Where have I been?

Serious post alert.

For months, even years, I’ve been having problems with getting sick after I eat. Sometimes I can predict something might make me sick, but other times I’ll eat something healthy and still wind up running to the bathroom afterward. I tried changing my diet, giving up gluten, then all carbs. That helped but not enough. I talked to my doctor and he diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome, have me a pamphlet, and that was it.

But I decided I needed more than that so I made an appointment with a gastroenterologist. She took my whole medical history, sent me off for a bunch of tests, and got busy with a bunch of changes – an acid controller prescription, giving up Advil, changing my eating habits, an appointment with a weight loss clinic, etc.

Then I got my results back. My thyroid is super low, which I need to see my primary care doctor about, my vitamin D is super low, and then the fun one – I have fatty liver.

I’ve been quite depressed all week about this. How did I let my weight get out of control enough that it’s actually damaging my organs? I was in the habit of seeing my weight as only what I could see – not that I was happy about that, but I’ve tried losing weight and it always just comes right back, with interest. Plus my mental illness and all th prescriptions, my physical disabilities, make exercise such a chore. But I’m literally going to die from this if I don’t do something and this is not how I want to go.

Prayers and good wishes are really needed right now. I have one more test to take next week before I can see the weight loss people. Then I should know what I’m looking at.

until then, I will try to be here more often. I love all of you but Real Life is kicking my butt right now and I have to take care of myself.

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Incredibles 2

How are you all? We had a busy weekend. My husband and I went to see Incredibles 2, then Saturday I spent going through some storage with my sister.

Before the movie we went to a Thai restaurant. I love curry and most Thai food. This time we got the Massaman curry, which is a peanut sauce with potatoes and cashews. It’s one of my favorites, and they did a great job. Then we went to the movie.

If you haven’t seen the first Incredibles movie, you might not enjoy this one, but it’s been 14 years since the first movie came out! I couldn’t believe it has been that long! This one takes up more or less right after the first movie ends. I thought it did a great job of staying true to the original characters and feel of the original, while having some fun new ideas. My favorite scene was the fight between baby Jack-Jack and a raccoon. Hilarious!

One warning – they start the movie with an alert that there’s a scene with flashing lights that might affect people with a seizure disorder. I don’t have seizures, but I do find that flashing lights can trigger a migraine for me, so when the scene came up – it starts with a villain fight – I closed my eyes until it was over. It was intense! But I missed most of it.

Not a lot of reading right now, but I am mostly enjoying an audio collection of some stories inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Some stories are better than others, but it was still fun.

Happy reading to all of you!

 

Summer reading program 2018

Our local library is doing another fun summer reading program, but this year I am off to a slow start. I did finish an audio book recently, Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. It’s book 2 in the Calderon series and it was a good summer page turner. There were a few things that bugged me, but I already downloaded the library copy of book 3.

 

How was your weekend?

Sunday afternoon and it’s time for a nap! I haven’t been posting as much lately. I don’t know if I’ve gotten summer lazy, or if I’m running out of ideas, or what.

I haven’t been reading as much lately. I’ve been on the Xbox instead I’m finally playing Fallout. My son has been into it for years, but recently the rest of us starting playing too. So I’m all obsessed with that and the I got the Fallout Shelter app for my phone!

I hope you are reading and doing great things! See you soon.

Must Read Graphic Novel!!

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You need this one!

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage – The Mostly True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua

Have you heard of Countess Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron? What about Charles Babbage? You should get to know this pair!

Book description:

THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE . . . in which Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious series of adventures.

Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines.

But do not despair! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime—for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered computer, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is wonderfully whimsical, utterly unusual, and, above all, entirely irresistible.

My review:

I completely fell in love with this book! It made me laugh so hard! The stories were great, the illustrations clever. The author adds so much historical data. I can’t pick my favorite story, the one with the Victorian novelists or the Looking Glass episode. If you are a nerd like me, you will love this one.

Walter Cronkite, a biography

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Walter Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley

I was very excited to read this biography as Walter Cronkite has always been someone I admire. I remember watching him when I was a little girl. He was the news anchor on CBS. I still remember his last broadcast on the day he retired.

Unfortunately, the book wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. The information was interesting, but it was presented fact after fact, with little attempt to break it up into meaningful chunks or themes. I listened to this one and I think that was a mistake. The reader had a rather monotone voice that nearly put me to sleep.

Murder on the Appian Way

Murder on the Appian Way (Roma Sub Rosa #5) by Stephen Saylor

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I love a good historical fiction, and if there’s mystery or romance in there too, I am even more interested. This book is about Gordianus the Finder, neighbor of the orator Cicero, who becomes entangled in the hunt for a murderer.

Even in Rome, maybe especially in Rome, politicians did not get along. But this feud may have actually caused a murder. Soon each side is fighting in the streets and then actual riots break out. Gordian goes back to the scene of the crime to see if he can figure out who’s really guilty.

I loved the setting on this. The story is based on actual events, and it’s full of details, such as the local shrine of the Good Goddess, Hestia  I think, and the courtroom drama. It felt like I was really there.

The one thing I wasn’t crazy about was Gordianus. He comes a little too close to cheating on his wife for me to see him as a really good guy. But I did like the series enough to see if I can find the first book in the series. I like the audio version, but I think print would be fine too.

Back from vacation!

My trip was great! Of course, I was worn out when we got back, and I had a lot of catching up to do. But I’ve been away from my blog for too long so I wanted to share a couple of reviews with you.

I didn’t get as much reading in this week, but I do have 2 books I DNFd.

The first was a debut mystery, Turnstone by Graham Hurley. Based on Portsmouth, England, the book description said it was about a missing man. But after reading to a while, there was no indication of that case and I had found five typos. Not interesting enough to continue.

Then I found Zero Limit, which sounded like a cross between Artemis and Armageddon. Unfortunately, I guessed the disaster and who would die first long before it happened. The idea sounded good, but the writing wasn’t up to it.

I got both of these from Kindle Unlimited, so maybe it’s just a case of you get what you pay for. Luckily, I had a fun Net Galley book up next. I’ll get to that review later.

 

What are you reading – June 2018

One of the things I’m excited about with this trip is reading! I know, I do that anyway, but what can I say? I’m a serious bibliophile! I need my fix! Here’s what I’m reading right now. 📚

Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson. This is a collection of his shorter works related to the Cosmere. Some of them I have read before, but I just finished a longer story about Kelsier from Mistborn which made me even more excited to re-read that with by book club later this year.

Zero Limit by Jeremy K Brown. I found this one through Kindle Unlimited. It’s a sci fi set on the moon.

Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. This one I got as a digital audio book from the library, but my loan expired, so I have to put it on hold until I get another copy. Enjoyable magic based story.

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. Creepy supernatural mystery about a woman whose husband buried her alive. Great premise, but I’m having trouble sticking with it.

That’s all for me. Too many at once really, but that’s how I roll. What are you reading?

Whispers Underground – a review

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
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So much that I love about this series. The world building is really different. This is urban fantasy set in London, but what sets it apart from most UF is that our main character, although he is part of a supernatural crime section, remains very much a policeman. He acts like a cop, he thinks like a cop. He just deals with weird stuff. I like that.

What I didn’t like was amount of profanity. I know I’m really conservative about that, but it is a real annoyance for me. My library only has this book as digital audio books, so unless I want to buy them, this is the only way to consume them. Which is great for all the variety of accents in here, but not so great as hearing the profanity is worse for me than reading it. I don’t like being sworn at repeatedly. Undecided if I want to continue this series