Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #61



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Help...I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!!!

Well, as most of you followers know, I blew out my knee in January, skiing for the first time in Garmisch, Germany. While I was laid up, I did a lot of blogging. It was a very productive time for me. I was recovering so well, a month or more ahead of most of my orthopedic surgeon's patients. So I got back to doing most of the things I normally do. I was busy, busy, busy. Besides trying to finish the cookbook before Tiff went back to the States and dealing with family and school obligations, the two families we hang out with the most were moving back to the United States on the exact same day. One family was leaving a whole year early. I was so sad, and frankly, a little clingy, so I was trying to spend as much time with them as possible...to say the least, I've had a lot going on. So I've been doing a lot of multi-tasking, which for me, is sometimes dangerous...The result...3 falls in 2 weeks!!! Yikes!!! And the last one was a doozy! So I have been a bit down lately, physically and emotionally...between injuries and missing friends, I just haven't had the heart to do much of anything besides read...So that's what I've been doing while I've been icing, and elevating, and staying off my feet. The first book I finished was At Home by Bill Bryson. I LOVE Bill Bryson! Ever since I read his "A Walk in the Woods" about walking the Appalachian Trail, I have been a fan. I've read just about everything he's written. "At Home" took me a while because it was non-fiction and densely packed with facts. It has a 40 page bibliography for goodness sakes. Basically, he gives you a history of the modern world by taking you on a tour through the old English Rectory that serves as his home...Very fascinating read...
After working my way through "At Home," I was in desperate search of a light read. My friend, Nicole Z is my source for all things Chick Lit, and so I perused the selection of books I brought home from her house and found this fun one..."Holly's inbox" by Holly Denham. I love the format, the entire story is told through emails sent back and forth between Holly and her friends and co-workers. I once read a book by Lee Smith called "The Christmas Letters" which told the story of a woman's life through her yearly Christmas letters she sent to her family. I just think it's a really neat way to tell a story, probably because I love the memoir format so much. "Holly's inbox" won't change your life, but it is a lot of fun...
Next I decided to read "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. We are trying to encourage summer reading and have our oldest reading some of the classics. He chose this one because it was the thinnest of all the selections we offered him. To help encourage him, I suggested we could read it book club style...he rolled his eyes...but I decided to read it along with him anyway. I didn't read "Animal Farm" when I was in school, I read "A Brave New World" instead. I preferred "A Brave New World," but "Animal Farm" was interesting. My son thought it was a little weird, but true to life...
After "Animal Farm," I started reading a book that my mother-in-law sent to my husband. His favorite city is Paris and "The Greater Journey-Americans in Paris" by David McCullough "is the enthralling, inspiring-and until now, untold-storyof the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work." I've made it up to page 47, another fact-filled book, so it takes me a little while, but I've decided to put it aside until we get back from a family wedding. It's a hardback copy and a little too heavy for the plane. So I've put it aside for now, choosing another paperback selection from the collection of books we've picked out for our oldest...he probably won't end up choosing this one..."Growing Up" by Russell Baker...but it is right up my alley. It covers some of my favorite topics, growing up in Appalachia, the Depression, ya know, typical triumph over adversity stuff...I might even shed a tear or two...I've been catching up on my reading, so starting next week, I'll be catching up on my blogging too...Buen verano y hasta luego...
All of these books can be purchased on Amazon.com...

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