaling booklet, and a daily notebook for my daily set ups.


Chic Sparrow Maverick: Collections #1, Collections #2, Knitting Notes, blank notebook, and Blogging notebook.

The wonderful things about TNs is that I can change things out and around on a whim, a lot easier than when I was in rings.

I carry the ZLYC passport and narrow with me. The Foxy Fix may come with me occasionally, but it depends on the day. And the Fabric Dori and the Maverick stay at home.

YouTube link:

What’s everyone else using to stay organized?

© Cori Large 6 August 2016



I know what some of you are thinking. Really, Cori? Another notebook/planner? YES! Because one of the thing that was bugging me about the whole traveler’s notebook thing, was the lack of A6, Personal, and Narrow/Standard size notebooks available for cheap at local stores, such as Wal-Mart and the various dollar store chains. Yes, I’ve found lots of bigger notebooks (Wide, Extra Wide, A5) and smaller notebooks (passport, field notes, and pocket), but the main size of notebook I kept coming across was 5″ x 7″ or the B6 size. Thus my journey through the traveler’s notebook makers (Chic Sparrow, Foxy Fix, and others) started in a search for this size.

Through some trial and error, I discovered that Foxy Fix offers a Traveler’s Notebook in the B6 equivalent size. This size holds 7” x 5” notebooks, which for me, are really easy and cheap to obtain. (A major TN plus, IMO.) The color of the Marina TN is what drew me in, in the first place. And when I figured out the Le Petit #5 (abbrev. LP 5) is the equivalent of a B6 I just had to get one.




This TN showed up in the middle of #onebookJuly2016, and I of course opened it, but I didn’t play with it until August 2nd. It has no pockets or pen loop, which is an adjustment. The pockets not so much, but I have no idea how I’m going to attach a pen loop to this thing. Maybe I’ll buy a Midori pen loop.


Having a new traveler’s notebook to play with made #onebookJuly2016 even harder! Please stay tuned for Resetting the TNs post, where I show how I’ve set up my new traveler’s notebook!

YouTube video link:

Related blog posts: Cheap B6 Insert Score

B6 #3

© Cori Large 6 August 2016


Mel's Travel Flex (2)

Mel's Travel Flex (1)

The pink pencil case was made for Mel, but the while flex is mine. Her’s was blue.

I forgot to take a picture of it.

When a friend of mine was going to Greece for work, she told me she needed a notebook to take with her. Preferably something compact.

Since I’m a huge fan of the mini flex binders, I suggested one of those. Unfortunately, the mini flex wasn’t compact enough. I had recently scored a clearance deal on the regular size flex binders because the covers had been damaged.

The most damaged one became my guinea pig. I punched a few pages from one of those refrigerator notepads and used that paper as my template.

Using my paper cutter, I trimmed the plastic covers down and used my All-Purpose shears to cut through the ring mechanism. Once all the cutting was done, I punched more paper to fill it up.

I sent Mel some pictures, and asked her was color she wanted. She wasn’t getting my prototype white one!

I made her a blue one and she also asked me to find a pencil case to fit on the rings. A two-ring case didn’t exist. So I found a cheap one that I could put those metal rings into and make it into a ringed case.

Here’s what she had to say about using it:

It came in handy while traveling for work, and making notes about various tourist attractions and hotels that were available.

The pencil case not only held her pens and sticky notes, but she was able to put all the business cards she received in there so she wouldn’t lose them.

One issue she had, and Mel emphasized that it wasn’t anything I did, was the sticky notes she brought were almost too big for the pencil case. She said she should have checked that before the trip.

I (Cori) will be travelling in the fall and plan on taking a mini flex with me for notetaking and general writing.

© Cori Large March 17, 2016


Nutritional Anthropology

What is Nutritional Anthropology?

Nutritional anthropology is “fundamentally concerned with understanding the interrelationships of biological and social forces in shaping human food use and the nutritional status of individuals and populations” ~Pelto, Goodman, and Dufour (2012:1-2)

Nutritional Anthropologists study a people and their culture, and how food is not only nutritionally significant, but culturally significant as well. They also study how diet and nutrition affects the body and its development. Nutritional anthropologists at the university I attended have an on-going data collection program in Costa Rica, where they are working with the local government to see how Western diet influences have affected nutrition and body development.

