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Hi, everyone! Welcome to Thread I!
Art inspired in one way or another by some of my current reads:
An example from Gustave Doré's illustrations of Don Quixote (my edition has his illustrations and they are gorgeous):
One of D. Shmarinov's illustrations for War and Peace:
An illustration from James and the Giant Peach, by Quentin Blake:
And Harry looking into the pensieve in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (illustration by Mary GrandPré):
From the Introductions Thread:
I'm Amber, a one-time Classics professor turned stay-at-home parent/lady of leisure. I spend my time sewing, knitting, baking, volunteering at my son's school library and with the PTO, and, of course, reading.
My reading life is happily governed by lists, which means that I read a healthy variety of things across various genres.
I'm 41 going on 12 and live in Wisconsin with my husband, Tomm; our 8-year-old son, Charlie; and our two dogs, Tuppence the Border Collie and Mario the Golden Retriever.
Nota Bene: I'm changing my reading habits this year (!!). I'll still be working through my lists, but instead of dipping into all of them at once, I've decided to work at only five or so books at a time (instead of 10-15) and keep the others On Deck.
So, anyway, 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 CYOA books
c. The Newbery Honor books
d. 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. An audio book, which I listen to as I knit/sew/otherwise craft/drive.
6. 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)
7. For this category, I cycle through 7 different stacks:
a. A book from my shelves which I haven't yet read
b. Agatha Christie's bibliography (in chronological order)
c. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
d. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
e. Stephen Fry'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)
i. John Boyne bibliography (in chronological order, sort of)
8. A read-aloud-to-Charlie-at-bedtime book (or two).
9. An unread book from my shelves.
10. A book from my Classics shelves.
11. A book from our Science Shelves corner.
12. A book on Buddhism or from the Dalai Lama's bibliography.
13. 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.
14. An audiobook for the car.
15. A full-on re-read through Shakespeare's stuff.
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.
What I'm reading now:
-Don Quixote (an unread book off of my shelves)
-The Inverted World (BSFA)
-War and Peace (because Charlie wants me to)
-The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1001 Children's Books (sort of))
-Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell (audiobook, Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list)
-The Odyssey (everyday audio book in the car)
-A Bear Called Paddington (Charlie's bed-time book)
-James and the Giant Peach (another Charlie bed-time book)
Books On Deck:
-Andersonville (Banned Books)
-The Gods of Pegana (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy)
-The Worst President: The Story of James Buchanan (Presidential Challenge)
-House of Leaves (unread book from my shelves)
-The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (from my Classics shelves)
-Introductory Astronomy & Astrophysics (from the Science Shelves)
-Old Path White Clouds (Buddhism list)
-A Lear of the Steppes (books by year, 1870)
-The Full Cupboard of Life (series that my mom wants me to read so we can chat about it)
-Prairie Tale (from the Read Soon shelf)
-The Comedy of Errors (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
The Charlie, Mario & Tuppence Toppers:
Charlie in his Winter Program get-up, which, the observant 75er will likely note, is essentially his Harry Potter costume without the robe. It's what he wanted to wear and I have no problem with that (I would have been okay with him wearing the robe, too, honestly):
Apologies for using the same Mario & Tuppence photos as on my previous thread (in last year's group), but they're both snoozing happily right now (and one is keeping my feet warm under my desk) and I don't want to disturb them for new ones:
Just dropping off a star. Hope Charlie and your reading goes well in 2017!
Hi, foggi, Micky, Anita, Katie & Byrony! Good to see you all over here!
Dropping off my star, Amber. I am also going to be out of town, visiting family from the 26th through to the New Year, so I will check in when I get back.
Like you Amber I tend to visit all the threads along the way so I won't be doing any starring in the 75ers (everybody effectively is starred!), but I will be visiting this particular haven in the group on a very frequent basis. xx
Happy New 2017 Thread! Looking forward to following the Scaife Shenanigans for another year. Smiles...
>20 msf59: Aw, thanks, Mark! I love this time of year, with all the shiny new threads starting up and planning and dreaming about reading plans...
