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scaifea's thread #19

This is a continuation of the topic scaifea's thread #18.

This topic was continued by scaifea's thread #20.

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1scaifea
Edited: Sep 17, 2017, 10:56am Top

Hi, everyone! Welcome to Thread XIX!

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

Andersonville:



The Golden Goblet:



The Forever War:



War and Peace:



Henry and the Clubhouse:



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:



Foxtrot: Assembled with Care:



Guards! Guards!:



Hiroshima:



A Conspiracy of Kings:



Blue Lily, Lily Blue:



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 42 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.

2scaifea
Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 11:52am 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

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. Stephen Fry's bibliography (in chronological order)
c. John Boyne bibliography (in chronological order, sort of)
d. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
ask)).
e. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
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.

3scaifea
Edited: Sep 17, 2017, 10:59am Top



What I'm reading now:
-Andersonville (Banned Books)
-The Golden Goblet (Newbery Honor Book)
-The Forever War (Hugo, Nebula & Locus SF awards)
-War and Peace (because Charlie wants me to)
-Henry and the Clubhouse (Charlie's bed-time book)
-Foxtrot: Assembled with Care (another Charlie bed-time read)
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (and another Charlie bed-time read)
-Among the Hidden (Charlie's book club read)
-Guards! Guards! (Discworld read)
-Hiroshima (audiobook, NEH)
-A Conspiracy of Kings (re-read because the latest in the series just came out and I LOVE THESE BOOKS)
-Blue Lily, Lily Blue (new series read)

Books On Deck:

-The Gods of Pegana (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy)
-The Worst President: The Story of James Buchanan (Presidential Challenge)
-Revenge (Fry bibliography)
-House of Leaves (unread book from my shelves)
-The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (from my Read Soon shelves)
-Essential Teachings (Buddhist readings)
-Crime and Punishment (Books by Year, 1866)
-Unraveled (series that my mom wants me to read so we can chat about it)
-The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare re-read)

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

4scaifea
Edited: Sep 16, 2017, 4:30pm Top

Books Read

JANUARY
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-

FEBRUARY
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

MARCH
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+
34. Leviathan (Locus YA) - 8/10 = B-
35. Herobrine Saves Christmas (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud book) - 7/10 = C
36. Vaino, a Boy of New Finland (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
37. Floating Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
38. The Nargun and the Stars (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
39. Dog Man Unleashed (Charlie read-aloud) - 8/10 = B+

APRIL
40. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
41. Moccasin Trail (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
42. The Paul Street Boys (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
43. The Peppermint Pig (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
44. Mr. Pants: Camping Catastrophe! (Charlie's read-aloud book) - 10/10 = A+
45. Paddington Abroad (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
46. Dark Star of Itza (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
47. Dragonsong (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
48. All Alone (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
49. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Charlie's book club read) - 9/10 = A
50. The Light Fantastic (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
51. Wildwood Dancing (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 9/10 = A
52. Creepers (Bram Stoker Award/Audiobook) - 7/10 = C
53. Henry Huggins (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
54. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (started as a 1001 Children's Books read (one of the novels) and spiraled from there) - 10/10 = A+
55. The Neverending Story (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
56. Ship Breaker (audiobook, Locus YA Award) - 8/10 = B+
57. Meggy MacIntoch (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
58. Equal Rites (Discworld) - 8/10 = B+

MAY
59. Shadrach (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
60. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers (Charlie's school library book) - 9/10 = A
61. The Freedom Maze (audiobook, Andre Norton Award) - 8/10 = B+
62. Homecoming (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
63. Old Path White Clouds (Buddhist reading list) - 8/10 = B+
64. Poems That Make Grown Women Cry (Goodreads Giveaway) - 9/10 = A
65. The Young Visiters (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
66. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
67. Paddington at Large (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A
68. Mort (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
69. Hrolf Kraki's Saga (BFS Award) - 9/10 = A-
70. The Body in the Library (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
71. Minecraft Construction Handbook (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud, 95 pages) - 8/10 = B
72. Garram the Hunter (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
73. The Island on Bird Street (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
74. The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Charlie's book club read) - 8/10= B
75. A Lear of the Steppes (Books by Year, 1870) - 7/10 = C
76. Henry and Beezus (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
77. Banner in the Sky (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
78. Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids (because I wanted to) - 8/10 = B-
79. Emil and the Detectives (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
80. Norse Mythology (audiobook, Gaiman bibliography) - 10/10 = A
81. Five Little Pigs (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
82. The Thief (series re-read to get ready for the new entry) - 10/10 = A+
83. Ida B (Charlie's book club) - 8/10 = B+

JUNE
84. Towards Zero (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
85. Sparkling Cyanide (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
86. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C-
87. The Secret River (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
88. Cinder (audiobook, Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book from Overdrive) - 9/10 = A
89. Malevil (Campbell Award) - 9/10 = A
90. Vassa in the Night (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: close your eyes and pick a book off the library shelves) - 10/10 = A+
91. Lumberjanes #1 (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a graphic novel) - 9/10 = A-
92. Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
93. The Full Cupboard of Life (series my mom wants me to read) - 8/10 = B+
94. 4.50 from Paddington (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
95. Henry and Ribsy (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
96. The Queen of Attolia (series re-read) - 10/10 = A+
97. Orbitsville (BSFA) - 8/10 = B
98. The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
99. The Great Wheel (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
100. Fortunately, the Milk (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
101. Pocket Full of Rye (Christie bibliography, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
102. Murder in Mesopotamia (Christie bibliography, 264 pages) - 8/10 = B+
103. Rescuing the Spectacled Bear (Fry bibliography, 191 pages) - 8/10 = B+
104. Ready Player One (read soon shelf, 372 pages) - 10/10 = A+
105. Book, Line and Sinker (series I'm reading with my mom, 274 pages) - 9/10 = A-
106. Skein of the Crime (series I'm reading with my mom, 290 pages) - 9/10 = A-
107. Arabic Poems (read soon shelf, 279 pages) - 8/10 = B+
108. Confessions of a Pagan Nun (read soon shelf, 188 pages) - 9/10 = A

JULY
109. Postern of Fate (Christie bibliography/audiobook) - 8/10 = B
110. The Clocks (Christie bibliography/audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
111. Sci-Fi Junior High (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B
112. The Raven Boys (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: Read something recommended by a librarian) - 10/10 = A
113. The Road from Home (Newbery Honor Book/Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book from the teen shelves) - 8/10 = B
114. Zootopia Comics Collection (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B
115. Murder on the Orient Express (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book before you see the movie) - 10/10 = A
116. Tobacco Road (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book with a terrible cover) - 6/10 = D
117. Tom Paine, Freedom's Apostle (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
118. The Midnight Folk (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
119. The Fairy Circus (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
120. Henry and the Paper Route (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
121. A Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Re-read) - 9/10 = A
122. Abel's Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
123. The Minpins (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
124. A Midsummer Tempest (Mythopoeic) - 7/10 = C
125. The Upstairs Room (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
126. Sourcery (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
127. The Great Gilly Hopkins (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A-
128. The Family Under the Bridge (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
129. The Last of the Mohicans (audiobook, NEH) - 7/10 = C-
130. The Ruby in the Smoke (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B

AUGUST
131. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Charlie's Book Club) - 9/10 = A
132. The Family from One End Street (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
133. Chúcaro (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
134. The Martian Chronicles (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A
135. Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
136. Boy of the South Seas (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
137. Sugaring Time (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A-
138. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (Campbell) - 8/10 = B+
139. The Wyrd Sisters (Discworld) - 9/10 = A-
140. The Devil's Arithmetic (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
141. One-Eyed Cat (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
142. The Gammage Cup (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
143. The Poet's Dog (public library book) - 8/10 = B+
144. Shabanu (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
145. Circus Shoes (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
146. Looking for Alibrandi (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
147. Wonder (Charlie's bed-time read) - 9/10 = A

SEPTEMBER
148. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (WFA) - 8/10 = B+
149. The Dream Thieves (series read) - 9/10 = A
150. The Enormous Crocodile (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
151. Out of the Flame (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
152. A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author (Charlie's read-aloud bedtime book) - 8/10 = B+
153. The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane (Newbery Honor Book) - 6/10 = D
154. The Count of Monte Cristo (audiobook, NEH) - 10/10 = A+
155. Pagan's Crusade (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
156. Pyramids (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B-
157. A Raisin in the Sun (NEH) - 8/10 = B+
158. The King of Attolia (series re-read) - 10/10 = A+
159. The Old Man and the Sea (NEH) - 8/10 = B+

5scaifea
Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 11:54am Top

The Charlie, Mario & Tuppence Toppers:

Charlie, the Third-Grader:


Mario watching her favorite movie (The Super Buddies):


Tuppence being Tuppence (read: adorable):

6scaifea
Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 4:17pm Top

And the Bonus Question:

I'm taking this idea from Linda - show us your early school photos! I'll try to come up with one soonish...

