Saturday, 31 January 2009
Now I want to see her immediately, but that's not going to happen, sadly. At least we have Skype and email (and blogs!) to keep in touch; getting into the routine of the new year also helps a lot. It just ain't quite the same. That, I guess, is life.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I'm learning to prioritise things quickly, with less thought. Because, as my sister will tell me after her leadership camp: "Time is your most valuable resource!" It matters more that I do anything, than it does which thing I do - assuming I don't let anything go for too long!
Blogging is one of those things that's easy to let slip, because it doesn't actively demand my attention. It's something that I really want to do, though, so I'm trying to make sure it does appear on my mental schedule. Today, at least, I seem to have got that much right.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
I have been reclaiming my books from the family library. By 'my' books, I mean the books that I've received as presents or bought out of my own money; the ones I can take with me when I, someday, move away from home.
Doing things by halves is never as much fun as doing them by wholes or even twos, so I decided to make bookplates with fancy latin words and pretty lettering. I began pasting the bookplates into my books, beginning with many of my old favourites. As you can see in the picture, there's a convenient space just between the title and the publisher's name. It seemed that it might well be an old publishing convention to cater for book-buyers who use bookplates.
As I got to the newer titles, I found that my convenient spot was disappearing. The space would be filled with a picture or the text would be huge, so that it took up the whole page. Interestingly, it was the books that I consider to have a lower literary value that most disregarded this newly discovered convention of mine.
Having decided this, I found that one of the oldest books in my collection has an image just where I would have placed the bookplate. My theory took a rather hard knock. The funny thing is that even though I've disproved my original theory, I still have an animosity for books that use pictures - especially extensive pictures - on the title page. The book, I feel, is about the words. Occasional, simple line drawings are one thing, but great blazes of stars on the title page don't make a book a better read and look gaudy.
Now I'm asking myself if this opinion is the consequence of my original theory or if I would have decided this without the theory. I think it's a little of both: I've never been a fan of books with complex or many pictures, but I wouldn't care so much about the topic if I hadn't reached it by another route.
Sunday, 11 January 2009
I'm also beginning to anticipate our bible study starting up again. I've missed the fellowship and study time, though I have to admit I've thoroughly enjoyed my holiday. The only problem is that I'm supposed to find a new book to work from and I don't really know where to look. Our local Christian book chain only has guides that are for women or take hours to work through. I want something for a group of teens! I haven't tried Scripture Union, though, and they are quite likely to have something. Now to find the time to go there . . .
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Hopefully a positive difference will be that I'll have more time to blog. I really would like to update regularly, I just have to prioritise and I find that this blog doesn't end up very high on the list. With all the differences this year, maybe it'll end up high enough to get done. After all, a rather large item called school & final exams has been removed from the list. So here's to 2009 and time to update blogs!