emily_white

emily_white

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272 weeks ago @ The Toast - Friday Open Thread · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks for this--both of your paragraphs are somewhat relevant to my current dilemma, so lots to think on here. (And thanks to everyone else who has replied; you've all said things I needed to hear.)

272 weeks ago @ The Toast - Friday Open Thread · 0 replies · +3 points

Dusting was one of my chores as a kid, so I was trained on that one young, but for generally cleaning stuff, I love both Jolie and UFYH, as mentioned. I have Jolie's book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag, and it explains so many basic things (like, how to properly handwash a bra) so clearly that I have to actually get up and do them.

272 weeks ago @ The Toast - Friday Open Thread · 0 replies · +2 points

You are magical; dusting is clearly the thing I need to do today, too, and it never would've occurred to me. Here's to hoping we both feel a little better for the doing of it!

272 weeks ago @ The Toast - Friday Open Thread · 0 replies · +2 points

+1 on this--on days when all I want to do is watch TV, I can at least watch TV and make dishclothes or baby hats or whatever. Useful, repetitive things.

272 weeks ago @ The Toast - Friday Open Thread · 17 replies · +32 points

For me: I have to make myself do chores. Like, wash ALL the dishes. Clean something I've been ignoring. Change the sheets. Etc. etc. etc., often while listening to podcasts, until I feel like my home is not a cave for sulking in, but a place to fill with better things and productive work. If you pick good tasks, it has the bonus of giving you a little bit of physical work without the baggage of "exercise."

272 weeks ago @ The Toast - Friday Open Thread · 7 replies · +2 points

Taking advantage of a snow day to ask: what are the worst things about your job that you put up with because the other parts are okay? (OR, when did you know that they were no longer balanced out?)

316 weeks ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +4 points

I'm with you, Janie_S! It's definitely a book for hardcore Anne fans, but I find Katherine (with a K) Brooke fascinating after three books of comparing Anne and Marilla as models of unusual girlhood and unusual womanhood.

319 weeks ago @ The Toast - So You've Decided to G... · 0 replies · +10 points

Yes. My job is probably 50% things I learned in library school (backwards-design lesson plans, original cataloging of student work, budgeting, etc.), and 50% things I learned as a middle-school student who volunteered eagerly at school and at the public library (covering books, crowd-control for kindergarteners, 100 crafts to make out of a styrofoam cup, yarn, and some glitter...).

319 weeks ago @ The Toast - On Kit Pearson and the... · 0 replies · +6 points

Kit Pearson was super important to me as a preteen in an inverse and opposite way: as someone who had been moved out of Ontario a few years before, they were the only written proof I could find that my family's way of speaking and decamping-to-the-cottage way of life was real to the world. (I bought most of them on trips home, but I managed to find a couple at the library in Texas, meaning my peers had NO EXCUSE not to know that we did have summer in Canada.)

Other than Looking at the Moon, my favourite was Awake and Dreaming, because the feeling of disappearing straight out of your life was the truth of middle school for me.

320 weeks ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +6 points

This comment is correct about everything. Anne of the Island is a favourite of mine as well, particularly when they create their home of college ladies. Ingleside and Rainbow Valley were my other favourites as a kid, but now I would say Green Gables + Island + Rilla are my essential reads.

Do come back here and talk to us about them when you're done!!!