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75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1scaifea
Edited: Dec 21, 2016, 12:37pm Top

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.


2scaifea
Edited: Dec 22, 2016, 6:31am Top

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
ask)).
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.

3scaifea
Edited: Jan 1, 2017, 11:44am Top



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

4scaifea
Edited: Dec 21, 2016, 11:59am Top

Books Read

JANUARY
1.

5scaifea
Edited: Dec 21, 2016, 12:17pm Top

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:



6drneutron
Dec 20, 2016, 11:56am Top

The first! (besides me, but that's how I make the group) :)

7Crazymamie
Dec 20, 2016, 11:57am Top

Look at you jumping right in, Amber! Way to go!

8scaifea
Dec 20, 2016, 2:37pm Top

>6 drneutron: Jim: Ha! I couldn't not. But I don't know when I'll get a chance to decorate over here...

>7 Crazymamie: Mamie: WOOT! Brand new group, brand new threads - I LOVE it! Plus, we'll be out of town the 26th through the 31st, so I won't get much time to putter around over here then.

9thornton37814
Dec 20, 2016, 2:37pm Top

Hope you and Charlie have a great reading year!

10scaifea
Dec 20, 2016, 2:45pm Top

>9 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori!

11foggidawn
Dec 20, 2016, 4:02pm Top

Hi!

12MickyFine
Dec 20, 2016, 4:05pm Top

Just earmarking you now to keep up with in the new year. :)

13FAMeulstee
Dec 20, 2016, 4:11pm Top

Happy readings in 2017 :-)

14katiekrug
Dec 20, 2016, 4:13pm Top

Happy Solstice! And happy new year!

15BBGirl55
Dec 20, 2016, 5:24pm Top

Just dropping off a star. Hope Charlie and your reading goes well in 2017!

16scaifea
Dec 20, 2016, 6:34pm Top

Hi, foggi, Micky, Anita, Katie & Byrony! Good to see you all over here!

17DeltaQueen50
Dec 20, 2016, 10:40pm Top

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.

18PaulCranswick
Dec 21, 2016, 2:52am Top

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

19scaifea
Dec 21, 2016, 6:25am Top

>17 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy! Here's hoping we both have a safe and fun week of traveling!

>18 PaulCranswick: Morning, Paul! Yep, everybody is a star! *grins*

20msf59
Dec 21, 2016, 6:44am Top

Happy New 2017 Thread! Looking forward to following the Scaife Shenanigans for another year. Smiles...

21scaifea
Dec 21, 2016, 6:56am Top

>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...

22kidzdoc
Dec 21, 2016, 10:54am Top

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.

23scaifea
Dec 21, 2016, 11:08am Top

>22 kidzdoc: Thanks so much, Darryl!

24MGovers
Dec 21, 2016, 11:53am Top

Hi Amber, happy new thread.

25scaifea
Dec 21, 2016, 12:17pm Top

>23 scaifea: Thanks, Monica!

26casvelyn
Dec 21, 2016, 12:30pm Top

>5 scaifea: BORDER COLLIE!

(And hello to Amber too!)

27scaifea
Dec 21, 2016, 12:31pm Top

>26 casvelyn: Ha! No worries - she's totally adorable, isn't she? (She's the one warming my feet at the moment.)

28casvelyn
Dec 21, 2016, 2:15pm Top

>27 scaifea: Your feet and my heart

(she said in an unprecedented show of sentimentality)

29mellymel171328
Dec 21, 2016, 2:49pm Top

You're always so organized!

30johnsimpson
Dec 21, 2016, 4:26pm Top

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.

31rosylibrarian
Dec 21, 2016, 4:33pm Top

Cheers to 2017, Amber!

32Morphidae
Dec 21, 2016, 4:40pm Top

La la la *covers eyes* I can't see you until 2017!

33scaifea
Dec 21, 2016, 5:01pm Top

>28 casvelyn: Aw, yep, my heart, too!

>29 mellymel171328: Melissa: Ha! On the surface of things, at least...

>30 johnsimpson: Hi, John! Thanks! I'll be looking for your thread.

>31 rosylibrarian: Hi, Marie!

