Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Random Thoughts...

Coming Home

I came home on Friday and set up on the living room couch, with a water bottle in one hand, the television remote in the other, and a bag of frozen peas strategically placed on my remaining boy, Righty. I called a bunch of people to let them know I was in good spirits and, even though I was in pain, I was doing great.

One of the neighborhood families stopped by for a visit and brought Chicken Divan, which was absolutely wonderful…comfort food rules! I had some brown rice and we put it over that and chowed down. My wife and daughter have been wonderful through this whole thing, as you might expect. My daughter is kind of like my personal nurse—whatever I need, she’s on it. Further, the neighbors have broughtsuccessionion of dinners, alleviating the need for me to be on my feet (I am the chef of the family, so it's a huge load off my back): baked ziti, enchiladas, tortellini soup, Swedish meatballs...all of it mmmmm-mmmmmm good!

I watched V for Vendetta—absolutely amazing film, especially poignant in today’s political climate. Munich, about the hunt for the terrorists that planned the 1972 assassination of Jewish Olympic athletes, was riveting as well. Next up, my Robert Duvall Mini Film Fest, with Second Hand Lions and The Apostle, both at the insistence of my friend, the Spaniard...

I am also getting time to read. I read A Lesson Before Dying (by Ernest Gaines), a book about a teacher who tries to make a death row inmate into a man before he dies. ItÂ’s reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, and well worth the read. I HIGHLY recommend it. Now I am reading Bel Canto, a book about a birthday party that is interrupted by a terrorist takeover. It focuses on the relationships and lives of the people at the party, and how these relationships deepen as a result of the ordeal. ItÂ’s beautifully written, and I would be surprised if Ann Patchett (the author) did not have a background in poetry, so rich and textured is her writing.

Also on my reading list:
Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston, a guy I would definitely want on my team...for anything.
Deep Survival:Who Lives, Who Dies and Why
For the Eight O'clock Reading Time: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Diary of a Wombat and Wombat Divine

A quote that really helped me the other day:
"Remember even a handful of mud will reflect heavens beauty if you shine the right light on it..."


Redlefty said...

Sweet, V for Vendetta comes from Netflix today and hopefully I'll get a chance to watch it this week. Secondhand Lions has an enchanting quality to it that I enjoyed.

Can't wait until Samantha gets old enough to explore Narnia!

Well, the whole "ball pushed up through the stomach" thing might have sucked, but at least you get to watch movies and read books! See, that's better than drugs, right? :)

hardrox said...

The only book out of your list that I've read is Wombat Divine (daughter's book). Thanks for the other recommendations.

Glad to see you're recovering comfortably. Enjoy the time off, life will resume it's hectic pace sooner than you think.

FishrCutB8 said...

Not sure how your kid(s?) are, but Diary of a Wombat is way cool for 4-8, I would think.

Redlefty said...

I bet they would love it, Greg! Rowan maybe not so much, but Arden is 3 if I recall correctly, and at a great age for Diary of a Wombat. We try books out at the library first and then buy them later if they were a hit.