One of my goals for 2015 is to blog more often, and so I’ve decided to jump on board the Sunday Weekly Recap train. I’ll post (most) every week with updates on life, books, travel dreams, links to stuff I enjoyed this week, etc.
I’ve decided to name this weekly post “Sunday Night Lunch” in honor of one of the coziest fictional family traditions of all time, the Ray family Sunday Night Lunch in the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace.
“Sunday Night Lunch was an institution at the Ray house. They never called it supper; and they scorned folks who called it tea. The drink of the evening was coffee, which Mrs. Ray loved, and although Betsy and Margaret still took cocoa, their loyalty was to coffee for her sake.
The meal was prepared by Mr. Ray. This was a custom of many years’ standing. No one else was allowed in the kitchen except in the role of admiring audience. He didn’t object when Anna or Mrs. Ray made a cake earlier in the day; he didn’t mind the girls putting a cloth on the dining room table. But in the kitchen on Sunday evenings he was supreme. […]
After the Rays moved to High Street, there was always a fire in the dining room grate for Sunday night lunch. Often the crowd spilled over to pillows ranged around the fire. Almost everyone ended there, with a second cup of coffee and his cake. Talk flourished, until Julia went to the piano. Mr. Ray always made her play, “Everybody Works but Father.”
Isn’t that just the coziest? I’d like to attempt to capture the serenity of an end of the week chat by the fireside.
This week I’ve been in Michigan visiting my family. It’s been a lovely and relaxing week, and it also means that I get to take little Betsy (the family Pup) out for walks every day. It’s been very cold here all week, so while we walk I’ve been listening to audiobooks to distract me from the temperature. I just finished the audiobook of Sister Mother Husband Dog Etc. by Delia Ephron. It’s narrated by Meg Ryan, and listening to these essays is like having a friend chatting to you as you walk along.
I’m currently reading The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett. It’s a novel about a (fictional) journey to find the lost Franklin expedition. The characters are currently sailing through the Arctic Circle, and it’s making me long for the beauty of the Arctic that I first discovered during my trip last year on the MS Expedition.
This week I posted a collection of photos and experiences of visiting Bookshops and Libraries on my trip around the world. I also shared my favorite Etsy Valentine’s Cards for your bookworm valentine.
Here are a few links to things I’ve enjoyed this week:
- In the spirit of the wonderful book Lost in Translation, here are 7 Cultural Concepts We Don’t Have in the US.
- Humans of New York brings me joy every day. This week, I loved this one the most.
- One of my favorite blogs, Zen Habits, posted suggestions this week for how to read more. Good advice to help achieve our 2015 reading goals.
- If you need more cute dog photos in your day, here you go.
That’s it for this week! How was your week? What are you reading?