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Berly's Bookin' It! #5

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's Bookin' It! #4.

This topic was continued by Berly's Bookin' It! #6.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1Berly
Feb 19, 2018, 1:51pm Top



I am hoping to read more of my TBR piles this year. They are everywhere. Some are under the window in my bedroom, some are stacked by my night table, in the study, downstairs in the bookcases, and then there is the Kindle....I know you all understand. So, I am posting photos of fantasy book nooks!! A girl can dream...

2Berly
Edited: Mar 15, 2018, 11:23pm Top



Reading Now
...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera
We Were Eight Years in Power Ta-Nehisi Coates - Black History Month (With Ellen)
The Grass Dancer (333 pages) by Susan Power (ColourCAT - Green)
Metabolic Renewal Roadmap (122 pages) by Dr. Jade Teta
Alias Grace (K) by Margaret Atwood, March RL Bookclub #2

Plans
Arthur & George (439 pages) by Julian Barnes
Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman (AlphaCAT F, I)

Others??
March: Cloud Atlas Group Read (Category Challenge)
April: Far From the Madding Crowd (with Ellen ~ Yellow for ColorCAT)
June? sooner?: Go, Went, Gone (with Ellen ~ translated for BingoDOG)
??? Swing Time by Zadie Smith (with Ellen ~ Yearlong: X, Z AlphaCAT)

3Berly
Edited: Mar 15, 2018, 8:07pm Top









Read in March
22. A Time of Love and Tartan (247 pages) by Alexander McCall Smith 4.0
21. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (320 pages) (A) by Roxane Gay 5.0
20. Death in a Strange Country (272 pages) by Donna Leon (K) (2 Guidos) 4.0
19. The Last Black Unicorn (288 pages) (A) by Tiffany Haddish 4.0

Rating System
You probably won't see many below three because I am less afraid to use the Pearl rule now, but "Anathema" tickled me. So many books, so little time!

Masterpiece 5.0
Stunning 4.5
Excellent 4.0
Very Good 3.5
Good 3.0
Average 2.5
Eh 2.0
Don't Bother 1.5
Bad 1.0
Anathema 0.5

*=Off the Shelf
A=Audio
L=Library
N=New/Gift
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

4Berly
Edited: Mar 3, 2018, 12:38am Top

Read in February / 2,928 Pages Read / 5 Off the Shelf
18. The Slow Regard of Silent Things (176 pages) by Patrick Rothfuss 4.0 *
17. Killman Creek (348 pages) by Rachel Caine 4.25
16. Salvage the Bones (271 pages) by Jasmyn Ward 3.75 *
15. Raisin in the Sun (151 pages) by Lorraine Hansberry 4.0 *
14. Princess Diarist (A) (272 pages) by Carrie Fisher 2.5
13. B is for Burglar (K)(320 pages) by Sue Grafton 3.5
12. A is for Alibi (K)(224 pages) by Sue Grafton 3.5 *
11. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (A) (400 pages) by Phil Knight 4.5
10. Parable of the Talents (422 pages) by Octavia Butler 3.5
9. The Dead House (500 pages) by Harry Bingham 4.5 *
8. The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes--And Why (266 pages) by Amanda Ripley 4.0

Read in January / 2,150 Pages Read / 3 Off the Shelf
7. Black Swan Green (OTS) (294) by David Mitchell, ColourCAT Challenge 4.0 *
6. Parable of the Sower (345) by Octavia Butler 4.0
5. Vittorio, The Vampire (OTS) (288 pages) by Anne Rice 2.5 *
4. The Power (387 pages) by Naomi Alderman 3.75
3. God Stalk (271 pages) (K) by P.C. Hodgell, GR led by Roni 3.75
2. Talking As Fast As I Can (OTS) (209 pages) by Lauren Graham 3.0 *
1. Death at La Fenice (356 pages) (K) by Donna Leon, Two Guidos GR 3.75

5Berly
Edited: Mar 15, 2018, 11:26pm Top

Longer Plans for Reading


RL Book Club #1
February - Evicted by Matthew Desmond
April - The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
June - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
August - Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
October - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
December - Choose books!!

RL Book Club #2
January - The Power by Naomi Alderman ✔ ✔
February - Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood ✔ ✔
March - Alias Grace continued
April - I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
May -
June -
July -
August -
September -
October -
November -



The Guidos Murder Mystery Thread
January - Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon ✔ ✔
March - Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon ✔ ✔
May - Dressed for Death by Donna Leon (originally published as Anonymous Venetian in 1994)
July - Death and Judgement by Donna Leon (originally published A Venetian Reckoning in 1995)
September - Acqua Alta by Donna Leon (also published as Death in High Water)
November - Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon (also published as Death of Faith)

6Berly
Edited: Mar 3, 2018, 12:41am Top


I am hoping these challenges will help me choose books I already own.




ColorCAT Challenge
January:Black - Black Swan Green by David Mitchell ✔ ✔
February:Brown - Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry ✔ ✔
March: Green - The Grass Dancer by Susan Power
April:Yellow - Sunnyside by Glen David Gold
May:Blue - so many choices!
June:Purple - We are the Ones We have Been Waiting For by Alice Walker (The jacket cover is purple and, of course, Walker wrote The Color Purple, which I also have) or The Lady and the Peacock about Augn San Suu Kyi of Burma, by Peter Popham
July:Pink - Fever at Dawn by Peter Gardos
August:Grey - The Disappearing Spoon Sam Kean or Consider the Fork Wilson
September: Metallic -The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
October:Orange -The Burning Girl Claire Messud or My Life in Orange Tim Guest
November:Red - Scarlet Marissa Meyer or Consider the Lobster DF Wallace
December:White - The Plague of Doves Erdrich or Moonglow Michael Chabon

And for color backup, Travic McGee by John D. MacDonald (thanks Joe!)



AlphaCAT Challenge

Jan: V, M - Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice (love a double V!) ✔ ✔
Feb : P, J - Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward ✔ ✔
Mar: F, I - Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
Apr: Y, U -
May: Q, K -
June: G, R - ?? Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
July: S, A -
Aug: O, D -
Sep: B, E -
Oct: N, L -
Nov: T, H -
Dec: C, W -
Yearlong: X, Z - ?? Swing Time by Zadie Smith

7Berly
Edited: Feb 19, 2018, 5:05pm Top



RandomCAT Challenge
January - Read a Book Bullet: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls ✔ ✔
February - Unusual Holidays (Portland Rose Festival): A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton (rose-colored cover) ✔ ✔
March - Something that relates to "Headlines in the News"

And Totally Random
LTER - Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
Feb - Arthur & George by Julian Barnes with Megan and Mark
Feb - We Were Eight Years in Power with Ellen (# in Title for BINGO Dog)
March - ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera (majleavy)
March - Foucault's Pendulum (Karen) (1001 BINGO Dog)
April - The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Paul's IAC
April - Far from the Madding Crowd with Ellen (Yellow)
June?? - Go, Went, Gone with Ellen (translated for BINGO Dog)
Possession
Midnight's Children

Something by Pynchon: Crying of Lot 49 because it's a condensed 152 pages; Gravity's Rainbow is typically considered his masterpiece; but, since you're not afraid of the big'uns, I'd recommend Against the Day (Thanks Majleavy!)



Bingo Completed
1. Famous Person in Title - Princess Diarist by Carrie Fischer
4. New to You Author - God Stalk by P.C. Hodgell
15. Humorous Book - Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls)
16. Unread 2017 Purchase - Evicted reading
21. Autobio or Memoir - Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
22. Poetry or Play - Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
23. Longtime TBR - Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice
24. Story Involves Travel - Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Bingo Ideas
2. Published >100 years - Nickolas Nickelby
3. Originally in a Diff Language - Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
5. Relative Name in Title
6. Money in Title
7. Published 2018
8. X in the Title
9. >500 Pages
10 Set During a Holiday
11. LGBTQ Major Character
12. See Below
13. Read a CAT
14. Number in the Title - We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
17. Something in the Sky in Title
18. Pacific Ocean Related
19. Fits at Least 2 KIT/CATS
20. Beautiful Cover
25. Rank in Title

12. 1001 Books ??

I have read 170 of the first 200 listed in 1001 Books You Should Read Before you Die with LT as the source. That's 85% and I'm feeling pretty proud!

Still TBR ** likely candidates

Heart of Darkness
Rebecca by Daphne DeMaurier
Foundation Isaac Asimov
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Atonement Ian McEwan
Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie ??
Sidhartha Herman Hesse ??
Stanger in a Strange Land Heinlein
Woman in White Wilkie Collins
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep PK Dick
Spy Who Came In From the Cold LeCarre
God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Big Sleep
Watchmen Alan Moore
The Reader Bernhard Schlink
**Faucault’s Pendulum Umberto Eco
The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan
Neuromancer William Gibson
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Possession AS Byatt
Brideshead Revisited
**Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
Day of the Triffids John Wyndham
Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
**Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
Dick Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Douglas Adam
Bleak House Charles Dickens
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy

8Berly
Edited: Mar 15, 2018, 8:13pm Top



Last year I read 47 out of the 85 new books I acquired. This year I am trying to read more off my shelves. We'll see how I do!!

New Books in 2018
✔ ✔ = read

1) Princess Diarist (A) by Carrie Fisher ✔ ✔
2) Not Perfect (K - Free Amazon First) by Elizabeth LaBan
3) We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
4) A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
5) Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
6) Go, Went, Gone by Jeremy Erpenbeck (Beth's Fault!!)
7) The Soul of the Octopus by Sy Montgomery
8) Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
9) Alias Grace (K) by Margaret Atwood
10) Killman Creek (K) by Rachel Caine, (Stillhouse Lake Series #2) ✔ ✔
11) Neighborly (K - Free Amazon ) by Elllie Monago
12) The Last Black Unicorn (Audbile credit) by Tiffany Hadish ✔ ✔
13) ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera
14) A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton ✔ ✔
15) B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton ✔ ✔
16) C is .... by Sue Grafton
17) Poldark by Winston Grahman
18) The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello
19) A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McMall Smith ✔ ✔
20) Bear Town by Frederick Backman

A=Audio
N=New Gift
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=INDIEspensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

9Berly
Edited: Feb 19, 2018, 2:02pm Top



Favorites from this year:
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Favorites from 2017:
Fiction
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
This Thing of Darkness by Harry Bingham
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse#1) by Dennis E. Taylor
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Non-Fiction
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Radium Girls by Katie Moore
Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott Joyce Wallace Scott
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
Dr. Mütter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

10Berly
Edited: Mar 15, 2018, 8:14pm Top



Series I want to continue...

