I feel like my journal and I could use some positivity right now, so I think I'm going to do a few of those "Three Good Things" posts over the next little while. I'm snagging the idea from idella
, whose been doing her own Daily Happiness Meme quite faithfully for the last couple of weeks. I've been enjoying reading about her daily happinesses, and so I'm going to jot out a few of my own. Probably not a whole months worth, and probably not everyday. Just sometimes.
1. The Children's Book by AS Byatt. I just finished it, so actually I'm a little sad, but it's that very particular, good kind of sadness which comes with finishing a book you really loved reading. I'm stealing from someone on Goodreads when I say The Children's Book is "both devastating and whimsical" (though whimsical is too light a word, really; TCB feels almost arcane somehow). It is a subtle, complex tapestry of a novel that draws you in with its cerebral, almost dusty charm and then holds you captivated with the strange and moving surety of its prose. As a novel it impresses me in a way that's thorough and unshakable, which made it a joy to take a long time over. I had read Possession several years ago, and liked it, but pessimistically I worried that Possession would prove to be Byatt's best work. As it turns out, I was completely wrong; in the nearly two decades between Possession and The Children's Book, Byatt's writing seems only to have become an order of magnitude more deft.
2. The furry leopard print boot slippers I got just before Christmas. Having never really been a slipper person, I had this idea that slippers were ugly, ratty, frumpy things by their very nature. But I'm always cold, so mid-December I finally broke down and bought myself a pair, and OMG I LOVE THEM MADLY. My feet are no longer always cold, the slippers don't flop around and fall off my feet annoyingly (because they're boots
), and I got them at La Senza so I don't associate them with anything ugly, ratty, or frumpy.
! I didn't know we owned one and I'd certainly never used one before, but for Christmas I got a pair of knee-high leather boots, sans zip, and they were being difficult to pull off. Dad brought out the bootjack we've apparently had since forever, and I kind of gave it the side-eye, not thinking it really looked like something that would be much help. I was SO wrong; it is a wonder of human ingenuity!
Hmm, uh-oh, both #2 and #3 are about footwear. That makes me seem a bit shoe obsessed. *looks shifty*