Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekend reads and still suffering the blues...

It's been an emotional and tumultuous few weeks for us. My one-year old niece, who had just been diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a kind of cancer), had a surgery earlier last week to remove a tumor from her neck. It went very well, but even more encouraging, my niece was bouncy and playful hours after the surgery. She was so perky, in fact, the surgeon released her the next day to recover at home.

She's been a whirlwind of energy there, which is such a relief, and we're cautiously optimistic about what's ahead for her. This coming week she'll get a full body MRI to see if all the cancer has been removed, and next steps will be decided. Needless to say, I'm so grateful she's doing so well and is her wild, joyful self once more.

I'm still in the thick of some crazy intense blues, not helped that all of us have been fighting a terrible cold the last week or so. I'm having a hard time motivating myself to do much other than cuddle the baby (who is turning 6 months next Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!).

This weekend I'm finishing The Abduction of Smith and Smith. I uh-dored his first novel, Our Man in the Dark, and I'm so excited for this read. I'm also finishing up The Dream Lover and Mistress Firebrand -- all fabulous reads. The only reason they're not finished and reviewed is because I'm just not in a reading place these days, disappointingly (especially as my wife surprised me with a new e-reader! How lucky am I?!).

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. When I get the blues it seems like sleep seems to help quite a bit. Are you getting any?
    Even short naps help.

    1. Ti, you're totally right -- I am super sleep deprived these days. The baby is in a major sleep boycott place -- very restless at night and virtually no naps during the day. I feel like a zombie!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your niece but hopeful she will get good news. And Ti is right. If I'm sleep deprived, I'm super down. Plus, it makes little things seem big. I hope you get some rest soon.

  3. What wonderful news about your niece! I hope the MRI brings even better news! I hope you find a way to chase your blues away.

  4. Hope things continue to improve for your niece. I also hope you get some sleep yourself.

  5. My first-born never napped either! It's hard! Sorry to hear your niece had to have surgery, but glad she recovered so well. Thanks for posting your update even though you're all sick, too!

  6. I tend to sleep a lot when I have the blues. Cuddling the baby will definitely perk you up! Six months already -- how time flies. I hope that your niece recovers!