I went to a different library and scooped up more books: the diary of a 15-year-old daughter of an English noble; The Complete Poetical Works of Byron; and an 1897 printing of The Little Minister by JM Barrie (who wrote Peter Pan). Amazing, and only $13.
And if new/old books weren't enough to make my day, there was a sort of "fukubukuro" on my doorstep from Masami in Osaka!! For my upcoming birthday, she said, all of her favorite snacks for me to try, and a couple of Hello Kitty items too. If only she could have heard my squeals of delight! Tien and I tried two packages this evening --I love arare. How lucky I am to have such a generous friend.
Not much progress on the doll, but I did gather yarn for her hair. What do you think her name should be? Leave a comment (even if it's anonymous) and I'll choose from your suggestions.