Sunday, January 22, 2017

Recos for a bad weather day

First, sorry I have been terrible about posting! Life has been too busy, but I have been bad even for me. Life is still blissfully normal, and just full of work, school and the girls activities. When people ask me how I feel my response is usually great, except for feeling very middle aged and out of shape! The whole getting back shape thing after 6 months of not being able to move enough to sweat has not been as easy, or fast, as I would like.

Since we are at the time of the year when most people I know end up with some days where the weather keeps you inside and you are looking for a good book to read, or a show to watch I thought I'd share some of my favs from the last several months with you. With all the forced lying down time I had I should have gotten bored. However, I was sorely behind on TV and books from the last 15 years so thanks to the NIH library, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime my days were full.

I'll start with books....
- Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple -- as a middle aged mom I am clearly in the target market for this book and thought it was laugh out loud funny. It is a light, but fun read about a mom who decides she will make just this one day different, but life has other plans for her.
- Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande -- I thought this was a very well written book on aging and dying, and how to help those around you dealing with these issues. The key takeaways to me, were to ask people close to you who are aging/dying what their goals are, and what they are most afraid of and go from there. The other key takeaway was that most of healthcare expenses in the US are driven by people in the last few weeks of life since we focus on extending life. Gawande raises a great point, that we also need to help people recognize when they are at the very end of life and support them to die with dignity, and help them get home with family.
- Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari --  I read several books by popular comedians and this one came out on top. The others were funny, but they felt like the same tone in every chapter just a slightly different topic. Ansari partnered with a sociologist to study dating and the influence of texting, social media, etc. and thought it was very interesting and made me glad I am not in the dating market!
- Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo - This one is Teen Fiction (one of my favorite genres of late), and is terrific. It is about children who have had to fend for themselves, They all have developed special powers, and they come together for a special mission.
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs - Another Teen Fiction, most have probably heard about it from the movie... worth a read, too.

On TV shows, first you need to let me know how much time you have... If you have cancer patient levels of time, then try Good Wife, or Nurse Jackie. If you have more normal levels my favorites are:
- Comedy - Superstore, The Grinder, The Good Place
- SciFi/Mystery - Stranger Things, Extant, The Bridge (in Swedish with English subtitles)
- Drama - Game of Thrones, Mozart in the Jungle

Thank you to everyone who gave me great recommendations!! I still have more on both fronts I have not gotten to... will save them for my next long flight, or round #4 of treatment.