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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. 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/kob
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 probabl
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Thinking of you and your husband - hope that things are looking better today and you are not being harassed by people.
  10. 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 a
  11. 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 ex
  12. No, it was The Old Country by Mordicai Gerstein. Can't help you with The Taken and any thoughts about that.
  13. 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
  14. 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 a
  15. There are multiple pairs of scissors lying on the floor carefully hidden under layers of cardboard, paper or other crafting supplies and absolutely zero pairs of scissors in any of the designated scissor receptacles.
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