Behold My Teacup.

November 19, 2014

Well, I tell you, there's scrounging for blog content and then there's me. Actually, I have LOTS of content, it just hasn't made it to the blog yet because I'm wading through a pile of fall photo sessions (actually not that many, I'm just really sloooooow and I'm also still editing a wedding from early October), and I've been trying to figure out all of my Christmas gifties for people in November so I don't have to deal with it in December.

So once a year I get myself a new teacup (or Andrew gets me one after I beg) from Anthropologie, and here's this year's cup! It has a honeybee inside it! Which is super duper fun because my name, Melissa, means 'honeybee' in Greek, did any of you know that? 'Tis true.

I had other pix of the cup, showing the whole thing, but I didn't like them so well so I threw them away. Now I'm sad I did that because I want to show you more of my cup.

Julia told me this morning that she began reading 'Island of the Blue Dolphins' at school, which really blew my mind, because I don't think I read that until the 5th or 6th grade, and she LOVES it. (I recall that book being really sad and boring, but I wasn't so into books that didn't have some kind of magical element involved. I'm still pretty much that way.)

I looked it up online because we were trying to figure out how old the girl is, in the book, and she's 12 at the outset and 30 at the end. (it's pretty sad what actually happens to her, you can read about it here.)

I'm reading 'Emily of New Moon' and I can't say more about it right now, because we need to have a much longer conversation about it and I have many things to say and I want to take a picture of it.

Also - this week on Friday Cool Stuff list - CHRISTMAS books are coming. Yes. Other blogs already have their gift guides up! So it's ok for me to launch into Christmas mode, it really is.




14 comments:

  1. NO FAIR. I just looked at this VERY teacup the other day and was greeding over it!! :D Beautiful!

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    1. it's ok b/c my name is Melissa and the kind Anthro fairies put a bee on this cup, which meant they made it just for me. this is the delusion I'm feeding myself and I feel really good about it! :)

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  2. I love your cup! Sweet little bee.

    I had TWENTY books on hold at the library yesterday, and a great many were Christmas. I'm getting my books now, before everyone else starts requesting them. I'm even banking blog posts for the future. I will be in full Christmas mode, as soon as I get through Thanksgiving.

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    1. DANG GIRL, you are AWESOME! So smart, you are. I usually try to do this and this year I have not. I did buy a new Christmas book though and I haven't done that in awhile!

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  3. My boy - age 8 - read Island of the Blue Dolphin not very long ago. I was surprised too. I asked him if he liked it and he said "Yeah, it was kind of weird, but I liked it okay" and then he shrugged. It wasn't the most ringing endorsement, but he did ask if the author wrote any other books, so I guess that's okay.

    I think the tea cup is very cute!

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    1. my daughter got to the part where the brother died today - she was kind of like, whoa.

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  4. I LOVE Island of the Blue Dolphins, I read it many, many times when I was young. I think I was about 10 or 11-and it fit into my "alone in the wilderness" thing I was very interested in at the time. I read it again a few years ago-and I thought it held up really well.

    What an adorable teacup! Oh, and it is totally OK for you to launch into Christmas mode-we need all the help we can get, after Thanksgiving it will be a quick slide to Christmas!

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    1. she told me today that she is really into the book, so hey, that's awesome!! i think i would have so much more appreciation for it now than when I was young - I was so into my fairy tales, I couldn't see past the end of my nose when it came to other books....:)

      (i tend to think of the whole time starting right after Halloween as a quick slide into Christmas, ha!)

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  5. I'm sure I read that book, but barely remember it. The true story is kind of brutal as well. This title also mixes up in mind with Julie of the Wolves. Girls/Women alone with nature...

    Also, did you ever read Snowbound In Hidden Valley? OOoh that was one of my faves.

    Nice teacup! I have a bunch of my grandma's. I should pull some out and use them. But then I'm afraid I'll break them! I need a display hutch...I need a bigger house. "Honey we need to move." "What? Why?" "I need to be able to display my teacups!"

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    1. Ha! I think I have had the same conversation with my husband about teacups and vintage Pyrex.

      "Honey, we really need more room!". He just shakes his head...

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    2. I never did read that Snowbound book! Sounds like a good read for the depths of winter.....ha ha ha ha - BOTH of these conversations sound like US with our BOOKS! When we bought our current house, the main thing we were looking at was what the yard was like, and was there space for a lot of bookcases.....:)

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  6. So, as a fellow Melissa, I might also need that tea cup. :) I was chuckling because my son's teacher read Island of the Blue Dolphins last year--when he was only six (although his Montessori elementary classroom has ages 6-10 in it)--and I was slightly horrified because of how sad it is...but he absolutely LOVED it and has been begging me to read it at home. I swear kids today are growing up too fast.... Did I mention that we named my daughter Emily for Emily of New Moon. Scout's honor. Have you seen the new covers that amazingly talented Elly MacKay has designed? Scroll down the page...although I have yet to see them for sale... http://www.ellymackay.com/books-2/

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