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About meI'm a one time Classics Professor turned Stay-at-Home Mom/Lady of Leisure. I have a great love for books, naturally, and also lists. Lists of books are right up there for me (I have more than a few books that are lists of books, and I have a feeling that I'm not alone in this here). I have to admit that I'm a bit shy about becoming 'public.' I'm nervous about others looking at my books - is that weird? Anyway, I also love sewing and knitting, watching bad B-horror films, and I quite enjoy teaching as well. However, I'm not fond of talking about myself, so I'll just end this here.

What I'm reading:
-Sanctuary (banned books list)
-Cedric, the Forester (Newbery Honor Book list)
-Faust (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times (Presidential Challenge)
-One Summer (audio book)
-The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (Hugo award list)
-Enemy of God (from the TBR shelves)
-The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine (Classics shelves)
-E. Aster Bunnymund (bed-time book)
-Deity Yoga (buddhism list)
-Lady Windermere's Fan (book-a-year challenge - 1893)
-Paddle Your Own Canoe (from the Must Read Now pile)
-The Haunted Bookshop (sequel to Parnassus on Wheels)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-Asinaria by Plautus (reading in Latin)
-Iliad by Homer (reading in Greek)
-Latin Literature by Gian Biagio Conte
-The Cambridge History of Classical Literature Volume 1 Part 1

About my libraryThis catalog includes both my books and my husband's, which explains the science/humanities mix. As much as I'd like to claim polymath status, those physics books nearly got tagged under 'magic', since that's my general assessment of their contents (For example, here's an actual snippet of conversation between my husband and me: "How do you think magnets work?" My answer: "Magic?").

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, A Quieter LibraryThing, Ancient History, Book Listers UNITE!show all groups

Favorite authorsWilliam W. Batstone, Michael Chabon, David Eddings, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Christopher Moore, Hunter S. Thompson, Simon Winchester (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresRiver Lights 2nd Edition

Favorite librariesPlatteville Public Library

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Real nameAmber Scaife

LocationPlatteville, Wisconsin

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You need to read the St. Mary's series. Srsly. I think you would like it.
Thanks!!
The book covers look nice, although I still haven't gotten around to that final little bit of taping!
Happy Thingaversary, Amber!
Thank you!!! I will let you know how I make out. I REALLY appreciate it!
Thanks Amber! I just placed an order for an assortment :)
Ding Dang Amber! :-) I had your packet in my bag so I could send it when I went to the PO today but I completely forgot! Sorry, I'll try to get it in the mail in the next few days.
I was looking at what we have in common and and I saw these: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
Where the mountain meets the moon by Grace Lin
The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

All Newberry award winners, I believe and all great books!
Good luck! I'm sure those snakes are not nearly as venemous as you imagine. At least, that is what everyone tells me when I'm dealing with my people-phobia.
Thanks for pointing me in the direction of the Faulkner thread, which I'll be sure to check out. I have added so many books to my wish/to read lists since getting involved with the forums!

I've dabbled in a bit of Plato and Cicero, but only in the context of political theory (my second major was political science and my oral comps were largely centered on the practical application of the philosophical foundations of political theory). I certainly have only read in them English as well!

Thanks again!
I can't imagine having to wait an entire month for the next Sandman. I was introduced to them in trade paperback form, thankfully. I actually prefer to read graphic novels that way and am currently waiting for the prequels to "Watchmen" to get published as trades. In the meantime, however, I'm enjoying a chance to catch up on my mysteries.
Hi,

I love your profile introduction! (I'm from the 75 Books group; you commented on my introduction thread.) My husband is a geologist with an avid interest "magic" himself, and my catalog is also a humanities/science mix. I, too, and a bit nervous about people virtually perusing my bookshelves, but wanted to meet people with a more literary bent. I hope this is an appropriate place to leave these comments and you don't mind me requesting you as a Library Thing friend. I'm addicted to Facebook, but am new to this kind of online community. I look forward to seeing what you read this year and any recommendations you may have.

Hi Amber. Thanks for adding me to your friend list. I'll be browsing your library. I'm amused by the differences between you and your husband-the old adage opposites attract is still true. That said, I love physics and math, as well as fantasy and science fiction, Regency romances, and Christian apologetics and inspirational literature.