ETA: This is me on the first day of first grade, I think (I was definitely in 1st grade, but I'm not certain that this was the first day.) Check out the rockin' lunch box, eh?

7brodiew2
Sep 4, 2017, 12:07pm Top

Good morning, scaifea! Happy new thread.

How is the Count treating you? I remember loving Count, but Albert as well. Plus, I really enjoyed how the Count would bless his friends as much as he would curse his enemies.

8katiekrug
Sep 4, 2017, 12:54pm Top

Happy new one, Amber!

I'll get the ball rolling...

First day of (I think) 1st grade:



I find it interesting that I was in a dress, as I was a big ol' tomboy (albeit one who liked to play with Barbies... but the Barbies joined the army and formed secret crime-fighting posses, so...)

9scaifea
Sep 4, 2017, 1:10pm Top

>7 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie. I'm still enjoying The Count of Monte Cristo very much.

>8 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! Ha! LOVE the photo! That smile!!

10msf59
Sep 4, 2017, 1:14pm Top

Happy New Thread, Amber! Gosh, I am not sure where any of my old photos are...

11PawsforThought
Sep 4, 2017, 1:25pm Top

BQ. I'm not into posting photos of myself online so I won't join in.
But the 1st day of first grade photo of me does feature 90's style blue jeans, shocking pink rain jacket, velcro close trainers and a big smile with both front teeth missing.

12scaifea
Sep 4, 2017, 1:36pm Top

>10 msf59: Thanks, Mark! Ha! I'd LOVE to see what a grade-school Mark looks like...

>11 PawsforThought: Thanks for the description, at least, Paws.

13scaifea
Sep 4, 2017, 1:38pm Top

150. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (series read, 437 pages) - 9/10 = A
Maybe not quite as solid as the first one in the series, but still an amazing read. Love these characters and the story, too.

14rosalita
Sep 4, 2017, 3:46pm Top



We never took first-day candids back in my day — I feel like that's a much more recent and really cool phenomenon. But this is my kindergarten year school photo. Those bangs? My mom was terrible at trimming bangs evenly, and finally resorted to cutting them with pinking shears so the crookedness wasn't as obvious. I'm not sure it helped much ...

15johnsimpson
Sep 4, 2017, 4:04pm Top

Happy new thread Amber my dear.

16scaifea
Sep 4, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>14 rosalita: Ohmygosh, adorable!!

I was very fortunate that I have an older cousin who is a stylist, so I've always had professional cuts. Whew. (Although I honestly don't see anything wrong with those adorable bangs...)

17ChelleBearss
Sep 4, 2017, 4:10pm Top

Happy new thread! I don't have any young photos of me online but for years my mom gave me a lovely bowl cut. I'll let you imagine that for yourself :)

18scaifea
Sep 4, 2017, 4:18pm Top

Okay, I've added a school photo of me up in >6 scaifea: .

>17 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! Aw, the bowl cut! Classic!

19rosalita
Sep 4, 2017, 4:46pm Top

>6 scaifea: Adorbs! Love the pigtails and the lunchbox.

20PaulCranswick
Sep 4, 2017, 5:11pm Top

Happy new thread Amber.

Finding one of me on my own in Primary School is tough from Malaysia but I did unearth this one. Always hated art at school and I am stood up short looking glum.

21scaifea
Sep 4, 2017, 5:30pm Top

>19 rosalita: Thanks, Julia! We always called those "ponytails." Pigtails are two braids, at least in my family.

>20 PaulCranswick: Paul: Wow, no, you didn't enjoy crafting time, did you? Ha! Those faces on the wall are a little terrifying, though, so I don't know that I blame you...

22banjo123
Sep 4, 2017, 5:46pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber, and what a cute bunch of grade-schoolers. Not sure I can did one up, but I will look later.

23scaifea
Sep 4, 2017, 5:57pm Top

>22 banjo123: Hi, Rhonda! I hope you find one!

24rosalita
Sep 4, 2017, 6:30pm Top

>21 scaifea: Yes, that's what I meant — ponytails! There was a short circuit between my brain and my fingers.

25scaifea
Sep 4, 2017, 9:34pm Top

>24 rosalita: Julia: You know, though, I've met folks who call ponytails pigtails, though. Some nonsense about pigtails being two and ponytails just one. Insane, of course.

26tymfos
Sep 4, 2017, 9:37pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber!

27laytonwoman3rd
Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 10:04pm Top

>6 scaifea: Whatever you call it, that hair is gorgeous! The kid's kinda cute too.

I'll see you the Dukes of Hazzard, and raise you all the plaid! This is me, ready for my first day of kindergarten:

28scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 6:20am Top

>26 tymfos: Thanks, Terri!

>27 laytonwoman3rd: Oh, Linda! The dress, the little collar over that sweet little sweater, the matching lunch box, the little white socks with the mary janes! You look like you walked out of a Little Golden Book! I LOVE IT.

29scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 6:25am Top

On the agenda for today:
Charlie is already up and excited for school (yeesh). I'm going to dust off the old Charlie's-in-school schedule: treadmilling, laundry, a bit of cleaning, writing, sewing, volunteering in the library. Butter Chicken for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
I read a nice chunk of Pyramids yesterday, plus a bit of Andersonville.

The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Donald Hall heard the story of Ox-Cart Man (1980 Caldecott Medal) from his cousin Paul Fenton, who had heard the story as a boy from 'an old man' who had also heard the story from 'an old man.'"

30scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 6:27am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Snail & Worm by Tina Kügler (public library book, picture book) - 8/10 - B

Bits of:
-A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author
-Foxtrot: Assembled with Care
-Among the Hidden
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

And we finished:
150. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl (Charlie's bedtime read, 32 pages) - 9/10 = A-
Not my favorite Dahl, but still entertaining.

31PawsforThought
Sep 5, 2017, 6:31am Top

>25 scaifea: According to the Cambridge dictionary, two tails (braided or not) are "pigtails".
I've never heard anyone call a "dual-tail" style "ponytail/s", but I'm guessing it's very much a regional thing.

In Swedish the non-braided dual-tails are either called "pippilotter" (nonsense-word) or "rat tails".

32rosalita
Sep 5, 2017, 6:40am Top

>25 scaifea: Yes, I've heard people make that mistake, too. :-) But I'm a stickler for words and pigtails are braided and ponytails are not. Finis.

But whatever you call them, they are adorable, so there's that, anyway.

33msf59
Sep 5, 2017, 7:08am Top

Morning, Amber! Loving all the childhood photos. I think I am going to enjoy a kick-back day with the books. Haven't had a chance to read much these past couple of days.

34scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 7:42am Top

>31 PawsforThought: Well, Cambridge can say what it will, I'm not changing the language of my childhood!

>32 rosalita: Julia: Woot! I'm with you, sister!

>33 msf59: Morning, Mark! Enjoy your reading day - it sounds wonderful!

35lauralkeet
Sep 5, 2017, 8:33am Top

Wading into the pigtail/ponytail discussion ...

My childhood language decreed that two tails are pigtails, one tail is a ponytail (ya know, just like ponies who only have one tail), and braids are braids.

My daughters went to primary school in England where pigtails like Amber's in >6 scaifea: were referred to as "bunches". Which seems a much better description than pigtails, IMO!

36rosalita
Sep 5, 2017, 9:25am Top

>35 lauralkeet: one tail is a ponytail (ya know, just like ponies who only have one tail)

And now I want to know where you grew up that pigs have two tails, Laura!

37RebaRelishesReading
Sep 5, 2017, 9:41am Top

Wow, post "37" already and I'm here to say "Happy New Thread". You're really moving along.

38lauralkeet
Sep 5, 2017, 11:36am Top

>36 rosalita: *snork* ! You got me there, Julia!

39ChelleBearss
Sep 5, 2017, 11:41am Top

>35 lauralkeet: Where I live we call them the same as you just described: Pony tail, pigtails and braids

Happy back to School Charlie! It's the first day of school here for kids and I am loving seeing all the first day photos on Facebook!

40laytonwoman3rd
Sep 5, 2017, 12:16pm Top

Well, I'm just going to stomp in here and declare that the only true "pigtails" are fairly short, high on the sides of the head, and preferably curly. Think of the littlest Brady Bunch kid. Long, full, beautiful "tails" like Amber's in >6 scaifea: look like pony's tails a lot more than they look like pig's tails.

41scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 12:24pm Top

>35 lauralkeet: Laura: Bunches, eh? Huh.

>36 rosalita: >38 lauralkeet: Ha! Exactly!

>37 RebaRelishesReading: Hi, Reba!

>39 ChelleBearss: Hi, Chelle! I love those back to school FB posts, too! So fun.

>40 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: Stomp away; you'll not change my lingo, lady.

42susanj67
Sep 5, 2017, 12:35pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber!

On the hairdo descriptions, from a NZ perspective:

two ponytails = pigtails (although usually shorter).
braids = plaits
bangs = a fringe

I used to read about "bangs" in US books and had no idea what they were for the longest time...

I hope Charlie had an excellent second day at school. A couple of the girls I work with have kids starting high school this year (kids I have known since they were born - OMG) and my former office roomie's little boy (2.5) started pre-school, for which the "uniform" is a red and white gingham smock over their clothes. Apparently he looked at it yesterday morning and said "no".

43scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 12:40pm Top

>42 susanj67: Susan: I do like 'plaits' for braids, and I think folks pretty much call bangs fringe now, too, even here.

Funny about the pre-school uniform. Weird. I like the kid already for rebelling!

44foggidawn
Edited: Sep 5, 2017, 1:51pm Top

Happy new thread! I don't have any of my old school pictures -- they're at my parents' house, if they still exist. But I'm enjoying seeing everyone else's! I must admit that I think of hair pulled up on each side a pigtails, but I'm not going to argue about it! I also think that >40 laytonwoman3rd: makes a good argument for calling those long, full tails ponytails. My favorite childhood hairstyle was what Mom called "kitty ears" and was basically two buns placed where a cat's ears would be on top of the head. She made them pointy somehow -- not sure the exact logistics, but it involved several bobby pins as I recall.

45scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 2:03pm Top

>44 foggidawn: Aw, those kitty ears sound *adorable*!!

46scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 2:05pm Top

So this is what I've been futzing round with today - my contribution to our bathroom renovations:



47PawsforThought
Sep 5, 2017, 2:30pm Top

>44 foggidawn: I remember having my hair in "Mickey Mouse ears" on a few occasions. I'm guessing your cat ears were a pointy version of that.

48drneutron
Sep 5, 2017, 3:47pm Top

Happy new thread! I'm away from home right now, so no pic of me...

49FAMeulstee
Sep 5, 2017, 4:08pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber!

>46 scaifea: Nice! I guess those are electric switches and you added the texts?

Bonus question: here is me in 1969, first year at primary school. No picture of first day, so the official school picture instead.

50scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>48 drneutron: Hi, Jim! *waiting patiently for Jim to get home to post a photo...*

>49 FAMeulstee: Anita: Yep, I decoupaged the pages onto the switchplates.
And so cute! Lovely smile.

51BLBera
Sep 5, 2017, 5:19pm Top

Happy new one, Amber. I can't believe Charlie is in third grade! I hope he has a great year. I love the illustrations on your toppers. Great idea.

52scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 5:45pm Top

>51 BLBera: Hi, Beth! Thanks! And yeah, it's hard for me to believe he'll be 9 next week. YOICKS.

53scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 5:46pm Top

151. Out of the Flame by Eloise Lownsbery (Newbery Honor Book, 352 pages) - 7/10 = C
Follows Pierre de Bayard from a boy onward in 16th-century France.
Ooof. Normally I like these sorts of stories, but this one just couldn't keep my attention.

54lkernagh
Sep 5, 2017, 6:59pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber!

Bonus question: I had to do a bit of search. We didn't do first day of school pictures but I did find my official preschool photo:



I was a mischievous little one, as you may guess based on the smile in the picture. ;-)

55scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 8:39pm Top

>54 lkernagh: Lori: Oh, yes! Look at that wicked grin! I want to be friends with your younger self!

56Berly
Sep 5, 2017, 8:50pm Top

Loving all the hair discussion. I knew there was a reason I cut all mine off--so much less technical! LOL

57scaifea
Sep 5, 2017, 9:38pm Top

<56 Kim: Ha! Good idea! I had waist-length hair until high school, mostly because my mom didn't want me to cut it. If I could do it over, I'd have it cut way before then.

58PawsforThought
Sep 6, 2017, 2:23am Top

>57 scaifea: Oh, I recognise that situation. I also had really long hair (not quite to the waist, but almost), though cut it just below the shoulders in sixth grade and when I started upper secondary (10th grade). Waist-long by graduation and kept it like that for a few years - then cut it off just below the ears when I was 24(?). My mum nearly had a heart attack.

(It's longer again now, I oscillate between long-ish and shorter because I miss one when I'm sporting the other.)

59scaifea
Sep 6, 2017, 6:19am Top

>58 PawsforThought: I could never stand having long hair. I hated it. That's why Charlie's alllowed to have whatever hair style he wants - it's *his* hair, after all.

60scaifea
Sep 6, 2017, 6:21am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, writing, sewing, volunteering.

On the reading front:
I listened to a good chunk of The Count of Monte Cristo yesterday, and read more of The King of Attolia.

61scaifea
Sep 6, 2017, 6:25am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Ding Dong! It's Dora!

Bits of:
-Foxtrot: Assembled with Care
-Among the Hidden
-Henry and the Clubhouse
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

And Charlie finished reading aloud to us:
152. A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author by Ron Roy (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud book, 87 pages) - 8/10 = B+

62msf59
Sep 6, 2017, 6:36am Top

Morning, Amber! Back to work Wednesday for me and it looks to be breezy and cool. I am sticking with the shorts though.

Enjoy your day.

63PawsforThought
Sep 6, 2017, 6:52am Top

>59 scaifea: I always liked it. Not as much as my mum loved it, but I did. I never felt like I was forced to have it, because I wanted it myself, too. And when I didn't anymore I was an adult. (I have the hair my mother always dreamed of having, so I understand why it means so much to her. She's come to understand that it looks best when it's on the shorter side, though.)
Mum was always very accomodating with letting me style it however I wanted, and cutting a fringe (or letting it grow out again) if I wanted to.

64scaifea
Sep 6, 2017, 7:32am Top

>62 msf59: Morning, Mark! Perfect fall weather out there this week, it seems. Enjoy it!

>63 PawsforThought: I'm glad you enjoyed your long-haired days.

65RebaRelishesReading
Sep 6, 2017, 9:39am Top

>46 scaifea: LOL -- love it and you did an amazing job of getting those on there smoothly!

66FAMeulstee
Sep 6, 2017, 10:24am Top

>59 scaifea: I always WANTED long hair, Amber, but as you could see at the picture it was kept short.
My sisters were allowed to have long hair, they could sit still when it was combed, I couldn't. So when my hair became my own desicion I let it grow. It never got longer then just over my shoulders.
These days I am back to very short hair, so much easier!

67scaifea
Sep 6, 2017, 10:34am Top

>65 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba!

>66 FAMeulstee: Anita: Ha! The hair is always greener, eh? I keep mine just about shoulder length now; my post-Charlie hair has a nice, natural wave to it, and so if I keep it that length, I can just wash it and let it dry on it's own without any fussing on my part. So easy.

68jnwelch
Sep 6, 2017, 11:25am Top

Can I say Happy New Thread 67 posts in? Happy New Thread, Amber!

Just stopping by to say hey. Loving the early school days photos. When I'm more with it, I'll see whether I can find anything. Maybe one of me in a horse and buggy heading to the one room schoolhouse on the prairie.

69scaifea
Sep 6, 2017, 12:43pm Top

>68 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! Looking forward to that daguerreotype of your school days...

I hope you're feeling better today!

70jnwelch
Sep 6, 2017, 2:47pm Top

>69 scaifea: LOL! I am, thanks. Laughter and reading both help.

71scaifea
Sep 6, 2017, 4:44pm Top

72laytonwoman3rd
Sep 6, 2017, 8:35pm Top

>54 lkernagh: You look very grown-up and almost worldly, for a pre-schooler!

73lycomayflower
Sep 6, 2017, 9:17pm Top

BQ:

First grade class picture:

74scaifea
Sep 6, 2017, 9:27pm Top

>72 laytonwoman3rd: I know, right?! She was totally the cool kid!

>73 lycomayflower: Ohmygosh, those brown eyes! Adorable!! And what a great smile!

75lkernagh
Edited: Sep 6, 2017, 9:59pm Top

>72 laytonwoman3rd: & >74 scaifea: - LOL! I am fourth in a family of five kids, so I am pretty sure my early exposure to the antics of my older siblings played a part in developing my "worldly" outlook. ;-)

76laytonwoman3rd
Sep 6, 2017, 10:02pm Top

>74 scaifea: re >73 lycomayflower: She gets her gorgeous eyes from her mother. Also her very uneven bangs!

