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scaifea's thread #8

This is a continuation of the topic scaifea's thread #7.

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75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Mar 6, 11:48am Top

Hi, everyone! Welcome to Thread VIII!

Art inspired in one way or another by some of my current reads:

Old Path White Clouds:

Hrolf Kraki's Saga:

War and Peace:

The Complete Sherlock Holmes:


An illustration from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me:

One of Peggy Fortnum's wonderful illustrations of Paddington:

From the Introductions Thread:
I'm Amber, a one-time Classics professor turned stay-at-home parent/lady of leisure. I spend my time sewing, knitting, baking, volunteering at my son's school library and with the PTO, and, of course, reading.

My reading life is happily governed by lists, which means that I read a healthy variety of things across various genres.

I'm 41 going on 12 and live in Wisconsin with my husband, Tomm; our 8-year-old son, Charlie; and our two dogs, Tuppence the Border Collie and Mario the Golden Retriever.

Edited: Mar 6, 5:37pm Top

The five-ish or so books I have going and the On Deck books nearly all come from the following categories and lists:

1. A book from the 100 Banned Books book (at least currently. As soon as I finish this list, I'll replace it with another, and oh, I've got tons of lists).

2. A children's book, for Charlie's library. I'm trying to collect books from various award lists, and I like reading them before reading them to Charlie or deciding to add them to Charlie's shelves. For this category, I’m currently working through three lists:
a. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Die
b. The Newbery Honor books
c. Cooperative Children's Book Center list
d. Frequently Challenged Children's Books list

3. A book from the Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List, in chronological order.

4. A book for the Presidential Challenge. Books for this category are read in chronological (presidentially) order.

5. A list I'm working through together with my best friend, Rob: The Hugo/Nebula/WFA/Bram Stoker (and other) lists (combined, in chronological order)

6. For this category, I cycle through 7 different stacks:
a. Agatha Christie's bibliography (in chronological order)
b. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
c. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
d. Stephen Fry's bibliography (in chronological order)
e. John Boyne bibliography (in chronological order, sort of)
f. The NEH Timeless Classics list
g. The National Book Award list (in alpha order by title)
h. The Pulitzer list (in alpha order by author)

7. An unread book from my shelves.

8. A book from my Read Soon! shelves.

9. A book on Buddhism or from the Dalai Lama's bibliography.

10. Book-a-year challenge: Three years ago, along with a few others in this group (*cough* Paul *cough*), I made a year-by-year list to see how far I could go back with consecutive reads. I've since been trying to fill in the gap years.

11. A book from the couple of series that I'm reading together with my mom.

12. A full-on re-read through Shakespeare's stuff.

13. A read-aloud-to-Charlie-at-bedtime book (or two).

14. An audio book, which I listen to as I knit/sew/otherwise craft/drive.

15. A Discworld book (so many of these are coming up soon on various lists, so I'm just diving into it)

16. This slot is reserved for books that just grab me and shout that they need to be read Right Now.

And on top of these, there will be a multitude of picture books and easy readers, which Charlie and I read together. I've decided again this year also to list our re-reads, but I'll just list them each day and not number them.

Edited: Mar 20, 6:47pm Top

What I'm reading now:
-Old Path White Clouds (Buddhism list)
-Vaino, A Boy of New Finland (Newbery Honor Book)
-Hrolf Kraki's Saga (BFS award)
-War and Peace (because Charlie wants me to)
-The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1001 Children's Books (sort of))
-Paddington Abroad (Charlie's bed-time book)
-Fantastic Mr. Fox (another Charlie bed-time book)
-The Light Fantastic (Discworld read)
-Leviathan (audiobook, Locus YA award)

Books On Deck:
-A Lear of the Steppes (books by year, 1870)
-The Full Cupboard of Life (series that my mom wants me to read so we can chat about it)
-The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare re-read)
-Andersonville (Banned Books)
-The Gods of Pegana (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy)
-The Worst President: The Story of James Buchanan (Presidential Challenge)
-Murder in Mesopotamia (Christie bibliography)
-House of Leaves (unread book from my shelves)
-The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (from my Read Soon shelves)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (VERY slowly (read: I haven't touched them in months)):
-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

Edited: Mar 19, 4:37pm Top

Books Read

1. James and the Giant Peach (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
2. The Inverted World (BFSA) - 9/10 = A
3. The Cat Who Went to Heaven (Charlie's book club book) - 9/10 = A-
4. Don Quixote (from my unread shelves) 0 8/10 = B+
5. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (from my classics shelves) - 8/10 = B+
6. Prairie Tale (from my Read Soon shelves) - 7/10 = C+
7. A Bear Called Paddington (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
8. The Dolphin Crossing (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
9. The Year of the Book (a book I picked off the shelves while volunteering at Charlie's school library) - 9/10 = A-

10. The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Newbery Medal) - 10/10 = A+
11. Anna & Elsa: All Hail the Queen (Charlie book) - 8/10 = B
12. The Popularity Papers (#3) (Frequently Challenged Children's Books) = 8/10 = B+
13. The Hollow Hills (Mythopoeic) - 8/10 = B+
14. The Odyssey (audiobook in the car) - 10/10 = A+
15. Herobrine Scared Stiff (Charlie's read-aloud) - 7/10 = C-
16. Drama (Frequently Challenged Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
17. Where the Lilies Bloom (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
18. More About Paddington (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
19. When the Sea Turned to Silver (Westview library book) - 9/10 = A
20. Ghosts (Westview library book) - 8/10 = B+
21. The Inquisitor's Tale (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
22. Wolf Hollow (Newbery Honor Book) - 10/10 = A+
23. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie's book club read) - 10/10 = A+
24. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy Books/audiobook) - 9/10 = A

25. Ollie's Odyssey (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A
26. Gandhi, Fighter without a Sword (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
27. Sing Down the Moon (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
28. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
29. Esio Trot (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = A-
30. The Perilous Gard (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
31. Paddington Helps Out (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
32. The Colour of Magic (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
33. The Stolen Child (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 8/10 = B+

Edited: Mar 6, 11:53am Top

The Charlie, Mario & Tuppence Toppers:

Flying a kite while trying to keep one's hat proved difficult this weekend:

Tuppence holds sway over her rightful THINGS:

Mario under my desk, taking up all the leg room:

Edited: Mar 6, 11:55am Top

And the Bonus Question:

Charlie was all over excitement to get out and try to fly his kite at the first sign of warmish and sunny weather this weekend. What's your favorite First Signs of Spring thing to do?

Mar 6, 12:02pm Top

Bike ride along the Potomac River or on one of the rail trails north of Baltimore. I've got the bike tuned up and ready to go!

Oh, happy new thread!

Mar 6, 12:03pm Top

Mornin' Amber. I see Andersonville is coming up soon for you. It's one of my last to read for my Pulitzer Fiction challenge. Perhaps we can compare notes when we finish.

Mar 6, 12:09pm Top

Drinking coffee in the garden.

Happy new one, Amber.

Mar 6, 12:14pm Top

Happy VIIIth Thread, Amber, our classical guru!

Awesome toppers.

BQ: Morning coffee on the deck with a book of course!

Mar 6, 12:17pm Top

>7 drneutron: Morning, Jim! A nice bike ride sounds wonderful!

>8 RebaRelishesReading: Morning, Reba! I'm hoping to get to Andersonville soon, although I admit that I'm hesitant about it, too. I've heard that it's a bit rough...

>9 Ameise1: Barbara: Oh, that sounds lovely - I'm ready to read in my lawn chair under the tree in the front yard, myself.

>10 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! And, yes, of course!!

Mar 6, 12:44pm Top

Bonus Question: When the weather begins to warm up and the snow is all gone (when there was any snow) I like to go out in the yard, pick up all the dead stuff that fell down over the winter, and spend a couple zen hours burning it in the burn barrel in our wooded lot.

Mar 6, 12:45pm Top

>12 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: I used to love helping my parents do that very thing each spring. Now, they have so few trees left in their yard that it's hardly necessary (diseases plau one nasty lightning strike got rid of most of them).

Mar 6, 12:55pm Top

In the Spring, I love walking my cat, Victoria, and pulling up grass from the country driveway - great exercise and you see immediate benefits.

Mar 6, 1:02pm Top

Spring? Well, it's about a month away so I'll have to wait for my signs a little longer...

But it's wonderful to be able to sit outdoor and feel the sun actually warm you (even if the air is still cold and you need eleven layers). And the smell of mud - it smells differently when the ground starts to dry up after the snow has melted. And tussilago/coltsfoot flowers, which are the first flowers to pop up here. A tiny bouquet in an eggcup vase - so lovely.

Mar 6, 1:03pm Top

>5 scaifea: What a great picture of Tuppence!

Bonus Question: When the first hints of spring are in the air, I can't help myself and HAVE to start spring cleaning... so that is what I am doing now (besides reading & walking Ari).

Mar 6, 1:21pm Top

Happy New Thread, Amber! Love the photos, as usual.

Favorite first sign of spring activity: shooting mulit-colored confetti out of a big cannon into our city street. Totally made that up, but I like the idea now. We're porch and deck-sitters (with books of course), so that's what I think of - being able to sit out in our favorite places and read.

Mar 6, 1:25pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber!

I'm refusing to answer the bonus question as I'm nowhere near spring yet. It's currently snowing (we've had a bunch of it over the weekend) and it feels about -20C (-4F) with the windchill. Spring thoughts are just depressing at this point in the year. :P

Mar 6, 1:27pm Top

>14 m.belljackson: You can walk your cat? I'm impressed.

>15 PawsforThought: Paws: Oh, yes, that spring mud smell! I love it!

>16 FAMeulstee: Anita: I get the spring cleaning bug in January every year. Not really spring, but I like the idea of a fresh start with the new year.

>17 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Oh, you must do the cannon thing now! Don't let that good idea go to waste!

