Thursday, August 6, 2009

Random Random

Nerd out:
Friday night, we went out to dinner. As we got back in the car afterwards, Rock looked at me and said, "I know where you want to go.", grinned, and started driving. I didn't have anything on my mind, so I honestly had no idea where we were going. But I didn't say anything. (Shelly's Rules of Staying Happily Married #1 - Shut Your Mouth. Especially when he's doing something nice for you.) He got on the highway and drove for a few exits. Then, he pulled into the exit lane. I looked over and saw the big shopping center that has a Barnes and Noble. THEN I got excited. Because he remembered. I had told him that The Girl Who Played With Fire (sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) was out and that I wanted to buy it as soon as possible, but I wasn't thinking about it right then. But he was. Because he remembered how important it was to me. Such a great guy.

To prepare to read The Girl Who Played With Fire, I'm re-reading Dragon Tattoo. Which would have been more beneficial had I thought of that BEFORE Fire came out. (Will be mercilessly shortening these titles from now on. GD, Stieg Larsson, maybe you could have thought that through a bit more.) Now, I'm just dying to start the new one.

I listened to the BEST book on cd last week. It was A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby. It was read by three different voice actors, and because it was unabridged it was about 8 or 9 cds long. It was wonderful. In fact, (and I NEVER thought I would say this sentence) I think it was BETTER on cd than in print. Because the characters were so real. And having different voices and personalities made them so real. It had kind of a weak ending, but part of that may have been my disappointment that it was ending.

There are lots of pregnant ladies in the blogosphere right now. Big congrats to Mona, Sarah, Erin (who is having a GIRL!) and Devan (who is also having a GIRL!) And one of my RL friends just posted pictures of his newborn son on Facebook. He's got that stunned, "wow, how did I get HERE?" look and brought to mind Swistle's description of "newborn with bird limbs and woodland-creature eyes". Oh newborns! Sigh. I want one and don't want one in almost equal measure. But I'm to the point where I can be truly happy for others in their pregnancies/births. That's progress, for sure.

20 comments:

Jess said...

I'm glad you're at that point! What an important milestone to reach.

Kathy said...

OMGosh! Your husband sounds like a keeper!

Shelly said...

Jess - Thanks. I feel a lot healthier about that whole subject. I was really feeling bad because I couldn't be happy for other people, because I'm usually delighted about babies in general, whether they're mine or someone else's, so I feel so much better now that I can be that way again.

Shelly said...

Kathy - yep, he's a sweetheart. He really surprises me sometimes with the things he picks up on and remembers.

d e v a n said...

Aw, what a sweet hubby!!!

Alice said...

awww that's the best! i feel so proud of myself when i can store away a little piece of info like that and use it to surprise someone later... well done hubby :-)

Shelly Overlook said...

I really liked Long Way Down, though I just read it. I'll have to check out those other books (Girl With The...).

Fiona Picklebottom said...

I had pre-ordered from Amazon and then completely forgot when it was coming out (I only knew August), so when it showed up the other day, I was surprised. I think I read Tattoo recently enough to not have to re-read it, but I have just started an Odd book (Odd Hours), so it will have to wait until I'm done with that. THEN Pat Conroy's first book in FOREVER is being released on the 11th, so I'm like a pig in shit here.

Also, glad to hear you're at that point now. I know it takes a while. Days after my third miscarriage, I found out that one of my SILs was pregnant, and I could feel NOTHING for her, which made me feel worse. I was even angry with the person who told me she was pregnant. So getting out of that place is HUGE.

Janssen said...

I need to read those books! I have heard nothing but great things about them.

Shelly said...

Devan - thanks!

Shelly said...

Alice - yes, those always make the best gifts, when you get something the person really wants.

Shelly said...

Shelly - I think you would LOVE them.

Shelly said...

Fiona - I KNOW! And Richard Russo's new book just came out, and Jennifer Weiner's. This summer is heaven for readers!

Yeah, one of my closest friends told me she was pregnant the week after my miscarriage. That was tough. And like you said, it made me feel worse because I couldn't really be happy for her.

Shelly said...

Janssen - I think you would really love The Girl books!

parkingathome said...

I will grab these as a recommendation and get them forthwith! Thanks!

What a good hubby! The other day was my husband's birthday, and he had flowers sent to me. Me! On his birthday! Sometimes I think people like you and I should just smirk at the world because we nabbed the best men.... though I should probably not ever say that out loud as I sound like a total snot. ha ha.

Shelly said...

Parking - I hope you love the books. I think they're terrific.

And yes, I think we should smirk and be proud of the men we snagged. At a previous job, I had a running "arguement" with a co-worker about which of us had the best boyfriend. That boyfriend is now my hubby. And he's still the best.

desperate housewife said...

I'm glad your beginning to feel more healed regarding babies and pregnancy. It takes a long time, sometimes. Baby steps, so to speak.
I love Nick Hornby's books, so I guess I'd better read A Long Way Down immediately!

nicole said...

I picked up the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night. Looking forward to reading it. I got Richard Russo's new book too. Love him.

Shelly said...

semi-des - Yes, it has really felt like baby steps. And Congrats! again.

A Long Way Down is really good - I think you'll like it.

Shelly said...

Nicole - I think you'll love it. And I plan to buy Russo's new one soon, too! Hope it's great.