scaifea's 2019 Thread #14
This is a continuation of the topic scaifea's 2019 Thread #13.
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The Treasure of Glaston is about recovering the holy grail, so this seems appropriate.
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, writing, knitting, baking, and, of course, reading. Oh, and I run an Etsy shop and I'm co-writing a Latin textbook with a former colleague. So I keep busy.
My reading life is happily governed by lists, which means that I read a healthy variety of things across various genres.
I'm 44 going on 12 and live in Ohio with my husband, Tomm; our 10-year-old son, Charlie; and our two dogs, Tuppence the Border Collie and Mario the Golden Retriever.
Favorite Books from 2018
The Hate U Give
We Are Okay
The Sleeper and the Spindle
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
84 Charing Cross Road
In a Sunburned Country
The five-ish or so books I have going at once and the On Deck books nearly all come from the following categories and lists:
1. A book from the 100 Banned Books book (at least currently. As soon as I finish this list, I'll replace it with another, and oh, I've got tons of lists).
2. A children's book, for Charlie's library. I'm trying to collect books from various award lists, and I like reading them before reading them to Charlie or deciding to add them to Charlie's shelves. For this category, I’m currently working through three lists:
a. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Die
b. The Newbery Honor books
c. Cooperative Children's Book Center list
3. A book from the Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List, in chronological order.
4. A book for the Presidential Challenge. Books for this category are read in chronological (presidentially) order.
5. A list I'm working through together with my best friend, Rob: The Hugo/Nebula/WFA/Bram Stoker (and other) lists (combined, in chronological order)
6. For this category, I cycle through 9 different stacks:
a. Agatha Christie's bibliography (in chronological order)
b. Stephen Fry's bibliography (in chronological order)
c. John Boyne bibliography (in chronological order, sort of)
d. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
e. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
f. Maggie Stiefvater's bibliography (in chronological order)
g. The NEH Timeless Classics list
h. The National Book Award list (in alpha order by title)
i. The Pulitzer list (in alpha order by author)
7. An unread book from my shelves.
8. A book from my Read Soon! shelves.
9. A book on Buddhism or from the Dalai Lama's bibliography.
10. Book-a-year challenge: Three years ago, along with a few others in this group (*cough* Paul *cough*), I made a year-by-year list to see how far I could go back with consecutive reads. I've since been trying to fill in the gap years.
11. A book from the couple of series that I'm reading together with my mom.
12. A full-on re-read through Shakespeare's stuff.
13. A read-aloud-to-Charlie-at-bedtime book (or two).
14. An audio book, which I listen to as I knit/sew/otherwise craft/drive.
15. A Discworld book (so many of these are coming up soon on various lists, so I'm just diving into it)
16. This slot is reserved for books that just grab me and shout that they need to be read Right Now.
What I'm Reading Now:
-Lincoln (U.S. Presidential Challenge)
-The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (Read Soon! Shelves)
-Kildee House (Newbery Honor Book)
-Making Money (Discworld series)
-Our Only May Amelia (audiobook)
-Inkheart (Charlie's bedtime book)
-The Wise Man's Fear (Read Soon! Shelves)
-The Breach (Read Soon! Shelves)
-The Heart's Invisible Furies (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list)
Books on Deck:
-Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Buddhist reading list)
-Uncle Silas (books by year - 1864)
-Read It and Weep (series read with my mom)
-The Taming of the Shrew (Shakepeare re-read)
-Peyton Place (Banned Books)
-The House on the Borderland (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list)
-Lord Foul's Bane (BSF Award)
-Secondhand Souls (Moore bibliography)
-(unread book from my shelves)
-(a book from my Read Soon! shelves)
1. The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric (Read Soon! Shelves) - 7/10 = C
2. Viking's Dawn (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
3. Journey Outside (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
4. Leader by Destiny (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C-
5. Eugenie Grandet (audiobook) - 8/10 = B
6. The Man Who Was Thursday (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy Books) - 8/10 = B+
7. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
8. Bhimsa the Dancing Bear (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
9. Carpe Jugulum (Discworld) - 8/10 = B
10. All the Crooked Saints (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
11. Boy with a Pack (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
12. The Robber Hotzenplotz (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
13. The Wonderful Year (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
14. Treasure of Green Knowe (Charlie's bedtime book) - 9/10 = A
15. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy Books) - 8/10 = B+
16. The Night Diary (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
17. The Poet X (Printz Award) - 9/10 = A
18. The Puppy Place: Cody (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud) - 8/10 = B
19. Next of Kin (Boyne bibliography) - 10/10 = A+
20. Darius the Great Is Not Okay (Morris Award) - 8/10 = B
21. The Fifth Elephant (Discworld) - 8/10 = B
22. The Knife of Never Letting Go (recommended by my BF) - 8/10 = B-
23. The Book of Boy (Newbery Honor Book) - 10/10 = A+
24. Wish (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B
25. Crime and Punishment (Books by Year, 1866) - 8/10 = B+
26. Merci Suárez Changes Gears (Newbery Medal Winner) - 8/10 = B+
27. What the Night Sings (Morris Award) - 9/10 = A-
28. Big Tree (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
29. Storm Front (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy Books) - 7/10 = C
30. Young Mac of Fort Vancouver (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
31. This Is Water (Read Soon! Shelves) - 10/10 = A+
32. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (series I'm reading with my mom) - 8/10 = B+
33. The Battle of Bubble and Squeak (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
34. Nicholas Nickleby (audiobook) - 9/10 = A
35. The Two Princesses of Bamarre (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
36. A Study in Emerald (Gaiman bibliography) - 9/10 = A
37. Howl's Moving Castle (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
38. The Collectors (Schneider Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
39. Unstoppable (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B
40. Gold Dust (1001 Children's Books, audiobook) - 7/10 = C-
41. George Washington's World (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
42. The Heavenly Tenants (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
43. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Re-read) - 9/10 = A-
44. The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle (Schneider Award) - 8/10 = B+
45. The Truth (Discworld) - 8/10 = B-
46. The Swerve (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A-
47. A String in the Harp (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
48. Knight's Fee (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A-
49. Lolita (Banned Books) - 9/10 = A
50. Pancakes-Paris (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
51. New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B
52. The Firefly's Lovers and Other Fairy Tales of Old Japan (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 8/10 = B
53. The Book of Three (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
54. A Visit from the Good Squad (Pulitzer Prize)
55. The Well of the Unicorn (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 6/10 = D
56. The Seeing Stone (1001 Children's Books, audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
57. Down Ryton Water (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
58. Thief of Time (Discworld series) - 9/10 = A-
59. The Puppy Place: Bear (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud selection) - 8/10 = B
60. The School at the Chalet (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
61. How the Whale Became (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
62. The Mysterious Benedict Society (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B
63. Ghosts of Greenglass House (Read Soon! Shelves) - 10/10 = A+
64. Noughts and Crosses (1001 Children's Books, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
65. Anger Is a Gift (Schneider Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
66. The Winged Watchman (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
67. The Last Hero (Discworld) - 8/10 = B
68. Witch Child (1001 Children's Books, audiobook) - 9/10 = A
