I didn't expect to be gone quite so long. I've been up to a few things since my last appearance here.
I've been on a fabulous trip to Boston. Oh, how we loved Boston. It fit us to a T. And we rode the T. Ha! If you get a chance to go to Boston you won't want to miss taking a tour with this gentleman. He works for the Freedom Trail Foundation.
We ate A LOT of seafood. Here is the rundown for me (my goal was to have seafood for lunch and dinner every day):
lobster roll x 2
crazy good lobster bisque
clam chowder x 2
my first raw oyster (I don't think I get the appeal)
Yum! And The Girl discovered that she loves mussels. Who knew? I mean, she wouldn't try a hush puppy but she eats mussels.
I spent a lot of time volunteering at school.
I did quite a bit of cooking; here is a sneak peek. This was one of my proudest moments as a home cook. I even told my husband to 'be more effusive'.
I went to the farmers' market. I never got to take photos some weeks but here is my most recent trip:
Isn't that kale pretty? Too bad it went to waste. I never did figure out what to do with it (that my family would eat).
I did a fair amount of reading.
Last week I met my new best friend.
Come here, lover.
I also spent some time thinking. Thinking about this space and what to do with it. Thinking about what has been bothering me about blogging and the like. Being put off by the popularity-contest aspect of it all. You know what I mean.
In addition, I am not a writer. I don't want to be a writer and writing is not why I'm here. I'm here because I love books. I came across a brilliant post last week at Kiss a Cloud. I identified with so much of what Claire wrote, especially this:
I would really rather spend more time with my children, read my books, read your thoughts on your books, than write.
Ahhhh. So true.
So what to do? I decided I wanted to come back to this space but I think it will be in a slightly different way. I think most books I read will get more of a 'blurb' and less of a review, and the really special books that stand out to me will perhaps get a highlight post. Or something like that. We'll see. Most of all, I know that if I'm going to do this it needs to be for me, a journal for ME. Not to please someone or to advertise for anyone. Not to generate traffic or more followers. Just for me.