scaifea's 2015 challenge - thread #27
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Below you’ll find an explanation of my reading habits, which, I warn you, is a bit crazy. Usually I have about 10-12 books going at once, one each from the following groups (and occasionally other books slipped in there, too):
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
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 lists (combined, in chronological order)
7. For this category, I cycle through 7 different stacks:
a. A book from my shelves which I haven't yet read
b. Agatha Christie's bibliography (in chronological order)
c. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
d. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
e. Stephen Fry's bibliography (in chronological order)
f. The NEH Timeless Classics list
g. The National Book Award list (in alpha order by title)
h. The Pulitzer list (in alpha order by author)
8. A read-aloud-to-Charlie-at-bedtime book.
9. A book from my Classics shelves.
10. A book on Buddhism or from the Dalai Lama's bibliography.
11. Book-a-year challenge: Two 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 decided, again, to follow Paul's lead and try to fill in some of those blanks, and so I'm adding an entry here to my lists.
12. 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 this year also to list our re-reads, but I'll just list them each day and not number them.
So, now you've got a glimpse of just how neurotic I am.
Please feel free to post comments, recommendations, or whatever else strikes your fancy. And Happy Reading, everyone!
What I'm reading now:
-Black Boy (Banned Books list)
-Dream Coach (Newberry Honor book)
-Water of the Wondrous Isles (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-Zachary Taylor (Presidential Challenge)
-Listen, Slowly (audiobook)
-A Time of Changes (Nebula list)
-Dandelion Wine (NEH Children's Classics list)
-Danny the Champion of the World (Charlie's bed-time book)
-Don Quixote (an unread book off of my shelves)
-The Dalai Lama at Harvard (Buddhism list)
-Far from the Madding Crowd (books by year list, 1874)
-Books Can Be Deceiving (series that my mom wants me to read so we can chat about it)
-As You Wish (from the Read Soon shelf)
-The Return of the Native (everyday audio book in the car/book-a-year challenge - 1878)
-The Spoonflower Handbook (just because)
In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
(For previous reads, see previous threads.)
573. Silent Night (Charlie's school library book) - 8/10 = B-
574. Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats (public library book) - 8/10 = B+
575. (#174) The Story of My Tits (borrowed from a friend) - 9/10 = A-
576. On Christmas Eve (Charlie's school library book) - 8/10 = B+
577. (#175) The Marvels (Charlie book) - 9/10 = A
578. You've Got Talent, Charlie Brown! (Charlie book) - 8/10 = B
579. (#176) Prisoner of the Ant People (CYOA book) - 8/10 = B
580. (#177) Fire! (CYOA book) - 8/10 = B
581. (#178) The Fairy Kidnap (CYOA book) - 8/10 = B
582. Ernest's Special Christmas (Charlie's school library book) - 8/10 = B-
583. (#179) Elijah of Buxton (Newbery Honor book, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
584. Imaginary Fred (public library book) - 9/10 = A
585. (#180) Dinosaurs Before Dark (Charlie book) - 8/10 = B+
586. Chloe and the Lion (Charlie book) - 10/10 = A
587. (#181) I Am the Messenger (1001 Children's Books list, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
588. Are We There, Yeti? (public library book) - 8/10 = B
589. Christmas in Many Cultures (Charlie's school library book) - 8/10 = B+
590. Nancy Knows (public library book) - 8/10 = B-
591. (#182) Hattie Big Sky (Newbery Honor book, audiobook) - 9/10 = A
592. See Pip Point (public library book) - 8/10 = B
593. The Hueys in None the Number (Charlie book) - 9/10 = A
594. (#183) The Lost Track of Time (book fair purchase) - 8/10 = B-
595. (#184) Entwined (recommended by my librarian friend) - 10/10 = A
596. Millions to Measure (public library book) - 8/10 = B
597. (#185) A Season of Gifts (Charlie book) - 9/10 = A
598. (#186) The Story of Diva and Flea (public library book) - 8/10 = B
599. (#187) The Moon Over High Street (book fair purchase) - 8/10 = B
600. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Charlie bed-time read) - 8/10 = B+
601. How Many Miles to Bethlehem? (public library book) - 8/10 = B
Now that Thanksgiving is over, thoughts turn to that other holiday coming up in, oh, three weeks or so. I dropped a shocking amount of cash today on holiday-related chocolates while grocery shopping - do you have a favorite December treat? Tomm loves the Reece's Christmas Trees. I look forward to the Godiva chocolate box that Santa usually leaves for me...
