Well, my friends, ’tis the season of being completely frazzled and overwhelmed. I really, really love Advent and Christmas and I always intend to take lots of time to soak it all in and really enjoy the season, and I end up running around like a crazy person. It’s not just the holiday responsibilities – buying and wrapping gifts, addressing and mailing Christmas cards, not to mention the three office holiday parties I am attending – but somehow I always end up swamped at work, too. You’d think that things would slow down in the office, with so many people on vacation, but it never seems to work that way. (This happened in my last job too, so it’s not just my current place.) I’d love to spend lots of time doing things like decorating gingerbread houses, taking my kids to Christmas farms, and dancing to the Laurie Berkner Christmas CD, and I’m still holding out hope for a little more time in the next couple of weeks.
Last week was a crazy one. We were still in Colorado on Monday (oh, you guys, it’s so lovely there – expect lots of waxing poetic about the mountains when I get my vacation recaps together for you) and we flew back on Tuesday. No reading happened while we were out of town, and FORGET ABOUT reading on the plane. I spent the entire journey home working hard to keep Nugget happy so he didn’t disturb everyone on the plane. (Nugget got lots of smiles and pats from the other passengers on our flights, and I got lots of compliments about what a well-behaved baby he was. Mission accomplished.) Then I was digging out from my time away, which didn’t leave much evening time for reading. This week is going to be another doozy, as I’ve got multiple meetings, I’m giving a speech, and I am assisting a partner at a big event at the end of the week (and will be preparing for it all week).
That said, I did get some reading done. Last week I was all about whatever was going to get me quick progress on my library stack – and that meant comics. I read the third volume of Fables and the first volume of Gotham Academy, and enjoyed both, although I didn’t always feel as if I totally understood what was going on in Gotham Academy. Then I turned my attention to Carry On, which had been languishing on my “currently reading” list – I brought it on vacation and squeezed in a few pages whenever I had the chance, but that turned out to not be all that often. (I just wanted to hang out and talk to my sister-in-law, bicker fondly with my brother, and gawk at the view out of their big windows.) But I finally finished Carry On over the weekend (thank you, lap nap!) and I enjoyed it, for the most part. I did complain that it was as if I was tuning into the Harry Potter books with the seventh and final installment – there was clearly a lot of backstory that these characters had, and the reader wasn’t privy to it, which made it harder to get invested in their current story. Still, it was cute, and since I liked Fangirl I enjoyed Carry On too.
Now I’ve moved on to Browsings, Michael Dirda’s collection of essays about books and reading for the Washington Post Book World (I love books! And books about books! And Washington!) and I’m enjoying it so far, although I’ve only read a couple of the essays. I’m not sure how much reading time I will have this week (see above: meetings on meetings on meetings) but I’m holding out hope that I’ll at least be able to knock this one book out.
On the blog this week: four fun (and cheap!) ways to add some festive flair to your home on Wednesday, and an overdue recap of our October hiking project outing on Friday. Stay tuned!
What are you reading this week, my friends?