Today was a lazy Sunday for us. I woke up with a bad headache, but fortunately my migraine meds helped get rid of that nonsense by early afternoon. Nobody has time for that crap, especially this time of year.
‘Tis the Season
We put our Christmas tree up yesterday, which helped make me feel a little less behind in everything Christmas. No matter what I do or don’t do, this whole holiday stresses me out like nothing else. There’s a part of me that can’t stand it – even with eliminating things like sending cards (not doing them this year), baking (never was much for that anyway), and significantly reducing the number of gifts we’re buying (I never know what to get anyone anyway and everyone has everything they need).
Lest you think I’ve changed my name to Scrooge, I am looking forward to seeing some family and friends that we don’t see much. The Husband and I both have some vacation time awaiting us and the downtime will be especially welcome. And needed.
I’m still holding out hope that this will be the year I’ll reach my elusive goal of having read 75 books. I’ve come close: last year I read 70. It’ll be tight, as I just finished #67 today. That would be Going Over by Beth Kephart, a historical fiction young adult novel.
Going Over is the story of Ada and Stefan, two young would-be lovers living in ’80s Germany who are separated by the Berlin Wall. Although they’re able to visit occasionally, the constraints prove emotionally difficult. I’m hoping to do a longer review later, but suffice it to say that I think this is an important book for young people to read because this time period is one that is so essential to understand.
Earlier this year, I heard Ann Patchett when she spoke at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures; afterward, we chatted briefly when she signed my copies of Bel Canto, The Magician’s Assistant, and her essay collection This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. I finally got around to reading the latter via audio and really liked it. As with most essay collections, some selections are better than others, but most are well-done and a few are extraordinary. Given the choice, I think I would recommend this one in print, though.
It’s Sunday, so of course that means it’s all football, all the time in our house. Right now, we’re all set for our Eagles-Cowboys and hoping for a repeat of Thanksgiving Day. Always nice when both of my teams (Steelers and Eagles) come up with a win.
In terms of movies, this weekend we introduced the kids to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” for the first time ever. It was quite a hit. At 13, they’re now at the age where they’re able to handle some of the innuendoes and scenarios presented – although that can still be tricky with The Boy because of him having Asperger’s.
A few days off next week for Christmas!