77scaifea
Sep 7, 2017, 6:20am Top

>75 lkernagh: Lori: Well, I have three older brothers and two older sisters, yet somehow I still look like a noob in my school photos. I'm still totally impressed with yours.

>76 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: Ha! Of course she does.

78scaifea
Sep 7, 2017, 6:23am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, menu planning and grocery listing, writing, sewing, library volunteering. Taco Soup for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
I started and finished The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane (more on that later), listened to more of The Count of Monte Cristo, and started Blue Lily, Lily Blue yesterday.

80EllaTim
Sep 7, 2017, 6:39am Top

Lovely pictures here!

>73 lycomayflower: You look like you were having great fun, with those shining eyes!

I don't have a first grade picture at all. I do have a group picture of the second grade, but only the top of my head is visible, and my eyes. Not much good.

Description: the official flower pot hairdo, with very straight bangs. It made my mother sigh, as I had been a cute, curly blonde, but in first grade my hair had gone dark and straight.

81msf59
Sep 7, 2017, 6:39am Top

Morning, Amber! Sweet Thursday! Looks to be another nice fall day. I am really enjoying The Punch Escrow. Did you read Dark Matter? If you did, it reminds me of that one. Fast, fun Sci-Fi.

82scaifea
Sep 7, 2017, 7:33am Top

>80 EllaTim: Ella: I had to look up "flower pot hairdo" and I'm still not sure that I understand what it is...

>81 msf59: Morning, Mark! I haven't read Dark Matter, but it's on the list, for certain.

83lauralkeet
Sep 7, 2017, 7:34am Top

>73 lycomayflower:, >76 laytonwoman3rd: well Linda, my first reaction was "wow you look exactly like your mom!" so I think your comment is well founded!

84PawsforThought
Sep 7, 2017, 7:37am Top

>82 scaifea: (& >80 EllaTim:) I think it might be the Dutch name for bowl cut? Or am I way off, Ella?

85scaifea
Sep 7, 2017, 7:48am Top

>83 lauralkeet: Laura: They *do* look like they may be related, don't they?

86scaifea
Sep 7, 2017, 7:59am Top

153. The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman (Newbery Honor Book, 124 pages) - 6/10 = D
A good way to get kids uninterested in an interesting subject. Yoicks.

87ChelleBearss
Sep 7, 2017, 9:50am Top

Mmmm Taco soup!
Have a good day!

88MickyFine
Sep 7, 2017, 10:55am Top

>86 scaifea: Lol at your comment on that one. :)

89scaifea
Sep 7, 2017, 11:47am Top

>87 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! You, too!

>88 MickyFine: Micky: Ha! Thanks. How can someone write a dull book about the invention of the airplane?! Honestly.

90Ameise1
Sep 7, 2017, 4:27pm Top

A bit late to the party here. Hapoy new one, Amber. I l7ke your photo of the first school day. I need to search for my one.
Congrats on the bathroom contributions. I like them.

91scaifea
Sep 7, 2017, 5:10pm Top

>90 Ameise1: Good to see you - and thanks!

92charl08
Sep 7, 2017, 5:21pm Top

Bunches! That's what they were called my way too. My mum could never get them the same on both sides (And to be fair, any hairstyle was unlikely to last long. Has a mind of its own. These days it gets twisted up and ignored!)

93scaifea
Sep 7, 2017, 7:16pm Top

>92 charl08: Charlotte: Twisted up and ignored is just how I like my hair, too!

94EllaTim
Sep 7, 2017, 8:26pm Top

>84 PawsforThought: Yes, that's it! Sorry for maybe giving you the wrong idea, I was a bit too hasty, translating can be a tricky business;)

95Familyhistorian
Sep 7, 2017, 11:27pm Top

I am not going to wade in on the ponytail, pigtail discussion, looked like it was getting heated there for a bit. I had to search for a bit for a grade 1 photo and the only thing I found was a class photo - huge class but, of course, I was in the front row so it was easy to crop my photo from the rest.



I grew up in Quebec and uniforms were required in all schools.

96scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 6:17am Top

>94 EllaTim: Ella: Ah! When I googled it, pictures of people with what looked like hair sprouting our from the top of their heads in a spray came up... Hahaha!

>95 Familyhistorian: Meg: Cute!! That grin is adorable. And I honestly love the idea of school uniforms; I wish we'd had them when I was in school.

97scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 6:22am Top

On the agenda for today:
Grocery shopping, vacuuming, bills, weekly photo organizing, and then I'm chaperoning Charlie's field trip this afternoon. They're going to a local 'encampment,' where folks dress up in 1700's costumes, make soap,... They do this in one of our town parks every year as part of the town's Dairy Days weekend celebration, which is (you guessed it) this weekend. Charlie's worried about the cannon noise, so I bought him a pair of headphones and cut the cord off so that he can take them with him. I'm not sure that they'll deaden the sound sufficiently, but they will a little and they'll be more of a comfort thing than anything else.

On the reading front:
I started Pagan's Crusade yesterday and listened to more of The Count of Monte Cristo.

99PawsforThought
Sep 8, 2017, 6:28am Top

>94 EllaTim: The Swedish name is similar to the Dutch one, so it made the most sense.

100msf59
Sep 8, 2017, 6:45am Top

>86 scaifea: If you can track down The Wright Brothers, that is the one to read. McCullough does it Wright!

Morning, Amber! Happy Friday. Enjoy the field trip!

101scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 7:48am Top

>100 msf59: Morning, Mark! Yes, I love McCullough and that one is definitely on my list!

102Carmenere
Sep 8, 2017, 8:09am Top

Hey Amber! Happy Friday! Enjoy the field trip! Those reenactments are, if done well, so educational for the kiddies!

103scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 8:19am Top

>102 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! Honestly, I'm not really looking forward to it. I grew up near a theme park like place that did 1700's life, and we went on countless field trips there. So I'm a bit candle-making and soap-making-ed out. Ha!

104jnwelch
Sep 8, 2017, 9:21am Top

Happy Friday, Amber!

Chaperoning a field trip isn't the swellest job around, methinks. I hope you find glimmers of good stuff.

105EllaTim
Sep 8, 2017, 9:29am Top

>96 scaifea: I can imagine your surprise! And now I have this wonderful mental picture as well:)

>99 PawsforThought: That would help of course. Thanks for the translating help;)

106scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 10:15am Top

>104 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! I generally enjoy chaperoning, but I'm just not a fan of re-enactments, really.

>105 EllaTim: Ella: Ha!

107ChelleBearss
Sep 8, 2017, 10:53am Top

Have a happy Friday and hope Charlie enjoys the field trip!

108scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 11:41am Top

>107 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! Fingers crossed that the cannon doesn't bother him too much.

109MickyFine
Sep 8, 2017, 11:58am Top

I am so on the opposite end of the spectrum. I love me a good historical era re-enactment. When I went to Hampton Court Palace several years ago they had actors playing Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn who would have brief interactions at various locations around the ground over the course of the day.

I'm headed to Nova Scotia in a little under two weeks and I'm definitely planning on visiting a couple forts where there will be costumed interpreters. And if I'm very lucky, a cannon. *claps hands in glee*

110scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 12:36pm Top

>109 MickyFine: Micky: Ha! I'm glad you enjoy them! They have to added misfortune of generally taking place in the Out of Doors, of which I'm also not a fan.

111MickyFine
Sep 8, 2017, 12:38pm Top

>110 scaifea: I'm not an outdoors fan myself. But I do love a good fort. Also, the re-enactors at at least one of the forts I'll be visiting will be in kilts... *waggles eyebrows*

112scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 1:05pm Top

>111 MickyFine: Micky: Ooooh, kilts! NICE.

113Familyhistorian
Sep 8, 2017, 1:31pm Top

>96 scaifea: I honestly love the idea of school uniforms; I wish we'd had them when I was in school. The idea of school uniforms is different from the reality, Amber. Think wearing the same thing day in day out with few breaks for the uniform to be dry cleaned. Add to that no developing clothes sense as to what is appropriate etc.

Have fun chaperoning. I enjoy re-enactments - well more probably the ones where they get to shoot fake guns and stuff. >109 MickyFine: Cannons are good, Micky. They fire the one at the Halifax Citadel at noon.

114MickyFine
Sep 8, 2017, 3:08pm Top

>113 Familyhistorian: Yup. I'm definitely going to be there for that. :D

115Morphidae
Sep 8, 2017, 3:36pm Top

>111 MickyFine: Will the kilts be worn "properly?"

