How is everyone this fine Sunday morning? It is a merciful 71 degrees in NYC, and I have had (gasp!) my windows open for the first time in weeks. It is so wonderful to have a week where the high temp is 80. I am really, really grateful.
A couple of weeks ago I was complaining about it being the dog days of summer. So since things have gotten even slower now than they were before, I am not sure what to call it. I have read four books so far this month (Folly, Song Yet Sung, Procession of the Dead and Perfect Peace) and have spent the last week on the first third of my fifth, Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks. I am thrilled with the quality of what I have been reading.
There is something to be said for me in taking the time to carefully choose the next book I want to read, and reading according to whim. I have enjoyed books so much more than reading something because, for whatever reason, I felt like I needed to read it. I will continue with Brooks today, but I just have a feeling that I won’t get very far. If I read ten pages a day, that seems to be a huge accomplishment lately. At this rate I should finish this book at the end of August.
My cousin has been staying with me for the past week, so that has contributed a lot to my reading decline. She’s ten, so if we read for an hour,in her mind, we have read already for the day and it’s time to go and do something. It has been a lot of fun to have her here with me for the week. I think the highlight of the week may have been when we volunteered at the Farmer’s Market and she got to water tomatoes and wash mustard greens. She also got a big kick out of My Friend Amy’s Amy interviewing me on That’s How I Blog! She keeps asking me if I am famous because I have an internet radio show, and then she googled me and saw lots of search results. She wants me to name drop her.
Never a dull moment, and boy, I never realized that she talked so much. Once a month she comes to have a sleepover with me, but I guess there is a big difference in 24 hours and 168 hours! She talks no matter what I am doing and whether it requires my concentration or not. It has been quite an experience.