Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New Year's resolutions - NOT

As in other years, I have thought about turning over a new leaf in certain aspects of my life, and that isn't confined to just the new year. I suppose the most consistent resolution-in-waiting is to do better in the housekeeping department. In another post I talked briefly about my attitude to dusting, but in terms of priority I place much more importance on having a tidy, uncluttered look, without taking that too far. Instead of sweeping things under the rug, I'd rather get rid of the rug and not have to lift it in the first place. There's always something else I'd rather do. To paraphrase a bumper sticker you used to see: "I'd rather be reading!".

Speaking of which, I haven't updated my "Currently reading..." section lately. Not that I haven't been reading (as if!) but I just haven't been taken with any one book lately. That is, until today when I borrowed Zadie Smith's "On beauty". I started reading it at lunch and can tell already that it will be a ripper.

There I go, even in the blogosphere I can be distracted from domestic things by reading, which tends to happen in my real life. And now I have blogging which is another distraction. But as much as I admire people who do such a nice job in keeping their houses clean, I myself am just not into it. So this will remain a resolution-in-waiting, I think. And I'll close with a quote from Rebecca West, novelist: "Hatred of domestic work is a natural and admirable result of civilisation." I take heart from this.


Cowtown Pattie said...

Lately, I have revived my normal reading habits. Blogs are fun, but can sure get in the way of book reading!

My bedside always has a pile of books by it (please, no dusting!). I get on a "jag" with a particular author sometimes. Finished Memoirs of a Geisha in time to see the movie, but now after reading some reviews, I don't think I will see it. Hubby and I have been reading all the Tony Hillerman "Joe Leaphorn" detective mysteries. PBS produced a couple of movies based on the books with Wes Studi that were really good, but nothing since. *pout*. If you like the American southwest and native peoples cultures, these mysteries are wonderful.

Val said...

I read the book "Memoirs of a Geisha", but no matter what, I must see the film.

Today was my last day at work, and I stocked up on reading matter to hold me for a couple of weeks. Bliss!