I did a marathon of Christmas movies on Thanksgiving day -- Home Alone, The Santa Clause, and A Muppet Family Christmas. I also watched Elf and Love Actually during the remainder of the weekend. Normally I would want to watch the Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol, but as I am currently in a stage production of A Christmas Carol, my desire to watch any film version of the show has decreased dramatically. :-)
I've never seen the Stewart Christmas Carol, but I do love him.
Also, we need a photo of the girls!
And I've just exceeded my quota of exclamation points for November! :)
As far as December foods, I'm one of the weird ones who loves fruitcake. And my grandpa always gets these giant homemade eclairs from a local deli. They weigh more than a pound each and are filled with pudding, not whipped cream (as any proper eclair should be). Oh, and cheeseball. There has to be cheeseball. And my dad would argue that ribbon jello salad is also a necessity. Apparently we're stuck in the 1970s here in the casvelyn family.
I'm also a sucker for a chocolate orange. I also like the bag of Lindt truffles that usually finds its way into my stocking :) Except for the white "chocolate" ones. I loathe white "chocolate."
A Christmas treat I haven't had in ages is chocolate lace. My mother LOVED it and always got a box under the tree. It was delicate sugar candy covered in dark chocolate, and a box came with a few layers of it. Mom would break off some every night and have it as a treat. And sometimes she would even share - ha!
I've never had fruitcake, if you have believe it. One of these days I'll have to give it a go...
And my mom makes the most amazing cheeseball in this history of cheese or balls. Ha!
And here you go - sorry for the earlier omission:
>11 foggidawn: I love cheesy, and you can't beat Stewart. I'll have to see if I can track it down.
>12 katiekrug: Katie: Confession time: I bought myself a bag of Lindt truffles today among the other, family, chocolates. And I've hidden them from the Scaife Boys...
My personal favorite December treat is not a sweet at all, but the baccala salad made by one of our local family-owned grocery/deli's. It's just wonderful. And, because I expect a lot of people will be saying "Whhaaaa?" about now, this is it:
It's made from salt cod (well rinsed, multiple times), pepperoncini, celery, bell pepper, green and black olives, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil (lots of variations are possible, but I never met one I like better than this local version).
Also, there's no time that not the right time for Froyo...
>16 luvamystery65: Roberta: I know, right?! So good.
>17 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! You know, I'm not enjoying it as much as I'd hoped. There's too much lavish praise of him fellow actors and not enough actual detail about making the movie. Oh well, I still love the movie lots, so I'll finish the book.
>18 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: Ooof, that baccala salad looks good!
I am currently trying to get a few movies together for our holiday and needed family friendly ones. Yippee! I hit the jackpot with your list :)
>4 scaifea: my grandmothers recipe for Latvian Christmas Biscuits. Definitely the only December only Xmas treat. I made the seasons first batch of dough last night for baking today. I love Christmas!
Re sweet treats for Christmas, my father would always make a pavlova on Christmas Eve. Commonly known as a "pav", this is a New Zealand dessert and don't let any Aussies try to convince you otherwise :-)
Here's what a pav looks like (picture from Hazel Fowler, on Wikipedia)
And here's my Dad's recipe, handwritten into my mother's recipe book, which I still have. The comments in brackets are mine:
6 egg whites
1 and a half cups of sugar (just ordinary sugar, not confectioners sugar or anything exotic)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
Beat the egg whites until very stiff. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until the mixture holds peaks. Continue beating and add the vanilla and vinegar. Put on a tray on greaseproof (i.e waxed) paper, and shape with a spatula. Put in an oven pre-heated to 150 Celcius, for 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the pav inside until it is cold (for us, this meant Christmas morning)
My notes now: The top will likely crack and fall in, but that's OK, because you decorate the top with whipped cream and you can fill in the gaps, so you will then have slices that are part meringue and part whipped cream. Then decorate with fruit. The one in the picture is, I think, a NZ one, because it has strawberries and kiwifruit and you can just see passionfruit pulp on it too. All these fruits are in season in NZ at Christmas. My mother used to make mayonnaise with the egg yolks, just in case anyone's wondering what to do with them.
