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75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Nov 12, 2017, 4:39pm Top

Hi, everyone! Welcome to Thread XXII!

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


The Noonday Friends:

Man Plus:

Moving Pictures:

The Age of Innocence:

War and Peace:

Murder on the Orient Express:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

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 9-year-old son, Charlie; and our two dogs, Tuppence the Border Collie and Mario the Golden Retriever.

Edited: Oct 26, 2017, 2:29pm 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
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.

Edited: Nov 12, 2017, 4:40pm Top

What I'm reading now:
-Andersonville (Banned Books)
-The Noonday Friends (Newbery Honor Book)
-Man Plus (Nebula Award)
-Moving Pictures (Discworld read)
-The Age of Innocence (audiobook, NEH)
-War and Peace (because Charlie wants me to)
-Murder on the Orient Express (Charlie's bed-time book)
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (and another Charlie bed-time 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

Edited: Nov 12, 2017, 3:15pm 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+
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+

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+

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+

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

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

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

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+
160. Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud book) - 9/10 = A-
161. Foxtrot: Assembled with Care (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
162. Among the Hidden (Charlie's Book Club read) - 8/10 = B
163. The Ship That Flew (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A-
164. Henry and the Clubhouse (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
165. Hiroshima (audiobook, NEH) - 8/10 = B+
166. Tomorrow, When the War Began (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-

167. A Conspiracy of Kings (series read) - 10/10 = A+
168. Heart's Delight (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
169. Jane's Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
170. Belling the Tiger (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
171. Guards! Guards! (Discworld read) - 8/10 = B
172. Thick as Thieves (Queen's Thief series read) - 10/10 = A+
173. Rowan of Rin (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
174. The Truce of the Wolf (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
175. A to Z Mysteries: The Bald Bandit (Charlie's read aloud) - 8/10 = B
176. No Talking (Charlie's book club) - 8/10 = B
177. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (series read) - 9/10 = A
178. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A-
179. The Loner (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
180. Switchers (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
181. Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud) - 10/10 = A+
182. The Raven King (series read) - 10/10 = A+
183. The Animal Family (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
184. The Moves Make the Man (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
185. The Virginian (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A-
186. The Infamous Ratsos (CCBC) - 8/10 = B+
187. The Forever War (Hugo, Nebula & Locus SF awards) - 8/10 = B+

188. The Westing Game (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
189. The Moorchild (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
190. The Jungle (audiobook, NEH list) - 8/10 = B+
191. The Cherry Orchard (audiobook, NEH list) - 6/10 = D
192. Five on a Treasure Island (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
193. Eric (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B-
194. Ramona and Her Father (Charlie's book club read) - 8/10 = B+
195. Children of the Soil (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B

Edited: Oct 26, 2017, 2:33pm Top

The Charlie, Mario & Tuppence Toppers:

Edited: Oct 26, 2017, 2:34pm Top

And the bonus question:

What's your favorite fall/cool weather treat?

For me it's HoCho. *happy sigh*

Oct 26, 2017, 2:33pm Top

Am I first? Happy new thread!

Oct 26, 2017, 2:35pm Top

>6 scaifea: Yep, you're first, Jim! Thanks!

Oct 26, 2017, 2:39pm Top

Oh, and bonus question: gumbo. 😁

Oct 26, 2017, 2:39pm Top

Happy new one, Amber!

BQ: I am a sucker for apple cider donuts :)

Oct 26, 2017, 2:40pm Top

Happy new thread! Hot chocolate is yummy, but I think hot spiced cider edges it out for the fall.

Oct 26, 2017, 3:28pm Top

Happy new one, Amber! For the bonus question - pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.

Edited: Oct 26, 2017, 3:34pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber. Hmm, if it's treats we're going for I'll say a White Hot Chocolate. :)

ETA: Or chewy ginger cookies like the ones I made last weekend.

Oct 26, 2017, 3:33pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber.

Traditionally as a boy the treat would have been Treacle Sponge Pudding and Custard, or hot rice pudding made by my dear old gran.

Oct 26, 2017, 4:12pm Top

Happy new thread Amber.

My treat would be Treacle Sponge with Custard or Chocolate Sponge with Pink Custard or Karen's Rice Pudding. I think the Yorkshire boys have the same tastes, lol.

Oct 26, 2017, 4:27pm Top

Happy New Thread, Amber!

Jeez, I've been around long enough to remember that old tv show "The Virginian". How's the book?

Favorite fall/cool weather treat - apple cider with orange slices and amaretto. And cookies, always cookies, whatever season.

Oct 26, 2017, 4:34pm Top

New thread blessings, Amber!

Your BQ:

Persimmon pudding with whipped cream. Ooo.

Oct 26, 2017, 4:59pm Top

>9 drneutron: Jim: Gumbo! Ooof, that sounds amazing right now.

>10 katiekrug: Katie: OMGoodness, there's an orchard nearby that has The Best apple cider doughnuts I've ever had. And I had six of them myself last month when we were there...

>11 foggidawn: foggi: I do love a good cup of hot cider, but HoCho beats it for comfort food for me, I think. Although I do love how the cider makes the house smell so amazing...

>12 Crazymamie: Mamie: Oh, pumpkin muffins! Excellent!

>13 MickyFine: Micky: Chewy ginger cookies are one of my favorite things in the universe. I can't believe you made them without telling me. Yeesh.

>14 PaulCranswick: >15 johnsimpson: Paul & John: Ha! I LOVE that you two have the same answers! I also super-love rice pudding.

>16 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! The Virginian is really surprisingly good so far. I thought I wouldn't like it at all, because I don't generally cotton to westerns, but I'm very much enjoying it.

And yes to cookies in all seasons!

>17 richardderus: Richard: Whoa. I haven't had persimmon pudding in ages! I don't suppose you have a good recipe?

Oct 26, 2017, 5:17pm Top

>18 scaifea: Most recently this one from the New York Times:


Before that, one from my mother's Gourmet cookbook set. Pretty much identical, IIRC. I'm not a fan of the steamed pudding recipes that are supposedly more "authentic" because "authentic to what?" says my inner skeptic.

Oct 26, 2017, 5:58pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber!

>5 scaifea: Lovely picture of the gals together :-)
>6 scaifea: Bonus question: At home I don't do sweets except (year round) very dark chocolate.
On a chilly vacation day I do like a warm apple pie with whipped cream.

Oct 26, 2017, 6:19pm Top

>19 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! That recipe looks amazing. And I'm with you on the steamed puddings - so much fuss. Yoicks.

>20 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita!

I've never been a big fan of really dark chocolate (I have too much of a sweet tooth, I think), but Tomm and Charlie both LOVE it.

And YES to warm apple pie! YUM.

Edited: Oct 26, 2017, 6:59pm Top

Happy New Thread, Amber! I do not pay a lot of attention to seasonal food or seasonal beer. I prefer eating and drinking what I feel like, but I do like r apple cider donuts. I should find somewhere, to buy it fresh.

Oct 26, 2017, 7:10pm Top

>22 msf59: Hi, Mark! I would say that the only kind of apple cider doughnuts worth eating are fresh ones. The ones we get at the orchard are still warm when you eat them. So. Good.

Oct 27, 2017, 1:15am Top

I love crisp, fresh apples in fall, and all apple-related products!

Oct 27, 2017, 6:17am Top

>24 ronincats: Roni: Agreed!

Oct 27, 2017, 6:18am Top

On the agenda for today:
Packing for our trip to visit my parents in Indiana, and then picking up Charlie early from school to drive to Indiana to visit my parents. We'll be there through Sunday, so I won't be around much this weekend.

On the reading front:
I listened to more of The Virginian and read more of The Moves Make the Man and Andersonville.

Oct 27, 2017, 7:20am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy Friday. Not much on the slate for today but we are going to a German restaurant, for beer and dinner tonight and then onto a comedy club. I am not a fan of this, as much, but my sister likes it. Gotta keep sis happy, right?

Enjoy your day!

Oct 27, 2017, 7:25am Top

>28 msf59: Morning, Mark! I know you're not a fan of going out for beers, but try to enjoy yourself. Poor thing.

Oct 27, 2017, 8:43am Top

>29 scaifea: LOL! You know Mark so well.

Happy Friday, Amber!

Good to hear re The Virginian. I may give it a try if you continue to like it all the way through.

Oct 27, 2017, 9:46am Top

>30 jnwelch: Don't we all know Mark so well? I mean, honestly, any 75er worth her salt knows that Mark is allergic to hops. Yeesh.

And yeah, The Virginian has been a very pleasant surprise so far. Unless things change dramatically, I think you'd really like it, too.

Oct 27, 2017, 9:46am Top

Morning, Amber! Wishing you safe travels today, and a weekend full of fabulous!

