Sunday, 1 January 2012

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” (Victor Hugo)

Here I sit, gold glitter smeared down my face from cheap, but still lovely eyeliner, another cup of coffee, a plate with croissant crumbs next to me, and a whole study filled with unread books (perhaps not 'filled', but there are a lot of unknowns in this room). I have my Learning Ancient Greek by Peter Jones and Pocket Oxford Classical Greek on my desk, my camera right next to me, my notebook with about twenty pages left clean from 2011, a glass of water, a warm, woolly cardigan on, and the winter sun shining surprisingly brightly. All I can hear is the buzz of the heater and the birds singing outside. I've read my two chapters of War and Peace, started Pickwick Papers, and finished The Sense of an Ending before midnight, and Season Songs after midnight. And I'm loving Pickwick Papers, even if I am only two chapters in, and War and Peace is going much better the second time around.

So much potential, and so much awareness of it right now at this moment. I'm calm, lying back in this chair, but I'm at the same time thrilled by it all. There is so much to do, and three hundred and sixty five whole days, and more, many more days ahead, Fate willing. It's a good day, the 1st day of January. I'm smiling, even though I'm alone in the room!

In the next fifteen minutes, I'll be getting ready to go down to my mam's, and I am going to seriously de-tat Effy. I think later today would be a good time to show you her progress: I'd love to do an Effy post, and it's overdue. She's done so well this year. She's old, of course, but she's now a normal, healthy-for-her-age, tabby house cat. Aside from her missing tail, you would never know the horrors she's experienced, and I hope that she's forgotten it all. I'm told right now she has her head in a carton of crème fraîche, so it seems likely! I'm also going to buy Vogue today: I've not read a Vogue in ages.

And then, tonight and tomorrow, as I've said, I'll be joining in with Allie's readathon, which is a marvellous way to start the new year! Still no plans, other than to make some headway with Pickwick. I may read Crow by Ted Hughes, as well, and the first book of Middlemarch, but I'm undecided. I want to finish all the challenges I've signed up to, but at the same time I'm not completely challenge-orientated. I find when I read one book, it sparks the memory of another book and inspires me to go and read that, so I don't want to deny myself that pleasure. But I'm still hopeful: I still think I can complete my challenges and have a lot of fun!

For now, I need to get dressed.... Once again, Happy New Year, everyone!


  1. I think I still have make-up smeared on my face from last night. Yuck.

    I hope you have a wonderful day with some great books! I am going to curl up with The Age of Innocence, then some Shakespeare. :)

  2. I am sharing your excitement, somehow this New Year's Day seems to be the beginning of forever, and it's a happy forever, if that makes any sense. So many days are lying ahead of us and there is still so much to be discovered, even tiny things like filling my new calendar with test dates seem so very special to e at the moment.

    By the way, did you get your New Year's kiss on stage ? ;)

  3. Allie - hope it's going well! I'll join in tomorrow, been pretty busy today. Managed two whole chapters of Pickwick Papers though - wow! ;)

    Cassandra - I did! Fortunately everyone else was busy with each other, plus I was so excited anyway I didn't care it was on stage!

  4. I love the optimism this post irradiates. I'm alone too, checking up on blogs I follow, and I just grinned from year to year thinking about all the potential life has. For books, for music, for relationships, for so much. It's a such lovely way to take the first steps in a new year.
    I can't wait to read about Effy! :)



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