One of the few things I don't like about our current house is that it doesn't have a porch. I miss having one tons.

Mar 6, 1:28pm Top

>18 MickyFine: Micky: Well, I admit that it doesn't feel much like spring here today, either - it's damp and gloomy and blustery and distinctly un-warm. But yesterday was lovely here. *sigh*

Mar 6, 2:15pm Top

>20 scaifea: We had a couple freakishly warm days in February but the long-range forecast is distinctly wintery for the next two weeks. We don't really get spring in my neck of the woods until April at the earliest.

Mar 6, 2:40pm Top

Happy new one, Amber!

BQ: Same as some of your previous visitors - sitting outside with a book and cup of coffee or glass of wine, depending on the time of day... Our house in Dallas didn't have a great place to do this, so I made do with the back patio which got full sun most of the day, but our house here has a "lemonade porch" and lots of shady trees in the front, so I am actually looking forward to some warmer weather!

Mar 6, 2:55pm Top

>21 MickyFine: Micky: We've had an unseasonal winter here, which some folks are happy about, but smacks of global warming to me, and that's not good. Plus, I'm love cold and snowy winters.

>22 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! Ohmygosh, I'm jealous of your porch!! Gah.

Mar 6, 3:23pm Top

Happy new thread!
BQ? I love when it's warm enough to sit outside.

Mar 6, 3:34pm Top

Happy new one, Amber. Charlie is getting so big!

Edited: Mar 6, 3:37pm Top

Yes to Catwalking - if weather is bad so she is going slow, I follow close by along the path (alert to ground and sky predators).

If good weather, I slide her into a lightweight harness.
She likes this A LOT less, but longer walks and short runs keep things in balance.

Mar 6, 3:55pm Top

>5 scaifea: Tuppence is exhibiting the same dragonish qualities that I have observed in both my own dog and my parents' dog: the need to assemble a hoard of toys and sit on or very close to it.

>6 scaifea: BQ: This year I am excited for gardening. I already took a little time on a couple of the warmish days we've had and started working on my garden plot. Since I've just moved to this house, I have to start from scratch, so I'm prepping it a little at a time as weather permits. Not going to make any more progress this week, I suspect, as it's rainy and the ground will be too wet to work -- and then it's going to get cold again. Spring still seems like a distant promise, though I did sit out on my front porch for a little while yesterday afternoon.

Mar 6, 4:13pm Top

Hi Amber, Happy new thread my dear and great thread topper photos once again. Hope you are having a really good Monday dear lady.

Mar 6, 5:33pm Top

Bonus question:

Bundle up a bit (because let's face it, it's not really warm yet!) and sit in my Adirondack chair with a G&T, a book, and sun reading glasses on! I get to watch the various neighbors go by with their dogs on leash, too.

I can't help it; I have another: I love an early morning spring run when I hear the chickadees' particular spring song. It makes me happy all the way through. :-)

Mar 6, 5:34pm Top

>24 nittnut: Hi, Jenn! Me, too!

>25 BLBera: Hi, Beth! Yes, he's weed-like in that way.

>26 m.belljackson: Every cat I've ever owned would immediately lay on the ground in a protesting lump when any sort of leash got involved.

>27 foggidawn: foggi: Tuppence is a stinker, really - she'll hoard toys and then act all nonchalant, hoping Mario will come by and try to take one...
And good on you for gardening! Not at all my thing, I'm afraid. Way too much outside time required, and that's where the bugs live. Nope nope-ity nope nope.

>28 johnsimpson: Hi, John! Thanks!

Mar 6, 5:34pm Top

>29 EBT1002: Ellen: Oh that sitting in the sun and reading is The Best! And those chickadees are adorable!

Mar 6, 5:42pm Top

Right, so, for those of you insane enough actually to follow along with my lists of lists and reasonings for what I read (up top) will notice, possibly, that I've added yet another category and also another book to the Currently Reading Pile. There are a crap-ton of Discworld books coming up soon on various ones of my various lists, and so I've decided just to dive into the whole thing from the beginning. We'll see how it goes. I've read some Pratchett stuff before (The Bromeliad and a couple of the Johnny Maxwell books, and Good Omens of course (of COURSE!)), and I've been okay with them but not blown away (except for that Gaiman one, OF COURSE). I'm reservedly excited, if that's a thing. So, yeah, we'll see. I needed another book-on-the-go like I need another something in my something...

Mar 6, 5:50pm Top

>32 scaifea: Good Omens is one of the best gigglesnort books I've ever read, and I will fight anyone who thinks otherwise. I have never read any other Pratchett, but I keep meaning to. There's just so many.

Mar 6, 6:19pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber dear. No seasons here for the last 23 years so I want to reacquaint myself with that pleasure!

Mar 6, 6:44pm Top

Bonus Question: We don't really have seasons here but when the trees start to bloom I take a little photo walk with my iPhone and see what I can capture.

I have Good Omens queued up so all the love sounds like a good omen!

Mar 6, 8:22pm Top

>33 rosalita: Julia: Good Omens if fabulous, no? But Neil can do no wrong, to my way of thinking.

>34 PaulCranswick: Paul: I'm so excited for you and your big move - soon, now, right?

>35 luvamystery65: Roberta: Oh, I think you'll love Good Omens! I certainly hope so, at least!
And I agree that blooming trees are definitely photo-worthy!

Mar 6, 10:23pm Top

BQ That question is just cruel from where I sit, Amber. We are having one of our worst winters ever. Our winter weather usually lasts from mid December to mid February. This year it snowed in December, January, February and this morning I was chipping off the snow that had frozen to my car. There is more forecast for tomorrow morning.

My favourite thing to do is search for the first flowers of spring. I did that around mid February. I just hope they can withstand all the snow that has come since.

Mar 7, 12:57am Top

Good morning, Amber. Wishing you a wonderful day.

Mar 7, 1:10am Top

Happy New Thread, Amber. Wow, Charlie is really stretching up; he's growing up so fast! Spring is a matter of what blooms when here. First the ornamental pear trees--they are already past. Then the Cape Myrtle trees and in May the jacarandas...

Mar 7, 1:20am Top

Happy new thread, Amber. BQ - looking for the flowers coming up in the garden. Lots of green shoots so far, but the colour is (hopefully) still to come. Kite picture is great - as is the hat choice.

Mar 7, 6:25am Top

>37 Familyhistorian: Meg: Oh, I'm sorry to have distressed you! And I'm sorry that you've had the winter that *I* wanted! Ha!

>38 Ameise1: Hi, Barbara! Thank you - wishing the same for you!

>39 ronincats: Thanks, Roni! Yep, he doesn't seem to be showing signs of stopping anytime soon.
And I love ornamental pear trees - lovely!

>40 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! We're not quite there yet with the little green shoots of things, but I suspect it will be soon.
And yes, he's always been a bucket hat kind of guy. It's just about time for a new one, really.

Mar 7, 6:31am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy New Thread! I like the toppers!

Mar 7, 6:31am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, laundry, writing and sewing, plus a PTO meeting thrown in there somewhere (I'm going to attempt to resign from the office of Treasurer - we'll see how that goes). Made a lovely big pot of Carrot Soup yesterday, so we'll be living off of the leftovers for a couple of days.

On the reading front:
I listened to more of Elantris yesterday (I've all but decided that I'm not amused, but I'll keep going, in case something drastic changes), read more of Hrolf Kraki's Saga (good so far, but I'm a sucker for a good saga), and read the first few pages of The Colour of Magic (which has already made me laugh out loud in two spots in just the first 10 pages).

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Ed Emberley features some sort of parade in most of his books. A parade of people take part in firing the cannon in Drummer Hoff (1986 Caldecott Medal). A parade of animals can be seen in One Wide River to Cross (1967 Caldecott Honor Book)."

Mar 7, 6:31am Top

>42 msf59: Morning, Mark! Thanks!

Mar 7, 6:33am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-A few more pages in The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

And we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last night.

Mar 7, 7:50am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy new one. Good luck with resigning from PTO treasurer - I am SO glad those days are behind me.

Mar 7, 8:13am Top

>46 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie - we'll see how the meeting goes. Yeesh.

Edited: Mar 7, 8:22am Top

Good morning, Amber!

It's too bad Charlie isn't in the last grade at one school and getting ready to change schools. That's how I 'resigned' from being Thrift Shop Representative at the K-4 school, PTA Treasurer from the middle-school 5-8, and Treasurer of Band Boosters from high school 10-12. (I took 9th grade off!)

I got an Assistant Treasurer for Band Boosters in the fall so that by the time Graduation came, she was fully up to speed. Good luck on that one. Very few people realize, until they've done it, that the Treasurer's job usually takes the most time to perform, and most people don't like numbers/accounting type work.

I liked those days and thought I'd miss them. I thought I'd want to go to competitions and football games and concerts after daughter graduated, but I was wrong, and I started NOT missing it early the next fall.

Mar 7, 8:51am Top

Happy Tuesday, Amber,
Yeah, lot's of luck with resigning from anything let alone treasurer!
Stand your ground, my friend!

Mar 7, 9:12am Top

>19 scaifea: >16 FAMeulstee: I get the spring cleaning bug in January every year
That is why the Romans were brilliant with starting the year in March, we could do the cleaning together ;-)

Mar 7, 9:48am Top

Morning, Amber!

Resigning - just let them know that unfortunately you've been called away by books that need to be read. Who wouldn't be able to understand that?

Mar 7, 10:35am Top

>48 karenmarie: Karen: I hear you - it's not a job for the casual volunteer, which is what I'm striving to become...

>49 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! I'm prepared to be firm!

>50 FAMeulstee: Anita: Ha! Excellent point!

>51 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Who wouldn't understand, indeed!

Mar 7, 11:54pm Top

BQ: I have to get those windows opened up to air out the house even if it's for only an hour at a time. I crave fresh air.