Glad you liked the card! Hope your Christmas was marvelous!
Sending a message your way to say how much I appreciate your kindness.
Hi Amber

My mind is a whirl with many details. A few weeks ago it dawned on me that I will not be recovered enough to do holiday shopping. I've been busy making placemats and having fun. I realized the pain was taking over so many areas of my life, and my ability to set aside time to sew was non existent. So, I got out the machine, went to Walmart for more material and I'm having great fun.

I see that you added The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

I bought this book for my little neighborhood girls and they love it!

Please be on the look out for an early holiday present for Charlie. I sent the package last week.

Love
Linda

You are such a lovely, lovely lady! Thanks for your outreach. It means more than words can say.

Love
opps, I re-read your post. I'll look for the Caldecott book!

Dear Amber

I will head to Barnes and Noble tomorrow to see if I can obtain the Newbery book you mentioned. Thank you so much for the compliment.

I've been out of touch, preparing for surgery. Realizing I'll be healing and home bound for some weeks, I need to get the holiday shopping accomplished.

By the way, I love the Halloween outfit you made for Charlie. You are such a wonderful mother..and person! I so much enjoy the love you have for him.

Happy Sunday.

I'm glad you like the card. Halloween is celebrated royally in this part of PA. Houses are decorated to the hilt...I love it.

I'll send more books to Charlie in the not too distant future.

Hugs,

Linda
Look for a package coming your way...This is a book I promise awhile back and discovered I didn't send it...gosh!

I haven't been on LT lately. I hope all is well and that Charlie continues to like school.

You must miss him during the day...

Love
Linda
on Joe's previous thread you wrote "Ellie: I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be corrective or snooty about the 'Annales/Annals' bit - it just comes typing out of my fingers as 'Annales' is all. Occupational hazard and all that. How much of it is read in Latin? Weird. And No Thanks if he's reading it church Latin - blech. Tacitus didn't pronounce it that way! Sheesh."

oh, Amber, that *never* crossed my mind. of course you weren't being snooty, you were being knowledgeable, which is wonderful. when i reread my response it's one of those things that probably requires an emoticon, viz. ;-)

i just think it's marvelous that somebody actually *knows* these things. and while i have you, do you know a good online source for proper pronunciation of ancient Latin? i'm not sure how we would know about such pronunciation, considering AL's "dead," but apparently we do. i believe that Tacitus is something like tak ee toos but am unsure about both the "i" and the "us." i put the accent on "tac." is that right? i promise i won't keep on at you but i do like to be correct in my head at least. and Livia would be "lee wee uh?" okay, enough with the private lessons. if you know a helpful site that would be great. there are differences of opinion amongst the ones i visited.
You're certainly welcome, my dear! Consumerism has got me lately too - so much fun but so much trouble!

Hugs, Laura
The Viragos arrived today. Thank you!
Dear Amber - KL is well served by fairly standard but quite large chain bookstores. It depends exactly where she is staying in order for me to recommend exactly, but the choices are:

Kinokuniya - Possibly the largest and with the best selection of "proper" books. 5th floor of the KLCC Twin Towers Suria Mall. If she is there on Friday she will almost certainly see me! Asian Literature section may provide a few choices not found in the US.

Borders - For an American to reminisce. A few stores but my two favourites would be the Gardens Mall in MidValley and at the Curve Mall. There is also one at Times Square near the old Pudu Jail which I haven't visited since it was downsized - the bookstore not the mall or the jail! The stores all have an in-house Starbucks as reading and coffee go together as we well know!

Times Bookstore - One of three large local chains. My favourite of these would be in Pavilion Mall - a lovely mall with a lot of good eateries and drinkeries - in the city centre. There is an elevated and airconditioned pedestrian bridge between KLCC and Pavilion (a fifteen minute walk) which means she could do both malls and bookshops easily.

MPH - Is probably the biggest local chain (Malaysian Publishing House) with large stores in Great Eastern Mall (walking distance, just about, from my home), One Utama Mall (near the Curve) and at MegaMall in MidValley.

Popular - There is a Popular bookstore in Sunway Pyramid Mall and one in IKANO Power Centre (attached to the Curve) and several others round town but the others are hopeless.

Out of mall bookstores are unheard of here. The National Library is also worth a visit but its English section is limited somewhat.

Let me know and I'll be more than happy to provide a guided tour service!

