Reading: Stephen King's Revival

I recently treated myself to my first paperback in a long time, and of course, it was a Stephen King book.

Revival is very well written from a description and atmosphere perspective. The usual first person format from King is believable and relatable. My issue with this book is the slow uptake and disappointing climax, which seemed far-fetched in relation to the tone in the rest of the book.

All around, the tactile nature of holding a paperback and King's expert storytelling and writing made for a very enjoyable reading experience.

I couldn't put the book down and was able to read it in a span of 24 hours.

I already pre-ordered his next book and downloaded a couple of recent ones that I haven't gotten to yet, from Amazon.

Reading: Jane Fonda's My Life So Far

A month or so ago I read Jane Fonda's autobiography, and enjoyed learning more about a very dynamic woman.

I've always known Jane Fonda as the lady my mom listened to in the 80s as she exercised. Though, back then, her voice was in Spanish (we lived in Mexico) on the LPs and cassette tapes.

It wasn't until later years that I learned that she had suffered with body image and eating disorder issues. So that made her much more relatable to me.

I hadn't really seen many of her movies, just Barbarella and 9 to 5. Maybe a couple more but they obviously didn't stick in my mind.

She was a bit infamous in the US, among some groups, for her anti-war phase.

The book is arranged chronologically from her earlier years up to the present. It was fascinating to see how dysfunctional many of her relationships have been, and what important lessons she feels obligated to share to women everywhere, who may also fall prey to the same thought processes.

Her book is part therapy and part biography. It's very interesting seeing how she put others, especially her male partners, ahead of herself and regretted it from the beginning. It's also interesting seeing how she copes with guilt of being an absent mother. All important elements in how people grow and develop mentally and emotionally.

I enjoyed the writing style, the tone, the advice, and her story. I am looking forward to watching her Netflix television show with Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie).

Condo Update

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, we recently bought our next home, a two bedroom, two bath condominium (coach home) in Arlington Heights. We've learned a lot about remodeling, and can't wait till we can move in!

It's been stressful, tense and somewhat chaotic, but our remodeling project is almost coming to a close. Yes. I've sworn a lot. And, yes, I've cursed the previous owner. Not my best moments.

What happened is that as we dug deeper into various surface issues, we realized some things ran deeper and required much more elbow grease and investment.

We've remodeled the entire kitchen due to sanitary and safety reasons. We have a new oven and dishwasher. Our cabinets are finally installed, but not our countertop and sink. There may be an irritating delay, but it'll eventually get worked out. We're going to actively pursue this to get it done as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, we can focus and appreciate those things that went well:
  • the entire house was painted in a peachy/yellow color - very Mediterranean, bright and airy
  • all our trim and doors were painted white, and this made the biggest difference in making the space look brighter and larger than it is
  • we have a really cool new clothes washing machine
  • we have a cool new bed (a Sleep Number bed!)
I really like the condo, and the neighborhood. And we got to meet the lovely elderly couple across the hallway from us.

I am excited and see a bright future there. I can't wait to move in.


My Top 20

Here's my list of top 20 songs this month. I love Amazon Prime :D


Deep Thoughts Quote of the Day

""You complete me" are probably the most damaging words to come out of Hollywood. No one can complete you. No partner, job, degree or number of zeros in your bank account can complete you. Your happiness exists in one place and that is inside of you and it exists in one time and that is right now."

What Self Loving People Do Differently - by Vironika Tugaleva on MindBodyGreen.com