Mar 8, 12:59am Top

>41 scaifea: I can pack my winter up and send it to you, Amber. I am sure that my neighbours would help too. How did your resignation go?

Mar 8, 6:24am Top

>53 Morphidae: Morphy: I do love those first days that you can have the windows open.

>54 Familyhistorian: Meg: Ha! Good luck with the packing. What would postage be on that, I wonder?
And the resignation went well! Woot! I'll still help out when I can, of course, which was always my intention - I just don't want to be in charge of the money anymore.

Mar 8, 6:57am Top

Morning Amber! Happy Wednesday!

Mar 8, 7:02am Top

Morning, Mark!!

Mar 8, 7:24am Top

Happy Wednesday, Amber.

Mar 8, 7:52am Top

>58 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! Happy Wednesday to you, too!

Mar 8, 7:54am Top

Morning, Amber!

Mar 8, 7:57am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, laundry, writing, sewing. Nice and quiet day, hopefully. A few errands before picking Charlie up from school, too, but not too much.

On the reading front:
Still plugging along with Elantris, which is getting slightly better, although I'm still not completely taken in by it. I also read some more of Gandhi: Fighter without a Sword, which I'm enjoying more than I thought I would and am learning quite a bit, too. And then I read more of The Colour of Magic.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "As a child, Lynn Ward's (The Biggest Bear, 1953 Caldecott Medal) favorite things to draw were the faces of bandits. The three main parts of the drawings were the Stetson hats, a narrow strip of the face around the eyes, and a red bandanna covering the lower part of the face."

Mar 8, 7:57am Top

>60 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie!

Mar 8, 7:58am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-More The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

We watched a few episodes of The Furchester Hotel, which is pretty adorable.

Mar 8, 9:11am Top

Morning, Amber!

Mar 8, 9:28am Top

Happy Hump Day, Amber!

Mar 8, 9:30am Top

>55 scaifea: That worked out well, Amber. Sometimes those types of resignations can be quite tricky. We are told that our weather is supposed to warm up, although I'll have to scrape my windows this morning before I get my car on the road. Maybe we will keep our weather for now. LOL

Mar 8, 10:07am Top

Between the book fair and the treasury, what are you going to do with all your spare time? (I know, silly question. Read!)

Mar 8, 10:36am Top

>64 jnwelch: Morning, Joe!

>65 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda!

>66 Familyhistorian: Meg: It actually looks as though the PTO may dissolve. There's just no one willing to help, and the school administration isn't helpful, either. It's disheartening.
Good news on the weather front!

>67 Morphidae: Morphy: Well, there's the book I'm working on with a former colleague and my etsy shop, so I think I'll keep busy.

Mar 8, 12:30pm Top

Okay, folks, I'm giving up on Elantris. The story was a good idea, but the writing was not. And now I've tried this one and the first of his middle grade series, and I'm done with Sanderson. I can abide faults in a story if the writing is good, but I can't manage it if the opposite is true. So I'm done. Makes me confused/sad, because so many folks seem to like his stuff.

Mar 8, 3:43pm Top

>69 scaifea: I loved Sandersons Mistborn trilogy, Amber, I am sorry he didn't work for you.

Mar 8, 3:59pm Top

>69 scaifea: I've also enjoyed all of the Sanderson I've read except for the Alcatraz series, which I found just so-so. Different strokes, I guess!

Mar 8, 4:18pm Top

Hi Amber, hope you got my message my dear, looking forward to helping Charlie with the Flat Stanley project.

Mar 8, 5:04pm Top

>70 FAMeulstee: >71 foggidawn: Anita & foggi: I feel pretty certain that I'm in a minority with the Sanderson stuff. I'm glad that the two of you do enjoy his books. For me, the dialogue was clunky, his version of women clichéd, among other things. Again, it's too bad, because the story itself seemed promising.

>72 johnsimpson: Hi, John! Yes, I got your message and we're so happy that you're willing to host Stanley for a visit!!

Mar 8, 5:23pm Top

The Mistborn trilogy is the one of his that worked best for me, Amber, although I did enjoy Elantris. He did a whizbang job of finishing Robert Jordan's lengthy Wheel of Time series after Jordan died.

Mar 8, 6:13pm Top

>74 jnwelch: Joe: I've heard both good and bad things about his work on the Wheel of Time series, too. I think he's just not for me, and that's okay. I'm glad he has good fans, though!

Edited: Mar 8, 8:22pm Top

>75 scaifea: Right. It seems to me that you get more divided opinions in sci-fi than any other genre. It's rare that you have someone like Becky Chambers who gets widespread "likes."

Mar 8, 8:30pm Top

>76 jnwelch: Joe: It's not surprising, really - scifi and fantasy have a fairly passionate fan base, generally.

Mar 9, 12:52am Top

I'm not a big fan of Sanderson. I think his books run from okay to awful.

Mar 9, 4:12am Top

W just finished his fist big chapter book tonight. His eyes needed a rest so I read him the last few pages, then once I had kissed him goodnight he said "I'm just going to read a few pages of my next book".
He is getting there!
(it is one of the Tom Gates books, btw. He stated that he likes them because the librarian thought they were hard, but he can do it, and that the different types of writing are 'exciting'. So cute)

>69 scaifea: confused and sad. I love that you are so invested in reading that not liking a book makes you worry like that :) (of course, I don't want to see you sad, so will offer this: fear not! It'll all turn out OK!!!)

Mar 9, 6:29am Top

>78 Morphidae: Morphy: *fist bump*
While I'm happy that he has fans, it's also good to know that I'm not wholly alone in not liking his stuff!

>79 Ireadthereforeiam: Megan: Woot for W!! I listened to Rupert Grint read the first Tom Gates book and it was pretty cute. I'm so glad he's liking them!

And thanks - I don't like writing reviews for books that I don't love. I don't want to be mean and I really don't want the author ever to read them. Plus, of course, you want every book you read to be amazing!

Mar 9, 6:31am Top

Morning Amber! Sweet Thursday! I hope that wind has died down. Yesterday was ridiculous. My feet barely touched the ground.

Mar 9, 6:32am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, menu-planning, grocery-listing, possibly some writing, then some of the grocery shopping, and a trip to the post office and to the library before heading to school for my Thursday afternoon volunteering.

On the reading front:
I started listening to The Stolen Child, which is pretty interesting so far, read more of Gandhi, Fighter without a Sword and a bit more of War and Peace.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "David Wiesner (Tuesday, 1992 Caldecott Medal) seriously started working on 'the frog book' while on an airplane. He worked out the whole story in an hour. He picked the day Tuesday for the 'ooze' sound."

Mar 9, 6:34am Top

>81 msf59: Morning, Mark! That wind was crazy, wasn't it? Charlie's school had indoor recess, even, because it was so strong. It's snowing here now, though. Weird. (Not really, I guess, but still.)

Mar 9, 6:36am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-Whales on the Move by Christina Wilsdon (Charlie's homework book, 24 pages) - 8/10 = B
-Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

We watched more episodes of The Furchester Hotel, which is really pretty good - a Sesame Street version of Fawlty Towers, essentially.

Mar 9, 6:56am Top

>83 scaifea: I have worked many gusty days but that one was right near the top.

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>83 scaifea: Does the snow mean that you are finally getting the winter you wished for, Amber? The membership for a lot of groups is down as we all seem to get busier and busier (with what I am not sure - maybe looking at our phones). It's not surprising that your PTO might dissolve.

Mar 9, 9:31am Top

Congratulations on easily resigning the treasurer's position, Amber! Back to just regular volunteering, eh?

I loved The Stolen Child and hope you do too.

Mar 9, 9:35am Top

>80 scaifea: You're much nicer than me. I have zero problem with writing that I detested a book or found it immensely boring or whatever problem I had with it. To be fair, most authors I read are long since dead so their feeling won't ever be hurt, but I don't hesitate to treat living authors the same way.

Mar 9, 11:37am Top

>85 msf59: Mark: It was a doozy, wasn't it? Wow.

>86 Familyhistorian: Meg: No, not really. It's too late to get the winter I wanted: snow on the ground all winter long. This is just a dusting and is already melting.
I think the problem with PTO here and not getting volunteers may have something to do with how the schools are divided up. It isn't by geography but by grade levels, so that parents with more than one child likely has students in multiple buildings, so they feel pulled in all sorts of directions and there's not as much of a sense of neighborhood community like there used to be. Plus, everyone is just busy, I guess.

>87 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! Yes, back to regular volunteering, selectively.
I'm enjoying The Stolen Child so far - I'm glad that you liked it!

>88 PawsforThought: Paws: Well, I just try my best to be nice, although I'm not always successful (and that gets me smad at myself frequently). The old 'if you don't have anything nice to say' bit is a good one, I think, and I try to live by is as much as I can.

Mar 9, 12:07pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Amber!

How great that Charlie's such a reader. A book nerd parent's dream come true, I know. We worried that our kids might not be, but we could've spared ourselves the worry.

I'm about halfway through The Assault, and I'm liking it as much as other LTers have.

Mar 9, 4:24pm Top

Hi Amber, thank you for the kind message regarding Amy my dear. Karen is looking forward to entertaining Flat Stanley and we will make his visit as memorable as possible, sending love and hugs.

Mar 9, 5:07pm Top

>90 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! Oh, gosh, I don't know what I'd do if Charlie didn't like to read - that was my second thought/worry after learning I was pregnant, to be honest. The first was, of course, that he'd be healthy. I'm so, so lucky on both counts!

I've never heard of The Assault - I'm glad that you're enjoying it!

>91 johnsimpson: Thanks, John! Charlie's pretty excited about the project, I think.

Mar 9, 6:59pm Top

>92 scaifea: Mark and Ellen have been warbling about The Assault. That's an irresistible duo for me.