Oct 27, 2017, 9:50am Top

>32 Crazymamie: Thanks so much, Mamie! We haven't seen my parents since school started, so we're both really eager to get there!

Oct 27, 2017, 9:52am Top

Happy-trip *whammy* for you and Charlie!

Oct 27, 2017, 10:01am Top

Here's hoping for no traffic and clear roads all the way to Indiana, Heather! Enjoy your weekend.

Oct 27, 2017, 11:26am Top

>34 richardderus: Thanks, Richard!

>35 rosalita: *snork!* Thanks, Janet!

Oct 27, 2017, 11:41am Top

Okay, I'm off to pick up Charlie and head east - have a great weekend, all!

Oct 27, 2017, 12:30pm Top

>35 rosalita: Oh my gosh! Where on earth did THAT come from? I don't think I was even on Heather's thread before yours! Well, I might as well leave it now, but rest assured I do know you are the one, the only AWESOME AMBER!!

Oct 27, 2017, 12:48pm Top

Have a great weekend with your parents, Amber!

Edited: Oct 27, 2017, 12:56pm Top

>11 foggidawn: OMG, hadn't thought of that but hot spiced cider is perfect for fall. Hot Chocolate more for winter. And, Honey Crisp apples and Panera's Autumn Squash Soup.

Oct 27, 2017, 8:28pm Top

Have a wonderful weekend visit, Amber. Safe travels. For the bonus question there are so many possibilities - sweet tooth here - but apple crisp and spice cake (both with ice cream or whipped cream) would hit the spot.

Oct 28, 2017, 9:23am Top

Good morning, Amber. What Meg said - safe travels, and I hope you have a great visit.

honestly, any 75er worth her salt knows that Mark is allergic to hops. Yeesh. LOL!! He probably has nightmares about that.

Oct 28, 2017, 11:17am Top

Happy newish thread, Amber. Love Charlie's costume.

Cold weather? Chili!

Oct 28, 2017, 5:53pm Top

Happy New Thread, Amber! Great photo of Charlie's costume; it's a winner. And I hope that kettle (?) ends up full of healthy candy. Heh.

Oct 29, 2017, 5:47pm Top

>38 rosalita: Julia: Ha! No worries. It's weird, though, that anytime someone gets my name wrong, they always call me Heather...

>39 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky

>40 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: I completely agree about the honey crisp apples! My favorite!

>41 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! Spice Cake is one of my favorites.

>42 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Gosh, I hope I don't give Mark nightmares...

>43 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! Oooh, chili! Great idea!

>44 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen! It's a cauldron, I believe (or so we take it to be). Honestly, we end up throwing out most of the candy he gets, because he's not really a fan of candy. He just likes the dressing up part.

Oct 29, 2017, 5:48pm Top

We're back, safe and sound, from another fabulous time in Indiana. Thanks, all, for keeping my thread warm while we were gone!

Oct 29, 2017, 5:53pm Top

Welcome home, Amber!

Oct 29, 2017, 6:07pm Top

>47 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! I love visiting my parents, but it also always feels wonderful to get back home.

Oct 29, 2017, 6:13pm Top

184. The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks (Newbery Honor Book, 252 pages) - 8/10 = B+
Two boys, both with issues of their own, become friends over the game of basketball, but one of them may be too troubled to be saved by the other.
And intense and touching story that had me rooting for both boys.

185. The Virginian by Owen Wister (NEH, audiobook) - 9/1 = A-
This one really surprised me and in the best kind of way. I sheepishly admit that going into this one I assumed I wouldn't like it one bit (I generally don't cotton to westerns), but despite its setting - and the fact that its main character is a cowboy, through and through - well, reader, I loved it. Excellent story, with a nice sprinkling of good side stories, and great characters, too.

Oct 29, 2017, 6:14pm Top

Hi Amber. Thanks for your kind words over at my thread. :)

My favorite fall treat is probably hot chocolate. I do love the pumpkin things too though, although I am not a huge fan of pumpkin spice. I also love that it's stew weather. I love a hearty stew with good bread.

Oct 29, 2017, 6:15pm Top

Ooooh! The Virginian is wonderful! I am so happy you liked it. We have an old copy that belonged to my grandmother and it's a treasure.

Oct 29, 2017, 6:18pm Top

>50 nittnut: Hi, Jenn - I hope things are getting better for you and yours.

I like pumpkin spice, but not all varieties; mostly lattes for me. And YES to good bread with stew!

>51 nittnut: Jenn: I was so surprised at how much I loved The Virginian! Incidentally, I have another new literary boyfriend...

Oct 29, 2017, 6:28pm Top

We are doing pretty well, considering. Thanks.

Oh yes. He's a worthy choice. :)

Oct 29, 2017, 6:39pm Top

Homemade apple sauce. Or I do have a really good recipe for pear cake.

Oct 29, 2017, 8:08pm Top

>45 scaifea: I went to the supermarket today to pick up a few things and they had beautiful honey crisps for 99 cents a pound!! I can't remember ever seeing them for that price before.

Oct 29, 2017, 10:03pm Top

Oct 30, 2017, 12:01am Top

Cauldron. Yes. Of course. :-)

Oct 30, 2017, 6:16am Top

>53 nittnut: Jenn: I'm glad to hear it!

>54 banjo123: Rhonda: It's about time for me to make another batch of applesauce, too...

>55 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: $.99?! Wow! No, I've never seen them even close to that cheap around here.

>56 richardderus: Thanks, Richard!

>57 EBT1002: Ellen: Yes, especially since he bought it last year for his Harry Potter costume...

Oct 30, 2017, 6:18am Top

On the agenda for today:
A doc appointment for me this morning (just an annual check-up type thing), then grocery shopping, then home to finish up my own costume for tomorrow and then back to school for my library volunteering.

On the reading front:
I started listening to The Jungle yesterday, read The Infamous Ratsos and started The Moorchild.

Oct 30, 2017, 6:19am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Room on the Broom
And bits of:
-Upside Down Magic
-Enormously Foxtrot
-Ramona and Her Father
-The Westing Game
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

And we watched Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Oct 30, 2017, 6:43am Top

Morning, Amber. Back to the grind, after a nice week off.

Hope your Monday goes smoothly.

Oct 30, 2017, 7:31am Top

>61 msf59: Morning, Mark!

Oct 30, 2017, 2:21pm Top

Aaaand my costume is now complete...

Oct 30, 2017, 2:49pm Top

Adorbs, Amber...have a good time! Oh, and happy Monday.

Oct 30, 2017, 4:01pm Top


Oct 30, 2017, 4:31pm Top

Oct 30, 2017, 6:09pm Top

Happy newish thread, Amber! Can't wait to see the rest of your costume!
To answer your question...........Apple Butter is my favorite fall treat. On toast or just a spoon, it's simply the bomb :P

Oct 30, 2017, 6:10pm Top

*singing* I've got a golden ticket!

Edited: Oct 30, 2017, 6:30pm Top

Hiya, pal. I was slow to get to your thread today!

Hooray for The Virginian! Amazon has it available for 99 cents on Kindle, so I scooped it up. https://smile.amazon.com/Virginian-Owen-Wister-ebook/dp/B000FC1D9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509402394&sr=8-1&keywords=the+virginian+book Now I just need to finish the several cartloads of books patiently awaiting my perusal, and I'll read it. Actually, I hope to get to it sooner rather than later, after your enthusiastic response.

Oct 30, 2017, 6:33pm Top

>67 Carmenere: Hi, Lynda! Thanks! I'll try to remember to have someone take a photo of me tomorrow to share.

And I agree - apple butter is fabulous! I even put it in my pumpkin pie...

>68 Crazymamie: Mamie:
"I never thought my life could be
Anything but catastrophe
But suddenly I begin to see
A bit of good luck for me"


>69 jnwelch: Hiya, Joe! Oh, yay! I just know that you'll love The Virginian!

Oct 30, 2017, 10:38pm Top

Have a great Halloween, Amber and Charlie!

Oct 31, 2017, 6:11am Top

Oct 31, 2017, 6:17am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, sewing, writing, library volunteering, and a little bit of trick or treating (the ladies next door and possibly the public library). Chicken Burritos for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
I listened to more of The Jungle, read more of The Moorchild and finished The Forever War.

Edited: Oct 31, 2017, 7:50pm Top

Morning, Amber! Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2017, 7:57am Top

>75 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Halloween! Love the witchy reader!

Oct 31, 2017, 7:59am Top

186. The Infamous Ratsos by Kara Lareau (CCBC, easy reader) - 8/10 = B+
Two kid brothers try to get a reputation for being bad rats, but every plan they have backfires on them, until the entire town thinks they're the nicest boys around.
Cute, and with a nice message. A good one for beginning readers.

187. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (Hugo, Nebula & Locus SF awards, 254 pages) - 8/10 = B+
Follows a soldier in a future war from private through major, a career that spans centuries due to all the stargate-jumping. A cool take on the idiocy of war (without at all being preachy) and the culture shock of living through so many social changes. Slightly dated, but still a good read.

Oct 31, 2017, 9:32am Top

Happy Halloween, Amber!

Oct 31, 2017, 10:47am Top

>78 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2017, 12:17pm Top

>73 scaifea: Hope you've got nice weather for trick or treating, Amber. We're getting a snow/rain combo today. :P

Oct 31, 2017, 12:47pm Top

It isn't your birthday, but this cake is too cool not to post today:

Oct 31, 2017, 1:29pm Top

>80 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky - we'll only go to the ladies' house next door and possibly the public library, so the weather won't matter too much to us, but yeah, I think it's going to be pretty chilly for the more serious trick-or-treaters tonight.

>81 richardderus: Richard: Oooh, nice one! Also, yum.

Oct 31, 2017, 1:40pm Top

Amber, does Charlie get to wear his costume to school today? I don't remember getting to as a kid, but it seems like lots of my friends' kiddos do these days.

Oct 31, 2017, 1:44pm Top

>83 katiekrug: Katie: Yep, he sure does, and he was so excited this morning! We could when I was a kid, too, but I think there was a time somewhere in the middle there when they weren't allow to do so. Satanic values and all that, poor souls.

Oct 31, 2017, 1:48pm Top

Awesome. I bet he was excited!

And SNORK! to satanic values.

Oct 31, 2017, 4:42pm Top

>85 katiekrug: Katie *grins*

Oct 31, 2017, 5:10pm Top

My best impression of Charlie Bucket:

Oct 31, 2017, 5:18pm Top

>87 scaifea:, Very nice Mrs.

Oct 31, 2017, 5:23pm Top

>87 scaifea: Ha! not bad, not bad!

Oct 31, 2017, 5:53pm Top

>87 scaifea: A few holes in the sweater, maybe, but pretty spot on! *smooch*

Oct 31, 2017, 6:20pm Top

>90 richardderus: Richard: There are, in fact, holes here and there in the sweater (you just can't see 'em in the photo). It was one of my first knitting projects way back when, and hasn't held up so well. Perfect for this, though!

Oct 31, 2017, 11:50pm Top

>87 scaifea: Yes!!!

Trick or Treat!

Edited: Nov 1, 2017, 6:25am Top

Nov 1, 2017, 6:26am Top

On the agenda today:
Treadmilling, taking down the Halloween decorations, sewing, writing, library volunteering, and the Charlie's ballet class this evening.

On the reading front:
I'm still listening to The Jungle, I read more of The Moorchild and started Eric.

Nov 1, 2017, 6:52am Top

Morning, Amber!

Nov 1, 2017, 7:51am Top

>96 msf59: Morning, Mark!

Nov 1, 2017, 8:54am Top

Morning, Amber!

>87 scaifea: Thumbs up!

How did Halloween go?

Nov 1, 2017, 9:00am Top

>98 jnwelch: Morning, Joe!

Halloween went fine - we trick-or-treated just at the ladies' house next door and then Charlie was done and in his pajamas by 4:30. We don't turn our outside lights on for treaters because Charlie gets scared at the older kids' scary costumes, so we didn't have anyone knocking on our door last night. Pretty quiet, but nice. We finished watching Bedknobs and Broomsticks, too.

Nov 1, 2017, 11:12am Top

Looks like you really got into the spirit of things yesterday :)

Nov 1, 2017, 12:56pm Top

>100 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: He! We sure did. Charlie did have a great time in his costume at school, though, and I love that they let them dress up. The teachers went all out, too, and looked great.

Nov 1, 2017, 1:27pm Top

Happy November 1st, Amber! Hope Charlie had a fun night!

Nov 1, 2017, 2:15pm Top

>102 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Ha!

Nov 1, 2017, 7:05pm Top

I can hear Charlie up in his room right now, belting out songs from the Moana soundtrack while changing into his ballet outfit. Gosh, I love that kid.

Nov 2, 2017, 6:17am Top

On the agenda for today:
Treadmilling, menu planning and grocery listing, sewing, writing, a bit of grocery shopping and then volunteering at the library.

On the reading front:
I'm still working on The Jungle and The Moorchild, and I also read a bit more of War and Peace yesterday.

Nov 2, 2017, 6:18am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-A Greyhound a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins (public library book, picture book) - 8/10 = B

And bits of:
-Upside Down Magic
-Ramona and Her Father
-The Westing Game
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Nov 2, 2017, 7:19am Top

Morning, Amber! Sweet Thursday! I am enjoying a day off. A bird hike, perhaps?

Nov 2, 2017, 7:23am Top

>107 msf59: Morning, Mark! A Thursday off is sweet, indeed! Enjoy the bird hike!

Nov 2, 2017, 11:27am Top

Adding my Sweet Thursday, Amber!

Have a good one today.

Nov 2, 2017, 11:27am Top

>104 scaifea: Adorable!

Hope you have a great Thursday, Amber!

Nov 2, 2017, 11:36am Top

>109 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Happy Thursday to you, too!

>110 MickyFine: Micky: I know, right?! So funny.

I hope you have a great day, too!

Nov 3, 2017, 6:15am Top

On the agenda for today:
Grocery shopping, vacuuming, bills, weekly photo organizing, and possibly cookie baking before picking Charlie up from school - it's an Early Release day, so he gets out at 12:30 today. Ballet class this afternoon, then, and we may squeeze a trip to the library in there somewhere. Breakfast for dinner (short order eggs) tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
Still working on The Jungle and The Moorchild.

Nov 3, 2017, 6:16am Top

Nov 3, 2017, 6:32am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy Friday!

Nov 3, 2017, 7:37am Top

>114 msf59: Morning, Mark!

Nov 3, 2017, 7:49am Top

So last year I read 186 books; this year so far I'm already up to 187! Weird, because I don't feel like I'm reading more than I did before, but still pretty cool, eh?

Nov 3, 2017, 8:24am Top

>116 scaifea: Very impressive Amber.
Loved the Wonka bar and the costume. Went to a cute little pedestrianised village that was full of people on Sunday celebrating early. My favourite costume was a kid with some kind of top with added spider legs, I think. The office has gained packets of fizzy sours after noone wanted them at a colleague's house. Love them! Possibly dangerous.

Cookies sound lovely. I can't remember if there are ingredients at home for cake, but tempting on such a chilly day to get out the mixing bowl.

Nov 3, 2017, 10:48am Top

Happy Fall Friday!

Nov 3, 2017, 11:16am Top

Happy Friday, Amber!

I'm little ways into The Virginian, and so far I'm getting a kick out of it.

Nov 3, 2017, 11:50am Top

>117 charl08: Hi, Charlotte! The village Halloween festivities sound like a woot! And yes, the cookies turned out pretty good, if I do say so. A cake sounds pretty amazing right now, too.

>118 richardderus: Hi, Richard!

>119 jnwelch: Happy Friday, Joe! Oh, YES! I'm so glad you're reading that one and I hope you love it as much as I did.

Nov 3, 2017, 12:13pm Top

Happy Friday, Amber! Breakfast for dinner sounds perfect. And hooray for the reading this year already passing last year's total. Whoot!

Nov 3, 2017, 12:40pm Top

>121 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie! Thanks! I'm more surprised than anything else; I really didn't think I was reading that much more quickly than last year. Go figure!

Nov 4, 2017, 7:45am Top

>123 richardderus: Richard: Yeah, I saw the article yesterday. I have issues with that title; she is so demonstrably not the first woman to translate Homer - she's the first woman who's managed, somehow, to get her translation published in a realm governed, still, by old white dudes. So for that, kudos to her.

Nov 4, 2017, 7:48am Top

Morning, Amber. Happy Saturday. I hope the rain holds off. Not in the mood, to slosh around in the wet.

Enjoy your day.

Nov 4, 2017, 7:49am Top

On the agenda for today:
Charlie will be part of a preview performance of the Carnival of Animals ballet this morning at the public library! He's over-the-moon excited (and Tomm is down-in-the-dumps sad that he's in Philadelphia right now). Then it'll be home to do some baking (Charlie has requested Apple Pie for the weekend dessert and Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake for our breakfasts this week) before going back out this afternoon for ballet rehearsals. Our weekends will be full or rehearsals from now until the performances, it seems. Not at all certain what we'll do for dinner tonight, since rehearsal today goes from 4pm-6:30pm and is located 30 minutes away... *sigh*

On the reading front:
Still listening to The Jungle and reading The Moorchild, and I read a bit of Andersonville yesterday, too.

