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Miscellaneous Monday

miscell monday

Reading…Almost done with Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach. Catherine was right. It’s the perfect “recovery” book. Lots of twists and turns and family dysfunction galore. (I’ve linked her review for those interested). After that, I have this gorgeous stack from the library I can’t wait to tackle. I’ll probably start with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA book and one this long. Also the holds list for it is nuts at my library, so I don’t know when I’ll get another chance.

March basket

Writing…I finally got a review posted highlighting three new books this year that I really enjoyed. It felt great talking about books again here on the blog. Not sure if the reviewing will stick, but I’m finding  I have to really have something to say where it doesn’t feel like “work”. That’s how it should be though, right?

Listening…to Hamilton. I’m verrrryy late to the party but my girls insisted I get on board. I just got the CD today, so here I go…..

Watching…being holed up at home for the past two weeks has been a blessing and a curse. The stir crazy set in after week 1. I’ve been able to binge watch Parks & Rec (on season 6) and the laughter is helping my mood while hurting my recovery (ouch). My mom came for a visit and we watched two movies I haven’t seen all the way through, Casablanca (I KNOW!) and Under the Tuscan Sun. I realized I’ve only seen the iconic scenes from Casablanca, which is crazy. I loved both, though. I decided to revisit Twin Peaks as well since it’s going to return in May. I was 16 when it came out. No DVR. No reruns. I had to plan my night carefully on those Thursdays so I wouldn’t miss it. It freaked me out but I loved it so. Is it holding up 27 years later? Yes and no. I’m only a few episodes in and truly don’t remember much. It was kind of a spoof on campy, evening soap operas but with supernatural elements and a mystery to solve.

Feeling…tired yet hopeful. This surgery has wiped me out but knowing the worst is behind me is such a relief.

Wanting…to share what happened but not in detail just yet. Who knows if ever in this space. I’m still too raw and emotional. I know this is a book blog, but the only reason I was able to turn the page on this awful chapter in my life was because I shared my situation with others. If I didn’t share my story and confide in others around me, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten a second opinion and trust my gut. Other women around me shared their stories and made me feel less alone, so I should do the same. For today I just want to say….

WOMEN, take care of yourself and your body. Get a second and third and fourth opinion if you don’t like the first. You are not whining if you keep calling your doctor wanting answers. Don’t think you need to “suck it up” for anyone. Take all the support that is offered and trust your gut. You’re worth it! Mwah! 🙂


7 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Monday

  1. Twin Peaks … I saw season one a few years back and didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, considering that I loved David Lynch’s movie Mulholland Drive. But I do love love that haunting music from Twin Peaks.

  2. I’m so sorry you’re going through a tough time and opening up (not necessarily on the Internet) tends to help me as well.

    Glad Dead Letters is hitting the spot…I loved it too! And…so sadly…I did not love Hearts of Men like I’ve loved his other 2 books. But, I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority there.

    Hope your recovery goes well.

  3. I’m sorry I haven’t been a better friend during you convalescence. But glad you’re hanging in there. And I can’t wait for your review of Dead Letters. Sending love and healing vibes.

  4. I’m always happy to be right (!), but especially happy when it’s about a book recommendation! And given that, I have another one for you- The Takedown. It’s YA, which, like you, I don’t read much of, but holy hell, I could NOT put it down. Right up there with Dead Letters in the suspense.

    I’m hoping you’re feeling better every day. If you need more binge-y TV try The Crown and Versailles. They’re both on Netflix and are visually stunning.

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