Monday, January 31, 2011

Ahh Monday...

I think I'd have a much easier time getting dressed in the morning if my closet looked more like this:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Okay so all of last year I kept track of the books I read in the margin of this blog. Here is the list:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked WItch of the West - Gregory
A Technique For Producing Ideas - James Webb Young
All My Friends Are Superheroes - Andrew Kaufman
Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
What Colour is your Parachute - Richard N. Bolles
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammet
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
On Beauty - Zadie Smith
Too Much Happiness - Alice Munro
Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tim Rath

It is not as long as I might have hoped however does average out to a book a month which is quite satisfactory. Actually, reading a minimum of one book a month might be a good goal for the coming year... hmmmm. I got a marvelous amount of books for Christmas so I've got plenty of delicious reads to sink my teeth into.

Of course if I had a swoon-worthy library such as this in my house, I'd likely be reading day in, day out. How cosy does that white chair look?!

Have you read any good books lately?

Radical dude!

Did I ever post these? I'm doing a little New Years purging of the files on my computer and I saw these amazingly cool photos of waves that my father sent me in an email way back in the summer. There is an actual person who takes these! I don't know how, and unfortunately I can't remember who but I just think they are spectacular. (And on a snowy January day, why not post some photos of sun and waves?)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Oh right, it's winter.

....of course the self-imposed hibernation of yesterday makes me feel compelled to leave the house today, which is kind of tricky because outside it looks like this:

Time to bundle up!

Sick Days are AWESOME.

So I took yesterday off work.

Tuesday night I got a dreadfully sore throat, Wednesday added a headache to the mix, and I decided that to fend off whichever illness was trying to take hold of me (Strep? MONO? I was imagining the worst) I'd better take a day to let my immune system do its thing.

Not wanting to bug my coworker to take my shift last minute I worked on Thursday (and was rather miserable) and then went home and didn't leave my house for what's now going on 42 hours.

Yesterday I woke up, sat in bed, went back to sleep, got up to take some vitamins and make some hot water with lemon and honey - a concoction which I firmly believe in during times of illness and which I drank constantly throughout the day - and do a crossword puzzle, went back to bed, went back to sleep, got up to eat some soup, read some blogs and magazine articles, went back to bed, went back to sleep, got up watched some bad tv, had some tea and a long hot bath, read a magazine, went back to bed and went back to sleep.


So this morning I awoke at the oh-so-reasonable hour of 8am feeling rested, refreshed, and 100% better. Huzaah! Take THAT winter cold! Victory is mine! I will never again try and 'work through' a cold. That is a silly notion that won't cure anything. I don't care where you work, surely you are not so important that your employer can't spare you for 1 day. Hell, even if you're not suffering from a cold giving yourself permission to do absolutely NOTHING for one whole day can only be beneficial in today's 'Go! Go! Go!' society. Take it from me, Sick Days are AWESOME.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Auld Lang Syne

Ah finally, a New Year's wrap-up with my kind of sentimentality:
“We don’t need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and dont's; we need books, time, and silence.
--Philip Pullman

Saturday, January 1, 2011


I hope everyone is happily recovering from their New Years' Eve celebrations. I am happily - if slowly - doing the same.

Cheers to 2010, what a year it was. And here's to the New Year, oh what adventures 2011 is sure to bring...