I'm a hot mess and not in a good way.
I've had a cold for what seems like forever.
It has been one of those hacking, nose honking, watery eyed colds that has nobody wanting to be in the same zip code as I am.
You know it is bad when you have a selection of cough drops because you have been dining on them for so long that you are now craving options. :)
That said, if you look hard enough there have been a few upsides to this whole convalescence period.
1. I haven't been in the stores for like ten days.
Chase Bank and American Express are getting concerned and thinking about sending out an all points bulletin.
My account balances have never been this low this many days into the month. :)
2. My husband doesn't want me contaminating anything in the kitchen so I haven't cooked anything for four or five days. Not that that is terribly uncommon but I needed a number 2.
3. I live with a germ-a- phobe so I have basically been relegated to the bedroom. which has allowed me to do a bit of extra reading.
My latest read was Oxygen by Carol Cassella
This book is gripping right from the the first page. The characters are believable and the author has an easy and insightful style of writing that help the reader to identify and empathize with several of the characters.
It is the story of an anesthesiologist that is at the top of her game and then the unthinkable happens and she loses a small child on the operating table.
The plot is an interesting dicotomy of the world of medicine and the justice system.
It is the kind of story that you can imagine hearing on the nightly news but this book explains the story behind the salacious headlines.
Although there is enough tension to make you want to keep reading just "one more chapter" I felt that this book was more about the psychology behind the story. The protagonist is going through the challenge of her life and this results in her projecting some of her own previously unresolved issues onto the mother who has lost her only child. It is a novel and successful writing technique that leads the reader through the results of the characters' choices helps to reveal the protagonist's inner struggles.
A definite thumbs up for this one.
Now I'm onto Sarah's Key. Thank you Liz and Molly for the suggestion.