Despite the fact that it’s Friday and the weather has made vast improvements, I am dragging today! The culprit?
Yesterday I was killing a little bit of time before picking the husband up from work, so I ran across the street to Border’s because they’re having a huge closing sale. After wondering around for awhile, my eyes landed on the cover of Euna Lee’s memoire. I am a big fan of memoirs; I just recently finished two different ones, Thin is the New Happy by Valerie Frankel and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – two books that could not be more different, but were equally engaging and wonderful. I highly recommend both, but to give you fair warning, The Glass Castle is very harsh and somewhat disturbing at times…like when you see something so devastating that you want to look away, but you just can’t. But in the end it shoots straight to your heart as it speaks of redemption and the ability to rise above any situation, and I walked away feeling inspired and more aware of the world.
But back to the book of last night. I read a few pages right after I bought it and knew right away that it would be hard to put down. After running a couple of errands and making the trek back home, I picked it back up; three hours and 275 pages later I stumbled into bed. Lee’s account of her time in captivity in North Korea took me on a journey that ended in a renewed thankfulness for the most important things in life and a new perspective of how God leads us through the toughest of times. Thought provoking and emotional, at times I felt I was right there with her as she agonized over missing her baby and having no certainty over her future – and upon her arrival back home where she embraced gratefulness, safety and those she loved most. I loved it.
This morning I had plans to get some work done at Starbucks, but I just had to finish the last 15 pages or so. This is my problem with books – if they’re riveting enough to keep me flipping the page, then I simply cannot walk away from them. Gets me every time. Having rushed out of the house in a blur of bags, laptops and keys this morning, I didn’t have time to eat breakfast, but Starbucks perfect oatmeal to the rescue once again! The best option for breakfasts on the run.
I also wanted to toss in one my favorite easy lunches that I had yesterday. I’ve made a version of this before with just black beans, but the spices in this one had me over the moon.
Baked sweet potato with leftover Amy’s Chili poured over top. And a side of kale chips.
This could even be a portable snack to take to the office (which I’ll be needing soon!) if you have a microwave. Maybe subbing out the kale chips for a bag of steamable broccoli? I just love little meals that are warm and homemade tasting, but take minutes to prepare.
I’m so happy it’s Friday (duh), and I’m so excited because the husband and I are going to the OKC home show this weekend. We’ve got some serious house decisions to make in the next week, so hopefully we’ll come away with some direction and inspiration.
Have a lovely weekend!
What is your favorite book you’ve ever read?
If I had to choose one, I’d probably say Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible – read it while we lived in Thailand, and could read it a thousand more times. Side note – the other day I was re-listening to My Sister’s Keeper in the car, and I had this sudden realization that books can take on a whole new meaning and impact with each time you read them. There are different things going on in my life right now that cause me to read it in a completely different way than last time. Love that about books.