#6 The Deepest Grave Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
#4 Lethal White Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith
#1 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

11Berly
Edited: Feb 19, 2018, 3:05pm Top

A tad behind on reviews....



The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher 2.5

Carrie and her book were doomed from the beginning. We were never going to be friends. I had/have a serious crush on Harrison Ford, so anyone who got to snog him is going to make me seriously jealous. On top of that, Carrie's storytelling is filled with way too many exclamation points and meanderings down story lines that might have been but never were. Why go there? Sure there is some humor and she does a good job of capturing her teenage insecurities, but I wanted less of the romance and more on the makings of Star Wars. I found it oddly depressing and didn't even finish. Eh.

12banjo123
Feb 19, 2018, 2:27pm Top

happy new thread!

13BLBera
Feb 19, 2018, 2:34pm Top

Happy New Thread, Twin. Some great reading going on here. I hope you are feeling better. Be kind to yourself.

14Ameise1
Feb 19, 2018, 2:41pm Top

Happy new one, Kim and big waves from Davos.

15jessibud2
Feb 19, 2018, 2:41pm Top

Ooo I think I like this topper even more than the last one! Happy new thread, Kim!

16katiekrug
Feb 19, 2018, 2:49pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim. Glad to hear you are starting to feel better.

17Berly
Feb 19, 2018, 2:53pm Top

>12 banjo123: Thanks! And you get a prize for being Numero Uno! What movie do you want to go see?

18SuziQoregon
Feb 19, 2018, 2:56pm Top

Happy new thread Kim! Hope you're feeling better.

19Berly
Feb 19, 2018, 2:58pm Top

>13 BLBera: Hi Twin! New thread, new me. : )

>14 Ameise1: Waves from Davos?! Should I be jealous?

>15 jessibud2: I aims to please. Green is one of my favorite colors, so I really like the pillows on this one. And they look very soft. Also, more books.

>16 katiekrug: Hola! Your Sugar Pop book challenge has turned out to be wildly popular this year--nicely done!

20Ameise1
Feb 19, 2018, 3:00pm Top

Only if you like ski holidays ;-)

21Berly
Feb 19, 2018, 3:03pm Top

>18 SuziQoregon: Hi Julie! Working my way toward wellness. ; )

>20 Ameise1: Barbara--I just posted on your thread that I am officially jealous! Very!!

22humouress
Feb 19, 2018, 3:08pm Top

Happy new thread Kim!

23Ameise1
Feb 19, 2018, 3:10pm Top

:-)

24drneutron
Feb 19, 2018, 3:24pm Top

Happy new thread!

25Crazymamie
Feb 19, 2018, 3:41pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

26Berly
Feb 19, 2018, 4:32pm Top

Thanks you guys!! : )

27EBT1002
Feb 19, 2018, 5:17pm Top

She's baaaa-aack! Hooray! It sounds like it's been a hellish couple of weeks, Kim. I'm SO glad you're on the mend.

I'm thinking we have not done a good job of getting started on We Were Eight Years in Power. I wonder if we need a new plan. Like, one essay a week until we finish? Or two essays per month? Or....?

February has felt like a more stressful reading month than I like and I can't totally figure out why. I still haven't finished Nicholas Nickleby and I'm almost done with The Big Sky. The latter is for my RLBG but it will count for my ColorCAT since the cover is brown(ish). I still have to read one of my two books by Rose Tremain for the RandomCAT challenge. *sigh*

This Wednesday I fly to Tempe for a conference. I'm looking forward to the trip. And I keep reminding myself that it's only the 19th of the month!

28RebaRelishesReading
Feb 19, 2018, 5:58pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim.

29evilmoose
Feb 19, 2018, 6:28pm Top

Hah, I wasn't as opposed to The Princess Diarist as you, but I was a bit underwhelmed. I think one of the more interesting things was the view into the post-fame convention circuit - the idea of trying to be friendly and polite and lovely to a huge queue of people in return for a chunk of money... I remember going to the Calgary Comic Expo one year, and saw poor Summer Glau doing photos with a succession of sweaty awkward geeks (it was super hot, so to be fair nearly everyone was sweaty, and at a comic expo it's just geeks anyway) - some were lovely, but some were just a bit handsy, and I felt so bad for her.

PS. Happy new thread

30msf59
Feb 19, 2018, 7:27pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kimmers! Love the book nook topper! I like that view. Sorry, to hear that The Princess Diarist fell flat for you. I agree, I wanted more Star Wars stuff but I found it to be an entertaining listen.

31Berly
Feb 19, 2018, 8:56pm Top

>27 EBT1002: I am now in the frequently called "Crash and Burn" part of the Prednisone experience. It gets you over the emergency, fills you with restless energy and insomnia (I am the quicker picker upper during this phase), and then it tosses you to the ground having used up all your energy and brain cells. Books are my friends and so is my bed. : )

Um....we sucked at starting We Were Eight Years in Power! LOL I just checked the Table of Contents and each chapter seems doable in a week. Do you want to try that? Starting this week or next or March? Or other? I still want to read it with you.

I am doing pretty well on my ROOT challenges, but I also bailed on Barkskins and poor Nicholas Nickleby. Someday...And I am killing my Bingo Card (which is always true the beginning of the year--don't burst my bubble)!!

I heard you overbooked your stay in the sunshine and have to spend a day lounging at the pool. Poor you! : P

32Berly
Feb 19, 2018, 9:00pm Top

>28 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks for popping in! : )

>29 evilmoose: I would make a horrible celebrity! The idea of having to let all those people try to get close to me, have their picture taken, talk to me. Ugh. Of course, if it was a lot of money for a short period of time....hmmm...still only a maybe.

>30 msf59: I am glad you enjoyed Carrie more than I did; it just didn't hit the right note for me. Ah well. On to the next read!

33Berly
Edited: Feb 19, 2018, 11:39pm Top



Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight 4.5

Okay, Nike is based in Oregon, but that's such a small piece of why I loved this book. Knight is actually an AMAZING storyteller, with great wit, wonderful vocabulary and a convincing storyline. Shockingly good writing. Who knew? This worldwide giant of a company had such a tenuous start; it was fascinating to hear all the trials and tribulations, the enthusiasm and dedication, the bond between the founders, not to mention foreign travel and negotiating with the Japanese, the Olympics. An awesome read-- I listened on audio, but print would work just as well.

I did take a half of a point off because Knight is so brutally honest; his descriptions were almost too much for me at times. Funny in a painful way. Still, I give it an enthusiastic 4.5 stars.

34Familyhistorian
Feb 19, 2018, 10:46pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim. Good to see that you found a surprisingly good book after one you couldn't finish. Fingers crossed for the GC for your upcoming birthday.

35ChelleBearss
Feb 20, 2018, 7:27am Top

Happy new thread! Hope the Crash and Burn stage doesn't last long!

36scaifea
Feb 20, 2018, 7:38am Top

Happy new thread, Kim! Ooh, you've almost got a BINGO up there! I think I still need at least 2 in every row...

37karenmarie
Feb 20, 2018, 9:15am Top

Hi Kim! Happy Tuesday to you and I hope you're back on your feet soon.

It's nice to find a 4.5 star read after so many duds for you.

38jnwelch
Feb 20, 2018, 10:35am Top

Happy New Thread, Kim.

That's quite a tbr shelf you've got. Back in the day, Neuromancer got me on the William Gibson train, and I never got off.

39Berly
Feb 20, 2018, 11:30am Top

>35 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. I have a snow day today, so after helping my daughter with her school paper, I plan to read, read, read! OK, and maybe some Olympics. : ) My BIL is in town, too, but he mostly wants to see his mom and dad, so I don't know if we will get a chance to meet up. Especially with the snow making travel tricky.

>36 scaifea: Amber--Hi there! I know, I am so excited that BINGO is going so well, but I am stumped on a book with a title in it. I will have to take a closer look to my TBR piles...

>37 karenmarie: I really did enjoy Shoe Dog a lot! I wouldn't say I have had a lot of duds this year, but definitely not as many spectacular reads, more in the comfort zone. That has also been my choice, to read cozy mysteries, etc.

>38 jnwelch: Oh sure, come visit my thread and drop another book suggestion after noting that my TBR list is already pretty long! LOL. Thanks, Joe. : )

40Ameise1
Feb 20, 2018, 12:49pm Top

I'm looking forward to your thoughts about Arthur & George. Wishing you a fabulous Tuesday.

41SuziQoregon
Edited: Feb 20, 2018, 12:56pm Top

Good to hear you enjoyed Shoe Dog. I've been considering that one since my family knew one of people he worked with early on.

Good to hear you're home already. I'm at the office downtown but heading home at lunchtime and will be working from there the rest of the day and from what I hear about the forecast, probably tomorrow too.

42rretzler
Feb 20, 2018, 1:57pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim.

43Berly
Edited: Feb 20, 2018, 2:05pm Top

>40 Ameise1: Don't hold your breath! I am only in the 100's... Megan is farther along. : )

>41 SuziQoregon: If you get around to Shoe Dog you will have to let me know if it jibes with what you know from your family friend. That would be interesting. Stay safe on your ride home!

My BIL is from the East Coast and he doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. It's just snow! Yeah but we have hills and inexperienced drivers. Not to mention rain that turns to ice, so salt, fewer plows....

>41 SuziQoregon: Hi, Robin -- thanks!

44jolerie
Feb 20, 2018, 2:34pm Top

Happy new thread Kim! I'll admit I was trying to see if there was a reflection in your topper because I totally missed that in your last one! :)

45Berly
Feb 20, 2018, 5:39pm Top

Ha! I tried to find one without. Did I pass? : )

46lauralkeet
Feb 21, 2018, 7:02am Top

Hey there, Kim, I lost track of you due to an accidental x on your previous thread. All caught up now! I'm glad you found the source of your allergic reactions, but WOW. I'm also glad you're recovering.

