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  1. Olivia was one of the girl names that I wanted to use for a baby and didn't but I did get to use it for the dog! The other girl names that I didn't get to use are: Anna Claire and Saoirse and Valancy and Threnody. Boy's name: Tallinn. I have a lot of trouble coming up with boy's names.
  2. I'll be the outlier - DD got her first when she was 3 (a month away from being 4). DD treated her very well and the doll would still be in great shape if it hadn't suffered an unfortunate mishap at the hands of an older boy who threw her off a bunk bed causing one of the eyes to malfunction (we just say that she's unique and she's ours and love her anyway). DD then saved up her money to buy another one two years later, so she was 5, almost 6, then. Since then the number of dolls she has collected is embarrassing to write down (I think I bought her one more, but she has spend pretty much all her money for the last 6 years on dolls). She loves her dolls and she has a blog about dolls and has made other blogging friends via her dolls and even met one of them in person. Like others have said, spending her own money on them makes her care for them quite a bit and they are brought to lots of places and have photoshoots and imovies made about them on a daily basis. Two years ago my mother sewed about 10 outfits for the dolls and made a wardrobe and hangers as a Christmas gift and it was a huge hit. I'm sure the clothes you make will also be treasured.
  3. Work is slowing down a bit (for the moment) so I have time to read the thread early in the week, but life is getting hectic so I'm not getting much reading done! My main reading goals right now are to keep on reading Outlander - but in French. The first two chapters were slow going but once she got flung back into the past, things picked up. I'm 200 pages in. I do somewhat wish that I hadn't picked such a chunky book for my first read in French for 3 or 4 years but it's holding my interest. This is one of those situations where I can't decide if I wish I was reading it on a kindle/kobo/whatever - there's a fair selection of words that I can guess by context and then a fair selection of words that I can't guess by context but I can still figure out the overall meaning of the sentence, so I haven't bothered looking anything up. Not sure if having the ability to highlight a word and find the translation would help or if that would hinder the flow of reading. I'm also reading A Passage to India as my 'on the bus' book, which I was hesitant to do, but figured was worth a shot. I was afraid it would require too much concentration to work as I only get 15-20 minutes of reading time on the bus and that can sometimes make the experience a bit more disjointed than I'd prefer. It's working better than I expected and when I finish that, I'll have finished Shelf #2.
  4. So I only seem to get on here when I'm at work and this week has been crazy busy so far, but I just managed to sneak a look at the Robin's introductory post and note that I managed to celebrate poetry month! I was at Costco last night and they had a bunch of Shel Silverstein poetry books; we have one and DS loves it so I picked up another one. He was so excited that is was quite sweet and spend last night selecting special poems to read to us. This morning I brought the kids to work with me (long story) and he picked the poetry book along with his current chapter book to bring with him. It's quite neat to see how much he enjoys poetry - reading it, both funny poems and more serious poems, short or long, but also creating poetry. I'm hoping to have time to read through the rest of the thread today or tomorrow!
  5. On a reading related topic, has anyone been having problems when they add a new book to Goodreads? For the last week, every book I add to my list of books I've read has automatically had a second Date Read line added, which is blank. This messes up a few things, not the least of which is when I want to organize books in certain ways. I can go in and delete it, but it's a bit of a convoluted process and I'd rather not have to add a new book, then go back and edit something I hadn't added in the first place.
  6. These are all non-underwire and very lightweight. This is the new version of it. I'm lucky to not need a lot of support, so this works well for me - perhaps that's why they've lasted so well. FWIW, I dry all my clothes - all of it, everything, and so far, no ill effects. On the rare occasion that I've shrunk something I take that as a sign that I was not meant to own that piece of clothing. But for bras and sports bras and other workout clothing, it all seems to just keep lasting. Although I don't have underwire bras, so that might be one difference.
