Sunday Stream of Consciousness

It’s been a few weeks since I was free on a Sunday night, but I finally am so it’s time for a stream of consciousness.

I’m exhausted. Like, so tired I am barely functioning. I blame this on the fact that we decided to watch The Hunger Games movie on Friday, (it was my husband’s birthday, no long loving blog post this year, though I love him, because tired) and stayed up until midnight. And then Eli got up at 7am (and 3am…), so I started out sleep deprived, then it kind of snowballed. Which is a fun pun since part of the lack of relaxation this weekend came from taking the baby to the snow!

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For Valentine’s Day I reserved a spot for my husband (and me) in a couples cooking class. We’re doing the “Rajin’ Cajun” class in March and we’re both pretty excited.

I do not want to work tomorrow. Or Tuesday. I’m pretty okay with working Wednesday, but I’m dreading Monday/Tuesday to the point that I’m trying to discern how sick I would need to suddenly become overnight to reasonably get out of it. That seems like not such a good sign. I’m about ready to quit that particular job, but the problem is that I’ve agreed to work days for them until June and I have a hard time backing out of commitments, especially without any legitimate reason. So my current plan is to work for this company on the days I’ve said I would through July, and then switch entirely to my other (pediatric) job. I’m already picking up another half day in peds, and as the business grows I’ll be able to pick up even more, so hopefully I’ll be able to make up for the lost days in my original company with this other one.

There were a lot of pronouns in that last paragraph. Sorry.

My husband specifically requested cookie cake for his birthday. I was pretty stoked to oblige that. His mom actually also got him a raspberry lime cheesecake tonight and it was pretty good. I mean, it was no cookie cake, but it was still good.

I’m soliciting book recommendations. I finished the entire Hunger Games series (I have feelings about the ending of MockingJay) and read the latest in one of the James Patterson series that I like, but I’d like something new. To broaden my horizons. By which I mean, I’m looking for a book that is like the ones I already like- suspenseful but not going to keep me up at night. Easy enough to read, if it drags too much, I’m likely to quit. Anyone have a particular book/series they enjoy?

Have I mentioned yet that I don’t want to work tomorrow?

The baby is sick again. Just a cold, but he’s just so pathetic when sick. He rallied well today and was totally charming for my in-laws, but you could tell that there just wasn’t any sparkle in his eyes. Tomorrow he is staying home with my husband, who has the day off (salt in the wounds of my having to work at a job I don’t like right now), which is good for both of them, I think. Hopefully Eli will be better on Tuesday. He technically meets all the requirements for being at daycare (no fever, no vomiting, etc), I just hate sending him sick, even if he did catch it there.

My husband has taken to calling the baby gated living room the arena and making Hunger Games references, especially after locking Eli and at least one of the cats insides. These poor cats. The odds are simply never in their favor.

I was so excited to watch The Worst Cooks in America tonight, but I seriously almost had to turn it off after the very loud gagging by one of the contestants. Whoever edits these tv shows needs to understand that we never, ever need to hear or see gagging or vomiting. We just don’t. Ever. I’m talking to you, Biggest Loser.

And with that deep thought, I’m going to bed. Have a great week!

15 Responses to “Sunday Stream of Consciousness”

  • Jen:

    Book recommendation: Room. It’s written from the perspective of a 5 year old boy who’s mother was kidnapped 7 years ago. All he knows of the world is the one room they live in:

    “Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.”

    The style takes a chapter or two to get used to, but I thought it was one of the most captivating books I’ve read in a long time — and yet, so different from anything else out there. Oh, and full disclosure – I did read this well before having a kid. So I’m not sure how being a mom would change my perspective on things.

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    Katie Reply:

    @Jen, You have NO idea how up my alley that book sounds. I have a fondness for books like that, which I realize sounds kind of disturbing and arguably is. Thanks!

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  • Vicki:

    Almost anything by Jodi Picoult. I’d start with her first books and work your way to the present.

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    Katie Reply:

    @Vicki, I think I’ve read nearly everything she’s written except for a few waaaaay back ones. Unless she’s come out with something in the last year, in which case, I should probably read that soon.

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  • Lauren:

    You liked Harry Potter, right? Try The Magicians and its sequel (The Magician King) by Lev Grossman. Fantasy, but not, like, oppressively so and weird and compelling.

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    Katie Reply:

    @Lauren, Ha, the oppressively so part made me laugh because I have a low tolerance for weird sci fi. But I will definitely put those on my list, thanks!

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  • Melissa:

    One of my favorites is “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Vergehese. I got the audiobook because it was something I could listen to while I cook, fold laundry and other odd jobs around the house because I tend to fall asleep when I read. The person who read the book was fantastic. I highly recommend it. Either one-the audiobook or the book. I personally did not like “Room” at all. I found it both disturbing and in some parts, highly unrealistic. I agree with the Jodi Picoult recommendation.

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    Katie Reply:

    @Melissa, I’ll have to check that out. Seems like a popular option, based on the comments below!

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  • Poppy:

    I can vouch for Room and Cutting for Stone – both great reads. If you haven’t made it to the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson you’ve gotta read those – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first one.

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    Katie Reply:

    @Poppy, Oh, I haven’t! But that’s a good call, I’ve heard great things and haven’t seen (any of) the movies yet.

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  • GreenInOC:

    That picture of Eli is delicious!!

    Room and Cutting for Stone – both such wonderful books.

    Here’s some others:

    Still Alice
    We Need to Talk About Kevin
    The Keeper of Lost Causes (1st in a series)
    Gone Girl

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    Katie Reply:

    @GreenInOC, Awesome list, thanks!

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  • I agree with Room and Still Alice. I just finished “Love Anthony” which is by the same author as Still Alice, and also a great read.

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    Katie Reply:

    @Jackie, Seems like those are popular suggestions (that somehow, I’ve never heard of!). I’ll check all those out, thanks!

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  • I suggest the Keys of the Kingdom series by Garth Nix (starts with Mister Monday), and Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (he also wrote The Big Over Easy that’s excellent too). Shades of Grey is a dystopian future with color blindness as a major feature. The Big Over Easy is set in an interesting world where fairy tale characters interact and somebody dies, and somebody investigates.

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