Mar 9, 8:47pm Top

>93 jnwelch: Joe: True, it's difficult to resist their praises...

Mar 10, 6:25am Top

On the agenda for today:
Grocery shopping, house cleaning, bills, weekly photos, and making half-birthday cupcakes for Charlie.

On the reading front:
I listened to more of The Stolen Child, which is coming along nicely so far, finished Gandhi, Fighter without a Sword (more later on this one), and read more of The Complete Sherlock Holmes.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Peter Pan began as a minor character in J. M. Barrie's The Little White Bird, published in 1902. The story of Peter Pan then became a play first performed in 1904. Finally the book, Peter Pan and Wendy, was published in 1911."

Mar 10, 6:27am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-Behind the Scenes with Sammy by Jena Doolas & Peter Kitzhofer (Charlie's homework book, 24 pages) - 7/10 = C
-Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe (this year's Caldecott Medalist, picture book) - 9/10 = A

Mar 10, 6:40am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy Friday. I am slowly making my way through my long work week. Getting close. Glad to have Monday off.

Only 31 today? Say what?

Mar 10, 6:57am Top

>97 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Friday, friend! It does look like it's gonna be a chilly one, though. No work shorts just yet, maybe. Charlie's not happy about lugging the winter coat back out this week. I don't really blame him...

Mar 10, 9:12am Top

Morning, Amber!

Oh, what did you think of Radiant Child, Amber? Linda (Whisper1) loved it. Sad how his life ended. What a talent to lose.

Mar 10, 1:06pm Top

>99 jnwelch: Joe: I was lovely. I admit that I didn't know a thing about him before reading it, so I may have appreciated it more if I had. The illustrations were, of course, excellent.

Mar 10, 1:10pm Top

Charlie's half-birthday cupcakes, Minecraft style:

They didn't turn out fabulously, but I think he won't mind so much.

Mar 10, 1:21pm Top

>101 scaifea: They look pretty fabulous to me. Did you use fondant for the icing to get it so square?

Mar 10, 1:33pm Top

>102 MickyFine: Micky: No, I piped it. I regret not actually measuring the cupcakes to get the squares uniform...

Mar 10, 2:25pm Top

>101 scaifea: I think those look wonderful, and to a kid's eye, probably fabulous. I hope you didn't apologize to Charlie for the way they turned out, because he ought to love 'em!

Mar 10, 2:41pm Top

I think the cupcakes look awesome, and I'm sure Charlie will love them!

Mar 10, 3:07pm Top

>104 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks, Linda! He hasn't seen them yet, but no, I won't apologize to him - I think he will love them!

>105 foggidawn: Thanks, foggi!

Mar 10, 4:10pm Top

>101 scaifea: I swear I commented on these on the book of face, but it seems to have pisaddeared. I think they look awesome! I knew what they were meant to be instantly.

Mar 10, 4:44pm Top

>107 lycomayflower: Woot! Thanks, Laura!

He loves them, by the way. LOVES them. So, mission accomplished.

Mar 10, 4:57pm Top

>108 scaifea: All that matters, that.

Mar 10, 5:50pm Top

Kids are very forgiving, if they even notice.

Mar 10, 7:14pm Top

>109 lycomayflower: Laura: Truth.

>110 Morphidae: Morphy: Are you saying that the cupcakes look like crap on a kebab?! You are aren't you?! Lordy, woman - so harsh.

Mar 11, 2:45am Top

>111 scaifea: Oh, Lord. You were the one saying they weren't perfect, ya goof!

Mar 11, 5:39am Top

Glad the cakes were a success. They look amazing to me.

Mar 11, 8:32am Top

Hi Amber! I really like those cupcakes, and I'm glad Charlie loved them. As a (not current) amateur cake decorator, I like the basket-weave pattern of the frosting.

I may have missed it from another thread somewhere, but is your Sherlock Holmes a first-time read, re-read, or re-read of some and read of others? Just curious. I've read some over the years but never the complete works.

Mar 11, 10:31am Top

>112 Morphidae: Morphy: Yes, but you didn't get in line with everyone else to say, "Oh, no, they're lovely!" *taps foot expectantly*

>113 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte!

>114 karenmarie: Karen: Thanks! Well, it's sort of a basket-weave, but more trying to mimic the everything-is-squares theme of Minecraft decor...

Before started The Complete Sherlock Holmes, I'd not ever read *any* of the Sherlock stories. I'm really enjoying them, though.

Mar 11, 10:35am Top

On the agenda for today:
The weekend baking is already well underway - Mini Cinnamon Muffins for breakfast, Cinnamon Raisin Bread is set and raising, and Rice Krispies Treats are finished. The rest of the day will be devoted to catching up on threads here, reading and hanging out with Charlie while we wait for Tomm to get home this afternoon. Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
I started Sing Down the Moon yesterday, listened to more of The Stolen Child and read more of Old Path White Clouds. All are coming along nicely.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Two years after World War Ii ended, Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day, 1963 Caldecott Medal) changed his name from Jacob Ezra Katz to avoid anti-Semitic prejudices."

Mar 11, 10:36am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-Noisy Night by Mac Barnett (Charlie book, picture book) - 9/10 = A
-More The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
-The first half of chapter 5 in Paddington Helps Out

Mar 11, 10:42am Top

26. Gandhi, Fighter without a Sword by Jeanette Eaton (Newbery Honor Book, 253 pages) - 8/10 = B+
A biography of the Indian peace-seeker for kids. A bit over-simplified in places, which is likely a symptom of its age, but good overall.

Mar 11, 10:59am Top

Morning, Amber. Happy Saturday. Plenty of sunshine out here but it is still in the low 20s. Sighs...

Enjoy your day, my friend.

Mar 11, 11:06am Top

>119 msf59: Morning, Mark! I'm not planning on venturing out today, really, hoping to stay warm...

Mar 11, 12:12pm Top

Morning, Amber!

We're staying in for the most part today, too. I'm at sixes and sevens on my reading, for some reason. The Gaiman Norse Mythology arrived, so I may give that a try.

Hope you have a good one today, my friend.

Mar 11, 12:41pm Top

>121 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Oh, a little Gaiman should cure any sort of reading funk, I should think...

Mar 11, 1:04pm Top

Happy weekend, Amber.

Mar 11, 1:34pm Top

>101 scaifea: I love those cupcakes and my grandson would adore them!! You are so darned clever!

Mar 11, 1:53pm Top

>123 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara!

>124 RebaRelishesReading: Aw, thanks, Reba! I don't know about clever, but I did have fun coming up with the idea.

Mar 11, 2:04pm Top

Weekend Baking Results:

Mini Cinnamon Muffins:

Rice Krispies Treats:

Cinnamon Raisin Bread:

Mar 11, 4:17pm Top

>126 scaifea: Very impressive.

Mar 11, 4:17pm Top

Happy Saturday! As always I wish I was at your house for baking day!!

Mar 11, 4:40pm Top

Impressive baking once again my dear, have a brilliant rest of the weekend my dear and sending love and hug dear friend.

Mar 11, 4:46pm Top

>127 MickyFine: Micky: Well, let's be honest - the rice treats aren't all that impressive. Delicious, yes, but not really a masterful culinary accomplishment.

>128 ChelleBearss: Hi, Chelle! You're welcome any time!

>129 johnsimpson: Happy Saturday, John! Thanks!

Mar 11, 4:48pm Top

>115 scaifea: I just started the complete works of Sherlock Holmes on audio. I have read his first, A Study in Scarlet and am on to the second, The Sign of Four. I love the narrator, Stephen Fry!

And the Minecraft cupcakes are too cute. My kids still play that game! (Ages 16 and 20)

Mar 11, 4:57pm Top

>131 Berly: Kim: I saw that Fry had recorded those and I bet he's just fabulous. I love him. I don't think that audio version is the complete stories, though, is it?

And thanks! Charlie is a pretty big fan of Minecraft.

Mar 11, 4:58pm Top

27. Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell (Newbery Honor Book, 121 pages) - 8/10 = B+
Follows a young Navajo girl just before and during The Long Walk.
A good story, nicely told and with characters well drawn, although the beginning bit seemed too disjointed from the second half.

Mar 11, 5:54pm Top

>130 scaifea: Giggle. I don't know melted marshmallows can develop a mind of their own. ;)

Mar 11, 6:05pm Top

Mar 11, 6:52pm Top

>101 scaifea: love the Minecraft cake(s)! They look fantastic to me, what a cool idea. And I love a square muffin pans, so many great ideas you could come up with in terms of stacking, or decorating them.

Also love the cinnamon raisin bread. I am thinking I could do that with bread maker bread dough, and then just roll, rise and bake!?

Mar 11, 6:58pm Top

>136 Ireadthereforeiam: Thanks, Megan!

I've never used a bread machine, so I don't really know, but I also don't know why it wouldn't work.

Mar 11, 7:30pm Top

Cinnamon muffins!? Yes please.

Mar 11, 8:35pm Top

>126 scaifea: I'm with Stephen - I am a sucker for cinnamon muffins and especially bite sized ones like that. I mean 20 in a session would simply not be a problem!

Have a great weekend, dear lady.

Mar 11, 8:58pm Top

>138 Ape: >139 PaulCranswick: Thanks, fellas! They are pretty tasty, and go really well with a nice cuppa tea.

Mar 12, 1:42am Top

>132 scaifea: Here's are the Sherlock Holmes selections I got on Kindle by Stephen Fry:

Chapter 1: Opening Credits and Introduction to A Study in Scarlet
Chapters 2-15: A Study in Scarlet
Chapter 16: Introduction to The Sign of Four
Chapters 17-28: The Sign of Four
Chapter 29: Introduction to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 30-43: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 44: Introduction to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 45-56: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 57: Introduction to The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapters 58-72: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapter 73: Introduction to The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 74-86: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 87: Introduction to The Valley of Fear
Chapters 88-102: The Valley of Fear
Chapter 103: Introduction to His Last Bow
Chapters 104-112: His Last Bow

: )

Mar 12, 5:31am Top

Good morning, Amber.

