Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Snow Day that Wasn't

Everyone is off of work/school except me, for a measly 1 inch of snow. Poor L was so disappointed, he's been waiting for snow to play in since July and I'm not sure he's going to get it this year.

I have started and deleted many posts in the past week delving deeper into the not-so-good stuff going on right now---in my own little world and of course the wider world. It seems repetitive and its boring even to me, so I'll update you guys with some bullets instead.
  • We had a good weekend---busy and fun-filled. Lots of socializing, some work, some chilling. Barely any chores/cooking. I'm still loving NOT cooking on Sundays.
  • I'm STILL having random coughing fits. Its annoying & embarrassing because I cough uncontrollably for 5 minutes 3-6 times a day. Sometimes this happens during clinic, or meetings. Ugh.
  • I'm itching to get back to the gym. I missed a few days for being sick, then working this weekend, then closure due to snow today. I need to go more than once/week to feel good.
  • Just Mercy you have to read this book. I'm about 2/3 done. It is our book club pick for next week. Non-fiction, written by an African-American lawyer working in the south to free people wrongfully imprisoned for life/death. It will make you angry and sad and grateful for people like him and eager to help. 
  • I got my hair cut short again. I was worried it would look poofy and triangular in the back. She assured me it wouldn't. The minute I washed & dried & tried to style it myself, it turned into a triangular poof. I called her and I'm going to have it fixed next week (thinned out even more? not sure what will help but hopefully she can work her magic)
  • I've been in the mood to shop but reigning myself in. Since I'm trying to avoid my usual coping mechanisms of drinking/eating/facebook/games, I've been tempted towards "retail therapy". I know it won't feel good long term, just like any of the other methods. 
  • We have nothing to watch right now! We tried "Man in the High Castle" but it was way too depressing for the current climate. So we are comfort-watching the West Wing again. LOVE IT. But would like something brand new to draw me in...recommendations?
  • I've been reading the boys The Sorcerer's Stone and we are almost done! We started in December, reading a few pages every other night (we take turns with bedtime reading and G reads other stuff). I promised them we could watch the movie when we are done, and I'm looking fo to it.
OK the IT guy is here to fix something. Hopefully will post again soon!


  1. Have you watched Better Call Saul?

  2. Blogger ate my comment....

    Madam secretary. The Fall....very dark, though.

    More later!

  3. Wow - we had over a foot of snow here! And K is traveling and I can't figure out the snow blower...the time off is nuce, though.

    I've been listening to a podcast about wrongful convictions (Undisclosed). I may need to check out that book.

  4. I really think Just Mercy should be required reading for every American. His TED talk is also excellent.

    I would also love to hear him talk about how he stays motivated and where he gets the energy. I read it in a book club of very social justice oriented lawyers and healthcare providers, and aside from the incredibly important issues he highlighted, we also just marveled at how he has sustained his work. All of us have socially minded jobs which is part of our contribution, but man the rest of the time I think we all struggle between wanting to change the world and wanting to sit on the cough with a book (or insert other fun activity).

    Enjoy the last 1/3...

  5. Absolutely loved Just Mercy, too. And yes on the retail therapy...I did a bit more of that during my no sugar/ no alcohol January. It helped but I really don't want to trade comfort habits like that. I need to get into meditation!

  6. Borgen is amazing -- three seasons of riveting TV about the Danish parliament. It sounds crazy, but it's completely fascinating and different from the facile political dramas we see here in the US. The central character -- a female politician who becomes PM, tumbles out of favor, and then claws her way back -- has become a touchstone for me in my daily life (i.e., "What would Birgitte do?"). I can't recommend it highly enough.