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|Saturday, July 14th, 2012|
Deep sigh of relief. A weekend off! It's been a tough couple of weeks at work, but I'm looking forward to my boss coming back from vacation on Tuesday. And the week after that my new co-worker starts!
We started Sammy on solid foods last week and he's doing well. Initially I planned to make his baby food, but with the heat wave there was no way I felt like cooking anything and Babies R Us had a nice sale on organics, so I stocked up. Now that its cooler I should really get into a cooking routine not just for him but for us. Neither Dan or I cook a lot. I used to like to cook on my days off, but like so many things, its different with a baby. It becomes a challenge to do anything that I cannot step away from every few minutes.
I love my little guy so much! A lot of people tell us what a happy baby he is and it's true. He really only fusses if he needs something or at night when we try to put his to bed. There are so many conflicting theories about babies and sleeping. Some people say you should let them "cry it out" and others say you should always respond to your baby when he cries. Most nights he's asleep by 8:30 but there is usually some crying/picking him up/nursing before then.
This weekend Dan and I are talking about moving him into the crib in his room. I'm not all that unhappy about his sleeping in his pack 'n play in our room, but the crib is roomier and he'll have to be in there eventually. We do put him down for naps there on most days. We also need to do some babyproofing around the house because while he isn't crawling, he is surprisingly mobile when he rolls around or scoots.
|Tuesday, December 20th, 2011|
I just spent 45 minutes writing a post and accidently deleted it all on one keystroke. Whatever. That's my signal to go to bed. I'll try again tomorrow.
|Thursday, October 21st, 2010|
Today has been a great day. I slept in, made a kale-grape-mango-smoothie for breakfast and later met janeausten
for lunch. I always enjoy getting to spend time with her! Afterwards, I went to Half-Price Books and browsed leisurely for over an hour, finding all kinds of cool stuff, then hemming and hawing about what to buy. I left with a Pilates DVD led by one of my favorite instructors, Ellen Barrett, My Brilliant Career
, which is a fantastic movie that's been on my wishlist for years, and two CDs: Peter and the Wolf
and a Manhatten Transfer CD. The latter was only a dollar and has their version of "Java Jive", which I absolutely love.
I dropped off some books at the library and picked up a few vegan cookbooks, then paged through the cookbook my brother gave me for my birthday and planned on what to make for dinner. The book is entitled Clean Food
and it's broken down into seasonal chapters, so you can cook according to what's in-season. I have a huge bag of apples from the farmer's market that's been sitting in the fridge since last week, and they turned-out to be a bit too "early" to be really good snacking apples, so I used the recipe for Apple Crisp in the book and turned most of them into a delicious dessert. There's still a lot of apples left, though, so I'm going to see if there's a recipe for something else to use them up. I think there's a recipe for Apple Squash Soup that sounds good, but it requires a hand blender, which I don't have.
I also make a HUGE pot of something called Goodness Soup tonight, but it's still cooking because I didn't read very carefully and missed that it needs to simmer for "at least three hours". That gave me enough time to get out the bread maker and start a loaf of whole wheat bread to go with the soup. It should be ready by the time Dan gets home from work. I'm anxious to find out how his job interview went today. But I don't think I'm going to want to eat dinner at 9pm. Still, we'll be able to eat off of the soup for days, provided it turns out okay. It calls for a tiny amount of seaweed called kombu, which I've never used before. There's also a lot of veggies, barley, lentils and white beans. It's neat that my brother got me this cookbook, because I'm definitely feeling ready to transition into a more vegan lifestlye again, and it gives me plenty of inspiration.
|Monday, September 13th, 2010|
I tried to make cake pops last night -- those cute confections-on-a-stick that are featured in so magazines and food blogs these days -- but alas, they did not come out. Dan even helped, by buying cake mix and baking the cake while I was at work, which was really sweet. I think it is something that we could do with a bit of practice though. It was my turn to bring in small prizes for a team-building contest at work, and I ended up just bundling some candy into little treat bags instead.
