Dateline: Sunday, late morning/noontime, on the living-room sofa/at the kitchen desk. The windows are open, the breeze is blowing, and picture-perfect Tournament of Roses Parade weather is coming in. I’m puppy-sitting while everyone else is at the movies, because I decided to get some writing done instead of seeing The Hobbit a second time–two books need to be reviewed. The puppy is cooperating by taking a nap. Thank you, Bellatrix (or as I sometimes call her, Trixiebelle)!
UPDATE: They came back, with a refund–the tickets were for an 11:15 PM show, not AM. I will still be writing, but not so much puppy-sitting, and we’ll do the movie on Tuesday night. (Yikes, that means we’ll actually be out on New Year’s Eve!)
“It should be a special one–a book you love and are re-reading, or perhaps a book you have been wanting to read for some time.”
I’m most likely going with Option 2, but since I have a LOT of those hanging around the house I’m having a hard time choosing!
Watching: We’ve barely turned on the TV this week–there hasn’t been much on, we’ve had family around and Christmas to celebrate, and we have been being entertained by the afore-mentioned puppy. Bel won’t be with us long–she’s traveling back to New Hampshire with Kate at the end of the week–so Tall Paul and I have been trying to spend lots of quality time with our visiting grand-dog.
Listening: I have no audiobooks underway right now, because I haven’t been commuting…but I did get my monthly Audible credits last week, so I’m open to suggestions!
Blogging/Writing: I didn’t plan on a blogging break this past week, but I’m not actually sorry I ended up taking one, and I think I’ll be extending it through the week ahead as well. I may not be completely away–I’ll be working on my 2013 retrospectives and Books of the Year picks–but whatever I do may not be on view here until 2014. We’re on the verge of a new year and many other bloggers seem to be taking it slow right now as well, so I won’t feel too bad about it. On a related note, I took the nuclear option on my feed reader yesterday in hopes of keeping up with a lighter load through the first days of January–we’ll see how that works out.
Pondering: Also along the lines of “new year, new start” and all that, I’m considering various writing and blogging directions going forward.
I’ve installed the DayOne journaling app on my MacBook and iPad with a goal of writing something there daily, even if it’s just some quick or sketchy notes. It may provide seeds for blog posts or other writing, or it may not, but I think it’s a practice worth testing.
I will continue to post my thoughts about every book I read or listen to, but I will be honest about the fact that some books, although I enjoy them, don’t actually leave me with very many thoughts. Not every read is profoundly life-affecting, and I want to let myself off the hook for writing about them as if they all are–and for choosing books with the expectation that they need to be. I don’t want this to feel like work, and it’s starting to–I want to stop that before it gets too far along.
I received a generous Christmas gift of “conference money,” so I’m trying to decide how I want to use it. I’ve been thinking about going back to Book Expo this year, since I skipped 2014–is anyone else already making plans for that? Let me know!
Gratuitous Photo of the Week
We so rarely have the whole family together that we wanted to document it. This is one of the less-goofy shots. That’s Bel at the lower left, being held by Kate.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and that I’ll see you in the (Happy) New Year!
Our Wordless Wednesday Linky Group will indeed be wordless this Wednesday–we’re taking Christmas Day off, and posting today on “The Night Before.” Happy Holidays! Summer Solstice in Boston, June 2013 document.write(”); Posted with Blogsy Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,453 other subscribers Email Address
Dateline: Sunday morning, around 6:30 as I begin this, in the loft. I wasn’t sure I’d post today, but I got a cosmic message yesterday which seemed to be telling me I should, and which I present as a Gratuitous Photo of the Week: I get it! I’ll post something! Consuming: Water and honey-lemon Ricola cough drops, soon to be followed by Zicam and Mucinex tablets. I have been nursing a cold since Wednesday, and […]
It’s the first Christmas in the new house–the house we bought this past summer, next door to the old house. The old tree is up in the new living room. It’s not stuck in a corner here, but claims a place of honor right next to the staircase, in the middle of the house, and gets to wear more of its ornaments this year. The cheerfully wrapped packages wait under it for Christmas morning to […]
Here’s a highlights tour of our Christmas tree, via this photo collage assembled by my husband. Our ornaments are a blend of pop-culture landmarks and mementos from our travels. Let me show you around… Top row (l-r): The TARDIS (Doctor Who), Santa Homer (The Simpsons), Ralphie & the Leg Lamp (A Christmas Story) Middle row (l-r): Shuttle from the Enterprise (Star Trek), Yellowstone souvenir ornament (2008), U.S.S. Constitution souvenir ornament (2013) Botton row (l-r): Mr. […]
“Controller” has been my job title at three different places in the last fifteen years. It has very specific connotations in management accounting concerning the conservation and presentation an organization’s financial assets, but sometimes I think about how the word applies to me in broader terms. A lot of my personal “work” during the last decade or so has been on my own issues related to control–accepting and backing off in areas where I don’t […]
Dateline: Sunday morning, too bloody early. I did not intend to be awake at 5:30, people–that’s for work days, not Sundays. And yet I am, so here I am, in the loft, having decided that since I’m up, I might as well get a Sunday Salon post done. Any typos may be blamed on writing on the iPad while wearing my regular glasses–I may be up already, but I don’t have to put my contacts […]
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks Penguin Plume (2012), trade paper (ISBN 0452298563 / 9780452298569) Nonfiction: pop culture (oral history), 592 pages Source: Purchased ebook (iBooks ISBN 9781101562415) Reason for reading: Personal The popular music of my lifetime is divided, in my mind, between “before MTV” and “after MTV.” I first saw Music Television in the fall of 1982–my boyfriend’s family had cable–and was […]
Holidays at other people’s homes, that is–we won’t be decorating for our first Christmas in our new home until this coming weekend. Fireplaces, flowers, and flame: Sights of the Season document.write(”); Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,453 other subscribers Email Address
Fractures: A Novel Lamar Herrin Thomas Dunne Books (November 2013), hardcover (ISBN 1250032768 / 9781250032768) Fiction, 320 pages A version of this review was previously published in Shelf Awareness for Readers (November 26, 2013). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review, and compensated me for the review they received and posted. The politics and economics of alternative energy are filtered through one family’s experience in Lamar Herrin’s Fractures. In one […]
Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave Patty Chang Anker (Twitter) (Facebook) (blog) Riverhead (October 2013), hardcover (ISBN 1594486050 / 9781594486050) Nonfiction (memoir/self-help), 368 pages Source: ARC from publisher Reason for reading: Personal I don’t usually quote more than the opening passage when I write about books here, but Patty Chang Anker captured something that smacked me in the face on page 161 (ARC) of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (emphasis added): “The […]
We’re chillin’ with this week’s Wordless Wednesday… Yellowstone National Park, June 2008 document.write(”); Posted with Blogsy Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,453 other subscribers Email Address
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison Piper Kerman (Twitter) (Facebook) Audiobook read by Cassandra Campbell Speigel & Grau (2011), trade paper (ISBN 1452657661 / 9780385523394) Nonfiction: memoir, 352 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Tantor Audio, 2012) ISBN 9781452657660 / Audible ASIN B008AF2JDS) Reason for reading: Personal Orange Is the New Black is a book that’s been on my radar for a while, but I really hadn’t found a compelling reason to […]
I didn’t officially sign up for Jenn’s Thankfully Reading Weekend, but I’m thankful that I have gotten some reading time in every day since Thursday, and hope to continue the trend today. I finished one very long e-book, my last read for Kim and Leslie’s Nonfiction November, and started on the two January releases I’ll be reviewing for Shelf Awareness (I’d like to start 2014 right on time over there, which means getting my reviews in […]