Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and the aftermath of the holidays.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and the aftermath of the holidays.

How was your holiday? Do you celebrate Christmas? Every year, I host my family for Christmas, and this year I was really looking forward to having them over. We had a great time catching up, a delicious dinner (a little late but delicious), and, of course, playing games. My only disappointment was that it went by too fast.

And now I’m dealing with the aftermath of the holidays—that time of year when you think you have a week to get stuff done but you really don’t. You spend some time cleaning up after Christmas, putting gifts away, doing laundry, washing dishes, and then you spend time getting ready for New Years. At least that’s how it feels for me. How do you spend your week between Christmas and New Years?

Hope it’s been a good week, and many warm wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

I finished Winter Solstice, which is #4 is the Quinn family Christmas stories by Elin Hilderbrand. It was ok but not as good as the first three. She apparently wrote the first three with a trilogy in mind so she had the story worked out over three books. But then her publisher asked her to do a fourth book, and thus, Winter Solstice. It definitely reads like a “tacked on” story to the series. Half the focus shifts to new characters, who I didn’t really care about. And, to me, the series was complete with the first three books. Would’ve been better to just write a new Christmas story.

Now I am on to A Tale for the Time Being, a book that came highly recommended by a few friends. AND, it’s the book I picked for my January book club meeting. So far, I like it. We’ll see how I feel about it once I finish it—and how my book club reacts to it.

I’ve been watching . . . not much but it’s been nice to have some quiet time to sit at home and catch up on some movies. I watched the movie Gifted, with Chris Evans, McKenna Grade, Octavia Spencer, and Jenny Slate. It was actually pretty good—a sweet, quiet movie about a mathematically gifted little girl being raised by her uncle.

I also watched Home Again with Reese Witherspoon. It was ok but not nearly as bad as the reviews made it out to be. It was lacking depth and meat to the story but, again, it was another sort of sweet movie. I just like how the characters were actually decent human beings.

I’ve been listening to . . . Christmas music. Just getting back to the 150 list today—next up Ofra Haza and Yoko Ono, among a few others.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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