My wife and I are veteran browsers. We spent some time this evening after work, first browsing at stores before turning to the web.
Downtown, we browsed in a used book store, searching for books from our lists. My wife scored two hits, although not the book by John Green that we sought. From there we headed to the Book Wagon, owned by Carl, our favorite Ashland book haunt. He has a pleasing mix of used and new books, and he and his wife are personable owner/employees, with good book prices. Once again I lamented, so many wonderful books and not enough time to read them. I didn't find the books I wanted but my wife ended up with an early off the list Christmas present.
We receive a lot of books as Christmas presents. Most of them are from ourselves to ourselves.
We know our tastes.
While the books on my list weren't found, I discovered a used Henning Mankell I hadn't read and picked it up for the weekend.
On to a store, to buy assorted Christmas cards for friends and neighbors. Finding the right card challenges us. Many are cringeworthy. Most images are interesting but the verses and sentiments inside are often strained. Forty minutes were spent; two cards were discovered. More browsing is required.
Next was a grocery store to browse for treats -- heh heh -- and then home for dinner and then browse the Internet. We're trying to plan a winter trip to someplace warm. Palm Springs? Hawaii? Phoenix, Las Vegas, Mexico? I don't know, we're all over the place. I'm beginning to dream of another writer retreat.
I browsed automobiles for diversion for thirty minutes. Many tempting offerings are out there but I'm lazy. Buying cars is work. Easier just to keep the cars we have. The RX7 is sexy but rarely driven, not really useful for transportation but a blast to drive, while the Focus is economic and utilitarian.
We browsed furniture online but lost our enthusiasm as nothing scratched our itch, turning to Monk on television and our new books for diversion, cats on our laps, rain on our windows, and a little chocolate and red wine at hand.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com