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Reading therapy

I am sick…again!  I’m going on Day 4 of the flu.  As a reminder, I was sick two weeks ago.  I managed to work a full day Monday, but have been literally in bed for the last three days.  And I hardly feel any better.  This sucks. 

So between the sleeping, coughing, aches and pains…I have managed to spend much of my recovery time catching up on my reading.  Even when I’m sick, I need to feel productive – a different type of illness I constantly suffer from :-).  In the past 4 days, I have finished reading 4 books (two of them I was already a third or so into, and the other two I read start to finish). 

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

My dear friend Deborah gave this book to me, and to our friend Katie…creating a book club if you will.  This happens to be the same book that Tera and I gave our grandma for Christmas.  Before my visit to my grandma’s house a couple weeks ago, I started reading it, so that I might be able to discuss it a bit with my her.

It really is an amazing book and tells an amazing, inspirational story.  I did find it a little difficult to follow because of all the names: geography, people, places, etc.  Just hard to keep it all straight when you are unfamiliar with Afghan, Pakistan, and Indian language.  Overall, I highly recommend it because the story is so good.

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk (the same author as Fight Club).  This is the current selection for the book club with my girlfriends.  Hmm…a very interesting book.  If you are easily offended or easily disturbed, then it’s probably not the book for you.  It’s not a “happy” book and it’s quite disgusting on many levels – but that’s probably the point of the book too.  It’ll make for an interesting book club discussion. 

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

By far, one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.  This is Micah and my current book club pick (surprisingly, Micah’s pick).  It’s cute, charming and cleverly-written.  (the entire story is told through letters).  It’s a very quick read and just so good – that I read it from cover to cover in about a half day.  I plan to send my copy to my grandma to read – I think she’ll love it. 

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

I started this book a month or so ago, but got sidetracked with other things that I had to set it aside.  I read Outliers a few months ago, also written by Gladwell.  He likes to find unconventional ways of explaining events and occurrences in the word.  This book has been out for a long time, and is well-known as a “business book.”  I like to think that if you liked Freakonomics, then you’ll appreciate this book.  He brings a new perspective to explaining events that happen in society. 

While I have managed to do a considerable amount of reading, by no means have I neglected other forms of entertainment.  I have watched Oprah each day, countless HGTV and Food Network shows, and watched two movies I got on Netflix – Children of Men and Get Smart (really funny by the way).

I’m allowing myself only one more day to be sick!

Latest updates…

Update #1:  I am seriously bored at work – some days there’s a lot to do (which is actually kind of nice) – and then the next day there may be nothing to do.  But thus far, I keep coming in…just waiting for when a project comes my way.  And b/c I am still waiting with no work to do at the present moment…I post random updates on my blog.  Nice.

Update #2:  I just got back from meeting up with Micah for lunch.  He works about 9 blocks away from me. We try and meet up at least once a week for lunch – we like to call it “heat and meet” – since the majority of the time, we just bring leftovers from home (rather than eating out).  We take turns of who has to walk to the other person’s building, but again (see update #1) I’ve been doing more walking recently.

Sorry – back to the update.  I can cross off 2 more “best desserts” off my list.  I took a detour to Dahlia Bakery on my way to Micah’s building.  I picked up a Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie and a Coconut Cream Pie (relax…it was just a small two-biter…not the exact one described in the magazine, but it will suffice).  I, of course, shared with Micah.  Both were delicious.  The PB cookie was like a Nutter Butter on crack (I say that in a good way)…and the coconut cream pie was light and delish.  Thumbs up.   Sorry, no pics of the desserts – they were gobbled up too quickly.

Update #3:  I played basketball last night…1.5 hours of basketball.  Each Thursday night there is a women’s open gym.  It’s nice, fun, and it’s exercise!  A relaxed, non-competitive environment where we can just play ball with other ladies (sorry – not that fun playing with guys who are most of the time, just ball hogs!)  Anyways, I was exhuasted!  I am SO glad I did some playing yesterday, since the winter basketball season starts in about 2 weeks.  I need the practice! 

