How about some pretty pink impatiens to start your weekend off right? Works for me, hope it works for you, too!
It’s no secret that I love reading on my Kindle. And I’ll tell you, I have a lot of people tell me that they prefer reading a real book rather than using a device. Well. The book is real whether you it’s a hardcover, a paperback, large print or on a tablet. It’s real if you listen to it on audio or have someone read it to you. It’s the words, my friends, that are real, not the way that you access the words. Honestly, as a librarian, I don’t care how you read, I just care that you read.
Today I’m going to share with you three reasons why I prefer reading on my Kindle over reading a traditional book.
- It’s lightweight. Whether I’m reading a book in the Outlander series, which is likely to be 900+ pages, or whether I’m reading the super short This Is Water, the Kindle weighs the same. Not only that but it holds files for all the books I may want to read on vacation and it still weighs the same.
- It tracks my reading speed and estimates how much time I have left to finish a book. As a competitive little thing, this makes me read faster, I swear. I liken it to trying to beat the time that the GPS says I’ll arrive somewhere. The Kindle tells me there are 4 hours and 12 minutes left in the book? I bet I can finish in 4 hours and 10 minutes. Ha! Okay, so maybe not really on that last bit but I do think I read faster on the Kindle. And I like knowing how long a book will probably take me from start to finish and I really really like seeing how much time is left before I’m done. As a side note, if you don’t like that little feature you can turn it off and just show page numbers. Or nothing at all, even, if you want to be completely surprised.
- I can read in bed without the light on. This is, hand’s down, my favorite thing about my Kindle. I read in bed every night and it’s cozy and sleep inducing to be in a dark room with just the glow of my back lit paperwhite.
I wasn’t paid by Amazon to write this post, although I would have said yes if they’d asked! And I get that there is a tactile thing that’s missing by not holding an actual book and turning the pages and smelling that wonderful smell. But guess what? I work in a library and I can get a good whiff of that lovely musty book smell whenever I want.
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It’s hard to believe that today is August 1st. As I lamented to Kat the other day, how come summer months go by so much quicker than winter months? Doesn’t is seem reasonable that the days should feel like they last longer since there’s so much more day light? But we all know it doesn’t work that way and here we are with just one full month of summer left.
Here’s what’s current in my world right now.
Watching: Sharp Objects. We love it! It’s creepy and weird and the perfect summer show.
Picking: Grape tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers. Oh, and lots of basil and parsley. The cucumbers are kind of weird this year, they have curves and are skinny. And the summer squash skin has been super tough. I’ve read that adding manure could help with that. Dale’s on it.
Loving: Our new pergola. We’ve got lights now and have enjoyed a few meals out there. Last Friday when we got home from the wedding we actually had a night cap sitting at the table and it was magical. The mosquitoes are a little more fierce than they are up on the deck but we’re mostly managing to not get bitten.
Finding: Roadside flower stands. I love buying bouquets of zinnias and cosmos and more! So old fashioned and charming.
Listening to: The Avett Brothers. All the time! And for podcasts, The Daily.
Knitting: True Colors but I have made zero progress. And socks. Also zero progress.
Planning: Jackie’s one year birthday sweater! The top contender? Little Hipster Cardigan.
Buying: Pottery. Too much pottery. And stuff for outside like a heater and lights. And prezzies for Jackie. Always.
Anticipating: Our Cape Cod vacation! It signals the end of summer, which blows, but it’s still one of my favorite weeks of the year.
Happy August to all!
We had a fabulous weekend, from Friday night right through to Monday morning!
We started things out at a wedding on Friday evening. It was a lovely affair, full of personalized touches, lots of emotion, a terrific dinner, and great company.
On Saturday morning we got up and drove to the Cape in the Mustang. It was hot! And Dale pretty much dropped me off, ate a sandwich at Doreen’s, and then turned around to go back home since he had to work with the band.
That left Doreen and I on our own for the afternoon. We went to Eden and I picked up a new bracelet – it’s the one with the knot – and Doreen got a ring. We also visited a great craft fair and my favorite pottery shop on the Cape. The owner was actually across the street at the craft fair but the shop was open and purchases could be made on the honor system. How charming is that?
On Sunday morning I got up and made my coffee and went out to Doreen’s front porch. It’s truly magical out there, the birds and butterflies and bees flit about and the flowers are stunning and it’s one of my favorite places to enjoy the early morning. Dale arrived around noon and he and Mark spent some time together on the porch while Doreen and I went out to do a teeny bit more shopping.
When we got back the four of us went to Hog Island for some beer and fun. I have to say, the location is nice and the atmosphere is relaxed but the beer is really only so-so.
So we left and went to Ocean Edge to have a cocktail. The setting there is fabulous, the bar overlooks the ocean and the vibe is very Cape Cod Old School, if you know at all what that means.
We walked down to the beach after our drink and it was a nice way to wind down the afternoon. As a side note, it’s now the last day of July and I’ve yet to swim in the ocean. Must fix soon!
We spent the rest of the evening on Doreen and Mark’s deck, enjoying some Rosé and snacks, playing her giant Connect Four game, and just relaxing and hanging out.
Around 8pm we made the spontaneous decision to not come home until Monday morning and I’m so glad we extended the weekend that tiny bit!