Mar 12, 5:37am Top

Happy Sunday, Amber. I love the cupcakes, even though I only vaguely know what Minecraft is. But cakes! Iced! Made with love! There's everything to like.

Mar 12, 9:29am Top

>141 Berly: Kim: Whoa, that's pretty near all of them, then.

>142 Ameise1: Morning, Barbara!

>143 susanj67: Thanks, Susan!

Mar 12, 9:36am Top

On the agenda for today:

Not much at all. Hanging out with the Scaife Men and maybe a bit of reading.

On the reading front:
I started The Perilous Gard, which seems pretty good so far, and read a bit more of Hrolf Kraki's Saga.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Margaret Wise Brown, author of The Little Island (1947 Caldecott Medal), under the pseudonym Golden MacDonald, is credited with being the first author to be recognized for excellent quality of writing in picture books without also being an illustrator."

Mar 12, 9:40am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-More Dog Man Unleashed
-Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio (public library book, picture book) - 9/10 = A
-The rest of chapter 5 in Paddington Helps Out
And we finished:

28. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl (Charlie's bedtime read, 79 pages) - 9/10 = A
Not my favorite Dahl book, but still a really good one. And Willy Wonka's chocolates make an appearance, too!

Mar 12, 9:44am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy Sunday. We are having a birthday party here for Bree & Matt. So, I have to get my reading in early.

Enjoy your day.

I sent you a PM about the flashdrive...

Mar 12, 9:52am Top

>147 msf59: Morning, Mark! The birthday party sounds fun - enjoy! And I hope you get some good reading in today, too. And thanks again for the flashdrive - I'm excited!!

Mar 12, 10:27am Top

Happy Sunday, Amber!

>126 scaifea: Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah. Mini cinnamon muffins please!

Mar 12, 10:30am Top

>149 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Come on over - there are a few muffins left...

Mar 12, 11:39am Top

Happy Sunday, Amber! If I bring over Irish lamb stew and vegetarian chili can I have one of those muffins?

Mar 12, 11:47am Top

>151 kidzdoc: Hi, Darryl!

It depends... how much of the devil's parsley is in those dishes?

Mar 12, 11:56am Top

>152 scaifea: The vegetarian chili calls for only a pinch (1/2 cup) of cilantro, but the Irish lamb stew is entirely free of it, although I usually use flat leaf parsley as a garnish. I couldn't buy Guinness at Publix this morning, so it will be alcohol free.

Mar 12, 12:55pm Top

>153 kidzdoc: Darryl: Fine, then. You may have a pinch of a muffin.

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>154 scaifea: LOL! Well played, ma'am.

Mar 12, 4:11pm Top

Yum to the baked goods in >126 scaifea:. They look wonderful, Amber.

Mar 12, 4:50pm Top

>145 scaifea: Ooh, enjoy The Perilous Gard! I need to reread that one; I liked it a lot when I read it a few years ago.

Mar 12, 5:10pm Top

Muffins look wonderful. Had a Nutella one this morning. Lovely.

Mar 12, 5:25pm Top

>155 kidzdoc: Darryl: *grins and takes a bow*

>156 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen!

>157 foggidawn: foggi: I'm about 80 pages in now and I LOVE it so far!

>158 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! A Nutella muffin sounds pretty tasty...

Mar 13, 2:38am Top

>115 scaifea: Oh, no, they're lovely! /gooshing

They are cool. Far beyond anything I could do.

Mar 13, 5:00am Top

All that baking looks pretty yum to me. I made some hamantaschen, ended up doing it a day late but they still tasted good. Tomorrow I'm making a pear and ginger tart, the pastry is already made.

I've been meaning to read The Perilous Gard for a long while.

Mar 13, 6:18am Top

>160 Morphidae: Morphy: *grins*

>161 avatiakh: Kerry: I had to look up "hamantaschen," but they look amazing! And the pear and ginger tart sounds delicious, too.

So far The Perilous Gard is really good.

Mar 13, 6:24am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, laundry, writing, sewing. I also need to call the local U-Haul joint to see about a rental for this weekend - we're getting some furniture from my parents: a Hoosier cabinet, the old Singer sewing machine that they gave me for Christmas a few years ago, a gorgeous glass-encased bookshelf, and possibly a pie safe.

On the reading front:
I read more of The Perilous Gard yesterday, which just keeps getting better, and also more of The Colour of Magic.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for 182 weeks."

Mar 13, 6:25am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-More Dog Man Unleashed
-Creepy Carrots
-A few pages in Esio Trot
-The first half of chapter 6 in Paddington Helps Out

Mar 13, 7:24am Top

Morning, Amber! Woke up to darkness and snow, but just an inch or so. I am off today, so I am happy with that.

I do have the flashdrive loaded up, so I will get it out, in the next few days.

Mar 13, 7:59am Top

>165 msf59: Morning, Mark! Charlie has a two-hour delay this morning, I suspect so that they can get the country roads cleared, but yeah, we only have a couple of inches here, too.

And thanks again for the drive - I'm very excited!

Mar 13, 9:09am Top

Good morning, Amber!

>150 scaifea: I wish!

Are you by any chance coming to the meetup at Mark's in April?

Mar 13, 9:29am Top

Morning Amber! You're really rocking the bakery! The minecraft half cupcakes look great and soooo creative. Weekend treats look pretty amazing too still I know pics are only half the story because I'm betting everything's made from scratch.

Yeah for resignations! There must have been alot of sad faces when you broke the news.

Edited: Mar 13, 10:52am Top

Amber, I just got this quiz from Oxford University Press and thought of you. It's "Which Classical Character Are You?" and celebrates a new edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary. http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/04/which-classical-character-are-you/ I'm Medea. OMG.

Mar 13, 11:06am Top

>169 susanj67: That is hysterical!! I stole it and posted to FB. Clearly I should have crashed the wedding! LOL

I am Dido--A strong woman, you can achieve almost anything if you put your mind to it. You inspire loyalty and confidence in others and are generous to those in need. However, you can be overly sensitive and find rejection difficult to handle.


Happy Monday, Amber.

Mar 13, 11:45am Top

I did both quizzes and got Penelope and Orpheus. :)

Mar 13, 1:00pm Top

Hmmm. Penelope. That was a fun quiz! I'm off to weave now.

Mar 13, 1:14pm Top

>167 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! And yes, I'm pretty sure at this point that I'll be at the meet-up! I'm so excited!! Charlie and Tomm may make an appearance as well...

>168 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda. Yep, all from scratch.
And yes, there were sad faces, but not just because I'm stepping down - a handful of others are, too, which may mean that PTO will dissolve.

>169 susanj67: Susan: Ha! Medea - that's awesome! I'm a Dido, apparently. Love her.

>170 Berly: Kim: Hello, fellow Dido!

>171 MickyFine: Micky: Oooh, Orpheus! Nice.

>172 lauralkeet: Morning, Laura! Penelope - perfect!

Mar 13, 1:43pm Top

>173 scaifea: WOOT! Your BFF Becca will be there. Madame MBH may miss it, unfortunately. This'll be great!

Mar 13, 1:50pm Top

>174 jnwelch: Will Miss Becca be bringing Sir Sherlock with her?!

Mar 13, 3:40pm Top

Happy new week, Amber.

Mar 13, 4:42pm Top

>174 jnwelch: Joe: OHmygosh! I was going to post something over on your thread this morning about hoping that my fantasy BFF would be there, but thought it would be a little weird... Ha! Don't get me wrong - I'm super excited to meet up with you and Mark et alii, but BECCA?! O. M. Goodness.

>175 rosalita: Julia: Oooh, excellent question!

>176 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara!

Mar 13, 4:49pm Top

Waving at Amber! Happy Monday!

Mar 13, 5:32pm Top

Happy Pi Day on Tuesday!

And sure wish the local bakery had home delivery - I would have ordered
a slice of Lemon Meringue,
a Coconut Custard, and either a Key Lime or Boston Creme -
whichever looked prettiest -

instead, I have 4-6 inches of Wisconsin weather on the driveway
with more piling up every time the plow storms by.

Mar 13, 6:10pm Top

>178 alcottacre: Hi, Stasia!

>179 m.belljackson: Ooof, Lemon Meringue Pie sounds pretty good right now...

We only got about 2 inches last night and today, so I think we got off pretty easily.

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>175 rosalita: Unfortunately, no Sherlock, Julia/Amber. He loves people, but he has issues with other dogs. He got badly mauled a couple of years ago by a German Shepherd, and other dogs get him riled up. Mark has a sweet dog, though.

Mar 13, 6:27pm Top

139, Paul: The best thing about the mini version is you can eat 2 at a time. :P

Mar 13, 6:31pm Top

>163 scaifea: and possibly a pie safe. I have to ask - what on earth is a pie safe?

Edited: Mar 13, 6:56pm Top

>183 SandDune: A pie safe is an old-fashioned cupboard, usually free-standing and often with perforated tin panels in the doors for ventilation, in which, of course, to store your pies. Safe from flies, mice and children (maybe).

Mar 13, 7:22pm Top

>181 jnwelch: Joe: Oh well, I'm no less excited...

>182 Ape: Stephen: Ha!

>183 SandDune: Rhian: Linda answers is beautifully for me...

>184 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: Yup. That looks quite a bit like the one I may be bringing home. Lovely, aren't they?

Mar 13, 7:39pm Top

>181 jnwelch: Well, I can understand that, and we don't want Sherlock to be stressed out. I can confirm that Mark's dog Riley is a sweetheart, though!

