For My Inner Child

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We don’t get much mail these days, and when we do, it’s pretty boring: bills, cheques (well maybe those aren’t boring), reminders to book various medical appointments, and so on. But yesterday brought me not one but two lovely surprises!

  1. An advance review copy of Ms. Rapscott’s Girls which I won in a Goodreads giveaway. I knew it was on its way, but didn’t expect to get it so quickly. It’s for ages 8-12 but it sounds delightful!
  2. A paper doll from Mabel’s Labels with clothing and accessories. Since it’s Mabel’s 12th birthday (I’ve known her since she was a baby), I’m supposed to dress her up, take her picture, and share it on social media. As much as I’d love to do that, I’m afraid she will have to wait until I have time to cut out the pieces.

Do you think the universe is telling me to slow down and have some fun?

I’ll try and do that real soon, but in the meantime, I’m happy to be reminded of the hours and hours my sister and I spent playing with the Dozen Cousins paper dolls (or as we called them, cut-outs). 🙂

playing with paper dolls

I just realized that Mabel is just the right age for Ms. Rapscott’s Girls – maybe we can read it together!

Janet Barclay

I'm a Website Design and Care Specialist who loves helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.


  1. Kathy Stinson on February 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Janet, I’ve really noticed the ‘away from your desk’ you blossoming since you started this blog. I think reading Ms. Tapscott’s Girls to Mabel is a fabulously fun idea. Can’t wait to see what happens next at “Away from my Desk”.

    • Janet Barclay on February 14, 2015 at 7:41 am

      That’s probably not really going to happen, but thanks for the words of encouragement! xo

  2. Reading Current Books | Janet Barclay on March 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    […] playful use of language, to the wonderful illustrations. I didn’t end up reading it to Mabel, but I’m looking forward to reading it to my grandchildren some […]

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