69. Have You Seen Tom Thumb? (Newbery Honor Books) - 6/10 = C
70. Uncle (1001 Children's Books) - 6/10 = D
71. The Jazz Man (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
72. When Breath Becomes Air (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
73. My Friend Mr. Leakey (1001 Children's Books) - 6/10 = D
74. The Witches of Worm (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10= B-
75. Ficciones (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy Books list) - 10/10 = A+
76. Dogsong (Newbery Honor Book, audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
77. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld) - 8/10 = B+
78. Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World (Stonewall Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
79. Smile (the book that Charlie let me borrow as a Mother's Day present) - 9/10 = A
80. Song of the Pines (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
81. On My Honor (Newbery Honor Book, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
82. Night Watch (Discworld series) - 10/10 = A+
83. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
84. Elidor (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
85. The Left-Handed Fate (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B+
86. The Lover's Dictionary (Read Soon! Shelves) - 7/10 = C+
87. Good Omens (reread before the show is released) - 9/10 = A
88. A Dog So Small (1001 Children's Books, audiobook) - 6/10 = D
89. Picture Us in the Light (Stonewall Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
90. News of the World (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
91. Afternoon of the Elves (Newbery Honor Book, audiobook) - 9/10 = A-
92. The Wee Free Men (Discworld) - 9/10 = A-
93. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack (picked up at the library today) - 8/10 = B+
94. The Winter Room (Newbery Honor Book, audiobook) - 8/10 = B
95. A Traveller in Time (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
96. The Weathermonger (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy Books) - 9/10 = A-
97. The Name of the Wind (Read Soon! Shelves) - 10/10 = A+
98. Mountain Born (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
99. Ash Road (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
100. The Ghost in the Mirror (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
101. Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter (library impulse check-out) - 8/10 = B+
102. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (Read Soon! Shelves) - 7/10 = C
103. What Hearts (Newbery Honor Book, audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
104. The Puppy Place: Lucky (Charlie's read-aloud at bedtime) - 7/10 = C+
105. Hurricane Child (Stonewall Award) - 8/10 = B-
106. Maisie Dobbs (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
107. Magic Maize (Newbery Honor Book) - 6/10 = D
108. Doraemon (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
109. Going Solo (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B+
110. Monstrous Regiment (Discworld) - 9/10 = A
111. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
112. Lament (Stiefvater bibliography) - 9/10 = A
113. The Silver Pencil (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
114. I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B
115. Feathers (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A-
116. The Swish of the Curtain (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
117. Odd and the Frost Giants (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
118. Blood Water Paint (Morris Award Finalist) - 9/10 = A
119. A Fire Upon the Deep (Hugo Award) - 7/10 = C
120. A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld series) - 9/10 = A
121. Men, Microscopes, and Living Things (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
122. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
123. Charlotte Sometimes (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
124. Hurrah for St. Trinian's (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
125. Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B+
126. Ruby Holler (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B-
127. The Moved-Outers (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
128. A Monster Calls (Read Soon! Shelves) - 10/10 = A+
129. Damsel (Printz Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
130. Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey (Morris Award Finalist) - 10/10 = A+
131. Naked Lunch (Banned Books list) - 6/10 = D
132. Going Postal (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
133. The Ghost of Thomas Kemp (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
134. Naturally Tan (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A-
135. America Is Born (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
136. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
137. His Majesty's Dragon (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 8/10 = B+
138. A Heart in a Body in the World (Printz Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
139. Dreamtime: Aboriginal Stories (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
140. Men of Athens (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
141. The Girl with All the Gifts (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
142. Jennings and Darbishire (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
143. Apocalypse Taco (I saw this one in a Book Riot New Books list and thought it looked interesting) - 8/10 = B
144. Circe (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
145. The Master and Margarita (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 7/10 = C
146. The Avion My Uncle Flew (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
147. I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001 (Charlie book) - 8/10 = B+
148. Children of Blood and Bone (audiobook) - 9/10 = A
149. Emily Dickinson: Letters (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A-
150. Thud! (Discworld series) - 9/10 = A
151. I, Claudia (Printz Honor Book) - 6/10 = D
152. Ballad (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
153. A Slip of a Girl (found on a New Releases list) - 9/10 = A-
154. The 18th Emergency (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
155. Down with Skool! (1001 Children's Books) - 5/10 = Blerg
156. Li Lun, Lad of Courage (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
157. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 9/10 = A
158. Dragon's Gate (Newbery Honor Book/audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
159. Wintersmith (Discworld series) - 9/10 = A
160. What Jamie Saw (Newbery Honor Book/audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
161. The Ode Less Travelled (Stephen Fry bibliography) - 9/10 = A
162. Yolanda's Genius (Newbery Honor Book/audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
163. The Broom of the System (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B+
164. The Hidden Treasure of Glaston (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
165. Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B-
166. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (Read Soon! Shelves) - 9/10 = A
167. Art Matters (Gaiman bibliography) - 10/10 = A+
168. The Terrible Two Get Worse (Charlie's read-aloud at bedtime book) - 9/10 = A
169. The Brothers Lionheart (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
170. The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
171. Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet! (Charlie's read-aloud at bedtime) - 10/10 = A+
172. Turtles All the Way Down (Read Soon! Shelves) - 8/10 = B
173. Educated (audiobook) - 9/10 = A
174. Maria Escapes (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
175. The Great Fire (Newbery Honor Book/audiobook) - 8/10 = B
Back to the prior thread, I have not yet read any of David Wallace Foster's essays but I will make note of Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and This is Water. I'll have to peruse his essay collections next time I'm in a good bookshop. Can you say time to visit Powell's? :-)
>17 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen! I'll be interested to see what you think of him. And isn't any time a good time to visit Powell's?
>18 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg!
>19 Berly: Thanks, Kim! I only met DFW the one time, but he was so lovely and kind and clever. And I would *love* to visit you and Powell's someday!!
I didn't manage to find time to work on the pajamas yesterday, so that will be a top priority today. Charlie's doctor visit went fairly well, although the doc wants some x-rays of his spine, because he was very slightly concerned that Charlie's shoulders seemed a bit uneven. We'll go take care of that today after school; fingers crossed that the results come back normal.
On the reading front:
Absolutely nothing to report from yesterday; too busy with a million other small things, it seems. Hopefully I'll get some reading time in today at some point.