  7. I feel positively luxurious as I have 9 that I consider to be fitting and in rotation - 3 white, 3 black, 3 peach. They are all identical in style. I love them so much. The problem is that I bought them all around the same time (6-8 years ago) and Patagonia no longer makes that version and I hate the new style that uses the same name. So when these wear out, which will likely happen all at the same, but hopefully not for another 3-4 years, I'm going to be desperately searching for a replacement. I also have quite a few sports bras, although I did just toss two of them that are probably 15 years old as the elastic was more crunchy than elasticky. So probably about 6 left, although since I'm at the gym or playing volleyball usually 5-6 times a week and only do laundry once a week, that is kind of necessary.
  8. Yes! Particularly when the other thread at the top when I signed in today was kind of the opposite of baby pictures. They are all adorable.
  9. So I decided to wear my bathing suit to the gym, giving me no option but to do something at the pool. If there was a lane available, I would opt for swimming laps, if not go to the aqua fitness class. There was a lane available so I swam laps for 45 minutes and that was actually very pleasant aside from the constant filling of water of the goggles. And then, because life is like that, I ran into the instructor I was trying to avoid after I finished swimming and was getting dressed in the change room. Such is life.
  10. Thinking of you and your husband - hope that things are looking better today and you are not being harassed by people.
  11. Ugh, the last month was pretty much a disaster fest between getting sick for almost 3 weeks and then not tracking my eating and then my counterwill kicking in and convincing me to just keep eating. But. Today is a new day. I went to the gym and did the Ultimate Tabata class. It was a lot of fun and I'll be going back regularly on Wed mornings for that even if I hate looking in the mirror and avoid it at all costs. Started tracking food again. Decided that I also need to create a 'me' diet as Soror did and plan to work on how I'm going to do that tomorrow. Trying to find the ability to psych myself up for an aqua fitness class in the deep end tomorrow morning. I was all set to go and then they changed the instructor and the instructor is now one of my favourites from 5 years ago when I was at the gym daily and weighed 30 pounds less. Not sure I can actually get in a pool in front of her. That's all on me, I realize, but it's still going to affect whether or not I go. I might just go to the gym but not the class.
  12. I'm almost scared to post on the new forums, but here's my first try. I've read 20 new to me authors so far this year - mix of fiction and non-fiction and I wouldn't hesitate to include the non-fiction ones. I think the books I've read since last posting are as follows: -Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - partly read for my rebellious trip through Britain, partly because I love Austen. This is a reread (probably for the third time) for me, and I've also seen at least one movie version but the one thing that really struck me this time is how Elinor strikes me as a classic example of a woman who is bearing The Mental Load. She has to think for everyone and act on behalf of everyone and I felt for her quite a bit - in fact, I found the book somewhat painful to read because almost everyone else, with the possible except of Colonel Brandon, and including her spouse-to-be, seemed to be either utterly incapable or simply mean. -Relish by Lucy Knisley - this is a graphic novel memoir about her experiences growing up with food, farms, chefs, catering, fancy restaurants combined with experiences in little markets etc. Her love of food was palpable and the recipes she illustrated almost all looked delicious. I enjoyed this book quite a bit and passed it along to my kids to read as I felt that there was nothing inappropriate for them in there. -Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson - I've read some Bryson before but not this one. I picked it up off my bookshelves since I figured it would cover a lot of Brit Tripping ground and it certainly does. However, I've realized that my rebel bus is so rebellious that I'm not even keeping track of where I've been in Britain. Perhaps that TripFiction link will help some. Or I might just keep on reading books set in Britain and just not care about how many counties I get around to visiting. At any rate, back to the book - like a few other books I've read recently that were written in the 90s, this one was occasionally jarring due to jokes about people (because they are women, or because they are large, or because they are of a certain ethnicity) that I don't think would make the cut today. By and large I enjoyed it but I'm torn as to whether or not I'll keep it. I don't think I'll reread it and I'm not sure it's a book that I would recommend to my kids. Probably best to let it go free in the world. Currently I'm reading Jerusalem by Guy Delisle - a graphic novel memoir of his experiences living with his partner and kids for a year in Jerusalem while his partner worked for MSF. So far, fascinating. Also reading Le chardon et le tartan, which is Outlander in French. It is slow going. I'm trying to finish a chapter in 3 days, which is about the saddest thing I've probably ever typed. However as it is umpteen pages long with umpteen chapters, this might take me all the way to the end of 2018 to finish it at that rate. And reading Moose Magic by Miles Smeeton, about a British couple who end up buying land in Canada and turning it into a wild game reserve. So far great for the bus ride to/from work.
