Feb 3, 2017

Books of Yore, More Thrifting, and Personality Discoveries

Joining Kelly for Seven Quick Takes this week!

Recently, as I was getting my yearly dose of White Christmas watching, an exchange I hadn't made note of before caught my attention:

"Tell me, brainstorm, what do you think would be a novelty up here in Vermont?"
"Who knows?"
"Maybe we can dig up a Democrat?"

And I had to laugh because that very much isn't the case anymore.

And then days later I was reading this book about a former logging area in Maine, and this line jumped out at me:

"He was a individualist- a Democrat in the state of Maine."

(The book was written in '48.) Yep, times have definitely changed!

And speaking of that book, which was a former library book- check out these regulations:
Two cents a day fine! And can you imagine mailing in renewal requests?
A little over a year ago I was on the thrifting hunt for a dressy-ish wool coat but came up empty-handed. Well, I was so very happy to come across this inexpensive vintage coat last week at a thrift store! I figure it to be from somewhere between 1964-1973 based on one of the inside tags. Waiting and searching can feel fruitless but when you eventually find something you like, it makes thrifting worth it. :)

For Christmas we were given a really nice set of the Narnia books. I was thinking they would be great to read to the girls down the road, however Audrey kept begging us to read her "The Golden Chair" (visions of frilly princesses on sparkly thrones, no doubt), so one day before naptime I grabbed The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, figuring I'd have her asking me to read something else before I finished page one...but she liked it! Tim was the one who read most of the book to the girls and this week they finished the last bit.
I'm not sure if the girls are ready to delve into the rest of the series but I'm glad they enjoyed the start!

 Have you tried out Jen's saint generator? I got Saint Adelaide, which is pretty neat since she's Heidi's patron saint. :)

 I recently read an article at Verily about ambiverts (which I had previously never heard of), and suddenly my life made sense! Every time I've taken tests like Myers-Briggs or the Temperament tests I get varying results. (Pretty sure I don't have multiple personalities...) I used to half-jokingly wonder "which personality type is the one where you can't pin-point which one you are?", and I relate to traits of different behaviors. As the article explains, "An ambivert, meanwhile, has a particular percentage of tendencies towards introversion as well as extroversion." Definitely something interesting that I'd like to read more about.

And sliding into the seventh take is Cora with her seven month photo. She has six teeth, rolls hither, thither, and yon when put down, loves her bouncer- until she wants out, and does not prefer solids at all. She's a jolly ol' girl and is also in the grab everything stage- the other day she grabbed my face and tried to bite my nose!

I always love the gummy smiles, but when I see the little emerging teeth I love them just as well! (Just not the actual teething phase. ;)
Have a great weekend, and if you're not wild about either of the Super Bowl teams, enjoy some good game food. ;)


  1. Great find; what a lovely coat!

    Hope teething is not too difficult.

  2. Ambiverts forever! I'm exactly the same way with personality tests - everything clicked for me when I read about ambiverts for the first time, too!

    1. Also the girls are sure to enjoy at least Prince Caspian & Dawn Treader right now - Reepicheep is a family favorite!

    2. Also the girls are sure to enjoy at least Prince Caspian & Dawn Treader right now - Reepicheep is a family favorite!

  3. That coat!! What a great find! I always seem to come up empty-handed when I thrift. You'll have to share your tips and tricks.

  4. Oh my goodness. That coat is uh-MAZING! You are such a great thrifter!

    I have the Narnia series on CD, read by some wonderful British actors. We have listened to the dramatized version from Focus on the Family as well, and they are great for the car. Though, we do have a chatty little girl who makes it hard to listen sometimes. LOL Happy to share either one with you!

    YES! Ambiverts unite! My husband does not understand how I get different results every time!


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