Operation Eleanor


You may have noticed the numbers ticking down on the right over an ultrasound picture. Sometimes we look over at the countdown with excitement. And other times we avoid previewing posts because we don’t want to be reminded how little time we have left to get everything together.

That countdown means we’re very close to the commencement of Operation Eleanor. And that means I’m going to take a little break from the blog.

No worries, I’m not going completely silent. No, we’re going to enter into the time-honored tradition of reruns. That’s right, along with 30 Rock and Star Trek and BtVS, you will also be able to binge some Golden Echo.

The posts will start next week, and right now are planned into early March because, let’s face it, I probably won’t be sleeping much during that time, and I don’t want to inflict that kind of babbling on you.

Until we start our regularly scheduled programming (perhaps with some Eleanor pictures!), I have something you can help me out with.

Below is a board where we’re gathering books that we want Eleanor to grow up with, and we would like suggestions. What are the essentials? What do you wish you had known about from the beginning? What traumatized you as a kid, making you wish you had never read it?

12 Responses

  1. Well, when my sister and I were little, we loved the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald and the Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish (maybe we just liked characters with rhyming names? 😉). I also really liked Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess.

    • Thanks for the suggestions! I really enjoyed Amelia Bedelia when I was a kid and Kristen loved A Little Princess. It’s strange how there’s all these books that we read when we were younger but they just don’t come to mind until someone brings them up.

  2. Congratulations and very best wishes for Eleanor’s arrival! Your board of books you’d like her to grow up with is such a lovely idea! 🙂 Sadly I don’t have Pinterest, so I can’t see all of the books, but I’d echo the recommendation above of A Little Princess (and other books by Frances Hodgson Burnett). I also loved the Anne of Green Gables books, the Narnia series, Noel Streatfeild’s, Edith Nesbit’s and Rosemary Sutcliff’s books, and the Little Women series. I really liked Enid Blyton’s books too, although – as an adult – I’m aware they’re not such great literature!

    • Thank you! She will definitely grow up with Little Women and Anne of Green Gables (otherwise she won’t get it when her mother says she found her professor). I’ll have to check out all the other writers you suggest too. I hadn’t heard of Blyton before. Nesbit is a wonderful idea! Especially with the delightful connection to William Morris.

  3. […] Operation Eleanor either hasn’t commenced yet or we’re in the in the hospital having her right now. With the delay, I’m extending our reruns with this post about our pilgrimage to Flannery O’Connor’s home last year. There will be a few more posts like this during March, and then we’ll have a new post on medievalism late in the month. […]

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