116MickyFine
Sep 8, 2017, 4:04pm Top

>115 Morphidae: Looks like it.

117PawsforThought
Sep 8, 2017, 4:22pm Top

Nice to see there are people here who appreciate kilts. Means I'm in good company.

118scaifea
Sep 8, 2017, 5:03pm Top

The chaperone gig was fun. Charlie's headphones helped a ton (and the cannon only went off a couple of times, always when we were far from it, and it wasn't terribly loud), and he *loved* the blacksmith (who was definitely cool), along with the make-fire-with-flint guy and a couple of other stations. The weather was gorgeous (sunny, breezy and 70F). I am now, though, completely beat. Whew.

>113 Familyhistorian: Meg: I get that, but for me, I've always loved the idea of taking away one aspect of peer pressure and status from the hell that is junior high and high school. As far as developing fashion sense goes, again, I think that should be something that happens independently of the pressures to fit in at school and instead should be Wear What You Want to Wear = Fashion Sense.

>115 Morphidae: >116 MickyFine: Excellent!!

119LovingLit
Sep 8, 2017, 5:32pm Top

Such sweet first school pics :)
I don't have any individual ones of me, and my class ones are somewhere else.....and my kids have proven tricky to get a good shot of too (W absolutely hates having his picture taken, just like his dad!). How ironic, seeing as my dad and brother are photographers....

120scaifea
Sep 9, 2017, 9:50am Top

>119 LovingLit: Hi, Megan! For Charlie, having his picture taken is just an everyday part of life. But yeah, Tomm doesn't like having his taken, either.

121scaifea
Sep 9, 2017, 9:55am Top

On the agenda for today:
We're heading to the park today for the Dairy Days thing - fair food and carnival rides! Reading and relaxing (with a little laundry thrown in) for the rest of the day.

On the reading front:
I'm getting near the end of The Count of Monte Cristo and it's fabulous. I read more of Pagan's Crusade and Pyramids yesterday, too.

123PaulCranswick
Sep 9, 2017, 10:10am Top

Loved all those school photos and the characters we all became are clear in the snapshots provided.

Have a lovely weekend, Amber.

124scaifea
Sep 9, 2017, 10:12am Top

>123 PaulCranswick: Hi, Paul! I hope you have a great weekend, too!

125rosalita
Sep 9, 2017, 11:40am Top

I hope you can "milk" all the fun out of Dairy Days, Amber! (I know, it made me groan, too!)

126scaifea
Sep 9, 2017, 12:23pm Top

>125 rosalita: Julia: Hardyharhar. Nice one. You know, they don't throw candy at the parades up here; they hand on (I kid you not) string cheese. Wisconsin.

127jnwelch
Sep 9, 2017, 2:45pm Top

Happy Saturday, Amber!

I'm getting near the end of The Count of Monte Cristo and it's fabulous. Yes! I love that book. I should re-read it.

128charl08
Sep 9, 2017, 2:49pm Top

Loving George Amber. Very sweet story. Thank you for the recommendation. So pleased my library has ordered multiple copies.

129rosalita
Sep 9, 2017, 3:14pm Top

>125 rosalita: Thank you for fake-laughing at my terrible joke. That was more than it deserved.

String cheese! You just can't make this stuff up. They don't throw candy at parades here, either, because it's dangerous for kids who run out into the street to scoop it up. But they do have people walk alongside the floats and hand the candy to the spectators. I think I'd rather have the cheese, myself.

130MickyFine
Sep 9, 2017, 3:27pm Top

>126 scaifea: Lol. Oh well, at least the cheese makes sense for Wisconsin and Dairy Days. Here we have K Days in July, an abbreviation of the old name, Klondike Days, even though we're nowhere near the Klondike.

131jnwelch
Sep 9, 2017, 3:49pm Top

I've got George. Debbi loved it, too. I'll get to it soon.

132scaifea
Edited: Sep 9, 2017, 3:57pm Top

>127 jnwelch: Joe: It's so, so fun. I'll definitely be getting a print copy because I know I'll want to read it again someday.

>128 charl08: Charlotte: Oh, yay! It's wonderful, isn't it?

>129 rosalita: Julia: Ha! Yeah, they don't actually throw anything here anymore, either. And that's why Charlie doesn't like parades - he says he's uncomfortable with strange adults trying to hand him stuff. And I'm okay with him not being okay with that.

>130 MickyFine: Micky: Weird. Where I grew up in Indiana, there's always a K Day parade in July, too. I've never known what that one stands for. (ETA: Oh, wait, I do know - K=Kiwanis. I knew and just forgot!)

>131 jnwelch: Oh, Joe, you'd LOVE it!

133drneutron
Sep 9, 2017, 6:54pm Top

Mmmm... String cheese... 😀

134Familyhistorian
Sep 9, 2017, 7:09pm Top

Sounds like you had a better day chaperoning than you thought you would, Amber. Hurrah for that. I don't think we will agree about school uniforms. I really didn't appreciate the 11 years I spent wearing them.

135scaifea
Sep 9, 2017, 9:39pm Top

>133 drneutron: Jim: I do love a good string cheese, especially if it's of the smoked variety.

>134 Familyhistorian: Meg: Understood. And yes, both Charlie and I were pleasantly surprised by the field trip.

136ChelleBearss
Sep 10, 2017, 9:03am Top

Morning Amber! What's on the baking menu for today??

137msf59
Sep 10, 2017, 9:15am Top

Happy Sunday, Amber! I have a few house chores to do today, but there will be plenty of book time too. The family will be at Great America Six Flags all day, (I do not DO rides), so it will be just me and the dogs.

Enjoy your day.

138scaifea
Sep 10, 2017, 9:48am Top

>136 ChelleBearss: Morning, Chelle! I've already finished my baking for today: Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake! We had it for breakfast this morning, and it'll be Charlie's breakfast for this week. No big dessert this weekend, because I'll be making a birthday cake later this week...

>137 msf59: Morning, Mark! I didn't realize that there is a Six Flags up near you (we always went to the one in St. Louis when I was a kid). Yeah, I don't do rides much either - definitely not roller coasters!

139scaifea
Sep 10, 2017, 9:51am Top

On the agenda for today:
This afternoon Charlie has auditions for the local ballet's Carnival of Animals production and he's super excited. His ballet teacher is the one in charge of the production, so that's how we know about it. I have a feeling that all who audition will get some little part or another, but all the same, fingers crossed that our Mr. Twinkle Toes lands something...
Otherwise, I have a bit of laundry to do, and then I think I may spend some time in the sewing room. Grilled Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
Still inching toward the end of The Count of Monte Cristo, and reading Pagan's Crusade and Pyramids.

141ChelleBearss
Sep 10, 2017, 9:57am Top

Good luck today, Charlie!!

142jnwelch
Sep 10, 2017, 10:30am Top

Happy Sunday, Amber.

We're off soon to hear Madame MBH perform a story in Evanston. Sending positive thoughts for the excited Mr. Twinkle Toes. :-)

143BLBera
Sep 10, 2017, 10:39am Top

Good luck to Mr. Twinkle Toes. Kids's dance recitals are so cute!

144scaifea
Sep 10, 2017, 11:25am Top

>141 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!

>142 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Gosh, I'd love to attend one of your MBH's performances. Some day, maybe...
And thanks for the good thoughts!

>143 BLBera: Thanks, Beth!

145Berly
Sep 10, 2017, 12:52pm Top

Sounds like a great time was had by all on the field trip--yay! Wishing good luck to Twinkle Toes and I hope you have a wonderful day whether it be sewing, cooking, reading a book or all of the above!

146scaifea
Sep 10, 2017, 1:33pm Top

>145 Berly: Thanks, Kim!

147Morphidae
Sep 10, 2017, 4:37pm Top

What part does Charlie want if he had his druthers?

148scaifea
Sep 10, 2017, 5:12pm Top

>147 Morphidae: Morphy: We don't know enough about the production to know what the parts will be, and at any rate, they didn't get to proclaim particular preferences. He did really well, though, or so it seemed to Tomm and me. There were a couple of step combinations that Charlie was the only one of the group to come even close to doing right, so that seems like a good thing. He had a good time, though, and I think we'll find out some time this week what part(s) he's getting.

149scaifea
Sep 11, 2017, 6:20am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, writing, sewing, a bit of laundry, a quick trip to the library before picking Charlie up from school.

On the reading front:
Same: The Count of Monte Cristo, Pagan's Crusade and Pyramids. Approaching the end for all of these.

151msf59
Sep 11, 2017, 6:45am Top

Morning, Amber! Six Flags is up by Gurnee, nearly to the WI line, on the way to Milwaukee. My wife left at 830am and got home after 9. She took her niece and nephew. She loves that stuff.

