I am trying to be conscious about buying (or not) buying books because I have so many, especially cookbooks. I recently made the leap to read ebooks on my iphone. The screen is a bit small, but I am not able to afford an ipad for awhile. Actually, I like that the library comes right to me.
My niece, Lisa, and I are planning our second annual "Julia Child Night." What a fun way to bring family together.
As we began to make our Julia inspired menu plans, Paul reminded me I still had a gift certificate from the summer theatre cast. I had forgotten! And, of course, he had already researched how much the books he knew I wanted would cost. Real books. Hard covers and everything! I love books. Really love books.
My gift arrived in yesterday's mail.
I forced myself to wait until I had all my (self assigned) tasks done for the day. Here is where I should mention I love being my own boss!!! When my boss self said I was excused, I sat down and carefully opened the first book. As a child, on the rare occasion we were assigned a brand new textbook, it was a HUGE deal. New books were treated with extreme care. I remember being instructed to carefully open a new book in the center and carefully go through the pages and gently press down so the binding would not break as we used the book. I don't know if it helps, but that is what I always do with a new book.
I am fully aware this set of cookbooks is dated material and their recipes were written for "rigorous" cooks. I have other Julia books, ones she wrote in America after her time in France. But this first book was the one that started her career and led to her television show, which I LOVED as a child. I have never completely read these books, although I have checked them out of the library as references.
Now they are in MY library. I am pleased to own them.
I appreciate this gift. It is delightful. Thanks to those wonderful people with whom I spend my summers.
And, poor Lisa. I sent her about a dozen emails yesterday as I obsessed about our menu.
Because Paul teases me about my use of cartoons, I'll close with this:
I hope to hear from him today. Off to the gym!