Friday, October 24, 2008

Bare Walls

So, two months ago I came home from my new ward's R.S. book group and told Erik that I would be hosting on the 4th Thursday in October. I looked around at the bare walled and toy-strewn living room and mentioned that I'd like to hang up some of our art and pictures before then. "I know what we'll be doing on the 4th Wednesday of October, don't I?" was the reply. I protested that I was certain that we could pull it together before then; that I did not need an external deadline to do what would be best for my own soul and my own home.

But, really, who was I kidding?!? Now, on this, the 4th Friday of October, I am looking around my newly decorated home and I am loving it. The furniture has been rearranged, we got a new entertainment center, our pictures and scrolls are up, and it feels like home. And it only took us five months! Of course, my back is killing me from moving the big (my father believes that if it's worth making, it's worth making out of heavy, solid oak) bookcase, but I think it's worth it. Everyone in the book group seemed fooled by my lovely and clean home and a grand time was had by all.

Now I just have to convince them that REAL book groups read tomes that stir up controversy or passion and that everyone leaving at 10:00pm is just wimpy, but I'll have to take it one step at a time.

8 comments:

Libby said...

REAL book groups also don't give up when everyone moves away...thank goodness for e-mail!

And I got to be your FIRST COMMENT! I feel so...what? Ahead of the curve? Leaderish?

Markie said...

Ooh, ooh! I feel so validated! I sent off the email saying I have a blog and then decided to go to bed. But, I (fruitlessly, I thought) had to refresh one more time to see if anyone had commented in the 2 minutes since my blog went public. Yes, I do have a pathetic need for public reassurance of my worth as a person. Thanks, Libby! You made my night.

kris said...

you crack me up - do you want to move to salt lake and start a real book club together??? it would be so fun! i have also started a blog but have not yet posted anything other than pictures. it is http://rockinbookerfamily.blogspot.com/

once the renovations are done and the house is officially on the market, i too will try this whole blog thing. i sent you an email with new family pics too so check them out.

Belle said...

The real question is: what did you read? Was the discussion any good?

teddi said...

As long as they're not into all those churchy books (don't be offended anyone). That's what RS is for! Ugh!

Kathy said...

I would so love to be in a book club with you. That would be fun. And I second the question, what did you read?

Libby said...

I actually found your blog BEFORE you sent the e-mail...'cause you left me a comment! Sneaky me.

Markie said...

We read Freakonomics. The discussion was pretty good, but I feel like everyone is concerned about being safe and not too controversial. It is an official R.S. bookclub, so I do understand the need for certain boundaries. But the rest of the schedule is pretty heavy on historical fiction - not so thrilled about that. I'm still scoping out the people who need to be in my alternative bookgroup (I hearby invite anyone who's reading this blog to join me - you just have to make it up to Buffalo once in a while)