The Not Just Jane Project Update: Book 2. Err, 3. Sort of.

Good morning. *sniffle, snuffle, snork* No, I’m not still cathetic over last night’s episode of Downtown Abbey. (Although … )

I actually wasn’t feeling great when I got home from Corporate World last night, and unfortunately the trend seems to be continuing today, so I’m making this post a short one. I just wanted to update you all on my progress in the Not Just Jane Project. Sort of.

You see, once I got settled into the pocket-sized place last night, I tried to put on a socially appropriate smile and spend some time with Ms. Emma Woodhouse, I really did. But I have to admit that when I traded my grownup clothes for pajama pants, I also passed over Ms. Woodhouse in favour of the company of the Dashwood sisters. Yes, I put down “Emma” and picked up “Sense and Sensibility” instead. I know – I am being fickle with my literary affections. Jane would be scandalized.

But I have fond memories of the film adaption starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, and I thought some time with the unpretentious

Sense and Sensibility 1995 movie

I’ll just come hang out on the couch with you, ok girls?

Dashwood sisters would better suit my mood. (And also that they’d be less likely to comment on the aforementioned pajama pants). And I was right – I read a lovely few chapters before drifting off to sleep on a cloud of Tylenol Cold and Flu medicine.

All of which is a long (and antihistamine-laced; sorry) way of saying that the bookshelf will be a bit out of order around here for a while. But I feel better already. And I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a (possibly medically-enhanced) Wordful Wednesday!

What comforting rituals do you follow when you’re not feeling well? Tell me all about it in the Comments!Β 

love amb

26 thoughts on “The Not Just Jane Project Update: Book 2. Err, 3. Sort of.

  1. never get sick so I don’t need tricks to feel better. OK, not entirely true. But when I am sick I still say I’m not. Which is maybe my trick? No rest for the wicked, you know that πŸ˜‰

    Glad if you’re up and at ’em and sorry if you don’t/didn’t feel well. Hope you have your HankyBook!

    • Teeheehee! Good point Liz, good point! You can’t get sick – you don’t have time! πŸ˜‰

      Made it through today in one piece and don’t have anything on tonight except an appointment with my couch and the second episode of “Sherlock” so I’m all set. Hope things are well on your end – were schools open today or is it still too cold?

      • our district was the ONLY one in our metro area that opened today. Kids were burned about it this morning, but it’s coming out now how the other districts have multiple school days to make up (good bye spring break, summer, etc) and our kids only have one day to make up so far. But it is bitter bitter bitter cold.

        Speaking of books (which we weren’t, but your post title does imply a bit of literacy so….), I just started one this morning called Before Green Gables and it appears to be the prequel to Anne of GG. It’s a different author and not as compelling as what I remember Anne to be, but seems a good balance to other things I read. Forgetting if you’re a fan of Anne.

        Stay warm and enjoy Sherlock. I’m still chasing Kaela on Dr. Who. Somehow she slipped way ahead of me. Realized last night that the Dr. has become the “other man,” because I’m spending time with him at night instead of my husband. Look what you’ve started πŸ˜‰

  2. I clicked “Like” and thought, but I DON’T like that Amb is sick, should I NOT click that? But I like your post, so the LIKE wins! Whenever I am sick, I somehow think it’s time for a grilled cheese sandwich. Or two. But, you simply cannot be sick. You have important place to be and people to see and, and so hunker down, stay warm, drink lots of fluids and GET BETTER!! (I am not yelling at you, I promise!) xoxo

    • Yay for LIKES winning the day! I know just what you meant Bon, and it made me laugh. I am so loving the sound of a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner right now! That might be just the ticket – along with sleep and oh, right, some tv episodes, of course. xoxoxoxo

  3. It’s not a ritual, but I was on a business trip and got really, really sick. Even though there was a TV in the hotel room, I rented Sense & Sensibility on my iPad and sat in bed with it on my lap. It was very comforting. I also have the 1995 Pride & Prejudice always on my iPad, so that followed.

    • Oh my goodness! I love that we have the same Austen-based remedies, that’s amazing πŸ™‚ Mind you, I still haven’t seen the P&P miniseries, much to the chagrin of some of the coommenters around here, but I’ll get to it eventually, I promise!

      • It’s the best! It’s very different from the 2005 movie, mind you. It’s very faithful to the book and the time period.

    • Yes, exactly! Because chocolate cake is, like, totally medicinal. I’m sure of it πŸ˜‰ Hey, it makes me happy, which is medicinal enough for me! Thanks as always for stopping by Beth

    • today is nat’l chocolate cake day? I did not get that memo! Must go visit your space, Beth, as maybe you’ve posted something about it. Knew there was a reason I was craving choc cake today. (no, wait, I crave choc cake everyday) Thanks for enlightening me πŸ™‚

      And amb, how about you work on legalizing a nat’l pj pants day. You could do that, couldn’t you? Try to make it an International holiday if you can, but if you can only arrange for Canada, we’ll participate in spirit.

      • no worries, liz, you found out just in time. and i second the national/international pj pants day, it could strengthen the relations between our countries even. count me in and i am ready to do what is needed to fulfill my patriotic duty.

    • Me too Dianne, it’s the worst! I’m getting all sorts of great menu suggestions though … grilled cheese with chicken soup is sounding pretty perfect to me right about now πŸ™‚

  4. I’m feeling blah tonight, so I put on the Magic Robe given to me by The Girl Who Owns My heart. It makes me feel like I’m wrapped in one of her hugs. Shortly after I put it on, she sent me a very loving email, which also improved my mood. The Magic Robe always works… πŸ™‚

  5. So this is where Tuesday went to!

    Following your heart seems a good way to do Austen! If you don’t feel like reading Emma, why read it?

    Oh, that’s right. You got your challenge thing!

    Well, I’m sure you’ll find the right month to grit your teeth and wince your way through Emma. Make sure you also pick a companion book that you also don’t like reading, just to round out the experience!

    • Yes, I have that challenge thing. Plus, think of it – reading “Emma” may finally produce that elusive negative review from me that you’ve been searching for! This could finally make it happen!

      • I forgot about that aspect! In fact, you were verging on a negative review a couple of times there. So, what’s the companion reader for S&S?

      • Sigh. Austenalia. See, I could give a negative review of that one. And I haven’t even read it.

        Speaking of Austenalia, did I ever tell you I once posted an imitation of Eminem’s “Stan” at, as a series of letters Marianne writes to Willoughby? The fuddy duddies at Pemberly took it down almost immediately.

        I can’t remember much of it, but the last letter started,
        “Dear Mr. ‘so sorry to have caused a belief’
        This’ll be the last letter you ever get from me you slimy creep”

        It was actually pretty inspired!

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