These last two weeks have been full of normalcy.
I recently decided it was time to rejoin a gym and I have been forcing myself to go at lunch or after work. "No excuses" is my mantra, but it should be "pool season is fast approaching".
I have been spending a decent amount of time cuddling with this little guy. He had a five hour "spa" appointment this past weekend. Seriously, why does it take so long to groom a dog?
I spent last weekend reading "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes in one setting (see review below). I can't remember the last time I was that captivated by a book. So good.
I actually cooked dinner last weekend. My favorite jambalaya recipe, accompanied by a glass of red.
I got hooked on The Good Wife, and had to re subscribe to Hulu Plus to binge watch. Overall my general feeling is that I am a big fan and like a good, strong woman lawyer lead. I also am coveting Alisha's hair, those curls! I am not loving all the blatant legal inaccuracies, but I try to look past them.
But most of all, I have been wishing for Spring:
(As I type this ice pellets are pounding the roof of my house)
Highlight of the Week: Both the men and women's teams at Gonzaga clinched the WCC Championship title! Here is hoping we can both win the WCC Tournament and go on to do well in March Madness.
Lowlight of the Week: I was at the grocery store last week and was purchasing a bottle of wine. The cashier carded me (which I am old enough now to appreciate) and then said "Wow! You are exactly 10 years older then me!" I thought I was going to die. How am I ten years older then a checker at a grocery store?
Things I Purchased and Loved: I have needed a new black suit for awhile and I finally pulled the plug and purchased this one from Banana. Big fan:
Movies Watched: I snuck in "Twelve Years a Slave" right before the Oscars, and I am so glad I did. Heartbreaking. So good. It was a difficult film to watch, but so powerful. It was very deserving of the Best Picture award.
Oscar Best Dressed: I am normally not a huge Kate Hudson fan, but her gown was so perfect last night it took my breath away. It was classic Hollywood glamor, and she totally rocked the look. I especially loved the side swept hair. Brava!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What to say about this book?
First, I almost missed out on this book. It was one of our book club picks and I didn't have time to read it. The group decided to extend it another month to make sure everybody finished reading. It was that good.
Second, I didn't know anything about this book when I started reading it. At the end I was such a mess, my husband kept asking me if I was okay. The truth was I was NOT okay. This book really rocked me, it made me think, at the end I felt very conflicted.
On one hand, I felt like Will had the right and certainly the reason to end his life- but on the other hand, I so desperately did not want him to. He had the means to live a great lifestyle, to travel, to have love. He had the support to keep going. He devastated everybody who cared about him with his decision. But at the end of the day, it was his decision, right? It was his life and he was going to have to be the one dealing with his day-to-day struggles. I can't even imagine putting myself in that situation, so who am I to judge?
So overall I loved this book because it was compelling, made me think, and most importantly made me feel. Its a hard one to recommend to people though, since it deals with such a sensitive subject. I am not sure how they would feel about it. But I admire the book taking this issue, and doing such a good job with it. I didn't feel like it had an agenda, I think it was just telling a story.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was so close to a four star for me, and I feel a bit guilty giving it only 3 because it seemed better then a 3, but not quite good enough for a 4. The reason being is it actually took me a long time to get through it. In part, because it is a pretty long book, but also in part that it is comprised of a bunch of short stories. I like short story books, but they are just difficult to binge read because you feel like ever 40 pages you are starting a new book.
That being said, the stories were so beautifully written. This was the first book that I read by Khaled Hosseini, and I am anxious to read his other books. I initially thought it would be hard for me to "get into" a book that was based in such a vastly different culture, but Hosseini's writing is vivid, it was easy to follow along.
Like most short story books, I liked some stories better then others. I was obsessed to find out what happened to Prim, and I also loved the story of the little boy whose father was the commander in the army. I liked how the book spanned so much time, and interwove the characters together in a way that was entertaining and realistic.
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