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  1. He got into five engineering schools, all offered some scholarships, he went to his first choice, and is now working as an engineer. He did some community classes in high school and I suspect that the schools were mostly just interested in his calc and physics scores, for enrollment purposes. His interesting transcript got him the scholarships. College was not all smooth sailing but he made it through and has a very cool job. And I have a lot more grey hair. I would do it again. : ) Nan
  2. Happy New Year, All! May it be one of great progress in the direction of improvement for every living thing on earth! I am reading Turtles All The Way Down. It is very good, so good that I doubt I would have picked it on my own, but youngest gave it to me for Christmas, so I will read it and just deal with any emotional turmoil it causes. So far, I am enjoying it, but it has the potential to be memorable. I have not yet figured out how the book relates to the title, which is a quote that I recognize, but I am beginning to have an inkling. Nan
  3. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii There (hopefully grin) are 60 candles for you to wish on. ()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()() And 60 hugs for the countless hours of escape, emotional release, connection, joy, learning, and community you have given us all by making a place for us to share our book lives with each other. Those sharings ripple out through the orher people in each of our lives, too. You are making a big impact in a lovely nonjudgemental way. I hope all those ripples eventually work their way around the world back to you to buoy you up when you need it. Happy Birthday, dear Robin! Nan
  4. Lol... I reread because rereading allows me to choose the world I want to escape into. This is also why my house is overrun with books. A few of the many authors, picked at random, that I consistently have reread for years now are Patricia McKillip, Ngaio Marsh, Terry Pratchett, Angela Thirkel, A A Milne, P G Wodehouse, Georgette Heyer, and Kenneth Graham.
  5. I fiiiinallly read something new. I have spent a year rereading, which is nice but not exactly postworthy. I just finished a Frank Herbert book. I love Dune so I was excited when I discovered Deep Pressure. It was not at all what I expected. At one point in time, I am sure this was scifi but at this point, it is much more of a spy story. I am also listening to something new - The Creative Curve. So far no concepts that I didn't know already from read books like Blink. Nan
  6. I can't believe this thread is still alive! I popped in on the boards to post in the Book-a-Week thread and discovered that I had notifications for it. Rereading the original felt very strange. I can tell you all, though, now that all three of mine are through university, that I still believe the things I wrote are true. : ) Nan
  7. Hmmm... Menopause wasn't a problem for me, other than having to go to the bathroom frequently because early on, I applied some physics to the problem of hot flashes and started drinking a large glass of water to stop them. The extra heat went into bringing the water up to body temp instead of making me uncomfortable. I didn't have the emptional swings other people complained about. The irregularness was a nuisance but didn't last that long. I would love it if I had gotten less shy, the way some people described, but that didn't happen. I never had to worry about my weight, but now I am surprised at how easy it is to gain two pounds overnight. And the only sort of excersize that seems to work for losing it again is going for a brisk walk before bed. I understand about the sadness. By now, I have accumulated my share of heartbreaks and losses, and I miss my kids a lot and probably always will. There are places of deep deep sadness in my life that I try hard to avoid remembering. I am hoping some day I will be able to enjoy all the family photos I took and continue to take, but so far, I can't bear to see them. I am surprised at how my relationship with my husband has gotten better and better, even though it was great to start with. It still surprises me how perceptive my adult children are, and how helpful they are with my problems. Physically, I feel better than I have in years, despite osteoperosis, rotator cuff surgery due to a fall, arthritis, SAD, bursitis, migraines, and some other stuff. I went back to doing ballet classes, having quit when I was 16 ( so a 40+year gap haha) and have found that the ballet plus magnesium supplements and a better diet eliminate most of the pain. I wake up in the morning hurting, go to ballet, and walk out pain free. I go six days a week. It takes a huge chunk out of the morning and I am as rotten at it as I ever was, but I love it. I made it through this winter with plenty of energy, too, which was so nice. I love how well I can learn new things now. I am much better at that than I was. I never could and never will be able to remember things, but I learn easily now. Never thought that would happen! And I love how much better I am at rigging things so that I can't mess something up, like locking my keys in the car or giving in to the temptation to eat toast for every meal. That is just experience but I am grateful for it. I play recorder with a group of people in their late 80's and early 90's, so I can see that it isn't all bad. : ) Nan
  8. Lord of the Rings had the most influence on me growing up. A A Milne's books underlie everything in my life as well. And Wind in the Willows. And my grandfather's copy of Two Little Savages. Dated as the language is, I found it pretty accurate, as an adult. The Little Prince influenced me, and continues to influence me. It portrays what the adult world feels like to someone stuck with a way simpler view of it, which I seem to be, and I have always found that comforting. I reread the Narnia books a lot but I don't know how much they influenced me. Ditto fairy tales and books about sailing around the world or getting lost in the woods. Lord of the Rings continues to influence me as an adult. Music of the Dolphins I read every year, for some reason. Amd my family has Three Men in a Boat more or less memorized. It isn't an influence, but it uses the same amusing wording that we use to entertain ourselves, which is why we like it. And it has boats. Ditto Wodehouse, minus the boats. I love Patricia McKillip's books deeply. They capture the confusion and magic and music in my life, and I love her writing. The Wee Free Men/Tiffany Aching series speaks to me. The Well-Trained Mind had a huge impact on my adult life grin. Huge huge huge. Stacia gave me The Plover to read and I loved it. So much truth in that book. I loved Door into Ocean, another recommendation here. Nan
  9. I haven't. I've tried a few new authors of old favourites and didn't like them very enough to continue reading them, so I haven't tried with Lord Peter. They feel like they lack something, if the writer had a specific style, as most of the ones I've tried do. I think I dislike continuations that are continuations of an author whose writing style or characters I love, and sometimes like continuations of worlds that I love. Those might be easier to carry off and have the potential to be even better than the original. In some ways, I think the idea of a world or characters taking on a life of their own is the best possible outcome for a story one has begun. Nan
  10. I am reading Busman's Honeymoon. For the umpteenth time. : ) Nan
  11. This is probably something you already know, and won't help with eating more, but I overeat when I am either thirsty (my body confuses hunger and thirst) or craving salt or craving caffine. I try to remember to try to talk myself into drinking a cup of tea and a pint of rehydration fluid and then waiting a little while before I set out to eat other things. If I do that, I usually stop wanting to eat eat eat. If I can stop overeating, then I don't feel yucky later and I do a better job of feeding myself properly without worrying about it. Nan
  12. I am rereading some of the Ender's Game series, cautiously because it is pretty pretty traumatic, while I wait for the last book of the First Formic Wars part to become available at the library. I was given one of this series to read by one of my (now adult) children, who hadn't realized that I hadn't read Ender's Game when they all did, and who thought that I would like this particular book because it gave the parents' perspective. He was old enough to be figuring out that parents don't always confront their children with everything they know about those children's thoughts, secrets, and activities, and that as a parent, one must make heartbreaking decisions for the good of the child and feel one's way along a very narrow path balanced between making things so easy for the child that it hampers growth and making things too hard. I am also doing Pimsleur German and relistening to A Short History of Nearly Everything while I go to sleep. Nan
  13. I am still working my way through the Honor Harrington series, and relistening to things when I do audiobooks. My reading time has been reduced recently because my car time needs to be spent on the phone with lonely relatives instead of listening to audiobooks, and my before-bed reading time is spent drawing for inktober. Does anyone have any good advice for making it all the way through NaNoMo? A young friend is doing it. It needs to be brief advice because he is young. : ) Nan
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