Some Days Are Like That


It is snowing. Again. This is the fourth winter storm this month.

My car needed a brake job. Another expense.

The book I ordered got lost in the mail but the packaging arrived right on time. Yes, the post office delivered a completely empty plastic bag to my mailbox.

I ordered a shirt online. The company sent me the wrong one.

I made a new recipe and everyone, including me, hated it.

Our mailbox got knocked down by the snow plows.

I have a horribly drippy cold.

Did you ever read the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? My son loved it when he was little and we read it over and over. Alexander went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair and the day just went downhill from there. But, in the end, he concludes with his mother's help that "some days are like that."

Well, some days are.

Thankfully, new days dawn and I woke up to emails promising to send me a new shirt and a new book. The brake job wasn't as expensive as we feared. And horrible drippy colds do provide plenty of time to huddle on the couch and read. Since I am rarely sick, apart from migraines, my family has been charmingly helpful. They have offered me food and heating pads and willingly done chores I usually have to insist on. It has been strangely peaceful.

 I read an Agatha Christie today. Miss Marple and a few good murders were just what I was in the mood for. I also read Dear Mrs. Bird* by AJ Pearce. It was light and fluffy which was exactly what I needed. Emmeline has ambitions to be a wartime journalist but somehow ends up working on the advice column of a women's magazine instead. She gets herself into all kinds of scrapes while WWII rages around her in London.  The resolution was predictable but the book was cute. It is not high literature but I did enjoy it.

Right now, I am reading These Wonderful Rumours! by May Smith. My previous book put me in the mood for wartime reading so this will be perfect. I love wartime diaries and this comes highly recommended.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring. My cold is slightly less drippy. The snow started later than it was supposed to so now it is predicted to continue later into the morning tomorrow. That could totally mess up my schedule since tomorrow is one of my days in Boston. We shall see.

Another day on the couch surrounded by books is not a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.


*Provided by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions of cuteness and fluffiness completely my own.




9 comments

  1. Yes, we've all had those days. I often think they only happen to me. I hope yours get better. By the way, I had the same thing happen to me with the post office delivering an empty envelope to someone I'd sent a book to. How could they not notice the envelope was empty? Or wherever the book fell out, no one saw it? I tried to track it down through the post office's lost and found, but that was a joke. I hope you're feeling better soon.

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    1. That is what I couldn't figure out. Wouldn't the mailman notice the empty, split-open plastic bag and realize something was wrong? I tried to track the book down too but they just looked at me like I was expecting the impossible which maybe I was. At least the bookseller was very nice and is sending out a replacement.

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  2. A day on the couch with books sounds perfect to me, but I hope you feel better soon nonetheless!

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    1. I must admit, it was almost worth being sick.

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  3. Hope you're feeling much better, Jennifer! I really enjoyed Dear Mrs. Bird and now I'm in the mood for more wartime reading as well. I look forward to hearing what you think of These Wonderful Rumours; it's high on my TBR list.

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    1. I am enjoying These Wonderful Rumours. I like the diarist and that is really what matters. Her personality really comes through. I think you would enjoy it.

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  4. I hope you're feeling better now and that the weather soon cheers up. It has been a long winter here in Scotland too, we also had unexpected snow last week. Thanks for mentioning These Wonderful Rumours, it sounds like my sort of read.

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    1. I just finished These Wonderful Rumours and enjoyed it. I definitely think it is your type of book.

      I saw snowdrops blooming today so maybe winter is almost over.

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