I became interested in this career field while watching Alton Brown’s TV show “Good Eats.” At the time, I was ignorant of what this profession truly entailed. The portrayal on the show was more food historian, in my opinion, than anthropologist.

This past semester (Spring 2016) I had the opportunity to take a class in Nutritional Anthropology at a local University. I learned a lot in this class and it gave me some new perspectives to think on, i.e. food insecurity by way of our Food Diary assignment where we couldn’t spend more than $45.00 that week on food. I also learned that this was not a career path I was truly interested in, just fascinated by. Being a food historian and knows the background of what we eat is what speaks to me.

This was a fascinating subject and I’m glad I took this class. I have a Master’s degree in Library Science, and have no plans to go for another Master’s or Ph.D. I took this class purely for the fun of it (much to the chagrin of some of my classmates who HAD to take this class for their degrees).

I would like to encourage everyone to take advantage of classes that interest you, regardless of the degree/career potential. I have added the assigned reading list below and an Amazon link with other helpful books. It helps you grow as a person.

© Cori Large 11 May 2016

Nutritional Anthropology Books

Assigned Readings List:

Anderson, E. N. (1997).  Traditional Medical Values of Food.  In Food and Culture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 80-91.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Barthes, Roland. (1961). Towards a Psychosociology of Contemporary Food Consumption. In Food andCulture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 23-30.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Clark, Dylan. (2004). The Raw and the Rotten: Punk Cuisine. In Food and Culture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 232-242.  New York, NY: Routledge.
De Garine, Igor. (2003). Anthropology of Food and Pluridisciplinarity in “Researching Food Habits:Methods and Problems,” MacBeth Helen and MacClancey Jeremy (eds.). Pp.15-28. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

Himmelgreen, David A. and Crooks, Deborah L. (2005).  Nutritional Anthropology and Its Application to Nutritional Issues and Problems. In “Applied Anthropology: Domains of Application,” Kedia Satish and van Willigan John (eds.).  Pp.  149-188. Westport, CT, Praeger.

Himmelgreen DA, N. Romero Daza, E. Amador, and C. Pace. (2012) in press. Tourism, Economic Insecurity, and Nutritional Health in Rural Costa Rica: Using Syndemic Theory to Understand the Impact of the Globalizing Economy at the Local Level. Annals of Anthropological Practice

Hubert, Annie. (2003) Qualitative Research in the Anthropology of Food: A Comprehensive
Qualitative/Quantitative Approach in “Researching Food Habits: Methods and Problems,”
MacBeth Helen and MacClancey Jeremy (eds.). Pp. 41-54.  New York, NY:  Berghahn Books.

Krebs, John R.  (2009). The Gourmet Ape: Evolution and Human Food Preferences.  In The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 90(3), 7075-7115.

Mintz, Sydney W. (1979). Time, Sugar, and Sweetness. In Food and Culture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 91-106.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Mintz, Sydney W. & Christine M. Du Bois. (2002). The Anthropology of Food and Eating. Annual Review Anthropology 31:99-119.

Swenson, Rebecca. (2009). Domestic Divo? Televised Treatments of Masculinity, Femininity, and Food.In Food and Culture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 138-153. New York, NY: Routledge.

Turner, Bethany L., Maes, Kenneth, Sweeney, Jennifer, and Armelagos, George J. (2008).  Human evolution, diet and nutrition: Where the body meets the buffet. In Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives. Trevathan, et. al *eds).  Pp.55-71. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Weisberg-Shapiro, P. & C. M. Devine. (2015). “Because we missed the way that we eat at the middle ofthe day:” Dietary acculturation and food routines among Dominican Women. Appetite 95:293-302.



  1. Reading…Buried in Treasures (a hoarding handbook)
  2. Listening to…Going through Rachel Cruze’s vlogs on financial literacy.
  3. Eating…continental breakfast for the College’s welcome back convocation.
  4. Drinking…water water everywhere! (I don’t think this will ever change!)
  5. Thinking…I should not have had that second helping of chocolate chip scones. Soft and yummy, but now my tummy hurts.

How’s everyone else doing mid-month? Feel free to copy and paste this check-in list into your blog!


B6 #2

Any regular reader of my blog knows I love finding a great deal on cheap notebooks that can be used as TN inserts. And back to school season is one of the best times to pick up cheap notebooks, especially ones that will fit a B6.

My local Walmart had 7” x 5” small composition notebooks: CaseMate Poly composition book.

