Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday Malarkey

I don't have a photo of this week's book arrivals, so you get a cat. I knew you'd approve.

Posts since last week's Tuesday Twaddle ('cause I blanked and missed Monday):

Once again, not a big blogging week. I just haven't been feeling it, lately. Husband said -- during a moment in which I wondered aloud if I should even bother at all -- "Why stop? If you just write when you feel like it, you've got a reading journal." Husbands can be surprisingly helpful.

Books finished since last week:

  • Dancing with Mistletoe by Leslie Wells (novella)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Arrivals since last week:

  • John Halifax, Gentleman by Dina Maria Mulock - from HarperPerennial Legacy for review
  • Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh - purchased
  • Ghost Town by Richard W. Jennings - via Paperback Swap

Currently reading:

  • The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt - Update on this one: I've been reading it off and on for at least a couple weeks. It's wonderful. Although a lot of the names were probably familiar to people when she wrote it and are not familiar to me (the wealthy, politically positioned and famous), I don't bother worrying about who's who. I just enjoy the anecdotes and the view from inside politics in a different time period. It's a fascinating read but it will take me some time to finish.
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - Recommended by Michele of A Reader's Respite and purchased in e-book form (shock!!!) when it went on sale at a price I thought I could swallow (I still don't feel right spending more than a few dollars for an electronic book). Loving this one, so far. Michele gives excellent recommendations.


None. And, not much in the way of TV, either. We drove up to Memphis to look for a new pan at the Williams-Sonoma outlet store (all our old non-stick pans are losing their surfaces) and then stopped for a couple hours at Kiddo's to take him out for an early birthday dinner and give him some gifts on Saturday. On Sunday we spent the day cleaning/purging. That book I finished on tidying (mentioned above)? Seriously helpful. I wrote about it on Goodreads the moment I finished and will repeat that review, here, tomorrow.

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  1. Husbands can be surprisingly helpful! It sounds like you and yours have the same kinds of conversations mine and I have...encouragment over what's the use? sometimes. But, we do have a lovely thing in our book talks, your kitty pictures, and our general sense of achievement over excellent book journals, do we not? Let's keep going. xo

    1. They are helpful at the strangest times. I've been battling the, "Should I quit? Should I stay?" thing for a couple of years and he has repeatedly said, "Nah, don't quit," but this time it made so much more sense to me. My blog did start as a reading journal, after all. I can't journal for myself so I have to pretend I have an audience (weird, I know), even if I don't. If I leave the blog, I really won't have a place to record my thoughts.

      Speaking of kitty pictures, you should definitely post more. ;) XO back at ya!

    2. I should post more kitty pictures. We've been in a period of bereavement as our dear Henry (Husky-mix from the shelter) died at 12 years of age right around Thanksgiving. His presence is sorely missed, even by the kitties. We're all dragging ourselves around, so when we have more spark I'll try to put some up.

      Thanks for reminding me.

    3. I'm so sorry, Bellezza. Losing a beloved pet is so hard. Lots of hugs and love to all of you. Cat photos can wait.

  2.  "Why stop? If you just write when you feel like it, you've got a reading journal."  My thoughts exactly! And that's pretty much my attitude this season. I plan to get back to blogging, but simply don't have any free time. We're lucky to have clean clothes to wear and food in the refrigerator!

    1. Haha, yeah, sometimes it's enough just dealing with everyday life!


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