But I really stopped by here because Facebook told me it's your birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

47katiekrug
Feb 21, 2018, 8:47am Top

Oooh, a birthday?

Happy Birthday, Kim!

48jessibud2
Feb 21, 2018, 9:04am Top

Happy Birthday Kim!!!!!!!

49jnwelch
Feb 21, 2018, 9:07am Top

>39 Berly: Ha! I think I misread >7 Berly:, Kim. I thought Neuromancer already was on your tbr. Oops.

Hey, Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful celebration day.

50SuziQoregon
Feb 21, 2018, 10:07am Top

Happy Birthday!!!

51humouress
Feb 21, 2018, 10:09am Top

Happy birthday!

52banjo123
Feb 21, 2018, 10:32am Top

Happy Birthday! Some nice white decorations you ordered.

53ffortsa
Feb 21, 2018, 10:52am Top

Happy Birthday, Kim!

So glad the allergy cycle stopped before today came! That sounds like a very frightening experience. And I speak from experience - even two allergic reactions like that within a couple of days of each other would be a total freak-out for me. One is plenty to focus on.

Sorry to hear you have to watch out for fish as well as nuts. Nuts I'm used to, and peanuts, and it seems also things like citrus zest and pits, although they produce a much milder reaction. Four in a week - horrible. Glad you're recovering.

54ChelleBearss
Feb 21, 2018, 11:15am Top

Happy birthday!! Hope you have an awesome day!

55Crazymamie
Feb 21, 2018, 11:20am Top



Happy Birthday, Kim! Hoping it is full of fabulous!

56RebaRelishesReading
Feb 21, 2018, 11:28am Top

Happy birthday, Kim!!

57Ameise1
Feb 21, 2018, 11:59am Top

Happy Birthday, Kim.

58jolerie
Feb 21, 2018, 1:22pm Top

Happy happy birthday to you!!

59rosalita
Edited: Feb 21, 2018, 1:32pm Top

They say it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you!


Hope you have a splendid day, Kim!

60thornton37814
Feb 21, 2018, 4:17pm Top

Happy Birthday!

61charl08
Feb 21, 2018, 4:35pm Top

Happy birthday! All the best people have birthdays in Feb :-)

62msf59
Edited: Feb 21, 2018, 7:10pm Top



^I hope you are having a great day, Kimmers and I wish we could celebrate together with a cold beer. Hugs to my pal.

63brenzi
Feb 21, 2018, 9:48pm Top

Happy happy Kim and many many more🎂🍸

64ronincats
Feb 21, 2018, 10:42pm Top

Happy New Thread, Happy Birthday, and I'm so glad you are feeling better! I love that book nook in >1 Berly:!

65Berly
Feb 21, 2018, 10:50pm Top

>46 lauralkeet: I am glad you found me again and I have been un-"X"ed!

>47 katiekrug: >48 jessibud2: : )

>49 jnwelch: I forgive you. Book suggestions are always welcome!

>50 SuziQoregon: >51 humouress: Thank you!

>52 banjo123: Do you like all the snow? It was absolutely gorgeous. I think we are supposed to get more tonight. Yikes!

66EBT1002
Edited: Feb 21, 2018, 10:53pm Top

Oh boy, that crash and burn phase sounds pretty brutal. I'm glad you have books and your bed!

I don't know about pool time; it's pretty chilly here in the desert. I sat at an outside bar this afternoon, enjoying a lovely quinoa and chicken salad and a pint of ale, but I was under a heat lamp. On the other hand, it was perfect weather for walking around the ASU campus.

How about one essay per week starting the first week of March for We Were Eight Years in Power? I still want to read it with you, too, and that feels doable.

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

67Berly
Feb 21, 2018, 10:53pm Top

>53 ffortsa: Sounds like you know the allergy thing all too well. Sorry you understand! I will have to be careful what I eat for a month or so until I get this string well behind me. Oh well.

>54 ChelleBearss: Thank you! The Family made a lovely steak dinner, with rice and broccoli. Yum! And I didn't even have to do the dishes. Yay!

>55 Crazymamie: Snoopy! I do love him. : )

>56 RebaRelishesReading: >57 Ameise1: >58 jolerie: Thanks for the birthday wishes!

>59 rosalita: You sing much better than I do. LOL

68Berly
Feb 21, 2018, 10:57pm Top

>60 thornton37814: : )

>61 charl08: Seriously! It is THE month to have a birthday.

>62 msf59: That is my kinda cake! I will collect on the beer next time I see you. ; )

>63 brenzi: Many more is right. And thanks for the night cap.

>64 ronincats: Hi! Thanks. And I LOVE that book nook. If I can't have it, at least I can look at it.

69Berly
Feb 21, 2018, 10:59pm Top

>65 Berly: The outside bar sounds lovely. So glad you are getting the chance to do that. You now you are missing all the bad weather, although I think Seattle is not getting hit quite as hard. : )

I am in for Eight Years in Power starting in March. An essay a week sounds perfect.

And thanks for the birthday wish!!

70Berly
Feb 21, 2018, 11:05pm Top

Aside from shoveling the driveway and cul de sac, I pretty much stayed in my PJs and read a book cover to cover. Second in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine, Killman Creek. It is your basic, creepy murder mystery; we know who the killer is and who he wants to get next. This one is pretty sadistic, with a very nasty serial killer, but I love the main character and her kids. She is fierce and loyal and her kids are great. They are not unscarred, but they are fighters. 4.0

71EBT1002
Feb 21, 2018, 11:18pm Top

>70 Berly: "Aside from shoveling the driveway and cul de sac, I pretty much stayed in my PJs and read a book cover to cover."

I know it is because you feel lousy but that still sounds kind of heavenly.

72Berly
Feb 21, 2018, 11:31pm Top

LOL. You are right. For feeling lousy, it was pretty awesome! : )

73Berly
Feb 21, 2018, 11:33pm Top

I also took some photos while I was outside--the snow was gorgeous!





74LovingLit
Feb 22, 2018, 4:56am Top

I'm late to the birthday party- but not too late to say happy birthday! I hope you have a great one.
>68 Berly: I love the book nook too, srsly love it.

75humouress
Feb 22, 2018, 10:12am Top

>61 charl08: While I cant agree wholeheartedly ;0) my parents, sister and husband are all Pisces.

76FAMeulstee
Feb 22, 2018, 1:41pm Top

Belated happy new thread, Kim!

I was a few days behind and was worried when I read in your previous thread that you had anaphylactic response. We lost a young dog of anaphylactic shock a few years back and I know that can be deadly in humans as well... I hope your allergies are under control now.

77jolerie
Feb 22, 2018, 2:07pm Top

I don't even remember the last time I read a book cover to cover in one sitting. So jelly. :D

78johnsimpson
Feb 22, 2018, 3:29pm Top

Happy new thread Kim my dear and hope you had a really good birthday yesterday dear friend. I am loving your fantasy book nooks as your thread toppers, like you I would love a really nice space like the ones you are posting. I hope you are feeling a lot better after your recent spell of illness and we both send love and hugs to you and your family.

79PaulCranswick
Feb 22, 2018, 5:07pm Top

I had tried to post here a Happy Birthday message, Kimmers, but somehow it failed to appear - so I'll reappear to belatedly again wish the same to you and a happy new thread.

80BLBera
Feb 22, 2018, 5:26pm Top

The snow looks pretty, Twinnie. Happy birthday. I hope you got some kind of celebration, preferibly confetti if someone else had to clean it up. :)

81The_Hibernator
Feb 22, 2018, 8:32pm Top

Happy Birthday!

82majleavy
Feb 23, 2018, 8:20am Top

Happy belated birthday, Kim.

83Berly
Edited: Feb 23, 2018, 10:22am Top



The Slow Regard of Silent Things By Patrick Rothfuss 4.0

A totally unusual novella about a charming young girl living all alone in the Underneath. She is eccentric, damaged but whole. It is beautiful and haunting and I loved the illustrations, too. The author warns not to read this one if you haven't read the first two in the Kingkiller series, but I did and it worked just fine as a stand alone. Definitely not plot driven, but I ate it up just the same. Now I want to go back and read the rest of the story.

84Berly
Feb 23, 2018, 10:15am Top

>74 LovingLit: It's never too late to wish a happy birthday! Thank you. : ) Besides, I like the Mardi Gras approach and we are not celebrating until this weekend.

>75 humouress: Well, I am glad you are surrounded by Pisces and I like you even though you aren't one. : )

>76 FAMeulstee: Sorry about the loss of your dog. I have had a couple of close calls with the anaphylaxis. This one wasn't to that level, but still wearing. Our company is going up to the mountain today snowboarding and I want to go, but I don't quite have the energy level back yet and I don't want to risk an injury because I am not 100%. But, since they are taking the day off, I get to as well and one of my friends is having a Mom's Mimosa Friday so I am headed there later this morning. : )

85Berly
Feb 23, 2018, 10:21am Top

>77 jolerie: And I read another one yesterday!!

>78 johnsimpson: I am glad the book nooks are so popular with everyone. Why wouldn't they be, right? : ) Thanks for the well wishes and birthday cheer. My dad asked if I was using the "Plenty-Nine" phrase yet and I said, no, because I was only Plenty-Four. LOL

>79 PaulCranswick: Thanks for posting birthday wishes twice! It is the through that counts. : ) It is wonderful to see you here.

>80 BLBera: Yay! Confetti!! And I don't have to clean it up. Or do the dishes. Happiness.

86Berly
Feb 23, 2018, 10:21am Top

87ChelleBearss
Feb 23, 2018, 10:30am Top

Enjoy your day off with mimosas!

88Berly
Feb 23, 2018, 10:38am Top

>87 ChelleBearss: Doesn't a Mimosa Friday sound like an excellent way to start the weekend? : )

89karenmarie
Feb 23, 2018, 11:52am Top

Happy Belated Birthday, Kim, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

>83 Berly: I love the title! Whether it makes it to my wish list is another matter. I'm feeling overwhelmed with books to read and a 400-book wish list that needs to get pared down.

90Ameise1
Feb 23, 2018, 12:38pm Top

Happy Friday, Kim.

