Wednesday, 26 November 2008

The best intentions.....

Middlemarch update:
I read two pages of Middlemarch between last night and now! I confess, we watched House last night (a middling episode, until I realized it was more about Thirteen than House), and I watched The Tudors. So tonight I promised myself I'd do better, but then I had to catch up with friends in England on Facebook.......and the excitement over the trip is building so the kids are beginning to act out already, and we're still 2 1/2 weeks away!

So, I am going to be good and go read now. So I can say I read today!

In other news, we finally, finally have snow - and not a lot, not a snow storm, just the second day straight of snow, and more tomorrow, but it's all falling very slowly. It is warm out too, hovering around the freezing mark, so very comfortable to be outside. If my new boots hadn't just given me a blister, I would be out for a walk now, because I love warm winter evening with the snow glistening under the lights and the crunch of my footsteps the only sound. There is space to think, and slow down and listen. As we get closer to the trip, to Christmas, another birthday, friends and family and all the holiday season, I must remember, I have to remember, to take time for me, and time to enjoy every thing, and not get caught up in rushing. To that end, I have joined

the Advent Calendar Blog Tour for book bloggers! I have picked Dec 1, and I will be sharing something that is becoming a tradition in our family. I love the idea of going from day to day and reading what that day's bloggers for Christmas have to share with everyone. What a lovely way of bringing a little of you into my Christmas! See Marg at Reading Adventures here,
or Kaliana at The Written World here
to join up. It's not too late! I joined yesterday!

I hope you have time to read on this snowy evening.


Lezlie said...

Middlemarch is intimidating! It's so big! But I read War & Peace last year, so I'll probably tackle it someday. I'll be cheering you on though!


Nymeth said...

yay, I'm glad you're doing the calendar too! Can't wait to see your post.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea that it's warm outside when it's at freezing point. I have been suffering bitterly from the cold here all week when it's been pretty much the same temperature. I seem to have become much more susceptible to the cold over these last two years and this morning am going to finally give in and go into town to buy thermal undies. Keep going with 'Middlemarch'. It's definitely worth the effort.

Susan said...

Lezlie: War and Peace is far bigger! And I can't count the number of times I brought it on summer vacations, trips, and never got past the first page. Middlemarch is so much fun though. Congratulations for reading W&P! How did you find it?

Nymeth: me too, to see yours! It's fun, I love the idea. I've been planning it out all week since joining!

Table Talk: I know, it's ironic, isn't it? Here I am really looking forward to arriving in England in 17 days so that it will be WARM, and there you and my in-laws and everyone are SHIVERING because it's damp and cold! lol You're right though, there is a way that the dampness makes everything colder in England, certainly I found that the year I was in York. I could never seem to stop wearing sweaters (jumpers to you!) and drinking hot drinks! Stay warm, dear blogging friend!

Lezlie said...

Susan ~ I ended up liking War & Peace a lot. It has its dragging moments, but overall I liked many of the characters and was fascinated with the telling of their stories.