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Year in Review: The Books

Right Now . . . December 2014

It's one of my favorite times of year . . . After-Christmas-But-Before-New-Year's.  Break time.  Kickin' back time.  No-agenda time!


What's happening . . . RIGHT NOW?

Watching . . . We tend to go to a lot of movies during "Christmas break."  So far, we've seen Into the Woods (not bad!) and The Interview (oh, brother. . .), and tomorrow we have reservations to see Wild.  (We went to see The Inteview out of "cultural curiosity," and because . . . well . . . because we could!  It's definitely not my kind of movie, but Tom offered to buy me "as many beers as it took" to get me through.)  I've also been iPad binge-watching Midsomer Murders, which I do from time to time.  (There are enough episodes that I can indulge in periodic binges.)

Reading . . . I just finished We Are Not Ourselves (Matthew Thomas), which was a bit of a slog (although the last 4 chapters pretty much redeemed the whole thing).  (This title is not to be confused with a book I read in November that was MUCH better - We Are All Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.)  For Christmas I received (and immediately devoured) Mary Oliver's latest poetry volume, Blue Horses.  Excellent; I highly recommend it.  I'm now reading the second book in the Richard Monk, Victorian-detective-with-amnesia series, A Dangerous Mourning (Anne Perry) and diving into How to be Both (Ali Smith) which is intriguing and unique and completely unlike anything else I've ever read.


Knitting . . . It's still All Hats All The Time for me.  As I binge-watch Midsomer Murders, I'm binge-knitting this hat.  (Easy and quick with a great fit.)  They aren't exactly Christmas gifts (although a couple of them were), but I'm sort of thinking that pretty much everyone in my family Needs A Hat.  (One more to go . . . after finishing the one in the photo that is 80% done . . . and I'll be Fed Up with Hats and ready to move on.)

Listening to . . . Anything but Christmas music.  (Please.)


Dreading . . .  Running the One-One-Run on New Year's Day.  Not because it's going to be really cold.  (It is.)  (But this year I have appropriate cold-weather-running clothing!)  Not because of all the tu-tu-wearing, reindeer-antler-sporting, goofy-attention-seeking runners.  (Although they are a pain.)  No.  I'm dreading the running simply because I have a cold, and cannot breathe . . .

Needing to . . . Finish the laundry.  (It's reached That Point . . . where I'm actually wearing the itchy, flower-explosion bra AND my awful cheetah-print panties.  Now you know the truth of it.)


Drinking . . . Orange juice laced with EmergenC.  And tea.  (Plenty of tea.)

Planning . . .  After all of the holiday planning, I decided to take a Reprieve From All Things Planning for at least a week.  So far, so good . . . although various ideas creep in once in a while.

Humming . . .  (I WILL SPARE YOU ALL!!!)  Firework by Katy Perry.  (If you've seen The Inteview, you will totally understand.)


Wondering . . .  If it will ever snow again???  After a wild, snowy November, we had an unseasonably mild December.  (See that hideous scene above?  Christmas morning.  Green. Brown.  Dreary.  And SO not like usual.)  (Made even more . . . sad . . . by the tempting photos each of my children are posting from their holiday adventures down in Florida.)  (They are there separately, and in different beach locations.)

Itching to . . .  Knit a sweater!  I've been spending way too much time on Ravelry, looking at sweaters.  So far, I seem to be drawn to simple pullovers.  Maybe this one?  Or this one?

Organizing . . .  Nothing.  But after I "put away Christmas," I'll be tackling my sewing room.  And then, I need to get into the rooms that Brian is vacating (as he moves into his new apartment).


Delighted by . . .  My new yarn bowl!  (A gift from my sister.)  (I'm just charmed.)

Inspired by . . .  Turning over the fresh pages of a new calendar.  Welcome 2015!

Celebrating . . .  Happy New Year!  I wish you all the best for the coming year.


How about YOU?  What's going on for you . . . right now?




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I'm also reading "How to be Both" and you are right, it is so unlike anything I have ever read. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!


Christmas brought us snow and it's been cold and snowy ever since, plus it will be bitter cold for the next few days. You can't go wrong with either sweater! You are intrepid in all things and I hope you can breath by the time you run your race! Happy New Year, dear friend!
(P.S. I started a cardigan. We'll see if it sticks.)


I love all the good stuff in your Right Now posts! Now I'm curious about How to be Both, and may put it (along with Cloud Atlas) on my list for 2015. Thanks for the Not Ourselves/Beside Ourselves clarification; I'm going to try "Beside" in January. I'm also looking for something good on Netflix so will be giving Midsomer Murders a try. Thanks and wishing you the best with breathing!


How To Be Both is definitely on my list for 2015...I can't wait to see how the concept I heard Ann Kingman describe really plays out and I think it would make a great bookclub selection. Love both the sweaters you linked (and especially the Alicia Plummer; I haven't knit one of her sweaters but I'd love to). Good luck with the run - and feel better SOON! xo.


This is a lovely week. I like to hang on to Christmas for a while--mom used to have a tradition of baking a special cookie recipe which she only did during this week. My husband's mother who was just lovely wanted the tree and decorations down on the 26th which drove me nuts! White Christmas, along with an awful Arctic blast, here in Colorado!


I love this week, too. I hope we will see Unbroken and Into the Woods. We have a whole day ahead of us today with no plans beyond going out for breakfast!


OMG, the underwear... HAHAHAHAHA!

I wish I had more downtime between the holidays, but small-company life doesn't work that way. I've soothed myself with vacation planning!

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