So, I finished my book club book on Sunday. Ugh, what an awful subject!! I was so glad to be finished with We Need to Talk about Kevin. I won’t spoil it for anyone who might want to read it, but let’s just say I polished off several cookies after I finished because I needed a little sweetness in my life after all the horror. We have our book club meeting tomorrow night and then I’ll move on to the next book, which I believe is…I can’t remember, lemme check…
…oh you’ve got to be kidding me…
NIGHT by Eli Weisel
Another Holocaust story. We just read Sarah’s Key in January and now this. Here’s the description from Amazon:
Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.
Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
So that sounds cheery! I’ve never read this one, but it was one of Oprah’s book club selections, so I’m assuming that some of you have read it. What did you think of it? The day of the book club meeting for this book is actually going to fall on my birthday, so there’s a chance I won’t be there for this meeting, which means I could skip this book. But if it’s the kind of book that really touches a person, I’d like to read it anyway. Advice please!
In other news, things are swimming along nicely. I’ve been getting up before work and working out – yoga or Jillian Michaels’ Beginner Shred dvd. I like the Beginner Shred for now because it is very low impact and my knees can’t deal with a lot of jumping around. As for yoga, I’ll either find a video on Youtube or do a routine from Pocket Yoga. I’m also considering joining a walking/running group that is put on for free in my community. I thought it might be a good way to make some more connections and get in shape at the same time. This group doesn’t start until middle of next month, so I have plenty of time to decide if it’s something I really want to pursue.
On the food front, nothing really exciting to tell. I’m working on being more mindful about my food choices and focusing on how those particular choices make me feel. Some of my meals are stellar-healthy and some of them are good for the soul and I feel no pride or guilt either way. I’m taking food off of the pedestal and putting other things up there instead. It just doesn’t serve me to by hyper-focused on food at all.
I’m still working with Emily and loving it. I learn something new every time we have a session. Do me a favor and go like her Facebook page! You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter if that’s your thing.
My son had a birthday this week. And this little guy