And Miss Mario looks like she's finally just about grown to where her body is proportionate to her head. She's such a gorgeous dog.
Those biscuits sound delicious!
>21 jnwelch: Joe: I think reading it straight after finished the Fry book is a bit unfair to Elwes, honestly. Poor chap can't hope to match Fry's prose, I'm afraid.
>22 DeltaQueen50: Judy: Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites!
>23 luvamystery65: Roberta: Oooh, tamales sound amazing right now. Aaaand now I'm really hungry. Thanks for that.
>24 susanj67: Susan: I'm not a fan of meringues at all, but I know lots of folks are, so thanks for sharing the recipe! How lovely that you have it in your father's hand, too.
>25 casvelyn: I can't not love a person who loves Border Collies! They're amazing, aren't they? And Mario is gorgeous and such a cuddler, which makes up for what she may lack upstairs...
>26 johnsimpson: Thanks for the tip, John - I'll try that out tomorrow. I'm looking forward to your letter in the post, too!
Love the chocolate Christmas thread. I'm rarely one to turn down any kind of Xmas treat. We have a thing for stollen bites in our house, although discovered after purchase
at the Weekend that copious amounts of rum have been added to the recipe. Grumpy face.
But also Toblerone, chocolate orange and Ferrero rocher truffles. And if someone's baking, a chocolate roulade.... oh I'm looking forward to it already :-)
Also, a big YES to Ferrero Rocher chocolates. My mom usually gets me a box of those, too!
More work on the Great Etsy Shop Reorganization this morning, and then I'll be going in for my Tuesday library volunteering at school this afternoon. Tonight is Science Night at Charlie's school, so we'll be going back for that after dinner. Cheesy Pizza Bread for dinner tonight, I think.
On the reading front: I'm nearly finished with The Marvels, which is very cool so far and I haven't quite figured out the twist, which is always a good thing. I'm also nearly finished with The Story of My Tits, which is powerful and funny and just all-round lovely. And I listened to a bit more of The Return of the Native whilst driving round town yesterday and I'm enjoying it in the way one 'enjoys' Hardy, if one can call it that...
The calendar book today: The Edge of the Crazies by Jamie Harrison, which sounds pretty good. Anyone read it?
Glad you are enjoying The Marvels. He is such an interesting artist.
Oh, well, I guess what I like most isn't really one treat anyways. Around this time of year, a lot of our library patrons bring in goodies and our staff room is overflowing with their generosity. In a customer service job (that is, I admit, easier than most because almost everyone who walks into the library is happy rather than grumpy, with a few notable exceptions) it's nice to feel appreciated, and this is the time of year we "see" that appreciation the most.
My favorite Christmas treat..........
Apricot kolaches. My grandmother made them, my aunt, my mom and now me. I could eat the whole batch!
>39 Fourpawz2: Charlotte: Oooh, Love in a Cottage sounds delicious! I may have to try it with Charlie.
>40 bell7: Mary: Oh, no cranberries for me, please, but the peanut butter balls sound good! And how lovely that your patrons bring in goodies for you!
BQ: My Gram used to send us a Dobish Torte every year from some catalogue food company or other. I *loved* it. Haven't had that in years. I think I have a vague recollection of it's not being very good anymore after some point? I don't know. It's a firm part of Christmas in my memory even though it's probably been more Christmases now that I haven't had one than I did. Also, roll-out butter cookies. We always made these, cutting them out in the shapes of trees, snowmen, candles, stars, and bells. Then with the homemade icing. It's just possible I ate enough raw dough to feel fairly sick most years. (It was so. good.) Sometimes I still make these myself.
On the other hand, you've neglected Die Hard also. Now there's a movie set at Christmas that Charlie won't forget. I'm kidding, I'm kidding!
>53 cbl_tn: Carrie: I've never had Harry & David's stuff. It looks so fancypants. Ha!
>54 banjo123: Rhonda: Charlie has invited a friend over on Friday afternoon for a "Christmas Cookie Making Party" (his words, not mine), so I guess I'll be whipping up a batch of gingerbread cookie dough...
>55 Berly: Kim: Ha! Welcome!