91witchyrichy
Feb 24, 2018, 11:40am Top

I am hopelessly behind on posting...I hope all is well and you are enjoying a lovely weekend.

92Berly
Feb 24, 2018, 11:46am Top

>89 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. No pressure about adding to the WL. Of course, you could dump a different book and add mine...! LOL Good luck paring down. 400 is a lot! Happy weekend to you, too.

>90 Ameise1: Happy Saturday, Barbara. Everyone from work went skiing, well boarding, yesterday. I did not go because I had a Mimosa Morning with some girlfriends and then it was out dancing with other friends for Madonna night! I got all dressed up with my Madonna jean jacket, short skirt and even had a bow in my hair! It was so much fun. My feet hurt. LOL

>91 witchyrichy: Nope! You are wrong. You are all caught up here. : ) Nice to see you! I hope you have a great weekend, too. : )

93Ameise1
Feb 24, 2018, 11:48am Top

>92 Berly: Oh, what a great evening. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

94BLBera
Feb 24, 2018, 12:56pm Top

I want pictures from Madonna night! You can't just describe it, Twinnie.

95charl08
Feb 24, 2018, 2:16pm Top

Glad you had fun - Madonna dancing sounds like a great way to celebrate feeling on the mend.

96ChelleBearss
Feb 24, 2018, 3:52pm Top

>94 BLBera: I second that!

97Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2018, 11:17pm Top

>93 Ameise1: : )

>94 BLBera: see below...

>95 charl08: >96 ChelleBearss: I didn't have my normal stamina but it felt so good to be out!!! I love dancing. And you should have seen my boots--they rocked!





98Ameise1
Feb 25, 2018, 1:06am Top

Beautiful photos, Kim. Thanks so much for sharing them. Happy Sunday.

99ChelleBearss
Feb 25, 2018, 7:11am Top

Yay for photos! :) Looks like a fun time!
That's great that you were well enough to go out, even if your stamina wasn't back to normal.

100msf59
Feb 25, 2018, 7:43am Top

>97 Berly: Love the photos! Good looking bunch!

Happy Sunday, Kim. Hope you are getting back to full strength and that you are managing to get back to full strength.

101jessibud2
Feb 25, 2018, 8:12am Top

Great pics, Kim! What fun!

102Carmenere
Feb 25, 2018, 8:14am Top

Happy Sunday, Kim and a very happy and very belated birthday hug for you! Woo hoo! aching feet are a good sign that you had a blast at Madonna night.
I'm going to check out The Slow Regard of Silent Things, maybe as you suggested, start from the beginning. I hope they're all novellas as, somehow, I've chosen a bunch of heftier books than normal. Egads! and there's March Madness and Booker International and other stuff! Oh my!

103Crazymamie
Feb 25, 2018, 9:05am Top

Look at you rocking the Madonna look! The photos are great - thanks for sharing, and I am glad you had a good time even if you didn't have your usual stamina.

Here's hoping that your Sunday is full of fabulous!

104BLBera
Feb 25, 2018, 2:09pm Top

Thanks for sharing. the photos are great! I hope you are feeling better. Take it easy and be kind to yourself.

105Whisper1
Feb 25, 2018, 4:50pm Top

>97 Berly: What great photos! Good to see you out and about.

106drneutron
Feb 25, 2018, 5:31pm Top

Nice! Madonna night - yikes, the return of the 80s!!

107Ameise1
Feb 26, 2018, 3:58am Top

Wishing you a good start into the new week, Kim.

108SuziQoregon
Feb 26, 2018, 5:15pm Top

Yay for Madonna night! Fun!

109jolerie
Feb 26, 2018, 5:42pm Top

Rocking your inner Madonna Kim!! :D

110LovingLit
Feb 26, 2018, 8:03pm Top

Mimosa Friday, Madonna night?! You are living the dream :)
I am off the booze for a while, trying to clear my head for some writing tasks that just don't seem to be writing themselves!

111cameling
Feb 27, 2018, 2:19am Top

Oh my! A very belated happy birthday to you .. it should really be a birthday month .. and then I'm not late. :-) You rock the Madonna outfit, Kim .. you even look better than she did in the outfit. Love the photos. Looks like a really fun evening!

112EBT1002
Feb 27, 2018, 5:41pm Top

>97 Berly: That looks like a blast! Cute bow.

113EBT1002
Feb 28, 2018, 1:20pm Top

Hey Kim,
I don't know whether I'll finish it but I plan to try to read the first essay in We Were Eight Years in Power before I leave for Philly Saturday morning. I'm on the road until March 7, and I don't want to carry the book with me (it's a heavy hard back!), so this is my effort to stay on track with our schedule.

I hope you are well....

114banjo123
Feb 28, 2018, 9:16pm Top

Hi Kim!! I am glad that you were well enough for mimosas and Madonna!

115majleavy
Feb 28, 2018, 11:26pm Top

Hi, Kim! And Hello to all readers of Kim!

The thread for the Guided Read of Tomas Rivera's ...and the earth did not devour him is open and ready to be filled to overflowing with discussion of this brief, yet substantial, early classic of Mexican-American literature.

116ronincats
Feb 28, 2018, 11:46pm Top

117Berly
Mar 1, 2018, 1:38am Top

>98 Ameise1: Or happy Thursday as the case may be. : ) I may have overdone it a bit this weekend and I have been playing catch up ever since.

>99 ChelleBearss: I had so much fun over the weekend! And, nope, I don't have my stamina back. I paid for it. oops.

>100 msf59: Full strength is avoiding me, but I am in hot pursuit.

>101 jessibud2: Thanks! : )

118Berly
Mar 1, 2018, 1:52am Top

>102 Carmenere: I see you are way overcommitted in the book dept. So what else is new? I have no idea what the rest of the series is like, but I am intrigued enough check out the Kingkiller series. Let me know when you get around to it...

>103 Crazymamie: Glad you like my Madonna look! LOL. Hope you are having a great week. I have been busy at work, reading FEMA materials with daughter #2 and being taxi mom. Is it the weekend yet?

>104 BLBera: Hi, Twin! : )

>105 Whisper1: Hi, Linda. Look who else is out and about! Nice to see you have time and energy to be on the threads. Hugs.

119Berly
Mar 1, 2018, 1:56am Top

>106 drneutron: Heh! I like the 80's. ; )

>107 Ameise1: And I wish you a fine finish to your week!

>108 SuziQoregon: It was a night of great songs and dancing. I should do it on a regular basis.

>109 jolerie: And I should let my inner Madonna out more often.

120Berly
Mar 1, 2018, 2:03am Top

>110 LovingLit: Hope the writing is going more smoothly for you. I finally got back to A&G. About halfway. I am enjoying it much more now that the chapters between characters are longer. He just got out.

>111 cameling: A birthday month! What a great idea. Thanks for making it happen for me here. ; ) I wish I could look half as good as Madonna does, but thanks for saying so. The bow did look good on me though. Ha! All of a sudden my hair is super curly. I think it may be from all the prednisone I have been on this last year. It's ridiculous!

>112 EBT1002: Why thank you. It was!

>113 EBT1002: Safe trip. I will read the first essay of Eight Years in Power over the weekend I think, so we will both be on track.

121Berly
Edited: Mar 1, 2018, 2:24am Top

>114 banjo123: "M" is a very fine letter. : )

>115 majleavy: Thanks for setting up this thread. For anyone interested, majleavy is a very intelligent, funny guy and the book is sure to be interesting! And it is a short book. ; )

Join us! Thanks, Michael.



Tomas Rivera's ...and the earth did not devour him

a new translation into English by Evangelina Vigil-Piñón. ...y no se lo tragó la tierra won the first national award for Chicano literature in 1970 and has become the standard literary text for Hispanic literature classes throughout the country. It is now an award-winning, motion picture entitled And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him. It explores the lives of migrant workers moving from south Texas up through the Plains.

Link here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840#

>116 ronincats: Thanks, Roni!

122Ameise1
Mar 1, 2018, 3:37am Top

Sweet Thursday, Kim. I hope you feel better soon.

123majleavy
Mar 1, 2018, 10:44am Top

Thanks for putting up the link, Kim. And thanks for the kind words - I'm looking forward to digging into it with others.

124Berly
Edited: Mar 1, 2018, 5:47pm Top

>122 Ameise1: Thank you very much. Just low energy still. No pain and nothing wrong. Knock on wood. Happy almost weekend!

>123 majleavy: You are most welcome. I have shamelessly promoted this group read on Crazy, Mark and Paul's thread, too. : )

125karenmarie
Mar 1, 2018, 6:42pm Top

Hi Kim!

Your inner Madonna looks great, girl. I have quite a few CDs - how old fashioned of me! - and periodically pull out them out when I need to crank it up and sing loudly. I also have been thinking about Desperately Seeking Susan lately, wanting to watch it again.

I hope you get your strength back soon.

126nittnut
Mar 1, 2018, 9:31pm Top

Hi Kim! Just getting caught up. Sorry I missed your birthday. It looks like you managed to celebrate well all the same. :)

127BLBera
Mar 1, 2018, 9:53pm Top

Take care - I hope you continue to feel better.

128Berly
Mar 2, 2018, 1:03am Top

>125 karenmarie: Thank you! I love Madonna. And dancing to her songs. : ) I haven't watched "Desperately Seeking Susan" in a long time--I should! : )

>126 nittnut: Thanks! I tried. LOL

>127 BLBera: Better and better. : )

129Berly
Mar 2, 2018, 10:55am Top

So, my very social and slow-reading book group finished the first half of Alias Grace. The discussion was somewhat limited and is to be continued next month when everyone is supposed to have finished the book. Sigh. Good thing I really like them. LOL

I am listening to The Last Black Unicorn. It was for February and I haven't quite finished it yet. Man, Tiffany Haddish swears up a storm! And is smart, funny and really honest and I have never blushed so much while reading a book. Whew. More on this later when I finish...

Happy Friday!!

130BLBera
Mar 2, 2018, 12:37pm Top

Happy Friday, Twin. You, blushing? It must be really something. It is hard to discuss half a book.

131jolerie
Mar 2, 2018, 3:13pm Top

Alias Grace is one I have on my teetering tower. I should get to it....
Happy Friday Kim. :)

132Familyhistorian
Mar 2, 2018, 7:19pm Top

Great Madonna look, Kim. I hope you are all better soon.