Mar 13, 7:57pm Top

>162 scaifea: Oi vey! In Hebrew they're called 'ozni Haman' or 'ears of Haman'. Purim is a fun Jewish holiday.

Mar 13, 9:38pm Top

>185 scaifea: Yeah...I really want one.

Mar 13, 10:49pm Top

>184 laytonwoman3rd: I really, really want one! My waistline not so much, but, I want one!

Mar 13, 11:35pm Top

Pope only wrote two books, unfortunately, and I love both of them. Glad you are enjoying The Perilous Gard and hope you will move on to The Sherwood Ring, which is completely different but just as good!

Mar 14, 6:26am Top

>186 rosalita: Julia: I didn't even know that Mark *had* a dog! He clearly isn't telling us enough about his life...

>187 avatiakh: Kerry: Ears, eh? Well, they still look delicious to me!

>188 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: I know, right? I won't be putting pies in mine, though (pies don't last long enough around here for such storage) - I think this one will go into my sewing room and hold fabric, or possibly yarn...

>189 Berly: You don't *eat* the pie safe, Kim! *snork!*

>190 ronincats: Roni: I keep conflating her with Elizabeth George Speare. I think it's the cover of the book, which makes me think of The Bronze Bow, and of course that it's a Newbery book.

Mar 14, 6:31am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, laundry writing, sewing. I also want to get the menu-planning and the grocery list put together for next Monday, since Charlie and I will be leaving for Indiana on Thursday and coming home Sunday (his spring break starts tomorrow).

On the reading front:
I listened to more of The Stolen Child, which is coming along nicely, read more of The Perilous Gard, which I'm still enjoying very much, and more of War & Peace, which still surprised me how much I like it. I'm in a good reading place right now!

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Hans Christian Andersen tried to become an actor and singer before settling into writing"

Mar 14, 6:34am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-the rest of chapter 5 in Dog Man Unleashed
-Triangle by Mac Barnett (Charlie book, picture book) - 10/10 = A+
-More of Esio Trot
-The rest of chapter 6 in Paddington Helps Out

And we watched more of Fawlty Towers, which Charlie is loving, although, of course, he doesn't quite get all of the jokes. He was quite confused by what was making Basil so upset in The Wedding episode...

Mar 14, 6:46am Top

Morning, Amber! Surprise, Surprise! Woke up to a few more inches of snow. Work should be fun. Ugh!

Mar 14, 6:58am Top

>194 msf59: Morning, Mark! Oh, no! I hope the folks on your route are good about getting their sidewalks cleared for you!

Mar 14, 7:08am Top

Morning Amber! Hard to believe it's already Spring Break season. Life is moving way too fast!

Mar 14, 7:43am Top

>192 scaifea: Oh, Hans Christian Andersen! One of my favourite historical weirdos.

Mar 14, 10:41am Top

Morning, Amber!

Did you get hit with a lot of snow? Poor Mark. We've had several inches. Luckily our neighborhood gets on it quickly, so at least the nearby sidewalks are clear.

Mar 14, 11:23am Top

>196 Carmenere: Morning, Lynda! I know, right?! Crazy time.

>197 PawsforThought: Paws: That makes one of us. I admit that I don't know much about him as a person, but I'm not a fan of his fairy tales, generally. So depressing.

>198 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! We didn't get much snow at all, really - just a couple of inches. And the sun's out in full force today - woot!

Mar 14, 11:47am Top

All that family furniture sounds lovely, Amber! And of course with your baking skills you can fill the pie safe in a jiffy.

I'm glad to hear that you are in a good reading place right now, too!

Mar 14, 12:43pm Top

>200 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! I'm really happy to have the Hoosier cabinet coming my way; it was my great-grandmother's, and my uncle refurbished it when I was a kid, telling my mom that it was meant for me when I got older.

And yes, the reading is good right now!

Mar 14, 1:12pm Top

>199 scaifea: Not all of them are sad. And I like the sadness in the ones that are. It's the northern melancholy, I suppose. We appreciate the beauty in sadness.
And HC was an interesting fella. He had a pretty tough life, and was very much an oddball (looked the part too, tall and gangly with somewhat odd looks, and had unrequited crushes left and right). People underestimated him all the time and were quite mean to him. He brings out my parental feels.

Mar 14, 1:14pm Top

>202 PawsforThought: Paws: Oh, agreed that not all of them are sad (I've read them all), but a good majority of them. I suspect my problem is that I read them all together and all at once. Too much.

Mar 14, 1:18pm Top

>191 scaifea: ROFLOL! I know you don't eat the pie safe!! But I would have to keep it well stocked and THAT would be the problem! Of course, I could follow your lead and put other things in there instead of pie. ; )

Mar 14, 2:42pm Top

>204 Berly: Kim: Ha! Any pies in this house will likely go on the Hoosier cabinet, actually, which will be the piece that goes in the kitchen. But yeah, pies are always a temptation, no?

Mar 14, 4:04pm Top

Hi Amber, hope you are having a good day my dear. I am so pleased that Charlie is enjoying Fawlty Towers even though he is not getting the jokes yet, I cannot believe it is 42 years since it first hit our TV screens and it still makes me laugh. I must admit I do enjoy seventies and eighties comedy and I absolutely adore 1920's/ 30's silent and talking comedy from the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Harold Lloyd. We are all ok and Amy is being very proactive job hunting, Karen is having a good day after the weekend so all is well. Sending love and hugs to you, Charlie and Tomm and the dogs.

Mar 14, 4:38pm Top

>206 johnsimpson: John: We LOVE Fawlty Towers! Also, Monty Python, of course. And Harold Lloyd is my favorite silent film star! Love his stuff.

Mar 15, 6:29am Top

On the agenda for today:
Today is Charlie's half-birthday! (Only the coolest kids have half-birthdays on the Ides of March, of course.) And it's the first day of his spring break, so we're going out for breakfast with Tomm and one of Tomm's work colleagues, whom Charlie absolutely loves and insisted we invite. Then, Charlie and I will pack for our trip to Indiana (we leave tomorrow). Otherwise, it's a day of hanging out with my favorite 8.5-year-old, with possibly some reading and sewing sneaked in there somewhere. Grilled Pork Chops and Baked Potatoes for dinner, per half-birthday-boy request. (More evidence that he's really 80.5; I mean, honestly, what kid choses pork chops over pizza? Love it.)

On the reading front:
I listened to more of The Stolen Child (still really enjoying it) and finished up The Perilous Gard (more on that one later).

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "John Newbery, the London publisher of the mid-1700s for whom the award is named, is credited with being the first person to publish books solely for children's pleasure."

Mar 15, 6:33am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-More Dog Man Unleashed
-OX, Ox: A Love Story by Adam Rex (public library book, picture book) - 9/10 = A
-The first half of chapter 7 in Paddington Helps Out
And we finished:

29. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl (Charlie's bedtime read, 63 pages) - 9/10 = A-
Again, not my favorite Dahl book, but it's still clever and sweet.

And we watched another episode of The Muppet Show - ths one with Helen Reddy!

Mar 15, 6:52am Top

Morning, Amber! At least the snow is over. I just have to deal with the cold...which is doable.

I have wanted to read The Stolen Child for years. I think I have it on shelf.

Mar 15, 9:08am Top

Good morning, Amber!

I'll be interested to hear what you think of The Perilous Gard. I wasn't as wowed as some others have been.

Mar 15, 9:39am Top

All this time I've been thinking you were reading The Stolen Child written by LT founder Tim's wife, Lisa Carey, which is getting rave reviews all over. But then Mark said he has wanted to read it for years, and I knew it had just been released, and I finally clicked on the touchstone to see it is another book entirely that you are reading. i think I'm all caught up now. :-)

Mar 15, 10:13am Top

>210 msf59: Morning, Mark! Boy, it *is* cold out there, isn't it? Yeesh.

I think you'd love The Stolen Child - maybe bump it up the list?

>211 jnwelch: Morning, Joe!

I'll try to get my thoughts on The Perilous Gard typed up later today, after we've packed...

>212 rosalita: Julia: Huh. I didn't know Lisa Carey had written a Stolen Child... I'll have to check that one out, too!

Mar 15, 11:03am Top

The package is in the mail. You should get it pretty quick.

Mar 15, 12:19pm Top

>214 msf59: Mark: Woot! Thanks so much!!

Mar 15, 12:29pm Top

30. The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope (Newbery Honor Book, 280 pages) - 9/10 = A
Kate Sutton finds herself accidentally in the bad graces of Queen Mary and sent to live in a remote castle with a secret and possibly dangerous past. She meets up with superstitious villagers, a gruff but lovable Lord of the castle, his mysterious and vexed (oh, and handsome, of course) younger brother, a disturbed but friendly troubadour, and a charm of wicked fairies. Kate is smart and stubborn and a bit clumsy, but strong, too, in all sorts of ways. In short, reader, I love her. And her story.

Mar 15, 12:45pm Top

I finished another knitting project yesterday - a felted tea cozy:

And here's the teapot underneath, if anyone should be interested:

Mar 15, 12:55pm Top

Afternoon, Amber! All caught up here, and, boy, was I behind. I took Susan's quiz, and I was also Medea. *blinks* And Mindcraft cupcakes - such a fun idea! I did know what a pie safe was and that you're not supposed to eat it, but I did not know what a Hoosier cabinet was even though I am a native Hoosier. Heh. So I had to google that. And I love that Charlie chose pork chops and baked potatoes for dinner - he is an old soul like our Birdy! We are having baked potato bar tonight, so we are practically twins. Happy Wednesday to you and a very Happy Half-Birthday to Charlie!

Mar 15, 1:09pm Top

>218 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie! Good to see you!!

Charlie is definitely an 80-year-old man soul. It's so funny, because I was so hoping he'd say pizza! Yeesh.

Mar 15, 1:34pm Top

Love the tea cozy. In cool weather I make a pot of tea almost every afternoon and with a cozy on top it stays warm for hours. Yours is beautiful!

