- Lent is here and that means sacrificing something. This year I've decided to give up Facebook and Twitter. I spend way too much time on both sites and feel that its time to take a break. So, instead of checking news feeds and tweets, I will be reading or writing. Most likely reading more often than writing. Wish me luck!
- Another reason I've been MIA from blogging has to do with my health. I have autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and that tends to exhaust me, but lately I've been feeling some pretty intense pains. So, I went to my doc and found out that my gallbladder doesn't look too great. Turns out that most people with AIH wind up with dead gallbladders. Talk about scary! Now I need more tests. Ugh! Hopefully, my gallbladder is functioning at 20% or above, because then I won't need surgery. Fingers crossed!
- I've been listening to the 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged CD like crazy lately. I love Natalie Merchant's voice and was feeling rather nostalgic, so I've had this CD on repeat.
- I've been culling my books - again! I already have a bag ready to give to my cousin. He takes them to the local senior citizens' center. This need to declutter my bookshelves derived from Oprah's latest issue of O magazine which was all about decluttering - spiffy in a jiffy, anyone?
- I'm watching more TV lately. Empire, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Child Genius are just a few of my favorites. Of course I'm still watching The Mindy Project - who doesn't love Dr. L? However, now with Mindy being preggers, I'm not really sure how the show will play out. A baby just doesn't seem to fit with the usual crazy antics of the characters - maybe that's the point?
- I'm back at the gym. Yep, I decided that after my recent medical drama (possible dead gallbladder) that I need to focus more on my health. So, I have been waking up before its light out and heading to gym. So far, I'm really enjoying it. I fill my iPod with music that makes me want to move and just go for it. Fingers crossed I can keep it up and make it a habit.
- I've been reading more Murakami. I'm a huge fan of his work, but have yet to read all of his books. I just don't want to run out of his stories, so I read them piecemeal. Earlier this week I read his latest short story in The New Yorker titled, Kino. I absolutely loved The Strange Library and had a craving for donuts afterward. I must admit it was weird and fascinating. I kept thinking that the beautiful young girl who helped him was his mom in some form. And last night I read South of the Border, West of the Sun. It was one of his most straight forward stories that I've read in quite some time and I didn't know what to make of it. I was riveted with Hajime's meetings with Shimamoto. I kept thinking that she was going to spring some crazy surprise on him. I honestly thought that she was going to commit suicide when they went to the river. I hated not knowing more about her. And I wish I could have seen Izumi's face after that man said kids were scared of her. Of course, after reading Hajime's description of it when he finally saw her I could understand what that man meant. As for his family and the easy manner in which he was willing to give them up - well, my heart broke for them. Hajime had to learn that the past is the past for a reason and that sometimes it is better off left forgotten. Typical Murakami through and through. I loved it!
Friday, February 20, 2015
Bookish and Non-Bookish Thoughts...
I can't believe its already February and I've only blogged a handful of times. Its crazy to me how lax I've been about posting, but I must admit that I love it. I don't feel stressed or bogged down about blogging and as a result I'm actually enjoying reading other blogs again and leaving comments. As for what else I've been up to (aside from reading up a storm):