152scaifea
Sep 11, 2017, 7:19am Top

>151 msf59: Morning, Mark! Cool. I haven't been to a Six Flags in ages. I think if we ever get to another theme park like that anytime soon, it'll probably be King's Island just outside of Cincinnati, since Tomm's brother lives only about 10 minutes away.

153jnwelch
Sep 11, 2017, 8:43am Top

Morning, Amber!

Hope you have a good Mmphmumble Day.

154ChelleBearss
Sep 11, 2017, 9:06am Top

Morning Amber! Glad to hear that Charlie did well and that he is still enjoying his dance classes.
We signed Chloe up for Teeny Tiny Ballerinas for later this month. It's for 3-4 year olds so it should be a hoot to watch!

155scaifea
Sep 11, 2017, 11:12am Top

>153 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Thanks!

>154 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Ohmygosh, that's cuteness guaranteed!

156scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 6:12am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, writing, sewing, laundry. Thai Coconut Chicken Soup for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
Same: Still working on The Count of Monte Cristo, Pagan's Crusade and Pyramids.

158scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 6:17am Top

And I'm pleased to announce that Charlie will proudly be performing the role of Donkey #3 in Theater of the Ballet Arts' production of Carnival of the Animals! Ha! So fun.

159rosalita
Sep 12, 2017, 6:35am Top

Woo-boo! Donkey #3 is a most excellent role. I predict Charlie will set the Donkey #3 standard for all future dancers.

160msf59
Sep 12, 2017, 6:35am Top

Morning, Amber! 76 and sunny? I think I'll take it. Go Charlie! Knock 'em dead!

Glad Swing Time is in my rearview. A rare disappointment.

161PawsforThought
Edited: Sep 12, 2017, 6:44am Top

>158 scaifea: How fun! If I remember correctly there are donkeys/asses in two movements. Any idea of which one Charlie will be in (or both)?

ETA: Wikipedia tells me it's movements 3 (Hémiones (animaux véloces)/Wild asses: swift animals) and 8 (Personnages à longues oreilles/Characters with long ears)

162lauralkeet
Sep 12, 2017, 6:51am Top

>159 rosalita: lol! you crack me up, Julia.

Congratulations Charlie! He'll have a blast doing this, I'm sure.

163laytonwoman3rd
Sep 12, 2017, 10:27am Top

I predict Donkey #3 will be NUMBER ONE with at least two people in the audience!

164jnwelch
Sep 12, 2017, 10:33am Top

Go Donkey #3!

Morning, Amber!

How is Charlie doing with the increasing darkness in the Harry Potter series? Our kids were much older than him by the time we got to those.

165MickyFine
Sep 12, 2017, 12:10pm Top

>156 scaifea: Your soup sounds delicious, Amber. Especially since I came down with a cold overnight. Boo!

Congrats to Charlie! I have to admit part of my brain went to this scene in Love Actually:

166scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 12:51pm Top

>159 rosalita: Julia: But of course! He'll be the Gold(en Ass) Standard!

>160 msf59: Morning, Mark! Oh, dang, Swing Time's no good? Huh. I hope your next read is a knock out! Have you read The Count of Monte Cristo? Because if not, you'd LOVE it, and the audio version is excellent...

>161 PawsforThought: No idea yet. Orientation meeting is this Sunday, so I suspect we'll find out then.

>162 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura! He's very excited; Donkeys #1 and #2 are good buddies, so I'm sure there will be all sorts of donkey hijinks.

167scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 12:53pm Top

>163 laytonwoman3rd: Laura: Exactly!

>164 jnwelch: Joe: I think some of the teenage angst is blowing right over his head, to be honest, but otherwise he's doing really well with Umbridge and her nastiness. We'll see how the ending goes...

>165 MickyFine: Micky: HA!! Me, too!! Love that movie. I'm very glad that I don't have to make a papier-mache costume...

168MickyFine
Sep 12, 2017, 1:01pm Top

>167 scaifea: I have no doubt that as a super mom you would rise to the challenge. But very glad you won't need to. :)

169scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 1:15pm Top

>168 MickyFine: Micky: The link between the two things just keeps getting funnier in my head: I suspect there were a donkey or two at the birth of baby jesus...

170scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 1:28pm Top

154. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (NEH, audiobook) - 10/10 = A+
Oh, this is So. Good. The story of Edmund Dantes, his misfortunes, rise to riches and his deliciously intricate revenge is just as fabulous as the details of all of the intertwining characters and stories following along in his wake. A long one, but I was so sad for it to end. Dantes also enters the ranks of fictional fantasy boyfriends (move over, Mr. Holmes, and Gen, and...).

171brodiew2
Sep 12, 2017, 1:35pm Top

>170 scaifea: Glad to hear that you finished it and apparently loved it as much as I did. Clearly, you reached the scene I mentioned earlier. The scene where Albert wants to duel his friend Beauchamp because of the news item about his father. Albert is so angry and Beauchamp is just trying to make sense of the situation and save his friendship. It is an excellent example of the how important the side characters are to main story.

172jnwelch
Sep 12, 2017, 1:40pm Top

>170 scaifea: Yay!

That seems like a good collection of boyfriends you're putting together. But I'm drawing a blank on "Gen". Who is that?

173scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 2:05pm Top

>171 brodiew2: Yep, clearly I got to that part. It wasn't so much a stand-out moment for me, but of course there are so many different stories going on that there's something for everyone.

>172 jnwelch: Joe: Yay, indeed! Such an excellent read. Gen is the main character in The Thief series, which I suspect you'd like (although keep in mind that I've called dibs on Gen).

174jnwelch
Sep 12, 2017, 2:07pm Top

>173 scaifea: Ha! OK, you've got dibs. But Lizzie Bennet is all mine.

175nittnut
Edited: Sep 12, 2017, 2:09pm Top

Congratulations to Donkey #3!

Every time I read The Count of Monte Cristo I can't believe it ends. It's the worst. Edmund Dantes is a worthy addition to your fictional fantasy boyfriends list. *swoon*

Amber!! Tell >172 jnwelch: about Gen!!

ETA: Oh phew! you're on it.

176scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 2:26pm Top

>174 jnwelch: Joe: Hmmm... well, okay, then.

>175 nittnut: Ha! Thanks, Jenn! Isn't Edmund the dreamiest?! And the broodiest (I like my fictional men good and broody)?! And those millions don't hurt, either...

177MickyFine
Sep 12, 2017, 2:50pm Top

>176 scaifea: Now you've got me thinking about my fictional boyfriends list. Henry Tilney is definitely at the top. And St. Clair is going to be up there too.

178FAMeulstee
Sep 12, 2017, 3:30pm Top

>170 scaifea: Yes, Amber, that book is so good. I did read it last year and LOVED it!

And congratulations to Donkey #3 :-)

179scaifea
Edited: Sep 12, 2017, 4:46pm Top

>177 MickyFine: Micky: *whispers* I had to look both of those up. Yoicks, I need to read more Austen. And the first St. Clair that came to mind:



>178 FAMeulstee: Anita: I know, right?! SO GOOD.

And thanks! *grins*

180rosalita
Sep 12, 2017, 5:01pm Top

If we're talking literary boyfriends, mine is always and forever Archie Goodwin. I guess I'm a lowbrow kind of gal. :-)

181scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 5:22pm Top

>180 rosalita: Julia: I had to look him up, too. I feel that I need to read some Rex Stout stuff...

182scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 5:23pm Top

155. Pagan's Crusade by Catherine Jinks (1001 Children's Books, 247 pages) - 8/10 = B-
A young squire learns the value of friendship and loyalty while serving a Knight Templar in 12th-Century Jerusalem.
Meh. The character of Pagan is promising, but the plot was difficult to find and the constant use of the present tense for the narrative was a little irritating.

183rosalita
Sep 12, 2017, 5:45pm Top

>181 scaifea: Archie is delightful (he was played by Timothy Hutton in the A&E television series, which was not terrible). I would honestly encourage you not to read this series in order (I know, I know!). I mean, you absolutely can start at the beginning but the first few books do not fully reflect the magic that ensued once Stout locked in his main characters, although they're by no means terrible and worth reading at some point. My first was If Death Ever Slept and I always recommend that one as a good starting point. Too Many Cooks is the fifth book in the series and the first really great one. Some Buried Caesar is another favorite that's fairly early.

/unsolicited book advice

184scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 6:19pm Top

>183 rosalita: Yeah, if I read 'em it'll be in order, but I appreciate the tip that I need to stick it out until they click. Also, nah, that was solicited, if subtly.

