21 July 2011

Some Great Reads

I read.

A lot.

So I thought I'd share some of my favourite books that I've read in recent months. In no particular order of course.

The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb

One Day - David Nicholls

Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen

Tully - Paullina Simons

Room - Emma Donoghue

I first read "Tully" when I was in my early 20s, and loved it. Re reading it now 7 or 8 years later (although it feels like a lifetime ago), I still quite enjoyed it. I did find, however, that the title character frustrated me much more than she did the first time around. I re-read it for book club, with a group of girls around my own age (ranging between late 20s to mid 30s), some who have read it before, some who were experiencing it for the first time. Interestingly, not many enjoyed it too much. Those that hadn't already read it disliked the characters and the story, those who had found Tully much more immature and dislikable. I guess it just shows how moving through different life stages can totally influence how you experience the written word. Definately makes me question whether I REALLY liked or disliked some books I've felt strongly about!

What are some of your favourite books? Have you re-read them? Would you?

15 July 2011

Just a quick post to say, after years of sometimes hellish, sometimes blissful shiftworking, I started working Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm, or as I like to call it - "Proper Grown Up Hours". So I finally have a reason to say - and mean - and properly understand the relief in...


And I can relish the thought that I can sleep in tomorrow morning, feeling like a normal person. Aaaahh. Bliss. Love.

Have a lovely weekend people!


12 July 2011

Headaches... The bane of my existance. *sigh*. For most of my life I have suffered headaches when

A) I get stressed
B) I am having what I will tactfully refer to as 'those bothersome girly iss-wahs' (spoken in a delightfully light French-esque lilt)
C) Those occasions where I forget that my glasses/contacts aren't, in fact, an optional accessory to make me appear smarter
D) My day has been going too well, and the planets align to shoot me down in flames

So I guess what I'm saying is I suffer a lot of headaches. "Suffer" sometimes being the operative word - I like to share my woes. As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved and all that ;)

Unfortunately, most of the time, if I am unable to alleviate it and go to bed with a headache, it tends to be approximately 47.6 million times worse the following morning.

Sometimes analgesia works, sometimes it doesn't. It has been suggested to me that Acupuncture can work miracles for persistant tension headaches. Any thoughts or experiences with this? I acupuncture-naive and am thus suitably intrigued, hopeful and apprehensive, but excited to try it! Now I just need to find a reputable practitioner. My other thought is that I should vastly increase the frequency of my attendance at my local beauty salon/day spa... Massage time for me! I wonder if my accountant would see this as a good investment?
Keep your eyes out - I'll write a post of my acupuncture experience once experienced.

Or... volunteers to come over and feed me chocolate and give me a head massage?