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1alcottacre
Jan. 8, 2014, 4:40am

I have to admit, I thought long and hard about whether or not to even have a thread for 2014. After 3 years of checking every thread every day, spending virtually no time in the group over the past 2 years has been difficult for me. I am an "all-or-nothing" kind of gal, and since I cannot do now what I did for the first three years of the group's existence, it has been very difficult for me to scale back to just checking in every now and again. I hope you all understand that it has nothing to do with the members here, many of whom I have had the privilege of meeting in real life, but it has everything to do with me.

That being said, I discussed with a couple of members whose opinion I respect on whether I should have a thread for 2014 and was told unreservedly "Yes." So, here it is. I am not promising that I will keep up with the group in any way, shape or form, but I will do my best to at least check in weekly. I cannot do without the encouragement this group has given me in my decision to finally get my college degree. For that reason alone I am beholden to you - and there are many other reasons as well.

I managed to finish 150 books in 2013 (helped in large part with a re-read of the entire In Death series), finishing my last read for the year on Christmas Day. I did not count text books in my 150. Here were my top reads of the year:

1. A Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher
2. The Journal of a Disappointed Man by W.N.P. Barbellion
3. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
6. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
7. Our Hidden Lives by Simon Garfield
8. Halsey's Typhoon by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

2alcottacre
Jan. 8, 2014, 4:45am

#1: The Union Image by Mark E. Neely and Harold Holzer - nonfiction; this book documents the development and use of lithographic prints by the North during the Civil War - "From the first emblematic prints focused on the American flag to the images of Richmond in flames and Lee's surrender at Appomattox, the Currier and Ives era of the Civil War battle images, featuring prints that were produced near the time of the actions portrayed, exploited their news value but never lost sight of the flag."; Recommended (4 stars) - Library Book

3PaulCranswick
Jan. 8, 2014, 4:59am

YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I was jolly worried Stasia that you might have forgotten all about your fanclub here. Have a wonderful 2014. Mine just got that little bit better.

4susanj67
Jan. 8, 2014, 5:33am

Stasia, it's lovely to see you back! I hope 2014 goes well for you and I'm sure you'll continue achieving great marks in your studies. 150 books is amazing considering you had your academic work to do too!

5alcottacre
Jan. 8, 2014, 6:32am

#3: Thank you, Paul!

#4: Thanks, Susan. I am happy to be back. I am hoping to be able to check in a little more often this year than I did last :)

6scaifea
Jan. 8, 2014, 7:57am

Hi, Stasia! All the best to you this year and good luck with whatever courses you're taking (not that you need it)!

7wilkiec
Jan. 8, 2014, 8:14am

Stasia, I'm so glad you've decided to open a thread again! xx

8_Zoe_
Jan. 8, 2014, 9:03am

I'm glad you're here!

9Donna828
Jan. 8, 2014, 9:46am

Stasia, I'm glad you decided to have a thread this year. LT would not be the same without your presence even on a limited basis. Best of luck with your classes this year. Remember, if you get discouraged, you can always remind yourself that you are done with Statistics!

10drneutron
Jan. 8, 2014, 10:07am

Yay, you're back!

11calm
Jan. 8, 2014, 11:22am

I was so pleased to see that you have a thread this year. Of course it is impossible to keep up - the group has grown so much and is very chatty. But just knowing that you will pop in now and then makes it feel like the 75ers I joined all those years ago - it wouldn't be the same without you:)

12London_StJ
Jan. 8, 2014, 12:22pm

I, for one, am glad to see you around, however infrequently.

13tapestry100
Jan. 8, 2014, 1:29pm

Stasia, no matter how frequently/infrequently you pop in, your presence alone in the group would be missed dearly. Thank you for staying with us!! ((great big hugs!!))

14alcottacre
Jan. 9, 2014, 2:33am

Thank you, Amber, Diana, Zoe, Donna, Jim, calm, Luxx, and David for the welcomes back!

15Ape
Jan. 9, 2014, 6:45am

Hi there, Stasia! *Hugs* It's been a long time since I've posted here, but I'm glad you are still with the group, as I consider you a very important part of it, regardless of how active you can be on other people's threads. :)

16markon
Jan. 9, 2014, 9:54am

Welcome back Stasia! I'm glad you're still checking in periodically. I know between school and other real life committments you can't be here often, but I still consider you a part of the group.

17foggidawn
Jan. 9, 2014, 1:06pm

It's good to see you here, whenever you get the chance!

18lindapanzo
Jan. 9, 2014, 1:18pm

Stasia, nice to see you back here, whenever you get the chance.

19kidzdoc
Jan. 9, 2014, 4:47pm

Welcome back, Stasia!

20lyzard
Jan. 9, 2014, 4:48pm

Hi, Stasia - great to see you here!

21susiesharp
Jan. 9, 2014, 4:57pm

Welcome back Stasia!

22gennyt
Jan. 9, 2014, 6:15pm

Stasia, I'm so glad you decided to join us again. As others have said, it would not be the same without you, and it's just good to see you here when you can find time amid your studies. Good wishes for those and for finding a bit of time for reading as well in the coming year!

23brenpike
Jan. 10, 2014, 12:44am

Hi Stasia.

24Copperskye
Jan. 10, 2014, 12:54am

So nice to see you posting, Stasia!

25alcottacre
Jan. 10, 2014, 3:56am

Thanks, Stephen, Ardene, foggi, Linda, Darryl, Liz, Susie, Genny, Brenda, and Joanne!

For those who do not know, I am taking 2 classes this session, one on US History Post-Civil War and the other on World Religions. For the latter class I watched this video last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhHJ4DRZNZM

I thought about this group of people, the boundaries that we cross socially, economically, etc and you know what? I think the world could learn a lot from us!

26scaifea
Jan. 10, 2014, 9:14am

Oh, I'd be interested in that history course; I know close to nothing about post-civil war history.

27wilkiec
Jan. 10, 2014, 9:50am

I think you're right Stasia, this is a rather peaceful place.

Have a wonderful weekend!

28jnwelch
Bearbeitet: Jan. 10, 2014, 12:28pm

Good to see you back on LT, Stasia. Sure sounds like you have more interesting classes lined up this semester (i.e., no Stats!) Hope you have a great weekend.

P.S. I liked the Karen Armstrong youtube video. I read her book on Buddha way back when.

29allthesedarnbooks
Jan. 10, 2014, 12:03pm

Happy to see you, Stasia! I understand how demanding real life commitments can be. We're all so proud of you for pursuing your college degree & so happy to see you when you do stick your head in!

30richardderus
Jan. 10, 2014, 1:23pm

Stasia...Stasia...I seem to remember a cybernetic 17-eyed reader who went by that name being a 75er at one time...

*smooch* so happy to have your thread up at last! (There was, of course, no question whatsoever that it would happen. We would've sent a posse to your house and forced you to make one if you'd waited much longer.)

31kgodey
Jan. 10, 2014, 2:41pm

Stasia, I found you! Starred!

32Carmenere
Jan. 10, 2014, 2:45pm

Stasia! Here you are! So glad you've decided to join in again, the 75er's just wouldn't be the same without you, that and my wishlist needs an intravenous dose of your BB's!

33PaulCranswick
Jan. 10, 2014, 6:42pm

Back in the day Stasia you set the standard for frenetic thread activity and voluminous reading. Last year you had the lowest proportion of posts on your own thread by anyone having a thread over 100 posts.

Tells me what a loved individual you are here my dear.

Have a lovely weekend.

34phebj
Jan. 10, 2014, 7:15pm

Hi Stasia. So glad you decided to create a 2014 thread!

35AMQS
Jan. 10, 2014, 7:31pm

Oh, Stasia, I'm so glad you're here! Many of us would not be here without your warm and dedicated welcome, and while I absolutely know you cannot sustain anything like that kind of involvement on LT, I am still very, very grateful to you. I'm so thrilled you're still pursuing your degree. Happy, happy new year to you!

36jayde1599
Jan. 10, 2014, 7:41pm

Hi Stasia!

I need to echo what everyone has already said. Your presence in this group would be greatly missed. I am glad that you decided to join again. Best of luck with your classes this semester!

37TheBoltChick
Jan. 10, 2014, 7:53pm

I am glad to have found your thread. I haven't been around much myself in the past two years, but in coming back I specifically looked for a few people that I remembered. Your thread was a welcome find. Glad to see that you will be checking in every so often. I look forward to updates whenever you manage to squeeze in the time.

38ronincats
Jan. 10, 2014, 9:11pm

Welcome back, Stasia. I love to listen to Karen Armstrong speak. Her 2008 TED speech is a favorite of mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJMm4RAwVLo

I've also got most of her books.

So glad you are here with us once again!

39lkernagh
Jan. 11, 2014, 12:26am

Lovely to see you have decided to set up a thread, Stasia! Your classes sound interesting. For me, it is the world religion course you are taking that caught my eye.

40LovingLit
Jan. 11, 2014, 12:36am

Hi Stasia-
Great to see you have a thread we can drop by to and visit.
Happy reading again in 2014- I worry it'll get too big for you to keep it to only one for the year. I'm sure you will need more than that. :)

41rebeccanyc
Jan. 11, 2014, 8:12am

Hi Stasia, glad to see you!

42msf59
Jan. 11, 2014, 8:17am

Happy New Year, Stasia! I am glad you decided to continue a thread. We've been old-time LT pals and I want that to last. Hugs!

43Crazymamie
Jan. 11, 2014, 12:40pm

SO very thrilled that you decided to have a thread this year. We'll take whatever we can get of you and be thankful for it!

44richardderus
Jan. 11, 2014, 1:07pm

Happy weekend, Stasia!

45UnrulySun
Jan. 11, 2014, 11:00pm

Hi Stasia! I found and starred you, and will be happy to see you whenever you can manage. :)

46DeltaQueen50
Jan. 11, 2014, 11:04pm

Echoing everyone else in being very glad you decided to have a thread this year.

47alcottacre
Jan. 12, 2014, 6:58am

Thanks for dropping by Amber, Diana, Joe, Marcia, RD, Kriti, Lynda, Paul (I have no idea what you said, but hopefully it was nice!), Pat, Anne, Ren, Dana (good to see you back with us!), Roni (I knew you were a Karen Armstrong fan!), Lori, Megan, Rebecca, Mark, Mamie, RD (again!), Kathy, and Judy! Lovely to see so many friends on the Acre.

