Thursday, January 28, 2016

let's get ready to look SO GOOD

Last night I opened a book I just checked out from the library, and realized to my disappointment that I'd already read it--this is probably why the title seemed so familiar when I grabbed it.  It's "The House on the Strand" by Daphne DuMaurier.  It's a good one, so if you like DuMaurier's style you'll appreciate it.  

For Christmas this year we gave our family skiing and snowboarding lessons--it was interesting to me that the sport each child chose was the same one I would have chosen for them if I'd had to guess what they wanted.  Overall it's gone well except I fell and gave my head a good smack yesterday (but in a helmet, so at least my brains aren't all over the mountain), which cooled my ardor considerably.  As ever, I am overthinking it instead of trusting my body to do what it's supposed to.  But my body is not really an athletic body,  so I think my mistrust is well-founded.  Sometimes I feel like maybe I am trying to learn too many things.  I mean, learning is important, and maybe it will keep me out of the nursing home a little longer, but if you have too many irons in the fire you just make a mess, which is where I sort of feel like I am.  Like, I can't be practicing guitar AND derby AND snowboarding AND figuring out how to do a job AND running the rest of my life.  It makes me feel a little wiggy.  


tipsybaker said...

Ha ha ha, I understand about too many irons in the fire. It only gets worse!!! I want to do everything.
How do you choose your books? Did you just go down the "D" shelf and say, ah, Daphne Du Maurier, I liked Rebecca, I'll check it out. . .
Or do you have a list?

Layne said...

I have a list, but I always forget about it once I'm at the library. Usually I just wander around, check out the staff recommendations, look for authors I've liked in the past, which is how I've ended up with "House on the Strand" twice. I've got Grant reading "Rebecca" finally, and Emmett picked up "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" yesterday, which pleases me immensely.