Chapter 536 Back to the Books

Technically speaking, I took time off for a vacation last week. Except for shipping orders, I did not work on my book business. Instead of working with books, my family and I enjoyed a visit from one of my brothers and his family, who drove up to the Bay Area from Southern California for a few days. Our adventures included an Easter Sunday egg hunt, a day trip to San Francisco where we toured both the City and the Bay in the Duck Boat, a session at the skate park for skateboarding, and an impromptu slumber party for all the kids — at my house. Lots of fun was had by all, and I took lots of pictures.

Unfortunately (or, if you’re reading this and you are not my mother — fortunately), my camera broke and I haven’t been able to figure out how to fix it, so I can’t share any photos. I am so sorry, because there are lots of cute photos of my kids and of my niece and nephew. But they are all trapped inside my camera and every single photo is overexposed. I can’t get those photos from the camera onto my computer. Who knows why?

Today is Sunday. My brother and his wife and family have returned home. Tom and Huck are set to return to school after a week of Easter Break. It’s back to the books this week, and I’m easing back into my work schedule.

I’m really appreciating my return to the books this week, because, if you love your job like I do, sometimes work can feel like a vacation.

Work often feels like a vacation when you’re an antiquarian bookseller and you feel lucky to be one, but especially after you’ve had four children have a slumber party at your home and especially when the work you’re doing involves doing some reading about the trade. And — bonus — while it wouldn’t operate properly last week, today my camera seems able to take photos just fine. What am I reading?

Here’s the new Fine Books & Collections magazine, back in print and most welcome in that format in my house:

I don’t feel the least bit guilty for taking the time to sit down and savor this fantastic publication from cover to cover. It is, after all, part of my “work”. And it is appropriately cold, windy, and raining today. That absolutely justifies my sitting indoors, wrapped in a blanket with my copy of Fine Books & Collections and a special treat inside my warm house while I tackle this most enjoyable of job duties:

Back to the old grind and loving every minute of it.

You can subscribe or order your own print copy of FB&C by clicking here.

See you in the stacks!

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