Good morning, Sunday Saloners! I've been back from the holidays/vacation to Miami/Key West for a few days now, but I'm still in a holiday mood. At this rate, the Christmas holidays cannot come soon enough. Even though we did a lot of things and were mostly outside during the holidays, I felt very refreshed by the time I got back home, which is strange for me because I'm usually in for quiet vacations.
I did visit Ernest Hemmingway's house in Key West while we were there, and boy, you would be amazed by the number of cats in the house. Snuggling in every corner, a few coming up to be petted, but most keeping to themselves and not really enjoying the tourist's intrusions. There was one that wanted to be petted but threw a hell of a peacock's arrogant attitude while getting a massage. There was another one snuggling inside a shelf in a bookstore. Adorable, really. Though, being a dog person, part of me wondered what a ruckus there wound have been if they were dogs not cats. But then, the dogs wouldn't stay in a house, would they?
Courtesy my husband's brother, we also got to lunch on a cruise ship. This was my first time on one, and I haven't been able to get the idea of a cruise ship out of my head. They even have a library on board - who would have ever thought that? Interestingly, they had a roller coaster as well on the top deck. I cannot imagine what it would be like roller coasting in the middle of an ocean. Seasickness plus dizziness would be a crazy mix.
I haven't been reading much lately. I read a chunk during the last three months for a challenge, and had to put aside tons of other things like knitting, interior decorating, reading the New Yorker, etc. I have a feeling I will be doing very little of reading this month. Which is fine by me. I have a ton of books to review and I cannot wait to post them. I've been knitting all day yesterday and plan to do more today. I started making a cowl for my dog but it turned out to be too tiny for her neck in the end. I swear her neck just thickened after I measured it. Oh well. The husband and I are also planning to do some work around the house this month though we haven't really thought much about it.
When I am reading, I am hoping to close the year with a few of the 2013 releases that I missed. So far, the books that I really want to read are The Interestings, Hard Luck, The Goldfinch, The Circle, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, The Golem and the Jinni, Boxers and Saints, Wedding Night, Life After Life, and The Preservationist. I know I am missing many other titles in there - and I'm hoping you would have a few suggestions for me to add to the list.