I haven’t posted in a long time and I thought I might give any readers I still have an update.
I applied at a different hospital system and was offered a position. Nothing will be final until July, but I will be traveling back and forth between both hospitals for a bit. I look at this as an exciting new adventure, one where I am still unsure what exactly will happen. As both hospitals are in California, it’s not going to be a cross-country flight. I am still looking for opportunities on the East coast, but they appear to be few and far between.
My cousin had her baby, Adela Ksenia October 3. She’s adorable and I love her so much, even if she did poop on me. She has been crying quite a bit, but hopefully that will subside in the next few weeks. The house has definitely changed with a baby around. I was a bit sick (an understatement) over the weekend and was quarantined to my room for fear I would make Adela sick as well. As soon as I’m better, I plan on playing with her again. It makes me a little baby crazy, but since I know that isn’t going to happen, I have relegated myself to being the best cousin/aunt replacement I can be!
I have been a bit scattered lately. Work has stretched me thin and with the baby I have added a new set of responsibilities to my already hectic life. My personal relationships are always strained, but they have become even more so these last few months. I very much miss the handful of people I haven’t had time for and hope they know that I still care about them a great deal. My life is hard on friendships, which is why I do cherish the few close friends I have.
A friend of mine recently asked me if I had ever considered corresponding with someone who is incarcerated. I told her that, honestly, it had never even crossed my mind. This particular friend is a counselor to inmates predominantly on the East coast, but she has also worked with people all over the country. She explained to me that these people often feel forgotten about and just need something positive in their life. After knowing me for so many years, she thought that I would be a good person to ask. So, after thinking about it for a few days, I agreed to do it. I have set up a P.O. box (which made me feel oddly adult) and have written five letters to several inmates around the US. It will be an interesting experience I’m sure and I will keep everyone posted regarding any responses I receive.
This Sunday, a most glorious event occurred. I awoke at 6:30 am and immediately grabbed Titus Groan and started to read. I carried it around the house with me, read it while waiting in line to get produce from the farmer’s market and curled up with it in bed. After reading it, I was in awe by how amazing it was. I have heard it described as “liquid poetry” and I must admit that it was stunningly written. I have definitely fallen in love with Peake’s writing and I am sad that he passed away without leaving more of his work behind.
After Titus Groan I have begun reading The Family Fang. It has proved interesting and I think it will be a fast read. I stopped reading the Song of Ice and Fire series because I felt like I needed a break from Martin’s style of writing. After reading the first four books so close together, they began to bleed together and I was feeling a little bogged down by the number of characters I had swimming around in my head.
The next book after The Family Fang will either be The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities or Busy Monsters. I think that I will continue to put off A Dance with Dragons until I have distanced myself from the story a bit, I want it fresh when I return to it.
I have also updated my lists to show what I have read this year and what I need to read. There is a sprinkling of YA books, as I knew I needed some quick/easy reads. I still have one spot left, so if there is a suggestion to fill the last spot I would be completely open to reading it.
Books I Have Read 2011:
– A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
– Embassytown by China Mieville
– Saved by Beauty by Roger Housden
– Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
– The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger*
– The Magician King by Lev Grossman
– I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison*
– Code of Trees by Jonathon Safran Foer
– A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
– A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
– Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
– Ten Thousand Saints: A Novel by Eleanor Henderson
– Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart
– Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker
– Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
– State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
– Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
– not simple by Natsume Ono*
*Do not count towards my goal of 30 books
Still To Read 2011:
– A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
The Map of Time by Felix Palma
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake
– Titus Awakes by Mervyn Peake
Busy Monsters by William Giraldi
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities by Ann Vandermeer
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
– The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
– The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson**
– The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
– The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
**May be replaced with A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Titles that have a
strikethrough them were read and updated on Sept 5, 2011 and Sept 18, 2011.