Friday, March 4, 2011
Phew! I finally finished reading Interview With a Vampire. O. M. G. I thought I'd never finish that book. In fact, if it wasn't on my goals list, I'd have put it in the give-away box somewhere around page ten. But, the main reason for putting reading on my goals list was to force me to read the books I've been ignoring. Interview With a Vampire is supposedly a good read and the author, Anne Rice is quite popular, but, good grief! I found it to be a rather painful read. It took me over 30 days to force myself to finish it. And oddly, it kept giving me the urge to watch Twilight over and over again.
Now, I find I have another problem with reading. I want a Kindle. Desperately! I feel like a little kid stomping my feet and screaming "I want it! I want it!" But do I really? Do I really want a Kindle, or do I only want one because everyone else has one? I sort of thought it might be because everyone else has one. After all, I have carpal tunnel which is sometimes upset by holding a book too long. I could only imagine what holding a Kindle would be like. But then I understand that the Kindle is actually lighter than a book. Hmm..... And then I discovered that the Kindle will read to me. Read to me!! I could knit and "read" at the same time! Or "read" while I fold laundry. Or even better, I could "read" while I play computer solitaire! Yeah, I HAVE to have a Kindle! But then.... what about all those books sitting on my shelves waiting to be read? All those books that are on my goals list. The list that lists 89 books but in reality is up to 112 now. Yeah, I hit a library book sale and picked up a few more books for 25 cents a piece. What about those? If I buy a Kindle, will I ever read those books on the shelf or will they go back to being ignored? I am totally floored by how much I want a Kindle and yet, the thing that's stopping me from buying one is the fear of not finishing my goals list. Those goals must be more important to me than I realized.
In the mean time, if anyone has any negative comments about the Kindle, I'd love to hear them. I'm feeling the need to be talked out of buying one.
As for the rest of my goals, not much has been accomplished lately. In the beginning, I spent an hour each day working on some aspect of something from the list. Then I started reading that darned Interview with a Vampire. Or to be more honest, I should say I began avoiding reading Interview With a Vampire. And because I was avoiding reading, I seemed to avoid everything else.
I did try one new food and one new recipe. I combined the two and fixed curried split peas. What a DISASTER! I'm not sure if there was an error in the recipe or what, but it was so hot & spicy no one could eat it. Not even me and I can always force myself to eat my own cooking. But not this stuff. It was painful! I ate two mouthfuls then had to eat about eight Tums. I didn't try to feed it to the dogs but they probably wouldn't have eaten it anyway. They wouldn't even enter the kitchen during the last half hour of cooking. I should have known then that there was something wrong with the dish because they normally lay right in front of the stove while I cook. So now, I still don't know if I like split peas. I have another recipe to try though. This one sounds quite bland in comparison.
My running goals don't seem to be getting met either. I wanted to run a half marathon in the fall, but I'm starting to have doubts. I have a Baker's Cyst on my left knee and it won't allow me to run more than 5.9 miles. I can run 5.9 and be fine, no problems at all. But a six mile run leaves me unable to walk for a week. I'm not really sure what to do about it. Surgery is the only way to get rid of the cyst and with no health insurance, that's not going to happen any time soon. I may have to give up the marathon plans and focus on running faster 5Ks for a while.
As for the rest of my goals, well, now that I'm done with Interview With a Vampire, I'm hoping I'll go back to spending at least an hour a day working towards the goals. In fact, I think I'll go do that now.