My grandma is 91 years old. I cannot fathom what it must be like to be 91 years old. Grandpa died about eight years ago, and so have all of Grandma's siblings and cousins. As she said recently while showing me pictures of long-dead family members I never even met: "I'm the only one left". She's been on my mind a lot lately...what can be done to make her life a little happier, a little less lonely? I'm going to visit her more often, that's for sure. Being at her house is an interesting experience, because it is literally like stepping back in time for me. The door, the porch, the kitchen, the sitting room -- it all looks and smells that same as it has for as long as I can remember. I'm a little bit confused when I find myself there, all grown-up.
What a disservice we do to ourselves when we fail to honor our elders, those who have gone before us and done all the things we are doing or have yet-to-do! I've read that other cultures do a much better job of taking care of their elders and treasuring them as the repositories of wisdom and experience that they are. But our culture, which values youth and beauty over almost everything else except money, fails at this. How sad.
|Friday, September 12th, 2008|
Is anyone else thinking of the CNN special from a year ago predicting the day a hurricane knocks out the fuel refineries in Texas and the results are catastrophic for the entire country? Cause I am.
|Tuesday, July 1st, 2008|
Regardless of what awaits me at work tomorrow, today is a good day. It's a cleaning/laundry/cooking/reading day. Two loads of laundry started, bathroom cleaned, dishes done and I'll head to the laundromat in a little bit to do the big items. Also need to re-pot some of the pepper plants and the tomato plants. I'm so excited, as we actually have little peppers starting to grow!! Hooray for container gardening!
Yesterday I bought the latest issues of Mothering
and Vegetarian Times
magazines and read them both cover-to-cover. At Trader Joe's, we picked up some tempeh and I'm going to page through my Vegan Planet
cookbook to find a new recipe to try, as I didn't see anything in vegetarian slow cooker book that would work with what's in the house right now.
We're not vegans, or even completely vegetarian, but I've never been able to get over my squeamishness about handling raw meat, so vegetarian is all I make. Last week I made sloppy joe's with Morningstar crumbles and it turned out very good.
I'm thinking of buying a Vitamix with some of our stimulus check.
|Saturday, June 28th, 2008|
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)
5)Annotate at will.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights
- Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit
- JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind
- Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland
- Lewis Carroll
30 Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Gramahe
31 Anna Karenina
- Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield
- Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
- Jane Austen
35 PersuasionThe Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
- CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm
- George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code
- Dan Brown.
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables
- LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale
- Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies
- William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
- Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility
- Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities
- Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World
- Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddo
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men
- John Steinbeck
- Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History
- Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden
- Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar
- Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 Christmas Carol
- Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple
- Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary
- Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web
- EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness
- Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down
- Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers- Alexandre Dumas
- William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
|Thursday, April 17th, 2008|
Last night Dan and I went shopping for groceries. We walk into the store and get a cart, start walking through the produce section and I'm thinking out loud about what we need to get: "Bread, cheese, tea..." Dan pulls something out of his pocket and says "Let me check my list". His list consists of a 2008 Milwaukee Brewers game schedule, and he examines it carefully, which totally cracked me up
. As we walked through the store, putting things into the cart, every so often I'd say "Don't forget to check your list -- are we missing anything?" at which point he would dutifully get the list out to examine again.
I went to the dentist today and dutifully had my gums scraped -- ouch! Always an ordeal, even though I floss daily and use a sonic toothbrush. Today was pretty painful. But at least my dentist is cool.
I also have a tumor, or rather pimple, on my face, which must be an expression of hormonal imbalance. My body's probabaly still out-of-whack.
Back to work tomorrow, although it was supposed to be my day off. My boss's husband is in the hospital, and there are some V.I.Ps coming that will need to be entertained. So I suppose I should go to bed.
|Wednesday, February 13th, 2008|
Portrait of an INFP - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
(Introverted Feeling with Extraverted Intuition)
As an INFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in primarily via your intuition.
INFPs, more than other iNtuitive Feeling types, are focused on making the world a better place for people. Their primary goal is to find out their meaning in life. What is their purpose? How can they best serve humanity in their lives? They are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves
INFPs are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life. They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things. Every encounter and every piece of knowledge gained gets sifted through the INFP's value system, and is evaluated to see if it has any potential to help the INFP define or refine their own path in life. The goal at the end of the path is always the same - the INFP is driven to help people and make the world a better place.
Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease. Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people he or she knows well.
INFPs do not like conflict, and go to great lengths to avoid it. If they must face it, they will always approach it from the perspective of their feelings. In conflict situations, INFPs place little importance on who is right and who is wrong. They focus on the way that the conflict makes them feel, and indeed don't really care whether or not they're right. They don't want to feel badly. This trait sometimes makes them appear irrational and illogical in conflict situations. On the other hand, INFPs make very good mediators, and are typically good at solving other people's conflicts, because they intuitively understand people's perspectives and feelings, and genuinely want to help them.
INFPs are flexible and laid-back, until one of their values is violated. In the face of their value system being threatened, INFPs can become aggressive defenders, fighting passionately for their cause. When an INFP has adopted a project or job which they're interested in, it usually becomes a "cause" for them. Although they are not detail-oriented individuals, they will cover every possible detail with determination and vigor when working for their "cause".
When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project booklet.
INFPs do not like to deal with hard facts and logic. Their focus on their feelings and the Human Condition makes it difficult for them to deal with impersonal judgment. They don't understand or believe in the validity of impersonal judgment, which makes them naturally rather ineffective at using it. Most INFPs will avoid impersonal analysis, although some have developed this ability and are able to be quite logical. Under stress, it's not uncommon for INFPs to mis-use hard logic in the heat of anger, throwing out fact after (often inaccurate) fact in an emotional outburst.
INFPs have very high standards and are perfectionists. Consequently, they are usually hard on themselves, and don't give themselves enough credit. INFPs may have problems working on a project in a group, because their standards are likely to be higher than other members' of the group. In group situations, they may have a "control" problem. The INFP needs to work on balancing their high ideals with the requirements of every day living. Without resolving this conflict, they will never be happy with themselves, and they may become confused and paralyzed about what to do with their lives.
INFPs are usually talented writers. They may be awkard and uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but have a wonderful ability to define and express what they're feeling on paper. INFPs also appear frequently in social service professions, such as counselling or teaching. They are at their best in situations where they're working towards the public good, and in which they don't need to use hard logic.
INFPs who function in their well-developed sides can accomplish great and wonderful things, which they will rarely give themselves credit for. Some of the great, humanistic catalysts in the world have been INFPs.
Jungian functional preference ordering:
Dominant: Introverted Feeling
Auxiliary: Extraverted Intuition
Tertiary: Introverted Sensing
Inferior: Extraverted Thinking
Portrait of an INFP - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
(Introverted Feeling with Extraverted Intuition)
|Sunday, December 30th, 2007|
I love my husband lots but he snores so loudly! I'm debating whether or not I should just bunk down on the couch tonight...I can hear him in the other room :)
Yesterday I went to the library and one of the books I checked-out is called Classics for
by Michael Dirda. Well, I started reading it and quickly decided that I wanted my own copy, as it is a book I plan to reference for years to come. I'm going to try to read every book he mentions in, shall we say, the next five years? The strangest thing happened when I went into work this afternoon: I came in for my shift and my co-worker Renee was sitting at the breakroom table reading the very same book! I said (very enthusiastically) "Get out! I just got that book from the library and I'm going to buy it!" She seemed amused.
Renee and I have similar tastes in books. We both like historical fiction, and generally have a similar appreciation -- some might say obsession -- with books in general. janeausten
and I used to go to a monthly book club with her, but we stopped going and I can't remember why.
Guilty pleasure # 514: Michael Jackson songs: Billie Jean, Thriller, Beat It, Bad, Smooth Criminal, etc. etc.
We watched the Doctor Who Christmas episode last night and it was a lot of fun (our copy came in yesterday's mail). Yay Kylie Minogue!
