It was very interesting following my literacy this past week. I was very surprised at how much I actually read and write during each day. I knew I read a lot for my classes throughout the week but didn't realize all the other times I read for pleasure. While it's true I definitly spend a good amount of time reading for my classes, I also realized that I read a lot on the internet as well. I was constantly reading my wall posts and writing on my friends' walls. I often check my phone throughout the day and send texts messages to my friends more than I thought I did. I also found myself constantly on IMDB.com and reading reviews and comments on movies I have just seen or wish to see.
I found myself this past week, however, writing a note to my friend, which baffled me for two reasons, 1) because I'm not in jr. high and 2) because I see and talk to this friend everyday and could easily just text or call her. I kind of liked writing a note to my friend because I realized that no one takes the time to sit down, think about the person you want to talk to you and then let your hand do the talking. It was somewhat refreshing and of all my friends, she was the one that would appreciate it the most. I also found myself flipping through last months NYLON and rereading articles about certain fads and life stories. I also found myself looking at an art book I just purchased called Little People in the City by Slinkachu. The book is pictures of miniature people in the city doing normal everyday things but in their own tiny way. Each photo has a caption that tells what each person is doing.
I am in the middle of two books right now and it seems to be taking forever to finish them. I'm reading God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut (which I should be able to finish in an hour because it's only 80 pages, but I don't seem to have time) and Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. Everytime I start to read either book, something always comes up and I end up just reading a page. I am starting to take an hour or so before I go to bed to do some more recreational reading because it seems to be the only time in the day that I can actually get some time to myself. I feel that it is very important for people to use their literacy in anyway they can, whether it be doing homework, writing to friends, or just reading a fashion magazine.