Monday, December 28, 2009
Posted by JaneGS
Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. It's been a busy, fun week but sadly fairly blogless and virtually tweetless. Today I am remedying the situation and visiting blogs and updating my own.
Santa was very good to me in the book department and brought me a copy of Wolf Hall, Edward Rutherford's New York, The Invention of Air: A Story Of Science, Faith, Revolution, And The Birth Of America, and the Too Many Tomatos Cookbook.
I also gave books as gifts and my husband received Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation, which I learned about on a fellow blogger's site and which I plan to borrow, my daughter received Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks, my sister-in-law received the latest Nevada Barr Anna Pigeon mystery Borderline, and my brother received the totally wonderful The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World.
My goal for this week is to finish rereading the fourth Diana Gabaldon Jamie/Claire book, The Fiery Cross, finish Act III of The Book of William, read another section of the Uglow bio of George Eliot, and then tackle Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, which I'm thinking will be a quick read. I also will have the next installment of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White to read once I download and print it. I am really loving reading this book a "teaspoonful" at a time, as Dickens put it. If you want to join in this worldwide group read, visit www.womaninwhite.co.uk.
We have a quiet week ahead--skiing one day, probably Wednesday, but basically the order of the week is to work on my new jigsaw puzzle (I love puzzles but only do one a year during the week between Xmas and New Years), read, tidy up a bit (this morning I reorganized the dvd cabinet), take the dog for walks, and relax.
On the movie front, we went to see It's Complicated on Boxing Day and the whole family loved it. Yes, it's rated R but the teenagers are in high school so we figured nothing can shock them anymore. We're planning to see Sherlock Holmes on New Years Eve, and Young Victoria soon. The BBC Vanity Fair disc 1 arrives today--I'm near the end of the very enjoyable audio version that I've been listening to, so this will be a real treat.
Final note, all systems are go for visiting the Morgan Library in January to see the Austen Exhibit. I have a business trip that is ending in NYC on Thursday, so I have a travel day on Friday...and my flight is not until the afternoon! Can't wait.
Enjoy the season, friends!