Amber, now you've got me listening to Billy Cobham. i think you may have ruined me. ;)

thanks for the encouragement on 'the waste land.' my eyes have been needed for other things but i was very appreciative of what you posted on my thread. sometimes i have to work hard to curb my "'satiable curtiosity" as it can easily sidetrack me.

e
thanks for the suggestions at Joe's. i went to YouTube and let Dame Evelyn's performance of PRIM drop my jaw. drumsticks get out of tune? i had no idea. Matmos is cool (to my untutored ear).

i'm exploring all your suggestions and learning stuff. one young woman who plays in the SCV all-girl drumline said if she hadn't heard an all-girl drumline and wanted to be able to do that, she'd never have gone into music. and then she started talking about technical drum stuff, which i liked. at the end, she said she doesn't want it to be about "look at me i'm a girl playing drums" but rather about doing it well and saying that she can do it if she wants to and if she wants to, she will. words to that effect.

anyway, thanks.
Hi Amber

Started sending out the dreaded Christmas Letter and realised the only address I have for you is still the Ohio one. So instead of your actual physical card, please accept this message wishing you, Tomm and Charlie a very happy Christmas. Rene and Melissa join me in expressing the wish for all of you that all and only your good dreams may come true in 2013.

All best
Hugh
Amber- Here's the link for that calendar:
http://thetinkerspacks.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-2013-pin-up-calendar

I ordered mine a couple hours ago! Mark
Happy Birthday Amber.

I hope you have a lovely day.

I'm glad you like the material.
No, I will not let you pay for the postage.

Consider this my gift to you!

I'm sure I'll find more fabric as I sort through closets, etc. I believe I have a container of zippers, thread and buttons somewhere down in the basement. I'll send this to you when I find it.

Hugs

Amber

I'm on a quest to downsize. I cleaned a closet last week and found material that I know I will not use. I'd love to send it to you if you are interested.

If so, please send your address to me. I'm sure I have it somewhere, but re-sending it could save time for me.

If you are interested, I'll get the material out to you on Monday. I found two large pieces (about five-ten yards each).

Hugs,

Linda
I made the ice milk recipe with the honey. I did not add the saffron or the cinnamon as I was in a small hurry. But heating the milk slightly and adding a tasty honey made it very good. I liked it. Need to make it again with the saffron.... maybe this afternoon after I get home..
You are d'bomb! I shudda known you'd find it.

Tell me if you cook stuff out of it, OK?
The cookbook which goes with George RR Martin's Ice and Fire series is here: http://www.librarything.com/work/book/87356213
Hi Amber.

Thank you ever so much for reaching out to me. I hope to be better soon and to visit your thread more often. In the meantime, I want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Love
Linda
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What a lovely, lovely photo! Your son looks very much like you. Two beautiful people!
Hi A mber,
I am there. Go to the members thread at the top of the 75 Group Read. It lists everyone in alphabetical order. I am cindysprockets.
Hi Amber,

Hope you folks are having a great weekend. I saw you're reading Vol. 25 of The Harvard Classics Library. I know this collection is something that frequently pops up in The Easton Press catalog, and didn't know if you've ever purchased books through them. I have a couple that I got from sources like used books stores, but I've yet to buy anything from them directly. They have some wonderful books. I've also been thinking about joining The Folio Society, who have great deals for people when they become members, but it's a little pricey buying the four required books during the year. Both of the groups have really good quality books and provide you with catalogs that are far more interesting then the Sears catalog ever was :-)
I guess that depends on what you consider "B" horror movies. I really like Val Lewton's movies like 'Cat People', 'The Leopard Man', etc. If you're talking really low quality "B" movies, there's movies like "Shockwaves", "Invasion of the Bee Girls" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space", that are kind of fun to watch. I'd love to know what recommendations you might have.

Rick
Hello Amber,

I'm so glad I saw your post. I just recently finished reading "Ulysses", and have started going through "Ulysses Annotated" though I think I have an older edition. Finishing "Ulysses" was something I have in my bucket list as a life goal, and though I struggled through, and hated it for the 5 or 6 years I slowly worked through it, I came to be interested in it towards the end. I finished the last 350 pages or so in the last couple months, and the more I find out about this book, the more I'm interested. I was happy to find out A) that even a one time classics teacher had trouble with this book, and B) even well known authors and friends of his during his time were critical of the book and made comments about his style and bits of made up words and language. I had decided to read classics I hadn't read in school, and made the mistake of starting with "Ulysses" because it was at the top of the Modern Library top 100 books of the last 100 years. And by the way, I also love bad B-horror films, but that's just part of my love for horror movies and novels in general. Good luck with "Ulysses", and it was really nice reading your posts.

