Today's Ten on Tuesday is a list of things on my nightstand:
1. Lamp. I don't love this lamp, but I haven't found anything I like better.
2. Coaster. Can't see it in the picture, but it has a fun, free-hand design. I purchased it at a pottery show in Cold Spring, NY in 2000. Lots of cups of coffee and glasses of water have spent time on it.
3. Bottle of vitamin E oil. Until recently I have always had strong nails. I keep my nails really short; I admire long nails on other women, but I've never learned to function efficiently with them. Even with my nails short, though,in the last six months or so, they have been splitting like crazy. When I bemoaned this on Twitter, Amy told me that it was probably just age (she was nice about it, but, still. Oh, the vanity!). I read up all I could about splitting nails and came away more confused. My girl Cheryl recommended that I start brushing them with vitamin E oil daily, and while there are still some peeling and splitting issues, my nails have improved. (Gee, should this have been on last week's list?)
4. Kindle. My book club met on Sunday to re-assess our loosey-goosey system of selecting books and of meeting. We put together our list of books to read between now and January 2012. As soon as I arrived home, I re-charged the Kindle (seen in the top-flip m-edge green cover. *love*), downloaded a few of the books, and started reading.
5. Mohonk Mountain House pictures. When we arrived at Mohonk for our honeymoon, there was a gift on the mantle: a little MMH frame with pictures of the beautiful resort. I've kept it next to the bed ever since.
6. Notebook and pen. Lists, ideas. Whatever. I don't trust my memory. I need a place to write things down, especially as I drift off at night.
7. Life Before Death by Abby Frucht. I started it last week. The narrator's voice is funny, and I think it will be a quick read. My pal Amy, a voracious and strong reader, recommended this to me a while ago.
8. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. I read about half of this over the summer and either need to give it back to Teri or finish it! The writing is great; it's just not a subject that holds my interest. I do feel I better understand the hold the Civil War has on people, though.
9. John Scheepers bulb catalog. When I don't want to read, but I need something to occupy my mind, I look at the pretty pictures and dream of spring. Of course, it isn't the spring I'll have since I never ordered or planted bulbs this fall.
What's on your nightstand?