The last few days have been filled with many treasured moments of inactivity. Hours have been whiled away. The busyness of the school year is already a distant memory; we don't think of the new year yet, we only think about our next meal, what book we will read or whether there's anything good on TV.
Although I haven't had one feeling of guilt about being so lazy this holiday period, I have felt a tad self-indulgent about acquiring a Kindle for Christmas. It's not necessary, and we can't really afford any more gadgets, but since having it, I've enjoyed reading so much more. Normally, I reserve reading to bedtime, but can never last for more than one or two paragraphs before the desire to sleep overtakes my desire to find out what happens next in the story. Perhaps it's because it's new, (or should I say 'novel'?) and in my excitement about my new toy, I am snatching every moment I can to read a few chapters of my book. As a result, I am able to immerse myself in stories that never before have I been able to appreciate. I've discovered that many works of classic literature are free to download from Amazon. I'm no 'buff' but I'm certainly loving 1) the fact that it's free 2) that I've managed to pay attention for longer than one chapter and 3) that it makes me feel all smart-like to say "I'm reading Brontë" (much more impressive than saying "I'm reading the Twilight Saga").
So as today is the first day of the new year, it means tomorrow I am back at work and my opportunities to do 'ab-so-lute-ly nuthin' without guilt are gone until next December. Of course the opportunities to relax are indeed there throughout the year; I'm not a machine. But there is always some project that is awaiting my return to work or there is a feeling that we need to 'do something' to make the most of our recreational time on weekends. For now, I want to grasp at my last moments of sloth with all that I've got. I plan to watch a DVD before the husband gets up and starts urging us to 'get this day started'. I might bake some chocolate chip cookies and later, I may just take a nap.
I haven't even bothered to make any resolutions this year. I think when I do, it will have to be something to do with our finances, because unnecessary electronic devices don't pay for themselves, you know?
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013 with plenty of opportunity to have pyjama days and moments with a book...Kindle or otherwise.