Nov 4, 2017, 7:49am Top

>125 msf59: Morning, Mark! Well, the rain isn't holding off here... Good luck!

Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 7:54am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Anything But Ordinary: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff (public library book, picture book) - 8/10 = B+

And bits of:
-Upside Down Magic
-Ramona and Her Father
-The Westing Game
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

And we watched The Spy Next Door (a Jackie Chan kids' movie - Charlie is now a huge fan, although he thinks his name is Chuckie Chan - ha!)

Nov 4, 2017, 8:30am Top

>124 scaifea: I was almost certain you'd say exactly that. I was unconvinced that this should be the case, but one never knows what The Academy is capable of from the outside...could be upstart wenches daring to translate Sacred "Homer" are stoned in secret and their burnt bones offered to the Muses.

Hey, it's possible.

Nov 4, 2017, 9:06am Top

>129 richardderus: Richard: Ha! My dissertation adviser once said that if Harvard's Dept. of Classics ever offered him a TT position, he'd retire instead, because that would mean that he hadn't had an original thought in at least a decade, and I feel that way about most of the field most of the time, to be honest. The times they aren't a-changin'.

Nov 4, 2017, 9:13am Top

>130 scaifea: So it's no surprise that "the first woman to translate The Odyssey" is homed at the University of Pennsylvania. Being blind to academic trends, I was unaware but am unsurprised that Harvard is a bastion of Old School Thought.

Nov 4, 2017, 9:27am Top

>131 richardderus: The other kind of funny thing is that within the field, translation isn't really The Thing. She'll likely not get any publication points toward her tenure (it looks as if she's not a full prof yet) for it. Folks in the field view translation work as 'for the masses,' or our contribution to pop culture or something, but not really academically important. Snobbish as all get-out, eh?

Nov 4, 2017, 9:49am Top

>132 scaifea: Snobbish, stupid, short-sighted. What arrogance. Against the wall, you intellectual 1%ers, your day is done!

Or so I'd like to say to them.

Nov 4, 2017, 12:45pm Top

Nov 4, 2017, 12:46pm Top

Donkey #3, ladies and gentleman!

Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 12:51pm Top

>123 richardderus:, >124 scaifea: I'm a sucker for new Odyssey translations, so I've WL'd hers.

P.S. >135 scaifea: Cool!

Happy Saturday, Amber. It's a rainy one where we are.

Nov 4, 2017, 12:56pm Top

>136 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! It's rainy here, too, and chilly. Definitely November.

Nov 4, 2017, 12:57pm Top

>135 scaifea: *baaawww* such a sweet donkey!

Nov 4, 2017, 1:17pm Top

>135 scaifea: Woot! for Donkey #3!

(I enjoy the lady in the polka dots with her casual first and second positions, too. )

Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 1:48pm Top

>138 richardderus: Richard: I KNOW, RIGHT?!

>139 lycomayflower: Laura: Ha! I thought about saying, "See if you can spot the ballet teacher in the photos..."

ETA: Her name is Summer Hammill - could there *be* a more dancer-y name?!

Nov 4, 2017, 3:12pm Top

Donkey #3 is magnificent! It looks like a fun production. I like the little tweety birds lurking in the background, too. Did you make Charlie's costume?

Nov 4, 2017, 3:27pm Top

>141 rosalita: Thanks, Julia! No, I didn't make any of the costumes; the woman in charge of the sewing managed to irritate me pretty fully before finding out that I could sew really well. *ahem*

She's also in charge of the parent email list. She screwed up typing my address into the list, and so I missed several emails at the beginning, including one with the announcement of the roles and who got what part, which also came with a warning that we needed to email her back by a certain date or the part would go to someone else. Thankfully another mom mentioned the email to me so that I found out in time. When I sent an email (a very nice, polite one, let me add) to this woman about it, she managed not only *not* to offer any sort of apology, but even tried to blame the mistake on me, but saying that I wrote my own email address wrong on the first-day forms - I did no such thing, which is evident from the fact that she so thoroughly misspelled my last name in other places and in the same mistaken way that she typed it in the email address list. I get that people make mistakes, and that's fine, of course, but not owning up to those mistakes and instead trying to pawn them off on others in an effort to keep from any blame? Juvenile and unacceptable (and so very much like my MIL, and so I've enough of that in my life already thanksomuchbutnothanks). So, a couple of snarky emails later, she learned from another mom that I would likely be a big help with sewing the costumes... But, yeah, no, I'm not going to try to work 'under' her; she'd likely blame me for any shoddy work that she did on the costumes! NOPENOPENOPE.

Nov 4, 2017, 3:30pm Top

>142 scaifea: Ugh. She sounds awful. I am much more tolerant of mistakes than I am of blatant lying and non-apologies. If someone just says, "I'm so sorry, I don't know how I screwed that up," I'm usually good. But the excuses and the pointing fingers? Nopenopenope, as my friend Amber/Heather would say. :-)

Nov 4, 2017, 3:53pm Top

>143 rosalita: Julia: *snork!* Yep, I agree. I'm very forgiving of mistakes if they're followed by apologies and fessing up, because we all mess up sometimes.

Nov 4, 2017, 4:44pm Top

>135 scaifea: Lovely pictures of Donkey #3, Amber, the other Donkey in the pictures, is it #2 or #1?

Nov 4, 2017, 6:59pm Top

He looks pretty hot and sweaty in that last one. Who knew being a donkey would be such hard work? 😀

Nov 4, 2017, 9:19pm Top

>145 FAMeulstee: Anita: I don't honestly think the numbers mean anything, as they all three do the same moves in their dance. It's neat, though, that both of the other donkeys are Charlie's good friends, Max and Michael. Together they're completely adorable, and watching their rehearsals is a hoot. They all three clearly have a blast together.

>146 drneutron: Jim: Ha! Yes, those costumes are really hot, apparently. But yes, all the kicking and such is hard work...

Nov 5, 2017, 7:40am Top

On the agenda for today:
Baking (Apple Pie), laundry, reading, hanging out with my favorite donkey (who also has more rehearsal time this afternoon).

On the reading front:
Still working on The Jungle and The Moorchild, and I read a bit of Eric yesterday, too.

Nov 5, 2017, 7:45am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Goodnight Moon
And bits of:
-Upside Down Magic
-Ramona and Her Father
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

And we finished:
188. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Charlie's bedtime read, 185 pages) - 10/10 = A+
My favorite book as a kid, I read this one over and over (this very book, in fact - we read together the copy that I bought for myself at my school scholastic book fair (and used the bookmark I bought with it, too - Garfield saying, "Lose my place and I'll rearrange your face.")). To my double delight, its awesomeness holds up, and Charlie loves it as much as I do. Happiness.

Nov 5, 2017, 7:50am Top

>135 scaifea: Hooray for Donkey Charlie!

Morning, Amber! Happy Sunday. I love getting that extra autumnal hour. I should spend it reading but I have some neglected threads to catch up on.

Have a great day!

Nov 5, 2017, 11:17am Top

Happy Sunday, Amber.

The Westing Game: To my double delight, its awesomeness holds up, and Charlie loves it as much as I do. Happiness.. Wonderful!

Nov 5, 2017, 11:27am Top

>151 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Wonderful, it definitely is - I was nervous that he wouldn't like it, but he definitely does. I think he's now a confirmed fan of mysteries; he's requested that our next read be Murder on the Orient Express.

Nov 5, 2017, 12:24pm Top

>152 scaifea: Ha! Of course he did. Great pick. Your BFF would love this.

Nov 5, 2017, 1:20pm Top

Happy Sunday, Amber.

Nov 5, 2017, 2:07pm Top

>153 jnwelch: Joe: I've been thinking of her so often as we read through the Raskin book, and I thought about posting on her thread that Charlie chose the Christie. He even told me today that he would like Santa to bring him his *own* copy of Murder on the Orient Express for Christmas (last year he requested A Christmas Carol).

>154 richardderus: Hi, Richard!

Nov 5, 2017, 4:17pm Top

189. The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw (Newbery Honor Book, 241 pages) - 8/10 = B+
Half Folk and half human, Saaski is forced to become a changeling and tries her best to find her place in the human world. She finally finds herownself along the way, of course.
A good story, well-enough told with some solid characters.

Nov 5, 2017, 4:38pm Top

Hi Amber, hope you are having a really nice weekend my dear and send love and hugs to you all from both of us.

Nov 5, 2017, 6:25pm Top

>157 johnsimpson: Thanks so much, John! I hope your weekend has been great, too!

Nov 6, 2017, 6:15am Top

On today's agenda:
Treadmilling, sewing, writing, library volunteering, and then we have a first appointment with an orthodontist this afternoon to check out the office and see what they think Charlie will need (his two upper front baby teeth formed an underbite; now, one of the permanent teeth corrected itself, but the other didn't).