More pajama production - I'm hoping to wrap that up today so I can get started on the Halloween costume soon.
On the reading front:
Another day gone by without much reading time, I'm afraid.
Charlie woke up yesterday morning not feeling well (I'm fairly sure it was his body trying to catch up to the flu shot and the vaccine he received the day before), so I kept him home with me, and when he started to perk up a bit mid-morning, we went to the clinic to get his spine x-rays. The doctor called yesterday evening to say that there is a bit of a curve there, but not enough to do anything right now; instead, he wants follow-up x-rays in 5 months to see if it corrects itself or not. So, we'll see.
Happy new thread, Amber! Hopefully your sewing day is nothing but productive.
Sending good thoughts for Charlie!
>32 MickyFine: Thanks so much, Micky! The sewing was indeed productive today!
163. The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace (Read Soon! Shelves, 467 pages) - 8/10 = B+
The story centers around Lenore Beadsman, a slightly neurotic young woman with a lackluster job by choice, who is in a relationship with her boss (editor of a literary magazine who is in therapy for various reasons himself), looking for her grandmother (who suddenly disappeared from her nursing home), dealing with her rich CEO dad (who resents her for rejecting the family privilege), and coping with a pet bird that abruptly decided to start talking. It's not surprising that there are just bunches to unpack here: Wittgenstein is present is a big way (meaning = function drives much of the dialogue and thought of the characters). There are stories within stories, various modes and methods of presenting the main story, and strange characters doing strange things. It's smart and funny (although Wallace's brand of humor may not be for everyone) and weird in a good way. Think Philip K. Dick if PKD were much less self-serious.
Menu planning for next week and prepping my grocery list for tomorrow, and then more time in the sewing room - I have to get the pajamas finished today and get started on the costume, because I need to have it finished by next weekend and I'm starting to panic a little about that. Ballet class tonight, so I'll have a little guaranteed reading time then.
On the reading front:
After finishing up the DFW, I started Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel, which Charlie gave to me last year because he knows I like the movie. I'm also nearly finished with The Treasure of Glaston.
Morning, Amber! Sweet Thursday. I had never even heard of The Broom of the System. Glad to hear you liked it. I would like to get back into DFW.
Sweet Thursday from me, too, Amber. Think Philip K. Dick if PKD were much less self-serious. OK, you got this PKD fan (and not just with that line). Onto the WL Broom of the System goes.
Grocery shopping, weekly bills, a bit of baking (chocolate chip cookie bars), and some work on the Halloween costume, hopefully. Nutcracker rehearsals for Charlie tonight.
On the reading front:
I made good progress on the Hocus Pocus book yesterday. Not high literature, but it's a fun story.
Glad you're enjoying your current read, regardless of its quality. Might nip by later for some of those cookie bars...
>40 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky! I guess I should go, um, bake the cookie bars, then...
Laundry and then as much sewing room time as I can squeeze in before we need to leave for points north (we're heading up to the in-laws to go to some Halloween Train somethingorother this evening). The annual Panic Because I Didn't Start Charlie's Costume Earlier event has officially begun.
On the reading front:
I made progress on the Hocus Pocus book yesterday and finished up The Treasure of Glaston last night; mini-review to come at some point in the next couple of days.
I need to spend as much time as possible sewing today; I need to have Charlie's costume finished by next weekend (yoicks). So, sewing room time is pretty much where the week will be headed, I think. I have a good start on the jacket, and then I'll need to make the vest and the little scarf.
On the reading front:
I now owe two mini-reviews, since I finished up the Hocus Pocus book yesterday. I'll try to get those up this morning.
Morning, Amber! I hope you had a fine weekend at the Scaife Manor. It sure was beautiful here in the Midwest, wasn't it?
>44 msf59: Morning, Mark! Yup, it was a lovely weekend, although I spent the majority of it in the sewing room...
164. The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore M. Jewett (Newbery Honor Book, 307 pages) - 8/10 = B
Hugh is taken by his father (who is fleeing England on charges of treason) to live with the monks at the Abbey at Glastonbury. He finds a happy home there among the scribes and scholars, and makes friends with another young resident and an old, crazy hermit. Between the three of them, they stumble into a search for the Holy Grail, which they believe to be hidden on the monastery grounds.
A solid entry in the Newbery Honor Book ranks, with interesting characters and a fair mystery.
>48 jnwelch: I *love* HDM, and I've read the first of the second series (well, happily let Michael Sheen read it to me). Wonderful. I need to get to that next one.
More. Sewing. I'm hoping to finish the jacket today so I can get started on the vest tomorrow. *stressed*
On the reading front:
Not much reading time this week, but I did manage to start Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, which is already a complete hoot, and The Brothers Lionheart, which seems as if it will likely make me cry at some point (but in a good way).
Welp, we lost power yesterday for a couple of hours, right in the middle of my sewing time, so today will be more on-the-verge-of-panic costume making. Ugh. One of these years I'll learn to start earlier...
On the reading front:
Not much to report because, well, sewing. I managed a very few pages in Johannes Cabal and The Brothers Lionheart.
>58 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! Fingers crossed. I should get the jacket finished today, hopefully, and get started on the vest.
More. Sewing. Jacket is finished; now on to the vest. Ballet class tonight, so at least I'll have some scheduled reading time today...
On the reading front:
Not much to report - too much sewing. *sigh*
Charlie has the day off from school, so we're going for a bit of shopping (we need a couple of things for his costume) and lunch out after grocery shopping this morning. Then I'll spend the rest of the day in the sewing room finishing up the vest.
On the reading front:
I spent ballet class with Johannes Cabal the Necromancer and enjoyed the time immensely. I also managed a few pages in The Brothers Lionheart before falling asleep last night.
Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without the last minute costume panic, Amber. Good luck finishing on time.
Ginger Spice Muffins are in the oven for our breakfast (new recipe with a *ton* of ginger, so they're either going to be amazing or inedible, we'll see), then laundry, vacuuming (Tuppence is going through something, shedding-wise, and it's not pretty for the carpet), wash the sheets for the fold-out couch bed (Charlie's having his BFF Eric over tonight before we all go to the trick-or-treating at the zoo tomorrow), finish Charlie's costume (vest is nearly finished - just need to sew on the buttons - and then all that's left is the little scarf thing), weekly bills, more baking (Orange Pudding Cake and possible some cookies), and bring in the 20 Nutcracker Soldier costumes that need to be adjusted from the car (this is my volunteer duty for this year's performances again). I'm afraid reading time doesn't look likely today...
On the reading front:
Nutcracker rehearsals last night did afford me a bit more time with Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, which I'm still really enjoying and I'm very much getting attached to Cabal himself. Very cool and funny character. I also read a few pages more of The Brothers Lionheart last night, and it's also hanging in there as a solidly good read.