Book #2 for the year: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - I think I first saw this recommended on Mark's thread, although to be honest, I do not remember for sure, but I am glad I finally got it read; I enjoyed this book, told in a series of vignettes, just snippets of time, until everything is pulled together at the last; my biggest frustration with the book was in losing track of some of the characters at times - my fault, not the book's, just because I had to spread out the reading time of it so much; Recommended (4 stars) Library Book

48beeg
Jan. 12, 2014, 8:53am

Hi Borgie! Good yo see your name :)

49Carmenere
Jan. 12, 2014, 8:58am

Happy Sunday, Stasia, Woo Hoo, I own Beautiful Ruins! I adore the cover and have it lined up for sometime soon. *skips away singing "no book bullet heeere, no book bullet heeere*

50katiekrug
Jan. 12, 2014, 2:07pm

Good to see you, Stasia!

51DorsVenabili
Jan. 12, 2014, 3:11pm

Welcome back, Stasia! Sounds like two great classes this semester...better than statistics, anyway. :-)

52thornton37814
Jan. 12, 2014, 7:50pm

Stasia, I'm so happy to see you back. I knew you were back because I saw you posting on other threads, but I've finally located your thread! We've missed you, but we understand. We treasure whatever time you can give us.

53tloeffler
Jan. 12, 2014, 7:59pm

Just a quick wave, my friend! *waves*

TLo, HMLTJA

54nittnut
Jan. 13, 2014, 12:08am

So glad to see you! So happy you're working hard on that degree. You should probably have at least one honorary with all the reading you've done. :)

55Oregonreader
Jan. 13, 2014, 8:10pm

Hi, Stasia. So glad I discovered your thread. I've missed you but I'm so impressed that you've gone back to school. Happy reading and studying!

56alcottacre
Jan. 13, 2014, 8:24pm

Hey, Brenda, Lynda, Katie, Kerri, Lori, Terri (YIARFJAT), Jenn, and Jan! Thank you for stopping by the Acre.

Book #3 is read and it was a dandy: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink - nonfiction; a terrific example of investigative reporting at its best, this is a look at what happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans at the height of Hurricane Katrina; I found the book absolutely riveting and once I picked it up, could not put it down; Highly Recommended (5 Stars) Library Book

57thornton37814
Jan. 13, 2014, 8:27pm

56> When that one becomes available at my library, it looks like I'm in for a treat.

58alcottacre
Jan. 13, 2014, 8:42pm

#56: Oh, yeah, but be prepared - a lot of it is not easy (in the emotional sense) to read.

59lindapanzo
Jan. 13, 2014, 10:22pm

Stasia, I'll be interested in hearing about your World Religions class. For the 2014 category challenge, I have a religion category so I'll be curious to see what books you read for it.

60porch_reader
Jan. 15, 2014, 9:38pm

Hi Stasia! I have Five Days at Memorial on my Kindle, just waiting for me to read it. Sounds like I need to get to it soon!

61LizzieD
Jan. 15, 2014, 10:07pm

YIPPEEEE! WE WIN!!! STASIA'S BACK!!!!!
I'm awfully glad to find the thread and slap my star on it even if I'm a little late to the party!

62alcottacre
Jan. 16, 2014, 5:13am

#59: Linda, most of my reading will be centered around my textbook, I am sure, but any outside reading I will post here.

#60: Yes, do get to it, Amy!

#61: Well, seeing as to how I am late to everyone's party, Peggy, I am not too worried about you :)

OK, as I mentioned before I am not counting textbooks as far as my reads go, but I am counting everything else if I read it for a course. My next book is a juvenile book, but I am counting it!

Book Number 4: The Tipitaka and Buddhism by Anita Ganeri - juvenile nonfiction; since I know next to nothing about Eastern religions, I started with the kids' stuff and in this book, I thought Ganeri did a very good job of explaining (without going into a ton of detail) the basic beliefs of Buddhism and the various sacred texts that Buddhists hold dear; I am not going to rate this book but if you have an interest in the subject and do not know where to start, this is not a bad place Library Book

63meanderer
Jan. 16, 2014, 5:52pm

#62 I often find that books aimed at a younger audience give clear, interesting and entertaining introductions. It's a pity that such books weren't around when I was young; or maybe they were and I didn't know about them.

64PrueGallagher
Jan. 16, 2014, 11:17pm

Hello Stasia - glad you made it back! We will take any little posts you care to make and feel damn happy to hear from you!

65alcottacre
Jan. 17, 2014, 1:26am

#63: I agree, Tony. Books aimed at younger audiences do not assume that you know anything - quite the contrary.

#64: Hey, Prue! Thanks. Unfortunately school is now in high gear (unlike last week when it was just starting up), so the posts are going to be infrequent yet again.

66richardderus
Jan. 17, 2014, 1:31am

Hello smoochling! Sending good-school-whammys and scroodles of hugs.

67PaulCranswick
Jan. 17, 2014, 7:31am

Stasia - I re-checked my earlier thread and it is a bit jargon-laden isn't it? I'll be more straightforward this time in wishing you a lovely Friday and a tremendous weekend.

68lynn9876
Bearbeitet: Jan. 18, 2014, 11:20am

Stasia, So glad to see you decided to continue to share your reading enjoyments with us. I have loved your recommendations in the past as you can see from my latest post on my thread. :)

I too loved Beautiful Ruins and am adding Five Days at Memorial based on your recommendation.

69Crazymamie
Jan. 18, 2014, 11:25am

Stopping in to wish you a weekend full of fabulous, Stasia!

70tymfos
Jan. 18, 2014, 9:37pm

Ah, I've found you! Best wishes to you, however often (or not) that you get to check in here. I'm not keeping up with the group either. It's just impossible.

71Berly
Jan. 19, 2014, 1:16am

Stasia--I am very glad that you have decided to have a thread, even if you can visit less often than you wish to. I am feeling the same RL crunch now that I am working, but I can't give up LT either. We will just come as often as we can. : ) Big Hugs!!

72Whisper1
Jan. 19, 2014, 2:11am

Hello Soul Mate

To say I'm glad you decided to be with us is an understatement.

73alcottacre
Jan. 19, 2014, 4:25am

Oh, look. Visitors! I love visitors, even if I am not here to enjoy them!

I finished another book:

#5: Among Others by Jo Walton - this is a book I had high hopes for but, when I tried to read it last year, could not get past the first 40 pages or so; I tried it again this year and got to the end, but for all that, found the book disappointing - I am not sure what I was expecting, but the entire book I was disconcerted. We get everything from Mori's perspective, nobody else's, so I was not sure if I was supposed to accept what she was saying about fairies and her mother being a witch as gospel or if I was supposed to doubt her or what; anyhow, I found it a decent read but nothing earth shattering, although I must say I loved all the books she read and really need to make a list of them all (in my spare time!); Guardedly Recommended (3.5 stars) Mine

On a completely different topic: I am writing a paper for my Religions of the World class on answers to existential questions from the perspective of Orthodox Judaism and Theravada Buddhism. Anyone want to give me some input?

74laytonwoman3rd
Jan. 19, 2014, 11:32am

I'm glad I checked the thread book and found that you ARE here this year, Stasia. It would seem quite peculiar if you were not! I hope you find time to enjoy reading in 2014, whatever your academic requirements may be.

75Crazymamie
Jan. 19, 2014, 11:38am

Sorry that Among Others didn't work for you, Stasia. I have not read that one. Hoping that your next read is better. Happy Sunday to you, dear!

76phebj
Jan. 19, 2014, 1:34pm

Hi Stasia. Wish I could help with your paper topic but I'm clueless.

77nittnut
Jan. 19, 2014, 3:58pm

No help writing the paper, but I'd be interested in reading it. :)

78LizzieD
Jan. 19, 2014, 11:04pm

I'm with Jenn on the paper, Stasia. Sounds like you're about to wade into your own esoteric swamp.
I'm also sorry that you didn't like *Others* more. I just sort of went with the flow and enjoyed it a little more than you, I think.

79alcottacre
Jan. 20, 2014, 12:03am

#74: Thanks, Linda. I hope I can get some enjoyment out of reading this year too.

#75: Thanks, Mamie. Have a wonderful week!

#76: Thanks for the offer anyway, Pat!

#77: I would never let anyone read anything I wrote! Too insecure.

#78: An esoteric swamp indeed, Peggy. It will be interesting though!

80BLBera
Jan. 20, 2014, 9:20am

Found you, Stasia. I'm glad you're back. You've started the year with some good reading. I would like to read both Beautiful Ruins and Five Days at Memorial soon.

81DeltaQueen50
Jan. 20, 2014, 5:25pm

I had the same reaction to Among Others, Stasia. I kept thinking that perhaps I missed something that other people picked up on, but I finally decided that it is just one of those books that hits people differently.

82alcottacre
Jan. 21, 2014, 2:31am

#80: I hope you get to both of them soon, Beth!

#81: I am glad to know it is not just me, Judy.

I finished yet another book. This is one I started last year and have been taking my own sweet time about finishing:

#6: Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum - nonfiction; I love true life adventure stories and Slocum's book does not disappoint - he sailed around the world on the sloop Spray in 1895 and the journey took 3 years and he traveled an estimated 46,000 miles!; I found Slocum's book to be well-written and enjoyed it overall very much although (in keeping with the times) there is mild racism present in some of the narrative; Recommended (4.25 stars) Mine - Nook

83nittnut
Jan. 21, 2014, 3:13am

Ah phooey Stasia. I'm no critic. The subject matter sounds really interesting. You've read so many books, I can't believe your writing would be awful. Nope. I'm a pretty good editor too... and bonus! I'm in New Zealand, so you could send it to me, I could read/edit over night and you'd have it back the next morning. Cool, right? *grin*

84alcottacre
Jan. 22, 2014, 6:17am

#83: Trust me on this, Jenn, you would not want to read any of my papers! Wishful thinking on your part though that you could read my paper and get it back to me the next morning - Texas is a bit far from New Zealand :)

85Carmenere
Bearbeitet: Jan. 22, 2014, 8:12am

On a completely different topic: I am writing a paper for my Religions of the World class on answers to existential questions from the perspective of Orthodox Judaism and Theravada Buddhism. Anyone want to give me some input?



glitter-graphics.com

I got nothing. Lots of luck with that one, stasia!

86jnwelch
Jan. 22, 2014, 11:57am

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula is a good resource for Theravada Buddhism, and has stood the test of time with a lot of readers. What a paper that's going to be! If you can share any of what you come up with, I'd be interested.

87meanderer
Jan. 22, 2014, 2:28pm

#82 I like the sound of Sailing Alone Around the World and have just bought it (77p illustrated version on Kindle). I listened to another journal from a more modern round the world sailor Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World by Michael Salvaneschi, which I really enjoyed.

88alcottacre
Jan. 23, 2014, 3:18am

#85: Love that graphic, Lynda!

#86: Thanks for the recommendation, Joe. I checked and my local library does not have a copy of that book though. Unfortunately, I do not think I have time to get it shipped to me and read before I have to turn in my paper.

