Monday, March 9, 2009

In Other News

It's time for a little break from writing about infertility. I've been in a funk for the past couple of weeks. It is a combination of things, really, the main one being the return of my old friend Insomnia. The time change this weekend only made my problem worse. I was so exhausted on Sunday that I came home from church and slept on the couch for over 2 hours! (I know what you're thinking and no, definitely not pregnant.) Naps are not usually my thing. Don't get me wrong, I think naps are great. It's just that indulging in a nap usually means it will be that much more impossible for me to fall asleep at night.

The only good thing about being unable to sleep is that it gives me lots more time to read books. I'm making great progress on my reading list, recently finishing Life of Pi and The Little Prince. Right now I am more than halfway through The Secret Garden and I'm enjoying that little escape.

Chuck spent the weekend trying to identify a problem with our washing machine. We have had the worst luck with appliances lately! I'd been noticing a musty smell in the laundry room (I've learned to trust my nose!), and then a little puddle appeared one day after I washed some clothes. Fortunately, my husband is very handy around the house and he thinks he has it figured out, but of course we have to wait on a part to be delivered hopefully this week. I'm still using the washer (after he put it back together) and we'll tackle it again next weekend. Isn't it true that when it rains, it pours? We've been on quite an adventure as homeowners lately.

We spent the rest of the weekend with some great entertainment at home. We finished watching the John Adams miniseries on DVD, which was very good. If you haven't seen it yet, I hope you'll check it out. Ever since our trip to Washington, D.C. the summer before last, we've been very interested in learning more about American history. In 2007 Chuck and I went to D.C. because he had a work conference to attend. The trip was extra special because we were able to invite my mom and my brother to go along with us. It was the very first visit there for the three of us (Chuck had been in junior high on a school trip) and we had an amazing time visiting our nation's capital. My mom has always been incredibly patriotic, so experiencing D.C. with her was unique and special. Also, she and my brother have done very little traveling over the years. Some months after we returned home she caught the John Adams series on TV, and later I bought her the book and my sis bought her the DVDs, which Chuck and I just finished watching this weekend. (And now we've come full-circle!) It's exciting to see my mom's continued passion for learning about history after that trip we took. She just soaks it up like a sponge!

One of our Net.flix movies from the weekend was The Kite Runner. I have to tell you that we both absolutely loved this movie. I'm a little mad at myself for not reading the book first, but the movie did not disappoint. Chuck and I watched it last night and by the end we were both in tears. (Sorry honey, but you know I'd rather be married to someone who would be moved by this film than someone who wouldn't!) If you haven't seen the movie, I'd recommend it. Like I said, I haven't read the book but now I want to! I have no doubt that it would be a great read.

I am more than ready for Spring to arrive. Here in Texas we've had some summery days already, with a little taste of Spring here and there. We're getting a "cold front" (I'm sure that's a relative term) later this week, which I'm guessing might be the last one of the season for us. I'm ready to get the yard and flower beds looking pretty again!

That's life for us here in our corner of the world. How did you spend your weekend?


Erin said...

Insomnia is no good...but you're right, what a great time to read to your hearts content!

I think I need to rent Kite Runner, I keep hearing all sorts of good things about it.

And can I tell you how envious I am of your weather? What I wouldn't give for some above 50's temps right now!!

Alicia said...

Glad to hear you're keeping up with reading. I'm sorry to hear about the battle with house hold appliances, I hope that the new part does the trick. That warm weather sure sounds great, send some my way!

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ... "cold front" ... ha ha ha! We had several days of really warm weather this past week. Temps got up into the high 40s.

Right now it's 23° with a wind chill of 9° and freezing rain.

Maybe I'm not the one who should be laughing ...

Teresa said...

There HAS to be a rain cloud looming somewhere right? Oh my heck, we have had to worst luck with appliances lately too. WTH?

Kiss those 80 degree days for me mama. I'm freezing and can't wait for some sunshine.

Missed you!

Anonymous said...

Ditto on the insomnia. I also have to avoid naps for fear of spending a sleepless night tossing and turning.

twondra said...

I love your "cold front". :) It's been in the low 40s here and people are in shorts thinking spring is just around the corner. :)

Thanks for sharing about the books and movies!

Sorry about the insomnia. I hate not being able to sleep. :(

andrea_jennine said...

I spent my weekend running errands, having a friend and her kids over for breakfast, buying a fancy new camera, going to my sister-in-law's house for dinner (and an impromptu dance party with our nephews and niece), crying in church, having our new small group over for lunch, and reading. Sounds exhausting when I type it all out like that, but it was fairly nice, really.

Parenthood For Me said...

I'm glad to hear the movie is good. I just could not get through the book. And, I know it's good.

Stacey said...

Parenthood For Me -
Which book? Kite Runner or John Adams? Just curious! Both are great movies but I haven't read either book.

Andrea said...

Have you read the John Adams book too? I haven't read it or seen the DVDs, but I hear they are good! I've been to DC one time before and I would love to take Matt sometime. I went with my family and my grandparents. It's neat going with different generations I think!

The Kite Runner was an excellent book, but I haven't seen the movie yet! I was a little afraid that it wouldn't be good. I haven't met anyone who has seen it, so I'm glad to see you liked it! Definitely put the book on your list. Matt liked it too, which is saying a lot since he isn't a big reader.

I hope you start feeling better by getting some sleep and fixing that washing machine! Our washing machine broke and started leaking a couple of months ago but unfortunately I didn't notice until the laminate floors started bubbling in the laundry room. :-(

Emily said...

I recently watched The Kite Runner, and while it was good, it lacked some of the emotional impact and passion of the book. So I think it is good that you started out with the movie. That will make you appreciate the book's richness all the more. It's a great, and very moving, story (which you already know from watching the movie).

Becky said...

I'm sorry to hear that you have been in a funk and dealing with insomnia. You are in my prayers as always.

Thanks for the recommendations, I haven't seen Kite Runner or John Adams but I'd like to see them both. Maybe I can finally talk hubby into getting Netflix.

Also, we are going to be moving back to DC in May so if you ever want to take another trip, you definitely have a place to stay.

Amy said...

Insomnia....a problem I have never had in my entire life. I could take a nap, wake up, and then take another nap. Maybe I should up my thyroid meds. ;)

Annie K said...

Well, I was cooking at a youth camp with over 350 teenagers. I took a nap on Sunday as well - when I got home. Whew...!

And I just shocked the heck out of Katdish when I told her about the frost that killed my garden last June 26th. I understand the 'cold front' thing living in the mountains.