I'll be working in the sewing room this morning after taking Charlie to school and before I have to head to Dubuque for a dentist's appointment (just a 6-month check-up and cleaning that will not lead, hopefully, to anything else), then back home for more sewing before time to pick up Charlie. Lots of holiday projects to get done before the 25th, starting off with a new robe for Charlie (his current one seems to have turned into one with 3/4-length sleeves somehow overnight...).
On the reading front: I finished The Story of My Tits last night (more on that later), and listened to a bit more of The Return of the Native (that Eustacia, though).
The calendar book for today is one of the rare ones that I've honest-to-goodness read: Aesop's Fables.
A brutally honest, sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying, always sincere memoir of a woman who has battled breast cancer with her family and loved ones and ultimately with her own body, with which, in the end, she comes to terms and finds a sort of peace. Loved it, even though the illustrations aren't generally the kind I enjoy, I still loved the story - and this woman - lots.
Charlie Reading List Update:
3. Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! (After finishing a read-aloud to Tomm and me a couple of days ago, Charlie picked this one up yesterday morning before school and re-read the whole thing to himself before time to go (it's a GN, so yes I was impressed but it's not a miraculous happening or anything).)
I read The Edge of the Crazies years ago and loved it. Quirky characters with great setting. A fun mystery.
I think sugar cookies is my favorite Christmas food. And since Miss Scout is into decorating, I think I might be eating a few of them this year.
For the bonus question, I make sure that I have plenty of good shortbread and mincemeat tarts at this time of year.
Crock pot candy sounds much better!
Whelp, Charlie woke up a bit ago with vomiting and diarrhea, so we're staying home today. Poor guy is going to miss a trip to the middle school with his class to visit their '5th Grade Buddies' and he's devastated. So, he's wrapped up and cozy on the couch watching Wreck-It Ralph (his go-to, I-Don't-Feel-Good movie) with orange juice and the Vomit Bucket. I'll be spending time in the sewing room today, then, and hanging out with The Patient. I may make up a batch of Cream of Celery Soup for dinner.
On the reading front: I finished The Marvels (more on that in a minute) and listened to some of Elijah of Buxton (an okay listen so far but not as enjoyable as Curtis' other stuff, I think) and The Return of the Native (still fairly Hardy-y) yesterday.
The calendar book for today is another one that I've already read (I'm on a roll this week!): The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. I'm a fan of Winchester and this is maybe my favorite of the ones I've read so far.
Sorry, that Charlie is under the weather. Hopefully, it is short-lived.
I have not read Winchester.
Ooof, this is a good one, folks. I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but I think I love this one even more. Gorgeous illustrations, of course, and the story is magical. Plus, this little exchange made my heart sing:
"But what about your books, Joseph? I saw the collection you brought with you from school. Your suitcase was filled with stories. I saw Charles Dickens, and Roald Dahl, and Madeleine L'Engle. I know you love stories. Do you think *they* don't matter?"
Joseph thought of Penney at the theatre and he spat the old man's words back at his uncle: "*Stories aren't the same as facts!*"
Albert paused and said, "No, but they can *both* be true."
A lesson I'm trying to teach Charlie and a particular passion of mine - stories are, to my mind, so important, because they speak truth to us, and knowing the difference between fact and truth is also incredibly important, because the difference between Fact and Truth is vast.
And, yes, I know, right? What is happening in this country? I feel like I'm living in a world that's just about to experience the Big Disaster Before the Distopia of a YA novel...
Get better soon, Charlie!
>4 scaifea: My December treat is not really edible. We have the world's biggest and best booksale starting today and I may just treat myself!
My local library is having a sale this weekend, too, and I perhaps will visit...
Charlie picked this easy reader movie adaptation out at the book fair and read it aloud to Tomm and me over the course of a few nights, finishing tonight.
Also Read Today:
-The Elephant and the Bad Baby
-The Christmas Book
>95 Chatterbox: Suzanne: *drools*....I'll be right over...
>96 The_Hibernator: Aw, thanks, Rachel! Sometimes I manage to get a pretty good one, no?
Charlie is feeling better! Woot! (I think it must have been something he ate, because it was just the one bout of business yesterday morning and then he was fine the rest of the day.) So his friend will be coming home with him after Early Release (12:30) to spend the afternoon playing. This morning I'll be grocery shopping and then spending the rest of the morning in the sewing room working on Christmas presents. Beef Roast with Potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding for dinner tonight, I think.