#87: *sigh* I am not having good luck tonight with my library carrying books recommended to me. Unfortunately it does not have the Salvaneschi book either. Thanks for the recommendation, Tony. I will have just have to search further afield.

89nittnut
Jan. 23, 2014, 4:07am

LOL Stasia. I was thinking you would be able to e-mail it??? Is it going to be an epic paper? Even if I don't get to read it, I'll be checking in to see if you mention any of the things you come up with. :)

I like the idea of Sailing Alone Around the World. I'll have to see if I can find it. After months of living in fairly tight quarters with my family, I might just sail off though.

90leperdbunny
Jan. 23, 2014, 8:06pm

Stasia, didn't realize you had started a thread. Glad to see you around! *waves*

91PaulCranswick
Jan. 25, 2014, 8:59pm

Stasia - I hope that your nose to the student grindstone is raised sufficiently to enjoy your weekend at least a little bit my dear. xx

92MonicaLynn
Jan. 29, 2014, 11:22am

Finally found your thread. I am glad to see that you decided to put one up my dear.. :)

93PaulCranswick
Feb. 1, 2014, 7:24am

Stasia - I hope February finds you in fine fettle.

94tymfos
Feb. 2, 2014, 8:52pm

Happy February, Stasia!

95alcottacre
Feb. 2, 2014, 9:23pm

Thanks, guys! I am getting swamped with schoolwork these days unfortunately. I did finish another book though - a kid's book, but a book nevertheless!

#7: The Box of Delights by John Masefield - Juvenile; I had never before read this children's classic and I am sorry I did not discover it as a child; for those not familiar with the book, it is a fantasy novel about Kay Harker who gets inadvertently drawn into a battle over the Box of Delights, which allows its owner to shrink, to go swiftly, and to go into the past; I had a good time reading this one!; Recommended (4 stars) Mine

96thornton37814
Feb. 2, 2014, 9:56pm

I think a "box of delights" would have been a box of chocolates for me when I was a child.

97PaulCranswick
Feb. 7, 2014, 9:33pm

I have The Box of Delights on the shelves, Stasia and will hope to get to it soon.
Trust that coursework won't intrude to the extent of spoiling your weekend.

98bohemima
Feb. 8, 2014, 10:33pm

Just reading through your thread, Stasia; it's good to know you're doing some reading outside the texts.

99richardderus
Feb. 8, 2014, 11:09pm

Here's to hoping the schoolwork is as rewarding as reading for pleasure...a top-rank grade will be yours!

100ronincats
Feb. 9, 2014, 10:36pm

It's Sunday, so here I am at the Acre to say hi and hope all is going well!

101Whisper1
Feb. 9, 2014, 10:53pm

Hello Stasia...I'm so glad you decided to start a thread. Proud of you, I support your need to spend time with course preparations and necessities, and with family.

Love you to pieces!!!

102richardderus
Feb. 14, 2014, 1:58pm

Happy Valentine's Day!

103PaulCranswick
Feb. 14, 2014, 8:35pm

I will also follow RD with heaping Valentine's greetings upon you Stasia - don't work so hard all the time~ come and see us all occasionally on the acre. xx

104wilkiec
Feb. 15, 2014, 4:21am

Have a lovely weekend, Stasia!

105richardderus
Feb. 17, 2014, 11:35am

Day off today, surely...it's Presidents' Day! Hope you're resting and recuperating.

106jnwelch
Feb. 17, 2014, 11:43am

Hope all is going well, Stasia.

107alcottacre
Bearbeitet: Feb. 19, 2014, 2:25am

Hey, everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I am sorry that time has once again gotten away from me and that I have not been posting as I had hoped.

Richard, I wish I had some days off, but no such luck. I am in week 7 of 8 for my courses. I immediately start my next session the day after I finish this one.

The books that I have been dipping into for my Religion paper, Existential Questions Answered by Judaism and Buddhism, include the following (only one of which I actually completely read):

I And Thou by Martin Buber
We Jews by Efraim M. Rosenzweig
Eastern Definitions by Edward Rice
Buddhism edited by Richard A. Gard
Entering the Stream edited by Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Kohn
Emptiness by Frederick J. Streng
Essential Judaism by George Robinson
A History of Christian Thought by Paul Tillich

and the book I did finish, which becomes my book #8: Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen - nonfiction; a good introduction to Zen Buddhism

#9: The Next Always by Nora Roberts - fluff, but I enjoy Roberts' fluff and reading it now keeps my mind off titles like "What is Life's Purpose?" and "Existentialism's Meaning for Judaism" :(

108laytonwoman3rd
Feb. 19, 2014, 11:06am

A Stasia sighting! How very lovely! I remember reading Buber and Tillich in my college days...I found them fairly tough going, as I recall. Courage, sister, we've got your back here.

109rebeccanyc
Feb. 19, 2014, 12:49pm

Sounds like fascinating reading, and great to see you!

110alcottacre
Feb. 20, 2014, 2:43am

#108: Thank you, Linda - I appreciate everyone having my back!

#109: Thanks, Rebecca! Honestly, I have found some of the reading very interesting, if a bit obtuse (? I think that is the word I am searching for)

So, my final report for my Religion class is turned in. I have yet to turn in the one for my History course, but I have until Sunday to do that.

I do not have a final exam in my History course, but I do in my Religion course, but that is next week. Whew.

111nittnut
Feb. 20, 2014, 4:49am

Good luck with the end of classes and the start of new ones!

112msf59
Feb. 20, 2014, 7:15am

Hi Stasia! Just checking in. Hope school and life are going well. Miss you! Hugs!

113BekkaJo
Feb. 20, 2014, 12:51pm

Stasia! Just realised on a perusal of the group site that I missed starring you at the beginning of the year. Starred now :)

Though I'm afraid I'm no use on religion either!

114richardderus
Feb. 20, 2014, 2:11pm

Fascinating reading, Stasia, and hoping that it will continue to be fascinating. *smooch*

115alcottacre
Feb. 22, 2014, 11:29pm

#111: Thanks, Jenn!

#112: Hey, Mark! Miss you too.

#113: No worries about the religion class, Bekka. I learned enough for the two of us :)

#114: ((Hugs)) and xx smooches xx back at you, RD!

I finished up another book for the year, another BC book:

#10: The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts - the second book in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy - only 1 more to go!

116PaulCranswick
Feb. 23, 2014, 12:10am

Stasia - A brief fly past hello. Nice to see you posting. xx

117ronincats
Feb. 23, 2014, 12:14am

Great to see you on the threads tonight, Stasia!

118wilkiec
Feb. 23, 2014, 6:36am

Nice to see you here, Stasia! xx

119calm
Feb. 23, 2014, 6:40am

Good to see you around Stasia. Hope the studies are going well.

120rosalita
Feb. 23, 2014, 9:12am

Just sending you good vibes for finishing your History paper, Stasia. And you start a new term right after this one ends? That sounds grueling. I always needed a little time to decompress. At least it means you will be done that much faster, I reckon, so it's not all bad.

121richardderus
Feb. 23, 2014, 10:16am

Last-week-of-class *smooch*

122cbl_tn
Feb. 23, 2014, 2:00pm

Hi Stasia! That's some heavy reading you've been doing for your religion class. Nora Roberts seems like a perfect balance for the heavy stuff! Best wishes for your end-of-term finals and papers.

123DeltaQueen50
Feb. 23, 2014, 4:27pm

Hi Stasia, this is Sunday and I always think of you on that day. I hope all is well and I suspect you are studying for your exam, Good luck with that next week.

124alcottacre
Feb. 23, 2014, 10:51pm

Thank you, Paul, Roni, Diana, calm, Julia, Richard, Carrie, and Judy! It is so nice to have visitors although I am so often absent.

I am currently reading the newest "In Death" book, another good antidote for Finals week. I will be spending a lot of this week with my nose in my textbook trying to mush all the information in my brain before I have to take the exams. I am also anxiously awaiting the results on my Final papers.

125tymfos
Feb. 24, 2014, 1:08am

Good luck with wrapping up the term, Stasia!

126jnwelch
Bearbeitet: Mrz. 1, 2014, 11:01am

Please add my good luck wishes on the rest of the term, Stasia.

I'm still catching up on the In Death series, and just got Indulgence in Death, the one after the very good Fantasy in Death. I'm torn between not wanting to catch up, and enjoying them so much. So I'm trying to space them out a bit.

127Whisper1
Feb. 24, 2014, 6:06pm

HI Stasia

You are missed. Heck, my tbr pile isn't growing as much as it did previously.

128lindapanzo
Feb. 24, 2014, 6:30pm

Good luck on the rest of your term, as well as the start of the next one, Stasia.

129alcottacre
Feb. 26, 2014, 5:49am

#125: Thanks, Terri!

#126: I understand where you are coming from completely, Joe. Every time I get to the end of the series I feel, for lack of a better word, a loss. Even though the last book was somewhat of a disappointment to me, I still am looking forward to the next one!

#127: Well, if that is your TBR pile, lovey, you do not need any more help from me!

#128: Thanks, Linda!

Which brings me to book #11: Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb - Everyone should know by now that this is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, book series, but I admit that I was a little disappointed in this book - Robb seems to be moving away from the core figures of the older books (especially Feeney, who I love) and I am not sure at this point how much I approve (as if she needs my approval!), but I think longterm fans such as myself will be understandably disappointed; still, it is a decent book (by my standards anyway), so I would definitely recommend it to those who have read the other books in the series; Guardedly recommended (3.5 stars) Mine

130PaulCranswick
Mrz. 1, 2014, 5:51am

It wouldn't be LT without you Stasia and it wouldn't be Stasia without a few In Death books every now and then.

Have a lovely weekend.

131ronincats
Mrz. 1, 2014, 9:25am

I know the finals week went well, and you can breathe a sigh of relief before digging into the next term. Unfortunately, that's about all they allow you time for!

132alcottacre
Mrz. 2, 2014, 5:19am

#130: Thanks, Paul! I am trying to get some reading in that is not "In Death" books though :)

#131: Yes, I can relax for today, but tomorrow I start my next term. I will have my final grades for this term late on Tuesday. I still do not have the grade on my final paper for my Religion class and the lack of knowing my grade is causing me anxiety! I am hoping to pull out As in both classes.

133alcottacre
Mrz. 2, 2014, 5:27am

Speaking of reading other books, here are the latest reads:

#12: The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts - more BC fluff Mine

#13: Farthest North by Todd Balf - nonfiction; while I enjoyed this book about Elisha Kent Kane, I highly recommend reading his accounts of the expeditions to find Sir John Franklin rather than reading secondhand retellings of it; still, this will do as a good overview of the true life story and - bonus! - it is short; Guardedly Recommended (3.5 stars) Mine - Nook

134bell7
Mrz. 2, 2014, 8:14am

Happy Sunday, Stasia! Sorry you don't get more than a day off before starting your new term, but I hope today is a wonderful and relaxing day for you all the same.

