I didn't mean to take a vacation from blogging this past week. It just sort of happened. I have a large project for my church, as well as three books for work that I need to read but really am not wanting to. So I don't. And since I'm not working on my project or reading the books I need to read, I feel guilty if I read a different book. Or watch a movie. Or blog. So instead, I deep clean. It's my way of procrastinating without feeling guilty about it. I call it Productive Procrastination. My apartment hasn't been this clean in months.
While I was dusting my bookshelves earlier this week (I really hate dusting, which just shows how much I really don't want to do what I really need to do), I started picking up books and flipping through them, reading my favorite parts. It was like visiting old friends. What should've been a 20 minute job took a couple of hours. Who knew that dusting could be so fun? Not me!
I visited Valancy from The Blue Castle and Rilla from Rilla of Ingleside, both are my favorite books by L.M. Montgomery. Then there was Tisha. I'd actually forgotten I owned the book. I had to visit Louise and Caroline and Call and the Captain out on Rass Island in Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson. Harry Crewe and Corlath in The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. Gabriella in Dark Horse by Mary Herbert. And then Julie from Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt.
These were some of my favorite books growing up. I read them over and over and over again. I'm going to have to go dipping into my bookshelve again. It was really fun to visit (and not feel obligated to stay).