Mar 15, 1:37pm Top

Hi Amber! Happy Half BDay Charlie!! We celebrate half birthdays here, too, because my oldest was born on December 30th and it does sometimes get lost in the Christmas/New Year shuffle. And then, of course, my other two are only too happy to have another reason to celebrate anything, so they have half birthdays, too. We make up for my husband who could care less about his birthday. LOL. Wishing you lost of fun on your trip!!

Mar 15, 1:46pm Top

>220 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! I'm excited to start using my teapot (and matching teacups), too!

>221 Berly: Thanks, Kim! I'll pass along the well-wishes. I decided to celebrate Charlie's half birthday because I thought it was so cool that it fell on the Ides (being a classicist, of course I think it's cool).

Mar 15, 3:21pm Top

>184 laytonwoman3rd: Sometimes I wish I had one of those old pie safes to keep things protected from the cats.

Mar 15, 3:22pm Top

>223 thornton37814: Lori: Plus, they're gorgeous!

Mar 15, 3:42pm Top

I'm making pork chops for dinner, too!

Yes, I am actually cooking. Sort of. I like my Instant Pot - it's like playing with a toy so cooking doesn't feel like a chore... I'm sure the novelty of it will wear off at some point, and I'll go back to avoiding the kitchen!

Mar 15, 4:13pm Top

Mar 15, 4:43pm Top

>225 katiekrug: Katie: Cool! I really want an Instant Pot. Maybe for my birthday...

>226 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky!

Mar 16, 2:18am Top

Sweet Thursday, Amber.

Mar 16, 6:36am Top

>228 Ameise1: Morning, Barbara!

Mar 16, 6:40am Top

On the agenda for today:

Charlie and I will spend a good chunk of the day in the car, driving to my parents' house in Indiana. We'll be there through Sunday, so I'll be scarce here until then.

On the reading front:
I finished The Colour of Magic (more on that in a bit).

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Randolph Caldecott squelched rumors of a romance between him and Kate Greenaway. He said, 'She is, as you ask me, nearly thirty - maybe more - and not beautiful.' Greenaway was thirty-five years old at the time, five days older than Caldecott."

Mar 16, 6:47am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More of Herobrine Saves Christmas
-More of Dog Man Unleashed
-Chapters 1 and 2 of Fantastic Mr. Fox
And we finished:

31. Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond (Charlie's bedtime read, 128 pages) - 9/10 = A
We love Paddington here at Scaife Manor so much, and we're all enjoying our re-read.

Mar 16, 6:50am Top

32. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld series, 183 pages) - 8/10 = B+
Huh. I liked it okay, but I'm not blown away by it. The story was fun, but the characters aren't particularly likeable (except for Death, to whom I became quite partial). I'm afraid that the entire series may suffer from my own over-exposure to folks raving about it. We'll see how it goes.

Mar 16, 7:03am Top

Morning, Amber! A friend of mine, at work, is reading Norse Mythology and loving it. Not surprising, of course, just wonderful.

Mar 16, 7:43am Top

>233 msf59: Morning, Mark! Yay for Gaiman!!

Mar 16, 9:22am Top

Sweet Thursday, Amber!

Can't wait to get to Norse Mythology.

Mar 16, 10:48am Top

Morning, Amber! Wishing you safe travels today.

Mar 16, 11:15am Top

>232 scaifea: I've been told repeatedly by friends who are Discworld fans that Colour of Magic is not the best place to start with it. When I tackle it (maybe? eventually?) I've been told that the Witches, Death, or Guards novels are good places to start. You've seen this Discworld flowchart?

Mar 16, 3:33pm Top

>232 scaifea: I felt exactly the same as you when I first read The Colour of Magic quite a lot of years ago. Wasn't that good, and really didn't see what everyone was excited about. If you liked the character of Death try again with Mort before you give up on the series. Much, much better.

Mar 16, 3:53pm Top

Hmm. Remind me not to ask Caldecott for a compliment! What a nitwit.

Mar 16, 4:38pm Top

>217 scaifea: I have often taken note of your blue willow plates when you post photos of cookies, etc. Now the teapot...is it an heirloom? I've always loved blue and white china patterns. A bachelor friend of our family in years past had his mother's set, and we often had tea and cookies with him when visiting. I associate that pattern with cosy rooms (he heated his tiny house with two wood-burning stoves), good music and great conversation. I have two little Mason ironstone plates (probably saucers, but no indentations) in the Manchu blue pattern that I picked up at yard sales. Molly eats from them!

Mar 17, 8:57am Top

>232 scaifea: Hi Amber! I am feeling the same way about Colour of Magic. I used Roni's flow chart and started with Death thread instead and really liked it. I may just continue with that and then go to the witches. It drives me nuts to read a series out of order but I guess this series is bizarre to begin with, so whatever!
What I'm saying is don't give up before you try the books in the threads instead of in order.

And enjoy your trip!! Happy Spring break to Charlie!!

Mar 17, 9:26am Top

Good morning, Amber! Happy Friday!

Mar 18, 3:51am Top

Happy Saturday, Amber.

Mar 18, 8:28am Top

Hi Amber! Have a lovely weekend with your parents! Safe travels :0)

Mar 18, 12:46pm Top

Happy weekend!

Mar 18, 1:16pm Top

Hope you're enjoying the weekend, Amber.

Did you read A Man Called Ove? (I feel like every 75er but me has). I'm loving it.

Mar 18, 4:58pm Top

Hope you are having an enjoyable weekend my dear and our visitor is enjoying his stay with us.

Mar 18, 6:50pm Top

>217 scaifea: hi Amber, Nice tea cozy. I like the felted effect.
And the tea pot, I had one very similar looking. Not expensive, bought it in a small Chinese store. But I dropped it...And I liked it so much.

Mar 19, 4:32pm Top

>235 jnwelch: Sweet Sunday, Joe!

I'm *so* looking forward to getting to Norse Mythology, too!

>236 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! We've been there and back again, at this point, all safely and soundly.

>237 MickyFine: Micky: I know, I've heard that spiel from various people, too, but it has gone and will continue to go unheeded. I WILL NOT read a series out of order. Ridiculous notion, really. I'll persevere, at any rate, as too many of the books are on various lists that I'm reading through.

>238 SandDune: Rhian: I'll get to Mort eventually. (See my response to Micky just up there.)

>239 charl08: Charlotte: I know, right?! Yeesh.

>240 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: The plates were my grandma's and they were her everyday plates, so my mom grew up using them for every meal. Since I've remembered, they've just been on display in one of her china cabinets, but with this recent purge, she offered them to me, since she knows how much I love them. She was delighted to know that I wanted to use them as her mom did, every day, and so we have been. I couldn't be happier with them. The teapot, however, is new one, to go along with grandma's teacup set.

>241 ChelleBearss: Chelle: I'll direct you, too, to my response to Micky - nopenope-itynopenope.

>242 jnwelch: Afternoon, Joe! Happy Sunday!

>243 Ameise1: Hi, Barbara!

>244 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda!

>245 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>246 jnwelch: Hi again, Joe! I've not read Ove yet, but I want to, and I'm 89.6% certain that it's on my Read Soon shelf. I should check...

>247 johnsimpson: John: Oh, yay!! I'm certain that Charlie and his classmates will be thrilled that Charlie's Stanley traveled all the way to England! Thanks again!!

>248 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella! Oh, I'm sorry about your teapot - mine isn't an expensive one, either, but bought to match the old teacup set and dishes mentioned above.

Mar 19, 4:36pm Top

Home again home again, jiggity jig - Charlie and I are back, after a lovely weekend with my family. As usual, I did get a goodly amount of reading in, but most of it was spent with Mr. Holmes, and so I don't actually have a list of finished books to report. I *did* manage to finish an audiobook, though:

33. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
Follows the lives of a changeling and the child whose place the changeling took, in alternating chapters.
I enjoyed this one a good deal, although I don't think it will stay with me for long. The stories were well constructed, and nicely tied together, but it seemed to drag along in a few places.

Mar 19, 4:37pm Top

I highly recommended the Instant Pot. I love mine and have now bought one for both my father and my mother :)

Mar 19, 4:52pm Top

Hi Amber, hope you and Charlie had a good trip to your parents my dear. Flat Stanley has had a good day today, he has had his photo taken in Waterstones book shop with assistant Rachel and with his book and we took him into Wakefield Cathedral and he had his photo taken with the curate, The Rev Tim Stevens.

We are looking at the number of photos taken and some to be taken and are not sure whether to print them all which will add weight to the package we send back to school or to have them put on a CD to be printed with you. We estimate there could be sixty photos plus some leaflets and some information I will print out about some of the places he has been to and about our village, let me know what you think. We will have to make sure the CD is compatible as some phot stores are now putting them on DVD and that would have to be compatible.

Mar 19, 4:54pm Top

>252 johnsimpson: John: Oh, wow, the photos sounds amazing!! I'd be happy to print out the photos here - would you be able to send them via email? That might be even easier... Let me know if that would work and if so I'll PM my email address.

Mar 19, 5:08pm Top

>253 scaifea:, Amber, send your email address my dear and we will send a couple to see how they travel and print out at your end. The other option would be to put them on a USB memory stick and we would be willing to print a few off at this end my dear.

We have taken this to our hearts and are enjoying going around as you sometimes forget what you have. In Walton we have Waterton Park Hotel which is set in the middle of a lake with a small arch bridge to get to it, it used to be the home of Charles Waterton who was a Naturalist in the late 1700's early 1800's and we have the nature reserve which is on the old colliery site. In Wakefield we have the Cathedral, and the Hepworth Gallery which has the works of sculptor's Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Hepworth was born in Wakefield and Moore in nearby Castleford. Add to this the Yorkshire Sculpture park with a few Henry Moore pieces and Sandal Castle ruins and just down from that a memorial to Richard Duke of York who fought the Battle of Wakefield and died at that spot on 26th December 1460. A memorial is held every year and I remember it being in our newspaper that It was the 556th anniversary last year. We hope this is all good for Charlie my dear, we are loving this project and so far people we have asked for permission or to be in a phot have been great and think it is a wonderful idea.

