Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Salon: embracing the new normal

First, thank you all so much for your kind and celebratory words here on the blog, on Instagram, on Facebook, and on Twitter about our little announcement. I've been diligently adding all of your book selections to my reading list too. It's so nice to finally have my pregnancy completely out in the open, and I'm celebrating by writing a Sunday Salon in which I can actually tell you about my week.

Reading
I've been reading The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson for over a week now, which is much more of an indication of my need to sleep 12-14 hours a day than it is of how much I'm enjoying it. Regardless, I'm determined to finish it today. It's also a positive indication, however, of how well my New Yorker reading is going. I have found that during the week I don't like to start a new book because I'd rather devote my meager awake reading time to it, and I'm right on track with my 2014 goal of reading all issues. I have no idea which book I'll pick up next. I have a giant virtual pile of new releases I'm longing to read, but I also have a big pile of pregnancy and birth histories and memoirs from the library. Perhaps I'll pick one of each and see which one grabs me more.

Watching
My film watching kick continues in full force. So far this year, I've watched 25 films (19 of those were for my documentary film class, which ended Friday.) This time of year is such an exciting one for film, with all of the award shows happening. I'm too hesitant to actually go to the theater because I have to go to the bathroom so often (for example, while watching Lee Daniels' The Butler yesterday, I paused the film six times (!) to go to the bathroom. It's only a little over two hours.) I'm planning to watch Fruitvale Station this afternoon after I finish my book.

Life
Tonight is Mr. Nomadreader's company holiday party (in the restaurant business, the thought of closing early one night in December is not an option, so we celebrate in January, a traditionally slower month.) I hope I'm awake enough to go for a little bit this evening. While I can't enjoy the open bar this year, the taco bar sounds amazing. Naturally, we're also expecting another blizzard, due more to 55-50 mph wind and below zero temperatures than massive amounts of snow. I love winter, but this winter is really trying my patience with frequent below zero temperatures.

Pregnancy
Is it the second trimester yet? I've had a relatively easy pregnancy in terms of being sick. Although I've been constantly queasy and frequently nauseous, I haven't actually thrown up. But I'm still baffled how few things I typically love sound good to me. It's also weird to have so little appetite and to not find my usual enjoyment in food. I'm also eager to not sleep 12-14 hours a night. I'm in the last stretch of first trimester, so I hope I can move past these symptoms soon (even though I know they'll be replaced by similarly frustrating, if different, symptoms.)

The blog
Coming up on the blog this week:
  • a review of Valerie Martin's new novel, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
  • a slew of min-film reviews
  • a review of The Good House by Ann Leary
  • a review of Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark
  • a wrap up of January!
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14 comments:

  1. I saw the Titanic in the theater when I was pregnant with one of my kids and it was like a four hour movie... I got up numerous times and the boat was still sinking. LOL.

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    1. Ti--I think anyone would need a few breaks in Titanic at the theater. That was a long one!

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  2. Congratulations on your exciting news... I' very happy for you and Mr. Nomadreader!!!

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  3. If you think you're going to the bathroom a lot now, just wait to that last couple of months. It's just non-stop peeing!

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    1. Oh, good! I hear for everything that improves--something else comes to make it worse!

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  4. Congratulations! Talk about exciting news! :D

    I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on the Mary Celeste. I'll be writing up a quick review of that one soon as well.

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    1. Jennifer, I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on Mary Celeste!

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  5. Taco bar?! YUM.

    Can't wait to see what you think of Mary Celeste. I like it enough while reading, but every time I put it down I can't quite motivate myself to start again.

    Boo on the appetite stuff -- hope it passes soon!

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    1. Audra--I can see that happening with Mary Celeste because of its unusual structure. I read it over the holidays and raced through it in a day when I wasn't working. If I read it during work, however, I could see myself not picking it up as quickly.

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  6. I'm curious to hear what you think of Fruitvale Station. I saw it a few months ago, and while it's not a movie you necessary enjoy watching, I'm glad I saw it.

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    1. Heather, I ended up getting too sucked into the new book I started to watch it, but I plan on watching it tonight and will probably review it later this week or next week!

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  7. Your pregnancy sounds a lot like mine. I always had that nauseous, queasy "car sick" feeling, but I never actually got sick. I hope you can hold out and that it passes quickly after this first trimester.

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  8. Congrats! Sorry I missed this when you first posted about it!

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