Monday, January 11, 2010
This and That....
Folks, it's cold here in South Carolina. Damned cold! This morning we woke up to 18 degree temps, and that's just not right.
Lately I've been full of thoughts and ideas for what I'd like to accomplish in 2010. I'm already headed towards my big goal of reading more this year after finishing a book last night. My review boss will be proud of me - it was one of my last reviews for 2009! This book (FORTY-EIGHT X by Barry Pollack) forced me to step out of my comfort zone and read something different, something that I'd normally not pick for myself. It was so cool being totally engrossed in a book, enough that last night I couldn't be bothered to do anything more than reheat some cold pizza for supper. Doing anything more than that would've taken me away from a book that I just couldn't put down.
My other big goal is to take control of the clutter around here and continue throwing stuff out that I have held on to for years. Our loose rule of thumb around here is, if we haven't used or worn it in the past year, then it's gone. That led me to filling up three more outdoor garbage bags of crap from our office closet. Hell, I found a hand vac that I'd forgotten about. And it's a good Black and Decker one! John came running into the office yesterday afternoon, panicked because he thought I was ditching hidden treasures of his. Uh, no, honey... This is stuff that I've had since college. There, I've confessed it to the public at large. Hi, I'm Amy, and I'm a pack rat.
I've joined two challenges this year: Keishon's TBR 2010, and Kmont's Year of the Historical challenge. While I was working on cleaning up my blog yesterday and trying to fix labels so I could group '09's TBR challenge posts together (no luck) I discovered I dropped the ball three times. Not this year - if it hurts, I'm still going to keep up with these challenges. The book I'm about to finish up now qualifies for the historical challenge (SOMETHING WONDERFUL by McNaught), so who knows, maybe I'll use that. I've got a bit of time since that challenge requires posts in the last week of each month. I like the flexibility of it.
This year I'm also thinking about trying out Netflix after so many of my friends have vouched for it. This after John just showed me his latest trade...three Harry Potter movies. Oy vey. That's just a bandwagon I can't jump on yet...