Happy first thread of 2017, Amber! Good luck with formulating your reading plans for the coming year, and I hope that you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
>26 casvelyn: Ha! No worries - she's totally adorable, isn't she? (She's the one warming my feet at the moment.)
>27 scaifea: Your feet and my heart
(she said in an unprecedented show of sentimentality)
Hi Amber, Happy 1st thread for 2017 my dear and I will be a regular visitor to your threads to see what you and Charlie are up to. I will get my thread up soon to join the throng.
Hi Amber! Just dropping off my star and admiring the Mario and Tuppence toppers.
Hi, Amber. I completely lost the race to keep up with you in 2016, so I thought I'd better start reading NOW! Glad to see you in fine fettle for the 2017 challenges. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hi Amber! Your threads move by too fast for me to keep up completely, but I hope to at least drop by occasionally next year. :)
WOOT!! Charlie, Mario, and Tuppence toppers!!!! Happy almost New Year, Amber! (dropping off my star even though I have no illusions about "keeping up" with your threads)
Hello Dear Amber!
All good wishes for a wonderful 2017 of reading. I look forward to learning what you and Charlie find interesting.
Gotcha starred, Amber. Somehow or another it almost seems as if next year's group got started early. No matter. I am resolved to be better at participation in 2017. You know - clean slate and all.
>5 scaifea: I love the Harry Potter outfit!! He looks very handsome. Beautiful dogs too!! I look forward to following your reading this year!!
trying to post with one hand
maia is lying on my other arm/hand length-wise
i have a dog
>50 scaifea: Her butt was on my elbow and her front paws were in my hand. It was pretty amusing. She's been pretty clingy lately. I think it's the cold. The worst is when she sits between me and my laptop, staring over the laptop with her butt on my chest. (Remember she's about the size of cat - 10 pounds.) "Maia, you make a better door than a window."
That's how she ended up on my arm - I nudged her to one side so I could see the laptop.
>51 Morphidae: Susie used to me like that. Comforting and adorable and annoying, isn't it? Mario, who is now 70+lbs, still tries to climb into my lap sometimes. Hilarious.
>52 scaifea: We had a 70 lb. black lab cross, Sara, who would do that with MrMorphy.
You are starred, scaifea! I know I mention it a lot, but I love your photos. Something about the filter you use. Happy holidays!
Happy 2017 Thread, Amber!! Looking forward to all the cuteness here!
Hi, everyone! We're still on the road, so I'll catch up with you when we get back.
Have a lovely rest of the week, friends!
>5 scaifea: As always, photos of your family make me smile. Love the look, Charlie!
All ready to follow along with your 2017 thread, Amber. I hope the end of 2016 turns out better than you expect!
Hello Amber. Lovely photos. Wishing you safe travels and a happy new year and thread.
Hi, Amber! I'm out and about, trying to reconnect with the people I neglected last year. Love your foot-warmer! :)
Hi, Luxx, Roberta, Meg, Charlotte and Liz!
One more day at the in-laws and then we head home tomorrow...
Hiya, Amber! Just wanted to stop by and say hello on your New Year's Thread.
I am part of the group.
I love being part of the group.
I love the friendships bestowed upon my by dint of my membership of this wonderful fellowship.
I love that race and creed and gender and age and sexuality and nationality make absolutely no difference to our being a valued member of the group.
Thank you for also being part of the group.
I wish you from my heart health, happiness, satisfaction and much exciting read in 2017. May all your wishes come true.
from my hometown Zürich, Switzerland
Hello, everyone! Thanks so much for visiting while I was away! We're back home now and I have a full day ahead of unpacking, laundry, taking the holiday decorations down and getting sorted for the coming week. Hopefully I'll have time later today to come back and get things sorted here, too.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Happy New Year, Amber! Glad you are back home safe & sound. Good luck getting everything unpacked.
Happy New Year, Amber! I'm looking forward to seeing what you and your gang get up to this year.
Happy New Year, Amber! Keep the Charlie/Mario/Tuppence toppers coming, whether new or old.
Hi, Mark, Laura, Mamie, Beth and Julia! I'll be back later on today, hopefully. Travel stuff unpacked and laundry going. Next up is the grocery list...
