I've been in a serious hibernation mode lately. Most days, I just want to curl up under a cozy blanket and read a book. I hate to use those years and years of stress and exhaustion as an excuse but it feels like my mind is still recovering. I do know that one day I'll want to do something but right now, I'm content to relax. So much in my life has sort of just dropped into my lap (there was a lot of hard work too!) so I sometimes wonder if I'm just waiting for that next thing to just happen. I don't want to overthink it. It's almost like I'll know when I see it.
My mind keeps drifting to photography and I have other thoughts swirling around. Sometimes I entertain those ideas and then I store it away for a rainy day. I do have to say that around here is the absolute worst time of the year for photography. For me, anyway. Every year right at this time, I feel like I hit a wall with creativity. It's like writer's block, but for photographers.
(clothes hanger on chair = real life)
Rich and I stayed up late last night to watch the Super Bowl. Normally, it wouldn't have been that "late" but we were out late-ish on Saturday night at a dinner for Rich's work and then I decided to read a few pages before I fell asleep. Not the best idea as it was a book I didn't want to put down. And then I didn't sleep well, not because of the book. Even after the Super Bowl ended, we couldn't just go to sleep because around here, fireworks were spontaneously booming for hours. Just when you thought it was over - boom. I mentioned it this morning and Anna didn't believe us. She must have slept through it. Her only comment was that she heard bad words and whistles blowing when she was upstairs and Rich and I were still watching the game. Mean or not, we made the kids go to bed at 9. Being well rested for school and dance is more important for them at this stage in their lives.
I wanted to tell you all about this book I finished up at the end of last week. Like many of you, I read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and like many of you, I really, really, really liked it. I thought it was a fantastic book. I randomly came across another book by the same author and discovered that she has written more than 20 novels. Typically, when I enjoy a book by a certain author, I read (and enjoy) other books by the same author. So the book was Firefly Lane and when I read the summary I thought it seemed interesting. Well, interesting enough that it grabbed my attention. I read the book last week and I did not like it. I hate to say this but if you gave me that book to read and didn't tell me the author, I would have guessed it was written by Danielle Steel. Now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with Danielle Steel but I read so many of those books long ago and there are other books I'd like to read now instead. Besides the so-so storyline, the two main characters were unlikeable. It was hard to believe that the same author wrote The Nightingale and Firefly Lane. So needless to say but I don't think I'll be reading any other books by Kristin Hannah. Have you read any of her other books? What did you think?
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