Friday, July 27, 2012

why the f*ck friday (12)

Welcome to WTFF. In which I attempt to answer a single question--normally a thought on a book or a bookish subject--that I've been pondering for the past week. This week it's "why the f*ck aren't you out enjoying summer?"

I'm making this quick... because I'm guilty.

I'm guilty. I've been out enjoying summer and not inside reading. Last night I think I did shots of something called Oh Wow That Burns. The week before I went to every museum in the city I currently live in. The week before that I was at a BBQ. I hate BBQ. But the mojitos were delicious.

I'm guilty of blog neglect. I'm guilty of book neglect. I'm guilty of Twitter neglect. Here's the whole thing, though: I don't feel guilty. I shouldn't feel guilty.

I'm at this point now where I've realized that I spend summers outside enjoying the sun, and winters inside reading. So the inevitable blog slow down does happen. I'm down to reading one book a week right now. I'm not exactly regretting it.

So my question this week is: is there a particular season where you get out more? What is it? What's the one activity you would ditch for reading? I seem to be attracted to water parks and wine recently.

Obligatory picture of me enjoying a summer induced sunburn:


Regular posting on this blog will resume next week. I think.

That's it for this week's why the f*ck friday. Different opinion? Similar experience? Similar thoughts on this subject? Post it below in the comments. Feel free to berate me, praise me, or buy me some fancy coffee. You can even tell me to f*ck off and then buy me a coffee. I enjoy hearing the bookish and nerdy thoughts of others.   

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  1. I kind of agree on the whole abandoning the internet side of things- something about summer makes me disinclined to sit in front of a computer. Maybe it's just the fact because it's lighter and warmer I can be outside for longer. So though I don't go out any more than usual, I'm out longer leaving less time for other things.

    My usual problem (!!!) is holidays since I'll be away for weeks at a time and will only manage a tiny bit of reading in comparison to usual.

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    1. Holidays aren't really a problem for me. Most of my extended family is not in the area, and my family doesn't really do much for the holidays. So I either end up working or reading.

      I like winters more. I drink less, party less, and go out less. That's more reading.

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  2. That sunburn looks like it hurts. Adam...please use some sunscreen. As an RN (I just passed my boards on Monday...WOOHOO!!!) I feel obligated to say that. I wouldn't want to neglect my newly appointed duties. :)

    I spend more time reading during the winter. We are at the pool, baseball games, camping, you name it during the summer/spring/fall. In August we are coming your way for the annual camping trip/bourbon tour/horse races weekend...which is always a good time.

    Enjoy the nice weather!!

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    1. I took a bath in tea. I actually do wear sunscreen every day (to protect my tattoos and easily burnable face). That picture was taken from a day of being out in the woods and not thinking beforehand: gee, I should wear sunscreen.

      Yes! Exactly. It's why I love winter. It's a time for solitude and seclusion and good books.

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  3. hmm...there are a lot of things I would ditch for reading in the summertime. The beach, a pool, a concert, a party, a jog. Better do them now because they're not as fun to do in the winter. But yeah I'm guilty of blog neglect too, as I've only completed three books this month. Oh well.

    I'm glad you're embracing your sunburn. I don't get burnt that often, I just take on what I call my summer color. Either way I'm sure the body enjoys the vitamin D it will lacking when colder weather kicks in.

    ps. I pondered (longer than I should have) how one could be at a BBQ. One can eat BBQ yes, but be at one? And then I got smart and realized you went to a cookout...mojito=delicioso.

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    1. I don't get people who read the beach. You're at the beach. There's sand and water. Go frolic.

      Only three? I think I'm at three right now as well. The said part is that they're all really short books.

      Haha. Yes. I guess it's a regional thing. You go to a BBQ, I don't think I've ever called it a cookout. I think I've said "let's cookout". But never have I said "let's go to a cookout". Hmm. That's something to ponder.

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    2. Clearly we're going to have to agree to disagree on the reading on the beach thing. I'm just ending a week in a condo at the shore. I have spent the better part of every day this week on the beach, and I can confidently say that there are only so many hours in a day that I can frolic on it or play in the water. Though I don't care for sand sports.

      Do you always eat bbq'd things at a bbq? Or is it anytime a grill is involved?

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  4. First, take care of that sunburn it looks bad.

    Second, I'm the opposite. I get more reading done in the summer, mostly because I can't really be outside. I'm not good in the heat and I get a mild reaction to bug bites so I tend to get stuck in doors at picnics/BBQs. While everyone else is outside, I'm curled up in the air reading.

    Spring and Fall are my big get outside times. When the temp is more mild I tend to be at the park more with the dogs and just out in general.