Okay, so I've finished listing my 2016 reads over on the old thread, so I can officially list my Favorite Reads of last year here:
here are my favorite reads of this year (not counting re-reads):
-Dear Committee Members
-The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
-The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
-Life of Pi
And some honorable mentions from the 9/10-rated books:
-Lord of the Flies
-I Capture the Castle
-The Bell Jar
-A Clockwork Orange
-The Catcher in the Rye
-Inside Out and Back Again
-Far from the Madding Crowd
-The Three Musketeers
-Stay Where You Are and Then Leave
-The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
-The War That Saved My Life
-The Return of the Native
>88 scaifea: Love the lists, Amber. I need to work on mine. It is going to be a close race for my Top Ten. I will borrow the Honorable Mentions idea to make my life easier. I am looking forward to trying to keep up with you and Charlie in 2017. Here's to another year of good reading. 🍷 Cheers!
>89 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! Right now it's pretty sweet - Charlie and Tomm are taking down the Christmas tree while I take a leftover-pizza break (I just got back from grocery shopping and they ate while I was gone).
>90 Donna828: Donna: I love looking back over the year's reading and seeing what I loved best. I generally have already forgotten some of the earlier ones, so it's always a nice reminder. And yeah, I need the Honorable Mentions category because I can't narrow it down to any certain number, ever.
>91 BLBera: Thanks, Beth!
Happy New Year, Amber!
Looking forward to lots of fun with you in '17, my friend.
Amber, we are chatting about a possible Iowa City meetup on MLK Weekend over on Beth's thread. Come on over if you're interested!
Hi, Amber! Hope the whole holiday season treated you good and that the in-laws were less that way than usual!
Glad you survived the visit to your inlaws, Amber, and now safely home again.
Happy New Year Amber! Dropping off my star and getting caught up. :)
I hope your Christmas was nice. My MIL hit a new low with the gift giving this year. It goes without saying that she has been told for 24 years that all I want for Christmas is books. This year I got a housecoat. Velour. Sigh. Also she has been regularly sharing exercise links with me on messenger. Major hints. Other than that, Christmas was great.
Okay, decorations all put away (Tomm even got the outside lights down and sorted!), laundry all finished, groceries purchased and put away. Whew! Tomm and Charlie are playing a Lego video game and I'm happily sipping some tea and ready to tackle a week's worth of LT threads...
>102 scaifea: Well done, lady. Our xmas decoration is still up. Need to take it down in the next few days.
>103 Ameise1: Ha - Thanks, Barbara! I get sad if the decorations aren't down as soon as possible. Now I'm ready for a fresh start and my annual January room-by-room major clean/re-organization/trimming down of The Stuff.
>101 scaifea: Nate got a pair of ugly brown socks too from his family Secret Santa! But his have a bear instead of a moose. I doubt they will ever make it out of his drawer unless he runs out of socks!
>105 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Oh, blerg. Mine are already in the Donations to the Thrift Shop bag.
>106 scaifea: Nate will be forced to keep his. Could come in handy if I get behind on laundry :-P
Hi, Amber. Just stopping by to drop a star and see what you and Charlie have been up to!
Maybe it's a theme this year. Instead of ugly sweaters it was ugly socks?
Good luck catching up with the threads, Amber. They have been busy!
Great list of best reads, Amber, and some good classics there. I better push Dandelion Wine up on the TBR-list. One of my plans was to read more of Ray Bradbury this year. Have only read two or three of his novels.
I'm beginning again on LOTR this year. I know what a wonderful ride it will be.
>114 Morphidae: Morphy: An appropriately crappy theme for a lackluster year, eh? Possible.
>115 Familyhistorian: Meg: I did it! I stayed up way past my bedtime (read: I stayed up until 10pm) and I cleared the board, so to speak! It's now back to a full page this morning, though. This beginning of the year stuff is fun but a little exhausting.
>116 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda!
>117 mellymel171328: Thanks, Melissa!
>118 swynn: Hi, Steve! Thanks!
>119 Berly: Oooh, lovely! Thanks, Kim!