185nittnut
Sep 12, 2017, 6:50pm Top

Literary BFs. So fun to think about. Definitely John Thornton, Edmund Dantes, Atticus Finch, and more recently, Gen. Then from my childhood there is Almanzo from the Little House on the Prairie books, and Gilbert Blythe, of course.

186scaifea
Sep 12, 2017, 7:02pm Top

>185 nittnut: Oh, ALMANZO! YES. (Also, my dad used to call me Half Pint.)

187scaifea
Sep 13, 2017, 6:19am Top

The usual treadmilling, writing, sewing, laundry, and library volunteering, with some work on tidying up my etsy shop and a trip to the library, too. And then Charlie has ballet class tonight, too.

On the reading front:
I haven't started my next audiobook yet; I need time after such a wonderful book as The Count of Monte Cristo to mourn the loss. I did start reading The Golden Goblet yesterday, and I'm nearly finished with Pyramids.

189msf59
Sep 13, 2017, 6:42am Top

Morning, Amber! Last work day of the week for me. I put in for the weekend off and I switched work days, today for tomorrow, so all is good. I will head up to Horicon Friday morning. Looks like the weather will be perfect. B.A.G.

Enjoy your Hump Day!

190scaifea
Sep 13, 2017, 7:16am Top

Morning, Mark! What's in Horicon?

191RebaRelishesReading
Sep 13, 2017, 7:57am Top

Hmm.. I've never thought about fictional boy friends...Atticus Finch maybe?

193scaifea
Sep 13, 2017, 8:06am Top

>191 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: Atticus Finch is a good one, although when I first read it in school, I identified so much with Scout that he's more of a father figure to me, I think.

194jnwelch
Sep 13, 2017, 8:38am Top

Morning, Amber!

Thanks for the tip on Niko Draws a Feeling. You and the young fellow have "read' the Aaron Becker books Journey, Quest and Return, yes? If not, I bet you'd like them. No words, but fun stories and beautiful illustrations.

195ChelleBearss
Sep 13, 2017, 9:00am Top

Morning Amber! You and Paul are starting to make me want to make a list!! I've read 9 from your list, but soon to be 10 as I'm working on Good Omens right now.

Congrats to Donkey #3!! I'm sure he will be spectacular!!

196foggidawn
Sep 13, 2017, 9:11am Top

>192 scaifea: Ah, yes, there's definitely a little overlap between your list and mine! Nice choices!

197scaifea
Sep 13, 2017, 10:55am Top

>194 jnwelch: Yep, the Becker trilogy is firmly on Charlie's Favorites shelf.

>195 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Good Omens is so fun - I hope you love it!

>196 foggidawn: Ha! Thanks!

198scaifea
Sep 14, 2017, 6:14am Top

On the agenda for today:
It's Birthday Cake Baking Day! Always slightly stressful for me, but we'll see how it goes. Charlie wants me to come and have lunch with him at school, too, so I'll squeeze that in as well.

On the reading front:
I started listening to A Raisin in the Sun and managed a few pages in The Golden Goblet ad Pyramids.

200rosalita
Sep 14, 2017, 7:26am Top

Mm, birthday cake! I'm sure it will be fabulous.

201msf59
Sep 14, 2017, 7:27am Top

>190 scaifea: Horicon Marsh National Nature Reserve is in Horicon. This is my topper on my latest thread. Last time we visited WI, we stopped at the reserve and took a peek and I knew I had to come back. Sue can't join me. She has a baby shower on Saturday but Nancy is going to come up from Milwaukee on Saturday and join me for some migratory birding.

Morning, Amber! Sweet Thursday. I plan on spending lots of time, with the Boyne today. Smiles...

202scaifea
Sep 14, 2017, 7:44am Top

>200 rosalita: Julia: Ha! We'll see. He's asked for a Legend of Zelda theme this year, so I'm building a "Triforce" (some sort of symbol in the game) cake. Should hopefully look somewhat similar to this:



>201 msf59: Morning, Mark! It sounds like you have a great weekend planned! And only 2 hours away! *sigh*

203jnwelch
Sep 14, 2017, 9:02am Top

Sweet Thursday, Amber!

We're getting packed up to head to the Berkshires (western Mass) for a few days. I did enjoy George, so thanks for the nudge. I'm taking, on the trip, Autumn, Glass Houses, and Why Buddhism is True, along with a couple of poetry books. (Plane fights plus at least time to read during Red Sox games - our host is a fan).

204scaifea
Sep 14, 2017, 11:08am Top

>203 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! I hope you have a fabulous trip! I noticed over on your thread that you're reading the Buddhism book and I'm eagerly waiting to see what you think of it (so I know whether to add it to the list or not)...

205jnwelch
Sep 14, 2017, 12:39pm Top

So far I'm loving it, Amber. I'm about 1/5 of the way in. I'll keep you posted.

206scaifea
Sep 14, 2017, 12:45pm Top

>205 jnwelch: Joe: Excellent!

207nittnut
Sep 14, 2017, 1:15pm Top

When my youngest turned 8 we did a Zelda party. It was a blast. All the kids got knit Link hats and then we had a Quest (scavenger hunt with obstacles) and an archery competition. They loved it. We still have the shield we made for him.

208charl08
Sep 14, 2017, 4:38pm Top

>202 scaifea: Wow. Pictures please when the time comes. Sounds like it will be a great party.

>207 nittnut: Love this too!

209scaifea
Sep 14, 2017, 4:54pm Top

>207 nittnut: Jenn: Cute! We're not having a full-on party this year (last year's HP blow-out was enough for a few rounds). The themed cake and decorations are just low-key for the three of us.

>208 charl08: Charlotte: Oh, there are always photos, but as I said to Jenn, no official party. Tomorrow I'm taking Charlie and two of his friends to a trampoline park in Dubuque and that's serving as the party part.

210nittnut
Sep 14, 2017, 4:57pm Top

>209 scaifea: Well, drat. Your full-on parties are always so fun to see. The themed cake and decorations are just low-key for the three of us. Yes. So low-key. *grin*

211scaifea
Sep 14, 2017, 5:32pm Top

>210 nittnut: Jenn: Well, Charlie does want to be Link for Halloween, so there will be photos of the costume I make...

212scaifea
Sep 14, 2017, 5:43pm Top

156. Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (Discworld series, 380 pages) - 8/10 = B-
My least favorite of the Discworld books so far. As with the others, there's one or two characters that are appealing, but the story seemed to meander without any real concern about getting to where it was going (or maybe I just really wasn't interested).

157. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (NEH, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
A powerful play about, among other things, the struggle of the oppressed to dream dreams and realize those dreams without losing hope or the self of self.

213scaifea
Sep 15, 2017, 6:49am Top

On the agenda for today:
Birthday celebrations! He's up and has already opened his presents (the new Zelda game, a Zelda case for his Nintendo 3DS and a Marauder's Map). Today is a Professional Day for his school (which means school for the teachers but not the kids), so later I'm taking him and two of his friends to Vertical Jump (a trampoline park in Dubuque), and then he also has ballet class tonight. He's requested Chicken Pot Pie (of all things) for his birthday dinner.

On the reading front:
I'm nearly finished with my re-read of The King of Attolia, and I'll probably start listening to The Old Man and the Sea today, too.

214scaifea
Sep 15, 2017, 6:52am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-The Three Little Pigs (we love revisiting favorite picture books)
And bits of:
-Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties
-Foxtrot: Assembled with Care
-Among the Hidden
-Henry and the Clubhouse
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

We started watching The Empire Strikes Back; we watched the first Star Wars movie a couple of nights ago - it was Charlie's first viewing - and now he wants to see them all.

215EllaTim
Sep 15, 2017, 7:00am Top

>213 scaifea: Happy birthday! I hope your cake comes out alright.

216scaifea
Sep 15, 2017, 7:02am Top

>215 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella! I'll pass the birthday wishes on to Charlie. The cake came out okay - I'll post photos of Charlie blowing out his candles later today...

217msf59
Sep 15, 2017, 7:26am Top

Hooray for The Empire Strikes Back! Still my favorite Star Wars movie!

Morning, Amber! I plan on taking off about 9. I read another chunk of The Heart's Invisible Furies yesterday and will have it queued up, for my drive to WI. It continues to dazzle.

Enjoy your day!

218scaifea
Sep 15, 2017, 7:31am Top

>217 msf59: Morning, Mark! The Empire Strikes Back is a good one - I'm a fan of Boba Fett, myself. I do love a clever man in a helmet...

Who's reading the Boyne? Not that I need the audio version...

