Monday, December 8, 2014

What I Read: November 2014

The short answer:  not much.

The long answer:  I started four books this month, only finished two. The ones I managed to complete . .
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell - Delightful. A graphic novel about a girl (rabbit) who is going through the journey of growing up coupled with the challenges of being deaf. I also enjoyed Cece's book Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover though it's written for a much younger audience.
  • Firebug by Lish McBride - A new series about Ava, a firebug (set in the same supernatural world as Lish's other books, so the two can eventually intersect), trying to escape her magical boss, Venus. I think I like these books so much because all the characters seem so effortlessly cool, even when they're floudering. This will be my last Lish McBride book for a while - I have to wait a few years for her next one to be published.

I left The BIG Disconnect unfinished (I know the author's trying to make her point about limiting technology, but every anecdote leans toward the extreme and I can only take so many depressing stories). Seabiscuit is on my nightstand now, waiting for me to give it a second go. The beginning is just very slow.

Read anything good lately?

Monday, December 1, 2014

NYC visit

Side note: Thank you so, so much for your comments last week. I truly appreciate all the love and kindness - it warmed my heart.

Mr. G and I visited NYC over the weekend. We are lucky to live close enough to make day trips there by bus. In the past, we've taken some very early buses. But getting up at 3:30 in the morning is AWFUL and the sleep deprivation makes me hungry (and a little cranky) all day. Not worth it. 

This year we took a later bus and didn't get into the city until 11. We had a little less time but I felt like a normal human all day! Three cheers for sleep :)


The bus let us off at Radio City Music Hall, so we decided to visit Central Park first. Central Park holds a special place in my heart because that's where we got engaged (on another November day trip). Mr. G tricked me into standing on this rock with him to take a picture and then when we got up there, he proposed :)

After our trip down memory lane, we walked to Doughnut Plant, home of the Creme Brûlée doughnut. Creme brûlée is Mr. G's favorite dessert so he was excited to try the doughnut version, which didn't disappoint. I was most excited by the decor - doughnut-shaped pillows on the walls and doughnut designs on the bench seats.
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It was about a 2 mile walk to the doughnut shop so we popped in and out of stores we passed along the way. One of the coolest was a Christmas market of sorts in Bryant Park (they also had an ice skating rink but the line was outrageous). I loved this stand with lights you could build out of recycled milk jug tiles.
To walk off all those doughnuts, we headed to the High Line, a park that repurposed out-of-use train tracks above the sidewalk. It was beautiful! I bet it's even better in the warmer months. My hands were chilly so this is the only photo I snapped. 
We walked until it got dark, then did a google search for nearby restaurants. Fortunately, a vegan place, Blossom was only three tenths of a mile away. I knew it sounded familiar, but couldn't remember why at the time - I checked, and Dar was there last month! The food was excellent. Mr. G and I also enjoyed just sitting down!

Our time was almost up, so after dinner we started walking back to Radio City Music Hall. We spent our last bit of time poking around the shops and enjoying the eye candy near Rockefeller Center. The Christmas tree was trimmed but not lit up yet. 

Overall a great day. We were in good spirits, and the weather was cloudy with flurries on and off (it must've known we were in the mood for some Christmas cheer). Lovely.

How was your weekend? Do you visit the place you got engaged?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Struggling with Infertility

I don't think it's a secret that Mr. G and I would like to expand our family - it's made appearances in both my 2014 goals post and my bucket list post. But I guess the secret is - we've been trying for a while with no luck. 

So Mr. G and I had some tests done and the doctor broke the news to us last week that for us, becoming pregnant naturally is extremely unlikely. We are infertile.

We're devastated. How could there be no kids in our future?

Mr. G's doctor wants us to wait 6 months, then repeat the testing. If the results are poor again, then we'll be referred to another doctor to start talking about IVF (fertility drugs alone won't work in our situation). Unfortunately, IVF is a complex, costly procedure not covered by insurance. We could afford one round (about $12,000), but what if it's not successful? Adoption is just as complicated and even more expensive (about $25,000). So many what ifs.

While we haven't given up completely, it feels more like we're in denial than true hopefulness. This sucks.

So we're feeling sad and irritated and jealous and whatever else but we're also trying to plan fun stuff as a couple to remind ourselves that being happy doesn't hinge on having a baby. Being infertile isn't our whole life. We can still take pleasure in good food, traveling, and spending time with our favorite people. If only there was an easy way around the pain . .

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mishmash

I was the sickest I've been in a long time last week. (I'm sure you don't want any gruesome details, ha!) And I felt guilty about neglecting my blog by not posting. Kinda like that week in September when I was too busy.

But feeling guilty is no good. It's not productive or beneficial. So in the future, I'm going to stop worrying about having a post twice a week on set days, or even once a week. I still plan to post on Mondays, but I'm going to embrace a willy-nilly posting schedule if that's what the week calls for :)

In other news, our TV company gave us a free preview of some premium channels to entice us to add them to our basic package. Which has turned quite a few nights and weekends into movie marathons. It's just so easy to find something you want to see when you can browse through hundreds of instant options. 

The result? A few cool movies, lots of laughing together, and far, far less reading than normal. 

And to wrap up this disjointed post, last week it was finally my turn for the library copy of The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was amazing. Extraordinary acting, storyline, directing, everything. Mr. G and I both adored it.

Seen any good movies lately?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I Voted!

Yesterday was Election Day here in the US, which meant a day off from work for me. (Side note: It's amazing what a day off in the middle of the week can do for you! I went to a doctor's appointment, participated in a mid-day yoga class, voted, cooked a big casserole for the week's lunches and still had time to relax.) 

Do you vote? I know it's required in some countries, but not here.

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