Mmm, Ginger Spice Muffins! I’m betting they’ll be amazing.
20 Nutcracker soldier costumes?! You must be the best volunteer they’ve ever had.
Can’t wait to see this year’s Charlie costume.
>69 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! The muffins were pretty great, I have to say. And yeah, 20. Yeesh. I'm happy to help, though, of course, and it's so fun to be sitting in the audience and know that I helped make the costumes I'm seeing on stage.
Wait no longer friend...
Happy newish thread, Amber, and WOW on Charlie's costume - that came out amazing!
We're headed to Boo at the Zoo today (trick-or-treat stations all round the zoo, with other special events, too), with Charlie's friend Eric in tow, then out to lunch, and then hopefully a quiet afternoon of reading. I'm zonked.
On the reading front:
I managed a bit of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer last night, but not much. Now that the Halloween costume is finished, I'm hoping to get back into the swing of reading.
>71 scaifea: The Crowley costume looks fantastic and Charlie rocks it!
Morning, Amber. Happy Sunday. Have a good time at the zoo and I hope it stays dry for you. It has been cold & rainy here.
>80 msf59: Morning, Mark, and thanks! He does have the proper attitude for it, no?
It was cold and rainy all dang day here yesterday, but this morning seems a bit better: 50s and a bit windy, but no rain, so we should be good. Fingers crossed.
>71 scaifea: So very cool! The outfit is perfect, and he's got the attitude down pat!
p.s. loved "Good Omens"! I am getting a copy as soon as it comes out (it was a birthday present). One of my favorite parts was the beginning of episode 3, where the friendship of Crowley and the angel is shown through the ages. Not part of the original book (was there an updated version?), but inspired by it, and just delicious to watch!
>82 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba!! Crowley is a character in Neil Gaiman's and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, of which there was recently an Amazon show made.
>83 klobrien2: Thanks, Karen! I love that part, too!! Gaiman has said that he added that and some other bits to the show to add more details about the relationship between Crowley and Aziraphale. I love all the costume changes and that relationship is fantastic. Sheen and Tennant play it so very well.
Welp, I pulled a muscle in my shoulder this morning trying to get out of bed without hurting my lower back (which hurts pretty much constantly these days), so happy Monday! Blerg. At least there's not much going on today. I want to clean up my sewing space a bit and possibly go get my flu shot, but that's all I have on my list. Carrot Soup for dinner tonight, I think.
On the reading front:
I finished up Johannes Cabal the Necromancer last night (mini-review to follow soonish) and read a few more pages in The Brothers Lionheart.
>86 PaulCranswick: Paul: Yup. And I suspect that had some influence on Gaiman and Pratchett naming their character.
166. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard (Read Soon! Shelves, 290 pages) - 9/10 = A
Johannes Cabal wants to make a deal with the devil. Again. The first time he traded his soul for the secrets of necromancy, but this time he wants his soul back. Satan makes a wager with him that he can't get 100 souls to fatten the ranks within a year's time, and even gives him an evil carnival and hellish minions to help. Johannes races against the clock - and his own skewed-yet-still-existent morals - to fill his quota and win back his soul.
Dark and funny and touching; Howard manages to create a character who raises the dead, betrays his own brother, scorns those less intelligent than himself, and isn't afraid to kill (although he does find it distasteful), and yet still makes him absolutely lovable. You'll be rooting for him while being slightly troubled that you are. Perfection.
>88 scaifea: Dark and funny and touching; Howard manages to create a character who raises the dead, betrays his own brother, scorns those less intelligent than himself, and isn't afraid to kill (although he does find it distasteful), and yet still makes him absolutely lovable. You'll be rooting for him while being slightly troubled that you are. Perfection.
>88 scaifea: Yeah, that was a good one! Second is also very good, haven't made it further than that yet.
>89 lycomayflower: Laura: *snork!* When I posted that I was thinking, "Aaaand Dean gif from Laura in 3...2..." You're not wrong, either, of course (although I'm not at all troubled to be in love with DeanDean).
>90 drneutron: Jim: Good to know! I definitely want to keep going with the series eventually.
>91 scaifea: LOL! You know me well. And, yeah, I'm not troubled to be in love with Dean either.
I applied for a part-time job at the local (and by local, I mean a block away) library, and they've contacted me to schedule an interview! I'm pretty excited by the prospect of this job (the hours, the location and, well, the actual job (small and friendly public library, books, helping people find library books in a small and friendly public library, hello?!)) and so of course I really want to do well in the interview.
So, librarian LT friends: Advice for the interview? What sort of questions should I be prepared for? Thoughts? It's been a long while since I've been through an interviewing process, so I know I'm a little rusty, plus the last time I interviewed for a job, the questions were about how I would teach Homer to a room full of college freshmen and I'm not sure how to translate that over to a library interview...
>94 scaifea: How exiting, Amber!
Can't help you with questions, my last job interview was back in 1987!
>95 FAMeulstee: Ha! Thanks, Anita! I'm excited, but trying to stay calm. I don't want to be too disappointed if I don't get an offer.
168. The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett (Charlie's read-aloud at bedtime book, 216 pages) - 9/10 = A
The second book in a Middle Grade series about two pranksters and what happens when they go far enough to get their principal fired. This was Charlie's most recent read aloud book and it was as good as the first. Funny and clever and a complete hoot.
>94 scaifea: One thing I'd do is - try to formulate, in words, "(small and friendly public library, books, helping people find library books in a small and friendly public library, hello?!)" - find a way to express _why_ this is such a perfect job for you. I suspect, especially in a "small and friendly public library", that enthusiasm (and familiarity with books/libraries) will take you far.
I loved Art Matters, too. He's such a mensch.
Hey, btw, I'm about a quarter of the way into Broom of the System, and having a great time with it.
>99 jjmcgaffey: Thanks! I suspect that at least part of the reason I got the interview was my cover letter, which went into detail about just those things.
>100 jnwelch: Joe: I think I'll be reading that Gaiman aloud with Charlie at some point soon. It's wonderful.
And yay for the DFW! I'm so glad you're enjoying it!
Amber, I'm so excited for you!! I don't have any interview advice except to remember that's a day you'll have to wear actual pants . 😂
You're going to be great!!!
Laura's advice about pants is good!
Also, interviewers seem to often ask toward the end if the interviewee has any questions. I think it shows real interest and that you've put some thought into it, if you have one or two to ask. I've sat in on interviews where the interviewee was just like, "Nope, no questions" and it came off as kind of unengaged and dismissive.
NB: I don't mean questions about benefits or that sort of thing. Questions about the job, place, personalities - that sort of thing.
