Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vacation Books Unboxing!


I don't know about you, but I like getting mail. There's something about the magic of someone far away addressing something to me and a few days later it arrives in my mail box. I love it. Our kids even love it. Often they'll ask "Has anything come for me?" Sometimes if there are some flyers I will give on to each of them and they get so pumped! Ah, simple pleasures.

The bliss of getting mail is great but it is nothing compared to the joy of getting a package. Today I experienced this. The "ding dong" of the doorbell, the UPS man at the door, and then the satisfying feel of the brown box in my hands. I had ordered a book for Jobina too so we both got to share in the moment. A few seconds later Jobina attacked the package with a steak knife (yes, it made me nervous) and out came my four new books. New books are great! They are so shiny and promising and always look better then the pictures on the website. They even smell good! Ah, the sweet aroma of an unopened and brand new book and its promise of escape, enlightenment, or adventure!

I feel like I made really great choices this time around. Sometimes I'm tempted to go with discounts and deals (especially on chapters.ca which has lots of bargain books) but its usually hit and miss with these. This time I didn't care about the cost, I just chose books that grabbed me. Books that I know I will read more then once and probably lend out to many people as well. Classics. Books that make me smile and get excited when I'm telling others about them.

Now I have to decide which books to take with me since taking all four would be overload. We will have lots of downtime waiting in airports and such and of course I intend to spend a few hours laying in various hammocks reading too. So which books should I choose? Or better yet, which books would you choose? And what would you base your decision on? I'm interested to know. Also I have another dilemma: would it be "bad" to read one of my "vacation" books before I go? It would kind of feel like cheating but on the other hand it might get me more psyched for our adventure. Having new and enticing books just sitting there on my shelf will be pretty tempting . . . I'm not sure I have the willpower to resist cracking open at least one. Maybe instead of just succumbing later on I should choose to read one now? Decisions, decisions.

May Light increase!

6 comments:

Jay Boaz said...

My parents let me buy a book or two before I flew to Vancouver when I was younger; I think I was done or almost done one by the time we got home from Winnipeg and both were definitely done at least a week before my trip! :)

I think reading one is fine, but save some of them for the trip!

Jay

Mark said...

Thanks for the affirmation Jay. So which one would you read?

Lee said...

Seriously? How can you not crack one open....all those shiny new books. You're practically on vacation already now that you've graduated. (would you call that enabling counsellor?)
I would not be able to help myself. Perhaps you have more willpower than I do...but you did mention that they have a library at your resort...so you won't run out of material...

Michele said...

Definately read the long way round. It's fabulous!

Mark said...

Lee: I like your enabling (I mean encouragement). I think I may start reading one but I will wait til I take care of a few life things first (which will hopefully be done by tomorrow).
Michelle: I'm torn between Long Way Round or Mosquito Coast...

Tornado said...

nice books you got there....one of them might make a nice belated b-day present...just kidding mark. i did turn 22 on the 29th tho.