>120 ctpress: Carsten: Oh, do give Dandelion Wine a go - it's gorgeous. And we may try LOTR again soonish with Charlie; we tried The Hobbit a couple of years ago, but he was too young and didn't care for it. We should start there again, I think.
>121 Ameise1: Morning, Barbara!
I'm substituting for the school Administrative Assistant for a couple of hours this morning, then I'll pick up the rest of the groceries at the shop that wasn't open yesterday (Aldi) before going home to get dinner going in the slow-cooker (Thai Peanut Chicken), work a bit on the Latin book and then dive into my Annual January Room-By-Room Big Clean.
On the reading front:
Nothing to report from yesterday - instead of reading in bed, I took my laptop with me and got caught up on the threads.
The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Animals of the Bible, illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop and text selected by Helen Dean Fish, received the first Caldecott Medal in 1938."
What We Read Yesterday:
-Charlie read a couple of pages from both Herobrine Scared Stiff (oh, yes, there's another one - in fact, there are three right now) and Anna & Elsa: All Hail the Queen (his vacation bookstore shopping pick).
-Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail (public library book, picture book) - 8/10 = B
-Chapter 29 in James and the Giant Peach
-The first half of the first chapter in A Bear Called Paddington
Yesterday we watched The first Madagascar movie while taking down the Christmas decorations; after dinner we didn't turn the TV on at all, as Charlie had planned a Magic Show for us and the performance took quite a while. It was both hilarious and adorable and at times even impressive - he guessed our cards correctly 100% of the time!
Morning Amber! Hooray for having another day off. AND, I have Wednesday off this week too. Sweet!
I am loving News of the World. Expect waves of warbling on that one...
Go Charlie! He seems like quite the showman.
We have Dandelion Wine here - I haven't picked it up but my husband started it and abandoned it. He says he wants to try it again, but I'm not sure what stopped him the first time. Now I'm curious.
>127 ursula: Ursula: I can't imagine, either - it grabbed me right from the start. The writing is beautiful.
Morning, Amber! Morphy's ugly sock year cracked me up. Um...what time should I be there for the Thai peanut chicken?
>129 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie! You may be laughing, but I'm the one who got the socks! Yeesh.
Dinner's between 5:30 and 6:00 here at Scaife Manor - come on over!
Yes, well, my MIL once gave me, and I kid you not, a carving she had done on a mushroom shelf thingy - so basically an etching on fungus. The etching was of their cabin up in Minnesota - I got the last laugh as I insisted it belonged in said cabin because it has that same "rustic" feel to it.
I'm just going to sit in the corner and eat my bowl of kheer that you can't have any of...
Because I don't want you to catch my cold! I'm only thinking about your well-being!
Also, I brought you your own bowl :) A better gift, perhaps, than moose socks?
>134 scaifea: Because evil is prevalent in the world, Amber. Our goodness probably acts like some kind of magnet for evil MILs. *blinks*
Katie is so thoughtful to be thinking only of your health.
Hi Amber, thank you so much for stopping by my thread. I am looking forward to following your reading and anything else that may be posted here. Love the most recent photo of you and Charlie. Boy, do kids grow up fast!
Relying on my Irish heritage to leave you the following Happy New Year wishes for you and your family:
Ladies I think a good strong coffee is required to wash down all that sweet, sticky goodness.
Good morning, Amber, dear.
Woo, we're in that early year zooming phase with the threads, aren't we? Hope your year is off to a good start.
Happy new year, Amber. Gosh.. 143 posts already? Yikes ... I'm going to have to get my skates on if I'm going to be able to keep up with your thread this year.
>145 cameling: Thanks, Caro! Aw, it'll all slow down in a few days, of course.
Just checking in...I bought Dandelion Wine last year to read but I can't remember where I put it! I'm going to have to start marking locations on my books! Happy New Year to you and yours!
Dropping my star in a little late, but Happy New Year! Looking forward to your reads! :)
Hi Amber, hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year my dear, sending love and hugs.
>151 Morphidae: Ha! Yes, Morphy, just like that - only a cabin. And your answer made me laugh out loud.
