As many of you know (and are lucky enough to be in the same boat as me) I live in Okinawa. I’ve been here with my hubby and doggie for the last twenty-eight months (HOLY CRAP!!) and have really loved every moment of it. I have the time to delve into different groups, make a great amount of wonderful friends and work on things that I’ve always wanted to but didn’t have the time. Reading is one of those things.
When I lived in Maryland and commuted to work in D.C. for two years I found that I had at least two hours a day just for reading. Riding the Metro bus and subway allowed me to devote time daily to reading and I read a lot. Then I moved to Memphis to be with the hubby and I had to drive to work. The only time that I seemed to have to read was before bed time but because I was tired I didn’t stay awake very long. I slowly realized that I was not reading as much as I used to and it was taking forever to finish a book.
Living here in Okinawa I find I have the same problem. I have a ton of “To Be Read” books on my shelf but actually finding the time to read (I don’t count before bed because that only last for a few minutes before I drift off) is challenging. Between reading stuff on the Internet, trying to read at least one article in The New Yorker that arrives weekly, reading my monthly subscription to Elle Magazine & O Magazine, flipping through the occasional quilting and stamping magazine and my two book club selections (I love my book clubs, don’t get me wrong) I just wish I had more time to devote to reading. I love to read, but I also love to watch t.v., quilt, stamp, lunch with friends, play with the doggie, practice my singing and work on the newsletter that I have taken on this year for one of my groups.
Being a fan of reading, learning and broadening my horizons can be very time consuming. I wouldn’t change my life here, I just wish that I could manage my time better so I can get everything I want to do done.