Good Grief

I am an addict. There are few things in my life that I enjoy that I haven't been addicted to at some point in time or another. This ranges from food to online games to MySpace to the Presidential campaign to coffee to cigarettes to television to laundry even and most everything in between. Very rarely am I ever addicted to anything that is good for me (exercising, meditation or housekeeping).

No matter the addiction, it means there is a lack of balance. I know this and work hard at keeping myself in balance. Sometimes are better than others.

With the writer's strike I have been spending more time on the computer. Last night I decided it was time to get lost in a book rather than being lost online.

Around 8pm I grabbed a book I took out from the library back in December (yes, I have renewed it) and decided it was time to start reading it. At 3am I finished and now I can't wait to get back to the library and grab another one.

There was nothing spectacular about this book but I love getting lost in someone else's world. Sometimes it is so I can look and see that my life isn't all that bad, other times it is to get lost in the fairytale that other seem to live.

Last night was about feeling better about my life.

Sophie is a 36 year-old widow. This book, Good Grief, is about her journey through the year following the loss of her husband. She wants to be a good widow but instead goes to work in her bathrobe, had anxiety attacks and breaks dishes in her back yard.

As I said, it wasn't spectacular but it certainly made me recognize how lucky I am to have my family. To be raising these children with their father. To have Kirby here.

I love to go to the library and find books that haven't, necessarily, been recommended to me, things that I haven't heard about on Oprah. I feel like I am discovering something that is unknown to the rest of the world.

Tomorrow will be a snow day...Tuesday I will make it to the library again and hope to make a new discovery.


Carpenter 2T said...

Zack is a beautiful, kind, caring little boy who tries very hard in everything he does.
Making and keeping friends is much easier said than done.
I too, worry about my own children and their friends and friendships. Then I remember how hard it was for me to understand that whole friends gig.
Sometimes we find our niche, and that may take time and patience.

Surely Zack knows he is loved. That is so important to all of us.

Keep the faith!!!

Lise Tierney

Nicki said...

I read that book, and I loved it, in fact I think it was the last book I finished. I need to read another one soon, maybe I will start tonight.

Cray and Bickford Family said...

Thank you, Lise!

I am keeping the faith...some days are easier than others!

Can someone please explain to me why they don't come with an instruction manual?

Cray and Bickford Family said...


Here I was thinking I had found a diamond in the rough! Then I look at your blog and see that you have read it too :) Guess it isn't such a new discovery.

I started Plum wine today...something I found this summer at the Street Fair.

Jessi said...

If you need an addictions counselor, let me know, I know of someone ;)

I'm with you on the coffee. I need it in order to survive.

Cray and Bickford Family said...

I hear that addiction counselors are pretentious and egotistical :) Just kidding!

Coffee=survival - period!

Jessi said...

hehehe... touchet.

Cray and Bickford Family said...

:) Glad you got the joke! I was a little worried I would offend you!

Jessi said...

Never! I know you well enough to know you would never cause anyone harm purposely. As for me, not to worry, I have a hearty ego ;)

No, seriously, I love that kind of banter...