On the reading front:
I'm getting close to finishing up The Jungle, I started Five on a Treasure Island after finishing The Moorchild, and I read a bit more of War and Peace.

Nov 6, 2017, 6:38am Top

Morning, Amber .^I think you missed me up there yesterday morning, but that's okay, I can handle it. I am a big boy...

Hope your week is off to a good start.

Nov 6, 2017, 7:25am Top

>161 msf59: Morning, Mark! Yep, I didn't see you up there - apologies!

Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 8:28am Top

Morning, Amber!

What's your reaction to The Jungle? It's one of those I don't ever expect to read.

Nov 6, 2017, 1:02pm Top

>163 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! I've just finished that one up and will post my mini-review in a sec...

Nov 6, 2017, 1:02pm Top

190. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (NEH list, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
Welp, that was cheerful.
The story follows an immigrant man and his family trying to survive in the packing district of turn-of-the-century Chicago, and details the corruption and filth of the packing companies and the devastating lives the workers led. Fascinating and horrible. And important. And not, horrifyingly, without certain relevancies today. My one quibble: the ending gets bogged down in a description of socialism and then ends much too abruptly. Otherwise, a solid - if not happy - read.

Nov 6, 2017, 1:08pm Top

>165 scaifea: Less than fond memories of that read. Writing was serviceable, and I'm being kind; story was *appalling*; message received, Mr. Sinclair, stop beating me up!

Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 3:16pm Top

>190 Intriguing re The Jungle, thanks. Hmm.

I finished The Virginian and loved it. Five stars from me. So glad you read it and recommended it. Here's one I'll share under a spoiler alert, that was written in the margin of the narrator's newspaper you know when: "Goodbye, Jeff", it said. "I could not have spoke to you without playing the baby." As you remember, "Jeff" is what Steve called the Virginian. Great moment.

Nov 6, 2017, 3:44pm Top

Hi Amber my dear, hope your day has gone well and the Orthodontist visit with Charlie has gone well dear friend. We had a nice weekend apart from me having a spot of illness that lasted 18 hours and then disappeared without trace, very weird.

Karen went to the craft fair at the Village Library and she bought some raffle tickets and today we got a call to say she had won a prize which I collected for her. The prize was cozy sock slippers, just right now the first hard frost of the year came last night.

Sending love and hugs dear lady from both of us.

Nov 6, 2017, 5:37pm Top

>166 richardderus: Richard: Yeah, it's not an easy read, by any measure. Appalling, indeed. I think I would have recognized the head-beating more if the audio reader wasn't so good, but he was pretty amazing.

>167 jnwelch: Joe: Oh, YES! I'm SO glad that you loved it, too! I thought you would. And yes, that was a particularly good moment, wasn't it? So many ups and downs in that way, and funny and tense, sad and wonderful all in all kinds of turns. Wonderful. I was so happily surprised by it.

>168 johnsimpson: Hi, John! The orthodontist visit went really well (see below)! I'm glad to see that you're feeling better, and yay to Karen for winning the raffle prize! It's so fun when that happens.

Nov 6, 2017, 5:38pm Top

Orthodontist Update:

Good news! Charlie's issue (the one-tooth overbite) can be fairly easily and quickly fixed with just a retainer for a couple of months! WOOT! Much less invasive and less expensive that we thought it would be! And Charlie really likes the orthodontist, too, which is huge, of course. It's a good news day!

Nov 7, 2017, 6:17am Top

On the agenda today:
Treadmilling, sewing, writing, a little cleaning, library volunteering, and then Charlie and I will stay after school to help the librarian set up the book fair.

On the reading front:
After finishing The Jungle, I started listening to The Cherry Orchard. I also read a bit of Andersonville and Five on a Treasure Island.

Nov 7, 2017, 6:19am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
Tomm is on a business trip and couldn't call in for story time last night, so we just read:
-Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds (Charlie book, picture book) - 9/10 = A
-Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
And bits of:
-Upside Down Magic
-Ramona and Her Father

Nov 7, 2017, 6:41am Top

Morning, Amber! I don't mind it being cool, as long as I stay dry and it appears it will cooperate for the next few days. Yah!

Just a few pages left in Cloudsplitter. One of the great historical novels. I am surprised it hasn't received wider acclaim.

Nov 7, 2017, 7:29am Top

>173 msf59: Morning, Mark! Cool and dry is good with me, too. And yay for Cloudsplitter - I'll have to add it to my list.

Nov 7, 2017, 10:08am Top

Happy Tuesday, Amber!

Another thing I loved about The Virginian was his descriptions of the landscape. Where they started their honeymoon - wow! I can see why neither wanted to leave. Molly really redeemed her frustrating indecisiveness, too, with her deep appreciation of it.

You're right, what a roller coaster ride in the book.

Nov 7, 2017, 10:59am Top

>175 jnwelch: Joe: I agree about the landscape descriptions - so wonderful. And in particular the one you mention!

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>1 scaifea: Can you believe I have somehow never read anything by Enid Blyton?

>17 richardderus: Persimmon pudding?? Another thing I have no familiarity with. My grandmothers have a lot to answer for, clearly.

BQ: Pork and sauerkraut.

Nov 7, 2017, 11:49am Top

>177 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: Meh. This is only my second one, but I'm just as unimpressed as I was with the first one. I think maybe you really do need to be a young 'un to appreciate them.

Sauerkraut: I care for the stuff a great deal, but Tomm grew up with it at every family gathering (Eastern European family full of not-so-great cooks) and now won't touch the stuff and can't stand the smell of it in the house. So, I don't get it too often (and also, being warned, won't touch it at those family gatherings, either).

Nov 7, 2017, 11:58am Top

Hmm. I've never been able to get myself to read Enid Blyton, and I'm not feeling any more drawn after your experiences. I know the Faraway Tree books end up on a lot of "best children's books" lists.

Nov 7, 2017, 12:10pm Top

Enid Blyton is one of those children's author names that is so familiar to me that I was sure I must have read something by her, but I just looked at her author page and I don't recognize any of those titles. It doesn't sound like I missed much!

Nov 7, 2017, 12:38pm Top

>178 scaifea: My grandmother (of Slovak heritage) used to make her own sauerkraut. It was too potent for me as a kid, but she didn't serve it with everything. I don't remember when I decided to love it (as long as it's cooked with the meat, and gets that lovely caramelized sweet-and-sour thing going).

Nov 7, 2017, 12:49pm Top

Your agenda for today sounds like a good one, Amber.
Just swinging by to say hello.

I'm in Asheville, my last full day here, and it was a rainy morning but the sun has come out and I'm in short sleeves. Tomorrow I fly back to cold and rainy (and P and Abby, so that part is good).

I'm about one sixth into The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and am enjoying it so far.

Nov 7, 2017, 12:50pm Top

>179 jnwelch: Joe: Ha! I feel like such a rebel that I don't like Blyton's stuff much at all, because it's so well loved on those Best of Children's Books lists.

>180 rosalita: Julia: Yeah, if you think The Boxcar Children are too syrupy, then you probably want to stay away from Blyton.

>181 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: Yes, the caramelized thing is the best!

Nov 7, 2017, 12:51pm Top

>182 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen!

It's sunny here today for the first time in about a week, I think, but still pretty chilly. Tomm's in Tampa right now and says it's 75 and sunny. So nice for him, eh?

Safe travels back to P and A!

Nov 7, 2017, 12:52pm Top

191. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Checkov (NEH list, audiobook) - 6/10 = D
No likeable characters whatsoever, with a plot that I couldn't bring myself to care about at all. Gah.

Nov 7, 2017, 1:33pm Top

>185 scaifea: I'll be skipping that one!

Nov 7, 2017, 1:45pm Top

Enid Blyton: Mouldering Mound of ~Meh~ took her sappy, simpering slush-pile-worthy stuff a long darn time ago.

Sauerkraut: Just finished my lunch, kielbasa on sauerkraut served with roasted potatoes, onions, and red peppers. Bought at the deli on Lindell and Park on my from voting to go to the library and pick up a hold, then home. It got steamed in the crockpot to *just* warm enough that the roasted potatoes were glistening...awe.some.ness.

The Virginian is on the Kindle.

Sending hugs and happy vibes.

Nov 7, 2017, 1:45pm Top

>186 EBT1002: Ellen: Ha! Well, I mean, you may like it. It definitely didn't work for me, though.

Nov 7, 2017, 1:46pm Top

>187 richardderus: Richard: I wouldn't have wagered that Blyton would have been your sort of thing.

Your lunch sounds fantastic! YUM.

And yay for The Virginian! I hope you love it as much as I did!

