Christmas at my house is and has always been a low-key affair. Even more so now that there are no children involved. So with shopping done, decorations up, and baking largely complete (more may or may not be done) I was free to enjoy a completely relaxing weekend – which, given the harried masses I’ve seen rushing around town this weekend, does not seem to be the norm.
I had a vacation day remaining for the year so, since my colleagues with children will be taking time off over the next couple of weeks, I took Friday off and made a long weekend of it. Nothing is nicer than a random long weekend when other people are working. On Friday, I ran errands (thrilling stuff), went for a walk in the woods, and saw the new Star Wars movie (meh). But the best part of a long weekend is that when Saturday comes around you realise you have an entire weekend remaining. Joy!
I made the most of my weekend by reading most of Saturday afternoon and evening. It has been so long since I’ve been able to read uninterrupted for any stretch of time. I finished Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans (marvellous), read all of History’s People by Margaret MacMillan (wonderful – the perfect holiday gift for any history fiend on your list), and started Their Finest Hour and a Half, also by Lissa Evans. I also read the newest edition of Slightly Foxed cover-to-cover; the wonderfully eclectic essays always leave me with a warm, cosy feeling that all is right in the bookish world (and always add countless titles to my library list).
Slightly Foxed has been much on my mind recently: I renewed my subscription for another two years and, as a reward for finishing my recent exam, placed a (for me) large book order. I bought:
Corduroy by Adrian Bell
Country Boy by Richard Hillyer
Portrait of Elmbury by John Moore
Marrying Out by Harold Carlton
Silver Ley by Adrian Bell
They’ve just arrived and are so beautiful. My only worry now is which to read first.
Off to a baroque Christmas concert now but have every intention of returning to my books this evening. A very social week lies ahead of me – not to mention three and a half days of work – so best to get as much reading in today as I can!