On the reading front: I read a bit of The Dalai Lama at Harvard last night before falling asleep, which is very good but I have to concentrate pretty hard on it, so it's slow-going. Fascinating stuff, though.
The calendar book today: The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power by Kim Ghattas. Anyone read this one?
I am grinding away at the work week. I SEE daylight...
And here's what I'm making for Charlie's teacher, and a few other people at his school, as this year's Christmas gift:
580. (177th non-picture book) Fire! by R. A. Montgomery (CYOA book, 52 pages) - 8/10 = B
581. (178th non-picture book) The Fairy Kidnap by Shannon Gilligan (CYOA book, 54 pages) - 8/10 = B
582. Ernest's Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes (Charlie's school library book, picture book) - 8/10 = B-
Also Read Today:
-Each Peach Pear Plum
-Hello Kitty: Secret Santa
While Tomm takes Charlie to gymnastics this morning, I'll be going to the library book sale - WOOT! Otherwise, the usual weekend chores (laundry, bills, photos), possibly some baking (I have dough chilling in the fridge for Speculaas cookies), some time in the sewing room and hopefully some reading. At some point this weekend we need to take our annual family photo, too...
On the reading front: I listened to a big chunk of Elijah of Buxton yesterday while sewing and I'm nearly finished with it - it has taken a turn for the much better in the second half. I also listened to a bit of The Return of the Native while driving round to various grocery shops. And I read through a small stack of CYOA books (see above).
The calendar book's weekend quote come from Maya Angelou: "I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people."
Good luck at the book sale!
This one started out slow for me, but by the end it was packing a considerable whomp. Recommended.
584. Imaginary Fred by Eion Colfer (public library book) - 9/10 = A
Charlie and I loved this one about how imaginary friends work and how two of them managed to beat the system.
It's Scaife Family Picture Day, and then I may do some more baking (Flourless Chocolate Torte) and hopefully there will be time and energy for the sewing room.
On the reading front:
I finished Elijah of Buxton yesterday (see above), started listening to I Am the Messenger, which is already a hoot, and read a couple of chapters in A Time of Changes.
>133 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: Tuppence is our resident Grinch, I'm afraid. Mario makes up for Tuppence's lack of enthusiasm, though, as she is definitely our Elf. ("Smiling's my favorite!" "What's a Christmas-gram - I want one!")
>134 connie53: Thanks, Connie!
I'd like to join in on some of those Christmas movies. You saved our favorite for Christmas! That may be the only one we watch this year, although we did see our local Little Theatre's production of Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical. We have many talented children in our area.
And thank you! I do think my Scaife Men are just about the most handsome things on the planet...
>139 Donna828: Donna: I'm glad you like the looks of the movie list! I'm considering taking Charlie to the local Nutcracker production this year, which features local kids. I think he may be ready to sit through the whole thing and enjoy it.
Tuppence has a laser treatment this morning at the vet's office, so I'll drop her off there and then run a couple of errands in town. Otherwise, the school day will be spend in the sewing room - I'm working on a Christmas present for Charlie (if it turns out okay, I'll post photos when it's finished)... Cream of Corn Soup for dinner tonight, I think...
Oh, and the Flourless Chocolate Torte turned out pretty amazing - I'll try to remember to post the recipe later on.
On the reading front: I started The Lost Track of Time yesterday and it seems promising so far. I also read a couple of chapters in Far from the Madding Crowd last night, which is completely enjoyable so far, too.
The calendar book today: Tea by Stacy D'Erasmo. Sounds pretty interesting (the blurb compares it to Jeanette Winterson's work - anyone read it?
Also hoping to see the mysteriously mentioned Christmas gift for Charlie... :)
I always love the idea of homemade gifts but am very bad about following through with them. This year, I did a whole bunch of Christmas shopping on Amazon... it started off with wanting to get my brother-in-law green coffee beans to roast himself, then I needed to get the order up to $35 for free shipping and then it just snowballed from there 'til I'm (surprisingly) nearly done with my shopping list.
>153 humouress: Nina: Yep, he *is* Charlie's Christmas gift. I'll try to get the poor fella's clothes made today (he must be chilly)...
Another morning spend in the sewing room, this time making Marcus' clothing, before heading in to school for my Tuesday afternoon library volunteering. I really ought to get cracking on my Christmas cards at some point, too... Leftovers for dinner tonight, I think.