Rick
Okay. Let's just start this Latin thing. I really want to do it and if I keep waiting for things to calm down a bit, it will never happen. I'm warning you though - we may have to go slow because (1) I'm not so good at languages and (2) my schedule is a bit nuts.

Is that okay?

Let me know, Prof!

:)
Brit
Fair enough! I'm very interested. Is it hard? I'm not good with languages. I'm hoping since it's mostly written, it will be easier.

Yay!!
So sorry about your back! Hope you're feeling better soon. Those things are so hard to manage sometimes. blessings!
Cute house, nice backyard and a dead end street. Sounds good to me.
Amber,

It's totally adorable!!

Brit
I once lived in an apartment across from the high school. DO not do it!
Parking due to events, band camp, football games.. it sounds like fun
and it is for a minute or two but .. it gets old fast!
Hey Amber,

Thanks for the reply! Whitney is determined to keep Will in his crib for as long as possible and that seems to be the consensus with some friends of ours. I really like yours and Tomm's approach about making sure that the staying in the crib is not a punishment. That was a key point in our sleep book. As far as keeping the kids in bed until a certain in the morning, we had friends who bought a special Mickey Mouse lamp and put it on a timer. Their kid knew he could not get out of his room until the light turned on (at 7 am).

That's a hilarious story about Charlie and I'm totally going to share it with Whit!

I'll keep you updated!

Thanks again!
Brit
Amber, There is also a Borders at Kennedy Mall on US 20 west in Dubuque,Ia. which isn't too far. We couldn't believe there was one still open.
Just wanted to say Hi, and to let you know that I figured out I spent the last 4 days only 30 miles from Platteville. We were in Galena ,Il. It is a very quaint historic town. President Grant's summer home is there. Has two Indie bookstores.Of course many arts and crafts stores.
Hope you are getting settled in your new home.
Cindy
Thanks a lot Amber! Very good things to think about and investigate ...
Hello, Amber!

Sorry my delay. Thank you very much for your kind words and birthday wishes. :)
You really made my day.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

Hugs,

Fabiana
Hey Amber,

I know you're a classics professor, but I was wondering if you had an (educated) opinion on the John Ciardi translation of The Divine Comedy? I'm planning on having my World History class read a bit of it on Monday and just wanted to make sure that the translation was a good one.

Thanks!

Smiles,
Brit
Thanks, Amber. The book you sent arrived on Monday. Looking forward to getting started.
Thanks, Amber! :-)
Thanks so much for the recipe! Can't wait to try it.
Hi, Amber ~ I didn't want to highjack your thread with this, but that pear pie sounds so amazing! I'm hoping you wouldn't mind sharing the recipe with me or let me know what cookbook you found it in. Thanks! Mary
no problem Amber. I'll get them out to you Thursday or Friday.

No problem Amber

I'm going grocery shopping on Wednesday and I'll be sure to pick up some peanut butter tandcakes for you. What is your address.

Amber
Please post your home address on my LT home page and I'll be sure to send some tastycakes to you.
Amber

Many thanks for your kind comment posted on my thread! I appreciate you.
Have you read any of Marcia Willett books? If you like Binchy, you will like Willett.
Please do and let me know, we can meet for tea or coffee!
I live in Pickerington, which is south of, but MV Nazarene University is only about 90 minutes from my home.
Thanks for your post on my wall and welcome, scaifea. I notice you are from Kenyon, not too far from me, have been by there and think I have driven through Howard somewhere during taking my now grown sons to baseball games in/near/around the Johnstown or Mt. Vernon area. My son attended MVNC for 1 year. I notice your children's book additions, I have not thought about adding children's books...I'm on round 2 now...the grandchildren. Thanks for the note!

Tess
Thanks for marking my library interesting! We have a number of books in common and among your children's collection I found two of my absolute favorites from when my 15 year old was small - "Owl Babies" and "Guess how much I love you." Even though my daughter is 15, if I say to her "I love you to the moon!" she'll smile and say "and back!"

