Lately

Anticipating: Natalie’s wedding on December 12th! We are busy planning, shopping, etc. I can hardly believe my little girl is getting married. They are young, but responsible and hard-working – they are both full-time college students and working part-time. They love each other fiercely, and put God first in all things. What more could a parent want? And, in much less important news, I’m anticipating the first Seahawks game tonight. πŸ™‚

Feeling: Anxious. Health continues to be a struggle. Good news – I don’t need a CPAP, as the supplemental oxygen at nighttime has resolved those issues. But I’ve been having some other symptoms and pain and my doctor thinks I have spinal stenosis. He wanted to do an MRI, but my stupid insurance company won’t cover one without an X-ray and four sessions of physical therapy first, so we’re playing the waiting game. I’m really tired of being in pain. Also feeling very emotional and nostalgic over my kids growing up so quickly!

Reading: I just started A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and it’s really good so far. I’m also trying to get into The Brothers Karamazov. It’s been on my shelf for years and I decided I needed to just give it a try. I’ll give it a hundred pages or so, then see if I want to keep going. This is my first Dostoevsky, and I’m finding him not quite as engaging as Tolstoy – I loved Anna Karenina. I finally finished the Mortal Instruments series, and although book five annoyed me, book six ended the series really well. I also read Mind Games by Kiersten White, which was great, and listened to the sequel on audio – also good. Which brings me to…

Listening: I listened to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – the book is awesome, but I didn’t love the narrator. I’m currently listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, which is really good and full of 80s fangirl awesomeness, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which is read by the amazing Jim Dale.

Watching: I finally finished the final season of Leverage on Netflix – one of my favorite shows of all time. The Last Ship has been entertaining again this summer, and the second season of Extant has been much better than the first. I also finished the first season of Luther – loved it! – and am starting The Fall. In movie-watching news, I FINALLY got the chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which the boys and I all adored, and Unbroken, which was good, but I missed the second half of the story.

Posting on Facebook: This was today’s post: “I’m sad that politics turns people who are usually kind and loving into people who seem to thrive on divisiveness. I’ve voted both sides of the aisle, and been disappointed in each candidate for various reasons. I’ve also lost friends because I voted for a party they don’t agree with. To my very conservative friends: every time you post something that likens food stamps to “feeding animals in the park,” you’re missing the fact that there are friends on your timeline who have been on – or may still be on – food stamps. Not because they are lazy or feel entitled, but because they’re working their butts off and still not making enough money to feed their family! Or because they’ve been unemployed for a year and then took the only job they could get and it only pays minimum wage. Republicans have become known as merciless toward the poor. Don’t believe the lies that food stamp fraud is rampant (latest statistics say less than 3%) or that illegal immigrants get food stamps – they don’t. If we are pro-life for the pre-born we must be pro-standard of living for the already born. And to my very liberal friends: every time you state that anyone who is pro-choice hates women, or insinuate that all Christians are science-hating, ignorant rednecks, you are insulting friends on your timeline who in other situations you laugh with and commiserate with and “send good thoughts” to. Our nation is more divided and hate-filled than ever, and it seems like Facebook only makes it worse. I don’t want to unfriend people, but I’m tired of feeling sad every time I scroll through my feed.”

Well, that’s really all that’s going on here at our house. Hope you’re all having a fantastic summer!

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14 Responses to Lately

  1. Fence says:

    I’l be starting a Man Called Ove soon, it is our next book club read. Glad to hear that, so far, you are liking it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Fence – it’s really good – I wish I had some uninterrupted hours to just sit and read!

  2. Colleen
    Twitter: booksnyc
    says:

    Love the FB post! very well said.

  3. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Wow, the wedding will be here before you know it! I hope you’re pain free soon.

  4. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath
    says:

    I really don’t engage on Facebook in regards to anything political, which is why I didn’t comment on your post, but I really loved it. And I couldn’t agree more.

  5. Michelle says:

    There is so much here. I’m going to have to take it one paragraph at a time.

    First of all, I am so thrilled for your daughter and for you. Never doubt that young marriages can’t last. Jim and I were 18 and 19 when we got engaged, 21 and 22 when we got married. We just celebrated our 18th year of marriage this past June. He remains my best friend. It can and does work. I know your daughter has a good foundation for relationships in Kevin and you. Enjoy the planning stages and just have fun with your daughter during this time!

    That sucks about your health issues. The no CPAP things is good though. I can’t imagine having to sleep with one, although it seems to be more and more common these days. I hope the waiting game doesn’t last too much longer for you and that you are able to get some relief or at least a diagnosis sooner rather than later!

    Dostoevsky – The Brothers Karamazov is a TOUGH book. I finally was able to get through it a few years ago, but it took me almost ten years and at least that many tries before I did. I adore Russian literature, so I knew I had to read this one. I would highly recommend Crime and Punishment if you want to read Dostoevsky. That is one of my favorite books of all time.

    That is a most excellent FB post. Did anyone comment? I’ll admit that I quit FB after the last election in part because everyone was so angry at everyone else, and no one was respectful. It was just too much. If I were truly friends with anyone on FB, they would find ways to get in touch with me outside of that medium. As for family, that’s what phone and email is for. Everything else is just noise. Remember that. Social media should be fun. If it is not, then it’s time to leave it alone. (End soapbox rant.)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – thanks for the reassurance on young weddings – that is nice to hear. πŸ™‚ I did give up on Brothers Karamazov – gave it 100 pages, but was hating it. Not sure if I’ll try Dostoevsky again or not. Maybe I’ll feel more ambitious after the wedding? lol

  6. What a wonderful time for your daughter–and you. πŸ™‚

    I am sorry to hear about your ongoing health issues, Carrie. Insurance companies can be such a pain, making us jump through so many hoops. I hope you find answers soon–and relief.

    I hope you enjoy A Man Called Ove as much as I did.

    I read your post on Facebook and agree full-heartedly.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – I am almost done with Man Called Ove – will be finishing it today. I am enjoying it so much!

  7. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    It’s hard for ME to believe that you’re going to have married daughter, so I can only imagine what YOU feel.

    As always, you’re adding to my Netflix queue — thanks!!

    I haven’t read the Night Circus yet either, maybe with Jim Dale, the audio is the way to go.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – exactly! I have been feeling very sentimental and nostalgic lately. I always do with the beginning of the school year, but this year is especially poignant. And I am an hour away from finishing The Night Circus, and it is brilliant. You really need to listen to it!