The highlight of my week was venturing to Cooperstown to see Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at the Ommegang Brewery. Lyle is one of my favorite singers, and I've never seen him live. Mr. Nomadreader and I stopped in Sharon Springs to have a delicious lunch at the Black Cat (I had the BLAST: Bacon, lettuce, avocado, swiss and tomato). Then, I couldn't resist stopping at 1802 Beekman, home of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Brent was there, and we purchased a sampling of their goat milk soap. If you're ever near Sharon Springs, it's worth a stop. It also reminded me how much I'm looking forward to reading The Bucolic Plague once my Booker reading is over.
|me in the rain|
It started pouring rain while we were in Sharon Springs, so when we got to Cooperstown, we decided to relax at Stagecoach, my favorite coffee shop there, and read. It was a wonderful relaxing afternoon, and we were eager to get to the brewery and see the concert. The concert itself was out in the field, and we came prepared with chairs with roofs. The rain caused some technical difficulties, and the concert was late to start, but there was so much wonderful beer to drink, no one seemed to mind. The rain mostly stopped by the time the concert got under way, and everyone had so much fun. The concert was wonderful, of course, but what really made it fantastic was the audience. It was relaxed, and people danced, made friends, sang along and enjoyed themselves. As you may know, Cooperstown is a little off the beaten path, and the concert was on a weeknight, so only the true fans who didn't mind a late night and a long drive home were there. It was absolutely one of the best concerts I've ever seen.
I didn't get quite as much reading done this week as I had hoped. Perhaps as a result of reading deliberately and reading better books, I find I most enjoy my reading in large doses. I used to be a reader who grabbed five minutes of reading when I could, but lately I've found short periods of reading unsatisfying. This week, I've been testing out my theory and only sitting down to read when I have at least thirty minutes to devote to it. I've certainly enjoyed my reading time more, even though it led to reading fewer pages this week. I've also been reading more than one book at a time. I'm not sure if I'll always do this, but having two (or three) different type of books going at the same time has ensured I always have something I'm in the mood for to read. Do you like to read any chance you get or only when you have a block of time to devote to it?