>32 Morphidae: Huh, did you hear something...?

34cbl_tn
Dec 21, 2016, 9:33pm Top

Hi Amber! Just dropping off my star and admiring the Mario and Tuppence toppers.

35ffortsa
Dec 21, 2016, 9:58pm Top

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!

36kgodey
Dec 22, 2016, 5:48am Top

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. :)

37scaifea
Dec 22, 2016, 6:16am Top

>34 cbl_tn: Hi, Carrie! I'm glad you like the pup pictures!

>35 ffortsa: Hi, Judy! Good to see you! And thank you!

>36 kgodey: Good to see you, Kriti! Happy reading in 2017!

38The_Hibernator
Dec 22, 2016, 7:30am Top

Hi Amber!

39scaifea
Dec 22, 2016, 8:14am Top

40EBT1002
Dec 22, 2016, 12:26pm Top

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)

41mstrust
Dec 22, 2016, 12:33pm Top

Happy reading in 2017!

42Whisper1
Dec 22, 2016, 12:38pm Top

Hello Dear Amber!

All good wishes for a wonderful 2017 of reading. I look forward to learning what you and Charlie find interesting.

43scaifea
Dec 22, 2016, 4:53pm Top

>40 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen!!

>41 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer!

>42 Whisper1: Hi, Linda!!

44Fourpawz2
Dec 22, 2016, 5:40pm Top

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.

45scaifea
Dec 22, 2016, 5:57pm Top

>44 Fourpawz2: Hi, Charlotte! Good to see you!

46crazy4reading
Dec 22, 2016, 7:00pm Top

>5 scaifea: I love the Harry Potter outfit!! He looks very handsome. Beautiful dogs too!! I look forward to following your reading this year!!

47scaifea
Dec 22, 2016, 8:05pm Top

>46 crazy4reading: Thanks, Monica! Good to see you!

48mahsdad
Dec 23, 2016, 11:44am Top

Hi Amber, just checking in...

49Morphidae
Edited: Dec 23, 2016, 11:47am Top

trying to post with one hand

maia is lying on my other arm/hand length-wise

i have a dog

50scaifea
Dec 23, 2016, 12:02pm Top

>48 mahsdad: Hey, Jeff! Good to see you!

>49 Morphidae: Morphy: Oh, that's the best! Love it. Tuppence is currently keeping my feet warm from under my desk...

51Morphidae
Dec 23, 2016, 1:03pm Top

>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.

52scaifea
Dec 23, 2016, 2:36pm Top

>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.

53Morphidae
Dec 23, 2016, 4:21pm Top

>52 scaifea: We had a 70 lb. black lab cross, Sara, who would do that with MrMorphy.

54scaifea
Dec 23, 2016, 4:23pm Top

>53 Morphidae: Morphy: So hilarious and adorable. Love it!

55brodiew2
Dec 24, 2016, 1:40am Top

You are starred, scaifea! I know I mention it a lot, but I love your photos. Something about the filter you use. Happy holidays!

56scaifea
Dec 24, 2016, 10:25am Top

>55 brodiew2: Thanks, Brodie!

57Carmenere
Dec 26, 2016, 1:50pm Top

Happy 2017 Thread, Amber!! Looking forward to all the cuteness here!

58Ameise1
Dec 27, 2016, 10:04am Top

Happy New One, Amber.

Found you and

59Berly
Dec 27, 2016, 10:08am Top

Dropping off my star!

60DianaNL
Dec 29, 2016, 6:17am Top



Happy New Year!

61scaifea
Dec 29, 2016, 7:00am Top

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!

62Luxx
Dec 29, 2016, 9:58am Top

>5 scaifea: As always, photos of your family make me smile. Love the look, Charlie!

63luvamystery65
Dec 29, 2016, 10:47am Top

Howdy Amber! Safe travels and happy new year.

64Familyhistorian
Dec 29, 2016, 3:58pm Top

All ready to follow along with your 2017 thread, Amber. I hope the end of 2016 turns out better than you expect!

65charl08
Dec 29, 2016, 4:05pm Top

Hello Amber. Lovely photos. Wishing you safe travels and a happy new year and thread.

