01 Jun 2011

Here are two semi-related notes about things I love. I hope it gets you thinking about what you love and that you’ll spend time indulging those passions this summer.

I love making things, traveling, learning, and teaching. And for me, these all come together in my love of books.

I have a confession to make: I have been buying too many books — both paper and ebooks. I can hear you thinking, “It’s impossible to have too many books.” In a way, you’re right. But my unread stack and the number of “new” books on my eReader is out of control. So for the summer, I am going to make it a personal goal to get though all the wonderful unread books I already own before I buy one more. I’ve recently been chatting with my 13-year old niece about books. We both love reading about fantasy and history. Talking with her got me thinking about some of my favorite books from when I was her age. So I made a list and sent it to her:

K–, here’s a list of some of my favorite books when I was growing up. Most are fantasy, but not all of them. I don’t remember how old I was when I read them, but I hope you have fun checking them out and reading some.

You can tell me about more of your favorites next time we text.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The Phantom Tollbooth by Nortun Juster
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Changeling, The Headless Cupid, and The Velvet Room by Zilpha Snyder

Aunt Donna

I’m almost tempted to re-read some of these books, but I’m also afraid the magic would dissipate. The Narnia movies flattened out the books, distorted the point of view, and for me – perhaps because I’m watching them in my 40s – completely ruined the magical feeling I had when I originally read the stories. Is it because the films fill in too many details? Or perhaps because I’m just too old for these stories now? Or maybe it’s just the initial experience of discovery can never be reproduced.

Today I was inspired to explorethe topic of “things I love” further. I’ve done this before. Sometimes when I get too bogged down in work, I have to remind myself to have fun. Lately I’ve actually been finding a pretty good balance. I’m doing something I love and something I must do every day. Sometimes they are the same thing. Sometimes, not. Here are 50 things I like to do for fun, in no particular order.

1. Swim
2. Walk
3. Go boating
4. Read
5. Spend time with friends
6. Chat with far-away friends
7. Knit
8. Sit in outdoor cafes in summer
9. Make jam
10. Dye yarn
12. Spin
13. Go to the beach
14. Listen to music
15. Watch movies
16. Lay in the sun
17. Watch snow while inside drinking hot cocoa
18. Go to the zoo
19. Window shop in cities
20. Visit new places
21. Visit favorite places
22. Plan trips
23. Look at my photos
24. Daydream
25. Cook elaborate meals
26. Research esoteric topics
27. Go to textile museums
28. Write nonsense
29. Write essays and stories
30. Get a manicure or pedicure
31. Walk in the woods
32. Eat ice cream
33. Shop for cool stuff on eBay
34. Sleep late
35. Take naps
36. Go in the hot tub
37. Pick berries
38. Take classes
39. Read my friends’ pages on facebook
40. Make lists
41. Decorate my office/studio
42. Buy gifts for friends
43. Study languages
44. Fondle luxurious yarns
45. Cook holiday foods
46. Bake Christmas cookies
47. Kick back and get a little drunk, alone or with friends
48. Make believe
49. Play with my iPhone
50. Plan projects

What’s on your list?

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