135thornton37814
Mrz. 2, 2014, 12:55pm

I'm sure you did fine, Stasia!

136alcottacre
Mrz. 3, 2014, 3:13am

#134: Thanks, Mary!

#135: I appreciate the vote of confidence, Lori!

Well, I received the final grade on my Religion paper: 200/200. I can certainly live with that! I do not think there is a way that I can get less than an A in that class. The jury is still out on my History class. I will have final grades for both classes on Tuesday, so we shall see what happens.

137cbl_tn
Mrz. 3, 2014, 5:55am

200/200 - I'm not surprised. Congrats on your good work!

138Carmenere
Mrz. 3, 2014, 6:16am

Happy March, Stasia! Isn't this your Birthday month? I know your final grades will be awesome! You always make us proud :0)

139rebeccanyc
Mrz. 3, 2014, 7:53am

Congratulations (but not a surprise) on the paper! And I'm sure you'll do fine in history too.

140jnwelch
Mrz. 3, 2014, 12:54pm

Way to go on the Religion class, Stasia! Not even a misstep here or a whoops there.

141rosalita
Mrz. 4, 2014, 4:04pm

Sending good thoughts your way that your final grades are as good as you deserve!

142applebook1
Mrz. 6, 2014, 9:48pm

You got a 200/200 on a religion paper? That's an impressive score!
I'm sure you did splendidly in both of your classes!

143PaulCranswick
Mrz. 7, 2014, 8:42pm

Fingers crossed for the history paper, Stasia.
Have a lovely weekend in the meanwhile.

144DeltaQueen50
Mrz. 8, 2014, 10:06pm

Congratulations on your perfect mark, Stasia. I expect you will do very well in the history too, and your final grades will be stellar!

145PersephonesLibrary
Mrz. 9, 2014, 8:37am

Hello Stasia, how are you and how's student life? Congrats on the Religion paper! I'd have no worries about the History paper - you have done great in this one as well, I'm sure. I keep my fingers crossed anyway. Have a great Sunday!

146Whisper1
Mrz. 9, 2014, 8:57am

You did it again!!!! I am ever so proud...and, not surprised at all your accomplishments.

147alcottacre
Mrz. 9, 2014, 12:00pm

OK, so I got my final grades Tuesday: 96.62% for Religion, 94.20% for History. I can live with those grades :)

I finished another book (in my whole 42 minutes off between sessions):

#14: The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz - juvenile; this book was recommended by Mary (storeetllr) a couple of years ago and while I do not think I enjoyed it quite as much as she did, I still thought that this story of Flory, the night fairy who decides to transform herself into a day fairy after an accident robs her of her wings, a very good one; Recommended for kids of all ages (4 stars) Library Book

Thanks to everyone for dropping by. The negligent landlord of this property appreciates the visitors!

148calm
Mrz. 9, 2014, 12:07pm

Congratulations on your grades Stasia - you are doing really well, pleased to hear that you managed to sneak in a bit of pleasure reading.

149alcottacre
Mrz. 10, 2014, 8:30am

Thanks, calm!

150tymfos
Mrz. 11, 2014, 10:54am

>147 alcottacre: 96.62% for Religion, 94.20% for History. I can live with those grades :)

I think I would have a celebration for those grades! :- D

Congrats on another great semester's work, Stasia.

151thornton37814
Mrz. 11, 2014, 6:30pm

Great job, Stasia!

152richardderus
Mrz. 11, 2014, 7:55pm

>147 alcottacre: Excellent, excellent work, and a handsome reward in the grading for it. You are, as always, a model of excellence.

153alcottacre
Mrz. 12, 2014, 7:13am

#150: Thanks, Terri. I appreciate it. I had a celebratory pizza for the grades :)

#151: Thanks, Lori!

#152: Thank you, RD. ((Hugs)) and xx smooches xx for dropping by!

154wilkiec
Mrz. 12, 2014, 7:26am

Congratulations with your excellent results, Stasia! xx

155rebeccanyc
Mrz. 12, 2014, 7:46am

Congratulations from me too! Of course, I am not surprised that your hard work is recognized!

156drneutron
Mrz. 12, 2014, 8:35pm

Congrats!

157applebook1
Mrz. 13, 2014, 2:23am

Congratulations on your excellent grades!

158alcottacre
Mrz. 13, 2014, 6:21am

Thanks, Diana, Rebecca, Jim and Yoona!

159Donna828
Mrz. 13, 2014, 9:39am

Hi Stasia! I am so glad you are keeping us updated here. You are our Star Student! It sounds like the religion class set better with you than statistics. What's up next school-wise? I' also glad that you are fitting some personal books in here and there. Gotta have some pleasure reading to keep your brain happy!

160laytonwoman3rd
Mrz. 13, 2014, 10:26am

I'm glad to see all your hard work rewarded with stellar grades. Congratulations, Stasia. Yay for Pizza too!

161ronincats
Mrz. 14, 2014, 8:04pm

Happy Birthday, Stasia! Hope you are having a good one despite the sinuses.f

162jnwelch
Mrz. 14, 2014, 8:56pm

Jeez, lots of good stuff going on, Stasia. Congrats on the stellar grades, and Happy Birthday! Celebratory pizza sounds just right to me. What kind of birthday cake? Or do you have something else? I've celebrated a number of times with key lime pie. My other go-to is carrot cake.

163laytonwoman3rd
Mrz. 14, 2014, 10:36pm

Happy Birthday! (Is there any cake left?) Today would have been my Grandmother's birthday too. She'd be 111..

164LizzieD
Mrz. 14, 2014, 10:40pm

Happy Birthday from me too! Today is (Inter?)National Pi(e) day, so a pizza celebration would be just the thing!

165alcottacre
Mrz. 15, 2014, 5:49am

#159: Thanks, Donna. This session I am taking Introduction to Humanities (which will finally teach me something about art, I hope!) and Introduction to Criminal Justice. Both of these classes are better suited to me than Statistics was. Actually, anything would be better suited to me than Statistics was!

#160: Thanks, Linda!

#161: I did have a good day, sinuses notwithstanding. Spending time with Kerry and Beth is always good in my book!

#162: No birthday cake for me, Joe. I am really not a fan. When I was younger my mother used to bake a blueberry pie for me every year, but since I cannot make pie worth anything, I just do without.

#163: Wow, I am honored to share your grandmother's birthday, Linda. No cake left since I did not have one. . .

#164: Thanks, Peggy. I ended up with Veggie Sukiyaki rather than pizza for my birthday. It was very good though!

Nothing major to report here. I am starting work on my final projects (yes, already!) for both my classes. I will probably post the books I am using for sources here at some point should anyone be interested in what I am digging into. My Criminal Justice paper is going to be on the fallibility of eyewitness testimony. I am not sure yet about my Humanities paper.

166nittnut
Mrz. 15, 2014, 5:54am

Awesome results on the Religion paper! Good work. :)

Happy belated Birthday!!

167Carmenere
Mrz. 15, 2014, 5:59am

Happy belated wishes, follow March baby!
May your final projects go smoothly. CJ topic sounds interesting. Have fun with it and the Humanities paper as well.

168applebook1
Mrz. 15, 2014, 12:38pm

Statistics couldn't have been that horrible... was it?

169SandDune
Mrz. 15, 2014, 3:23pm

Happy birthday from me too!

170alcottacre
Mrz. 16, 2014, 4:23am

#166: Thanks, Jenn!

#167: I sure would feel better about my Humanities paper if I knew anything at all about art!

#168: Yes, Yoona, it was!

#169: Thanks, Rhian!

171tymfos
Mrz. 18, 2014, 4:17pm

Belated birthday greetings, Stasia!

172Whisper1
Mrz. 19, 2014, 8:58am


Good luck with your paper Stasia. Medea is an interesting topic, and of course rendered at the hands of the Pre raphaelites, she comes to glory:



Niece of Circe, vengeful woman who turns men into animals....



Happy Wednesday to you dear friend!

173Whisper1
Bearbeitet: Mrz. 19, 2014, 6:34pm

Here is a rendition of Meda by J.W. Waterhouse:

174PaulCranswick
Mrz. 21, 2014, 5:35am

aaargh I missed your birthday. Very belated greetings Stasia and if the cake is not yet stale..........
Have a lovely weekend basking in the glow of your scholarly accomplishments and looking forward to more future ones.

175wilkiec
Mrz. 22, 2014, 5:53am

*Happy weekend wave*

176Berly
Apr. 16, 2014, 3:20pm

Are we still posting here? Sorry. I have been out of the loop. Hope you are enjoying the current set of classes. : )

177laytonwoman3rd
Apr. 16, 2014, 8:32pm

Earth to Stasia...come in Stasia! We miss ya.

178thornton37814
Apr. 17, 2014, 7:36pm

Stasia, Did that black hole swallow you plus all those books on your TBR list?

179wilkiec
Apr. 18, 2014, 8:39am



Happy Easter!

180tymfos
Apr. 19, 2014, 3:11pm

Happy Easter, Stasia!

181nittnut
Apr. 20, 2014, 2:53am

Happy Easter!

182Crazymamie
Apr. 20, 2014, 11:54am



Happy Easter, Stasia!

183jnwelch
Apr. 20, 2014, 3:50pm

Happy Easter, Stasia!

184ronincats
Apr. 20, 2014, 3:58pm

Happy Easter, Stasia! Hope you are able to have a study-free day and spend it relaxing with family.

185richardderus
Apr. 20, 2014, 4:32pm

Happy hippity-hop day, Stasia, and here's to hoping you're getting excellent grades!

186alcottacre
Mai 2, 2014, 8:43am

I am still alive - barely. I did not think I was going to make it through the last two papers I had to write! Luckily this session I only have to write one paper, although my final exam for the other class is all essay questions.

Thanks for the Easter wishes! Sorry I have not been around more. . .

187catarina1
Mai 2, 2014, 10:01am

Welcome back to your thread! Glad to see you are still around. And congratulations on the wonderful grades. How many more semesters/sessions do you have?

188jolerie
Mai 2, 2014, 2:06pm

Hi Stasia! Just wanted to come by and say Hi to you even though I know you aren't checking in regularly. Thank you for being such a big part of way I loved this group. :) Hope RL is treating you well and you are still finding time to read lots of great books!

189rebeccanyc
Mai 2, 2014, 4:16pm

Glad to see you around, Stasia!

190alcottacre
Mai 3, 2014, 7:35am

#187: I still have 3 YEARS to go - I have no idea how many sessions that is - and I am afraid to find out!