>156 Berly: Kim: It's like a Roald Dahl book, where the delightfully good and clever child suffers a terrible childhood but makes it out through sheer will and the use of said cleverness.
>157 avatiakh: Hi, Kerry!
>158 AMQS: Thanks, Anne!
>159 charl08: Charlotte: It's a bit like the Spanish Inquisition, that, eh?
On the agenda for today:
A few errands to run at some point today (I need to visit three separate banks, the post office and the library), plus some writing and some work on the Big January Clean. Mujaddara for dinner tonight, I think.
On the reading front:
I read a nice chunk of The Inverted World yesterday, which is becoming more and more interesting - it has the feel of a steampunk sort of book, really.
The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Chris Van Allsburg, who wrote and illustrated the book Jumanji (1982 Caldecott Medal) about a board game coming to life, found board games disappointing as a child."
Morning Amber! Back to work today, for me but I am off tomorrow, so that will break up the week nicely. Looks like we are getting cold again tomorrow...sighs.
LT has really been hopping lately and I love it, but I am sure we are due a cool down period.
>163 msf59: Morning, Mark! Yeah, I saw the forecast, which included some negative numbers. Yikes.
>159 charl08: Trust me when I say that I wasn't expecting it, either. I mean, WHO carves on fungus?! Besides my MIL, that is.
>165 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie!
Honestly, I wish my in-laws would just stop getting gifts for me altogether, but I don't think I'll have such luck.
Slight change of plans for today: Charlie's school was on a 2-hour delay, and now has been canceled for the day (fog and slick roads, apparently). So, the errands will wait until this afternoon, and I'll have some company, too! Excellent!
Howdy Amber! Have a great "fog day" with Charlie! I'm most positive that he's a happy camper!
>168 Carmenere: Lynda: Thanks! He is! He loves school, but unexpected days off are always a treat.
I don't remember ever hearing of a school day canceled because of fog and slick roads. Makes me think of everyone trying to find their way through the fog in Fellini's Amarcord. I liked school, too, when a lad, but I sure loved it when we got a "free" day.
>170 jnwelch: Hi, Joe!
While we were out running errands a little bit ago, everyone seemed surprised that Charlie was with me, so it's a rare thing here, too, I guess. It's great having a free day with him, though.
Hi Amber - just dropping a star and a Happy New Year!
Glancing at the topper I was wondering if Charlie had changed schools and was in uniform! Took me a bit of scrolling to twig the Harry Potter side of things...
Enjoy your day with Charlie, Amber!
Thanks to you and Charlie I fianlly started reading War and peace, first book down, reading the second now.
Hi Amber, got your thread starred and will try to keep up with it this year!
It seems there are a lot more fog delays/days here in Ohio than I remember having in Michigan. We should have had one today - the fog has been awful!
>173 FAMeulstee: My version is two books, Amber, I rated the first on 4-stars.
I had seen the BBC tv-adaption last year, so I was already familiar with the characters, wich made reading easier. However it is a facinating read.
Now I should quit LT and go back to my book. Since I came home this morning all reading has been reading threads here ;-)
>175 aktakukac: Hi, Rachel!
Ohio is notoriously overcast/foggy, but I don't remember there being any delays or days off for it when we lived there. Of course, Charlie wasn't in school then, and the college hardly ever took days off.
>176 FAMeulstee: Anita: I agree that it is definitely fascinating. I'm going in blind, so to speak, not having seen any tv or movie versions before, but I'm still enjoying it.
>177 scaifea: I'd never even heard of a fog delay before, but then again, my lack of offspring means I'm not really paying attention to when and why and how the school buses run.
Happy New Year!
>5 scaifea: Adorable! Charlie makes a great Harry Potter. Is he, by chance, interested in acting?
Laughing at the idea of fungus carvings. Who thinks of things like that?
>178 foggidawn: foggi: Yep, I didn't pay attention to that sort of thing B.C. either.
>179 Storeetllr: Thanks, Mary!
Charlie and a couple of his friends have been writing and putting on little plays before school all this year, to fairly large audiences and with good reception, apparently, but I don't think he has any serious acting passions. He has decided that he wants to write movies, though.
