This is one of my guilty pleasures.
When our daughter and son-in-law married a few years ago, they chose this beautiful Juliska pattern for their everyday china. Theirs is a beautiful shade of green. I have had many delicious servings of coffee at their house in a cup like this.
I am picky about coffee cups. I do not like a thick lip to drink from – I prefer it to be thin. This cup has the perfect lip. Plus it feels good in your hand. Just the right heft.
So, I splurged and bought two in this cream color. I say splurged because they were $25 each. Can you believe that? They are sturdy, and beautiful, and just what I was looking for. But that is expensive.
However, I have never regretted that purchase. I am so glad I have them. I didn’t need them, but I love drinking my coffee from one of them – every morning. They are perfect.
Currently I am reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I started it a few years ago for a book club but I quickly abandoned it because I couldn’t follow the narrator’s voice. (The narrator is Death. This isn’t a spoiler, you learn – or infer – that very early on.) And the style was difficult, and I was in a hurry to finish because it was almost time for the book club to meet so I gave up. And I have never been drawn to go back and finish it, like I often (almost always) do with books I don’t finish on time.
But two friends have recently asked me, directly, if I had read this book. When I said no and started to tell them the above yammering about why I quit it, they each interrupted me and said I would love it. Period. Nothing more, but it got me to thinking. (What’s better than a book recommendation made specifically for you by a friend – or two?)
I know the movie is close at hand – maybe already out – and I generally like to read the book before watching the movie. So I started it again. I am wrapped up in it totally now. The characters are like real people I know and I am concerned. I have about 100 pages to go. Max just left. Rudy just ran. I can’t wait to see what happens. And I have a feeling it will be a book I am sad to see come to an end.
So if I had my choice this morning I would drink some coffee and finish the book. But the snow is melted and “I must away” to school. (Love that phrase from Shakespeare and Tolkien)
So these guilty pleasures will have to wait – but hopefully not for long.