Last week I talked about the weeks flying by at cosmic paces. And now it's a week later, and I'm experiencing what I have come to know as the pre-finals slow-down time period. This period of time, post mid-terms and pre-finals, is one in which I often find myself with a little more free time than usual. This semester, I am using my free time to explore the area around Amherst a bit more.
I recently took a trip to Northampton to visit one of my favorite shops, and I happened upon a book store. I love reading, and buying a new book is always a wonderful experience for me. I can spend hours at a time in a book store. I think if I were given one of those gift cards with massive amounts of money on it (like the kind you hear advertised in radio contests), I would want to spend it all in one go buying new books. I am slowly but surely trying to build up a library of my own. It is a dream of mine to have a grand library in my future house, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, the most comfortable armchairs I can find, and those ladders that can safely move between the book shelves.
Reading, much like saving, is not always a fast process for me. Just as it takes me time to add money to my savings account, I need time to read through each chapter and part of the book. And, just as I need to start over with saving money, when I have forgotten what a book is about or plot details, I go back and reread the books I liked most. And I learn from both. This week, I have successfully added $30 to my bank account. A bigger sum than most weeks so far this semester. I'm happy with it. I'll keep saving, and I'll keep adding updates.
The best part about this exploration for me was seeing new places. I went to a few other shops and had a very pleasant afternoon learning more about the community. I love this process of venturing out and driving around and discovering. It's part of what makes travel so exciting for me. There are few experiences I enjoy more than sitting in a car looking at the landscape around me and singing along to the radio. I hope to have many more of these experiences over the coming few weeks. It's especially cool when I get to see in person the nature I have read about in the books I have just mentioned.