Fungus carvings, that's nothing! How about fungus leather!
(I swear I didn't look for this. It just came up on my FB newsfeed.)
>181 Morphidae: Morphy: Oh, gross!!
Seriously? What are you searching for that this comes up as possibly of interest to you?!
>185 Morphidae: Morphy: Oh, busted. I didn't watch the video yet. Ha!
Not sure why that skeezes me out more than actual leather, though. Just my general aversion to mushrooms, I suppose. Blech.
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Sorry, couldn't resist! Fungus carving is... unexpected, though:)
On today's agenda:
I have a quick bit of PTO business at school this morning (interviewing the top readers from each grade in the read-a-thon for the school's and the library's facebook pages - so fun) and then I'm heading down to Dubuque for a quick bit of shopping (I need new underwear - mine is so old and worn that it's really only fit for the Pope these days). If I have time when I get home, I'll do a bit more work on the Big January Clean (I finished one entire room yesterday!) before picking Charlie up from school, and then we'll be off to his gymnastics class. Tomm left this morning for a business trip, so it's just Charlie and I through Sunday.
On the reading front:
I read a bit more of War and Peace last night before falling asleep; I hadn't touched it since before Christmas, but it's still just as lovely as ever.
The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Rika Lesser, who retold Hansel and Gretel (1985 Caldecott Honor Book), helped the book's illustrator, Paul Zelinsky, write the text of Rapunzel (1988 Caldecott Medal)."
What We Read Yesterday:
-Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp (public library book, picture book) - 8/10 = B+
-A bit of The Cat Who Went to Heaven (Charlie's pick for his library book club this month)
-Chapter 31 of James and the Giant Peach
-The first half of chapter 2 in A Bear Called Paddington
Morning Amber!! There's just something I like about Fungus artwork and leather. It demonstrates everything has a purpose even the lowly fungus.
Morning Amber! I am enjoying a day off, and I hope I can completely shake off this cold. I have a massage appointment, a little later too. The first time in 6 months, maybe longer. Should not procrastinate...
Enjoy your day.
Whelp, change of plans: Charlie woke up with a sore throat and dizziness, so he's staying home today. He's had a sore throat off and on for a few weeks, but never with a fever (and he still doesn't have one of those), but the darn thing just isn't going away. I'll keep him home (he's not arguing with that, so he must not feel well - the kid hates to miss school) and call his doctor later on. Underpants shopping put on hold for now...
>194 scaifea: Morning Amber. Hope the little fellow is back right as rain as soon as possible.
>194 scaifea: Aww, I am sorry Charlie missing school today, Amber, I hope he feels better soon!
Morning Amber! Sorry to hear that Charlie is not feeling well. And also about the missed panties expedition - the sacrifices that mothers have to make...
>200 Crazymamie: Mamie: I know, right?! Not that I enjoy shopping, especially for something so mundane as underpants (I don't go in for the flashy stuff, just plain-jane ones), but the thought of a morning out on my own was kind of nice. Next week, maybe.
Sorry hear that Charlie isn't feeling well! Hope he recovers quickly!
If it makes you feel any better I also need a underwear shopping day. I am rapidly getting too fat to stay in my normal non-pregnant undies!
Boo for sick kiddos and delayed shopping. Could it be allergies? A sore throat from drainage? I suppose the doc will tell. Hope there's a quick fix!
>202 jnwelch: Morning, Joe!
>203 mellymel171328: Hi, Melissa!
>204 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! Ooof, maternity clothes shopping was not my favorite thing to do. Best of luck!
>205 Luxx: Luxx: He takes allergy medicine daily, but the doc said that it may be a flair-up.
>206 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba!