On the reading front: I read a bit more of The Lost Track of Time, which has a neat premise but the writing isn't great, and a few more chapters in A Time of Changes, which has hit a slow spot here in the middle. Or maybe I'm just a reading grouch right now...
The calendar book for today sounds interesting: Jim the Boy by Tony Earley. Anyone read this one?
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I LOVED Jim the Boy. You would too. Sadly, I still not read the sequel.
^^I do not see an image in #147
And thanks for the potential Charlie book tip!
>164 charl08: I've picked out some neat fabrics from my scraps for a shirt and overalls, a hat and scarf. In fact, I didn't have to buy anything at all to make this present - one of the benefits of being a fabric hoarder...
The scarf may not work out to my liking, in which case I'll knit one myself. We'll see how it goes.
Dentist appointment this afternoon (I had to reschedule last week's because of the slippery weather). The rest of the school day will be spent in the sewing room finishing up (hopefully) Marcus so that I can then get back to the coffee mug pen organizers. And I still haven't started on the Christmas cards... Gourmet (*ahem*) Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for dinner tonight, I think.
On the reading front: I started listening to Hattie Big Sky, a Newbery Honor book which is excellent so far - I'm already ready to recommend it to several people. And I listened to a bit more of The Return of the Native, which is getting very interesting, with a tense bit of gambling and some marital troubles on the horizon. And before falling asleep last night I read the first chapter of Books Can Be Deceiving, which I think will be a fun story although the writing isn't fabulous. It's a cozy set in a library, with the first chapter being about a Crafternoon of book talk (they discussed Rebecca!) and knitting - what more could a gal want? Besides better writing, of course. (Oops! Sorry, try not to step in that puddle of early morning snark, there.)
The calendar book for the day: Evensong by Gail Godwin. I think some in our group have read this - what do you think of it? It sounds pretty good, really.
Looks like a decent day. I will take it...
>181 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!
>182 cbl_tn: Thanks, Carrie! Ha! I guess he thinks he's ready for a Wisconsin winter with that scarf, and I don't have the heart to break it to him that those short bibs aren't gonna cut it...
>183 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura!
>184 johnsimpson: Thanks, John - you and Karen are welcome any time!
Charlie's class is taking their walking field trip to the public library today and his teacher has asked me to walk with them, so I'll be doing that this afternoon. Otherwise it'll be another day in the sewing room working today on those coffee mug pencil holders - the rainbow binding (leftover from what I made for Charlie's quilt) won't match with a couple of the fabrics, so I need to start by making more binding (the original pattern calls for bias tape but I really don't like the way that stuff looks as a binding). I also need to do next week's menu planning and get my grocery list ready for tomorrow, and those Christmas cards are apparently not going to address themselves. Apparently. It's not as if I haven't given them the chance. Gah. Leftovers for dinner tonight.
On the reading front: I listened to another big chunk of Hattie Big Sky while sewing yesterday and while on my way to and from the dentist's office (I have two more small cavities, by the way. Typical. At some point I'll stop having cavities, right?, when all the teeth have fillings?! Sheesh.), and it's a wonderful book. I love it! I also listened to a tiny bit more of The Return of the Native and read a few more chapters in A Time of Changes, which I like just fine while I'm actually reading it, but before picking it up every time I left out a sigh of not-wanting-to. Not sure what that's about.
The calendar book for today: Tenth of December (see what they did there?) by George Saunders. It's apparently a book of short stories and you all know I'm generally not a fan. Anyone read this one? Thoughts?
I loved Tenth of December and I really want to read his earlier collections.
Have any good dreams lately? Grins...
I managed to coax the kids through theirs, for them to hand out today. Today was the last day of term, so I took them trampolining after school and treated them to a fast food meal.
Trampolining was supposed to be a class event, since I'm one of the class parents for the year (9 classes, would you believe?) but Google has decided that I'm a spammer - after a whole year of successfully sending out group e-mails - so my mails bounced. No matter; my kids had fun.
As for cavities, two of my fillings are so large and old that the dentist keeps threatening to replace them. But then, he'll have to do a crown. I'm not entirely sure what that entails, but it sounds scary. I'm doing my best to avoid that, so I'm brushing and flossing like crazy. To the extent I'm now wearing away my enamel, so that's causing problems. Can't win. :0/
I'm not shocked that you liked Tenth of December - you strike me as a short story kind of guy...