Nov 7, 2017, 1:50pm Top

You and Joe have made it impossible not to give it a whirl with all the warbling and cooing y'all're doing about the descriptions. I thought I'd read it, but nothing seems more than vaguely familiar so I'm guessing either I haven't or it wasn't the Right Moment for it so it got short shrift.

Nov 7, 2017, 2:20pm Top

>190 richardderus: Richard: The landscape is its own character, but the actual ones are all pretty great, too, and their stories weave together so nicely. I do hope you enjoy it.

Nov 7, 2017, 2:29pm Top

I'll let you know. Of that you may be certain.

*cue omnibus musics*

Nov 7, 2017, 2:50pm Top

Hi Amber! I just wanted to drop by and say hello - and agree that Donkey #3 is adorable!

Good news re: retainer. I HATED my braces.

I also loved The Westing Game as a kid and reread it a few years ago. I agree that it holds up very well!

No to sauerkraut and Blyton. I may have to give The Virginian a try.....

Nov 7, 2017, 3:45pm Top

Enid Blyton was so much of mine and Karen's childhood and we remember them fondly.

Nov 7, 2017, 7:14pm Top

>192 richardderus: Richard: *grins*

>192 richardderus: Hey! Good to see you! Thanks for the donkey appreciation - he's a cutie, for certain.

And I agree - I didn't care for my braces, either, plus they didn't even work for me (I still have a gap between my two front teeth, although I've grown to love it, to be honest).

Yay for more Westing Game love - such a good one.

I do hope you try The Virginian and love it!

>194 johnsimpson: John: Aha! See? I do believe that you need to have read them as a kid to love them. I'm glad that you and Karen did.

Nov 7, 2017, 7:37pm Top

>195 scaifea: I had to laugh - I have a gap, too!

Nov 7, 2017, 8:01pm Top

Yup, me too!

Nov 7, 2017, 9:42pm Top

>196 Dejah_Thoris: >197 drneutron: WOOT! Yay for tooth gaps!

Nov 7, 2017, 10:38pm Top

>87 scaifea: love the Charlie Bucket costume :) VERY realistic chocolate!!!

Also, I can't wait to see Murder on the Orient Express!

Nov 8, 2017, 6:16am Top

>199 LovingLit: Megan: Thanks! And, I know, right?! I'm so excited for the movie - it looks amazing!!

Nov 8, 2017, 6:18am Top

On the agenda today:
Treadmilling, sewing, writing, library volunteering. Charlie has ballet class tonight. Tomm gets home this evening, too. Thai Peanut Chicken for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
I finished Five on a Treasure Island (more - but not much - on that one in a bit), started listening to The Age of Innocence, and read a bit of Eric.

Nov 8, 2017, 6:20am Top

Nov 8, 2017, 6:26am Top

Morning, Amber!

Nov 8, 2017, 7:16am Top

Thai peanut chicken sounds perfect, Amber. Have been eating lots of wintery food lately - caulliflower cheese, beef stew etc - feels justified given the frost on the ground.

>195 scaifea: I loved the faraway tree and almost anything else Blyton I could get my hands on - but having had to try and 'help' a younger kid as part of a school volunteering programme to practice his reading via the Famous Five (he laughed every time the name 'Fanny' came up, so I don't think we ever got past the first chapter) those books are rather tarnished!

Nov 8, 2017, 7:23am Top

>203 msf59: Morning, Mark!

>204 charl08: Charlotte: Wintery foods sound amazing right now, and we've had a good frost overnight here, too.

Ha! I'm sorry that Fanny will never be the same for you...

Nov 8, 2017, 7:46am Top

192. Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton (1001 Children's Books, 209 pages) - 7/10 = C+
Four cousins (plus one dog) have an adventure exploring an island with castle ruins and the promise of buried treasure.
Meh. Too syrupy sweet for my tastes. I see why kiddos like these books, but they aren't the kind of children's book that appeals to all ages, I think.

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>198 scaifea: can I join the tooth gap club? Pleeeeez? I had braces too, but the gap came back later albeit not as large as it was before. A dentist once tried to sell me on a cosmetic treatment to close the gap but nope, I wasn't going there.

Nov 8, 2017, 8:03am Top

>207 lauralkeet: Laura: Woot! Welcome to The Gap Club!

Nov 8, 2017, 8:34am Top

Morning, Amber!

Once again you're helping me get over not having read Enid Blyton.

Were you the one that recommended Shh! We Have a Plan? It was a cute one.

Nov 8, 2017, 10:51am Top

>209 jnwelch: Morning, Joe!

I don't think I recommended that one, but Charlie and I have read it, and it is pretty cute.

Nov 8, 2017, 12:29pm Top

So, I’ve decided to make Charlie a 3-piece suit for his school program. I took him to pick out fabric for the vest and tie; here’s what he chose:

Kid's got flair, eh?

Nov 8, 2017, 12:50pm Top

>211 scaifea: I am *really* looking forward to those photos. What a great eye that lad has!

Nov 8, 2017, 12:58pm Top

Fun! Winter program I am guessing? ; )

Nov 8, 2017, 1:03pm Top

>211 scaifea: Those. Are. Totally. Awesome. Now I need you to make me a scarf or something in that red stuff!!

Nov 8, 2017, 1:12pm Top

>212 richardderus: Richard: I know, right?! He really has a fashion sense, that kid.

>213 Berly: Kim: Yep, winter program. They rotate every other year between winter and spring music programs, because there's only one music teacher for 4K-4th grade, and they can't expect the poor thing to prep all the kiddos for programs all at the same time.

>214 rosalita: Julia: Agreed! The red will be for the tie (he chose bow-tie over a, um, long? tie? What do you call a non-bow-tie?) and the green will be the vest. I don't think you'd want a scarf out of it, because it would be a bit scratchy - the snowflakes are woven with a metallic thread, and that stuff is not soft. Also, this will be a *delight* to sew - just handling the fabric even slightly leaves little bits of metallic holiday flair all over my clothes. AWESOME. But, I think he's going to look fabulous, so it'll be worth it.

I need to go back on my own to find the fabric for the suit - I want a grey wool/flannel blend, I think - and all of the notions (buttons and thread and such). Charlie has no patience for his momma in a fabric shop, and honestly, I can't blame the kid. It's almost as bad as setting me loose in a bookshop, but at least then Charlie gets happily book-bliss-lost, too.

Nov 8, 2017, 1:13pm Top

Oh, and I should also mention that as we were in line waiting to get the fabric cut, Charlie noticed that his choices perfectly match up with our two Hogwarts houses...

Nov 8, 2017, 1:18pm Top

Okay, so every year for the past several, my mom has told me to type up a list of books I want and give it to her at Thanksgiving, and then she surprises me with a stack of them as my Christmas gift. So, so excellent - best mom ever. I've been working on my list for this year, and this is what I've come up with:

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele
The Call by Yannick Murphy
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
Knitting Wizardry by Amy Clarke Moore
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Suggestions for things you think I would really really love and so should definitely ask for?

Nov 8, 2017, 1:29pm Top

>211 scaifea: This made me smile BIG! I just worry that he might blend in with the other kids. *blinks*

"What do you call a non-bow-tie?" Boring. Your talking about working with that fabric made me remember the year we bought Christmas paper with glitter accents. Glitter. Everywhere. It was just completely crazy, but it makes for some funny stories.

A most excellent list, and yes, you have the best Mom ever.

Nov 8, 2017, 1:38pm Top

>218 Crazymamie: Mamie: Ha! Yes, it may be difficult to spot the poor child in the crowd, eh? We're going to get him some colorful Chuck Taylors to go with it, too, so that won't help at all...

I can't wait to see him in the bow-tie. Love those. And I love the glitter story! YOICKS. I shout curses into the winter wind at people who send up glittery Christmas cards. COAL! That's what they deserve in their stockings!!

I'm glad you approve the list, and the mom. She's amazing in all sorts of ways.

Nov 8, 2017, 1:45pm Top

>211 scaifea: Perfect!!

Nov 8, 2017, 1:53pm Top

>220 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: I know, right?! Now, here's hoping I don't mess up the sewing part...

Nov 8, 2017, 2:01pm Top

Looks lovely!

Nov 8, 2017, 2:04pm Top

>217 scaifea: Great list!

Is your mom at all interested in responding to the lists of other people?

Nov 8, 2017, 2:14pm Top

>215 scaifea: I've only ever called long ties "neckties" or just "ties" on the assumption that if I meant something else I'd specify, like "bow tie" or "bolo tie". Funny how you never consider these things until you're forced to!

And glitter-shedding scratchy fabric does not sound like ideal scarf material, I agree. Sigh. But for a tie and a vest? Perfect!

