Thursday, December 12, 2013

An evening to myself, shopping for books and Christmas gifts

Today was my only free evening this month until the 27th of December, and I decided to spend it shopping at the bookstore.

I wasn't really looking for anything in particular -- but just a new idea perhaps, or an inspiration for a new and better way of doing something in life.

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THAT TIME OF YEAR

After all, it's that time of the year for taking stock of one's life, and for looking back at the year that was. And for thinking about the year that will be.

Not that I have much time for any kind of thinking in the next two weeks, mind you.


It's the holiday season, but for some reason I find myself eager to work very furiously, to get as many things done before December 31st.

So if I'm not out doing the holiday rounds, I'm busy working.

Then, of course, there's  the fact that my calendar is completely booked out until December 27, filled with meeting friends or entertaining them at home.



MORE ENTERTAINING AT HOME

I've resolved to cook and bake more at home when I can; and one of the menus on my table this holiday season involves a mean peri-peri chicken and a pretty fantastic Malva pudding -- the results of my recent African soujourn.

I'm also planning to cook more French and Spanish food at home this holiday season.



THE PERFECT PLACE

Anyway, I can attest to the fact that there's no better place to jumpstart any sort of thinking than at the bookstore.

I bought a ton of books on all sorts of topics, ranging from my favorite biographies to books I want to re-read ("A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemmingway) and to a couple of short inspirational books.

I have an old copy of A Moveable Feast in my library in Japan, but not here. So this was a good excuse to pick up a copy.



Also, I'm not at all the sentimental type, but I think everyone can use a picker-upper of a book every so often.

So I put a book on happiness into my shopping cart as well.

ART AS A SECOND CAREER, PERHAPS?

Then I bought a professional illustrator's set, complete with all the pens needed to make professional illustrations and designs.

Maybe I'll call it my Christmas gift to myself. I just thought I should revive my interest in art, even if I don't really have time to do so.

I haven't had an evening like this to myself in a very long time, since I'm usually always on the go or forever busy.

But what a pleasant way this was to spend a rare free evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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