66lyzard
Dec 29, 2016, 6:16pm Top

Hi, Amber! I'm out and about, trying to reconnect with the people I neglected last year. Love your foot-warmer! :)

67scaifea
Dec 30, 2016, 8:37am Top

Hi, Luxx, Roberta, Meg, Charlotte and Liz!

One more day at the in-laws and then we head home tomorrow...

68jnwelch
Dec 30, 2016, 11:05am Top

Hiya, Amber! Just wanted to stop by and say hello on your New Year's Thread.

69ChelleBearss
Dec 30, 2016, 1:47pm Top

Happy 2017 and enjoy the rest of your travels!

70FAMeulstee
Dec 30, 2016, 2:11pm Top

Thinking of you, ((((hugs))))

71cindysprocket
Dec 30, 2016, 7:17pm Top

Happy New Year ! Charlie is awesome.

72The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2016, 8:32am Top

73PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 31, 2016, 7:54pm Top



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.

74Ameise1
Dec 31, 2016, 4:01pm Top

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

75jnwelch
Dec 31, 2016, 7:37pm Top

Happy New Year, Amber!

76fairywings
Dec 31, 2016, 7:53pm Top

Hi Amber

Just popping in to say Happy New Year and drop a star.

77ronincats
Dec 31, 2016, 8:17pm Top

Happy New Year! (dropping a star)


78Eyejaybee
Jan 1, 2017, 8:17am Top

Best wishes for a great year of reading :)

79scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 8:17am Top

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!

80msf59
Jan 1, 2017, 8:23am Top

Happy New Year, Amber! Glad you are back home safe & sound. Good luck getting everything unpacked.

81lauralkeet
Jan 1, 2017, 8:49am Top

Happy New Year, Amber! I'm looking forward to seeing what you and your gang get up to this year.

82Crazymamie
Jan 1, 2017, 10:30am Top

Welcome home, Amber! Happy New Year!

83BLBera
Jan 1, 2017, 10:38am Top

Happy New Year, Amber.

84rosalita
Jan 1, 2017, 11:03am Top

Happy New Year, Amber! Keep the Charlie/Mario/Tuppence toppers coming, whether new or old.

85scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 11:25am Top

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...

86PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 2017, 11:34am Top

Welcome back Amber, dear.

87scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 11:42am Top

>86 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul!

88scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 11:47am Top

89Carmenere
Jan 1, 2017, 11:57am Top

Happy New Year to the Scaife family!

90Donna828
Jan 1, 2017, 12:12pm Top

>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!

91BLBera
Jan 1, 2017, 12:28pm Top

Nice list, Amber.

92scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 2:25pm Top

>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!

93jnwelch
Jan 1, 2017, 2:32pm Top

Happy New Year, Amber!

Looking forward to lots of fun with you in '17, my friend.

94rosalita
Jan 1, 2017, 3:04pm Top

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!

95lycomayflower
Jan 1, 2017, 3:17pm Top

Hi, Amber! Hope the whole holiday season treated you good and that the in-laws were less that way than usual!

96scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 3:46pm Top

>93 jnwelch: Hi, Joe!!

>94 rosalita: Julia: Oooooh!! I hope I can make it!

>95 lycomayflower: Hi, Laura! Well, it wasn't awful with raisins, at least. It was just plain awful.

97FAMeulstee
Jan 1, 2017, 3:52pm Top

Glad you survived the visit to your inlaws, Amber, and now safely home again.

98scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 4:23pm Top

>97 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita!

99nittnut
Edited: Jan 1, 2017, 4:39pm Top

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.

100Fourpawz2
Jan 1, 2017, 4:44pm Top

Good to have you and yours safely back where you belong, Amber.

101scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>99 nittnut: Jenn: Velour?! Oh, lordy. I did get a book from mine, but one that I already have, and also the ugliest pair of socks I've ever seen (tan and brown with a moose (?!) pattern).

>100 Fourpawz2: Aw, thanks, Charlotte!

102scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 5:10pm Top

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...