133Berly
Edited: Mar 2, 2018, 7:51pm Top

>130 BLBera: The Last Black Unicorn -- The language and sex are over the top for me, but it is definitely an honest look into her life: living with her grandma and foster care, an abusive husband, the difficulties of trying to make it in comedy as a woman. She had some definite dark periods, but she is also darn funny! Her life is so unlike my own -- it is scary and eye opening to say the least.

>131 jolerie: This is my second time round with Alias Grace and I am enjoying it yet again! It is a little slow going at first, but stick with it. In fact, go dig it out of your teetering tower right now. : )

>132 Familyhistorian: Thanks. I tried. ; )

134jessibud2
Mar 2, 2018, 8:21pm Top

I have to chime in re Alias Grace. I am not an Atwood fan at all but this is one of only 2 books by her that I liked. I listened to it on audiobook, thankfully NOT read by the author. In fact, it was read by the actress Elizabeth McGovern and she was really excellent. And that's possibly the only reason I enjoyed it so much. I have not watched the tv series made from this book, though, and have no intentions of doing so. Good that you are enjoying it again.

135brenzi
Mar 2, 2018, 9:25pm Top

Well I must say I loved Alias Grace both the book and the tv show. Nice Madonna look Kim!

136Berly
Mar 2, 2018, 10:12pm Top

>134 jessibud2: Hi, Shelley. I have heard she is not the best of narrators. Glad you enjoyed McGovern. Happy weekend!

>135 brenzi: Hey B! Thanks and nice to see you. I might consider the TV show. I'll finish the book again and take a look at the actors and then decide if they'll work for me. Was it the jean jacket or the bow in the hair that made the outfit? LOL

137richardderus
Mar 2, 2018, 10:23pm Top

136 posts behind. Oh dear, I am such an awful human being, I am just not able to do that kind of threading, I apologize for the juicy wonderful newsy reading I'm missing but...sorry!

*smoochity-smooch-smooch*

138msf59
Mar 2, 2018, 10:27pm Top

Happy Friday, Kimmers! Hope you are feeling better and getting those energy levels back up to normal. I put And the earth did not devour him on my To-Read list, but I am not sure I'll be able to join the Group Read. I appreciate the recommendation.

139Berly
Mar 2, 2018, 10:28pm Top

>137 richardderus: Ricardo!! I think I am just as behind on your thread, if not more. But we'll' just move forward from here on. Over to see how many posts I missed...!

Smooches back. : )

140Berly
Mar 3, 2018, 12:01am Top

Best wishes to all those on the NE coast. Whew, what a storm!

141Berly
Edited: Mar 3, 2018, 3:12am Top

Here's the current lineup of Portland Visitors found on the thread here:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/285123#6344538

Most Current Dates:

Sunday, April 22. Lunch then Powell's -- Reba
and maybe arubabookwoman(?)


Spring Break with AMQS ??
March 21 - April 1 Hibernator??


June 27 - 29 (Work) and then tentatively stay over until Saturday, June 30 -- EBT1002/Ellen

Joe? Streamsong??

Thursday July 5 or Friday July 6 with BLBera/Beth

Hope I didn't miss anything or anyone. I haven't listed attendance by us locals...yet!

The more the merrier!

142vancouverdeb
Edited: Mar 3, 2018, 3:59am Top

Ohh sorry you are not feeling quite up to par, but glad you rocked the Madonna dancing! Belated Happy Birthday, Kim!

I need that room in your opening image. Not going to happen, but I can still need it.

143ChelleBearss
Mar 3, 2018, 7:28am Top

Have you finished Alias Grace or just the first half for your book club?
That's my favourite Atwood!

144karenmarie
Mar 3, 2018, 8:27am Top

Hi Kim and happy weekend to you!

Alias Grace was the first book my now-21-year-old book club read. I really liked it, but haven't attempted anything else by Atwood although I have six other books by her on my shelves. Maybe one of these days.....

145jnwelch
Mar 3, 2018, 8:58am Top

Hi, Kim. Happy Saturday!

End of June for Portland should be good for me.

Forgive my Saturday morning slowness - what is/are the proposed meetup date(s)?

146RebaRelishesReading
Mar 3, 2018, 12:24pm Top

>134 jessibud2: What was the other Atwood was that you liked? I've read two, Blind Assassin, which I hated, and Handmaid's Tale, which I really liked, so I'm wondering if I should try Alias Grace.

147Berly
Mar 3, 2018, 1:15pm Top

>142 vancouverdeb: Thanks, Deborah. I am right there with you needing that reading space!! I am a very needy person. : )

>143 ChelleBearss: I have read it before, but this time round I am only halfway. The book is over 400 pages and the only way I could talk my bookclub into reading it was to make it a two-month project. We will finish it this month. Alias Grace is one of my favorite Atwoods. I have also read The handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, Cat's Eye, Surfacing, The Year of the Flood and I have Oryx and Crake waiting for me. Yup. I like Atwood!

148jessibud2
Edited: Mar 3, 2018, 6:16pm Top

>146 RebaRelishesReading: - The other Atwood I liked was Cat's Eye and weird as this sounds, I have no memory of the story at all, other than I liked that it was set in Toronto, and recognized some places mentioned. I do know that I enjoyed it but couldn't tell you what it was about if my life depended on it. Oh well. Sometimes, an author just *misses* with a reader, and Atwood is one of those for me. There are others, too but I do know she is wildly popular and I guess that's a good thing. I have read some pieces she has written for the local newspaper or magazines and she can be wickedly funny. I've enjoyed those.

149Berly
Edited: Mar 3, 2018, 1:25pm Top

>144 karenmarie: Karen--I think it is time you read another Atwood! I have given them all 4 stars or higher, except Surfacing which I only gave 3 stars. What ones do you have on the shelves?

>145 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! Yay!! Ellen said she is in town for work June 27-29. I don't know if she can break away for dinner or anything during that time, but she also says she intends to stay in town afterwards, so that Saturday, the 30th would be good. Or maybe the Friday evening the 29th? I will ask her to clarify...

Ellen, oh Ellen! ^^

>146 RebaRelishesReading: Reba--I would give Alias Grace a thumbs up. : ) And also Cat's Eye.

150Berly
Mar 3, 2018, 1:33pm Top

>148 jessibud2: Yes, Cat's Eye was another favorite! That's the one about the artist who goes back to (?) Toronto for an exhibit and it brings back painful childhood memories. One of her more realistic books. It is set in the present and her past, very layered. Atwood does have a wicked sense of humor!

151RebaRelishesReading
Mar 3, 2018, 6:08pm Top

>148 jessibud2: Thanks, that's helpful. I think I may continue to avoid Atwood.

152rretzler
Mar 3, 2018, 6:50pm Top

Very happy, very belated birthday, Kim.

I need to read more Atwood - I've really liked what I've read, but for some reason just haven't gotten around to reading more.

153Berly
Mar 3, 2018, 8:43pm Top

>151 RebaRelishesReading: Wait, Reba! She said she LIKED Cat's Eye!! Just cause Shelley has a bad memory, don't hold it against Atwood. LOL

>152 rretzler: I think I can safely recommend any of her works except Surfacing, which was only a 3-star read for me. Still not bad though.

154Berly
Edited: Mar 3, 2018, 8:48pm Top

So, I am finally ending a long day at work. Trying to get ahead, since Jack and I are headed to Flagstaff, AZ to check out a college next week. I made a decent dent in the piles, so I am feeling pretty good. : )

Tonight we are headed to a candle-light vigil for the sister of one of Jack's soccer teammates. She was 21 and died in a skiing accident. So tragic. I feel so bad for the family. : (

155jessibud2
Edited: Mar 3, 2018, 10:13pm Top

>153 Berly: - I heard that! lol (and Surfacing was AWFUL!!! )

>154 Berly: - Oh, dear. How very sad, Kim. :-(

156LovingLit
Mar 3, 2018, 11:28pm Top

>154 Berly: a skiing accident!? What a terrible, chance accident. :(

157Berly
Mar 4, 2018, 3:04am Top

Actually two deaths on the same day, different sides of Mt. Bachelor. Both fell into the tree wells. She was a skier; the other was a snowboarder. Unbelievable.

158souloftherose
Edited: Mar 4, 2018, 6:40am Top

Happy Sunday Kim!

>83 Berly: I loved the Rothfuss Kingkiller chronicles when I read them a couple of years ago. The only downside is that he seems to be an author who takes ages to release the next book in the series - it's been 7 years since the latest book came out and still no news on the next....

>154 Berly: So sorry - what a tragic loss

159msf59
Mar 4, 2018, 7:46am Top

>141 Berly: I LOVE the Portland Meet Up list! I am way overdue, to be included on there. Sighs...

Happy Sunday, Kim. I hope you are enjoying a relaxing weekend.

160humouress
Edited: Mar 4, 2018, 10:02am Top

>154 Berly: So sorry to hear that.

ETA >157 Berly: I had to look up tree wells (loose snow under dense tree cover that tips you in and then collapses around you) - very scary.

>158 souloftherose: I haven't read the second one yet, though it's on my shelf, along with The Slow Regard of Silent Things because I'm still waiting. Again. I'm just slowly and silently regarding ...

161Berly
Mar 4, 2018, 11:37am Top

>158 souloftherose: That is a looooooong time between releasing books! 7 years. I bet I have books I bought and haven't read that are older than 7 years, so it goes both ways. ; )

>159 msf59: Yes, sir, you are overdue for a visit. Let me know when I can pencil you in!!

>160 humouress: LOL. Waiting.....and waiting..... Patient woman, you!

Thanks for your sympathy guys. My son is doing okay. He didn't really know the sister. We wanted to be there for his teammate and the parents.

I started my Donna Leon Two Guidos read today, Death in a Strange Country: a Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. It is a library book and I am worried it is gonna disappear any day now, so I turned off the wireless connection on my Kindle just in case. It won't synch with my phone now, but at least I will be able to find out whodunnit!

162RebaRelishesReading
Mar 4, 2018, 12:05pm Top

>157 Berly: OMG!! How awful. So good of your son to be supportive of his friend.

