I really like the sound of my dishwasher. The swooshing of the water is soothing, and I wait till I get home at night to start it up, even if it’s full when I leave for the day. It’s silly, but it’s a small thing I enjoy.
I’ve been sick for the past three weeks. Finally dragged myself to the doctor on Monday and got antibiotics, which seem to be helping. I’m also riding a pre-holiday depression, though. No easy fix for that. I always hope that this is the year November/December will be easier—and I guess it has gotten easier, over the years—but I’ll probably never love this time of year the way all the Christmas carols say you should. I wish I could love Christmas, but I don’t.
My three-year-old and I have been coloring mandalas. (Before that it was a Hello Kitty coloring book, who she calls Meow Meow Kitty.) We have a shoebox full of crayons we’ve been adding to since my son was born 14 years ago, and I really like the color names: Granny Smith Apple, Macaroni and Cheese, Mauvelous. My daughter advises me on color choices, and it feels good to let go of my perfectionism and use her radical color combos. I just have to go with it. We’re just coloring for fun.
I'm reading a lot of fanfic on my Kindle in my free time. I was all set to buy the Kindle Voyage when it came out, but after reading a bunch of review, I’m going to stick with my beloved old Kindle with the built-in hardware buttons and no touch screen. It does exactly what I want. What I’d really like is my current Kindle with the Kindle Voyage’s screen resolution, but that’s not an option. It might be time to research alternative ebook readers, but I don’t have the energy right now.
I also want to read some of the published books waiting on my shelves, but it takes so much emotional energy for me to invest in characters I don’t already know, and I’m short on energy all around. But I was still excited to get my copy of A Hero at the End of the World
, and wow, I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m so impressed by its design and layout! Big Bang Press
did it right. I’m so glad I bought the paperback rather than the ebook. I spent some time admiring the art, the slightly rubbery texture of the cover, the interior paper stock, the typeface for the body text. (I’m a book design geek. I don’t get to work on many books in my current job, but I’ve worked on enough of them in the past to appreciate when they’re done well.)
You know who’s making gorgeous books right now? Cookbook publishers. Some of them are truly works of art, especially when they marry form and function so seamlessly that they’re both easy to use and
beautiful. I really admire that.Also posted at http://applewoman.dreamwidth.org/14102.html.