103Ameise1
Jan 1, 2017, 5:12pm Top

>102 scaifea: Well done, lady. Our xmas decoration is still up. Need to take it down in the next few days.

104scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 5:20pm Top

>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.

105ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 2017, 5:46pm Top

>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!

106scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 5:56pm Top

>105 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Oh, blerg. Mine are already in the Donations to the Thrift Shop bag.

107ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 2017, 6:31pm Top

>106 scaifea: Nate will be forced to keep his. Could come in handy if I get behind on laundry :-P

108tymfos
Jan 1, 2017, 7:50pm Top

Happy new year, Amber! I have you starred.

109scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 8:12pm Top

>107 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Ha!

>108 tymfos: Thanks, Terri!

110rretzler
Jan 1, 2017, 8:31pm Top



Hi, Amber. Just stopping by to drop a star and see what you and Charlie have been up to!

111scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 8:35pm Top

>110 rretzler: Hi, Robin!

112cammykitty
Jan 1, 2017, 9:25pm Top

Love all the lists! And awwww, the photos are adorable!

113scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 9:35pm Top

>112 cammykitty: Thanks, Katie!

114Morphidae
Jan 1, 2017, 11:33pm Top

Maybe it's a theme this year. Instead of ugly sweaters it was ugly socks?

115Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 2017, 12:05am Top

Good luck catching up with the threads, Amber. They have been busy!

116banjo123
Jan 2, 2017, 12:08am Top

Happy new year and happy reading!

117mellymel171328
Jan 2, 2017, 12:56am Top

Happy new year

118swynn
Jan 2, 2017, 1:25am Top

Happy New Year and New Thread Amber!

119Berly
Jan 2, 2017, 3:31am Top

120ctpress
Jan 2, 2017, 4:32am Top

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.

121Ameise1
Jan 2, 2017, 5:22am Top

Good morning, Amber.

122scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 6:31am Top

>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!

123scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 6:39am Top

Today's agenda:

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."

124scaifea
Edited: Jan 2, 2017, 6:43am Top

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!

125msf59
Edited: Jan 2, 2017, 7:42am Top

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.

126scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 7:59am Top

>125 msf59: Morning, Mark! Wednesday, too?! Excellent!

I saw that you're reading News of the World - I'll be interested to see what you have to say when you're finished.
And yep, for a kid as painfully shy as Charlie is, he's certainly a ham. Funny, huh?

127ursula
Jan 2, 2017, 8:06am Top

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.

128scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 8:17am Top

>127 ursula: Ursula: I can't imagine, either - it grabbed me right from the start. The writing is beautiful.

129Crazymamie
Jan 2, 2017, 8:42am Top

Morning, Amber! Morphy's ugly sock year cracked me up. Um...what time should I be there for the Thai peanut chicken?

130scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 9:11am Top

>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!

131Crazymamie
Jan 2, 2017, 9:19am Top

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.

132scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 9:26am Top

>131 Crazymamie: Mamie: Wow. Just, wow.

133Crazymamie
Jan 2, 2017, 9:28am Top

I know.

134scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 9:35am Top

>133 Crazymamie: Mamie: Why do awful MILs happen to good people?

135katiekrug
Jan 2, 2017, 9:44am Top

Morning, Amber!

I'm just going to sit in the corner and eat my bowl of kheer that you can't have any of...

136scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 9:51am Top

>135 katiekrug: Katie: Dude. Not cool.

137katiekrug
Jan 2, 2017, 9:53am Top

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?

138Crazymamie
Jan 2, 2017, 10:14am Top

>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.

139scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 10:17am Top

>137 katiekrug: Aw, thanks, Katie! You're the best!

>138 Crazymamie: Mamie: Mmm, yes, it's all about balance, I guess. Gah.

140lkernagh
Jan 2, 2017, 10:21am Top

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:

141scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 10:22am Top

>140 lkernagh: Hi, Lori! Thanks!

142PaulCranswick
Jan 2, 2017, 10:36am Top

Ladies I think a good strong coffee is required to wash down all that sweet, sticky goodness.



Good morning, Amber, dear.

143jnwelch
Jan 2, 2017, 10:42am Top

Morning, Amber!