163Berly
Mar 4, 2018, 12:46pm Top

164Berly
Mar 4, 2018, 12:48pm Top

On a lighter note, I found this in my local grocery store and brought it to my latest RL bookclub -- it was a hit. If you download the app and then focus on the label, the characters come to life and talk about their life and crimes. It's a hoot!

165richardderus
Mar 4, 2018, 3:15pm Top

>164 Berly: ...?...

166humouress
Mar 4, 2018, 4:19pm Top

>164 Berly: I can see my husband loving that.

167katiekrug
Mar 4, 2018, 7:01pm Top

>164 Berly: - Oh, fun! And we've had 19 Crimes and enjoyed it, even without the extra entertainment factor!

I'm an Atwood fan - have loved everything I've read by her.... All 3! Ha!

168Berly
Mar 4, 2018, 8:44pm Top

>165 richardderus: It's vino with a story!! LOL

>166 humouress: It is very fun and the wine is not bad! I keep showing people before I poured them a glass and their mouths just hung open or they jumped back when the guy started talking. I didn't tell them what was going to happen at all and none of them had ever seen it before. So funny.

>167 katiekrug: Exactly! Now you have another excuse to buy 19 Crimes. And maybe drink a glass while you enjoy another Atwood. ; )

169ChelleBearss
Mar 5, 2018, 6:51am Top

>147 Berly: Yay for another Atwood fan! I really liked Oryx and Crake and the other two books in that series. They are very weird ones but I enjoyed them

170Berly
Edited: Mar 6, 2018, 5:52am Top

Hi Chelle--I really want to get to Oryx and Crake soon. But first I have to recover from yet another ER room visit last night. So sick of this. Things that I can normally eat are totally bothering me. I think I have to stop eating any processed food for a month or so until I can get over this and be super careful eating out. Also, I leave tomorrow for AZ with son Jack to look at a college. Good news: I think I will probably sleep well on the plane, LOL. Which reminds me...I better find that neck pillow!

171humouress
Mar 5, 2018, 1:31pm Top

>170 Berly: Sorry you’re going through the wars Kim. I hope you have a good trip.

172johnsimpson
Mar 5, 2018, 2:41pm Top

So sorry to hear of the deaths of two young people Kim my dear, it is so sad. Sorry to see that you were in the ER again and hope things are ok with you. Have a good trip to AZ with Jack to look at the college my dear, I can remember when we went to a few Universities with Amy to see which would be the best for her and the course she wanted to do. Sending healing love and hugs dear friend from both of us.

173ChelleBearss
Mar 5, 2018, 2:47pm Top

Sorry to see you are still having allergy issues. I hope you have a great trip with your son and come home allergy free!

174jolerie
Mar 5, 2018, 3:23pm Top

I love a lot of Atwoods on my TBR mountain so based on that she should be one of my go to authors. Now If only I'd actually start reading some of those books instead of just buying more...haha

Sorry to hear about the teammate. That is so sudden and tragic. :(

175charl08
Mar 5, 2018, 3:23pm Top

>164 Berly: Wow. Real crimes? Real people? (I googled. Wow - what a great marketing idea!).

176SuziQoregon
Mar 5, 2018, 6:11pm Top

I heard about the deaths at Bachelor - sorry to hear you had a personal connection to the family. So sad.

I'm going to have to get some of that wine.

177SuziQoregon
Mar 5, 2018, 6:23pm Top

Came back to tell you that they're going to do the $10 lottery for tickets to Hamilton in Portland. I know you didn't get tickets. Here's the article - good luck! (we're going on the 28th).

http://www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2018/03/hamilton_ticket_lottery.html

178Berly
Edited: Mar 6, 2018, 5:50am Top

>171 humouress: Ha! The Wars indeed! I plan on begin the victor, so it's all good. I took it mostly easy today and the flight tomorrow is not an early one, thank goodness.

>172 johnsimpson: Thank you so much. I am actually really looking forward to having some one-on-one time with my son. I think we will have a great time. And I can't wait to see what the campus is like--from the pictures and video it looks awesome! A bit colder at night than I thought--have to bring warm clothes, too.

>173 ChelleBearss: Thanks! My plan is to make it thought the trip without allergy incident. Crossing fingers....

179Berly
Mar 6, 2018, 12:38am Top

>174 jolerie: Just do eenie-meenie-minie-mo (is that how you spell it?) and choose one Atwood and then put it right on top of your night table!

Thanks for the sympathy.

>175 charl08: I know! I think the Criminal Wines are brilliant marketing. Wait...does that mean I have a twisted mind? Don't answer that! LOL

>176 SuziQoregon: Thanks. I know the son pretty well (he has been over with the soccer gang to our house a bunch of times) and the parents a bit from cheering in the stands. I never met the daughter. But still, you just feel for all of them.

I hope you can find the wine!

>177 SuziQoregon: You are the best! I am going to do it. It's Hamilton! Why not? : )

180quondame
Mar 6, 2018, 12:55am Top

>179 Berly: I just got back from the funeral for my husband's cousin's son - who was all of 5 weeks younger than my early sixties husband. That family is so large and he was so well regarded in his work and temple that the attendance was huge. My daughter got tired of me pointing out cousins of hers. I only saw him from time to time at bigger family events but it was so saddening to see how distraught his close family was, really crushing that his father had to loose him so soon after his wonderful wife, my husband's cousin.

181Berly
Mar 6, 2018, 1:16am Top

>180 quondame: I am so sorry that you have had to deal with death and funerals as well. It is so hard to lose people we care about. To die in your early 20s is too young, but then so is your early sixties.

182quondame
Mar 6, 2018, 1:43am Top

>181 Berly: Thanks. It so disturbs me when people younger than I am die, yet as I get older it just happens more often, and with that family I haven't seen them other than funerals since my daughter's Bat Mitzvah - and she's 25 now. Once my husband's cousin got too ill to host the seasonal parties it was as a whole region of our connections just melted away.

183BLBera
Mar 6, 2018, 1:05pm Top

Oh Twin - Sorry to hear about continued food allergy problems. Get well. Good luck on the college visit.

That wine app looks hilarious.

I love Margaret Atwood. I still have a few by her I haven't read, so I have something to look forward to.

184karenmarie
Mar 6, 2018, 6:58pm Top

Hi Kim!

>149 Berly: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, Cat’s Eye, The Penelopiad, The Handmaid’s Tale. Scratch The Handmaid’s Tale – I should really just get rid of it. I have an irrational dislike of it. Which one do you recommend that I read first?

>154 Berly: How tragic.

>170 Berly: Oh no, another ER visit. I'm so sorry you seem to be allergic to things that normally don’t bother you. I hope you sleep well on the plane. I hope it's a productive, fun visit for both of you.

185Carmenere
Mar 6, 2018, 7:27pm Top

Hi Kim! I'm so sorry to read of the tragic events near you and how they affect your family.
Sending healing mojo - allergies be gone!!
I hope this college visit will help whittle down the list.

186msf59
Mar 6, 2018, 9:07pm Top

Hi, Kim. Sorry, to hear about another ER visit. I hope you have recovered from that recent bout. I think it is about time, you caught a break, right?

Hugs, to my pal.

187vancouverdeb
Mar 7, 2018, 1:37am Top

So sorry to hear about another ER visit. I hope the trip with your son goes well. Take care, Kim. Best to you. Not fun hanging around ER's etc. Hugs.

188Berly
Mar 7, 2018, 1:40am Top

>182 quondame: Sometimes it is amazing how fragile the ties between family members can be. I hope you don't lose total touch with that side of the family now the cousin is gone. My niece and her friend are coming to visit next week and I am super excited because I haven't seen her in about a year and a half. : )

>183 BLBera: Maybe if I ate less, I'd have less problems...nah!!!! We arrived safe and sound in Flagstaff. Man, it is cold here! Brrr. I think our hotel is close enough we can walk over to the tour in the morning. Glad I brought a winter coat.

>184 karenmarie: Cat's Eye of the Blind Assassin. Oryx is supposed to be really good, too, but I haven't read it yet so can't comment. I slept the entire first flight, so I am a new me! : )

189Berly
Mar 7, 2018, 1:52am Top

>185 Carmenere: Thanks very much. I like the allergies be gone thought! All snuggled in bed now. Hitting the hay soon. Tour of the campus tomorrow and then made some exploring.

>186 msf59: I definitely need an allergy break. Whew. Well, at least today was without indecent. I'll take it.

>187 vancouverdeb: Thanks. All good so far. The nap on the plane helped a lot. I didn't read a whole lot -- just a few chapters of the second Guido Brunetti series.

Night y'all!

190jessibud2
Mar 7, 2018, 12:24pm Top

Hi Kim. I know you are away and I hope everything is going well.

I thought I'd leave a link here for you. In spite of my personal feelings (see >134 jessibud2: and ensuing conversations, lol), I was just browsing on the CBC website, in the archives, and I came across something that you and the others in the pro-Atwood camp might enjoy:

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/arts-entertainment/literature/

You're welcome.... ;-)

191RebaRelishesReading
Mar 7, 2018, 1:54pm Top

Glad your trip is going well and that you haven't had any more allergy issues.

192SuziQoregon
Mar 7, 2018, 2:37pm Top

Have a good visit to Arizona. I'm glad you're going to try for the Hamilton lottery tickets.

193lauralkeet
Mar 7, 2018, 4:20pm Top

Oh, Flagstaff, for some reason I thought you were heading further south in AZ. I've only been there once, en route from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, and it was in deep summer, but even then it was remarkably cooler than other parts of the state. But gorgeous. I hope the visit goes well.

194Berly
Mar 8, 2018, 12:37am Top

>190 jessibud2: In light of your previous conversations, leaving this link shows what a truly big heart you have, spreading joy to those who hold Atwood near and dear! Thank you. : )

>191 RebaRelishesReading: Made it through the day allergy-unscathed. The tour was great and Jack loved it. Now he is going to have a tough decision to make....but it's always better to have a choice.

>192 SuziQoregon: We also visited Lowell Observatory where Pluto was actually discovered (!). drneutron Do we get some points? : )

>193 lauralkeet: Tomorrow we are going to see if we can get up to Snow Bowl and take a look. Jack loves snowboarding. Not sure what we will do in the afternoon. Perhaps Sedona. Then a night flight back home.

