Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dog Parks are Dangerous

Oh hey there blog. Long time no see. A lot's happened since the last time I posted here, but one thing completely took over my life for the past two months. I fractured my knee. 

What? How!?

A very rude Great Dane (that literally weighs more than I do) ran head-on into my knee at the dog park. I thought he was going to zig, but instead he zagged. I just couldn't get out of the way in time. My knee went backwards like this flamingo's, and I landed on my back staring up at the sky. 

Human knees aren't supposed to do this!
Flash forward to an Urgent Care trip, an MRI, and an orthopedic exam, where I was given crutches, a knee brace, and instructions not to put weight on my fractured, right leg for 4 - 6 weeks. 

I'm the type of person who likes to do things for myself. I love being lazy as much as the next person, but there was something so awful about not being able to carry things or cook or walk Loki that left me feeling... almost pathetic. I've never had to rely on other people as much as I have over the past two months. (Shout out to my fiance for picking up the slack in all areas of life. I would have starved to death under a pile of dog hair if it weren't for you.) 

Thankfully, this week I'm back on my feet with an intense, daily routine of physical therapy exercises. If there's any sort of silver lining to this, it's that it happened when it did. Once I fully heal, nothing will stop me from dancing up a storm at our wedding in October! 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: A Review

Fair warning, this post has spoilers for Leaving Time, written by Jodi Picoult! 

I checked off my first April goal this past weekend when I finished Leaving Time. 

From AmazonFor more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers. 
As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

I enjoyed parts of this book more than others. 
My heart broke for the elephants who suffered both in the wild and in captivity,
 especially after hearing Jodi speak about her time in Africa preparing for this book.  I liked reading about the lengths that 13-year-old Jenna went to to try to find her mom. I was so engrossed in her mother's story. Did Thomas's mental illness lead him to murder his wife? Did the elephants just lose it? I was on the edge of my seat until the book's climax.

As for the ending... I hate spending so much time with a book/movie/show only to realize at the end that everyone was already dead. (The ending of Lost drove me absolutely insane.) It just makes the whole experience feel like a waste of my time. The fact that Jenna and Virgil were dead the whole time seemed to come out of no where, but not in a positive way. The book spent almost 400 pages building to the events that happened on the night that Jenna's mother disappeared, but this was then rushed through and overshadowed by, "Surprise! Everyone's already dead!" It's not that I don't like books about the supernatural, I just prefer to know what I'm getting into. To me, this book was more about elephants' grief and how it parallels and differs from humans' than spirits walking among us, and I felt like this twist really took away from the rest of the story. 

Have you read Leaving Time? What were your thoughts on the ending?