Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Rise and Shine

I'm currently sitting at work alternating between drinking mass quantities of hot tea, ginger ale, and water, and putting my head down on my desk every 20 minutes. I woke up this morning with the dreaded summertime cold. I hate having colds or being sick in any way, shape or form, just like everyone else does, but to have a nasty cold during the hot weather of summer seems so unnatural. My throat is on fire and my ears keep popping leaving me fearful of tomorrow morning (when the cold will have spread into my chest and head as they always do) while I chant to myself "I will not be sick, I will not be sick." It's always a tug of war with my conscience as I debate whether or not to throw in the towel, go home early, and take half a sick day, or try to tough it out for the rest of the afternoon. Unfortunately, toughing it out seems to be the plan of action today as I have an afternoon meeting I can't really miss. Not that I will actually be of any use to anyone in that meeting as I sit there in a cold-medicated haze.

Enough complaining. Done.

Rise and Shine: A NovelI'm reading Anna Quindlen's Rise and Shine at the moment and am thoroughly enjoying it. I've taken this one out of the library on three separate occasions only having to return it before I actually got a chance to read it. I'm glad I've finally managed to crack it open. So far, it's the story of 2 sisters living very different lives in NYC while keeping a very close sisterly bond intact. The unexpected happens when the older sister (Meghan) essentially snaps while on air hosting the nation's most popular morning news show. Compounded with Meghan's husband of 22 years leaving her, it's Bridget's (the younger sister) turn to take on the big sisterly role as she tries to keep the family together. I've never read anything else by Anna Quindlen, but am finding that I really like her writing style. Anyone recommend any of her other novels in particular that I should read next?

Need to go pop another zinc lozenge and drink the third gallon (exaggerating here) of water for the day before my meeting. So miserable now...so, so miserable. I needed to get that last complaint in before I signed off ;)

9 comments:

Tara said...

Hello, my favorite of Quindlan's novels is One True Thing. I also enjoy her writing quite a bit.

Kate S. said...

I haven't read any of Quindlen's novels yet, but I am enjoying one of her non-fiction books at the moment, Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City.

Lesley said...

I am so with you on the dreaded summer cold! I'm just getting over my third cold in as many months - this time I didn't even bother taking meds because they never really do me any good and just make me all spacey and jittery.

I'm with Tara on One True Thing - it actually was a difficult book to read as it was very similar to my own experience. And her Imagined London and How Reading Changed My Life are both wonderful!

Booklogged said...

Hate summer colds. Hope you are feeling better real soon.

MyUtopia said...

Hopefully you are feeling better by now.

Chris * Natalie * Maya * Mason said...

i've been dying to read anna quindlan and have been waiting for a recommendation, so thanks! this is going on my list!

Molly said...

I'm a big Anna Quindlen fan. Loved "Blessings", and "Black and Blue". She also has a tiny book called "A Short Guide To A Happy Life" that I like to re-read [it takes about 15 minutes] every once in a while , when I need to get myself back on track.

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