Days of Nothing

It’s going to snow this weekend. Snow a lot. Like, blizzard amounts.

Sigh.

I’m so grumpy about it.

So, even if I had some other fun and exciting plans, my new plan is to sit on the couch, drink copious amounts of tea and honey-lemon water, read, and watch The X-Files (I have to catch up!). I’m definitely not going to be going outside unless I absolutely have to. Nope, not a chance.

Basically, I’m planning to do nothing.

The Dude and I have a term for days like that: Days of Nothing. (We’re super original, I know. Try not to be jealous.) They’re really just days where we stay in, have no real plans, and mostly just… hang out. Generally, I don’t find them boring at all. Instead, they’re great ways to recharge.

I’m pretty good at finding ways to amuse myself, even if they’re low-key or solitary. One of the perks of being an only child, I guess. I’m rarely bored. I mean, I guess Days of Nothing could be boring, depending on what there was around or to do. Here’s some things that would make them boring:

  • Sports. The only surefire way for me to sleep is to have a baseball game on. I get in lots of good naps in the spring and summer…
  • Eating the same food over and over. I love eating and trying new things, so having to just eat a handful of things would drive me crazy.
  • Forgetting to bring a book. Long car or plane rides can be a bit monotonous if I don’t have something to read. Luckily, my Kindle fits nicely in all of my purses…

What bores you?

 

The Weight of Winter

I’m… not a fan of the winter. Unless I’m sitting on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, holding a mug of tea in one hand and book in the other, I don’t like the cold. I don’t like the way it steals my breath and chaps my skin. I hate that my hair become electric, constantly standing on end, and that I shock myself every time I open my office door.

Don’t even get me started on the snow. The ordeal of shoveling and scraping and sliding, is something I dread every year (even when The Dude does most of the shoveling!). Plus, the black, half-melted snow just makes everything feel… dirty.

Still, it can be kind of lovely, can’t it? The way it swirls and twirls toward the earth, weightless until it piles into a heavy, sparkling mass. The way, just for a short time, the world is wrapped in softness and glitter and quiet.

Falling Snow

Even so, I’m glad this picture was taken years ago, not last night. I know what the forecasts and almanacs have said, but I’m hoping for a snow free winter. A girl can dream, right?

Books: Bigger on the Inside

“You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!” – Doctor Who, Doctor Who “Tooth and Claw”

The Dude and I recently started watching Doctor Who (yes, yes, I’m quite late to the party) and am really enjoying it. I won’t say it’s an obsession (yet), but the show is quite a lot of fun and fills the supernatural, campy hole left by Warehouse 13 and Eureka (and, naturally, Buffy). The above quote is from an episode we watched on Sunday and is particularly appropriate given that yesterday was was International Literacy Day. This year, the focus was “literacy and sustainable development,” emphasizing the key role that literacy plays in social and human development.

Indeed, I can’t imagine life without books, without reading. I’ve always been a reader with varied tastes, though I tend to prefer fantasies (both YA and adult) and mysteries (particularly those set in London). I really like books with some sort of supernatural element; I’m currently reading and loving The Dresden Files. I also love historical fiction, particularly when the stories involve well-known, real people. Really, unless the book is what I considered poorly written, I’m willing to give it a shot. Well, unless it’s a romance novel. I just can’t get into them. Even Outlander, a book that appeals to me on so many levels, was impossible for me to slog through due to the too-much-a-romance-novel aspect of it.

I love that you have so many options with books, that I can simultaneously be reading about a wizard fighting a werewolf (well, a loup garou) and the mistakes women make in their careers and a Walt Disney biography. I love that I don’t have to pick just one of those things, and that I can give up on any of them whenever I want. I love that I can go on different adventures and learn new things and improve my vocabulary all while drinking a cup of tea.

Books: Making my life better, one word at a time.