195LovingLit
Mar 8, 2018, 3:42am Top

>194 Berly: drneutron Do we get some points
lol, you get 75 points!

Your allergies sound horrendous! Do you think that if you avoid processed foods you will 'come right'....what sets them off? (once you are back to normal again)

196drneutron
Mar 8, 2018, 9:30am Top

>194 Berly: Oh, cool! I just saw that the telescope he used to discover Pluto has been refurbished. Did you get to see it?

197SuziQoregon
Mar 8, 2018, 1:25pm Top

Cool that you got to visit the Observatory. Have a good trip home.

198RebaRelishesReading
Mar 8, 2018, 1:33pm Top

Hi Kim -- Yay for a day without allergy issues!! We toyed with the idea of moving to Flagstaff when we retired but are too firmly rooted in San Diego. Flagstaff is a nice town though. So is Sedona. Hope you made it there today and that you have an uneventful trip home.

199rretzler
Mar 8, 2018, 1:52pm Top

>154 Berly: How terrible! My heart goes out to that family. Our community is also dealing right now with the death of a student - one of Beckham's classmates, collapsed at band practice Monday night and passed away. Beckham doesn't know the details but recalls from middle school that when they were in the band together, the classmate was in the hospital for a heart-related illness. I just can't imagine what the families are going through - how tragic to lose someone so young.

Sorry to hear that you are still having allergy problems. They are certainly no fun.

200witchyrichy
Mar 9, 2018, 8:01pm Top

Glad you had a good trip with your son! It is nice to have choices.

And, I love the wine with augmented reality. I must look for it here.

201Berly
Mar 10, 2018, 10:33pm Top

Hi everyone! Madly cleaning house all day for visitors on Monday and then I had a TKD referee training. Now I am out to dinner with daughter #1 and her boyfriend. I'll be here tomorrow! Hugs. : )

202ChelleBearss
Mar 11, 2018, 8:55am Top

Hope you enjoyed your dinner out! Enjoy your Sunday!

203Crazymamie
Mar 11, 2018, 10:07am Top

Morning, Kim! You have been keeping plenty busy these days - hoping you get a chance to take a few deep breaths today.

204BLBera
Mar 11, 2018, 11:41am Top

Don't overdo it, Twinnie.

205Berly
Edited: Mar 11, 2018, 1:23pm Top

>195 LovingLit: 75 points! Yippee!! Processed foods are definitely harder, so it's definitely more made-from-scratch for a bit and no junk food. Which is better for me and might help me lose a pound or two! I just don't usually have the time or energy to do it all the time.

>196 drneutron: No. : (

The weather was cloudy, although they normally have sun like 222 days a year, and the telescope wasn't open to the public until yesterday and we were already gone. But we did go to the museum and saw a huge meteor fragment and if Jack choses to go there, I'll see it next time. : )

>197 SuziQoregon: Home! Safe and sound. I just have the vacuuming left to do and some grocery shopping. My niece is a vegan, so I have to get a few things so she doesn't starve while she's here.

206Berly
Mar 11, 2018, 1:17pm Top

>198 RebaRelishesReading: Flagstaff is an awesome town. I didn't know it was the first Black Night cities in the US. They have all sorts of light pollution controls, which makes star gazing absolutely stunning at night. They are also ranked very clean for air pollution. And there are so many hikes and a gorgeous ski resort just a half hour from the campus. Like you, I would choose family over city, but still, it is very nice.

>199 rretzler: Oh, I am sorry for the loss of Beckham's classmate. That is so sad. That's why we have to enjoy people while we have them, because you never know how long that will be.

>200 witchyrichy: We had a great time together. We also checked out the hot tub at the hotel and saw "Game Night" at the theatre. It is about a group of friends who have a regular game night and one of them decides to spice it up by having a pretend kidnapping and, of course, everything goes horribly wrong. It is was pretty funny.

207Berly
Mar 11, 2018, 1:23pm Top

>202 ChelleBearss: March is Eat-Out month in Portland. Over 150 restaurants put together a three-course meal for like $30 dollars to get people to try new places. So we tried Jack Rabbit and the food was delicious! Two people tried the meal deal, and the other two got random items and then we kinda shared. Yum.

>203 Crazymamie: Chaotic is more like it. Phew. I want to fit in a nice, quiet walk today. It is supposed to be 70 and sunny. Yay! So, I am going to finish the to-do list and then chill out. Maybe a nice book on the back deck. A glass of wine wouldn't hurt....

>204 BLBera: Thanks for looking out for me, Twin! I promise not to overdo. : )

208humouress
Mar 11, 2018, 3:30pm Top

>206 Berly: Jealous of your black night cities.

209EBT1002
Mar 11, 2018, 5:21pm Top

I was just about to check out your thread last night and my computer screen went blank.
Me: "what??"
My computer: "I'm at 2% battery."
Me: "oh."

Catching up today instead. So sorry to hear about the ongoing food allergies and of course the sister of Jack's friend. One of my colleagues just lost a close friend to an avalanche. So sad when adventure ends in tragedy and loss. On a lighter note, I'm excited to hear about the college visit trip to Flagstaff. You have been and returned, I think (I've been so out of touch). How did Jack like it?

>149 Berly: My work gig will end by noon or 1pm on Friday, June 29th, so I'm free after that!

210banjo123
Mar 11, 2018, 9:10pm Top

That is so exciting that Jack is figuring out his college choice! Do they have a good soccer team?

211SuziQoregon
Mar 12, 2018, 1:24pm Top

Nice of you to not starve the vegan niece ;-)
We went through Flagstaff on our way to the Grand Canyon - nice town.

212jolerie
Mar 12, 2018, 4:41pm Top

You've been busy, Kim! I'm sure your niece will appreciate you not starving her..haha. ;)

213ffortsa
Mar 12, 2018, 4:55pm Top

Hey, knock it off with the allergies already! Sheesh.

214tymfos
Mar 15, 2018, 1:46pm Top

Hi! Just stopping by to try and catch up. Sorry I missed your birthday.

I hope your allergies give you a break ! So sorry you're dealing with untimely deaths in family and friends.

Take care of yourself!

215richardderus
Mar 15, 2018, 2:18pm Top

Ahem. I am notably Berly-less in this our garden of LT. This is not an acceptable state of affairs. Return at once or face censure.

216EBT1002
Mar 15, 2018, 4:51pm Top

I'm going to read the second essay in We Were Eight Years in Power this weekend.

217Berly
Mar 15, 2018, 11:34pm Top

>208 humouress: Black Night Cities are a cool concept. I hope my town works toward it, too.

>209 EBT1002: Don't you love having conversations with your computer? NOT!

So sorry that your colleague lost a friend, too. : (

Jack loved NAU. He is still waiting to hear from two colleges, but only one that he really cares about. I think NAU is the front runner though.

Yay for Friday night free after your work trip! We will have to make plans. ; )

>210 banjo123: Jack has decided he only wants to play club soccer, not Division 1. He wants to concentrate on academics and have some time off to play.

218Berly
Mar 15, 2018, 11:42pm Top

>211 SuziQoregon: My vegan niece is in love with the restaurants in Portland!! She has an app that tells her which restaurants can do vegan and she was ecstatic -- there are so many here! She had a veggie burger at Little Big Burger, which is one of our kids' favorites. Tonight we went to the Laughing Planet, which can make anything on the menu vegan. One of our ice cream shops also had two vegan flavors. Maybe she will move her after graduating!! : )

>212 jolerie: I have also been feeding her well at home. And BTW "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" has milk in it!! Who knew? So it is not vegan. I did manage to scout out vegan butter. Made a really yummy brussel sprout dish and home-made hummus and veggies.

219Berly
Mar 15, 2018, 11:43pm Top

>213 ffortsa: Anaphylaxis is a serious thing, and I would know, but these are funny!

Did you hear about the Frenchman who could only count to seven?
-He had a huit allergy

What does an allergic person have in common with bees?
-They both have hives!

Did you hear about the convict who had allergies?
-He broke out

Why didn’t the child with allergies play the board game Clue?
–It contained Mustard!

Why did the chicken cross the road?
-To avoid his allergen

Teacher: Where’s your homework?
Student: I’m allergic to homework.

1: Knock, knock.
2: Who’s there?
1: Auntie
2: Aunite who?
1: Anti-Histamine

1: Knock, knock.
2: Who’s there?
1: May
2: May who?
1: May contain trace amounts of ‘nuts’

220Berly
Mar 15, 2018, 11:46pm Top

>214 tymfos: Thank you so much! Life is on the upswing. Just busy with the niece and friend here. Looking for "calmness" after Wednesday next week. Still have to help daughter with final presentations for two of her classes this weekend.

>215 richardderus: I do not want to mess with you! I am posting...see!! No censure necessary.

>216 EBT1002: Me, too. : )

221humouress
Mar 16, 2018, 12:16am Top

>220 Berly: >215 richardderus: You mean we now have posting police, too?

222Berly
Edited: Mar 16, 2018, 12:22am Top

>221 humouress: Ha!! I think it is a task force of one, but he is formidable (and if you read that in French it is still true!).

223humouress
Mar 16, 2018, 12:21am Top

:0)

224Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 12:22am Top

So, a few shots from Arizona. I approve....



And I got these...check out the bookmark!





Very cool buildings, old and new.



The mascot is the Lumberjack--how appropriate!!

225ChelleBearss
Mar 16, 2018, 7:22am Top

Love the knock knock jokes!

Awesome book mark and yay for new books!

Glad to see that you and Jack had a good trip! When does he have to decide?

226BLBera
Mar 16, 2018, 7:57am Top

I don't think Scout will get the knock knock jokes, but great that you can laugh. Stay well, my friend.

227karenmarie
Mar 16, 2018, 8:07am Top

Hi Berly!

Trips and meals at new restaurants and Ross Poldark with the gorgeous Aidan Turner on the cover. All good things.

Boo to the allergies. No triggering foods or events.

Wishing you success with the daughter class prep and post-Wednesday calmness.

228richardderus
Mar 16, 2018, 8:38am Top

Harrumph.

Very glad I was not required to unleash censure upon you.

