The Sunday Salon – October 19, 2014

sundaysalon2Time and place: 3:09 p.m., Saturday afternoon. I’m in our room, drinking coffee, and typing this post while Kevin takes a break from working on the City of Chewelah web site. I am going to make this short and sweet, as he keeps the room very cold – and I’m freezing!

Grateful for: Hot, sweet coffee; a beautiful Indian summer; fall colors; hand-knitted slippers from my Mom (Seahawks colors!)

Struggling with: Some health issues. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. In some ways, this is a blessing, as I have an explanation for the variety of weird, unpleasant symptoms I’ve been dealing with for the past couple years. But, for some reason, hypo patients often feel worse after beginning treatment or changing a dose, so I’m not feeling all that great. Plus, my doctor said that it can take several months to find the right dosage and/or medication that works for me, so there’s no quick fix. I’m trying to be patient, but I’m really tired of not feeling well.

Doing: Singing – we formed a small choir at church to perform at the Christmas Eve service; homeschooling; chauffeuring kids around to ortho and doctor appointments; the usual laundry and housework; etc. Reading, obviously. And I’ve taken up cross-stitch again in the past year or so. I like doing it while watching TV; makes it feel like less of a waste of time. I am almost finished with this pattern of a Paris Market. I’m excited to start my next one, which my mom bought for me because it’s simply perfect and beautiful and fits me: Treasure Hunt Bookshelf. I’ve also been watching football, obviously, but we will NOT talk about last Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, mmmmkay?!

Watching: Last Sunday, we watched Edge of Tomorrow. It was a re-watch for me, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around – and the boys all loved it. This week’s movie night pick is Mom’s: The Count of Monte Cristo. Oh, and I took the boys to see The Maze Runner last Friday, and am so very happy that it was fan-freaking-tastic! For once, they got a book-to-film adaptation right. Of course, there were a few minor changes, but all completely understandable from a film genre standpoint. I highly recommend it – and can’t wait for the second one.

Reading: I just started reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I’m hoping to start Us by David Nicholls soon. Plus, I’m reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson aloud to Josiah.

Recently finished reading:
~ Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – The woman is a genius!
~ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I enjoyed it, but Victor’s whining and naval-gazing got to be a bit much.
~ The Mighty Queens of Freevilee: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them by Amy Dickinson – A fun, heartwarming memoir.
~ Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hinton – A lot of fun; review to come in November.
~ Airman by Eoin Colfer – I read this aloud to Josiah; easily one of our favorite read-alouds of all time.
~ Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris – I read this with all three boys; quite challenging and a great message.
~ The Secret Place by Tana French – How does she keep doing this? One of my favorites in the series.

Listening to:
~ We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas – This is beautifully written, but a bit slow-going.
~ Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon – I love being immersed in this fictional world.
~ Shadow of Night – Yes, still. This one isn’t keeping me as engrossed as the first book in the series did.

Today will be taken up with church, choir practice, a football game, carving pumpkins, and movie night. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

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16 Responses to The Sunday Salon – October 19, 2014

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you are feeling bad and dealing with the whole grind of doctors/tests/experimenting with meds. I’ve been through this with my son (with his stomach issues and ADHD issues) for 2.5 years and it is so hard to keep your eye on the long-term. I’d tell you to stay strong but I know you will.

    I haven’t seen Maze Runner but Gone Girl is an amazing book to movie adaptation. One of the best in my opinion. It is so nice to see directors get it right.

    Station Eleven = awesome. Big Little Lies = awesome.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – It’s even more frustrating because some of my symptoms can be chalked up to perimenopause. Sorting the whole thing out has been a pain in the butt.

      My daughter and I have a date to go see Gone Girl as soon as it comes to our little town’s one-screen theater – can’t wait!

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I was just diagnosed with thyroid disease as well. It’s very frustrating to say the least. How can that little part of our body cause so much havoc?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – it is VERY frustrating! I just started reading Living Well With Hypothyroidism, and it is answering a lot of questions, but also is a bit daunting. Sigh.

  3. Big hugs to you, Carrie. I hope the doctor is able to figure out the dosage of medication you need for the hypothyroidism so you can get some relief from the symptoms.

  4. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I have HYPERthyroid, and it does indeed take months to get the medicine right. BUT, the good news is that once you get it right you feel like yourself again. Hang in there.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – I’m so sorry that you’ve been dealing with illness, too! I can’t wait to feel like myself again.

  5. Michelle says:

    My poor Carrie!! One of these days, you are going to catch a break, and you will have an amazing year with no hiccups. I hope you start feeling better soon, and that they get your meds right on the first try!

    Um, that bookshelf cross-stitch is absolutely gorgeous. I sort of want it too, but I have SO many open cross-stitch projects right now. I do miss it. There is something so calming about it, and you are absolutely correct. It does make watching TV seem less like a waste of time.

    Shadows of Night is not the strongest but there is a lot of information Diana and Matthew discover that is vital for the final book. Stick with it. The finale is amazing.

    Since I have nothing nice to say about the Gabaldon or about St. John Mandel’s latest, I will just say that I hope YOU enjoy them.

    Have a great week!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – Thanks so much – I just keep plugging away. 🙂 And I’m glad to hear the Diana/Matthew series ends on a high note – I have it on audio waiting on my iPod. I think I’ll listen to the third Raven Cycle book first, though, after I finish Shadow of Night.

  6. Sheila (Book JOurney)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    So sorry about the health issues. 🙁 I hope you will feel better and they are able to find the right medication for you quickly. You have some good book selection here. I have been curious about Station Eleven.

  7. Susan says:

    Hope you feel better soon Carrie. Hang in there. I want to read “Us” and “Big Little Lies” — they both look good!

  8. Trisha says:

    That sucks about medication taking so long to work! And you have reminded me that I really, really need to watch The Maze Runner!