I need to just hide all of Paul's sister's Facebook posts. Pretty much every single thing she says gets me riled up---and then she makes it worse by interlacing such posts with posts about how no one has any common sense and she's surrounded by stupid irrational people who can't think. Obviously I just need to hide her. Obviously. But I have that unpleasant ADDICTED feeling, like I almost WANT to get riled up because it justifies my dislike of her---even though every time I DO read a post, I wish I wasn't spending so much time mentally arguing with it afterward. I don't know, as I write that out it just sounds really dumb, and really obvious what the correct path is. Obviously I should hide her. I'm going to do it right now. Right now. Right after this. I just want to check one more time to see if she has some new inflammatory thing to say about politics and/or religion and/or other people's mental powers relative to her own. ...Okay, I hid her. Thanks for talking me through that.
I would now find it very refreshing to see some engagement/wedding photos that were just two people facing the camera and smiling. (I don't mean I don't ALSO want the other kinds, which are also good. But fancy stops looking fancy when everything is fancy.)
Rob has those tiny rubber bands on his braces now. I had forgotten from my own experience how those end up EV.ER.Y.WHERE.
I just finished The Cazalet Chronicles, a series of four books by Elizabeth Jane Howard. And because I go nuts when I want to read a series and can't figure out which one is FIRST, please just tell me which one is FIRST, OMG WHY IS THERE NOTHING SAYING WHICH ONE IS FIRST???, I will tell you which one is first: The Light Years (careful: there are a bunch of other books with the same name). I don't know what is up with the high price---$25 for a PAPERBACK?? I'd buy one of the used copies for $4 (1 cent plus $3.99 shipping, but I feel more sane if I think of it as $4 with free shipping). Or, I would get it from the library, which is what I did in fact do. The next three are, in order: Marking Time, Confusion, and Casting Off.
I haven't seen Downton Abbey yet (I like to wait until a series is over, so I can watch it straight through and don't have to wait for the next season), but these books sound exactly like everything I hear about Downton Abbey. World War II era family drama with many, many sub-stories. Anything described as "_____-era" makes me feel automatically weary and bored, but most of the issues are non-time-period-related: jobs, affairs, the various ways marriages work or don't work, various kinds of romantic relationships and their outcomes, unexpected pregnancies and their outcomes, sibling relationships in childhood and adulthood, getting something you want and then being happy or unhappy with it, etc. And once I was into it, I really DID find the time-period-related things interesting: the shortages, the rationing/coupons, the various issues involved in having some of the guys in your life off fighting in a war. And it takes place in England, so that makes for a change if you're more accustomed to the United States point of view.
One annoyance was that the author was very fond of starting a new section using pronouns and no names, so that it would take awhile to figure out who was who and what was going on. I hate that. I'd skip ahead each time until I found THE G-D NAMES, and then I'd go back and re-start the section knowing who we were talking about.
There were also a few places where the prose got super tangled and strange for a couple of paragraphs. Unfortunately one of those places is the very first page of the first book. PLOW THROUGH IT. There were also some little cheesy parts here and there, but I found I had a tolerance for it, so perhaps you will find the same thing.
I found it very challenging to keep straight which kids were siblings and which were cousins. I also have trouble when there is, for example, a Rupert and a Richard and a Roland. There's a family tree in the front of each book, but I hate family trees in books because they often include terrible spoilers: "OMG, John is going to marry Ellen?? Harriet is going to have another baby?? AND WHAT IS THIS DEATH DATE FOR ARNOLD!?!?" So. I think if I were reading it again, I might make myself a little chart as I went along, and then I could use it as a bookmark.
I liked the series A LOT, and was very sorry to have it be over. There was a little part at the end that was like the author saying SHE was sorry too, and that made me weepy in a happy way.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...