Ah, the joys of the “in-between week”! Christmas is over but New Year’s is on the way. Celebrations and food and visiting and such continue to crowd out exercise, moderation in food, and cleaning. One can kick back and do nothing without as much guilt. I compromised and put away outside lights while weather was dry and took down the tree. All the rest I am leaving out longer as originally planned. Tree down gives more space in the room, and the remaining reds and tiny lights will help keep winter’s doom at bay.
I have managed to dawdle away some hours in some good reads. I sampled poems in a Mary Oliver’s Evidence; I read some short stories in Amy Hempel’s Tumble Home. I also read most of the pieces in the anniversary edition of Cuivre River by the Saturday Writers where I am lucky enough to have an essay included. I read a memoir, My Name is Nancy, published by my high school friend that has made this holiday reading week memorable. I read the middle school book titled Finding My Place by Margo Dill. This was a great little read about a girl struggling through the Battle of Vicksburg in the Civil War. I am sure author Dill did mountains of research because it shows in her realistic details!
DH snatches my read.
This morning I picked up my next book club read which is River Town by Peter Hessler. It is about the author’s two years in the Peace Corps on the Yangtze River. The first few pages are very promising. Two new books are waiting for their turn. I am anxious to get to Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto. Otto is always a good read so I expect this book to continue with her distinct quality. The other new book is Consider the Fork: the History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson. This is going to be my reward book in January…that means a chapter only when my writing work is finished for the day…or so goes the plan.
Yesterday the mail held a check and a win for me from the Lebanon Poets’ Society 2012 Poetry Contest. It was such a nice bonus to my “in-between” days this week. It is a nice ending for the year and gives me promise and encourages commitment to the new year of writing.
Now…tea pot and reading…hope your own “in-between week” goes well!
What are you reading?