Well, I didn't go get my flu shot yesterday, so I'll likely go do that today, then spend the rest of the day researching and prepping for my interview (I've got to get those Leslie Knope style binders ready to go).
On the reading front:
I'm nearly finished with The Brothers Lionheart, and I started Turtles All the Way Down yesterday, too.
Morning, Amber! Hooray for the library job! I hope it works out. I really enjoyed Turtles All the Way Down. I hope it also works for you.
>106 msf59: Morning, Mark, and thanks! Fingers crossed, as it's the absolute perfect job for me right now.
I've read one or two Green books before and loved them, so I have happy hopes for this one, too. Glad to see that you liked it!
So I sent an email to a librarian friend in Wisconsin yesterday, seeking interview advice, and she came through like gangbusters with a long response featuring all sorts of possible questions and her ideal (and not so ideal, aka red flag) answers! Turns out she's conducting interviews right now for the same kind of position at her library. I maintain that librarian friends are some of the best sort (with LT friend ranking right up there, too, of course). How I lucked out so much in the friends department I have no idea, but I'm surrounded by wonderful people and I love it.
>109 lauralkeet: Charlie is, in fact, fairly hilarious. Such a goof.
My interview isn't until Nov. 5th, so in true Knope fashion I'm starting way early with my preparations.
Good luck with the interview! I'll be thinking of you on the 5th.
Ha! Good advice not to wear sweatpants to the interview. And prepping with a Leslie Knope Binder of Questions (good one, Charlie!) - you'll be aces, I'm sure. Your Wisconsin librarian friend - what a great resource.
Your BFF and I and Madame MBH all loved Turtles All the Way Down; its subject matter meant a lot to Becca.
P.S. I saw your comment on Mark's thread, and you're a natural for Pumpkinheads. It's a sweet autumn treat.
>113 jnwelch: Hey, Joe! I need to make a note of the No Sweatpants thing, just in case I forget...
I'm glad to hear that the whole gang loved Turtles; makes me look even more forward to diving into it. And yes, I definitely need to pick up Pumpkinheads the next time I see it at the library.
Hi Amber! I was going to ask if you've taken any more forays into the world of Magic, but I see you are interviewing for a library job, and that's way cooler!
I'd like to say that if you got the job I would show up and LOUDLY ask you where you keep the books about some embarrassing subject or another, but since we both know I'd be more humiliated about that than anyone else, I'll just wish you good luck and be on my way.
>115 Ape: Stephen!! So good to see you! We haven't done much with Family Game Night at all lately (Tomm's been traveling for work a ton), but as soon as we get back to it I suspect Charlie will break out the Magic decks. We've watched some online tutorials and are slowly progressing. It's such a fun game!
And thanks! Ha! A visit from you would be awesome, and you're right that it wouldn't embarrass me a bit.
Since you've got a library friend sending you all the good things my offer of feedback might be a bit late. But what kind of library position is it?
Love the Crowley costume, Amber. Charlie totally looks the part. Good luck on your perfect for you job interview.
Congrats on the interview! My advice - brush up on your Dewey Decimal System. There might be a quiz... 😀
>119 drneutron: Now you're just trying to scare her! (Of course, she probably DOES know the DDS forward and backward.)
>117 MickyFine: Micky: It's a "Library Assistant" position, which seems, from the job description, to be a circ desk assistant.
>118 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg!
>119 drneutron: Thanks, Jim! Pshaw, who *doesn't* know the DDS cold?!
>120 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: *And* the LoC system, too... *polishes nails on sleeve*
More work on my Knope binders for the job interview (shush - there's no such thing as over-preparing), and then tonight we're going to see one of our very favorite movies in the theater: Spirited Away! I saw it on the big screen when it first came out, but Charlie hasn't experienced it that way and he's very excited. Should be a fun time.
On the reading front:
I made a little progress on Turtles All the Way Down, finished The Brothers Lionheart and started and finished The Cow-Tail Switch (mini-review to come).
169. The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren (1001 Children's Books, 183 pages) - 8/10 = B
A boy dies while saving his chronically ill little brother from a fire, and the younger one follows him in death soon after. They find themselves in an afterlife world just as the older boy had described in tales to the younger, and they fight on the side of good against the evil tyrant of the land. It's a sweet story and very well told, and I very much enjoyed it right up to the ending, which make me deeply uncomfortable. The close relationship between the boys is lovely up to a point, but I'm troubled by the message sent to young readers at the end:
170. The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories by Harold Courtlander (Newbery Honor Book, 143 pages) - 8/10 = B+
A collection of traditional stories from West African. Fun and interesting - I always love a good Anansi story and he's nicely represented here.
Spirited Away on the big screen! Great! I saw it that way, too, when it came out. Such a beautiful movie.
I'm wondering if they might ask something about how you would handle with difficult situations/customers. Also might ask why you want the job (especially since you're wildly over-qualified).
>128 FAMeulstee: Anita: I suspect I'm in the minority here, because it seems to be a popular kid's book.
More musing over the interview, possibly some work on the Nutcracker costumes, and then handing out candy this evening.
On the reading front:
Not much to report, although I did start reading The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.
Morning, Amber! It looks like a miserable day for the kids on Halloween, along with the mail-carriers. Ugh! Have a good day, with Charlie/Crowley!
>131 msf59: Morning, Mark! Yep, it's rainy here now and the temperature is supposed to drop pretty far this evening. Yoicks.
Happy Halloween to you and Crowley, Amber. Darn - I was hoping you wouldn't have our kind of lousy weather, but it sounds like you do.
>133 weird_O: Oooh, thanks, Bill! V. cool.
>134 jnwelch: Joe: Well, the rain is supposed to stop and the temps drop, and honestly, I'd rather it be cold and not raining for the kiddos. Either way, Charlie and I will be out on the porch, sipping hot cider and handing out candy, which is his favorite part of Halloween, and we get *tons* of Treaters here in our development.
When I was a kid, we lived in Virginia - and it was almost guaranteed that throughout October, while we were creating our costumes, it would be quite warm. And on the 30th or 31st there would be a cold snap, and a lot of black cats in sweatshirts and scarves (and similar - bundled up over, or under, costumes) would show up on Halloween. Somehow we never quite remembered that while creating costumes...
>136 jjmcgaffey: Most of Charlie's Halloweens have been in Wisconsin, where is usually snows at least once before the end of October. So, I'm used to making his costumes out of warm fabrics with lots of flannel where possible. He's always been sufficiently toasty. But last night we really had to bundle up to sit out on the porch with the treats - it was freezing! And the wind was crazy! Still, we had fun. I love seeing all the costumes. We had a bunch of middle schoolers and teens dressed up, too, and I love that.
Weekly bill sorting, grocery shopping, cookie baking, and more prep work for the interview.