Another good one from those days - and appropriate for a two year old - is a picture book called "Rock-a-bye Farm" by Diane Johnston Hamm. It's a great bedtime story. And when Charlie gets a wee bit older, you'll need to find a copy of "Click Clack Moo - Cows that type".
I adore Sandman with a passion. I wish I had the entire series, I actually have refused to read the last one I bought since I know I can't afforf the next book anytime soon. Neil gaimon has such an amazing imagination about him!
Glad to hear you enjoyed Matilda! :)
Hi Amber -- I wanted to have a first name and so came over to see your profile. Greatly enjoyed your convo with your husband about magnets.

Lucy/Sib
Yes, I find such things very interesting, too, and I can easily see your line of thinking. For instance, I think the domestic cat must have evolved in a region where snakes were plentiful and important (being both food for adults and predators against young). I say this because it seems that my cat simply cannot ignore snake-like stimuli such as a piece of string. There's an automatic, instinctual pounce-and-kill-bite reaction, that cannot have been simply learned through cat-human play.

Cheers,
Carla
1:1 sounds good to me! Let me give it some time this afternoon, and then I'll tell you what I "think" or if I can think anymore!
Peggy
Isn't it the truth! My most memorable book ever. I agree that the excerpt of Colacci's reading isn't all that appealing. Then again, he tends to get into the voice of the character he's reading about, and Father Candotti is a brash guy from Chicago, so the voice is brash with a subtle Chicago accent (I'm from Chicago so I know). When he reads other parts, his voice changes.

Anyway, I'm ecstatic to have it on my iPod so I can listen to it again and again. I'm also going to buy it in paper next time I get to a bookstore.

Cheers!
Hi, Amber ~ I just checked, and The Sparrow is read by David Colacci. You can listen to a bit of it here: http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/entry/offers/partnerPromotions.jsp?BV_UseBVCook.... I really like the way he reads the part of Sandoz.

Let me know what you think.
Amber, let's think how we could work it! I'm not sure how much time we might give to it, but I'm up for almost anything that I already own - especially Horace who is my man. But the Vergil would be good....... I'll have to tell you about my Latin background, or maybe I did that in the Lingua Latina group; can't remember.
What do you say?
Peggy
Figuring that two people who adore The Monster at the End of This Book ought to be friends. I loved it when I was little, and it has lost none of its charm.
Happy Day!
I now have a go-to person if I can ever get my lazy self back into the Latin mode. Retirement is almost two years old, and I haven't stirred myself once to pick up anything. I will have as much of the Aeneid as I own beside my translation. At my best I wasn't reading more than 20 or so lines an hour, so there's no hope for my doing the group read Latine.
(You may wonder what kind of person N.C. allows to teach Latin in high school. Apparently, one with fairly little Latin, and I've met people whom I suspected had less than I.)
I'm glad we have other interests in common!
Peggy
Tuppence is a beauty!
Amber, you are most, most welcome to contribute to the Aeneid thread! I had to come over here immediately to find out who has read her Vergil enough not to be ready for a reread. I see! My connection with Kenyon is that I was Roberta Chalmers's student aid in the mid-60's at my little woman's college. Her late husband, Gordon Keith Chalmers, had been president of Kenyon. You see how much she meant to me by my being able to pull his name right out of my otherwise recalcitrant memory!
I see that what we share is my more respectable Latin stuff and Christie, and Dick Frances, and Clive Barker???!!!!!
Good grief.
Well-met.
Peggy
L. M. Boston is truly special! I have read her books for children and those for adults. (In fact I say the juv. are for "children and intelligent adults." I hope you will find more of them.)
Wow! That got there quickly, and through all that weather! I'm impressed!
Amber

What a beautiful idea!
Box 1781
Forest Hills
Kloof
3624
South Africa

Thanks a million!
Hugh
Hi;
Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
belva
Hi Amber

I hope you had a great birthday yesterday!
Just saw in the GD that it's your birthday! Sounds as if you've already had a lovely day, so I'll just say, you deserve it. :)
Hey, I don't know if you're following this thread. In case you're not:

"[unread] Apr 28, 2009, 8:05pm (top)Message 61: ThePam
"Well first let me tell you all about my give-away as there is only 1 day left. (sorry, didn't think of posting notice here)

"Giving away 2 copies of Now the Drum of War; Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War

"Looovvee this book. Good read .AND. intelligently written.

