butterbobbin: (data books)
Book meme, last seen on [livejournal.com profile] nuranar's journal.


1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Hmm. Well, I have some of my childhood books now, so probably something like "Blueberries for Sal".

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?
I'm currently reading two books: "Patriarchs and Prophets" and "The Happiest Baby on the Block".

My last read was "24 Realistic Ways to Improve Your Health".

When I finish P&P, I'll start "Prophets and Kings".

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
Pride and Prejudice. Okay, so anything Jane Austen. I just can't get through it. I've tried.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?
Ih... there are lots of those and I can't think of them right now.

5. Which book are you saving for "retirement?"
Life is too short to save books for a nebulous far-future date. Either read them or don't.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
I used to do that, peek at the end, and it always spoiled everything, so I quit.

7. Acknowledgments: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Usually a waste of ink and paper.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
When I was a teenager, I wanted to be Finola because then I could have Morgan Fitzgerald. I outgrew this. LOL

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
"The Lost Country" by JR Salamanca is strongly associated with the time of my life when I read it.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
I think I've bought or been given my books all in a pretty ordinary way.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Not that I can recall.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
My Bible

13. Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
I had no such required reading.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
Nothing strange exactly... did find some newspaper clippings in "All This and Heaven Too"

15. Used or brand new?
I love used books.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
Never read.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Yes. "East of Eden". And... *cackle*... Greer's "Pride and Prejudice".

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
Winnie-the-Pooh. I hate what Disney's done to it.

19. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
Hmm... not that I can recall!

20. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?
Generally I've enjoyed suggestions made to me by [livejournal.com profile] ruthette and [livejournal.com profile] nuranar... but I can't really remember many or any others who make recs to me anyway. LOL
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Well, so far the only thing I've completed is the gingerbread. For the first time in my life I understand the need for a Floured BOARD. It saves the counter beautifully when one has needs to cut out her cookies from brown paper patterns with knives due to lack of Proper Cookie Cutters.

I finally got the laundry in the dryer. Doing this I discovered that my old trick of Not Checking Pockets is still in full vigour. There is, thanks to my jacket, a passel of bobby pins and hair bands in there along with one penny and my Hollywood card. I also forgot to remove my pins from my collar. They seem to have survived, however. :-/ At least... at least there was no napkin/paper towel/other such thing in either pocket.

The barbari is proofing on the kitchen counter. I used some (shock!horror) all-purpose flour in. It was less than half. But still. I maintain that bread turns out so much better with at least a little all-purpose flour in. The dough rose beautifully. I am anticipating good results. I've made this recipe before, which helps. I just wish I had a pastry brush. I was positive that we had found one but Dan says no we didn't. So.

I still have to do a bit of cleaning and pack stuff. Hmm.

Dan brought Molly downstairs this morning and he had put her in her cherry dress. It's precious. I hadn't even thought to try it on her yet... but it fits nicely and should fit for a little longer. Couple weeks at least. :-P She was hungry and took her sweet old time about eating, so I decided if she would be poky I could read to her and at least *I* would be entertained. So we read Old Bear, Danny and the Dinosaur, Goodnight Moon, and a couple chapters of The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow. I think she probably was completely oblivious and/or unimpressed at this point, but oh well. :-)
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  • 09:58:48: doubleA tripleA nickel-metal-hydride! <---Try saying that fast several times.
  • 12:03:11: trying to get Spot to be a good kitten and trying to convince her body it doesn't HAVE to hurt every time she shifts positions.
  • 12:13:17: has a new talent: impaling her hands with knives. Don't ask. Ouch.
  • 20:15:30: sitting on the floor full of yummy dinner that involved mushed kidney beans. Yum.
  • 20:41:51: is peeling tacky price stickers off her new books.
  • 22:06:26: Sandycat is feeding his neighbours onions, I am listening to the rainy windiness outside, and Spot is crying.

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butterbobbin: (data books)
1. I just made myself kidney bean mush for dinner. I smushed them with a fork and stirred them into a little mayonnaise with taco seasoning and a clove of garlic, spread it on warmed-up flatbread and piled rice on top of it all. It was delish.

Then I polished off the last of the fakey mac and cheese and my glass of moo juice.

2. I had a lovely time at Powell's today. I can't get over the sheer massiveness of the place. It was rather disorienting and so much fun. I had to go to the bathroom like three times while I was there though, and by the end my back was hurting so for the last half hour I gave up and just sat to wait for Mr Baldwin to turn up.

