Week Three

Busy week at school here with reports due in and concerts/functions and charity walks to be done but I’m trying to keep up the reading too. I’m really enjoying making time for it each day. It’s been good to clear my head (or try to anyway) and dip into another world/another reality for a wee while.

Because I don’t really know any of the other staff too well yet, there’s lots of time to read and to write and I must admit I have found it difficult to get into the swing of things….with the writing anyways. I think it’s the tyranny of too much time. Before I had always worked under pressure, because there was no choice and now I’ve swung in the other direction and am staring at the vast ocean of time before me and wondering how anyone every decided to write anything.

Hopefully though things will even out and I’ll find a new balance.

Start & finish Rising Tides by Nora Roberts (sequel to Sea Swept which I read last week on my nautical themed reading sesh)

Start & finish Inner Harbour by Nora Roberts (The last in the trilogy)

Start 1984 by George Orwell

Week Two

I spent the long weekend at the beach and me and my kindle found lots of time between the cerveza’s and the people watching to read lots.  I decided to read Rita Hayworth  & The Shawshank Redemption as Zihautenjo is the beach mentioned in the book and I thought it would be lovely to read it in the place that Stephen King had in mind. I have to say I honestly thought it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my lifetime and I have been lucky enough to see some fantastic places. And what Stephen King says about it really struck me:

“Zihuatanejo,’ he said, rolling the word softly from his tongue like music. ‘Down in Mexico. It’s a little place maybe twenty miles from Playa Azul and Mexico Highway 37. It’s a hundred miles north-west of Acapulco on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific?’ They say it has no memory. And that’s where I want to finish out my life, Red. In a warm place that has no memory.”

I thought it was beautiful and watching the ocean wash in and out I can see why people describe it this way. Although if the Pacific does gain some memory I’d like it to remember to give back the sunglasses it stole from me.

We travelled to Zihuatanejo on the overnight service with http://www.primeraplus.com.mx/

It was cheap and cheerful service, with crisps, juice and a sweaty sandwich thrown in for the journey! We stayed at Adrianitas Hostel, which was a few minutes walk from the beach. Thinking next time about researching how much staying in a villa would be, depending on the people it may not work out that much more than paying for a basic hostel.

Finished High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Start & finish The Trouble with Alice by Olivia Glazebrook

Start & finish Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

Start & finish Sea Swept by Nora Roberts