>189 humouress: Nina: Crowns aren't bad - I've got a couple. And I was born with weak enamel, so I feel your pain.
Trampolining sounds fun! Charlie loves that sort of thing.
A fantastic story, based on a true one, in which a 16-year-old orphan goes out west to Montana during WWI to homestead on a claim left to her by her long-lost uncle. Think Little House with a lot more sass.
592. See Pip Point by David Milgrim (public library book, picture book) - 8/10 = B
593. The Hueys in None the Number by Oliver Jeffers (Charlie book, picture book) - 9/10 = A
Also Read Today:
-Polly's Christmas Present
-How Many Jelly Beans
I'm off to school soon for my Friday afternoon volunteering, and then after school I'm taking Charlie shopping for Tomm's presents. Green Beans, Smoked Sausage and Potatoes (all cooked together in the same pot) for dinner tonight, I think.
On the reading front: I read a bit more of As You Wish lsat night, which is okay but not great, still. I'll see it through, though, because I still really like all the folks in the movie, including Cary Elwes. And you'll notice that I finished listening to Hattie Big Sky yesterday - at one point, as I was listening while sewing, I have to stop the sewing machine, sit there and weep like a baby. Folks, this is a good one - and a great listen! (Are you paying attention, Mark?)
Hope you're all having a fantastic Friday!
Happy Friday, Amber!
I've taken care of at least four inpatients over the past two weeks who tested positive for adenovirus, a particularly nasty pathogen which can cause high fevers (104-106 F) for up to two weeks in young kids, vomiting and diarrhea, and upper and lower respiratory illnesses including bronchiolitis and pneumonia. I hope that isn't what you have.
ETA -- sorry about your illness. I suggest rest, chicken soup, and more rest....
Thanks for much to all of you for your thoughts and visits! I don't know what my life would be without such a wonderful support group. I love all of you tons.
>201 aktakukac: Rachel: Oh, I'm glad you loved Hattie, too! She's a character, no? Someone just mentioned that there's a sequel the other day, but now I can't remember who that was. I'll definitely be getting that one, too, though! I'll tell you what: reading through the Newbery winners and now the Honor books has introduced me to so many excellent books and authors - I'm so glad that I'm doing this!
>202 johnsimpson: John: Well, it was good up until about 4pm... Before that Charlie and I went Christmas shopping for Tomm, and I always love that outing. So at least part of Friday was good!
>203 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! What a gorgeous fireplace! I love the stone. Ours is similar, but I'm afraid not quite that pretty (or tidy - Charlie uses the 'stone bench' as he calls it to stack his art projects).
>204 jnwelch: Joe: Hi, Joe! Well, *something* was rolling round here this weekend, but good times it wasn't. Ha! I appreciate the thought, though!
>206 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara!
>207 MickyFine: Micky: Once I've had a shower this morning (I feel a bit like Pigpen right now), I'm confident that I'll be completely human again. *grins*
>208 johnsimpson: Thanks so much, John. It was nasty but short-lived, at least.
>209 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: You've got the magic touch, Linda, because that's exactly how it happened! A very good night's sleep and I'm feeling much better this morning.
>210 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl. "Acute" is such a friendly-sounding word for what it represents, no? Ha! And those poor wee ones you're looking after! Adenovirus sounds like what Charlie had last year at about this time - he had a high fever for 7=8 days, vomiting and diarrhea, but was better on Christmas morning. We called it our Christmas Miracle. Ha! Poor thing missed several days of school, though, including the last two before break and therefore all of the holiday parties and fun stuff. He was distraught enough that he's already worried this year that he'll get sick and miss it all again. He's a bit of a worrier, this one.
>211 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda! Creepy-sad, eh? Hmmm, I'm interested now...
And I did just as you suggested - lots of rest and some Chicken Soup!
>212 charl08: >213 PaulCranswick: >214 lauralkeet: Charlotte, Paul & Laura: Thanks so much, all - I'm feeling loads better now. I've got that giddy feeling I always get once I first get well after a nasty illness. Woot!