I love your Christmas book list. I hope you get Magpie Murders because it's great. I may have added some of your other choices to my own wishlist ...

Nov 8, 2017, 2:18pm Top

Bow ties are retronymed...the long tie is just a tie, a clip of the original "necktie". So's you knows.

Nov 8, 2017, 3:41pm Top

I think the Blyton books are of an age and time in England and haven't travelled through time well, I have been looking for books from my childhood and have managed to get a few and I have read a few but will read more over the years. I was very lucky as a young child in that as a year 4 and 5 I had two teachers who read to us on the carpet and made the stories come alive, thank you Miss Beaumont and Mrs Dews and our village library was only open on a Tuesday and Thursday from 5 - 7 pm and the old gentleman librarian could spot interested young readers and made sure we had a good selection of books to choose from, I owe my love of books to them and mum and dad for making sure I had books in the house.

Nov 8, 2017, 4:39pm Top

Re: Charlie in the fabric store -- I remember spending many long, boring hours (or they felt like hours) waiting while my mom shopped for fabric. Now, I enjoy it -- but I used to hate fabric store trips most of any kind of shopping! I think I spent a lot of time looking through the pattern books.

Nov 8, 2017, 4:52pm Top

>222 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte.

>223 jnwelch: Joe: Ha! She probably would, she's amazingly kind and generous.

>224 rosalita: Julia: The Magpie Murders is on the list thanks to you!

>225 richardderus: Richard: Interesting about the term 'bowtie.' And weird about 'necktie,' since they both go round the neck, eh?

>226 johnsimpson: John: Oh, yay for excellent childhood memories of books and reading!!

>227 foggidawn: foggi: Yep, me, too, with my mom. In my defense, I do try to spare Charlie from trips to the fabric store, because I do remember disliking them myself.

Nov 8, 2017, 5:03pm Top

Nov 8, 2017, 5:04pm Top

>227 foggidawn: My (now 43 year-old) son claims that I practiced child abuse when he was young because I took him to fabric stores with me.

Nov 8, 2017, 5:10pm Top

>230 RebaRelishesReading: Snort.

I remember fabric store trips fondly, but probably only because they weren't terribly common events, taking place with a cousin, not my mother.

Now my mother took me to bookstores - how I loved going to bookstores......

Nov 8, 2017, 5:21pm Top

>229 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: I love your confidence in my abilities!

>230 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: Ha!

>231 Dejah_Thoris: My mom made a lot of clothes for me, and she was a huge crafter (she paid for my high school band trips to Florida and NYC solely from the money she made selling her crafts at fairs), so our trips to the fabric shops were frequent. I look back now and wish that I had cultivated my interest in sewing earlier, of course.

Nov 8, 2017, 6:12pm Top

I enjoyed trips to the fabric and craft stores as a kid with my mom. I'm sure I got bored now and then but there was usually enough interesting stuff to keep me busy.

I do hope that Saint-Saëns was playing during the carnival of the animals.

Nov 8, 2017, 9:48pm Top

>233 RBeffa: Ron: You enjoyed it, eh? Such a good son.

And yes, SS gets played; it wouldn't be much of a Carnival of Animals without him, I'm afraid...

Nov 9, 2017, 6:20am Top

On the agenda for today:
Menu planning and grocery listing, a trip to Dubuque to get the oil changed in my car (and a trip to the fabric shop while I'm there to look for the rest of the Charlie suit materials), a bit of grocery shopping, library volunteering, then our parent/teacher conference tonight and a stop at the book fair.

On the reading front:
I listened to more of The Age of Innocence, started Children of the Soil, and finished Eric (more on that one later).

Nov 9, 2017, 6:37am Top

>217 scaifea: Love the Christmas book list. Many gems on there. I am still waiting for my audio copy of The Hate U Give to come in from the library.

Morning, Amber! Sweet Thursday. Last work day of the week for me. Yah!

Nov 9, 2017, 7:34am Top

>237 msf59: Morning, Mark! I'm excited about my list, too. Nearly all of them come from recommendations here, of course, and a couple of them from my librarian friends. I do know how to surround myself with awesome people.

Enjoy your last workday!

Nov 9, 2017, 10:27am Top

Morning, Amber!

Sweet Thursday. I hope all is going well at Scaife Manor.

Nov 9, 2017, 10:28am Top

>239 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Thanks!

Nov 9, 2017, 10:30am Top

So, as I mentioned on Mamie's thread, I just picked up my first pair of progressive-lenses glasses yesterday. I'm struggling a bit with them, but I'm moderately confident that I'll get used to them...

Nov 9, 2017, 10:34am Top

I LOVE the frames! The shape and color are great.

Nov 9, 2017, 10:34am Top

>241 scaifea: Looking good, Amber! Good frames that complement your face well. Your expression indicates your wariness about the progressive lenses, I think. :-)

Nov 9, 2017, 10:37am Top

>242 katiekrug: What Katie said!

Nov 9, 2017, 10:39am Top

>242 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie. I also have to get used to these new frames; I had managed to keep the same frames for about 5 years because I loved them so much. These are rounder than I like (I like narrower, more rectangular ones), but the doc explained that for my first pair of progressives I would want more room for the actual progression part. Sigh.

>243 rosalita: Julia: Ha! Thanks. Again, I have to get used to the shape of these. My expression is more, "Ugh, I intensely dislike taking selfies" than anything else. Smiling for photos is difficult for me anyway (unless someone makes me laugh, of course), but smiling for a photo you're taking of yourself? So weird.

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>244 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! I can't wait to see yours!

ETA: They're black on the outside with dark blue showing through from the inner side. I'm with you and much prefer plastic frames to ones with nose pieces, which I can't stand.

Nov 9, 2017, 10:42am Top

193. Eric by Terry Pratchett (Discworld series, 197 pages) - 8/10 = B-
Pratchett's take on Faust in the Discworld, with a bit of Homer thrown in for some sort of measure.
Possibly my least favorite so far; I couldn't quite get myself to pay attention for most of it.

Nov 9, 2017, 10:45am Top

>242 katiekrug: what she said

Nov 9, 2017, 11:28am Top

The frames look great, Amber! Much luck with the progressive adjustment. :)

Nov 9, 2017, 12:19pm Top

Love the new specs, Amber. They look great! I hope you adjust easily to the progressive part.

Nov 9, 2017, 4:18pm Top

>241 scaifea:, Looking good Mrs Scaife and you will adjust to them dear friend. Hope the day is going well for you and that the parent/teacher conference is good and then there is the book fair to look at, what could be better at the end.

Sending love and hugs from both of us to all of you.

Nov 9, 2017, 4:45pm Top

>248 richardderus: Thanks, Richard!

>249 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky! Massive headache for the second straight day and I'm blaming these wretched glasses. But yeah, eventually, I hope.

>250 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura - me, too, because I'm ready not to have a headache from them. YOICKS.

>251 johnsimpson: Thanks, John! I always really look forward to these teacher conferences, because it's awesome to listen to Charlie's teachers go on about what a fabulous kid he is. I feel so ridiculously lucky that I have one of those kids who make these conferences fun and not something to dread. And YES! Bookfair!!

Nov 10, 2017, 6:16am Top

On the agenda for today:
Grocery shopping, vacuuming, bills, weekly photo organizing, library volunteering. Charlie has ballet class this evening.

On the reading front:
Still listening to The Age of Innocence, and read a bit more of Children of the Soil and War and Peace.

Nov 10, 2017, 7:22am Top

>241 scaifea: LIKE!

Morning, Amber! Happy Friday. Looks like it will be the coldest day of the season so far. Glad I am off and will spend most of the time at home, cuddled with the books.

Enjoy your day.

Nov 10, 2017, 7:50am Top

>255 msf59: Thanks, Mark!

Jack Frost paid us a visit this morning and left messages on our bay windows. Chilly!

Enjoy your bookish day! I hope I can squeeze some reading time in, too. I usually get some good reading in during Charlie's ballet class; it's lucky that the other moms don't seem very social and don't seem to mind that I ignore them and read. Ha!

Nov 10, 2017, 8:29am Top

Morning, Amber!

We have smidges of snow on the ground here in Chi-town. Too early! (Our Montana friends are probably scoffing).

Nov 10, 2017, 9:52am Top

>257 jnwelch: Joe: First Snow! We're supposed to get some flurries today, too.

Nov 10, 2017, 10:48am Top

>241 scaifea: They look great!! Hope you get used to them quickly.

Nov 10, 2017, 11:02am Top

>257 jnwelch: I may not be in Montana but I'm still scoffing. Winter arrived in Edmonton on November 1. We've had snow on the ground for nearly two weeks now. Plus the cold temperatures to go with it.

>258 scaifea: First snow is always exciting in my book. :)

Nov 10, 2017, 11:27am Top

>259 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! Today seems to be going better, so I'm getting there!