I stopped at the health food store before work to buy a neti pot, but they were all out. Apparently, Oprah talked about them (and we all know what happens when Oprah promotes something). I'm going to stop at another store tomorrow. I'm recovering from a head cold and I do not
want to get the dreaded Sinus Infection that I so often end up with. Anyone know of some good holistic ways to prevent a sinus infection?
|Monday, November 5th, 2007|
I'm going to be making most of my entires-- both new and past ones -- friends only. Please send me an email if you'd like to be added.
|Monday, February 27th, 2006|
Went to the funeral tonight. Saw a lot
of people, a lot of kids just out of high school...as I said to the person next to me in line, it felt surreal. Many of us decided not to stay for the memorial service. Because what can be said? What can be done? We can talk about what a wonderful person he was (there wasn't a mean bone in his entire body). We can talk about how tragic it is. But we can't bring him back, and that's all anybody wants to do.
I hope that wherever he is, he's at peace. I hope that something good can come out of this...somehow.
I feel so lucky to be alive, to be able to drink Earl Grey tea with sugar and milk and watch The Simpsons
on t.v., and spend a day at the library reading magazines and finding a stack of books to check out. Lucky to be in love with my husband and have a family who loves me and friends and co-workers...I try to end each day by thanking God for me blessings, even on those not-so-good days, and tonight, I feel so extraordinarily blessed.
|Saturday, February 25th, 2006|
A co-worker of mine committed suicide earlier this week. I found out today. He was eighteen years old and a freshman in college. He hanged himself in the closet of his dorm room and his roommate found him. People are saying that he'd been depressed since breaking-up with his girlfriend.
I last saw him over the winter holidays, and I can't believe he won't be coming back this summer.
As someone who's been suicidal and depressed -- and gotten help and gotten better -- I know that he was probably feeling so much pain that death seemed like the only way to stop the pain. You don't think clearly in that condition. I keep thinking about all the things he'll never do...ten years from now, we'll all be older and will have experienced a lot of things, but he'll never be more than the sum of his eighteen years.
He could have been more. He could have gotten through this darkness and found that there is joy after depression. He could have continued to stumble, as we all do, through life, and contributed something great to the world.
|Thursday, February 2nd, 2006|
An amazing thing happened yesterday. It's happened before, but I'm still amazed, because I always forget how different I feel when I open myself up to the Divine: quit making excuses about why I've been so selfish, quit the rationalizations about why my religion is flawed, quit the endless
questioning...just turn my face toward God like a flower turned toward the sun. God, Goddess....I struggle so much with the sexism of Catholocism and Christianity, but when I'm able to put that aside and say "It's not about me, it's about You" I feel completely different, and I know the people around me see it, too. I came into work feeling better than I've felt in a long while.
D got low around 4:30 this morning. I woke up and he was staring at me with one eye closed, skin flushed and sweating. I knew immediately his blood sugar must have dropped, but I'm never sure how much, and he was not in any condition to help me test. He kept pulling his finger away and falling back to sleep. It took some coaxing, but I got him to drink some Powerade, which is what we keep onhand now instead of juice since he's trying to keep his potassium intake low.
|Wednesday, February 1st, 2006|
Time for tea. I don't have to go into work for a few hours, so I've put Persuasion
in the DVD player, folded the laundry and put the kettle on. I received a book I ordered in the mail yesterday from the Amazon.com marketplace...an out-of-print title Women's Rites
by Beverly Byrne. I found it on a list of books about women's spirituality at some website or another. From reading the back, I think it'll be right up my alley (once I get past the fact that a character's name is "Barbie"): In the Boston suburb of Revere in the 1960's, they are high school "best friends." Barbie Korman, beautiful, insecure, and Jewish, becomes a model after graduation. Maria Trapetti, intense, brilliant, and molded by her Italian Catholic heritage, enters a convent. But the overwhleming force in both their lives is the legacy of another woman, a woman who lived centuries before, a woman represented by an exquisitely carved figurine from the tiny island of Lanzarote, known simply as "the lady." As the years pass Barbie finds herself in a passionate love affair with Joe Dianni, a Catholic priest. Maria years for the secular world and works with archeologist Hank Rolles. Both women search for their places in the world and, as more years pass, experience life's many rich possibilities. But always they -- and the men in their lives -- are drawn to "the lady" of Lanzarote....