"giving them away on my history blog.

"http://www.pageinhistory"

She has a mess of reviews on kid's books
The only page it lets me see whole is the title; anything else is a digital search that returns the wrong reference for Limax and nothing at all for Bruchus, Marcus Curius or Zephyri. Does it want me to open a Google account first?
A million thanks! Now at least we know I wasn't hallucinating the text. But oh dear, it's not letting me read more than the wrong four lines.

All best
Hugh
Ever so many thanks, Amber. I'm most interested. Seeing we've just started a new financial year, I may even be able to twist arms to get a copy for the library!

All best
Hugh
Amber: Somehow the Baby Thread is perfectly set up so that every time I open it, Charlie is gazing at me with those adorable, wise eyes. Just wanted you to know how he brightens my day. All the kiddies are cute, but there's something special about your little guy. (He's almost as terrific as MY grandkiddies!!) Mary Lou
Hello Amber

A quick look in Google failed to locate any full-text of Ferrari's De Florum cultura libri IV (1633), which has the stories of Flora. There are, however, several descriptions of the book, and Missouri Bot. Garden has placed the full text of their copy of Hesperides (1644) on the Web. So I'd suggest going with the grammar book while I ask friends at Kew if I can get a pdf of the relevant bits of their copy. There appears to be a copy in Cape Town (either S.A. Library or University of Cape Town) which I could also try to latch on to.

The point of the gardeners' story is that Flora had one gardener who was bone idle, and another who was a born thief. One day she got terminally P.O.'ed (sorry about the Anglo-Saxon) with them and swatted them with a magic flower. The lazy one was forthwith turned into a slug and the other into a beetle. As the Cape Town description says "The two transformations still inhabit gardens". Years ago I put a translation of the story into the Tree Society's journal, and I have several spare copies of this. If you like, I could easily send you one if I knew your postal address.

All best
Hugh (hfglen)
So far he's not too hard on him.

I've come home via a bookshop and found a DK Reader called Greek Myths - it looks good and you'll be pleased to hear it's Pandora's Jar not Box. Am going to try to tempt my 4 year old away from Bionicles and nasty things. Might be pushing my luck.

Have fun with your 8 books...
Thanks - that was great! I'll look out for that dictionary. I'm sure there must be some lovely kids' versions of the myths in our library too, but haven't investigated.

Have you started Cicero? I'm bogged down. I don't know why - it's not hard, and his writing is fine, but maybe not as good as Tom Holland's in Rubicon. I'm around 70 pages in and am going to get a chunk read tonight...but every night I fall asleep with it!

Thanks for letting me know about the book, Amber. I will look for a copy of it!

BTW - I am about 135 or so pages into The Iliad and thoroughly enjoying it thus far.

Stasia
Thx -- I must be blind because I just cannot find it. Would you paste the web address in my comments? sorry.
Hey Amber -- what's the name of your thread @ 75 books?
Susan
Some of the work there is AMAZING! I am truly in awe of it. I must confess I tend to stick to the tried and true patterns, but lots seem to adapt patterns this way and that way! Checked out your projects too...very nice!
Oh, and I haven't had a chance to take photos yet! Actually I have taken photos, just not good ones and some of the ones on rav are just soooo good and professional looking (these people I conclude simply have too much time on their hands!) that these scrappy little snaps would not be up to standard!
No. I had to change names there...I am Knatty1. I am kind of hanging out in babycakes mostly...not that I post much there. As for posting my creations? At present my two most recent creations are soakers for Meredith's might nappies. And, just for a change I am knitting a larger one for my older girl!

See you there!
didn't realise that you are a knitter too! Might bump into you on rav, not just at the green dragon!
Amber,

Just a note to let you know I got the books in today. Thank you so very much. If there is anything I can help you get, please let me know.

Stasia
Well thank you again. Do keep the offer in mind if you come across something you would like.

Stasia
Face it, your TBR pile is going to do just what mine has been doing. It's going to grow no matter how much you try to fight it. It's designed that way! :)
I thought you might want this link. Enjoy! :)

http://www.leegoldberg.com/monk_firehouse.html
Thanks -- I do wish the weaving thread was active :) I had a loom offered to me, but as I was leaving the States for Europe it was a no-go. Oh but I want to weave :) It would probably turn out like my stained glass obsession. For years I drew patterns, read on it, etc. Finally I got into a class. Turned out I hated each and every step of the process!

