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All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor
Bleach Volume 10 by Tite Kubo
Blood Matters by Masha Gessen
Burnt Bread and Chutney by Carmit Delman
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming
The Company of Cats by Michael J. Rosen
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Daisy Says Coo by Jane Simmons
Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
Doggies by Sandra Boynton
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fast Profits in Hard Times by Jordan E. Goodman
First Editions by James Stoddard
Five Little Ducks by Dan Yaccarino
Five Thrillers by Robert Reed
The Fountain of Neptune by Kate Wilhelm
The 400-Million-Year Itch by Steven Utley
Grace's Letter to Lincoln by Peter and Connie Roop
Gregory III by Marc Hempel
The Gulls of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Tres Seymour
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
How Do You Go the Bathroom in Space by William R. Pogue
Immortal Snake by Rachel Pollack
In an Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff
It's Spring by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko
Jenny Archer to the Rescue by Ellen Conford
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Lion's Own Story by Crockett Johnson
London Orbital by Iain Sinclair
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
The Nocturnal Adventure of Dr. O and Mr. D by Tim Sullivan
Oh Boy, Boston! by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg by Philip José Farmer
Rebecca's Locket by S. L. Gilbow
Render Unto Caesar by Kevin N. Haw
Reunion by Robert Reed
Snakes by Adrienne Mason
Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen and Arnold Lobel
Test-Drive Your Dream Job by Brian Kurth
There's No Such Place as Far Away by Richard Bach
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
The Unspeakable by Charles L. Calia
The Willowdale Handcar by Edward Gorey
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien


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Flu and Stuff
Have You Brushed Your Fish Today?
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Comments for Ring

MustardRing: 04/28/08

Ian and I got engaged in 1993. Before Ian "popped the question" we went to the jewelry district in Los Angeles. We were nineteen and had no budget. I ended up picking out something just slightly better than costume jewelry.

In 1995 just before we got married I bonked my hand into the tiled wall of the women's restroom by the film classes. The sapphire either popped out or if it was glass, it shattered. Regardless, I now had a ring without a pretty blue stone and I was heart broken.

Ian, though, rolled with the bad news and announced that we would buy a new emerald and a better setting and call it "engagement ring 2.0". We went to a local jeweler on State Street in Santa Barbara and picked out an emerald. The stone and the setting cost more than the original ring but it has stayed put now for 13 years.

In March 2007 after picking up Sean from school, I absentmindedly took my engagement ring off. Then to my shock, I couldn't get it back on! So I put it in my wallet and took the ring home. For a while I kept the ring in a box next to my favorite chair upstairs but when both of my children were having too much fun playing with the ring, I decided to try wearing it on a different finger before I could get it resized.

The first day the ring stayed put on my pinky. The second day, though, when I woke up, the ring was gone. I tore apart the bed and the area around the bed. I could not find the ring. As I had been gardening the day before, I decided the ring had fallen off my finger and over the edge. I searched the grounds outside between the buildings where the ring might have landed but I didn't see it.

By August 2007, I was despondent over the missing ring. Ian suggested we get "engagement ring 3.0." Then on August 12th, I had come to terms with the ring being gone and I was ready to start thinking of what I would want for my replacement. Then as I was going to bed, having just decided to stop looking for the ring, I saw it lying right next to our clock alarm at the foot of the bed. Better yet, the ring fit on my ring finger again.

 

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Comment #1: Wednesday, April, 30, 2008 at 15:42:55

Shelley Munro

LOL - your ring has an interesting history. I like sapphires. They're my favorite stone. "