downtonI’m still coming down off the high of last night’s premiere of the third season of Downton Abbey, which I watched while enjoying a cup of tea and a scone, with my fellow anglophile Susan on texting speed dial. For the record, my new favourite (spelling intended) is hobbledehoy, a new word I’ve learned courtesy of the stalwart Carson. I will say I was less than enthused about Mary’s wedding dress. Even though I know it was the style of the period, it still seemed dowdy, and to not even get a snippet of their wedding ceremony or honeymoon in France? Humph! Still, that’s a small complaint in the scheme of things and I’m happy to have my Sunday nights back with the Crawleys and their entourage.

On the 2013 goals front, one week in and I’m not doing too shabby. I’ve read one book, a paranormal fantasy romance (my latest guilty pleasure), one of the books in the Immortals After Dark series.  I have a couple more books in mid-read,  one is another fantasy novel, Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. I am enjoying it but it’s not quite as fast-paced a read as my recent books – which is not a bad thing. There’s more character and story development, so it’s taking some time for things to get set up. Also, I just can’t keep doing the up-til-4am reading sessions that I was subjecting myself to in recent days. I’m too old for that kind of thing anymore! Also, there’s something to be said for the portability of a mass market that I can slip in my purse and whip out whenever I have a few spare moments to read, and a large hardcover (the format my copy of Bitten is in) that really just sits on my table until I’m home to read it.

The other book occupying my time is The Happiness Project. The book club I started at my church is now in its sixth year and this book is our January selection.  As per my usual course of action, I’ve waiting until the week of the meeting to get and read the book, so here’s hoping it’s a quick, good read.

I was a little more successful in my running progress. I felt crummy during the week with this post-Christmas cold I managed to nab, so I didn’t run until the weekend, when I ran what was supposed to be a 5K (3.1 miles) with my friend, Heidi, for her son’s school fundraiser, but we ended up clocking it in at 2.85 miles according to her GPS. On Sunday, I went out on a solo afternoon run and did 7.15 miles to bring myself up to a weekly total of 10 miles. That’ll be my last long run before next weekend’s Hot Chocolate 15K in Atlanta. Chocolate at the end of a race? Yes, please!