Woo, we're in that early year zooming phase with the threads, aren't we? Hope your year is off to a good start.

144scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 11:49am Top

>142 PaulCranswick: Oh, excellent - thanks, Paul!

>143 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Yes, it's a job to keep up this time of year with the threads, but it's also a hoot.
And thanks - here's wishing the same for your year!

145cameling
Jan 2, 2017, 11:50am Top



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.

146scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 12:09pm Top

>145 cameling: Thanks, Caro! Aw, it'll all slow down in a few days, of course.

147Dianekeenoy
Jan 2, 2017, 1:19pm Top

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!

148scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 1:34pm Top

>147 Dianekeenoy: Diane: Oh, no! I hope you find it soon!

149EllAreBee
Jan 2, 2017, 3:45pm Top

Dropping my star in a little late, but Happy New Year! Looking forward to your reads! :)

150johnsimpson
Jan 2, 2017, 4:24pm Top

Hi Amber, hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year my dear, sending love and hugs.

152Crazymamie
Jan 2, 2017, 4:59pm Top

>151 Morphidae: Ha! Yes, Morphy, just like that - only a cabin. And your answer made me laugh out loud.

153scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 5:23pm Top

>149 EllAreBee: Hi, Kelly!

>150 johnsimpson: Thanks, John!

>151 Morphidae: Morphy: *SNORK!!*

>152 Crazymamie: Mamie: I know, right?

154seasonsoflove
Jan 2, 2017, 9:25pm Top

Stopping by to say hi!

155scaifea
Jan 2, 2017, 9:49pm Top

156Berly
Jan 2, 2017, 9:55pm Top

>151 Morphidae: Ummm...ew!!

>133 Crazymamie: >134 scaifea: And then how do bad MILs make such good children?

157avatiakh
Jan 2, 2017, 11:37pm Top

Just here to say hi.

158AMQS
Jan 3, 2017, 12:03am Top

Happy New Year to you, Amber!

159charl08
Jan 3, 2017, 2:40am Top

Fungus carving? I wasn't expecting that...

160scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 6:20am Top

>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?

161scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 6:25am Top

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."

162scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 6:26am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Charlie read a bit more of both Herobrine Scared Stiff and Anna & Elsa: All Hail the Queen
-Sector 7
-Chapter 30 in James and the Giant Peach
-The rest of chapter 1 in A Bear Called Paddington

163msf59
Jan 3, 2017, 6:43am Top

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.

164scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 6:59am Top

>163 msf59: Morning, Mark! Yeah, I saw the forecast, which included some negative numbers. Yikes.

165Crazymamie
Jan 3, 2017, 8:24am Top

Morning, Amber!

>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.

166scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 8:40am Top

>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.

167scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 9:15am Top

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!

168Carmenere
Jan 3, 2017, 10:14am Top

Howdy Amber! Have a great "fog day" with Charlie! I'm most positive that he's a happy camper!

169scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 10:32am Top

>168 Carmenere: Lynda: Thanks! He is! He loves school, but unexpected days off are always a treat.

170jnwelch
Jan 3, 2017, 11:47am Top

Morning, Amber!

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.

171scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 1:02pm Top

>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.

172BekkaJo
Jan 3, 2017, 2:22pm Top

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...

173FAMeulstee
Jan 3, 2017, 2:38pm Top

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.

174scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 3:38pm Top

>172 BekkaJo: Hi, Bekka!
Ha! He does sort of look like he's in uniform, doesn't he? I guess that's sort of the point, what with the Hogwarts costume...

>173 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! Wow, you're way faster than Charlie or me! Are you enjoying it so far?

175aktakukac
Jan 3, 2017, 3:45pm Top

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!

176FAMeulstee
Jan 3, 2017, 3:56pm Top

>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 ;-)

177scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 4:45pm Top

>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.

178foggidawn
Jan 3, 2017, 4:51pm Top

>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.

179Storeetllr
Jan 3, 2017, 4:56pm Top

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?

180scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>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.

