So far 2011 hasn't been that kind to me and I started it the way I finished 2010, sick. Yesterday was my first day back to work in 2011, today was my first sick day of the new year. I probably should have stayed home yesterday, but after 16 days of vacation, I was anxious to get back to work and see my coworkers and hear about everyone's holiday, oh yeah and to get back to work. But as the day went on I could feel myself getting weaker, and I'm pretty sure no one appreciated the fact that I was hacking up a lung all day long. So today I stayed home, I slept till 11:00. Boy did that feel good! And I have spent the rest of the day cozied up in my recliner reading.
I've finished 2 books already in 2011. Granted I started one of them in 2010 and was almost done when the new year rolled around. The first book I finished was "The Good Thief" it is probably not a book that I would normally pick up, but my city has chosen it has an all city read and I actually had it on my bookshelf, a gift from my sister in law from 2009 that I had not gotten to yet. Set in 1800 New England this was a fast moving story that reminded me of a lot of Dickens books.
My second book "In the Neighborhood: The Search For Community One Sleepover at a Time" was my book clubs selection for the month. Based on a true story of a murder/suicide in an upper class neighborhood. The author begins his own sociological experiment of trying to get to know the people in his neighborhood. It was a good start, but I believe more ideas will be brought out in our book club discussions than were talked about in his book. It did make me realize however how thankful I am to be living in the neighborhood that I am. I do know my neighbors and they know me. There is a lot of comfort knowing that you are surrounded by good people who look after one another.
I received a Kindle this year for Christmas, and I am wondering if it wrong to love an inanimate object? Probably, but I really am having fun with my Kindle. I'm not sure if I have mentioned this before but I like immediate gratification and the Kindle provides that for me. See book, download, start reading. As quick as that. Amazon offers lots of free books (Just like the library) my friend Gale pointed out. But I get to keep them! I pointed out to her and I don't have to wait. Immediate gratification.