Does the new year and all of its resolutions seem like a million days ago?
Probably because it was…let’s see. January had 77 days. It’s Leap Year, so February had 29. And March is when COVID-19 really crawled up on us and slapped us in the face, so therefore that single month alone felt like 879,215 days.
I’m so cute and perky every year on New Year’s Day. It’s when I have a clean calendar and a fresh notebook and I go to town making lists, setting goals, and gathering inspiration for who I might be in the new year. The project manager in me then kicks into high gear and I start penciling out “critical paths” for how I will tackle these goals and sometimes I even make bubbles for where I will surely ink my “checkmark of completion”.
I give myself a hearty pat on the back after finishing this exercise and then, you guessed it, by Valentine’s Day I can’t even find my list.
I do remember that one of my goals this year was to root through all of my purses and find the random pocket that had my library card in it. I hadn’t been to the library in AGES, mostly because I don’t carve out any time for reading and partially because I was a teensy teensy tiny bit scared that I had a pretty significant fine for past due books.
The Library Gusto Effect
You see, whenever I go to the library, this weird gusto takes over me and I check out more books than I can carry. I am always in awe that ALLLLLLL of these books are there and they are free to read!
So naturally, I check out about 28 of them. Go home. Read none. Forget to return all of them. Receive emails about my indiscretions. Return them late.
This chain of events saddles me with a fine, but it’s OK…I consider my fines a donation to the community and my contribution to literacy.
Like most other places we all frequent, the public library is closed right now during the pandemic, but with more time, my interest in reading resurrected itself, so I had to rifle through my little personal collection. I am happy to tell you that since Easter, I have officially read one and one-half books!
Nothing too deep and nothing with big words, but books nonetheless!
Reading is like riding a bike! It all comes back to you and if you allow me to go deep here, IT TRANSPORTS YOU TO A NEW AND FUN PLACE! Isn’t reading the absolute best?
Can I tell you a little secret that may blow your mind?
I’ve never read the infamous Harry Potter series.
I’ve tried more than once, but I just couldn’t get past the first book. Several people have told me I need to power through and I offered up the idea of just watching the movies, but received a stern, “NO!”
Friend, you heard it here first: I am going to get cracking’ on those legendary books about that one Potter kid.
To help motivate me, I whipped up this “reading pillow” as inspiration. It’s dual purpose! Not only is it the perfect snuggle piece but it’s also a quick and easy way to store and transport my books. It’s a great prop-me-up in bed and it’s even a better companion in the car for when life returns to normal and I hit the open road…to anywhere outside my quarantine zone.
Interested in making one? It’s easy!
Can you sew a straight line? Yes? Then pop back later this week for the free pattern and learn 3 easy ways to customize!