On Saturday, Chris and I woke up with the crescent moon and crept over in the dark to the train station. We were whisked off on the local commuter train to meet up with our friends Dorothy and Hobgoblin, who live a number of cities west. The four of us, now under a cold but bright winter sun, traveled on another train to New York City to see the Morgan Library's exhibit on Jane Austen.
Having read Pride and Prejudice only once, I was anxious to learn more about Jane and her world, and what makes her so popular that the spin-off books and movies continue to fill the shelves at the Big Bookstores. If her letters displayed at the Morgan are any indication, she is much more feisty and witty than perhaps I have given her credit for, similar to the Louisa May Alcott portrayed in the recent documentary. I'm not going to be able to do the exhibit or the library justice, so I recommend a visit to Dorothy's blog for a more informed description. I have one more chapter of my Agatha Christie to finish, and then I'm going to immerse myself in P&P!
After our museum visit, we braved the frigid temperatures to do a bookstore crawl. Chris and I had never been to The Strand, and I was dying to explore a place where you can buy books "by the foot," as one decorating magazine advertised. While I find that sacrilegious, it did capture my attention! The Strand does not disappoint. Unfortunately, it was so crowded that I got a little light-headed, and couldn't look way up or way down on the giant shelving. Believe it or not, I didn't buy a single book there!
Our next stops were a mystery bookstore, Partners & Crime, where Dorothy tempted me into a Ngaio Marsh (Artists in Crime), and Three Lives, which had an excellent selection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We had hoped to go to the Housing Works Used Books & Cafe, but it was closed for a special event when we arrived at its front doors. There is always next time! I am proud of myself for only adding one new book to my shelves -- I still have so many to read from our book trips this past fall, and Christmas! Which brings me to...
2010: New Goals and Projects
I want to keep it simple this year, and fun. Here are a few areas in my life where I hope to spend more time:
- Riding my bike regularly, on the indoor trainer until spring
- Continuing to look for a job, and working on my little business
- Continuing to write, and submitting essays to magazines
- Planning and completing more home decorating and gardening projects
- Reading, especially the wonderful non-mystery books I've collected
- Knitting, especially the new yarns I've collected this fall
My Coral Reef poppy seeds and seed starting tray have already arrived, but it will be a few more months yet before I can do any large tasks in the garden. For now, I'm looking forward to more time in front of the fire with Chris, our cats, books, and knitting projects that need finishing. The first wristwarmer is almost bound off, and I promise a photo soon!