#188: Thanks, Valerie! I hope everything is OK with you too. Not much reading going on here (other than textbooks) though :(

#189: Thanks, Rebecca!

191applebook1
Mai 3, 2014, 10:12am

I hope your semeste has been going a lot better than mine has been so far..but it seems like you are doing great..!

192PaulCranswick
Mai 3, 2014, 11:08pm

Kudos Stasia for keeping up with the slog of study. It is more than enough to get your occasional updates so long as you are following something you believe in and are aiming towards a worthwhile goal.

Have a lovely weekend, dear lady.

193Whisper1
Mai 4, 2014, 2:14am

Dear One:

I remain ever so proud of you and your accomplishments. You are missed, but, certainly we understand your priorities are solidly based in a wonderful goal of a college degree.

Hugs!

194laytonwoman3rd
Mai 5, 2014, 2:07pm

We're all just hanging around 'til you can spend a little time here again. Remember breaks are important!

195thornton37814
Mai 5, 2014, 11:25pm

Glad to see you surface!

196ronincats
Mai 6, 2014, 12:10am

How can you still have 3 YEARS? Are you getting a law degree?

197bohemima
Mai 8, 2014, 8:14pm

Good gravy, school just runs on forever, doesn't it? Your perseverance is admirable, as are your grades.

It's nice to see your posts now and again. We'll hang in there if you will.

198bell7
Mai 11, 2014, 9:57am

Happy Sunday, Stasia! Thinking of you and hoping your current session is going well.

199DeltaQueen50
Mai 11, 2014, 10:58pm

Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day, Stasia, and were able to take a break from the books for awhile.

200PaulCranswick
Mai 12, 2014, 1:34am

200 posts belatedly up for you dear Stasia. Hope that you can fill us in on your academic progress when you get the chance to draw breath.

201DeltaQueen50
Mai 21, 2014, 1:12pm

Stasia, I noticed that today is your 8 year Thingaversary! Many happy returns of the day. :)

202laytonwoman3rd
Mai 21, 2014, 1:43pm

Happy Thingaversary, Stasia! School books do NOT count toward your allotment; go buy some fun stuff!

203ronincats
Mai 21, 2014, 6:41pm

Happy Thingaversary, Stasia! Hope the midterms are going well.

204jolerie
Mai 21, 2014, 10:23pm

Happy thingaversary Stasia! Treat yourself to something extra special after the busyness of exams are over. :)

205PaulCranswick
Mai 29, 2014, 8:17pm

Getting across the threads a little early this weekend.....I am well into Friday here, to wish one of the group's veterans and one of my favourite bundles of energy a relaxing weekend and I do hoope that schooling chores are not weighing too heavily. x

206nittnut
Jun. 6, 2014, 12:34am

Just waving hello. xx

207jnwelch
Jun. 6, 2014, 10:07am

Waving hello from Chicago, Stasia. Hope school is going well.

208laytonwoman3rd
Jun. 6, 2014, 10:15am

Checking for signs of life....a month is a long time to leave us. You don't know WHAT we might be doing in here on your thread!

209ronincats
Jun. 6, 2014, 1:11pm

LOL! Hope your husband is feeling better, Stasia. Is he any good at taking care of himself when he's sick?

210Berly
Jun. 7, 2014, 1:47am

Hi there Stasia. Longtime no see....I thought it was my fault, but you are more MIA than me!! Hope life is treating you well. Miss ya.

211alcottacre
Jun. 10, 2014, 6:03am

Man, I missed my own Thingaversary! I should be shot, or beaten with books, or something.

Sorry I am missing so much in these parts, folks. Believe me when I say I would much rather be cuddling up here with threads than with my current reading material - Artistotle and Nietzsche.

212msf59
Jun. 10, 2014, 7:25am

Happy Thingaversary, Stasia! I haven't visited in awhile but you are never far from my thoughts. We miss you. Hope all is well.

213laytonwoman3rd
Jun. 10, 2014, 8:15am

>211 alcottacre: Well, let's have some discussion of Aristotle and Nietzsche...haven't seen them featured much on the threads!

214souloftherose
Jun. 10, 2014, 8:18am

Belated happy Thingaversary Stasia! We miss you, but please don't feel you need to apologise for not keeping up with the group. We know you have a lot on your plate.

215alcottacre
Jun. 11, 2014, 1:46am

#212: Thanks, Mark. I miss you all too!

#213: Linda, I am writing a paper for my final one in my Philosophy class this week on Aristotle's morality vs. Nietzsche's amorality. Thoughts on the subject? You probably have more than I do at this point!

#214: Thanks, Heather.

216laytonwoman3rd
Jun. 11, 2014, 7:57am

I'm afraid I'm extremely weak in Philosophy, Stasia. I was hoping to learn something from you!

217applebook1
Jun. 11, 2014, 5:28pm

Belated happy Thingaversary. I admire that you can read Aristotle and Nietzsche (and probably understand them a lot better than I can)!

218tymfos
Jun. 14, 2014, 3:05pm

Belated Happy Thingaversary, Stasia! Good luck with your paper. When I took philosophy in college, I was not on the same wavelength as the professor at all -- had a horrible time. But I have a nephew who majored in it. Go figure.

219alcottacre
Jul. 23, 2014, 6:10am

I finished a book! I finished a book! It has only been 4 weeks and 4 days since I have done so. School is completely wrecking my reading. Why did I decide at age 50 it was a good idea to go back?!

#29: (Yes I know I did not list a bunch here, but I am too lazy to go back and do them at this point) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - Peggy recommended this book to me and I very much enjoyed this story of a man looking for the "perfect" wife and unexpectedly finding the one who was perfect for him; Recommended (3.75 stars) Library Book

I have 4 more weeks off school. Maybe I can manage to get another book read in that time?

220foggidawn
Jul. 23, 2014, 7:24am

Hi, Stasia! I liked The Rosie Project, too.

221Whisper1
Jul. 23, 2014, 7:39am

Hi Stasia

missing you!

222laytonwoman3rd
Jul. 23, 2014, 7:56am

I was very excited to see your thread high up on my feed this morning, Stasia! And I'm glad you managed to finish a book for pleasure. You'll remember why you decided to go back to school when it's behind you, I'm sure. Meanwhile, keep pluggin'!

223LizzieD
Jul. 23, 2014, 8:52am

YAY!!!

224bell7
Jul. 23, 2014, 9:02am

A Stasia sighting! I enjoyed The Rosie Project too; it was nice, light reading. Enjoy your weeks off from school!

225rebeccanyc
Jul. 23, 2014, 11:28am

Nice to see you, if only briefly! Enjoy your time off.

226ronincats
Jul. 23, 2014, 12:06pm

After these four weeks, how much more school will you need to take?

227jnwelch
Jul. 23, 2014, 12:11pm

I got a kick out of The Rosie Project, too, Stasia. That party where he was a waiter/bartender was a highlight for me. Very clever.

228Berly
Jul. 23, 2014, 12:19pm

Stasia!! You read a BOOK? OH, you mean one for pleasure. ; ) So nice to see you here. You picked a good one.

229alcottacre
Jul. 24, 2014, 6:27am

I am glad to see that I am not the only one who enjoyed The Rosie Project!

Thanks everyone for dropping by. Roni, I still have a long time left of schooling. I do not graduate until 2017. Since I changed to both a 4-year school and a dual major, I just added to my misery, err I mean degree plans.

230msf59
Jul. 24, 2014, 7:31am

Hi Stasia! Good to see you and congrats on finishing a book. The Rosie Project was a delight, wasn't it?

231alcottacre
Jul. 26, 2014, 3:22am

#230: Yes, it was, Mark!

Some quotes from a book I am reading, A Reader's Guide Book by May Lamberton Becker, that I thought I would share:

"With books I slip out of my life and am with the choicest company."

"One book leads to another, the right book makes you hungry for more. . .To read like that is one of the high delights of being a human being, and like all high delights, there must be a certain noble recklessness about it."

232souloftherose
Jul. 26, 2014, 4:58am

Yay on both finishing a book and seeing you posting again!

233PaulCranswick
Jul. 26, 2014, 5:17am

Nice to see you posting again Stasia.

I have also not been an ever-present recently so missed your long awaited return.

Have a great weekend.

234alcottacre
Jul. 26, 2014, 6:20am

#232: Thanks, Heather.

#233: I hope you have a great weekend too, Paul!

235alcottacre
Aug. 5, 2014, 6:42am

I have finished two more books. I am not doing a lot of reading while I am on vacation (only 20 days left!), but rather spending a lot of time on other projects and spending time with the family. Still, I am doing more reading than I typically do when I am in school :)

#30: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - juvenile; I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for any child, say ages 10 and up; I think reading it as an adult, I can get more out of the quandary that the Tucks are in more than a child can, but the moralizing is not really prominent in the book itself; Recommended (4 stars) Mine

#31: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon - Having read several of Chabon's books and enjoyed them, I was looking forward to reading this one, his first book, but I was disappointed in it; I just could not relate or gain any sympathy for the main character and I think that is the reason I did not enjoy the book more; the writing was OK, nothing outstanding although glimpses of future writing of Chabon do come through; Not recommended (3 stars) Library Book

I am now reading a book on Irish folklore and I picked up a couple of books that May Lamberton Becker recommended in her book, which I am also still reading. I know that books will be "old fashioned," considering their ages, but I look forward to giving them a try: Trilby and The Cloister and the Hearth.

236rebeccanyc
Aug. 5, 2014, 7:28am

Nice to "see" you, Stasia, and glad you are enjoying your all-too-brief vacation.

237catarina1
Aug. 5, 2014, 9:53am

Nice to see you are enjoying your time off. And we are all here cheering you on!!

238Whisper1
Aug. 5, 2014, 10:00am

Stasia, How right you are that reading a juvenile or ya book as an adult, you see things differently. Boo, hiss to those who look down on these genres.

239jnwelch
Aug. 5, 2014, 10:27am

Glad you were able to get in a bit of non-school reading, Stasia. I remember liking The Mysteries of Pittsburgh when it came out, but he was a brand new writer back then. Compared to what he's done since, it might not stand up as well.

240thornton37814
Aug. 5, 2014, 7:32pm

>235 alcottacre: I remember reading Tuck Everlasting back when I took a YA class in the early 1990s. Nice to see it's still around and being enjoyed.

241alcottacre
Aug. 6, 2014, 4:51am

#236: Thanks, Rebecca!

#237: I appreciate the cheers. I need all the help I can get!

#238: You are right, lovey. Those who look down on young adult books do not know what they are missing. There is some good stuff out there!

#239: I do not think it stands up well, Joe, but others might disagree. I certainly think he has grown as a writer since then.