On sale, not clearance, for $0.67 each, and since it was the tax free weekend I got them, no sales tax! Quick math = $8.40.

B6 #1

I filled one of the display boxes, which gave me twelve, and 3 of each color: light aqua that matches my Foxy FIX Marina, highlighter yellow, blue, and magenta.

B6 #3

Each notebook has 80 sheets, so 160 pages. They are ruled.

I’m very pleased with this find. Any good deals for you lately?

© Cori Large 9 August 2016


Like most crafters, I like to plan out future projects in my head—long before I’ll ever get around to making them. I’d like to share with you some of the future knitting projects I have rolling around in my head.

I have a thing for afghans. I’m currently working on a Frankie Brown 10 Stitch blanket, in camo/greens/browns.

After this one, my second afghan will be the same pattern, but different colors. I had started making a scrap-ghan years ago, but didn’t like how the colors were coming out. My first mention of this project is in this blog post.




I’m really looking forward to knitting this one. Hence it’s the only one with any pictures attached to it.

The third afghan I have designed (in my head) is what I call my mixed media afghan. The concept of mixed media is using more than one medium to create a piece of art: acrylic paint, water colors, pastels, fabrics, papers, etc. When it comes to this afghan, mixed media to me = mixed stitches.

I have the pattern scheme sketched out, but I still need to do my gauge. And I won’t be doing the gauge until I’m ready to sit down and knit this one.

The stitches will be done in panels, but not separately. This will be one continuous blanket. The stitch patterns are garter stitch, stockingnette, basketweave, purl, moss, and any others I add.

The 4th and 5th afghans are the same style, but different color schemes. They are what I call Pieces Afghans. The pieces for this project are my on-the-go knitting that I take in the car. I will eventually sew these pieces together to make into a blanket. This is also my knitted version of the Granny Square Afghan.

The 4th afghan is made from scrap acrylic yarn. All colors and yarn weights. The pattern is my scrubbie pattern. The 5th afghan is the same pattern, but with a specific color scheme: aqua/bright blue and copper/rose gold. I’m slowly collecting information on makes/models/colors of the yarns I feel will be wonderful for this afghan. I have awhile before it will be time for this one.

So these are personal projects I work on or plan to work on when I need a break. What are some knitting or crafting projects you’re hoping to get to one day?

© Cori Large 4/15/2016


July Goals:

July Goals

  • Journaling Booklet
    • Write advertisement>>>complete
    • Film advertisement>>>nothing done
  • Bobbin Lace Workbook
    • Work through the first 10 pages>>>nothing done
  • Recipe Book
    • Write 5 recipes>>>only wrote 1 recipe
  • Genealogy Workbook
    • Why did I write this?>>>nothing done
  • eBay>>>on hiatus
  • ETSY shop
    • Write up for CBC products>>>made a list
    • Collect pictures>>>not done
  • Amazon
    • List unwanted bound journals>>>listed them
    • List 20 Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companions>>>list them, sold 1
  • Craft Show Inventory
    • Bernat Baby Little Roses>>>Completed 7/9/2016
  • YouTube Channel
    • Film 5 videos>>>complete!
    • #onebookJuly2016 set up video
    • #onebookJuly2016 week 1 review
    • #onebookJuly2016 week 2 review
    • #onebookJuly2016 week 3 review
    • Foxy Fix Marina Le Petite #5 Unboxing
  • Blog Posts
    • Write 10 Blog posts>>>only 8 written
    • #onebookJuly2016 set up post
    • #onebookJuly2016 week 1 review
    • #onebookJuly2016 week 2 review
    • #onebookJuly2016 week 3 review
    • 3 tips for new graduate students
    • Yarn Gift
    • Monthly Check In Post
    • Monthly Blog Links

July Goals 2

August Goals:


  • Journaling Booklet
    • Publish the advertisement
  • Bobbin Lace Workbook
    • Work on first 5 pages
  • Recipe Book
    • Write 4 recipes
  • Genealogy Workbook
    • Why did I decide to write this?
  • eBay
    • [on hiatus]
  • ETSY shop
    • CBC products write ups
  • Amazon
    • Write up 2 un-ISBNed journals
  • Craft Show Inventory
    • Bernat Baby Little Royals blanket
  • YouTube Channel
    • Film 10 videos
  • Blog Posts
    • Write 10 posts

© Cori Large 7 August 2016


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