On the reading front:
Nothing to report from yesterday, I'm afraid. Hopefully I'll get some reading done this weekend, but we'll see how it goes...
Morning, Amber. Happy Friday. I hope you guys had a nice Halloween, despite the cruddy weather. We had a few rounds of kids, but that was about it.
>137 scaifea: the weather gods were kind to our trick or treaters this year. Yesterday's high was a bizarre 74F and it was still pretty temperate through the evening. The cold front blew threw overnight; this morning it's 46F and more November-y temperatures are expected going forward.
>139 msf59: Morning, Mark! We had probably between 150 and 200 kiddos for tricks or treats, despite the freezing, gusty wind! So yeah, we had a good time. We bundled up - lap blankets and all - and sat on the porch with our hot apple cider, handing out the candy, then came in to watch Charlie Brown. It was a good time.
My advice on the interview is to be yourself. Look for evidence the staff and the branch manager or director get along. You'll probably spend a great deal of time helping with technology issues patrons have (How do I do this?), restocking the paper trays in copiers and printers, working the public service desk (checking out books, readers advisory, or helping patrons with their research needs), etc. You'll also spend time watching for security issues and dealing with the homeless. (We even get that in academic libraries.) If they ask you why you want to work there, don't answer that you want to get paid to read books. LOL
Happy Day-After. I'm glad you had a good turnout despite the weather. Our turnout was noticeably less than usual with the snow and cold, but it was a happy group. Lucky for us, we didn't have the kind of wind you're talking about, so that helped.
Have you read the graphic memoir Good Talk by Mira Jacob? Mark, Ellen and I loved it (among other LTers), and it just was identified as one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 books of the year.
>141 scaifea: The wind last night was crazy! I mean, the wailing and moaning sounds were seasonally appropriate, but so cold!
Well. I somehow unstarred your thread without realizing it, and was wondering why I hadn't seen any updates from you for a whole week! Congrats on the upcoming job interview; I fail to see how they could be anything other than madly impressed with you, but the Leslie Knope binders are a good back-up plan. :-)
>148 rosalita: Good to see you, Julia! And thanks for the vote of confidence - I hope they agree with you!
Morning, Amber! I hope you had a fine weekend at the Scaife Manor and I am sure you had a good time with Turtles. I am enjoying the day off, and, of course a bird stroll is in the plans, since the weather will be decent.
>151 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy day off - I hope you enjoy the birding!
I'm posting my mini-review in 3...2...1...
172. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Read Soon! Shelves, 286 pages) - 8/10 = B
A teen with some mental health issues reunites with a childhood friend, whose billionaire dad has gone missing and is presumed to be running from the law for billionaire-like crimes. So, romance/missing person mystery. There are good elements here: the way Aza describes her struggles with her mental health feel accurate and real, and I think that makes this an important read for students. Otherwise, I wasn't ever hooked on the story, and the teen characters (and I think this is maybe a common thing for Green) were a bit too much on the precocious side. I'm not against young characters who are smart and witty and talented and maybe slightly more worldly wise than one would expect in real life, but, um, all of them? All the time? It's distracting and belief-suspendy.
>153 scaifea: I think I liked that one more than you but I'm a John Green fan. I think my favourite part of that one though was Aza's fanfic writing best friend.
Indeed -- good luck tomorrow!
Turtles All the Way Down -- when I finished it I wondered why I had bothered
Now until 1:30: Obsess and stress over interview notes.
3:00 until bedtime: Either be excited, thinking I did well, or just be relieved that it's over...
(ETA: And VOTE, of course! (Yeesh, how did I almost forget that!))
On the reading front:
Absolutely nothing to report. Too stressed about interview and the big pile of soldier outfits I have to finish altering before Friday. This week may leave a mark...
You've got this, Amber! Just relax and be your normal awesome self and you can't go wrong.
>158 scaifea: For your distraction...
Re: leaving a mark
I thought it was from a Jim Carrey movie but it was Spaceballs which had the quote, "That's going to leave a mark."
Though I had to watch all of the following video to figure that out. I had no idea so many movies/shows used that line! Warning: Brief glimpses of bloody stuff, cartoon bare breasts and the occasional "fork and "shirt."
P.S. You are all that and a bag of chips. You love books, you love talking about and recommending books, you care about books, you are kind and responsible, you are giving and fun. Dang, girl, they'd be fools not to hire you.
I'm pretty much with you on Turtles All the Way Down, Amber, although it sounds like I liked it more than you did. I'm another John Green fan; the plot is a bit fetched from afar, and the kids are mighty precocious, but that vein about problems with spiraling thoughts is strong and familiar to our family.
>168 jnwelch: You're right, Joe, that the mental health point of view definitely was the best aspect of the book, and I think pushes it into the Important Read category.
Turtles All the Way Down was in my TBR Some Day but I'love bump it up to TBR Soon. I'm always interested in "the average person" mental health issues handled well in fiction.
>170 Morphidae: Morphy: I hope you enjoy it. I didn't *not* like it, but there were things that distracted me about it. The mental health bit was excellent, though.
Well, folks, I think the interview went fairly well! I didn't get stumped on any of their questions, and it felt more like a conversation than an interview. We'll see what happens...
>172 scaifea: Yes! Adding to the many crossed digits. Feeling more like a conversation than an interview seems like a very good sign.
Did they ask you for references? You can always send them over here — we'll tell them all about you!
Morning, Amber! Glad the interview went smoothly. We will also be waiting with bated breath...
Morning, Amber! I sincerely have no doubt that you are a wonderful candidate for the position at the library. Hope you hear from them soon.
Ha! I'd love to see your interviewer check here for references! Enthusiasm like she/he has never seen before!
Hi Amber my dear, glad the interview went well and they would be foolish not to offer you the position. I hope all is well with Tomm and Charlie and send love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.
Even though I was told that they would likely take a week to make their decision, I received an email yesterday with the job offer!! WOOHOO!!!
(Posted with apologies to those of you among with who are really-real librarians with degrees and certifications: please allow me to borrow your esteemed title this once for celebratory purposes.)
So, today's agenda:
The soldier pants are finished (another yay!), so now I need to do some Christmas craft planning. I also need to clean off my desk, which has really gotten out of hand in the past couple of weeks, and then I need to sort through my closet before going shopping for leaving-the-house-and-going-to-work appropriate clothing. (Read: Real Pants).
On the reading front:
I read bits of Making Money and Maria Escapes yesterday, although my mind was fairly wandery with the new job news and I didn't make it far in either. Hopefully I'll be able to focus more tonight while Charlie's twinkle toesing it.
Congrats, Amber! Wonderful news! Spending more time around books, while working or not, sounds lovely.
