Bookish & Not So Bookish Thought
is a weekly men hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.
1. Hello! I feel like I have been away from blogging for a while now. We hosted Thanksgiving here and all went well (it’s over!) This is probably the 10th time we have hosted in the past 12 years, and I think I need next year off. Everything went fine, but it is a lot of work. Plus, the 3 year old nephew made it necessary to replace 4- count em,4- tablecloths. Why did it seem like a good idea to a. give the kid glass after glass of cider? and b. to encourage the game of “throw the stuffed animals at people”? Moving forward, I think I would like to be skiing next year-Lake Placid, maybe?
2. I just finished The Dinner by Herman Koch. Have any of you read this? What did you think? I am going to write a review, but I gotta say, I felt awful after I read it. Like I needed to shower. I am actually sorry that I read it, which is very unlike me.
3. This is me every night.
Actually, it used to be. Now that I have a nice little reading chair, the dog comes up and puts his head on my leg. And stares.
4. Do you have little kids? I miss having little ones around this time of year SO much! The wonder and excitement was so much fun! I taped A Charlie Brown Christmas, and we still haven’t watched it because the kids have too much HW at night. My daughter is very excited for Christmas, helping with the lights, etc. But I miss the days when she would scream her head off if she came anywhere near Santa. Yup, she was THAT kid.
5. I know this isn’t really in keeping with the spirit of the season, but it’s true.
6. I am writing this when I should be starting baking my eggnog cookies. I am going to a “Cookie Exchange”. Ever heard of it? You all bring cookies, then you get to go home with a little of each kind. I have only two problems with this.
1. I have to bake 6 DOZEN freaking cookies.
2. What if other people’s cookies suck?
There had better be wine.
7. I am so looking forward to it getting cold and snowy soon. When it is cold and snowy I can sit whit a blanket and read and not feel like I should be doing other things.
All right, fine, I have to go and bake damn it!
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Right now it’s a gale blowing outside, the trains are all off which meant I’m having to work from home today and it’s just started to snow. And I am very happy because now it means I have an excuse not to go to the gym tonight and can stay in with a warm cup of coffee, a book and my comfy couch. 🙂
Sounds wonderful! We actually got some pretty snow here yesterday, but unfortunately it turned to ice overnight, so we just have a mess!
2. I loved The Dinner but I read it well before there were any reviews or spoilers circulating so it was full of surprises.
3. I don’t have a dog but if I did I would like it to be this kind.
5. Alcohol doesn’t solve problems but nor does milk might be my new rule.
6. Haven’t been to a cookie exchange but sounds fun. Some friends and I all exchange jams and preserves because everyone has different gluts of particular fruits and vegetables from their own backyard. I am the tomato chutney and the marmalade queen. In return I get homemade tomato sauce, apricot jam, plum sauce and raspberry jam. It’s a good system.
I borrowed The Dinner from my library but ended up getting distracted and never read it. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
I loved The Dinner. It made me laugh (hard), it made me mad, it made me uncomfortable, and I loved it. Haha!
6 dozen cookies??? WHAT????
And I want to read The Dinner now. Made you feel kind of dirty? Sounds exciting!
Not dirty as in exciting though. Dirty as in society is awful and I can’t believe I live with people. It was a good book- i knew nothing about ii before reading it.
And off i go to cookie exchange.
I love the cartoon and miss having a dog for exactly that reason.
I loved The Dinner! The characters were repulsive but I couldn’t stop reading it about them. I am still thinking about the book months later. I wrote about it in my blog: http://booksonthetable.com/2013/09/11/unlikable-characters-why-i-love-them/. You have a great blog!
I’ve never done a cookie exchange, but my last job used to do a Cookie Contest. They were all laid out on tables with numbers and descriptions, and you would try whichever ones appealed to you and then vote for which cookie you liked best. It was good! I didn’t have to eat the caramelly ones, and my friend with a peanut allergy didn’t have to eat the peanuty ones (or have them touch her other cookies and contaminate them). :p I hope your cookie exchange goes well!
That cartoon is my life too. That is what my dog does. That exact thing.
It’s a pain, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
I hope there was plenty of wine!
Have a cheery week!
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out