Saturday, November 15, 2014

It's Saturday, But I'm Sure Not Hanging Out in the Park

Okay, for some of you younger folks, you might need translation: "Saturday in the Park" recorded by Chicago in the early 70s.....you know, "it might have been the 4th of July?"

Never mind.

By the time you read this post, I'll be in all-day writing mode to increase my NaNoWriMo word count and get closer to finishing my new suspense novel.

But NaNoWriMo and word count are overdone topics these days, so I'll tell you what I did yesterday intead.

First I went to physical therapy which is pre-hab for my knee.

Then my husband and I went shopping for a recumbent exercise bike because I know I'll keep slacking off if I have to go out to the gym in the winter time. The one we bought will be delivered next Thursday, and then I will be all out of excuses. I hate it when I run out of excuses.

I also got caught up on emails.

I looked up a recipe for grog.

I sent information for my December 13th booksigning to the bookstore.

I went downstairs where it's warmer and had a bit of wine and cheese.

I  fixed supper.

I read a book.

Did you catch that last one?

I READ A BOOK!!!!

I'd almost forgotten what it felt like to cozy up with a warm afghan, a cup of hot chocolate, and a good book. It felt so good I might have to do it again this evening.

Then you'll have to put up with a batch of book reviews, but maybe you won't mind getting a couple of bookish ideas for holiday gifts.

Feel free to recommend some of your recent favorite reads in the comments.

8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for you! Sometimes we have to get on the enjoyment side of writing.
I've read a couple Joe Abercrombie books lately and they were amazing.

Karen Walker said...

I didn't need the explanation for Saturday in the Park!! Ha! I've been curling up with books all week and it is just heavenly. After my procedure Monday, that's pretty much all I'll be doing for awhile. Have fun!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patricia .. well done - sounds like you've been doing a bit of catch up - and that exercise bike sounds a good idea. Wine and cheese too ....?!

I know of a good book someone sent me recently ... I still need to read it, but have been reassured it's a great read, but then I could be "Dead Wrong" - ah! oh yes! it's your book ...

Happy Saturday and enjoy your NaNo hideaway write tomorrow .. cheers Hilary

Dean K Miller said...

I have withdrawals from books before I do from chocolate! Imagine that. Getting caught is great. Freedom follows.

Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Sounds like you had a great, productive day and I'm happy for you. It's good to hear. And thanks for the reminder of that song too :-)

Shauna Renee' said...

Ah, the memories! But no, I wasn't at the park today either--winter weather has arrived here in Kansas. I am currently reading "From Little House to Little Women Revisiting a Literary Childhood" by Nancy McCabe (University of Missouri Press, 2014). Though some of my friends liked to read when I was growing up, none of them ever really talked about them. Reading was something required for school to them. I, on the other hand, devoured scores of books during the summer and any spare moment I had. In this book I found a kindred soul, and a remembrance of why Nancy and I became friends in college. Bibliophiles will appreciate Nancy's description of how these books affected her in childhood and how things read so much differently as an adult with various life experiences. (I suspect many folks can relate.) Nancy's command of words is deft, entertaining, and conversational. Though our post college careers have been very different, I am privileged this distinguished professor of writing still counts me among her friends!

Eileen Goudge said...

When you make your grog, let me know and I'll be right over:) I've made Kahlua from scratch if you ever need the recipe.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm already trying to figure out what books I'm going to give as gifts...and which ones I want for myself. :)