I had great plans for today — pack up the Christmas dishes, take down the lights from outside, put away the last of the decorations, take it all to storage — until I got up, that is.
Everyone else was sleeping and I had a new book, so I curled up on the couch to read for a little while. With a few small interruptions for feeding children and the dog, I read until it was time to go to work this afternoon. It was delightful, but I had to keep reminding myself not to feel guilty, that there was really no good reason to do anything else!
The book in question was Mrs. Poe, by Lynn Cullen. I have been an Edgar Allan Poe fan since elementary school, so I was intrigued by the title, and the setting in pre-Civil War New York. The tale revolves around a love triangle between Poe, his young cousin/wife, and a lovely poetess befriended by them both. Many well-known literary and public figures appear and re-appear in supporting roles, including my favorite, Louisa May Alcott.
I am about half-way through, and things are really starting to heat up. Guess who won’t be getting to sleep any time soon tonight?