Jack and the Lumberjack...heh...I hope they accept him. He looks like he's very happy there. Plus Seamus Dever is an alumnus!

229Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 8:40am Top

>225 ChelleBearss: Morning! Glad you got a chuckle. Jack doesn't have to decide until May 1 and might not hear from the last college until April 15th.

>226 BLBera: Mmmmm...probably not Scout-worthy jokes. I will work on that. ; )

>227 karenmarie: Mind you, I didn't go to all these restaurants. They have been playin while I was at work! I am playing hooky today to go exploring with them though. We plan to visit Multnomah Falls. It was hit pretty hard by the huge fires we had last fall--I know the main falls are open to the public, but not all of them.

I know nothing about the Poldark series, except that people keep saying good things.

230Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 8:43am Top

>228 richardderus: Smile grumpy. : )

He has already been accepted there, so I know even if he doesn't get a Yes from his last school, he will be happy. I think it may be his favorite anyhow. Trying to get used to the idea of him being far away...

231richardderus
Mar 16, 2018, 8:45am Top

It's a weird feeling, knowing the distance is there. It's a good time to get used to the idea that he's himself at last, in his eyes.

*there there, pat pat*

232Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 8:52am Top

I know, I know. He's growing up and I have to, too. Thank you for the pats. I need them. Sniff.

233ChelleBearss
Mar 16, 2018, 9:21am Top

>229 Berly: That's good that he still has lots of time to decide. More time for you to get used to the idea of the distance. Babies growing up, I'm not looking forward to that either ... but a sleep-in day might be nice 😛

I missed the cover for Poldark when I first looked, I just noticed the Backman.
Funny story: my MIL emailed me yesterday in a slight huff. Her MIL had asked me to help her load some Poldark eBooks for her on her new eReader and my MIL had told her the series was repeating on TV and told her the channels to watch it on. Gramma then proceeded to watch each episode and text my FIL messages with spoilers to tell my MIL. Thankfully my MIL had watched the two seasons that were repeating otherwise she would have been right upset with the spoilers! She said that if Gramma keeps sending her spoilers when the new episodes start then they are going to have words! This is funny to me as my MIL is the calmest and quietest woman ever and never has issue with anything. The thought of her telling off her MIL over a TV show is very funny to me!

234Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 9:30am Top

>233 ChelleBearss: Ha! I don't need a sleep-IN. The kids do that quite well as they get older. I need them to get home at night so I can GO to sleep! (Also nice gif there--I see you have mastered using those on LT.)

That story is so funny! I can just picture it. You'll have to let me know how it goes when the new episodes start. LOL

235richardderus
Mar 16, 2018, 9:35am Top

You'd think it'd be easier with #3 than it was with #1 or #2, but it's never the case. That last chick-a-biddy out the nest...! Oww.

more *there there, pat pat*s

236Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 10:26am Top

It is not easier at all. Thanks.

237Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 10:29am Top

So, just a reminder about majleavy's thread on ...and the earth did not devour him. I have only read the first two chapters (The whole book is just over 100 pages), but hope to make serious headway this weekend. Judging by all the spoilers, there are some fun discussion points going on!

http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840

238streamsong
Mar 16, 2018, 10:45am Top

Hi Kim - Happy Friday!

>141 Berly: I'm still hoping to make it to Portland. We're doing some family time scheduling as my brother and his family will be coming to spread Mom's ashes. My brother and his wife plus our four kids - not easy to make plans around 7 adults/college students with summer jobs.

239Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 10:52am Top

>238 streamsong: Hi! Happy Friday to you, too. : )

Good luck -- that's a lot of schedules to coordinate! Crossing my fingers that a Portland visit still works out. Just keep us posted. Your cooking class looks like fun!

240ronincats
Mar 16, 2018, 12:33pm Top

We usually stop at Flagstaff for the second night on our way back from Kansas--a lovely town, especially if you aren't near the railroad tracks overnight!

241Berly
Mar 16, 2018, 1:13pm Top

LOL. Sleep and RR tracks do not mix well. Great restaurants for dinner though.

242charl08
Mar 17, 2018, 6:17am Top

Hope you have a good day off Kim >229 Berly: (or if I've got my timings mixed up, that you had a good day). One of the things I never expected from LT is discovering all these natural beauty spots around the world through everyone's posts.

243Berly
Edited: Mar 17, 2018, 6:33am Top

>242 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! Yes, I am up at 3:30 in the morning. Yawn. My niece and her friend just left for the airport. We had such a great visit -- I hope I sold them on Portland and if they don't move here after graduation, at least they will come visit again!



We did go see Multnomah Falls yesterday. It was the only 1 of the 7 (?) falls in the area that was open after the fires and the trails were closed, but it was still beautiful and worth the trip. We also hit Powell's Books, Voodoo Donuts, New Renaissance Bookstore, a vegan restaurant for lunch and sushi for dinner. Whew!

Gonna try to go back to sleep -- more later today.

Happy St. Patty's Day!!

244ChelleBearss
Mar 17, 2018, 8:23am Top

>243 Berly: Wow, beautiful!

Hope you got some rest!

245FAMeulstee
Mar 17, 2018, 8:34am Top

I hope you got some sleep, Kim.
The picture of the waterfall is beautiful, must be even better to see it in real!

246cameling
Mar 17, 2018, 10:17am Top

Love the Arizona photos, Kim. And wow ... just wow .. on the photo of the Multomah Falls.

247BLBera
Mar 17, 2018, 10:50am Top

>234 Berly: Lovely. It sounds like a great day. I hope you got some rest. I didn't sleep well last night, either. We should have a 3 a.m. support group.

248humouress
Mar 17, 2018, 1:17pm Top

>247 BLBera: 3am my time of your time? I could do either *sigh*

249Berly
Mar 17, 2018, 8:53pm Top

>244 ChelleBearss: I slept like a baby from about 4 until 10 this morning.

>245 FAMeulstee: I went to TKD this morning and then I got a nap this afternoon!!! Whoohoo! I also helped my daughter with her FEMA presentation. Now I am making spaghetti and Hubby and I are off to the theatre.

>246 cameling: The falls are AMAZING! It is even better when the trails are open and you can climb up to that little bridge in the picture or even go all the way to the top. But we enjoyed the view from the bottom--it is simply gorgeous no matter what.

>247 BLBera: >248 humouress: Ha! There should be an LT thread specifically for those of us awake in the middle of the night. LOL Wishing both of you good sleep tonight. : )

250Familyhistorian
Mar 18, 2018, 1:00am Top

>243 Berly: Those falls are beautiful, Kim. Portland sounds like an interesting place to visit. I hope you are getting better from your allergic reactions.

251LovingLit
Mar 18, 2018, 3:09am Top

>243 Berly: that is early! I hope you went back to sleep after that.
There was some confusion a few years ago when I was collecting a friend from the airport- I knew she was arriving at midnight, but had no confirmation of the exact day, so went every evening for three evenings during the period I knew she was coming. On the third night I was so relieved so see her , and a bit tired of going each night....lol! I quite enjoyed people-watching though, airports are great for that!

252Ameise1
Mar 18, 2018, 3:16am Top

Happy Sunday, Kim.

253msf59
Mar 18, 2018, 8:30am Top

Happy Sunday, Kim. I got a bit behind over here. Glad you had a good trip to Arizona, with Jack. Hope it all goes well, for him.

Hooray for Multnomah Falls! I have been there and it is gorgeous. Nice climb to the top too.

I hope you are feeling well and enjoying the weekend.

254thornton37814
Mar 18, 2018, 8:02pm Top

>243 Berly: I'm so glad I got to see Multnomah Falls. Although photos are lovely, they are much better "live and in person."

255EBT1002
Mar 18, 2018, 9:51pm Top

We had vegan dinner tonight, jambalaya casserole with Field Roast. Yum. That and a bottle of Washington Sauvignon Blanc. Life is good.

>243 Berly: Sounds like a great day. It has been years since I was at Multnomah Falls, such a special place.

256humouress
Mar 19, 2018, 10:43am Top

>251 LovingLit: There’s a flight out that many friends and family of friends catch which leaves at half past midnight. Of course, that means they have to check in on the date before the one on their ticket, and quite a few people have missed the flight by going to the airport one day too late.

257jolerie
Mar 19, 2018, 3:45pm Top

Lovely pictures, Kim. I especially like the barns and nobles one.. I wonder why... :D
I can't even imagine what it will be like to get my children ready for post secondary... I'm just hoping I won't be one of those moms who will be wrapped around my kid's leg as they try to shake me off..hahaha.

258nittnut
Mar 19, 2018, 4:26pm Top

Hi Kimberly. I hope you're feeling better. Boo to allergies! Congratulations to Jack on college acceptance! That's a big step.
I just bought Beartown as well. I am hopeful - I liked A Man Called Ove.

Portland meetups are filling up! I wish I could say I was planning a trip out there soon. I miss my parents!

259The_Hibernator
Mar 20, 2018, 7:29am Top

>243 Berly: Wow. That's beautiful!

260Crazymamie
Mar 20, 2018, 8:16am Top

Morning, Kim! Happy Tuesday!

261Berly
Mar 21, 2018, 12:55pm Top

>250 Familyhistorian: It's a great place to visit! If you are ever in town....

: )

>251 LovingLit: I did manage to go back to sleep. And you are the nicest friend!! Going back to the airport so many nights in a row. You get points.

>252 Ameise1: Happy Wednesday, Barbara.

>253 msf59: Mark! Glad to see you here. Yes, Jack is excited. The falls are beautiful--I have only been to the top of these falls, not any of the other ones.

262Berly
Mar 21, 2018, 12:59pm Top

>254 thornton37814: "Live and in person" is definitely the way to go.

>255 EBT1002: You are making me hungry!!

>256 humouress: Ha! I have a friend who missed their flight because of the late night/date confusion thing. Major bummer.

>257 jolerie: Yes, when I saw the Barnes & Noble and the size of it, I gave Flagstaff my own personal thumbs up -- and permission for Jack to go to college there. ; )

>258 nittnut: Did I know your parents lived out here? When are you going to be a good daughter and come visit?!

>259 The_Hibernator: : )

>260 Crazymamie: Happy Wednesday to you!

Me? Not so much...but more on that on my next thread which I am now going to go set up....

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