Oh, and the coconut ice cream pop? Awesome. The texture was just like the old pudding pops. I made two more with the leftover blueberry stuff and I'll have them sometime this week. But I think we'll try to hold off on making any more ice cream till this weekend. It's easy to get carried away.
I grew up as a book nerd. I used to love reading, but especially in the summer. I joined summer reading programs at the library and read competitively. I filled my canvas bag to the brim with books in eager anticipation of two weeks at the beach to read, read, read.
But I don't read books that much anymore. I've lost my zest for it. I never seem to finish anything. I still read a ton, just usually blogs and other stuff on the internet. Unfortunately, this leads more to information overload and reduced attention span than to the satisfaction of enjoying a good story or getting an in-depth look at a new subject.
This summer took forever to get here, with a couple false alarms, but it was hot all weekend and I do think it's finally here. So now that it's summer, I'm going to reclaim my love of summer reading. But I need to set some rules:
- No more than 2 books going at a time. I need to be firm on this, otherwise I'll just keep starting things and not finishing them. I'd go with just one, but it's more practical to have one on my Kindle (because I always have it with me) and one hard copy (because I have a huge shelf full of books that I've already paid for).
- Be accountable. I'll let you know what I'm reading. I'm posting a spreadsheet with my summer reading info on it. There is a link in the sidebar under DATA/TOOLS if you'd like to follow along.
- Set aside time each day to read. Even if it's only 20 minutes. I have plenty of time to read, I just watch too much TV. Don't get me wrong, I love TV. But it is not fulfilling, it simply allows me to tune out. I would like to be more fulfilled, so I need less TV and more books.
- I will not be picky. I'll read crap if it's fun. Even my imposing, uber-literary 9th grade English teacher, Mr. Sheaffer, said it was okay to read crap in the summertime. I'll read fiction and nonfiction. I'll read contemporary stuff and classics. I'll read stuff I've already read, maybe. The point is to recapture my love of books, not to meet some intellectual agenda.
Hard copy: On Writing by Stephen King
E-book: American Idol Exposed by Aaron Bale and Justin Buckles
Happy summer! What are you reading?