Operation Transformation: Phase I

Finally, after weeks and weeks of disruption and renovation, I have all my electronics in working order. I’m still happy with the new PC, but am even more thrilled that my laptop is still functioning (as long as I don’t attempt to stream videos). So here I sit with my brood of lazy felines on my studio bed on wheels, watching Wives and Daughters on my PC, typing on my laptop, and periodically glancing over at my latest painting and contemplating my next move. I cannot conceive of a happier arrangement.

So now it’s on to my next project: me. There’s a lot of work to do, and I’m going to do my best to take it small steps as not to overwhelm and dishearten. I began this blog as a way to document my rather simple life and frugal ways. Unfortunately, this past year was anything but simple and it’s about time I get back to basics. So here it goes…step one towards becoming the person I am meant to be.


An old acquaintance of mine once said that you knew he was in a bad place if he wasn’t reading. It’s a shame this doesn’t apply to sappy 80’s television re-runs, but so be it. I love books. I love to look at them, touch them, and even read them from time to time. But I haven’t completed a single book in over a year, and this is most definitely NOT acceptable behavior on my part. I culled my collection over the last few years and have only a small stack of “to-reads” to work through. However, nothing gets the reading juices going again like a trip to Barnes & Noble. And how fortunate I am to have received a gift card from my little brother this Christmas! This card, combined with a leftover card from last Christmas, gave me enough funds to buy two books: one from my favorite author of all time, and one from my favorite contemporary author.albert-camus-quotes-sayings-meaningful-energy-be-positive

I discovered Albert Camus one random day during college. The Stranger (his most familiar work) is dark and depressing and so real, I was mesmerized from the first page. Camus was French Algerian and was a writer/philosopher who founded (or was part of) Absurdism. I had to look this up just now as I’d forgotten the name, but how timely a reminder. Here I am trying to find meaning and order in my own life, yet the universe conspires against my every move. Oy.  If you are not familiar with this idea, I highly recommend taking a moment to do a little google and check it out. Anyway, Camus died young and only completed a handful of novels. I’ve read them all, but I had not read yesterday’s purchase of his anthology “Exile and the Kingdom”. I’m not typically fond of short stores, but as it is my last Camus fiction read and I didn’t have much of a choice. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

My second selection was Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris. Most people know of her from the movie adaptation of her novel “Chocolat”, but all her novels are fabulous. A bit odd maybe, but very clever and unique. I have no idea what this book is about, but no matter. I’m sure I will love it, as I have every book before.

So now all I have to do is turn off the computer and open a book.  Then again, I’m more than 1/2 the way  through Wives and Daughters, so I might as well finish the series.  After all, a complete personal transformation can’t occur in just one afternoon.

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