27 January 2008

Book List

Books have been my teachers, my friends, my joys, my escapes since I was a little child. In elementary school, back before there were the lovely ILS systems I work on now, the librarian would write up your title and due date on a card that had your name on it. If you filled up both sides of the card, she would staple a new one on top and begin again.

Needless to say, I had many, many cards stacked together each year.

My kids and I try to go to the library every Saturday. Not only do they enjoy perusing the shelves--okay, so my son likes the light table and my daughter only looks at graphic novels--but then I get to see the titles I am not prepared for, now that I am not the one ordering the books anymore. I do miss that. This also gives me a review of the titles I want to add to my permanent collection.

This is what I have in my stack this week:

Mortal Groove: A Jane Lawless Mystery, Ellen Hart

To Buy or Not To Buy Organic, Cindy Burke

The Witch is Dead: An Ophelia and Abbey Mystery, Shirley Damsgaard

Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables, Mike and Nancy Bubel

Putting Food By, Janet Greene, Ruth Hertzberg and Beatrice Vaughn

The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

Growing Midget Vegetables at Home, Grant & Holly Gilmore

And last but not least, my indulgence purchase yesterday:

Home Cheese Making, Ricki Carroll

24 January 2008

Best Laid Plans

I will totally admit that I am a detail-oriented person. I deal well with the tangible things, so if there is an opportunity to figure things out ahead of time, to schedule and arrange, I am on it.

And that is when the Universe will usually giggle and throw the banana peel in my path. I fall for it every time.

My daughter was born with a congenitally malformed tibia, which allowed the top of her foot to lie flat against her shin for many months. Over the years, it has straightened out, but she has been monitored for a surgical procedure that is timed to happen before her major growth spurt. As she just turned 11, her orthopedist finally gave the go-ahead, and I meticulously scheduled vacation time, wrote letters to the school to make up homework, booked a hotel room in case of bad weather--being January in the Northeast--and arranged for care for my son and the cats back home.

Which meant my daughter went and got a bad cold and fever the night before the surgery. Postponed until next month, more plans have been made, all with the knowledge that NOTHING is carved in stone.

11 January 2008

First Step

So, although I do not hold to New Year's Resolutions, there are things that I do want to accomplish this year, and in the years to come. Things that I want to start new, things that I want to change that are old...much older than they should be in my Life.

I deal much better with concreteness in Life, much more than going with the flow (trust me, ask the ones who know me), and although that is something I want to change, I am looking for a little guidance in the familiar.

So, I am reading a book. This one, in fact. I like what she has to say, and I am not trying to speed through it and believe I know it all. Well, most of it I do know, the point is if I know it, why can't I do it? Why can't I get off the couch and exercise, why can't I complete any of my knitting class projects, why can't I have a normal, light conversation with the person who means most to me on this planet...what is it that I am doing now? And, as Ryan points out, what is the behaviour I am doing now enabling me to do/avoid/resist changing? That is what I need to discover next.

And that isn't between the pages of this book. But in my own.