Happy New Year! May 2023 bring you joy, health, wellbeing… and plenty of good books!
We had a lovely Christmas and a wonderful second week of vacation with Robin, my mom and stepdad, and my sister and her family. Now we are headed home, having entirely missed the massive winter storm. (We were just west of the polar vortex. There was one very windy night as the vortex pushed south, and a little snow this past Wednesday, but other than that, it was cold but fine.)
During the past week, we hung out a lot at my sister’s house. We played Wingspan, Flamecraft, Spice Road, and Pounce (a card game that is sort of like double solitaire, played at top speed.) We drank tea and nibbled Christmas cookies, ate dinner as an extended family every night, watched movies, talked and laughed, and had a wonderful time. And I knit up a few more hats for the women and children at the shelter, which I’ll set aside for next fall’s donation drive.
Once we get home, I will be very busy. (I’m trying not to think about just how busy.) I didn’t get much writing done in December, so I want to set and meet a reasonable daily target for writing in January. I also want to expand my indexing client base, so that means doing some targeted marketing. I need to find and schedule some short programs and maybe some workshops for the fiber guild. I want to prune and declutter the house, including the books, so that we can have the floors redone at some point this year. And I need to hire contractors for some much-needed work around the house, starting with the deck and the landscaping. Plus, I want to get back to exercising regularly after several months off. And there’s always knitting, spinning, and of course, reading and blogging! Heaven knows how I will fit it all in, but I’m going to try.
- Happy Holidays! (Sunday Post – 12/25/2022)
- Christmas Additions to the Bookwyrm’s Hoard
- My Reading Challenges for 2023
- Happy New Year! Sunday Post, 1/01/2023 – this post
- Bookish Goals and Resolutions for 2023 – tentative
- My Top Ten Books of 2022 – tentative
- 2022 challenge wrap-up post – tentative
- Sunday Post – 1/08/2022
I probably won’t be able to work on posts until midweek, after we get home, and I’ve been prioritizing time with my family this week, so this week’s tentative posts may shift to the following week.
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished rereading A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh. Currently, I’m reading both The Time For Love (Stephanie Laurens) and An Enchantment of Ravens (Margaret Rogerson); the latter was a Christmas gift from my COYER Secret Santa, and so far it’s wonderful. (Thank you, Kai!) I paused my reading of Without a Summer over the holidays, but I plan to get back to it once we get home.
Listening to: The BBC World Service podcast of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising. On our drive home, we will continue listening to The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis. Once we’re home, I’ll get back to Season 3 of the Writing Excuses podcast.
Playing: an assortment of tabletop games, but mostly Flamecraft and Wingspan.
Watching: Glass Onion, Bullet Train, Ocean’s 8, Ocean’s 11, and The Company You Keep.
Added to the Hoard
My Christmas gift books are shown in this week’s Top Tuesday post, Christmas Additions to the Bookwyrm’s Hoard.