-What is your “go-to” book when you need to be distracted?
Oh, i have a bunch of them, but lately i’ve been doing all of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. Sir is not a fan of vampire related stories or movies, and He turns his nose up a bit when He sees me reading them, but that’s ok. i love Sookie, and Charlaine Harris, although i really like her Lily Bard series the best.
i like Nora Roberts, and her J.D. Robb books, and Sir turns His non-fiction reading nose up at them too.
Perennial favorites for comfort are Anne of Green Gables, the Taran series, by Lloyd Alexander, and anything by Madeleine L’engle. The problem with reading L’engle is that once i start one of her books, i end up wanting to read the whole series. The characters in her books intertwine with each other, so you have characters from one series popping up in another, and people sometimes turn out to be surprisingly related. i love that.
Oh, and Louisa May Alcott. Not just Little Women and Little Men, but An Old-Fashioned Girl and Eight Cousins and all of them. i like her “lurid” romance novels too, but they’re not comfort reading.
-What sort of decor makes you the most comfortable?
Hmmmm, eclectic. Not formal. i like mamma-san chairs and those wicker ones like Morticia Adams used to sit in, although i don’t have one of those. This one is particularly nice:
My furniture these days is all easy movable so i can reconfigure my living room in a minute. Light colors, with splashes of bright color. And lots of light in the room. i remodeled my house several years ago so that there would be more natural light.
-Adventure trek or luxury hotel?
Luxury hotel, with a one night adventure trek on the side. Mildly adventurous.
-The mandala in your header pic – is it one you own? And what form is it in? I’m assuming some sort of fabric (rug, hanging) but I’m not certain…
No, it’s actually a sand mandala that some Buddhist monks made. i had the opportunity to watch them work on it, and took pictures of the process, which is pretty damn amazing.
It took them a week to do it.
Once they’ve completed it, they take it to the river here and ceremoniously let it go. i haven’t seen that part of the process actually, so i can only imagine what that’s like.
Great questions, Jz – i’ll be back later to answer the hard one…