Last nights Book Club was one of my favorites to date.
Truth be told I was getting a little worried about our,
hopes for a local book club,
when our members started dropping like flies in the winter months,
and our meeting dates kept on getting pushed further and further on.
But last night cured that feeling for me,
as we joined in the loving home of our dear friend Vanessa's,
books in one hand,
and in the other lovely homemade dishes to share,
a la' potluck style.
Truth be told, I hadn't actually finished the book,
(I was trying to jam in another book between meetings
that took me much longer than expected to complete),
but it didn't really matter...
The conversation flowed smooth, and thick,
as melted butter off our tongues throughout the night,
since the book gave us so many conversation starters
there was never a point where we were at loss for words.
The Botany of Desire
is a novel by Michael Pollan,
which examines 4 different plant species in detail :
The Marijuana Plant
I only got through the first two chapters (Apple and Tulip),
but based on what I have already learned about their vast genetic array of breeds,
and the tulips sorted history,
I am eager to read on and finish this amazing journal on plants,
before I plow into the next book club choice...
Which is "Kafka on the shore" by Haruki Murakami
(which just happens to be my best friends favorite book).
If you enjoy reading and have never attended a book club before,
I highly recommend it!
Now I am not expecting you to go and start your own,
but there are some great options out there for you to dive into your community.
Local bookstores are always hosting book clubs,
as well as I overhead that there are online book clubs
available so those of you who have a lot to say on the subject of books,
but might be a little too scared to jump into a room of strangers.
I started out by attending one that a local book store was hosting at a pub downtown,
I was totally out of my comfort zone, heading there by myself, and not knowing anyone there...
and I totally remember telling myself...
that I didn't need to talk if I didn't want to,
that it was good enough that I was just there,
present for my first time...
but then I totally surprised myself
by being one of the most talkative people in the room,
hence then collectively starting my own book club with my dearest of friends.
That brings me to the fact that tonight,
I am hosting my first ever weekly Knitting Club!
*case in point : if you had asked me a year ago,
if I was going to start my own knitting group,
I would have laughed in your face.
A year ago,
I was just starting knitting dishcloths,
on a trip to Victoria with my mom, and sister,
and now here I am the night of my first club,
where I am going to have my needles in hand,
knitting my first cardigan.
How a year can change so much!
Well whatever you do,
whether it be to curl up with a book and some knitting needles,
at home or in public,
remember to take time for yourself this week,
and don't sweat the small stuff!