181Morphidae
Edited: Jan 3, 2017, 5:13pm Top

Fungus carvings, that's nothing! How about fungus leather!



https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveEvolutionPage/videos/10154382332773908/

(I swear I didn't look for this. It just came up on my FB newsfeed.)

182scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 5:18pm Top

>181 Morphidae: Morphy: Oh, gross!!
Seriously? What are you searching for that this comes up as possibly of interest to you?!

183Storeetllr
Jan 3, 2017, 5:23pm Top

>181 Morphidae:, >182 scaifea: My daughter who is a "zero waste" maven has mentioned muskin to me.

184scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 5:28pm Top

>183 Storeetllr: Mary: Wait, what? What is it used for?

185Morphidae
Jan 3, 2017, 5:33pm Top

>182 scaifea: As I said in >181 Morphidae:, I wasn't searching for anything! It just came up in my Facebook newsfeed! It was so weird.

And if you watch the video you'll see it's used like any other leather - belts, purses, etc.

186scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 5:37pm Top

>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.

187AMQS
Jan 3, 2017, 8:31pm Top

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Sorry, couldn't resist! Fungus carving is... unexpected, though:)

188scaifea
Jan 3, 2017, 9:50pm Top

>187 AMQS: Anne: *grins*

189scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 6:25am Top

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)."

190scaifea
Edited: Jan 4, 2017, 6:26am Top

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

191Carmenere
Jan 4, 2017, 6:30am Top

Morning Amber!! There's just something I like about Fungus artwork and leather. It demonstrates everything has a purpose even the lowly fungus.

192msf59
Jan 4, 2017, 7:07am Top

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.

193scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 7:10am Top

>191 Carmenere: Lynda: *snork!* That's one way of looking at it, I suppose...

>192 msf59: Morning, Mark! Oh, gosh, a day off and a massage sounds amazing! Enjoy, friend.

194scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 7:12am Top

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...

195Ameise1
Jan 4, 2017, 8:02am Top

Sorry to hear that Charlie doesn't feel well. Sending healing vibes.

196PaulCranswick
Jan 4, 2017, 8:06am Top

>194 scaifea: Morning Amber. Hope the little fellow is back right as rain as soon as possible.

197FAMeulstee
Jan 4, 2017, 8:36am Top

>194 scaifea: Aww, I am sorry Charlie missing school today, Amber, I hope he feels better soon!

198scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 9:03am Top

>195 Ameise1: >196 PaulCranswick: >197 FAMeulstee: Thanks, folks. I just called and got an appointment with our pediatrician's office for later this morning.

200Crazymamie
Jan 4, 2017, 9:22am Top

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...

201scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 9:29am Top

>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.

202jnwelch
Jan 4, 2017, 9:49am Top

Morning, Amber!

203mellymel171328
Jan 4, 2017, 10:12am Top

Happy new year.

204ChelleBearss
Jan 4, 2017, 10:32am Top

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!

205Luxx
Jan 4, 2017, 10:45am Top

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!

206RebaRelishesReading
Jan 4, 2017, 11:12am Top

Poor Charlie -- hope he's better soon

207scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 12:28pm Top

>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!

208scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 12:32pm Top

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.

209Morphidae
Edited: Jan 4, 2017, 12:35pm Top

>189 scaifea: "... only fit for the Pope..."

Because it's holey?

Sorry it wasn't something easily fixable for Charlie.

210drneutron
Jan 4, 2017, 12:47pm Top

>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. :)

211scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 12:47pm Top

>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.

212scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 12:47pm Top

>210 drneutron: Jim: *snork!!* Exactly.

213johnsimpson
Jan 4, 2017, 12:49pm Top

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.

214scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 12:50pm Top

>213 johnsimpson: Ha! Thanks, John. I'll be extra careful to avoid accidents until I can make it to the shops...

215Luxx
Jan 4, 2017, 1:12pm Top

>208 scaifea: Just what the mommy-doctor ordered. (Good movie choice, Charlie)

216scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 2:18pm Top

>215 Luxx: Luxx: Agreed. He's finished that movie and is now trying out a Boxcar Children one that we found on Netflix...

