OK....My new year's resolution, made after a couple days of hemming & hawing (see "New Year's Resolution?" January 3, 2013), is to have more fun. No problem with having fun--except I don't, much.
Now I know why. I used to have this book by Sister Karol Jackowski, a nun (rhymes with fun), called Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die. Except I don't have it any more. I gave it away, thinking (?!) to myself "Who needs this?" The answer, especially now, is "I do."
Amazon offers used copies of just about every title they sell. There's a nice bookseller in MN (I used to live there, so I picked them) that carries it for $1.50 plus $3.99 postage. Sold!
Amazon is very helpful in listing other books by the same author, and two caught my eye right away:
1) Good Cooking Habits: Food for Your Body, Your Soul, and Your Funnybone by Nun Other Than Fr. Karol Jackowski. (I don't know what the "Fr." is all about. Did she ordain herself?) What appeals to me is that Karol Jackowski belongs to a modern community of women who have left all the nunny Catholic stuff behind (the habits, the convent, the chapter of faults, the discipline). They live in regular housing and support themselves. Jackowski, for example, used to run the fabulously wacky Alphabets shop in NYC's East Village. These women get together once a month for a meeting, which Jackowski calls "Margaritaville," and they serve drinks (frozen margaritas are especially valued), chopped liver, pizza. This sounds like a lot of fun!! The book excerpt in Amazon reads like a lot of fun, too. Jackowski is sort of hatched on a branch.
2) Sister Karol's Book of Spells and Blessings. This book also sounds like a lot of fun. I like the idea of spells, and I can think of some I'd like to cast. (Nothing mean or nasty, but there's one orange fellow in the House of Representatives who could use some spelling.)
So now the exchequer is down almost $25 bucks just because of this obsession with having fun. This is probably why I've felt fun deprived.
Well, it's all in a good cause. Nuns, even ex-nuns, are very good at finding good causes.