Back from the doctor's office with no real answer, which is typical of our lives these days, it seems. Gah. They tested for strep throat, and that came back negative, but I was pretty certain it wasn't that since he doesn't have a fever or other strep symptoms. Although he takes allergy medicine every day, the doc said it may be a flair-up and that we could try an over-the-counter steroid nasal spray if we like, but that's the only advice we got. He was in the office with us for 5 minutes, tops. I'm frustrated a bit, I admit. My kiddo clearly feels lousy and I can't fix it. Blerg. He's now snuggled up on the couch under his new (for Christmas) Harry Potter blanket sipping a chocolate milkshake and watching Wreck-It Ralph. It'll be a movie marathon day for him, as I'm forcing him to REST.
>189 scaifea: "... only fit for the Pope..."
Because it's holey?
Sorry it wasn't something easily fixable for Charlie.
>209 Morphidae: I have jeans with holes in the upper regions that I use to do yard work and such in. Mrsdrneutron calls them my religious pants. :)
>209 Morphidae: Mophy: Yup, very holey.
And yeah, I'm sorry, too. As a mom, I just NEED to fix things and I get very frustrated when I can't find a solution for him. Few things make you feel more helpless than that.
Hi Amber, It sounded like you were in for a really busy day until Charlie took sick, poor little lamb. As you say he must be really unwell if he really doesn't want to go to school, hope he soon picks up bless him but he is better snuggled up under his lovely blanket and having a movie marathon. Underwear can wait unless you were down to the bare bones as Charlie takes priority, just make sure you don't have an accident and someone sees your religious underwear, lol. Sending love and hugs to you all but some special ones for Charlie my dear.
>213 johnsimpson: Ha! Thanks, John. I'll be extra careful to avoid accidents until I can make it to the shops...
>208 scaifea: Just what the mommy-doctor ordered. (Good movie choice, Charlie)
>215 Luxx: Luxx: Agreed. He's finished that movie and is now trying out a Boxcar Children one that we found on Netflix...
>208 scaifea: Hope the rest does the trick and that he does one of the kid-healing-quickly things.
>217 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba. I hope so, too, but he's had this silly sore throat for a couple of weeks already. Do viruses last that long? Yeesh.
>218 scaifea: They do indeed! Mine and Chloe's has lasted since November! I think he can probably take an antibiotic if it isn't going away on it's own, I've had to!
Amber! Happy New Year!
Nuts -- caught a sore throat coming back on the plane from a quick holiday trip. (Darn that recirculating air! Gets me every time!) Was hoping this would be fast moving. Chomping down major quantities of vitamin c and slurping the hot tea with honey and lemon. Here's hoping EVERY ONE feels better soon.
Wishing you a wonderful 2017 full of reading and happiness.
Happy New Year, Amber! I have been away so long that I am stunned at how grown up Charlie looks now. And two dogs now! Glad all is well chez Scaife Manor.
>222 michigantrumpet: Marianne: Nuts, indeed! That re-circulated air gets me every time, too. Yeesh. I hope you're already feeling better! Charlie went to bed last night with a runny nose, so I suspect (read: hope) this is the beginning of the end of it. I slathered Vicks on his neck and chest, and we always have the humidifier on in his room at night in the winter, so hopefully he wakes up feeling a bit better, too.
>223 tiffin: Thanks, Tui! Yep, Charlie won't stop growing, apparently. I guess that's how these things work. It won't be long and he'll be looking me in the eye! And yes, two dogs now, and we couldn't be happier with them both (of course, I'd have ten if we had the room and the money...)
On the agenda for today:
I need to do my menu planning for next week and get my grocery list in order, and then it's on with the Big January Clean (I have the library/study/front room and the kitchen finished; today it's on to the living room), with a bit a laundry thrown in for good measure. Hopefully Charlie will be feeling well enough for school today, too. Before picking him up this afternoon I'll do a little bit of the actual grocery shopping, too.
On the reading front:
I finished another story in The Complete Sherlock Holmes last night: The Boscombe Valley Mystery. Still loving it.
The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "Rachel Field wrote Prayer for a Child (1945 Caldecott Medal) for her daughter, Hannah."
Morning Amber! It probably won't be a Sweet Thursday for me but I hope you have one.
I am enjoying Kindred, in the early going. Have you read this one? It sure seems like your cuppa.