Update #4:  I haven’t been so good with book club lately.  I did not read the current pick for my girl’s book club The Road.  Honestly, I heard it was really boring – yet it was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top 100 books of the last 20 years.  I probably should read it…but I won’t even be around for book club in January b/c of the Sister’s Getaway trip (i.e. probably won’t read it). But I am almost done with the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  I have found it to be quite interesting and fascinating.  If you read Freakonomics and liked the concept of taking an idea or a statistic and finding alternative ways of explaining it through research – then you would like Outliers.  One idea talked about in the book is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery of something.  And this idea holds true for sports, musicians, businesspeople, chess players, etc. etc.  If that little tidbit has intrigued you…then read the book!

Update #5:  This isn’t really an update, more just news to share.  My friend Martha (who I’ve been friends with since my first day of setting foot on the WSU campus) is getting married!  And she not only asked me to be a bridesmaid, but her maid of honor!  I was really surprised and very touched by her request.  I, of course, said yes!  I did tell her I was a little worried about being able to fulfill all the MOH duties because of Micah and I potentially living abroad when she gets married.  But no worries, one of the other bridesmaids will help out, and has such, been promoted to Matron of Honor (sunce she’s married already)!

A few updates

Update 1: Eye twitch – was a problem a little while back…went away…and now it’s back.  Grrr.
Update 2: Book club – I have since finished all three book club books.  Had a fun book club meeting with Micah discussing Water for Elephants, a fun book club meeting discussing Twilight among other things, and another fun book club discussing Predictably Irrational.  Some of my book club girls are going to watch the movie Twilight.  Hope it’s better than the book.  Our next book is Wuthering Heights.  Going classic this time.  Already started…and already thinking I won’t finish.  It’s a hard book to read.  Instead, I’m reading The Shack.  It’s a book my grandma sent me – so far it’s pretty interesting.  I figure I’ll have a little book club discussion with her via phone once I’m finished.
Update 3: Micah got the Wii Fit.  It’s SOO fun.  And I actually am quite impressed with how decent of a workout you can get on it.  There’s yoga poses, strength exercises, aerobics and balance exercises.  It’s fun seeing just how balanced, flexible, or strong you are.  I highly recommend.

Book club, book club, book club

So I have “book club” in the title three times because I am a part of three book clubs.  Usually I can time it so that not everything is overlapping at once, but I seem to have failed this time around…but no worries – I seem to have more time on my hands (see previous blog postings about job), so I can catch up.  Here’s what I’m reading at the moment.


Book club 1: This is the book club I have with my girlfriends.  We are going on 5 years now!  Our current pick:  Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.  It’s part of a series of books, and I think it’s actually written for tweens/teenage girls, but I’ve gotten countless recommendations from people my age or older.  We thought we’d see what all the hype was about.  I have just started this.  I think it’s about vampires, which I normally am not into…but again, I am willing to read to see why everyone is raving.


Book club 2: Micah and I have our own book club too. We’ve done it for a year or so. We trade picks, so that Micah gets to pick one month, me the next, and so on. We just finished reading Star Wars: Heir to the Empire.  Wonder who’s pick that was?  So, this month’s selection is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  I thought I’d change it up a bit and invite not only my sister (who I constantly am encouraging to read more) to read this boook, but also my grandma.  My Grams recently stumbled upon large print books (easier on the eyes) in the library.  And after hearing about some of the books she’s been reading, I thought she’d enjoy this one too.  So I ordered up four of these books (1 large print) for us all.  Funny thing is, my grandma got her book and read half of it before we even got ours shipped.  But it’ll be fun to discuss it…once I finish…which means I need to start it.  Eeek.


Book club 3: This is newly formed and is with some of my buddies at work: Alison, Katie, and Valerie.  We wanted to read some interesting books that relate to our profession…but not boring “business books” but cool interesting stuff about consumer behavior, psychology, decision-making, etc.  So we kicked it off with Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely.  I’m about half way through.  This one is kind of nice because we only read 4 chapters or so, and then meet at lunchtime.  It’s been extremely interesting thus far.  The author is a very creative, unique researcher who turns traditional thinking about consumer-decision making on its head.  (If you liked Freakonomics then you might like this one too).

Ok – enough blogging, I gotta read!!!!


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