Let’s get to the giveaway first, shall we? A couple of months ago, I reviewed Bart Yasso’s My Life on the Run as part of Wendy’s Taking the Long Way Home book club. I purchased the book for my Kindle but forgot that it was also on my Christmas list. Oops! So, one of you lucky readers gets to have the paperback copy of the book I just received as a Christmas gift. 🙂 Rather than returning it to Amazon, I thought I’d pass it along to one of you guys! Just leave me a comment below with a resolution for the New Year or book recommendation or just to say hi. I’ll randomly select a winner next Friday.
I have a serious job, so I’m actually reluctant to take on things that are too serious or sad in my books and movies. I need a smile to decompress. I tend to take on one good serious book and movie a year at most and am pretty selective so that it is really worth it. I’ve seen mention of the book When Breath Becomes Air several times over the last week or so and my first thoughts were “too close to home, too sad” but after reading this from the editor (love getting a glimpse of the editor side of writing!) and this from the primary author’s wife, I think this book may be worth the heartbreak. This is a memoir on dying from a 37 year old neurosurgeon, which is difficult enough in terms of content, but the excerpts I’ve read are beautiful. His wife’s piece in the New York Times (linked above) had me in tears last night, particularly the piece about putting their daughter’s socks in his pocket. I found her words on how the vows we take in marriage persisting past one partner’s death interesting and insightful. I think this might be my serious book of the year.
On a much lighter note, I’ve definitely had the same thoughts as this mom in “10 thoughts of a chubby mom in the gym,” especially #5 (jumping jacks are just asking for disaster!) and #6. I’ve never been big on protein shakes, much to the disappointment of the salespeople at my gym, because I’d much rather eat my recovery nutrients. Or eat anything really. Eating is the best. 🙂
Speaking of embarrassing mom things, in the mad rush to get O and I out of the house this morning, I realized halfway through pulling on my tights that I’d forgotten to put my underwear on first. Oops. I was running late and O was trying to open the bathroom door into my head as I was bent over pulling those stupid tights on when I realized this, so I just said screw it and went commando. Cross your fingers that I don’t get into a car accident on our slick winter roads today because my mom would die of embarrassment if an ambulance came for me and I had no underwear.
Tonight I’m going to a women’s running event at a local running store. Antisocial, introverted me is reluctant but I’m hoping it boosts my running mojo a bit. I also get a $20 gift certificate to the store for attending, so I’m bribing myself with the promise of new winter gloves if I make myself go.
Any big plans this weekend? Ever forget a key piece of clothing? I’ll be sure to report back on the running event!