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December 1, 2011

Today, I am grateful for antibiotics.

Having spent the past several days in an uncharacteristically miserable physical state, I finally went to the doctor, got a quick diagnosis (strep!  I thought only children — and my dear friend Jocelyn — got strep?), and came home with a lovely little packet of pills.  I feel better already.  On the rare occasions I get sick, I try — in the spaces between melodramatic flops on couches, hyperbolic complaints, and sniffles — to remember how lucky I am to be generally healthy.  I try.  Today, I feel it: from my throat that no longer feels engulfed in flames, to my brain that today can concentrate on more than the subject of healing, to my feet that might be back in running shape tomorrow.  Yahoo.

I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled programming this week, but today I’ll tell you about the two books I read this week (tearing a page from Megan at Sorta Crunchy’s book, this is a half-hearted attempt to share what I am into):

1).  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — I had absolutely no desire to read this series, despite receiving recommendations from respected friends.  Hmmmm… a young adult novel about a post-apocalyptic teenaged death match?  The combination of science fiction, violence, and fantasy was so far out of my wheelhouse I dismissed it immediately.  No thank you very much.  But something made me pick it up at the library last week, and I couldn’t put it down thereafter.  The character development, the suspense of the story, hooked me from the start.  Go figure.  Now that I am well enough, I’ll be stalking the library today for the second book.

2).  Beautiful Boy by David Sheff — I’ve wanted to read this father’s account of his son’s descent into meth addiction since I heard Nic and David Sheff interviewed on NPR (harrowing family dramas like this, the description of which made my husband literally recoil in horror, are right up my alley, by the way).  The honesty and depth with which Sheff recounts his experiences parenting his “beautiful boy” stunned me.  If you have any interest in addiction and its effect on family dynamics, I highly recommend you read Beautiful Boy.  This line from the book keeps ringing in my head:  “… living with this over time, I am now being allowed — allowing myself? — to crawl up out of the pit and lift the veil that covers it and to witness, with visual and aural and tactile acuity, a slightly altered world, slightly brighter, richer, and vivider.  I well up with tears for it.”  Nic Sheff has also now written two books of his own, Tweak and We All Fall Down, about his own addiction and recovery.

And now, back to my own recovery.  Thank goodness it is all downhill from here.

If you are reading this today, I hope you are doing so in good health that you don’t take for granted.  Thank you, always, for showing up.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2011 8:11 am

    Glad you’re starting to feel better. Hope you are fully recovered in short order! (Strep is definitely not fun.)

    Thanks for sharing what you’re reading. On the rare occasion I get time to pick up a book, it’s always nice to find one someone else has read and recommended.

    • December 4, 2011 7:41 am

      Hey Jade! Yes, I am plowing through Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games series, and I highly recommend it — especially if you don’t have much time to read. Very entertaining, but not huge time commitments. Hope you are doing great.

  2. Kris permalink
    December 1, 2011 1:04 pm

    Feel better soon and enjoy books 2 and 3 of the trilogy. I did. Oh and it looks like you are finally getting some blessed rain? Miss you!

    • December 4, 2011 7:44 am

      Thank you, Kris… I am almost done with Catching Fire and already worried that book 3 will be checked out when I am ready for it. Maybe I need to put a hold on it at the library? It has been raining here, on an off, for a week! Glorious. More rain called for in the coming weeks, and I am thrilled. Take care, A

  3. Deb Cayer permalink
    December 1, 2011 4:26 pm

    Anne, the Hunger Games series just keeps getting better; I stayed up all night reading them. It’s a sci-fi apocalyptic world, but the author says she also wrote it in light of knowledge that her father had insisted she and her sibs learn about modern history. I’d love to figure out a way to do this as a teen/adult discussion group. Feel better soon!

    • December 4, 2011 7:48 am

      Hi Deb! Glad to know I am in such good company in my Hunger Games fandom… and I agree that the books would make a great discussion group. Let me know if you end up getting that started at ERUUF. We have been visiting fellowships and have really loved First UU, where Meg Barnhouse is. As much as we miss ERUUF, it feels pretty close to home :). Hope you are doing great.

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