Oh, well done, Amber! Pardon my complete lack of surprise, as they would have to have been completely incompetent not to recognize how much value you will bring to the library.
So when do you start?
>190 msf59: Thanks, Mark!
>191 rosalita: Thanks, Julia! Well, they told me at the interview that it would likely be two weeks after the offer, but at that point the decision was supposed to be a week away, not the next day! I'm sort of hoping it will be after Thanksgiving, but we'll see. I wouldn't mind doing any training before then, but we already have plans to be out of town over that long weekend and I'm hoping that isn't something I'll have to negotiate at this point.
Oooba Dooba! Congratulations! What a wonderful opportunity! Ah, to breath in those luscious tomes on a regular basis is just the bomb!
Congratulations, Amber! I'm so happy for you. And really, it's super duper exciting for all of us because we can live vicariously through your stories. How many days or hours per week will you be working?
>195 scaifea: 2 7.5-hour days and 2 5-hour days a week.
Okay, so you need four pairs of pants, max! You could probably get by with one black, one khaki and mix/match tops. You got this!
Seriously, that's a big schedule change for you but I bet it will be so. much. fun.
>196 lauralkeet: Laura: Yep, the big change is what's making my anxiety get all sassy on me. I'm excited but also very slightly panicked.
Congratulations, Amber! Buying real pants will be a breeze now that you have something exciting to buy them for :-)
You must have wowed them, to hear back that soon. No surprise to the rest of us!
>200 susanj67: Susan: Ha! Yeah. I'm happy for the reason for the pants, but not so much about the shopping. Ick.
Congratulations Amber!! (but, actually, mostly congratulations to them because they are very, very lucky to get you!!)
>203 RebaRelishesReading: Aw, that's such a lovely thing to say - thanks Reba!
You're all so amazing and kind and have such thoughtful, supportive comments. I appreciate you all more than I can say (or type, as it were).
Yay! I had no doubt that you would get it, none whatsoever. They would have been fools not to hire someone as awesome as you!
I can imagine the anxiety of going back to work after all this time. I'd try to keep in mind the good things and think of things that make it easier.
A big one for me would be that it's just a block from home. It will be nice to go home for lunch and relax in your own space. Depending on how long that block is, maybe even go home for breaks. At the very least you won't be dealing with commutes!
Remember that you will be doing something you LOVE. It will be as much fun as work.
As far as shopping is concerned, any reason you can't do it online? Nowadays it's easy-peasy even if you have to return it for a different size. You'll have time if you don't have to go in until after Thanksgiving
Asking for a friend, Amber. Did your successful interview include demonstrating that you have mastery of glaring over the top of your glasses at boisterous youngsters?
>205 Morphidae: Thanks for the advice, Morphy! I *love* that I'll be able to walk to work! I haven't been able to do that since grad school and I've missed it. As much as I don't like shopping, I really don't like shopping online, so in person it will be. I have decided to reward myself with a trip to the giant Barnes and Noble while out clothes shopping... (I need Call Down the Hawk soon anyway.)
>206 weird_O: Bill: *snork!* No, sorry, I didn't have to demonstrate that particular skill.
>207 Ape: Stephen: *SNORK!* YES! I suspect I own the job all to you and your sound advice.
Congrats, Amber, though of course it's not a surprise that you'd be perfect for the job! As far as going back to work anxiety... I would say, be aware that you may be exhausted the first couple of weeks. I went from part time (20 hours a week) to two part-time jobs (35.75 hours a week) to one full-time job (35 hours a week) and each transition was tiring. Your body may take some time to adjust to the schedule, and that's okay!
I have only a couple of pairs of work pants and I will happily wear the exact same pants and shoes combo all week while changing tops. Not saying that will work for you, but I doubt anyone will particularly notice if you do ;)
>209 bell7: Thanks, Mary! And thanks for reminding me about the exhaustion part - I used to go through that for the first week of every new academic year when I was teaching.
Very, very happy for you and the job!! And new pants....could be good. I hate shopping for clothes, but sometimes I find EXACTLY the right thing, and then I buy multiples, in various colors if suitable. May you be that lucky.
Huzzah for the new job! Very happy for you!
Might I also note that you can often find very comfy leggings and then just get tunic-y tops and then it doesn't feel like you're wearing Real Pants while still looking professional? It's one of my favourite things I can get away with. :)
>211 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks, Linda! And I'm hoping exactly for that outcome in the pants department. Fingers crossed.
>212 MickyFine: THanks, Micky! Yeeeaaah, nope. That look looks fabulous on some people, but I'm not one of those some (or at least I don't like the way I look in leggings and that's what really matters to me). I do have a couple of longer tops/tunics (and one that I think is supposed to be a short dress, but not the way I wear it) that I wear with skinnier jeans and I love that look, so I will look for at least one pair of thinner pants for those tops.
173. Educated by Tara Westover (audiobook) - 9/10 = A
A woman's account of how she grew up in a radically conservative and abusive Mormon household, was kept out of school, and yet managed to break free of her family and earn a doctorate at Trinity College. At turns horrific, fascinating, eloquent and compelling, this is most definitely a worthwhile read.
>214 scaifea: It's in my TBR Soon pile. Can't get any higher. (We won't talk about the size of that particular pile.)
>214 scaifea: I also thought that was a great book. I started out skeptical but was quickly sucked in and really blown away by what she accomplished. This is coming up in one of my book groups and I'm looking forward to revisiting and discussing it.
>208 scaifea: Oh good. I was worried. I...I just wasn't sure you'd be able to pull off a proper glare.
>217 klobrien2: Thanks, Karen!
>218 lauralkeet: Laura: I felt exactly the same way about it, from start to finish. It would definitely be a great book club book - I bet you'll have an interesting discussion!
>219 weird_O: Bill: Well, glare, maybe not, but I can do a fair-to-middlin' sarcastic eye twinkle...
Belated congratulations on the new job, Amber! Hope you are successful with clothes shopping. Buying new pants is something I always dread, but it seems like I get lucky and find several pairs at once and they last for quite a while.
>222 jnwelch: >225 lauralkeet: Joe & Laura: And I kind of love that she's good at finding a balance in the telling of it: It never felt like she was bragging about going into college without any education and doing so well, or the scene in which she describes how much her dissertation advisor is blown away by her writing. I was tensed for that and it didn't happen and that made me happy.
>223 aktakukac: Welp, I didn't have much success today. I did find one pair of pants that I didn't absolutely loathe, and three tops, but I need more pants. Gah. I'll try again next week, maybe.
>224 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara!
So happy to read on my return that you got the job, Amber, congratulations!
>226 scaifea: I agree, Amber. I think that's why it worked so well for me too.