Mar 19, 5:33pm Top

>254 johnsimpson: Great, I'll send you my email - it's a cinch for me to order photos from downloaded photos, so that should work perfectly - if you wanted to send a couple along with the package, that makes sense, too.

And you've got so much amazing history right there in your midst! It's always fascinating for a silly colonialist like me to think of it - our historical buildings in these parts can only go back a couple hundred years, after all...

Mar 19, 7:43pm Top

Good to see you back Amber. The posting numbers have been plummeting this week and I think it no coincidence.

Mar 19, 8:35pm Top

>255 scaifea: Aw, you just reminded me of a quote from one of my favourite Eddie Izzard routines. "I grew up in Europe, where the history comes from."

Mar 19, 8:52pm Top

>256 PaulCranswick: Hello, Paul! Thanks! Pshaw, pure coincidence, of course. I can't imagine that I actually contribute much to the general chatter.

>257 PawsforThought: Paws: Aw, LOVE Eddie Izzard. He's adorable.

Mar 20, 6:26am Top

On the agenda for today:
Grocery shopping this morning, then some odds and ends around the house to get caught up from being away, possibly some writing and sewing, too. The a trip to the library before picking Charlie up from school this afternoon. Charlie's Chili for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
I started listening to Leviathan on the drive home from Indiana, and read more of The Complete Sherlock Holmes before falling asleep last night.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was first published March 20,1852. At least thirty books defending slavery were published soon after Stowe's book against slavery appeared."

Mar 20, 6:29am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-More Dog Man Unleashed
-Chapters 1 and 2 of It's So Amazing!
-Chapter 5 in Fantastic Mr. Fox
-The first half of chapter 2 in Paddington Abroad

We watched Finding Dory again. Love that one, but it seems unnecessarily heart-tuggy in parts. I mean, c'mon Pixar, with all the feels!

Mar 20, 6:38am Top

Morning, Amber! I did not realize you were visiting the folks. Hope you had a good time. Glad you got the flashdrive. Let me know if you have any questions.

I also enjoyed Leviathan.

Mar 20, 6:47am Top

>261 msf59: Morning, Mark! And thanks again for the drive!

I'm enjoying Leviathan so far, but I haven't decided if I'll go on with the series yet or not...

Mar 20, 11:19am Top

Morning, Amber. Welcome home!

Mar 20, 11:23am Top

>263 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie! Thanks!

Mar 20, 3:04pm Top

Hiya, Amber!

Hope you've been having a good Mmphmumble Day.

Mar 20, 3:31pm Top

I loved the entire Leviathan series. Hope it grows on you. :D

Mar 20, 6:35pm Top

>265 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! Thanks - it's been pretty good so far.

>266 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky. Yeah, I don't know - I'm 4/5 through and I'm lost interest, really, despite Alan Cumming's adorable voice. I'll persevere with this one, but unless it gets *really* good *really* quickly, I won't go on with the series. I'm happy that you liked them, though!

Mar 20, 6:37pm Top

Happy Monday, Amber!

Mar 20, 6:43pm Top

>268 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia!

Mar 20, 6:44pm Top

>269 scaifea: Did you get your Instant Pot yet? I am waiting to see the recipes you come up with for it!

Mar 20, 6:45pm Top

>270 alcottacre: Stasia: No, not yet. Mother's Day, maybe...?

Mar 20, 6:47pm Top

>271 scaifea: Mother's Day is this month, right? :)

Mar 20, 8:54pm Top

>272 alcottacre: Stasia: Ha! I wish, eh? I mean, there's that old nugget about every day being Mother's Day, but I still don't have an instant pot, so...

Mar 20, 9:03pm Top

I ended up liking Leviathan better than I expected, and finished the series. Pretty fun stuff. I will also quietly venture to suggest that you try Elantris again sometime, but read it yourself. It gets better about halfway. IMO, it's not his best effort. The Emperor's Soul is a novella that stayed with me for a while. It's a much lower commitment level if you're not ready to give up on Sanderson.

I adore my Instant Pot. ADORE. Warble, warble, warble. Life changing, miraculous, all that and a bag of chips.

Mar 21, 3:00am Top

I also love my IP and the Leviathan series :-)

Mar 21, 4:37am Top

Hey Amber. The instant pot conversation makes me giggle each time someone mentions it - I keep thinking people mean pot noodles.

Mar 21, 6:21am Top

>274 nittnut: Jenn: Nope, sorry, but I'm 98% certain that I'm done with Sanderson. This isn't the only series of his I've tried and pretty intensely disliked. So, yeah. Done.

I want the instant pot mostly because my pressure cooker is On the Fritz, and I don't want to be without such a thing, but also an actual pressure cooker scares me just a smidge (I make Tomm do the pressure cooking)...

>275 katiekrug: Katie: Yes to the pot, meh to the Leviathan. We'll see - it may still pull up by the end...

>276 charl08: Charlotte: Ha! The name makes me think of those, too!

Mar 21, 6:28am Top

On the agenda for today:
On this last trip to Indiana, Tomm followed us in a U-Haul and picked up all of that furniture that my mom wanted me to take (the Hoosier cabinet, the pie safe, my sewing machine, and the bookcase), but they're now all just sitting in the garage. I think Tomm needs some motivation to get them into the house, so today I'll be clearing the spaces where I want the things to go and generally making it known that I want them to go there toot sweet. I'm also considering making him a gluten-free chocolate cake to sweeten the deal and also lay a chocolatey layer of guilt onto things... He's been known to take a long time before finding his Round Tuits... Otherwise, the usual: treadmilling, writing, sewing.

On the reading front:
I started Vaino, A Boy of New Finland yesterday, read more of Old Path White Clouds, and listened to more Leviathan. I'm hoping to finish the latter today.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Edgar Allen Poe was expelled from West Point in 1831 for wearing the required 'white belt and gloves' - but that's all he was wearing at the time."

Mar 21, 6:30am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-More Herobrine Saves Christmas
-More Dog Man Unleashed
-Chapters 3 and 4 in It's So Amazing!
-Chapter 6 in Fantastic Mr. Fox
-The second half of chapter 2 in Paddington Abroad

And we watched a couple more episodes of The Muppet Show, with Harry Belafonte and Leslie Ann Warren.

Edited: Mar 21, 6:31am Top

Morning, Amber! I think the chocolate cake is definitely the way to go.

*back to add that the trivia for today made me laugh

Mar 21, 6:53am Top

>280 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie! Yes, I think the cake will help matters immensely.
And isn't that Poe tidbit funny? (That sounds like a pun, somehow...)

Mar 21, 7:06am Top

>278 scaifea: Oh, Mr. Poe. LOLOL

Mar 21, 7:20am Top

>282 nittnut: Jenn: I know, right? Too funny.

Mar 21, 7:37am Top

Morning, Amber! Great news about making the Meet-Up official. This will be a great time. B.A.G. Where are you staying? I know there is not much lodging close to where we live.

Did you open the flashdrive? Do you think you will have any problems transferring the audio files?

Mar 21, 7:48am Top

>284 msf59: Morning, Mark! I know, right - I'm so, so excited! How many LTers are coming? We'll be staying at the Shaumburg Rennaisance - Tomm has points racked up that we can use, and we've stayed there before and love it.

I did open the flashdrive (I'll bring it back to you at the meet-up) and successfully uploaded the files to my laptop. Now I just need to figure out how to get them onto my iphone (which is how I listen to my audiobooks)...

Mar 21, 8:02am Top

Shaumburg is straight north of us, but the good thing is I-355 will make it very easy to travel back and forth, but it is a tollway.

You should be able to load these books into iTunes. Do you have that program downloaded? I use a Nano, so I am not sure how a iphone would work, but it is all Apple.

Mar 21, 8:18am Top

Not sure about the Meet-Up count yet. If everyone can make it, it should be 8-10, including me. I hope for a full showing, but I know people are traveling long distances.

Mar 21, 8:45am Top

>286 msf59: Mark: Tomm and I both have EZPass things in our cars, so no problem with the tolls. I looked on google maps yesterday and it does look like an easy straight shot downwards to you from there.

Oh, good - itunes is what I use! I'll give it a go later on today, if I get a chance.

>287 msf59: Oh, excellent!

Mar 21, 1:25pm Top

Hiya, Amber!

So great you'll be at the meetup at Mark's!

The first time we went to Mark's for a meetup, I didn't realize there were tolls, and I don't have the EZPass. Becca and I ended up getting out of the car at the (deserted) toll booth, and collecting coins from the ground. There was plenty - we've talked since about how much we might have collected if we kept doing it. :-)

Poe hijinx - love that!

Mar 21, 1:47pm Top

>289 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! I'm so excited to meet everyone! WOOT!

Tomm has had an EZPass for a few years now, because he travels a ton for work and frequently drives to Burr Ridge, where McGraw Hill has an office. He recently got one for me, too, because we generally take my car on family trips. That's so funny about the coins on the ground, but it completely makes sense!

And Poe's a hoot, no? I've always had a soft spot for the adorable, gloomy gus, but even more so now.

Mar 21, 3:05pm Top

Mar 22, 2:05pm Top

>249 scaifea: I love how you were so precise. Even going into the tenths of a percent. It made me smile.

Mar 22, 2:37pm Top

>292 Morphidae: Morphy: I still haven't checked. And I'm sitting right next to the shelves in question. A new low in TBR laziness...

This topic was continued by scaifea's thread #9.

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