January book list

This month I read four books.

  1. The Sorrows (by Johnathan Janz).  A great horror novel.
  2. The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green). A story of two young terminal cancer patients who fall in love.  I love Green.  His book Looking for Alaska is also great. 
  3. The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer and Back (by Katherine Russell Rich). Memoir of a breast cancer survivor.
  4. Damned (by Chuck Palahniuk).  A story about a 13 year old girl who dies and goes to hell, and sets off on a journey to find out why she has been damned. Satire. I enjoyed it, but the end was a bit disappointing. I think there is going to be a sequel.

I’m trying to figure what to start reading for February. I have heard a lot of good things about Gone Girl, so that may be it.

Neil Finn & Friends – Anytime (by roadofrarotonga)

I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately.  I have always really liked it, but given my recent experience, it means a lot more to me now.  It makes me cry, but in a good way.

Neil Finn’s music is beautiful. If you aren’t already a fan, I recommend checking him out.  7 Worlds Collide and Try Whistling This are both amazing albums.

I just want to say that you’re so beautiful and inspiring. My mom just finished chemo for Stage 2 breast cancer and she got the Red Devil as well; she’ll be starting radiation soon. You have such a beautiful son and I sincerely hope that you continue to fight and thrive as well as you are now. Stay strong <3

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for your kind note.  It means a lot to know that putting my experience out there for the world to see really does make a difference.  I have been so inspired by all of the amazing people I’ve met who also struggle with this horrible disease.

I hope that your mother is doing well with her treatments. Give her my best. ❤

My Sunday afternoon in pictures.

We do these types of posts a lot over on LJ.  I thought I would bring them here.  You’re welcome. 🙂

Jax and I have had a quiet, relaxing afternoon.  The best way to spend a rainy day.

We played with the trains a lot. Jax really enjoys it when Percy and Duncan crash. 

We baked muffins.

These were a big hit.

Finally, I got to do two of my favorite things, while Jax played with the iPad, which is one of his favorite things.

I’m still reading Damned, but I hope to finish it this week.  It’s finally getting good.

Now it’s time to make dinner.  Happy Sunday!

I’m feeling better about life.

  • I don’t know how long it will last, but I’m trying to have a more positive attitude.  Stuff is hard right now, but so many others have it way worse than me. I need to keep things in perspective. 
  • I love Tumblr so fucking much. I have met some incredible people on here, and I want to thank you all for your support.  You are all lovely.  I know some people who say they don’t get Tumblr, and I feel sad for them, because this site makes me so happy.  I don’t get how people don’t get Tumblr. Ha ha.
  • I shaved the rest of my hair off last night. I couldn’t stand it anymore.  My scalp was constantly sore.  It was messy, with hair shedding all over the place, and it looked terrible.  It’s much better now.
  • Speaking of hair, I only have eyebrows and eyelashes left.  My body has no other hair.  My showers are super fast now, and my skin feels very smooth. Silver lining.
  • A lot of stuff is happening at the law firm.  Most of it good.  It’s a bit stressful, but I’m excited about our future.
  • Recently, I’ve been reconnecting with old friends and it’s awesome.  I’m definitely figuring out who is important to me, and I’m going to put a lot more effort into my relationships.
  • Grant and I decided where we want Jackson to go to school, and now I have some thinking to do about where I want to live.  I’m free to move to the city if I want, which is what I have wanted for some time.  The responsible side of me says I should move closer to the school.  I don’t know what to do.  I’m glad I have time to think about it.  Since I’m renting, I may move to the city for a while.  I can always move closer to the school later.  My lease is up in June.  The awesome thing about not owning a place is that I can go wherever I want.  I love having that freedom.
  • I had insomnia Friday night, and was thinking about all kinds of weird stuff. I suddenly remembered how much I used to love Neil Finn.  So I’ve been listening to his stuff all weekend on Spotify.  He’s so awesome. I can’t even.