Since my last post was a little negative, I thought I would brighten things up today. That is especially needed since it's COLD! We were mega-spoiled by 20+ degree weather earlier this month, so now anything close to zero seems unbearable. (It doesn't help that our building cranked up the fans during the warm weather, and has not bothered turning them off.)
I am a book hoarder, and any efforts to counter this seem to be in vain. This past summer, I tried to make a serious attempt to get rid of books that I was unlikely to ever read again. I forced myself to actually read the books I had bought on sale ages ago, so that I could decide whether I really wanted them. Shortly thereafter, my best friends threw me a bridal shower and instructed all my guests to give me a book! So, I guess all that purging was to make room for the new books, right? Anyway, here are some more new books that I am really excited about, and why:
1) I am excited for my new kitchen It actually allows for more than one person to stand in it. It has more than one cupboard, and space in the drawers for our cutlery. I really looking forward to baking there, so I bought the Joy the Baker Cookbook. If you don't know about Joy, you should. This is her blog. Every recipe that I've tried has been fantastic.
2) I am excited for summer vacation! We are just in the process of finalizing details to go to Gdansk, Poland this summer. I have a lifelong interest in Central and Eastern European culture and history, so I am so looking forward to this trip. I also thought I could use some basic Polish skills, so I bought this book. Now to tackle the pronunciation of words like "wszystko" (everything) and "przepraszam" (excuse me). Really, this is just feeding into the obsessions with a) books; and b) language learning aids.
3) I am excited about my Chinese lessons! For the first couple of months, we were focused on pronunciation and vocabulary, but now I've started learning to read and write. It's hard... but it's worth it. Last week at Bible study, I noticed one woman had a dual-language English-Chinese Bible, so I asked her where she bought it. This week, she brought a new Bible for me! She said she had some extras at home and was happy to hear I was learning Chinese. I find it easiest to practice reading when I'm already familiar with the text.
4) I am excited to spend some time with Gil this weekend! After the craziness of the last few weeks, I told him that we have to go out and have some fun this weekend. We are not sure yet what we'll do, but we really need some time to build into our marriage.
5) I am excited for road tripping with a good friend next week! But more on that later. :-)
So now it's your turn: What are you excited about??