>260 MickyFine: Micky: Nice! I do love the first snow (and subsequent snows, if I'm honest - I just love snow). Very Gilmore-like of me.

Nov 10, 2017, 5:07pm Top

I wish snow would just fall on grass and other natural surfaces. Then I would love it beyond all reason. But until they invent a snow- and ice-repelling paving material, it will continue to be my sworn enemy. :-)

But seriously, if we can put a man on the moon ... !

Nov 10, 2017, 6:17pm Top

>262 rosalita: I agree so much! I love snow... until I have to drive in it.

Nov 10, 2017, 7:13pm Top

>262 rosalita: >263 foggidawn: That would be pretty wonderful, I agree!

Nov 10, 2017, 9:29pm Top

Cool progressives! (glasses)
I was seriously concerned about my ability to adjust to getting glasses, it just felt so *unusual*, but sure enough, I did. So trust your moderate confidence :)

Nov 10, 2017, 9:37pm Top

>265 LovingLit: Megan: I've had glasses for years and years (since I was in college), but this is my first pair of bifocals. Today was better, so I'm getting there...

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>241 scaifea: You can do it! (The trick is to stop thinking about it.) And You. Wook. Mahvewous.

Nov 10, 2017, 11:54pm Top

>261 scaifea: I'm the same way about snow, Amber. :)

Nov 11, 2017, 9:39am Top

>267 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks, Linda! And yeah, it feels still better today, so I think I'm getting there. I'm still having trouble going down stairs, though...

>268 MickyFine: Micky: Woot!

Nov 11, 2017, 9:42am Top

On today's agenda:
Baking (Sugar Cookies and Pumpkin Trifle), a bit of laundry, possibly some sewing, hopefully some reading. Charlie has rehearsal this evening.

On the reading front:
Still listening to The Age of Innocence. I also read a bit of Children of the Soil and more of Andersonville yesterday.

Nov 11, 2017, 9:46am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-A Sick Day for Amos McGee
And bits of:
-Upside Down Magic
-Enormously Foxtrot
-Murder on the Orient Express
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

And we finished:
194. Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary (Charlie's book club read, 165 pages) - 8/10 = B+
Not my favorite of the Ramona books, but still a good one.

Nov 11, 2017, 11:58am Top

Morning, Amber!

How are you liking The Age of Innocence so far? I thought that was a good 'un.

Nov 11, 2017, 12:11pm Top

>272 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! The Age of Innocence is a little slow here in the beginning, but I'm hoping it'll pick up. If you liked it, I'm sure it will.

Nov 11, 2017, 1:34pm Top

Happy Saturday, Amber!

Nov 11, 2017, 3:25pm Top

>183 scaifea: >194 johnsimpson: I grew up with Enid Blyton's stories and remember them fondly. Many of the childhood classics that are mentioned on the 75ers threads are ones that I have never read and a lot of them tend to seem flat to me when I read them now. It seems that it depends on what you were brought up with.

Nov 11, 2017, 4:27pm Top

>274 msf59: Hi, Mark!

>275 Familyhistorian: Meg: Yep, I think the Blyton books are ones that need to be read as a kid to be beloved. There are lots of good children's books out there, though, that do appeal at all ages, and those are the truly great ones.

Nov 11, 2017, 7:22pm Top

>269 scaifea: Pfffffttt.....I always had trouble with my depth perception for a while when I got new glasses, even before I got to the bifocal/trifocal/progressive lens stage. I can remember almost falling off a curb walking from the optometrist's office to the car once!

Nov 12, 2017, 12:57pm Top

I guess I'm weird. *snort* I guess I'm weirder than usual because when I get new glasses I have zero adjustment time. I just marvel at the new level of clarity in {pick newly corrected issue} and then go on with my day.

Speaking of which, happy Sunday baking and being.

Nov 12, 2017, 1:03pm Top

I struggle more with my eyes than with my glasses. They get tired and dry and don't want to focus through the finger smudged lenses.

I hope to see you have a lovely Sunday.

Nov 12, 2017, 2:47pm Top

>277 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: I'm not having trouble with the actual depth perception, but with the stair not being in focus, because I'm looking down at them through the bifocal bit and they're too far away to be clear. That's the part that's giving me a headache.

>278 richardderus: Richard: I never had issues with adjusting to new glasses before these bifocals, either.
And thanks! We made sugar cut-out cookies today. We used the turkey-shaped cutter, of course.

>279 PaulCranswick: Paul: I have trouble keeping my glasses unsmudged, too. Nuisance, really.

Nov 12, 2017, 2:48pm Top

Well, Charlie's bowtie is finished:

Nov 12, 2017, 2:50pm Top

Well done! That looks fabulous, Amber!

Nov 12, 2017, 2:58pm Top

Great Bowtie my dear, I would love one of those.

Nov 12, 2017, 3:00pm Top

>282 Crazymamie: >283 johnsimpson: Thanks, Mamie & John! It was a hoot to make, too (I'd never made one before). Next up will be the vest.

Nov 12, 2017, 3:14pm Top

>281 scaifea: beautiful! That lad has great taste, as I said before, and a super-talented mom. I think I hate him...just a little...

Nov 12, 2017, 3:15pm Top

>284 scaifea: Richard: Ha! Thanks...?

Nov 12, 2017, 3:15pm Top

195. Children of the Soil by Nora Burglon (Newbery Honor Book, 271 pages) - 8/10 = B
Two poor children in Norway struggle to save up enough money to buy a cow for their mother's farm.
Seems typical of the age, and a little too saccharine for me.

Nov 12, 2017, 3:21pm Top

Afternoon, Amber!

That’s a great holiday bow tie for Charlie.

Nov 12, 2017, 4:33pm Top

>288 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! Thanks!

Nov 12, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Love the bow tie! I especially like the way you got the snowflake right on the little vertical bit (does that bit have a name?).

Nov 12, 2017, 4:52pm Top

>281 scaifea: Love it. Very cute. I'm sure the whole outfit will be a hit.

Nov 12, 2017, 4:58pm Top

>290 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! That's the knot part, I guess, although it's a fake one on this tie. And thanks for noticing that I tried to line up a snowflake for that part!

>291 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! I can't wait to see how the vest turns out. I still need to make a trip to the fabric shop for the actual suit fabric...

Nov 12, 2017, 7:23pm Top

Hi Amber,

I hope you won't mind if I hijack your thread for a moment....

Its Time!

Christmas Swap is coming, Christmas Swap is coming....

The thread is up. Come one, come all and join the fun...


Nov 12, 2017, 9:11pm Top

That's a fine-looking bowtie! I can't wait to see the vest to complete the outfit.

Edited: Nov 12, 2017, 9:48pm Top

>294 rosalita: Thanks, Julia! I'm excited to make the vest, too, but the outfit won't be complete until I make the suit as well (pants and jacket). I'm hoping to get to Madison sometime this week to try to find the right fabric for the suit...

ETA: Oh, and we need to get shoes for it, too. New Chuck Taylors, of course. I'll let Charlie decide what color.

Nov 13, 2017, 6:17am Top

On the agenda today:
Treadmilling, sewing, writing, library volunteering, and I'll try to get a new thread up and running. Brown Rice and Lentils for dinner tonight, I think.

On the reading front:
Still listening to The Age of Innocence. I also tried to read When the Snow Fell and then quit trying, then started The Noonday Friends.

Nov 13, 2017, 6:30am Top

Morning, Amber! Back to the grind, after a nice weekend off and staring at 6 days too...Oh Boy!!

Nov 13, 2017, 7:25am Top

>298 msf59: Morning, Mark! Ooof to 6 days in a row...

Nov 13, 2017, 8:41am Top

Morning, Amber!

Here we go. Let's just jump on the toboggan and slide all the way down this week's hill.

Nov 13, 2017, 10:06am Top

>300 jnwelch: Morning, Joe!

Yes, this week will be a doozie: ballet rehearsals Tuesday through Thursday night, then performances Friday through Sunday. Yoicks!

Nov 13, 2017, 11:48am Top

Love the bowtie!

I can't abide smudged glasses, so I tend to scatter glasses cleaning cloths all around: one on the table by the couch, one on the dresser where I put the glasses at night, one in my purse, one at my desk at work...

Nov 13, 2017, 12:21pm Top

>302 foggidawn: foggi: Those smudges drive me crazy, too. Yeesh.

Nov 13, 2017, 12:53pm Top

Nov 13, 2017, 6:16pm Top

>281 scaifea: That bow tie is aces! Can't wait to see the whole suit, but I can tell it is going to be awesome!

Nov 13, 2017, 6:26pm Top

>305 lycomayflower: Aw, thanks, Laura!!

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