Cheers
Thank you for that, it is a big help.

Our hospital doesn't allow cell phones inside but Andrew can take his to go out and call people. I'm glad you reminded me because I'd forgot to put that on the list too.

These last weeks are going to be slow I think, I am walking very slowly now and it's hard work being up and about for too long without getting breathless or my bump aching at the top. I'm not used to it, normally I one of those people who rushes about and now I plod.

But it also seems to be a long time and a short time all at once. I keep thinking "still ten weeks to wait" and then later "only ten weeks, I'll never be ready!"

It's good to have advice from someone who knows what's really going to be useful. Thank you. If I have any other questions I will let you know :-)
Hi Amber, hope you and Charlie (and Mr Scaifea) are well.

I am just stopping by to ask if you can help me, I am just ten weeks away from my due date now and starting to think about packing my hospital bags but am at a loss to know what to take. I've read lists on the internet and in my pregnancy book but there's so much conflicting advice. I wondered if you had any advice about it that you could give me.

I'm expecting to be in hospital for at least one night after BRE is born because of the complications we have but it could be longer. I have no idea what to take for BRE. I don't know how quickly new babies get through nappies and clothes and things and don't want to pack the wrong things or run out.

Any advice you have would be great because I'd feel better taking it from a real person who's been there rather than an internet list.

Also does Charlie have an LT account? I set one up for BRE as babyreadseverything and BRE has 'met' a couple of other baby LTers that way and added them to interesting libraries so if Charlie has one I would like to add it too.

Hope you are well and don't mind all this pestering for advice, take care, Jody
I started a 'what we're playing: music' thread:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/55618&newpost=1#lastmsg
Thank you very much. Please let me know if there is a book you would like so that I may repay you in kind.

Stasia
You have a very interesting library!! It was a pleasure to peruse it!

Have a GREAT day!

Amber
Yeah, I'm glad you joined. Remember, you have 4 years for this one!

happy reading!
Cheli
Merry christmas!. I hope your little one's first christmas is a lovely time for your family, Amber.

~many thoughts~

K
I can remember wondering how I would cope with more than one baby, but you do. As they get older they are more able to do things, less demanding that intense care they require as newborns (gosh that sounds awful but you will understand what I mean as Charlie gets older), feed more quickly, etc so it is easier. Additionally, with baby two, three, etc you are actually better at mothering I think; you know what to do, when to worry about things and when not to, you work out the world isn't going to collapse in a heap if you do or don't do things you want to do or don't want to do, etc.

I just noticed too that we share three books....as a classics professor, I think these three MUST rate up there with the best of all time. Speaking of which, we were slightly pleased that my hubby's book, has just been placed in the top 100 all time fantasy books on the fantasy book review in the uk! Maybe one he will be taught in university as a classic book!
Hi! Cute baby. I just had a look and figure your son must be a couple of months old! I have had a daughter kind of recently too...8 June this year. They are so cute babies...hard work, but cute! She is baby 3 for me. I have a son Peter who is 6, Kirrilly who is 4 and then Meredith who is just a smidge over 5 months now!

Enjoy him. they grow up so quickly!
Thank you for thinking of us, it has been a big relief to get through the operation with no problems. I'm enjoying the bed rest, lots of books, my laptop and lots of DVD's to keep me entertained.

For the first time we are feeling positive that all will be well this time.

How are you and Charlie and Mr Scaifea? I'm sorry I don't know his name. Are you all settling in to being a family and getting to know each other? You must be having a lot of fun in amongst the hard work and nappy changing. How big is Charlie's library and how soon before he has his own LT account?
Congratulations! 10lb! No wonder you had a Caesarean. Good luck with it all and remember there's loads of support here.
Hi Charlie!
Amanda XX
How's it going? Based on your recent additions, I'm thinking it happened! Hope everyone is well!
Thinking of you.
Amanda XXXXXXx
I hope all is well!
Best wishes on your big day coming up! I hope baby is nice and healthy and so is mom. Post us pics as soon as you can!
I'll be praying for your health, peace of mind, delivery and decisions over the next couple of weeks.
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