more reading

During our New Year's Eve dinner my family discussed what we would like to do more of or less of in 2011.  I wanted to create this blog - check! and I wanted to read more books.  I have stacks of books I would like to read but never take the time to actually sit and read them.  At the beach, or on an airplane seem to be the times that I can get any reading done.  Those opportunities are rare.  I try to read just before I go to sleep and well, I guess I do accomplish that!  I read for 5 or 10 minutes and then BAM! book slips out of my hands and after I'm jolted awake I give it up and turn out the light.  So this year I am committing to reading a book a month.  That's easy for many but not for me.  That means I'm going to actually have to sit down and read when I will be thinking that I should be making jewelry or photographing jewelry or updating my website.  That's why it's a challenge for me.
So today I did it.  I put in a load of laundry and grabbed a fluffy blanket and a glass of water and sat down to read.  I'm reading The Heights by Peter Hedges.  Peter is the younger brother of my middle school crush (a one way crush, I'm afraid).  Peter has written What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Pieces of April and An Ocean in Iowa.  He co-wrote Dan in Real Life and wrote the screenplay for A Map of the World and About a Boy.  Peter Hedges is very talented.  In fact, he's kind of a big deal and he's a Valley High School grad from West Des Moines, Iowa and that's pretty cool to me!

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