#240: I am not sure why it took me so long to get to Tuck, Lori, especially since I know at least one of my daughters read it several years ago. I am glad I finally got to it.

242DeltaQueen50
Aug. 8, 2014, 6:57pm

Lovely to see you posting here, Stasia. I am assuming that you are on a summer break and before we know it you will be back with your nose to the grindstone!

243ronincats
Aug. 8, 2014, 11:18pm

Hope you are enjoying your break, Stasia!

244applebook1
Aug. 11, 2014, 12:57am

I hope you are enjoying your break!

245porch_reader
Aug. 11, 2014, 7:04pm

Hi Stasia! I'm reading The Rosie Project right now. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it and that you are getting some non-school reading done!

246ChelleBearss
Aug. 20, 2014, 8:42am

Hi Stasia! Hope you are enjoying your vacation!

247Berly
Aug. 26, 2014, 2:13am

Hiya girlfriend! Glad to see you doing some "light" reading while on VK. Enjoy!

248laytonwoman3rd
Sept. 27, 2014, 10:36pm

Too much quietude here...how are ya, lady?

249Whisper1
Sept. 28, 2014, 12:33am

Just stopping by to say you are deeply missed.

250Carmenere
Sept. 28, 2014, 10:36am

Hi Stasia! My first visit here since March! Where has the year gone?!
Looks like all is well in your corner of the world, albeit busy. Hope and I know, you'll have an outstanding school year.

251jnwelch
Sept. 29, 2014, 11:01am

Hope all is going well, Stasia.

252avatiakh
Okt. 4, 2014, 3:23am

Hi Stasia - haven't seen you around for a while, hope all is well.

253alcottacre
Okt. 20, 2014, 4:53am

Woot! I have a week off school before my next session starts up. I am hoping to spend some time hanging around LT on my break!

Be back later! (That could be either a promise or a threat, depending on how you look at it, lol)

254msf59
Okt. 20, 2014, 7:12am

Stasia is here! Stasia is here! Yahoo! You have been missed!

255thornton37814
Okt. 20, 2014, 10:30am

>253 alcottacre: We're looking forward to seeing Stasia around. How much longer do you have in your program? We're going into Stasia withdrawal syndrome.

256laytonwoman3rd
Okt. 20, 2014, 11:17am

Hi, Stasia! A week off is a good thing, especially if it means we get to see a bit of you here.

257drneutron
Okt. 20, 2014, 12:38pm

Welcome back!

258catarina1
Okt. 20, 2014, 1:48pm

We will hold you to the promise - it would never be a threat. I hope you will be able to get some relaxation in during your week off and that just might be some reading.

259souloftherose
Okt. 20, 2014, 1:57pm

>253 alcottacre: Welcome back! :-)

260ronincats
Okt. 20, 2014, 1:59pm

Thank goodness for a week off and passing your Security course!

261jnwelch
Okt. 20, 2014, 3:33pm

I am hoping to spend some time hanging around LT on my break! I join your Woot!, Stasia!

262alcottacre
Okt. 20, 2014, 6:25pm

Thanks for the welcome back, folks! With the new system in place, I will actually get a week off between classes rather than just 45 minutes :) Hopefully this means I can touch base a little more often than once in a blue moon!

263lindapanzo
Okt. 20, 2014, 6:42pm

Hi Stasia, welcome back!! A whole week off between classes...woo hoo.

264alcottacre
Okt. 20, 2014, 7:04pm

Hey, Linda!

265alcottacre
Okt. 20, 2014, 7:36pm

So, to update my very behind list:

#32: The Ashes of Waco by Dick J. Reavis - nonfiction; an investigative book looking into the fiasco in Waco, Texas between the ATF and the Branch Davidians; Recommended Library Book

#33: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein - juvenile; if you have a child who likes either books or board games, this is the book for them! It was great fun!; Highly recommended for kids and kids-at-heart Library Book

#34: Ripper by Stefan Petrucha - young adult; yes, the set up is contrived - the main protagonist turns out to be Jack the Ripper's son - but I thought that the author did a good job, all in all, setting up the story and capturing the time period as well as emphasizing the relationships between the young people; Recommended Library Book

#35: Dark Blood by Christine Feehan - a BC book, enough said Mine

#36: An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo - young adult; This is the first book by Morpurgo that I have read and hopefully it will not be the last - I really liked it!; Highly Recommended Library Book

#37: Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman - nonfiction; I love this book of essays, which I try and read annually; I encourage you, if you have not read it, do so immediately! It is a must read for book lovers; Highly, highly recommended Mine

#38: The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo - nonfiction; I really wanted to like this book much more than I did, but the author seemed to want to talk a little about everything and that scattered the focus of the book; Guardedly Recommended Library Book

OK, that catches me up for a bit!

266nittnut
Okt. 20, 2014, 10:01pm

Waving back at you, Stasia! Nice to see you out and around the threads. I hope school is still going well for you. :)

267scaifea
Okt. 21, 2014, 6:33am

It's so, so good to see you here, Stasia!!

268applebook1
Okt. 21, 2014, 6:50am

Good to see you back! How is school treating you?

269msf59
Okt. 21, 2014, 8:37am

Great to see you posting, Stasia! And it is great to see a reading list. Smiles...

270kidzdoc
Okt. 21, 2014, 11:57am

Welcome back, Stasia!

One of these days I'll get to Ex Libris. Thanks for the reminder!

271jnwelch
Okt. 21, 2014, 2:37pm

More love for Ex Libris from me. It was probably you, Stasia, who encouraged me to read it way back when (along with NarratorLady and mirrordrum), and it's an all-timer as far as I'm concerned.

272rebeccanyc
Okt. 21, 2014, 4:24pm

Lovely to see you, Stasia, and great that you have a break. And add me to the Ex Libris lovers list -- I keep extra copies around to give to book lovers!

273alcottacre
Okt. 21, 2014, 8:47pm

I have given numerous copies of Ex Libris away over the years, Rebecca, so I am right there with you!

274DeltaQueen50
Okt. 21, 2014, 10:44pm

Stasia, it was such a treat to check my thread after being absent with the flu and find that you had passed through. Enjoy your time off, and again, it's great to see your posts on LT. :)

275Copperskye
Okt. 22, 2014, 12:15am

Seemed like old times seeing your name around the threads, Stasia! Good to see you. Hope all is well!

276alcottacre
Okt. 22, 2014, 1:51am

Thanks, Judy! I do hope you are feeling much improved!

Thanks, Joanne!

So, tonight I did something I have not done in forever: I went into my library and as a book caught my eye, I pulled it down to read over the next few days - or at least, start to read it :) I am currently reading a book I need to finish up before I start on something else though as I am finding that while I am in school, having multiple books going at the same time is a thing of the past. I pulled off the shelves: The Moving Toyshop, which I have read before, Sputnik Sweetheart - all the Murakami talk amongst the threads has made me want to read more of his books!, Flights of Fancy, and Testaments of Time. I doubt seriously I will get more than one of them read, but at least reading is showing itself to be interesting to me again - for this week anyway. School starts again Monday. *sigh*

277bell7
Okt. 22, 2014, 1:06pm

Yay, Stasia's arround! Hope school's been going well for you. I love Ex Libris too - I don't reread it quite annually, but it's a fantastic comfort read and a great choice when I want to read something but just seem to be in a picky mood. "Marrying Libraries" still makes me smile.

278alcottacre
Okt. 22, 2014, 10:02pm

I agree with you about "Marrying Libraries," Mary. Unfortunately, my husband did not own one, lol!

279tloeffler
Okt. 22, 2014, 10:37pm

Hello, my friend! How's it looking for Joplin this year?

280alcottacre
Okt. 23, 2014, 11:07pm

Joplin cannot come soon enough for me, Terri! I am beyond ready!

281Whisper1
Okt. 23, 2014, 11:18pm

How wonderful to see a message on your thread!!!!

282alcottacre
Okt. 23, 2014, 11:46pm

Thanks, Linda!

283msf59
Okt. 24, 2014, 7:20am

Happy Friday, Stasia! It was really nice having you around this week. Wish we could have more of it...

284alcottacre
Okt. 24, 2014, 7:45am

Nice of you to say so, Mark! Give me another 8 weeks and I will be off school again.

285Whisper1
Okt. 25, 2014, 2:28am

Hi Dear Friend!

286alcottacre
Okt. 25, 2014, 7:08am

Hey, lovey! Thank you for dropping by!

287porch_reader
Okt. 25, 2014, 8:49pm

Hi Stasia! Good luck on your next 8 weeks!!

288alcottacre
Okt. 25, 2014, 9:02pm

Thanks, Amy!

289saraslibrary
Okt. 25, 2014, 10:28pm

Lots to catch up on, but I just thought I'd stop by and say, "Hiya!" :)

290catarina1
Okt. 25, 2014, 10:32pm

Nice to see you here this week. Alas, it is almost over but you know what they say - keep you eyes on the prize! It will be worth it. See you in 8 weeks! Happy reading.

291alcottacre
Okt. 26, 2014, 5:31am

Hey, ladies, thanks for dropping by!

I finally finished a book this week - unfortunately, it is the one I have been reading for the past two weeks and not one of the ones I was hoping to get read this week.

#39: Empires in the Dust by Robert Silverberg - nonfiction; the subtitle of this book is "Ancient Civlizations Brought to Light" and that is basically what Silverberg does in this book - he gives general histories of several ancient civilizations: Egyptians, Hittites, Indus, Phoenicians, Etruscans, and Incas. While by no means in depth, Silverberg does give a good job of stating what was known about the civilization at the time the book was written (1963) and shedding some light about archaeological discoveries surrounding said civilizations; the book is dated, but I think what is there is worth reading, at least as a starting place for anyone with an interest in the subject; Recommended (4 stars) Mine

292drachenbraut23
Okt. 26, 2014, 2:17pm

Hello Stasia,
just found your thread and starred it. I am amazed that with all what you have going on in your life - degree and family matters - you still found the time to read 39 books. "Hat off" as we say in Germany. I wish you a remaining lovely Sunday and will carry on following your life on fb :)

293bell7
Okt. 26, 2014, 8:31pm

Happy Sunday, Stasia, glad to see you finished a book though it wasn't one of the ones you'd hoped to get to. It looks like an interesting topic!

294alcottacre
Okt. 26, 2014, 11:27pm

#292: Thanks, Bianca! It is back into the salt mines for me. I have already started.

#293: Happy Sunday to you too, Mary! Thanks for stopping by.

295ronincats
Okt. 26, 2014, 11:38pm

Sorry your break is over, but keep looking ahead to Joplin! And then the holidays...

296msf59
Okt. 27, 2014, 7:27am

Good luck back to school, Stasia! Loved having you around.

297applebook1
Okt. 28, 2014, 6:49am

Good luck for the next 8 weeks of school! (I'll probably need that more than you do!)

