Whatnot – 02/08/23

HollyYou guys! Look what comes out on my birthday this year! Holly by Stephen King! Yes, THAT Holly. Holly Gibney, one of King’s most resourceful and likable characters. I cannot wait for September 5th! I clearly need to take that day off so I can make my Labor Day weekend extra long. 

In other news, I’ve been in a weird place. After my bloodwork came back positive for numerous autoimmune disorders, I was feeling pretty lousy and sorry for myself. But now, I feel motivated to take better care of myself. I really do not take good care of myself. I’m not making any bold statements here but I am trying to focus on health and rest. We’ll see what role medication plays when I see my new Rheumatologist on 2/13. 

I blew through two books recently, both reviews will be posted soon: Exiles by Jane Harper and The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani. Both were quite enjoyable. That leaves me with my book club pick Black Cake which we will discuss next week. I am only a few chapters in so far but it’s also very good. February is going to be a good reading month. 

You might remember how my husband is NOT a reader, well, we’ve established a new routine in the evenings and it’s so nice and relaxing. I set my diffuser up with some lavender and then we both sit and read. He is working on a Bible in a Year plan and I will either read my Bible stuff or whatever else I have going if my Bible plans are all caught up. It’s been so nice! We do this before bed. Even the pup likes it. 

It has been so pretty here. Cool mornings and evenings but bright blue skies and sun. I am historically low again on Vitamin D so trying to get a little sun each day. I will most likely be prescribed a high dose supplement again but trying to get some natural D in before then. 

Do you have plans for the Super Bowl? We do not at this moment. We will probably stay home and enjoy some chili and hot dogs. I am not that into who is playing but my church is a huge fan of KC. Don’t hit me but I think Phil will win. If you added one finger food to chili and hotdogs, what would you add? I feel like I need something else. I still have student ministry on Sunday but will be out by 1pm. 

That’s it from me. I hope you are all doing well. I know some of you are battling health issues too and many of you are still trying to get your homes situated after all the weather damage. Hang in there. I am thinking of you and praying for you too.

10 thoughts on “Whatnot – 02/08/23”

  1. Sounds like you have a lot going on. I hope you find a way to take care of yourself. That’s important. Glad you and your hubby have a new reading/relaxing routine. That sounds like a dream. I cannot wait for this new Holly Gibney book!

  2. I am sorry to hear about your test results, but hope with (not too dramatic) medication and lifestyle changes you will feel better.

    I really enjoyed Black Cake, it’s very well done. Your evening routine sounds just lovely.

    I might have Super Bowl plans as I’ll be in Seattle visiting a friend.

  3. Sorry Ti – to hear about your bloodwork, ugh. Hopefully new medication will help. Are you still able to walk mornings with OtterPup? It sounds nice there now. I listened to The Perfect Nanny on audio in 2019 … and it sort of blew me away. Dark but very well done. The author seems to be a force. I haven’t not bought her new book but I will keep her on my radar. Hope you are feeling better soon & have a Happy Super Bowl. With chili and hotdogs …. maybe add some nachos! ha.

  4. I am super excited about SK’s upcoming book, Holly. She’s such a great character! Ugh. Seven months until it comes out. I should whine, though. I still have Billy Summers in my stacks…

    I hope you get some good news when you meet with your new rheumatologist. I’m so sorry you are dealing with so many health issues.

    How wonderful that your husband is spending the evening reading along with you. My husband and I used to do this, but we got out of that habit. I read in bed for an hour or so before we go to sleep, but he usually only reads at lunchtime.

    Hmm, if I were to add something to your hot dog & chili menu, I would probably go with homemade potato salad. I’ve been craving that all day and thought about making some, but I don’t have any potatoes and didn’t get to the store. Maybe I’ll fix some this weekend.

    Take care, Ti!

  5. I’ll just second what Deb says above. Take good care, Ti. Glad to hear and you and your husband are enjoying quiet reading time together. Mine listens to a ton of audiobooks, but doesn’t read in print as much. To each his or her own. It’s been so long since I had a hot dog, I can’t even think of what to go with it. Guess fruit salad is not a good suggestion. LOL

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