219ChelleBearss
Sep 15, 2017, 8:33am Top

Charlie is such a darling! Chicken pot pie for his birthday, love it!!
Can't wait to see how the cake turned out!
Have fun bouncing today!

220susanj67
Sep 15, 2017, 8:36am Top

Happy birthday Charlie :-)

221foggidawn
Sep 15, 2017, 8:54am Top

I love the Legend of Zelda birthday theme, and I'm predicting a Star Wars theme for next year. ;-)

222rosalita
Sep 15, 2017, 9:29am Top

Happy birthday, Charles Donkey #3!

223RebaRelishesReading
Sep 15, 2017, 9:52am Top

Happy birthday to Charlie! Sounds like he's going to have a great day.

224scaifea
Sep 15, 2017, 10:36am Top

Thanks for the good wishes for Charlie today, Chelle, Susan, foggi, Julia (*snork!*) and Reba!

We've had a small glitch in the day, as one of Charlie's friends is sick and can't make it to the trampoline place. Charlie's pretty down about it, but I'm hoping he'll perk up soon.

225MickyFine
Sep 15, 2017, 1:07pm Top

Charlie has an excellent taste in birthday menu choices. :)

Are you doing the machete order for your Star Wars viewing?

226johnsimpson
Sep 15, 2017, 4:05pm Top

Happy birthday Charlie, hope he has had a great day so far my dear.

227scaifea
Sep 15, 2017, 4:35pm Top

>225 MickyFine: Micky: He does, doesn't he?

And no, right now, at least, we're only watching the *real* SW movies (the original 3). If Charlie wants to continue, then we'll do it in release order.

>226 johnsimpson: Thanks, John!

228MickyFine
Sep 15, 2017, 4:49pm Top

>227 scaifea: Fair enough. I hope Charlie enjoys them. I remember watching the original trilogy for the first time and it was such a delight.

229scaifea
Sep 15, 2017, 7:41pm Top

>228 MickyFine: He's liking them so far. I'm not a huge fan (I like them okay, but I don't LOVE them), and I've only seen the original three and then the next one that was released.

230Berly
Sep 15, 2017, 10:12pm Top

Hope fun was had at the trampoline place--happy birthday to Charlie!!

231scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 8:56am Top

>230 Berly: Hi, Kim! Yep, they had a good time.

232scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 9:00am Top

On the agenda for today:
We have people coming in this week to put a fence up in our back yard and to do some work in our kitchen, so this weekend is all about getting ready for that (clearing out the fence row in the back and taking nearly everything out of the kitchen). Charlie may go over to visit the friend who couldn't make it yesterday (he somehow jammed a large splinter of wood between his toes and now has to keep it elevated while the antibiotics work to take down the swelling and get rid of the infection, poor guy - Charlie's been invited over this afternoon to sit and play board games with him).

On the reading front:
I finished The King of Attolia and started A Conspiracy of Kings.

234scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 9:23am Top

Charlie's cake - I'm clearly far from a professional cake decorator, but he seems to have liked it just fine:



235ChelleBearss
Sep 16, 2017, 9:24am Top

Great cake!!
Glad that Charlie had a good birthday.
Good luck with your house chores today. How long will you be without a kitchen?

236scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 9:26am Top

>235 ChelleBearss: Ha! Thanks, Chelle. Frankly, I'm a bit embarrassed that someone with your cake skills is even seeing this cake!
We'll likely be without a working kitchen for about a week. Aaaaand the in-laws are coming next weekend. AWESOME.

237RebaRelishesReading
Sep 16, 2017, 9:49am Top

Your cake looks great!! How nice that Charlie is going to spend time with his injured friend. I bet they'll have fun. On the other hand...no working kitchen for a week followed by visitors...not so much fun!! (hope you get to eat out a lot this week though)

238scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 10:25am Top

>237 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: I'm actually looking forward to eating out all week, and having the in-laws at a time when I can't cook is good in a way, too. (Well, their visits are never good, per se, but, yeah.)

239drneutron
Sep 16, 2017, 11:32am Top

That's a better Triforce cake than I could make, so your skills must be better than you think! 😀

240scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 11:36am Top

>239 drneutron: Ha! Thanks, Jim! I must admit to having help from Tomm: I was thinking out loud about how to make the 4-triangles-into-a-big-triangle thing, and he looked at me kind of funny (as if he were trying not to show in his face what a dummy I am) and then gently suggested baking two square cakes and then cutting them in half...(another struggle with patience on his part for the blank look on my face)...diagonally. *Comprehension dawns* Yoicks.

241drneutron
Sep 16, 2017, 11:46am Top

:) Ah yes, geometry!

242EllaTim
Sep 16, 2017, 12:13pm Top

>240 scaifea: I was wondering the same thing, how did you make it, and how big is your oven, but that explains it. Good thinking, your Tomm.

243ChelleBearss
Sep 16, 2017, 12:38pm Top

>236 scaifea: Nah, you did a great job! I would have had to google Zelda to even know what to make! (not one of the games we played when I was younger)

I wish I could sew like you! (But I don't currently have the patience to learn :)

Enjoy your take out meals! Do you and Charlie have a plan of what places you will order from? You could do a Gilmore Girls type plan and order from everywhere and judge the food based on the delivery fellas ;-p

244jnwelch
Sep 16, 2017, 1:09pm Top

Happy Saturday, Amber!

Nice cake. Happy Belated Birthday to your young pal.

245scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 1:32pm Top

>241 drneutron: Jim: *grins*

>242 EllaTim: Ella: Ha! No, my oven is definitely not that big!

>243 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Aw, thanks, but yeah, it's pretty cobbled, and I jacked the icing up on the sides. *shrug* I do have my sewing to fall back on, though, at least.

We've discussed and have a definitely (sort of) plan for where and what we'll eat this week: Charlie has a BookIt! coupon for a free pizza from Pizza Hut, so we'll go there one evening, and then a trip to another pizza joint on Tuesday, because they have ginormous baked potatoes with whatever toppings you please on Tuesdays, so Tomm can eat something (he'll have the salad bar at PH), and then Chinese one night and Jimmy John's another,...
I do love that Gilmore Girls episode, and would love to do that with Charlie when he goes to college, although I'm not sure yet if he'll be with me on the cuteness of the delivery boys or not...

>244 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! Thanks!

246ronincats
Edited: Sep 16, 2017, 2:02pm Top

I'm way late to the party here. I fell way behind while we were gone for 2 and a half weeks and am only now catching up to the longer threads, Amber. Here's my school photo when I was 6. Any curl in my hair (ever!) is due to my mom's home permanent--how I hated those! And you can see she had some problems trimming my bangs evenly as well.

247scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 2:44pm Top

>246 ronincats: Hi, Roni! Adorable photo.

248scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 4:31pm Top

158. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (series re-read, 387 pages) - 10/10 = A+
My favorite of the series (I think - #2 is also so, so excellent). Gosh, I love these books.

159. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (NEH, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
Hemingway's simple style lovingly treats this story of an old fisherman trying to bring in his catch and makes it quietly powerful. Simply isn't easy, and Hemingway is the master. Also, this version was read by Donald Sutherland, which was pretty amazing.

249FAMeulstee
Sep 16, 2017, 5:05pm Top

Belated happy birthday to Charlie!
You made him a lovely birthday cake, Amber.

250scaifea
Sep 16, 2017, 6:33pm Top

>249 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita!

251msf59
Sep 17, 2017, 8:40am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy Sunday! I am back home again, trying to get caught up a bit on neglected threads. Always a big task but a rewarding one too.

Hope you are having a good weekend and hooray for The Old Man and the Sea.

252scaifea
Sep 17, 2017, 8:57am Top

>251 msf59: Morning, Mark! Welcome home! I do love a good Hemingway, and aren't they all? Donald Sutherland was amazing as the narrator, too. Perfect tone.

253scaifea
Sep 17, 2017, 8:59am Top

On the agenda for today:
More furniture-moving as we prep for the workers, and we also have an orientation meeting for the ballet production this afternoon. I've managed to do something to my ankle/leg, and so I've been hobbling around a bit this weekend - I'll probably let Tomm do the furniture moving while I try to keep my foot elevated.

On the reading front:
Not much progress yesterday, although I did read a bit of A Conspiracy of Kings.

255rosalita
Sep 17, 2017, 10:35am Top

Sorry to hear you've tweaked your foot/ankle, Amber. Keeping it elevated while supervising the furniture moving sounds like a sensible plan.

256scaifea
Sep 17, 2017, 10:53am Top

>255 rosalita: Thanks, Julia. I thought it sounded like a good plan, too. We'll see if things work out that way...

257scaifea
Sep 17, 2017, 11:08am Top

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