Oh yeah, now I remember why I don't read anymore. I realized today when my daughter needed something and I had to put my book down again. It's much easier to put your knitting down that it is to keep stopping a book. That's why I started knitting so much when the kids were young and stopped reading so much. I'm just really really bad at putting a book down but I can set my knitting down mid-row. I have no will power when it comes to a good book. Maybe that's what an alcoholic feels like if they have a drink - they can't have just one. If I'm reading a book I can't just read one chapter. It's all or nothing for me and I can't stop reading until I'm done. Considering that the kids still like to eat several times a day I suppose I'd better wait a while now before I dive into another good book. And I didn't get much knitting done this weekend either.
I did, however, finish Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and it was amazing. It reads like an action adventure story and you can't believe it's non-fiction. The characters are bigger than life and it certainly strips away the romantic mystique of Everest. I love hiking. We went backpacking above tree line in British Columbia for our honeymoon and it was magical. Sleeping in a tent on New Year's Eve was one of the most memorable nights of my life if largely for the sound of the silence. And I have daydreamed about big mountains. My sister-in-law has actually done some real mountain climbing and rock climbing and I toyed with asking her to take me some time but a little tiny crevasse at the top of some bouldering in the "Gunks" of New York State took care of any rock climbing aspirations I might have had. I was scared up there although I did manage it and in fact went back and did it a second time.
For now it's back to knitting. I've got 52 more coffee cozies to go unless the kids really come through and if I get them done fast enough I'd like to add some embroidering and beads and embellishments to some of the more plain ones. But tonight I think I'll go browse Ravelry. :)