217RebaRelishesReading
Jan 4, 2017, 5:30pm Top

>208 scaifea: Hope the rest does the trick and that he does one of the kid-healing-quickly things.

218scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 5:33pm Top

>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.

219ChelleBearss
Jan 4, 2017, 6:02pm Top

>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!

220kidzdoc
Jan 4, 2017, 6:14pm Top



Happy New Year, Amber!

221scaifea
Jan 4, 2017, 8:27pm Top

>219 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Oh, dang! I'm sorry you've both been sick for so long! I hope you both feel better soon.

>220 kidzdoc: Hi, Darryl!

222michigantrumpet
Jan 4, 2017, 9:21pm Top

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.

223tiffin
Jan 4, 2017, 9:53pm Top

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.

224scaifea
Jan 5, 2017, 6:20am Top

>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...)

225scaifea
Jan 5, 2017, 6:26am Top

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."

226scaifea
Jan 5, 2017, 6:28am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Bits of both Herobrine Scared Stiff and Anna & Elsa: All Hail the Queen
-A bit of his new - and first Cricket magazine
-A bit more of The Cat Who Went to Heaven

227msf59
Jan 5, 2017, 6:57am Top

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.

228Crazymamie
Jan 5, 2017, 9:36am Top

Morning, Amber! How is Charlie feeling today?

229ChelleBearss
Jan 5, 2017, 10:09am Top

Morning Amber! Hope Charlie is feeling better!

230laytonwoman3rd
Jan 5, 2017, 10:14am Top

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...

231jnwelch
Jan 5, 2017, 10:19am Top

Morning, Amber!

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.

232scaifea
Jan 5, 2017, 11:24am Top

>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.

233ChelleBearss
Jan 5, 2017, 11:30am Top

>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

234PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 2017, 11:37am Top

Hope the little soldier will be ok very soon, Amber. xx

235tapestry100
Jan 5, 2017, 11:37am Top

Popping in to say hello and drop a star. Happy reading!

236scaifea
Jan 5, 2017, 11:52am Top

>233 ChelleBearss: Chelle: I hope you get some much-needed and much-deserved rest today, lady!

>234 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul!

>235 tapestry100: Hi, David! Good to see you!

237Morphidae
Jan 5, 2017, 11:55am Top

Good to hear the Charlie monster is back in school. What's he been learning lately?

238scaifea
Jan 5, 2017, 12:03pm Top

>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.

239cammykitty
Jan 5, 2017, 10:22pm Top

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:

240scaifea
Jan 6, 2017, 6:38am Top

>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.

241msf59
Jan 6, 2017, 6:40am Top

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!

242scaifea
Jan 6, 2017, 6:46am Top

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.

243scaifea
Jan 6, 2017, 6:46am Top

>241 msf59: Morning, Mark - happy Friday! I hope that soup - and the audiobooks - keep you warm today!

244scaifea
Jan 6, 2017, 6:48am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-A bit more of Herobrine Scared Stiff and Anna & Elsa: All Hail the Queen
-Mom School by Rebecca Van Slyke (public library book, picture book) - 9/10 = A-
-Pasta by Virginia T. Habeeb (Charlie's homework, 24 pages) - 8/10 = B
-A bit more of The Cat Who Went to Heaven

245FAMeulstee
Jan 6, 2017, 6:54am Top

>242 scaifea: I am sorry Charlie doesn't feel well again today, Amber.
Good luck with the interview Tuesday!

246scaifea
Jan 6, 2017, 7:30am Top

>245 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita, on both counts!

247drneutron
Jan 6, 2017, 8:37am Top

Oooo, Librarian Amber! Hope it goes well Tuesday!

248scaifea
Jan 6, 2017, 8:40am Top

>247 drneutron: Thanks, Jim! Me, too!!

249lauralkeet
Jan 6, 2017, 8:41am Top

>242 scaifea: congratulations on the interview, Amber! Funny how you were right there when the call came through.

250scaifea
Jan 6, 2017, 8:47am Top

>249 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura! It was pretty funny, although to be fair, I *am* there with ridiculous frequency.

251scaifea
Jan 6, 2017, 9:07am Top

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