Vacuuming, baking, laundry, more Nutcracker costume alterations (*sigh* although this time around it's hemming little angel costumes, and seeing those adorable wee gals in the gorgeous dresses last night (I had to see the dresses on to know how much to hem them) was totally worth it. SO MUCH CUTENESS.)), and some early planning work on Christmas projects, hopefully. Likely not much reading time today.
On the reading front:
I started The Breach yesterday, which is the sort of book that is usually way out of my wheelhouse, but...it's not...horrible? I mean, it's not great, either (sometimes the writing makes me want to grind my teeth just a little bit), but the story is mindless fun so far. We'll see how it goes. I'm also still working on Maria Escapes, and I started listening to The Great Fire yesterday, too.
>232 scaifea: I usually feel the same way about thrillers/mysteries and whatnot. I don't technically find myself very enthusiastic about them, but at the same time they are usually exciting enough to keep me entertained while I'm reading them. Like eating a tub of whip cream for dinner. (Not that I've ever done that...)
>233 Ape: Stephen: *snork!* I love the whipped cream for dinner analogy! Perfect.
So, I took another look at the first dress I needed to hem and decided to draw the line and say NOPE. Someone else had hemmed them previously and made such a mess of it that another hem would required a significant time with a seam ripper (NOPE) and even then, the new hem would be so significant that the only good way to do it would be to cut fabric from the bottom of the dress, and I know they don't want me to do that. So I sent an email saying pretty much that to the Person In Charge and will be taking the dress back this week. I'm fairly proud of myself for saying no (I'm not great at that, to be honest).
That frees up my day, then, to work on Christmas project planning, and that makes me happy.
On the reading front:
Again, not much to report, although I did read a few pages in Maria Escapes. May get some reading time in this afternoon. We'll see how it goes.
Ooo, I'll look forward to hearing what you think of The Great Fire. That's a new one to me.
Okay, I'm going to venture out for one more attempt at pants-finding, and I also need to swing by the craft store for some supplies, and then the ballet studio to drop off the dress.
On the reading front:
I did manage to read a bit of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar yesterday afternoon, and I'm almost finished with Maria Escapes now.
Morning, Amber! I hope you had a fine weekend, at the Scaife Manor. Looks like a perfect day to have off. Bitter cold and snow. This could be a LONG winter.
>242 msf59: Morning, Mark! You could send the snow here - I'm really missing it now that we're back in Ohio and don't get nearly as much of the stuff as we did in Wisconsin. And yes, we had a wonderful weekend of going nowhere and doing not much. Perfection.
>243 scaifea: From the weather reports I heard last night I would say that, as you requested, the snow we had last night is on its way and should be getting to you tonight or tomorrow. Glad to oblige :)
Work on Christmas projects, hem the new pants I bought yesterday (woot?), and hopefully find some reading time this afternoon. Charlie has a 2-hour delay this morning because we have snow on the ground! YAY! *happy sigh*
On the reading front:
I finished up Maria Escapes last night - I'm working on my mini-review now and should post it soon.
174. Maria Escapes by Gillian Avery (1001 Children's Books, 258 pages) - 8/10 = B
Orphaned Maria feels overwhelmed and out of place in her new boarding school, so she runs away to stay with her uncle, a warden at Cambridge, gets tutored along with the neighbor boys (sons of a professor), and becomes fascinated with the history of a local manor house and its family. Her researches into that history get her into all sorts of scrapes and leads her on several adventures.
This one didn't fully grab my attention but it wasn't the worst of its kind, either, and honestly it has aged pretty well, I think. Recommended if you like this sort of thing.
175. The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (Newbery Honor Book, audiobook) - 8/10 = B
An okay introduction for middle grade students to the Chicago fire and its immediate aftermath. Not exactly gripping, as I would think it certainly could have been, but it also seems to be pitched at just the right level in the amount of content and detail it gives.
Oh, Amber, congrats on the library job! It sounds perfect!
I hate buying pants but highly recommend Land’s End’s Starfish slim leg pants. My last couple years at work, I wore them a couple times a week - they’re like wearing sweats but much neater.
>250 Copperskye: Thanks, Joanne!!
Thanks for the pants tip! I may have to give those a try.
Morning, Amber! Happy Wednesday. I am back to work after a sweet three days off. I will be bundled up. I hope you are having a good time with The Wise Man's Fear.
>253 msf59: Morning, Mark! Ooof, stay bundled out there today. And yes, I am *loving* the Kingkiller books! So good.
Amber, your new job sounds perfect for you. Congratulations! You will definitely be an asset to the library. And it's so cool that you can walk to work. I'm looking forward to your stories about behind-the-scenes-at-the-library if you care to share with us.
Besides doing the menu planning and prepping my grocery list for tomorrow, I'm giving myself a puttering-around, do-not-much-of-anything day today, and I'm pretty excited about it (we signed up for Disney+, so that and a bowl of popcorn may play a role). Charlie has ballet class tonight, so I'll definitely get some reading in, too.
On the reading front:
I spent time with the Lincoln biography and Kildee House yesterday.
Morning, Amber! When do you start the new job? I am barely a third of the way into The water Dancer but I am all ready warbling about it. Keep this one in mind for a future audio selection. It has been excellent.
>259 msf59: Morning, Mark! I'm not sure yet when I start - they're still waiting to hear back on my background check. Once that comes through, then they'll schedule me for my two training days.
>252 scaifea: I've been wanting to do a reread of the Kingkiller Chronicle but have been refusing to do so until the next book comes out. I might cave eventually. In 2030, maybe.
>258 scaifea: Let me know what you think of it. We don't have any streaming services. But, it's Disney. But I only like the movies, live and animated, not the TV shows. But, but, but...
>259 msf59: >260 scaifea: They've actually gotten the background results back. But they don't know how to respond as they are rendered speechless by her life of crime. How could that mild-mannered looking woman be such a heinous hoodlum?
>258 scaifea: Sigh. I'm on my third day of trying to get through to Disney+ customer service. We set up an account but can't log in. Will today be the day I talk to a real human? I'm not holding my breath.
>261 Morphidae: Hi, Morphy!!
This is my first time through Rothfuss, and I'm trying to go really slowly because of the lack so far of a third book, but it's really difficult not just to plow through it. So. Good.
Oh, Disney+ is AMAZING. So. Many. Things. To. Watch. Old movies, new ones, Star Wars, Marvel, EVERYTHING. So worth it, I'd say.
Re: background check: Um, yeah. Joke, yes, but honestly, my insano-brain is niggling me about how long it's taking. Did I accidentally rob a bank or something and didn't realize? Anxiety is so fun sometimes.
"background check: Um, yeah. Joke, yes, but honestly, my insano-brain is niggling me about how long it's taking. " I have one word for you: bureaucracy.
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