Well, the bad part of not feeling well, besides the obvious, of course, is that now I have *all* of my weekend chores to do in just one day, plus tidying up the house after a day and a half of it in the hands of The Scaife Men. Apparently I am too zealous in my desire to have things uncluttered... Ha! Anyway, I'll be working on bills, photos, laundry, getting the holiday cards ready to mail tomorrow, with some resting in between for good measure. Dinner will be in Tomm's hands again today, I think, because I suspect I'll be tuckered by then.
On the reading front: The good part about being forced to rest all day is that I get more reading time! I finished The Lost Track of Time (more on that later) and started Entwined, which was pushed into my hands by one of my librarian friends the last time I was at the public library; apparently I'll love it (I do so far, I have to say) and I need to read it toot sweet.
The book calendar weekend quote: "After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." --Philip Pullman
>221 msf59: Thanks, Mark!
>222 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura - I've already had on little sit-down rest, so I know I'm definitely going to have to take it slow today. I'm drinking lots of water and forcing myself to go easy (a difficult task, I have to say).
A neat idea for a story, but disappointing in the execution. A girl is forced to abide by her mother's strict daily schedule when all she really wants to do is daydream and doodle and write stories. She falls into another world full of Clockworkers working in the evil Chronos City and Moodlers-in-hiding. It clearly wants to be another Phantom Tollbooth but falls short of the mark - the writing just isn't there. It's a first novel, though, I think, so maybe Britt will get better as she goes, which would be lovely, since the ideas are good ones.
>230 Familyhistorian: Meg: I managed to rest plenty *and* get everything done! Woot for me!
>231 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel!
>232 foggidawn: I know, right?! I finished it today and LOVED it! My library friend has *very* good taste - she's one of the pair who pressured me into reading the Queen's Thief books...
Oooh, I LOVED this one! Such an excellent and inventive re-telling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses tale, and so wonderfully written. I fell right into it and didn't want to climb out. Highly recommended!
596. Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz (public library book, picture book) - 8/10 = B
Also Read Today:
-My Little 123 Book
-A Grouch's Christmas
-Spin Me a Storybook: Jingle Bells
>216 scaifea: I hope you are feeling much better!
On the agenda for today:
Present wrapping, with small bits of resting in between (I'll try my best to enforce those on myself). I'll be telling the school librarian that I can't do my normal volunteering this afternoon - I know I'm not strong enough for that yet, plus I don't want to be around the wee ones until I know for certain I'm all the way better. Plus, I got to get this wrapping done!
I also need to swing by the library (to drop off books and pick up a hold) and the post office (to get those holiday cards out) before picking Charlie up from school - here's hoping I'm not completely tuckered by then (I need to keep reminding myself to REST during the day so that I'll have enough energy for the errands!). If I feel like it, then we'll have the Green Beans, Sausage and Potatoes dinner that didn't get made on Friday... (The poor Scaife Men have been scrounging for the past few days, I'm afraid.)
On the reading front: Again, the one good thing about being so sick that you're stuck in bed is the reading in-between naps part - I got lots of the stuff done yesterday (more details to follow later)!
The calendar book for today: Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Rawuel Cepeda. This one sounds pretty interesting - anyone read it? Thoughts?
A companion to A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from Home, this one is just as delightful as the first two. Highly recommended.
598. (186th non-picture book) The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems (public library book, 65 pages) - 8/10 = B
Diva is a tiny dog living in a posh apartment building in Paris, and Flea is the stray cat that becomes her best friend. A nice little story, but not Willem's best.
599. (187th non-picture book) The Moon Over High Street by Natalie Babbitt (book fair purchase, 148 pages) - 8/10 = B
A boy goes to stay with his Aunt Myra in small-town Ohio for the summer and finds himself the center of the attentions of the local millionaire.
Meh. S'okay, but it's no Tuck Everlasting.
600. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (Charlie bed-time read, 108 pages) - 8/10 = B+
I *loved* this book when I was a kid, but it hasn't aged super well for me. *shrug*
601. How Many Miles to Bethlehem? by Kevin Crossley-Holland (public library book, picture book) - 8/10 = B
The writing is a little off, but the illustrations are gorgeous. Charlie has been curious about 'the baby Jesus' story lately, so we're loading up on nativity stories lately.
Also Read Yesterday:
-The Magic School Bus Has a Heart (read to us by Charlie)
-Farmyard Tales Christmas
-Funny Faces: Santa Claus