It is a sure sign that December mayhem madness is over when you nearly trip over six holiday trees dumped along the sidewalk. Yep, it’s definitely over.
I don’t really make new years resolutions because I feel like I am always making daily resolutions. It is hard enough to keep to my daily resolutions without having to worry about one that will last all year. Regardless though, I do think that resolutions are important and very refreshing. Maybe it’s just me but I think everyone looks like they have an extra spring in their step during January. The resolutions are fresh in every one’s minds and we feel strongly that we can stick to the positive goals we have all set for ourselves. Wonderful. But what do I do about an unfinished piece of business I have left over from 2009?.
In December 2009 I started reading a book called The Billionaire’s Vinegar. Great title right?. The book tells the true story about a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux that was supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. The bottle sold for $156,000 at auction. The story tells the incredible journey this bottle took in order to make it to such an auction price. The book claims to be a mystery novel in that the history of this bottle is highly debated.
Now I enjoy a glass of wine here and there but I am in no way a wine aficionado. Still, the book sounded like an interesting read so I dived in. So far, I am only on page 50. A sure sign that my mind, body and soul have not been swept away by this mysterious bottle of wine. Maybe it’s the dense historical references, or the “wine terms” which throw me off but I cannot seem to get into this book. All I know so far is that Thomas Jefferson was very much into his wine, lived in France for a while and soaked up every imaginable detail about grapes, vineyards and wine making. He brought this information and plenty of wine back to America with him and loved to share his enthusiasm and wine with his friends.
So here I am wanting to read something yet thoroughly unmotivated to continue with The Billionaire’s Vinegar. I have two new books that I am itching to begin reading but I feel a strange guilt abandoning the mysterious wine story. For now, I will just pick up The New Yorker magazine and get lost in a witty article. No resolution as of yet my friends…