Sounds good to me. It says in the book that the author lives on Lanzarote, a Spanish island just off the coast of Africa. So she chose tho use it as a setting for the book. Interesting.
I've been in a depressed mood the past four or five days...feeling unmotivated at work and unsure of what to do with myself at home. Yesterday I went to the denist, then cleaned, watched a movie on Lifetime -- they suck you in those dammn
Lifetime movies! -- exercised, and thought I was doing well until D came home from work and I turned into a bit of a bitch. What set me off? I kept alternately apologizing and then criticizing him. He's had a medical bill in collections for months now, and hasn't called them, even though they call almost every day. How are we going to qualify for a loan with that on our credit report? Sometimes I'm struck at how bad we are for each other...I enable him and he enables me. Is it love or codependency? What's the difference? And what should I do?
|Wednesday, January 25th, 2006|
One year I had a lunar calendar and I decided to get one again this year, because I think keeping track of the moon helps me understand my own waxing and waning energies.
This week the moon is waning, and I feel myself flirting with the edges of darkness. I could never turn my back on those shadows, but its been a while since I've done any shadow work. Last night and today I feel bold and strong with an awareness of the darkness that's within (and without). My voice is loud and doesn't hesitate when I speak. I think of Inanna and her sister Eriskegal who rules the Underworld. I think of Hecate and Persephone. What should I do to honor Her?
|Saturday, January 14th, 2006|
I've been thinking about why I've been dreaming about a certain seventeen-year-old co-worker, and as I discussed with janeausten
I think it has to do with envying the place he is at in his life: young and still discovering the person he'll be, beginning to make decisons about his future...anything to convince myself I'm not a pedophile, okay?
We saw Pride & Prejudice
the other day and it was very good. I liked this new production even more than the A&E version, especailly the Chopin-esq soundtrack.
Sometimes being married is hard. As I read somewhere, relationships reflect back the worst parts of yourself, and being married, that shit is reflected back a lot faster and more often that with someone who doesn't know you as well. D and I fight about cleaning, because we're both pretty messy, and the long and short of it is, I'm not an easy person to live with.
|Friday, January 6th, 2006|
I would like to announce to the world that we have a new sofa...
...and it totally rocks. Totally rocks
. I'm sure its wrong to be so happy about getting a sofa, but I am very, very pleased.
On the downside, I heard something in the walls yesterday, and I'm rather cetain it's a rodent. Also, I keep having dreams about having to move. This morning, I dreamed that the neighbors were using an ax on the door to try to get in and rob us. I don't look foward to moving again, but it is inevitable. This wonderful new sofa was a bitch to get in, and will be a bitch to get out.
Such is life :)
|Wednesday, December 28th, 2005|
One day off is like a sigh in the midst on being winded from Too Much Work.
I met D for lunch. I went to Ashley Furniture and purchased a new sofa with some of the money we received from Christmas -- we're really excited about that. It was time for a new sofa when the television remote disappeared for three days and D finally found it a hole underneath the cushions, cushions that contastly require re-adjusting to keep one from sitting on the frame. We checked out a few places last night and decided that Ashley was the best and most affordable. The new sofa is large and comfortable and will be great for taking naps. It's scheduled to arrive a week from Friday.
I did two loads of laundry and made it to Family Dinner Night. I finished reading Children of God
by Mary Russell, the sequel to The Sparrow
a fantastic book which I literally couldn't put down and stayed up until roughly 2 a.m. the other night to finish.
I have so much to read and not enough time to do it in.
D bought me a sewing machine for Christmas and I plan on making sewing my new project. There is a particular dress I own that I believe will be relatively simple to reproduce, and I've wanted to try my hand at making a white nightgown ever since watching Franco Zeforelli's 1968 version of Romeo & Juliet
-- I fell in love with the movie and also the white gown worn during a particular scene.
If only there were a bit more room in this cozy, one-bedroom apartment which we already have overstuffed with books and bookselves, wedding gifts and who-knows-what-else.