I will be hitting the half-century mark come December(thanks for catching that error JoAnn!!), and while I truly believe that you are only as old as you feel (and I feel about a decade younger)....but body is beginning to notice the effects of gravity and old age. Somehow my favorite pair of jeans are a tad too snug, and I am beginning to feel 'frumpy'
I am also finding that contrary to my popular belief that as the children got older (and moved out of the house), I would have gads of free time, that is simply not the case. This is due in part to the 6 classes that I teach and the prep and grading time that involves. While I do lots of reading, I am not reading books of my personal choosing.
Last spring I realized that I could take advantage of driving time (that is, the 45 minutes basically "wasted" in the car going to and from school) to listen to audio books of my choosing. It took me a while to find the "right" audio book, as I am most definitely a visual learner and need a GREAT narrator to keep me focused on the story. The Harry Potter series fit the bill.
I think I am now ready to expand my horizons - and perhaps at the same time diminish my middle. Trish is hosting the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge in which I would like to participate. I am not sure that I could manage the 100 miles between October 1 and December 31, but I would love to begin an exercise routine that I can actually stick with. There seems to many of you out there in the blogosphere who plan to take part --- and you also plan to get lots of "reading" done by listening to audio books while you walk around town or on the treadmill. I am seeking your advice.
I have read and re-read the audible.com website. I am nearly ready to try the trial membership of $7.50 a month for the first three months. I just want to ensure that the first 3 books I select are going to be a good fit for me. Do you have any recommendations? I have heard that it is often best to listen to an audio book as it is read by the author --- do you find this true? Which authors would you recommend? I also know that some narrators have a great reputation for providing a dramatic flair. Are there particular narrators that you look for? Finally, for those of you who have a subscription to audible.com, do you find that it is easy to download from the website and upload to your mp3 player? I have an iPod (which I rarely use), so I am hoping that this is a fairly easy, pain-free process.
I thank you in advance for any tips you can offer me.
I'll let you know if I follow through with any of these "end of the year" resolutions.