I found a fine copy of "The Yearling" with NC Wyeth illustrations, a copy of "Vinzi" given to someone by their Aunt Maud for Christmas in 1929, the last Molly (American Girl) book I needed to complete my set of her books, and perhaps best of all a copy of "The Magician's Nephew" that was only $6 and so beautiful I couldn't pass it up. It is a large-format version with slightly larger print and tinted illustrations. Even has a ribbon bookmark in it. Of course, I was sad they had none of the others in that same format, but I'm going to look around online and see if they have the rest of the series to match. (With my luck, probably not. But you never know.) After I paid for my books I also bought myself an Italian soda in the cafe, cherry, because I was in a celebratory mood.

While I was drinking it I just sat and looked out the window and thought about the city and how busy it is and watched cars and cars just going by. The cafe was crammed with people. The girl next to me was busy typing away on a MacBook, and there were a lot of other Mac users there, which naturally made me happy. :-p Right out the window was a shopping cart, full of miscellaneous items and covered with a large clear bag, propped against a tree to keep it from rolling away. The place was pretty quiet, really - there was the clinking of a few plates and a hum of life and typing fingers, but not really very much talking. Fascinating.

I could have spent longer there, probably, but in a way I was glad I didn't have to, because it was just a bit overwhelming, honestly. However, now that I have been able to wander freely and get a better idea of the layout and what's what, I think next time my visit can be planned ahead a bit and a hair more structured.

Oh, and I got to go into their Rare Books Room. It was so beautiful and wooden and lamplighty, although I can't say there was much in there that really appealed to me and I was pretty much afraid to touch anything in there anyway. Allegedly they have a book from 1482 somewhere in that room that's worth over $14,000.

3. Dan had a good meeting and it sounds like he will indeed be getting this job for the city of Portland. Yay, moving up in the world. :-D

4. Also stopped at the Adventist Book Centre on the way home. Andrew needed some stuff from there and we both had a couple things to pick up there too.
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Dear Strange Popping Noises Coming From Within:

I would feel much, much better if you would cease.

Jael

***

Dear Stray GooGoo Foot of Doom:

I would feel much, much better if you would tuck yourself somewhere besides, say, my most ticklish rib.

Thank you.

The maternal unit

***

*watches Spot turn around in circles several times as he settles down practically out of reach*

***

Dan asked me if I wanted to go with him to Portland tomorrow. I have nothing really urgent to do here and will likely be bored out of my mind if I stay, so I said yes. I am in luck that my midwife appointment will be all done in time to go.

Then I discovered that we will just Happen to Be close to Powell's Bookstore.

I know where I will be spending a blissful hour and a half.

So, GooGoo, please don't decide to come tomorrow. I still maintain Tuesday would be a good choice on your part. Not the day when I finally get a chance to go to Powell's without a bored husband trailing along behind me wanting me to hurry up and finish looking. OK?

***

So sleepy. So glad to be back in my own bed tonight.

*follows the path of The Foot with her hand trying to coax it to tuck itself in*
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  • 06:12:51: so not awake yet
  • 11:28:11: going downstairs seeking what she may devour after a morning sewing - not flannel butt wipes as planned, since she still can't find flannel.
  • 12:13:57: thinks it's nice to not be hungry anymore.
  • 12:14:11: @Jeraleh Are you serious? I want some snow!
  • 14:48:02: treating GooGoo Gordon and Jo and herself to The King's General. mmm
  • 17:01:17: making herself sliced baked potatoes. Yum. Then off to a meeting of Techie Church Dudes so the future of the church website can be discussed
  • 22:05:26: is in beddy snuggy with a downy

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butterbobbin: (dirtball)
I got several books that I've never read before at the library. All of them from the children's room. I need something refreshing and not too deep for a change... :-p

So hot, though. I think I'll grab some lunch and then take a bath. Sweaters+hot sun do not equal a happy Jael.
butterbobbin: (squeebaba)
Battery on the laptop is about to die, but everyone needs to know my husband just bought me a barrister bookcase. Photosquee to ensue.
butterbobbin: (sunglasses of doom)
I am, as of today, convinced that the book drop slots provided by the library are actually NOT for books, but are actually self-amputation encouragement devices.

Yes, I hurt my middle finger... again.

FAIL.

However, I did bring home three more Bill Bryson books, found a WWII ration book in a box of songbooks from Dan's grandma, and am the happy Keeper of the Army Uniform belonging to Dan's grandpa.

WIN.
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Well, I would have utterly forgotten about it being St Patrick's Day if it were not for my 5.30a data entry.

We are both wearing green (sort of) and we'll have potatoes for dinner. That's about as celebratory as we'll get since I hardly planned ahead.

***

Now, on to more techy things. While I really dislike the Kindle (it is tactile-y displeasing to me, both because of my small hands and because, well, it just is clunky), I am really, really excited that there is an iPhone app where Amazon will let you sync with your Kindle, if you have one, or use the iPhone instead of the Kindle. WOOHOO.

