Bargains

Day 4

Today I spent the afternoon preparing for this semester. Updating my course pages, filing papers, and organizing for tomorrow’s meeting with my co-teacher. I came home feeling accomplished and wondered what the serendipity was for today. This feeling of being ready for next week? Eh, maybe.

But once at home with my shoes off, I get a text. Melissa tells me there’s a 3 for $1 book sale at Goodwill today. Melissa and I both own Little Free Libraries, the take one leave one book dispenser for the neighborhood in our front yards. I am in need of children’s books. The kids are my best customers. She tells me there are children’s books.

I put my coat back on and head over to the nearest Goodwill store. There are three shelves of jumbled up children’s books. Sigh. I begin reading titles, turning books around so I can read titles, and holding back the books I’ve looked through so I can turn more books around to read more titles.

Click, Clack, Moo and Captain Underpants. Magic School Bus and Amelia Bedelia. A counting book, an animal book, a joke book and Clifford. I sit on the floor to reach the bottom shelf. (The worst part of that is the getting up.) My pile is growing.

15 great books for $5. Yep, that’s serendipity.

Book Magic

Day 3

A day of reassessing. My eating habits have gotten lax. The holidays were a good excuse, but just an excuse. I still really like sugar, chocolate, caffeine, and acidy foods. However, yesterday’s illness was a reminder; I need one more new year’s resolution.

So I looked up some healthy recipes, went to the grocery store, came home and began cooking. Not so bad. I really like good-for-me food too.

That should be a “good enough” happy surprise. But I picked up the book I checked out at the library a while back. Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I’d seen it on several lists and was curious about the author. It’s terrific. There’s just one little problem…I’ve gotta read it fast. It’s due back in two days and it’s not renewable.

A book is a device to ignite the imagination.–Alan Bennett