Welcome to the eighth day of Cathy’s New Year Countdown. Look, I promise you that it is not too late to make your 2009 resolutions. (Go to http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20090102/ARTICLES/901020301 to find out why.) You were nursing a headache busy yesterday, anyway, so make today the day. Need inspiration? Go to your favorite bookstore and find new guides and how-to’s for every problem you’ve got. Browsing in good bookstores is a joy and treat you deserve — what better way to start 2009? (A friend told her book-loving granddaughter she’d take her to Barnes & Noble for her birthday but they only had a couple hours and her granddaughter said, “Only two hours? That’s not much time!”) My motivating picks for 2009 are “A Year of Wine” — which explores the idea of drinking wine by the season and packs in lots of wine info — because I want to stop wandering around wine shops aimlessly and choosing bottles only by the cute labels; “Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design” — a workbook for identifying and celebrating your personal style — because I have none; “Great Hair,” by What Not To Wear’s Nick Arrojo — who shows you how to choose styles and products based on your hair’s texture — because my hair is a disaster; and “Get Positively Beautiful,” by WNTW’s Carmindy — who believes in enhancing the positive instead of hiding the negative — because I couldn’t get Nick Arrojo’s book without getting Carmindy’s, too. Based on the way my post-holiday house looks right now, I probably should have concentrated on books about cleaning and organizing, but wine, fashion and makeup are much more fun. Check back for day no. 9 in Cathy’s New Year Countdown, when we finally face the dismantling of Christmas.
I have become obsessed with everybody’s blogs, and need to get back to reading more books. I am an avid reader, really.
Ina, I know exactly what you mean. But reading blogs counts as reading, so you’re OK!
So you’re not supposed to pick the wine solely based on the cute label? When did this happen and why wasn’t I notified?
I know! Somebody changed the rules and forgot to send us the memo.
I’m all for books on wine and fashion .. anything beats thinking about post-holiday pick up. Thanks for stopping by.
You are so right! Wine and fashion are a great way to bring in the New Year.
Those sounds like great and fun books!! We just love the bookstore, and often make trips there… I may just have to wander more and find these!
Stopping over from SITS. Happy New Year!
visiting from sits.
happy new year!!
I love your article you linked to! I hate to exercise and rarely do it. Instead, I try to stand up while using my computer (at the kitchen counter) – do you think that counts as exercise? I’ve got some Lit. themed resolutions on my writing blog. So much more fun that exercise!
Tiffany — Thanks so much for kind words. I absolutely do think that counts as exercise! Good for you.