I'm not sure how much cheaper it is to buy books that way. And I'm not hugely into reading on a mobile device, honestly, but for travelling it sure would be nice to have it all on the iPod rather than carting twenty books around that I usually don't end up reading anyway because they're buried somewhere. I love having the Bible on the iPod. I almost never use my real Bible now.

Something to think about, anyway.
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This book is dedicated to women and girls—
    and especially to teachers of sewing everywhere—
who enjoy the feel of fabric, the beauty of textures,
    the precision of stitches, the smoothness of seams,
and who delight always in appropriate fabrics
    carefully cut and made up for a happy purpose.


So reads the dedication page in 1950 "Singer Sewing Book" by Mary Brooks Picken—the book I put on hold yesterday at the antique shop and went and picked up today. I find it quite a charming thought—and very true. I think those who sew because they want to sew, or people like me who find it an art form, do indeed find much pleasure in the above-mentioned things.

Another nice touch I found in the book was the pencilled inscription on the dedication page that reads, "This Book belonged first to Helen Osborne—now to Deleda Roper". So I wrote beneath it, "Now to Jael Baldwin, Oct 2008".

Glancing through, I see some elements repeated here that were touched on in "The Secrets of Distinctive Dress", an earlier book this lady wrote in the 1910s - for instance, what colours of clothes are best with what hair and eye colours, etc.

There's a gift list as well. Some of the suggested gifts recommended to make for women are place mats, handbags, slippers, hats, belts, closet accessories, dickies, and lingerie cases.

There are instructions on mending, decorating a house (she says if you have brown, tan, or green floor covering, walls should be light blue-green or brown; draperies should be dark blue-green or gold; upholstery should be brown, copper, gold, or medium green; accents should be white or bright green).

Sometime I'll scan in some of the pictures for you fellow vintage fiends. Some of the dresses are just lovely.
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From [livejournal.com profile] eattheolives comes the following meme. I should add that although reading was My Primary Activity at one point in my life (like from ages four through nineteen), reading has kind of been put on the back burner since I started getting busy with jobs and school. I still love to read. I just don't seem to make the time for it anymore. I see the monthly book lists of [livejournal.com profile] eattheolives or [livejournal.com profile] ruthette and I'm amazed at how much they read. And I miss that in my life.

Anyway, on to the meme...

1. Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? My mommy read to me much. I learned to read when I was 3-4 and I read stacks and stacks of books.

2. What are some books you read as a child? Does fangirling over Reading Rainbow count?* I was very much into Frog and Toad, Oh, Were They Ever Happy, the original Boxcar Children books, the Childhood of Famous Americans series... Later, Louisa May Alcott owned me.

3. What is your favorite genre? I like biographies of people I'm interested in. I like fiction if it's well-written and (preferably) from the sixties or earlier. I like spiritual books and the Bible. I never cared much for stuff that was too fantastical or sci-fi-ish, with creatures that were made up, say. I like reading the books movies were based on, especially old movies.

4. Do you have a favorite novel? Little Women has had the most reads, no competition, although I haven't read it in ages. To Kill a Mockingbird is up there as well.

5. Where do you usually read? Usually in bed.

6. When do you usually read? When I have a moment. Before bed is often a good time.

7. Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time? Not usually. I like to devote my attention to one at a time.

8. Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction? Uh... no?

9. Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library? I've gotten most of my books from the library. But I've borrowed many from friends. And I own many.

10. Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them? I keep them if I like them and think I will read them again. If they're something I bought like used and I don't like them, I just give them to Goodwill or something. Usually though, if I buy a book, it is because I want to keep it.

11. If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Dude. I have a whole list formulating in my head. I can just see my future baby registry... it's going to be 95% books. William and His Kitten. Plenty of Lois Lenski. Old Golden books. Richard Scarry. The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup. Melisande. Catkin. Trumpet of the Swan. The Little House books. Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories. The American Girl books. (I'm missing one Molly. I want the old artwork. I don't know if that's possible. I think I have a couple with the new artwork, though... so I guess that gripe is irrelevant.)

There is always "Hi, Pizza Man!" as well.

12. What are you reading now? I'm re-reading Patriarchs and Prophets.

13. Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list? Nope.

14. What's next? Whatever strikes my fancy.

15. What books would you like to reread? Little Women. Jane Eyre.

16. Who are your favorite authors? Daphne du Maurier, Johanna Spyri, Louisa May Alcott, AJ Cronin

*I find it ironic that I loved Geordi LaForge only on the basis of the fact that he was Levar Burton and brought me one of my Four Favourite Childhood TV shows... and now I'm married to a guy who favours Geordi on the basis of his sheer nerdiness.

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