  13. No, it was The Old Country by Mordicai Gerstein. Can't help you with The Taken and any thoughts about that.
  14. One author to read - that is a tough one. I might pick George Orwell. I've always enjoyed how precise he is with his use of language. Jane Austen is also tempting. I feel like you are describing one of the books I finished reading to the kids this week. There's a fox, there's a backdrop of war, the girl turns into the fox so we get a sort of alternating girl/fox POV even though it's the same character, it's melancholy. I'm not sure I loved it though. So, books finished in the last week include The Old Country by Mordicai Gerstein, the afore-mentioned melancholy fox/war/fairy tale book. It was not to my taste and seemed too slight, even though it was longer than a traditional fairy tale might be. Although I'm not a fan of fairy tales in general, so perhaps that's why it left me cold. This was from The Shelf and will be leaving the house. Also finished A Cat Abroad by Peter Gethers - enjoyed this more than his first book about his cat, but there's still a rather cloying preciousness and obnoxious rich person name-dropping aspect (from a person who doesn't think he is rich) to it. The cat is very cute and sweet though. Also from The Shelf, also won't be keeping it. I also made it to the end of Ordinary Magic by Meeka Walsh, another one that will be exiting the house. It was nothing special in the memoir/journal genre. I feel like I'm getting too excited when I finish a book and feel that it's not good enough to keep it in the house. Shouldn't I be excited about finding books that are good enough to keep? Randomly picked up a few graphic novels from the adult section of the library for the kids and one of them was Going Into Town by Roz Chast - it is a sweet little book that began as a little guide to Manhattan for the author's daughter when said daughter moved there for college. Chast had grown up in Brooklyn and then lived in Manhattan and wanted to impart her love for the island to her daughter in the form of this book. I enjoyed it and so did the kids. Started reading Swedish Death Cleaning and it is helping me want to get rid of even more things and making me think I really need to have a conversation with my parents (seriously, do they need to have 40 empty margarine containers? what about the 1000s of books they are keeping for my brother who moved halfway across the country 20 years ago and is never coming back? never mind the 1000s more books that they own - and the puzzles, oh the puzzles, and the fact that they both have supplies for hobbies they don't do anymore). And for Brit Tripping I picked up England's Green and Pleasant Land by J.W. Robertson Scott from one of my bookshelves. So far the first few little essays, written in the 1920s seem to be decrying the state of both the village cottagers and the fox hunting gentry, making England into a not very pleasant land.
  15. I'm just popping back in to say hi and thanks to everyone for continuing to post and inspiring me. I've been on and off to the gym (more off than on) for the last 2-3 weeks but have been sick with some form of virus/cold/flu/bronchitis thing for most of that time. Coupled with a bout of 'eating my feelings' in the middle when I was vaguely healthy, I was avoiding this thread, but I've decided that even if I can't make it to the gym (heck, I can barely make it out of bed these days), I'm still going to check in. The good news is that this last bout of illness has dampened my appetite and after 4 days of not eating, I saw a number on the scale that I haven't seen for ages. I'd like to use that to kick-start some better eating habits once I finally feel like eating again. The other good news is that the physio for my shoulder seems to be working quite well. We're past the stabilizing phase and moving onto the strengthening phase. I can do many things I couldn't before without wanting to cry in pain. I've been trying to keep up with the physio exercises at home even when I haven't been making it to the gym.
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