298DorsVenabili
Okt. 29, 2014, 10:10am

Hi Stasia! It was lovely to have you back for a bit. Best wishes on your current classes!

299Berly
Okt. 29, 2014, 10:16am

Dang! I missed your break already?! It was great to see you about on the threads as I play catch up here. Good luck on the next term and I miss you. : )

300TinaV95
Okt. 29, 2014, 9:37pm

Thanks for coming by my thread! It looks like you won't be around for long, but it's good to have you for as long as you are here between classes! :)

301alcottacre
Okt. 29, 2014, 11:29pm

As many of you know due to my Facebook posts, my mother-in-law was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with stage 3 multiple myeloma. She is refusing to take her chemo medicine and had to be checked back into the hospital today with fluid around her heart. They drained off about a liter. Please pray for her. This is really tough for the family, especially my husband, Kerry. He is planning on making another trip to Louisiana - his third in as many weeks - this weekend. Thanks.

302souloftherose
Okt. 30, 2014, 3:39am

303PaulCranswick
Okt. 30, 2014, 4:09am

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Stasia and of course your MIL and with Kerry. Parents' illness is extremely taxing as I have found out over the years with my mum and her dodgy lungs. Distance makes things worse still and your husband will be physically as well as emotionally drained. xxx

304scaifea
Okt. 30, 2014, 6:58am

Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and my heart, Stasia.

305DeltaQueen50
Okt. 30, 2014, 1:25pm

Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law, Stasia. I am also keeping you and yours in my thoughts.

306saraslibrary
Okt. 30, 2014, 11:33pm

>301 alcottacre: I am so sorry, Stasia! Of course we'll hope for the best. Hugs!

307ronincats
Okt. 30, 2014, 11:59pm

So sorry to hear about your MIL, Stasia, and keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

308alcottacre
Okt. 31, 2014, 12:06am

Thank you all! LT friends are absolutely the best!

309Berly
Nov. 1, 2014, 2:47am

Stasia--Sending best wishes to your MIL and your family. Man! Hang in there.

310alcottacre
Nov. 1, 2014, 4:07am

Thanks, Kim!

311alcottacre
Nov. 1, 2014, 9:40pm

To those who may have missed it or are interested in going, the annual Joplin meet up thread is up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/182436

I hope to see many of you there!

312alcottacre
Nov. 2, 2014, 3:37am

I finished another book:

#40: Flights of Fancy by Peter Tate - nonfiction; this book is all about folklore centered around birds (Who knew that Siberians took their swans so seriously? Don't you dare point at one in Siberia!); Richard did a full review of the book several years ago (https://www.librarything.com/work/5367459/reviews/63945423) and I echo his - it is a very good book; Recommended (4 stars) Mine

313lkernagh
Nov. 2, 2014, 10:17am

Sorry to read the news about your MIL, Stasia. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

314alcottacre
Nov. 2, 2014, 11:24pm

Thank you, Lori!

315LovingLit
Nov. 3, 2014, 12:06am

Hi Stasia,
Just dropping by to see how the mega-thread is coming along :)
Nice to see you getting through some books lately!!

316rebeccanyc
Nov. 3, 2014, 7:16am

I too am sorry about your mother-in-law. So difficult for your husband to not be closer too.

317msf59
Nov. 3, 2014, 7:21am

Very sorry to hear about your MIL, Stasia. Please keep us posted.

318alcottacre
Nov. 3, 2014, 8:41am

Just a quick update about Tee, my mother-in-law: She was released from the hospital yesterday. She is continuing to refuse to take the oral chemo treatments because when she took them when first diagnosed, they made her extremely ill and fatigued. She has agreed to having hospice workers come by and help her at set times throughout the day.

She received 2 blood transfusions Saturday, which helped with her potassium levels. Kerry told me Saturday when I spoke with him that she was extremely pale. However, by yesterday she had regained her normal color.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and good wishes!

319Whisper1
Nov. 3, 2014, 12:38pm

so sorry regarding your mother in law. Prayers and sent!

320applebook1
Nov. 7, 2014, 12:19pm

I'll pray for your mother-in-law as well!

321PaulCranswick
Nov. 8, 2014, 4:25am

Also keeping you in my thoughts my dear this weekend. xx

322drachenbraut23
Nov. 8, 2014, 6:50am

>318 alcottacre: Also keeping you and your family in my thoughts Stasia. However, good that your mom is having hospice care as they are pretty good at what they are doing. I don't know how old your mom is, but maybe you have to accept her wishes in regards to the chemo pills.

Flights of Fancy sounds like something I would enjoy as well. WL :)

323BLBera
Nov. 8, 2014, 7:11am

Stopping by to say hi, Stasia. Sorry to hear about your MIL. Hugs.

324alcottacre
Nov. 10, 2014, 5:47am

Thank you everyone for the prayers and good thoughts for Tee. Kerry spoke to her today and she is feeling all right, but she is not eating well at all. Continued prayers for her are much appreciated!

325msf59
Nov. 10, 2014, 7:20am

Thanks for the update, Stasia! Hugs!

326Carmenere
Nov. 10, 2014, 8:06am

I too will keep you and your family in my thoughts at this difficult and stressful time, Stasia. Seems like your MIL is taking control of the situation her way and she sounds like a tough cookie. Hugs!

327laytonwoman3rd
Nov. 10, 2014, 11:22am

I'm sorry about your mother-in-law's illness and the tough circumstances it brings, Stasia. I'll be thinking about you and your family.

328alcottacre
Bearbeitet: Nov. 10, 2014, 11:39pm

Thank you, Mark, Lynda, and Linda!

On another front: I am job hunting. Things at my current place of employment have gone from bad to worse, and I really need to get out of there. I am looking for an entry level position within the Security field. If you know anyone in the North Texas area who might be willing to hire a slightly-used, semi-intelligent person, please advise! I am hoping at some point to get into the cybersecurity field, but I am willing to work my way there! I really need to get out of my current job while the getting is good. Just one more thing on my plate. . .

329Berly
Nov. 10, 2014, 11:41pm

No good Texas connections, so sending good juju instead. Hang in there!!

330saraslibrary
Nov. 11, 2014, 1:15am

No joke "one more thing on my plate." My best wishes regarding your mother-in-law. And I hope you're able to find the exact job you're looking for. Take care! :)

331alcottacre
Nov. 12, 2014, 5:03am

#329: Thanks, Kim!

#330: Thank you, Sara!

332tymfos
Nov. 13, 2014, 5:02pm

Sorry to hear of your mother-in-law's illness, and your job woes. Prayers are lifted up on your behalf!

333alcottacre
Nov. 14, 2014, 7:03am

Thanks, Terri!

334Berly
Nov. 23, 2014, 1:52am

How's it going Stasia? Thinking of you and your MIL.

335alcottacre
Nov. 23, 2014, 8:14am

Kim, my mother-in-law was rehospitalized this week. They are hoping she will be released today. I appreciate the thoughts!

336msf59
Nov. 23, 2014, 8:53am

Sorry, to hear the news about your MIL, Stasia. Keep us updated.

337saraslibrary
Bearbeitet: Nov. 23, 2014, 6:06pm

>335 alcottacre: I hope she's released today, too. :) Many hugs your way!

338alcottacre
Nov. 24, 2014, 11:40pm

My mother-in-law was released from the hospital today. Thank you all for your continued thoughts, good wishes and prayers.

On another note, only 1 more week until the Joplin meet up! Woot!!

339nittnut
Nov. 25, 2014, 3:18am

Just got caught up. Sending out prayers for your family and your MIL. Also hoping good job opportunities come your way. xx

340saraslibrary
Nov. 25, 2014, 5:20pm

>338 alcottacre: I'm so glad she was released! :) Just in time for Thanksgiving, too.

341alcottacre
Nov. 26, 2014, 5:11am

Thanks, Jenn! Thanks, Sara!

342jnwelch
Nov. 26, 2014, 11:00am

Glad to hear your MIL got released, Stasia. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, and a great meet up.

343alcottacre
Nov. 27, 2014, 3:40am


344msf59
Nov. 27, 2014, 7:39am

Happy Thanksgiving, Stasia! Good news about the MIL!

345lkernagh
Nov. 27, 2014, 9:49am

Happy Thanksgiving, Stasia!

346jnwelch
Nov. 27, 2014, 10:39am

Have a great Thanksgiving, Stasia!

347kidzdoc
Nov. 27, 2014, 10:42am

Happy Thanksgiving, Stasia! I'm glad that your MIL was released from the hospital on Monday.

348drachenbraut23
Nov. 27, 2014, 7:24pm

Happy Thanksgiving Stasia!

I wish you all the best with your job hunting and hope that everything will go smoothly with the hospice care for your MIL.

349PaulCranswick
Nov. 27, 2014, 8:44pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Stasia from a non-celebtrator! With the timely release of your MIL your family has plenty to be thankful for this year. xx

350tymfos
Nov. 27, 2014, 8:45pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Stasia!

351alcottacre
Nov. 28, 2014, 5:55am

Thank you all for the Thanksgiving wishes! They are much appreciated.

352Whisper1
Nov. 30, 2014, 10:31pm

I'm glad your mother in law was released in time for Thanksgiving! I imagine you are very excited about Joplin. Next year, I hope to be well, healed and ready to join you all.

353alcottacre
Nov. 30, 2014, 11:30pm

I am leaving for Joplin at 5am. I cannot wait to get on the road. In the meantime, I have to work on schoolwork. *sigh*

Linda, I am holding you to your promise to make Joplin in 2015 :)

354Whisper1
Dez. 1, 2014, 8:11am

After the recovery from January's surgery, I anticipate three-four months of in-house healing. I know all will go well and I'll be ready to go to Joplin next year. I know you will have a lovely time Stasia. I also know how much you look forward to this meet up.

355alcottacre
Dez. 1, 2014, 1:22pm

Yep, this meet up is the highlight of my year!

356BLBera
Dez. 1, 2014, 10:55pm

Hi Stasia - Have a great meet up. Good luck with the job hunting.

357alcottacre
Dez. 2, 2014, 6:12am

Thanks, Beth!

358jolerie
Dez. 2, 2014, 5:41pm

Hi Stasia!
I noticed that you counted A Trip to the Stars as one of your favourites of the year. It was one of my favourites of last year as well! What an unknown little gem of a book. :)

359alcottacre
Dez. 2, 2014, 9:53pm

That is cool, Valerie! Glad to know you liked it as well. Peggy introduced me to the book, so she is due the credit :)

360lindapanzo
Dez. 2, 2014, 9:57pm

How was Joplin? Who was there?