Well, I did manage to get here before you moved on to thread 2 already! Hope Charlie feels better and that sore throat gives up. And now you've reminded me that I need to go underwear shopping too. It's one of those things that just gets less and less amusing as time goes on...
Sorry about our friend Charlie being under the weather. Nothing more frustrating than those mystery illnesses. Good idea to have him rest.
I'm glad you're still enjoying the Sherlock stories. I really want to do a re-read at some point.
>227 msf59: Morning, Mark! I'm sorry it's not a sweet one for you - it *is* pretty chilly out there today...
I haven't read Kindred, but it is on my list, so soon(ish)? I'm happy to hear that you're enjoying it!
>228 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie! Charlie seems to be on the mend - he's at school, at any rate. His runny nose it promising, which sounds weird, but I mean that I'm happy to know now that it seems just to be a cold and that it's on it's way out the door.
>229 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! How are you and your little one today? Better, I hope!
>230 laytonwoman3rd: Hi, Linda! And thanks. I now have the sore throat, but I'm not really complaining - I'd much rather have it myself than for Charlie to have it, of course.
And yes, it isn't really amusing at all, is it? Blech. Although at least now that I'm older, I'm not in the least embarrassed by shopping for underwear; I used to be mortified by the prospect and now I couldn't possibly care less who sees me buying underpants.
>231 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Thanks - I agree that a mystery illness stalking your kiddo is hard to beat on the frustration scale. The rest seems to have done some good, at least.
And yes, the Sherlock stories are great! What a character. I can't wait to see what Cumberbatch does with it.
>232 scaifea: Chloe seems fine. Slept great and is now destroying the living room with her toys. I have not improved much but crossing my fingers a couple more pills will do the trick!
Too tired to read this morning so I'm researching some new toddler friendly meals to have while I'm off
Good to hear the Charlie monster is back in school. What's he been learning lately?
>237 Morphidae: They're learning how to write book reports right now, I think, and how to write persuasive stuff. Math is nothing new for him at the moment (double-digit subtraction with borrowing). I'm not sure what they're doing for science and social studies right now. In art they're always doing cool stuff, though, about various artists and then trying to imitate their styles.
Hope Charlie continues to feel better today! The crud is going around the schools and the break didn't seem to help much. One of the kids I work with was miserable before break and he's already "can I go to the nurse for a saltwater gargle." Yuk! Can't be kidding if he wants that. And as I was talking to him, it sounds like he had strep but didn't finish the antibiotics. Yippie.
So sending you dinner for tonight:
>239 cammykitty: Aw, thanks for the soup! Unfortunately, he's not better today and will be staying home from school again - up most of the night with diarrhea, poor thing.
Ooh, that soup looks great! I wish I could take a bowl to work. I will be toting the canned variety. Sighs...
Happy Friday, Amber!
On the agenda for today:
Well, the rest of the grocery shopping is put on hold until, hopefully, tomorrow, since Charlie's staying home again today. I'll keep working at the Big January Clean while Charlie rests and has another movie marathon day. I also need to get through the week's bills and organize the photos from the camera from the past couple of weeks.
On the reading front: I managed a few pages in The Inverted World yesterday, which I'm enjoying quite a bit. Not sure where it's going, exactly, but I like it!
The Newbery/Caldecott Trivia: "McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss (1948 Caldecott Honor Book) impressed first-grader David Wisniewski (Golem, 1997 Caldecott Medal)"
Oh, and in other news: I have an interview for the library job on Tuesday! Funny story: I had just walked into the library yesterday to take some books back before picking Charlie up from school when my phone vibrated. I hustled back out to the foyer to answer it, and it was the library director asking if I'd like to come in for an interview. Ha! I laughed and told her where I was and she invited me back to her office to chat and set up the meeting for next week.
>241 msf59: Morning, Mark - happy Friday! I hope that soup - and the audiobooks - keep you warm today!
>242 scaifea: I am sorry Charlie doesn't feel well again today, Amber.
Good luck with the interview Tuesday!
>242 scaifea: congratulations on the interview, Amber! Funny how you were right there when the call came through.
>249 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura! It was pretty funny, although to be fair, I *am* there with ridiculous frequency.
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