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    1. It's taken care of.

      I love fall. I will actually read outside when it's fall. It's very comfortable, not too hot or cold. Perfect reading whether. So I agree completely.

      Spring? I'm always high on allergy pills the entire time. No reading is done.

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  5. Aah, this is marvelous! No regrets on being outside! I like it!

    BUT...I'm the oddball that gets out more in the colder weather months. I like to run outside when it's cold rather than inside on a treadmill. At those times, I cannot read so I run along with albums. So I spend a LOT of time outside during the cooler/cold weather. Warm/hot weather, sure I'm outside, but more during the winter!

    Also, other than cold weather running, I only ditch naps for reading. My priorities may not be in order but I don't always care, you know.

    Great question Adam!

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    1. Wait, I meant to say I only ditch reading for naps. I think I got that backwards. Goodness, I cannot multitask.

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    2. Oh Asheley, I love you and your insane love of winter running. Does it snow where you live? Do you run even when it's on the ground? And I've been known to ditch reading for a good nap too.

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    3. Haha, Lauren! Eastern NC freaks out if we see even one flurry. Like, we all text each other to run to the window and HURRY LOOK AT IT! and people post pictures of the one flurry to facebook, grocery stores run out of essential groceries, etc. Snow is heavenly around here because we may go a couple of years without it, particularly close to the coast like this.

      I do love to run in snow and sleet & don't mind running if it is raining lightly. But heavy raining and downpours aren't my thing because it tends to ruin my shoes. :)

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    4. Running outside during winter? I tried that once. I even had special pants for it. Unfortunately I forgot to put on gloves... I never tried it again.

      You are far more hardcore than me, Asheley.

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    5. So what you're saying Asheley, is that if you had a waterproof pair of running shoes, you'd be out there running in a downpour? WOW.

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  6. I also tend to read more in the summer. I think it stems from summer reading programs I did as a kid (read 600 minutes and get a free pass to six flags!). Growing up, my mom encouraged summer reading (she also gave us lists of classics to choose from, so we added something decent into the mix). Then later I had more free time in the summer when I wasn't in college.

    However, I have recently come to the sad conclusion that I can no longer consider myself "college age," and my life ebbs and flows differently than when I was in school. I do still tend to read more in the summertime though, because I love reading outside. But lately, I’ve been spending more time out doors not reading.

    I don't think you should feel guilty for wanting to enjoy the warm weather! Or neglecting electronic devices in the process. I'm unfortunately pretty attached to my iPhone so I can access anything anywhere - not always a good idea. I LOVE museums (I've worked in several), and visiting them is my kind of fun. I live in a state where the winters can be quite brutal, so I get outside as much as possible when it's nice. If I can't combine being outside and reading, then I'd probably ditch it this time of year too.

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    1. Wow. Another person for summer. I find you summer readers odd. It's too hot and there are more things to do during summer than winter.

      I'm not college age either anymore. This makes me sad as well.

      I'm not! Or I'm trying not to. I really enjoy doing this blog but hanging around outside with friends is a lot more appealing right now.

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  7. Adam, you are an SPF-30 kind of a guy. Reapply often.

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    1. Apparently you can sweat sunscreen off.

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  8. I read more in the summer as well. Living in Maine, I'm practically an arctic creature and can't function in the hot weather. I prefer to stay indoors and read near the air conditioner.

    I'm outside more in the fall once the weather cools down. I take more time off of work to do things in the fall as well. I'm kind of introverted and feel like I would encounter more people in the summer. I don't know if that's really true though.

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    1. I want to live in Maine. Seriously. It's probably my favorite state.

      I have seen Maine in fall. How could you not be outside during fall in Maine? It's gorgeous.

      As an extrovert, I'm coming to live in your house. I will teach you life lessons and we will drink wine and watch the trees go bald every year.

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    2. I'm on board with the life lessons and wine, but I doubt you could make me an extrovert. I have to work at the office during the Blueberry Festival this coming weekend and I am picking up some blueberry wine on the way home.

      The maple tree in my yard turns scarlet each fall. Remind me to show you a photo this year.

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    3. I would make you an extrovert when you're around me (not around other people). I can get a conversation going with even the quietest person. Probably because I never shut up.

      I like blueberry wines (we have a local winery here that makes the best blueberry wine I've ever had). I love blueberries.

      And yes, I'd like to see your scarlet tree.

      Also, any Maine anecdotes that you can share are welcome.

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  9. Enjoy your summer! You'll have plenty of time to snuggle books in the winter! :) I also enjoyed a sunburn so far this year. Not fun!

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