361alcottacre
Dez. 3, 2014, 7:42am

Linda, we had 9 people there: Mike, Brenda, Sandra (BJ), Sandy, Nancy, Terri, Julia, Donna, and myself. We had a great time! You really need to come down from Chicago one of these years.

362Donna828
Dez. 3, 2014, 10:13am

I hope we have TWO Lindas at next year's Joplin meetup! It was fun getting caught up with you yesterday, Stasia. I thought your picture turned out great! Lol.

363alcottacre
Dez. 6, 2014, 7:54am

Yeah, any picture that I am NOT in is sure to turn out great, Donna :)

364kidzdoc
Dez. 6, 2014, 9:18am

Happy Saturday, Stasia!

365alcottacre
Dez. 7, 2014, 5:49am

Thanks, Darryl!

366laytonwoman3rd
Dez. 7, 2014, 9:10am

Hi, Stasia! Hope you have a peaceful, restful Sunday.

367billiejean
Dez. 8, 2014, 2:04pm

Hi, Stasia!
It was wonderful to see you in Joplin. Wishing you all the best with school.

368alcottacre
Dez. 9, 2014, 4:45am

Thanks, Linda!

Thanks, BJ! It was great to see you again. Here's hoping you can make it again next year :)

Potential job interview this week. Please keep your fingers crossed!!

369msf59
Dez. 9, 2014, 7:18am

Good luck on the interview, Stasia! All crossables crossed...ouch!

370jnwelch
Dez. 9, 2014, 11:32am

Good luck, Stasia!

371jolerie
Dez. 9, 2014, 3:02pm

Best wishes for the interview, Stasia! :)

372lunacat
Dez. 9, 2014, 3:07pm

Good luck with the interview, you'll knock them dead if they see even half what you have brought to this group.

373lkernagh
Dez. 9, 2014, 11:24pm

Fingers are crossed for your interview!

374alcottacre
Dez. 10, 2014, 5:17am

Job interview this afternoon at 4pm CT. I will keep you posted!

375susanj67
Dez. 10, 2014, 5:50am

Stasia, good luck for this afternoon!

376laytonwoman3rd
Dez. 10, 2014, 12:08pm

Good luck!

377RosyLibrarian
Dez. 11, 2014, 5:38pm

>368 alcottacre: Good luck!

378ronincats
Dez. 11, 2014, 6:33pm

How did it go? Can I uncross everything now?

379alcottacre
Dez. 12, 2014, 3:18am

Yes, you can uncross everything, Roni. I felt like the interview went well, but it is not a job I will be accepting if it is offered. That being said, it was nice to get the first job interview that I have had in a while over with!

Thanks for all the good luck wishes, everyone!

380saraslibrary
Dez. 14, 2014, 2:47pm

I'm glad the interview went well (those are always nerve-wracking). I'm sorry it's not one you'd want to accept, however. Good job! :)

381alcottacre
Dez. 16, 2014, 2:38pm

Thanks, Sara!

This is my last week of school for this session. I am off from December 23-January 8. Woot!

382lunacat
Dez. 16, 2014, 3:18pm

Sounds like a great block of holiday for you! Hope you thoroughly enjoy it.

383saraslibrary
Dez. 16, 2014, 6:22pm

>381 alcottacre: You're welcome. :) And what lunacat said: sounds like a great long holiday break! Enjoy it! :)

384jnwelch
Dez. 17, 2014, 9:32am

Glad you're getting a break from the studies, Stasia. I'm sure you're looking forward to it. Almost there!

385billiejean
Dez. 17, 2014, 11:51am

Have a wonderful vacation from school. You deserve it!

386scaifea
Dez. 18, 2014, 6:07am

Happy school vacation, Stasia!

387alcottacre
Dez. 18, 2014, 7:56am

Thanks everyone. As of tonight, I have just 2 "evaluation" discussions in which to participate. Everything else is done, so I am pretty much done until my next classes begin January 5th :)

388msf59
Bearbeitet: Dez. 18, 2014, 7:59am

Hooray, for Stasia! I hope you can now settle and get some R & R in for the next couple weeks. Hugs to my pal!

ETA- You might even find time to start a new thread. LOL.

389jnwelch
Bearbeitet: Dez. 18, 2014, 3:54pm



Good for you, Stasia. Enjoy!

390DeltaQueen50
Dez. 18, 2014, 4:34pm

All the best of the season, Stasia. Enjoy your break from your studies and enjoy the holidays.

391alcottacre
Dez. 20, 2014, 6:55am

Thanks, Mark, Joe, and Judy!

Mark, why do I need to start another thread? This one has done well so far :)

392Carmenere
Dez. 20, 2014, 7:15am

Enjoy your winter break, Stasia! I see game playing and perhaps a few non-required reading books in the near future!

393msf59
Dez. 20, 2014, 7:31am

"why do I need to start another thread? This one has done well so far."

^Great point, Stasia! LOL. Have a great weekend and crack a book or 2.

394alcottacre
Dez. 21, 2014, 12:08am

#392: I have actually started a couple of books that I am hopeful of finishing before my break is over: The Terrible Secret by Walter Laquer and In an Ancient Land by Amitav Ghosh.

#393: Working on cracking books, Mark! See above :)

395rebeccanyc
Dez. 21, 2014, 8:38am

Enjoy your break, Stasia! You deserve it.

I read a book by Walter Laqueur decades ago and have In an Antique Land on the TBR.

396saraslibrary
Dez. 23, 2014, 10:31pm

397ronincats
Dez. 23, 2014, 10:34pm

Stasia, best wishes to you and your husband, Catie and Beth! It's Chrismas Eve's eve, and so I am starting the rounds of wishing my 75er friends the merriest of Christmases or whatever the solstice celebration of their choice is.

398SandDune
Dez. 24, 2014, 2:55am

Stasia, have a great Christmas and New Year!

399Deern
Dez. 24, 2014, 3:51am

Wow, you really made it through the year with just the one thread. :)
Enjoy your break, Stasia, and I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015!

400lunacat
Dez. 24, 2014, 6:06am

Doing the rounds with a festive Connie to wish you a very Merry Christmas full of joy, love and books.

401scaifea
Dez. 24, 2014, 11:14am

Happiest of Christmases to you and yours, Stasia!

402msf59
Dez. 24, 2014, 11:19am

Merry Christmas, Stasia! Enjoy your time off. You deserve it. Hugs!

403rosylibrarian
Dez. 24, 2014, 11:56am

404jolerie
Dez. 24, 2014, 2:49pm

From our family to yours!

405alcottacre
Dez. 24, 2014, 6:22pm

Thank you all for the Christmas wishes!


406LizzieD
Dez. 24, 2014, 6:44pm



Merry Christmas, Stasia, and a joyful Happy New Year!

407nittnut
Dez. 24, 2014, 6:57pm

408jayde1599
Dez. 24, 2014, 6:58pm

Happy Holidays Stasia!

409ChelleBearss
Dez. 24, 2014, 8:29pm

Merry Christmas Stasia!

410AMQS
Dez. 25, 2014, 3:17am

Stasia, best wishes to you for a very Merry Christmas!

411kidzdoc
Dez. 25, 2014, 9:33am



Merry Christmas and God's Blessings to you and your family, Stasia! Keep up the good work in your studies.

412calm
Dez. 25, 2014, 11:14am

Merry Christmas Stasia, I hope you are enjoying your winter break from the studies

413drachenbraut23
Dez. 25, 2014, 11:34am



Dear Stasia,
Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015

414rosalita
Dez. 25, 2014, 9:38pm

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Stasia. May we meet again in 2015.

415laytonwoman3rd
Dez. 25, 2014, 10:18pm

Merry Christmas, Stasia!

416alcottacre
Dez. 26, 2014, 3:06am

Thank you all for the Christmas greetings! I hope you all had a wonderful day.

Julia, I look forward to it. We can break out SOS Titanic again if you like :)

417PaulCranswick
Dez. 27, 2014, 12:55am



Wishing you a restful festive season, Stasia. xx

418alcottacre
Dez. 29, 2014, 4:39am

Thanks, Paul. I had a wonderful time with my family.

Please pray for my mother-in-law. She was rehospitalized Sunday. Kerry is going to try and make a another trip to Louisiana for New Years. He could not spend Christmas with her because of his job, so it is very important that he visit her soon. Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts!

419souloftherose
Dez. 29, 2014, 8:31am

Belated Christmas wishes and a Happy New Year, Stasia.

>418 alcottacre: Sorry to hear about your MIL - I will be praying.

420kidzdoc
Dez. 29, 2014, 7:56pm

I'll say a prayer now for your mother-in-law, Stasia.

421lkernagh
Dez. 29, 2014, 9:40pm

Your MIL is in my thoughts and prayers, Stasia.

422ronincats
Dez. 29, 2014, 9:48pm

Safe travels for Kerry and prayers for your MIL, Stasia!

423alcottacre
Dez. 30, 2014, 6:27am

Thank you, Roni, Lori, Darryl, and Heather. Your prayers are much appreciated!

424Whisper1
Dez. 30, 2014, 7:10am

Take care Stasia. I'm thinking of you and your family!

425laytonwoman3rd
Dez. 31, 2014, 1:43pm

Wishing your family strength, health and peace in the New Year, Stasia.

426PaulCranswick
Dez. 31, 2014, 11:50pm

Stasia,



Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur. Wishing your MIL a speedy recovery

427drachenbraut23
Jan. 1, 2015, 8:48am



Happy New Year, Stasia!

428Berly
Jan. 1, 2015, 8:54pm

Stasia--Happy New Year woman!! Enjoy your break. Best wishes for a fun, happy, healthy, scholarly 2015. : )

429alcottacre
Jan. 2, 2015, 4:16am

Thanks everyone for the New Year's wishes and the prayers for my mother-in-law. She was out of the hospital for only one day before being hospitalized again, so please continue to keep her in your prayers.

You guys are the best!

430Berly
Jan. 2, 2015, 12:25pm

Dang it! So sorry Stasia. More prayers headed her/your way.

431drneutron
Jan. 2, 2015, 12:27pm

Will absolutely remember her in our prayers.

432SandDune
Jan. 2, 2015, 5:15pm

Sending best wishes for your mother-in-law.

433alcottacre
Jan. 3, 2015, 12:50am

Thank you, Kim, Jim, and Rhian!

434The_Hibernator
Jan. 3, 2015, 10:03am

I found you! Except I can't find your 2015 thread. Hopefully you'll put an update on this thread when you make your 2015 one so I can follow your board gaming. :)

435alcottacre
Bearbeitet: Jan. 3, 2015, 11:05am

I will probably make my 2015 thread tonight, Rachel, and post where it is here :)

We have already played Elder Sign and The Palaces of Carrara thus far this year and Shadowrun: Crossfire is on the table to play tonight!