Reading data

You would think my first post after months of not blogging would have some significance. Or at least be newsworthy. Well, you would be wrong. All this is, really, is too long for a Facebook post.

I finished two books this week, which led me to reflect on what I’ve read this year… and in years past. Well, most notably since 2012 when I started using Goodreads.

Now it’s worth noting that when I was a kid I never read by choice. We did go to the library and I did categorize and rate all the books we checked out using various criteria in order to determine which book to read first. Of course, I never did any reading. So it should come as no surprise that here I am analyzing my reading data. I’m still just as geeky now even though I do read by choice. Wait a minute. I guess that probably means I’m MORE geeky now.
Anyway, a few key takeaways:
  • I read 16 books/year on average.
  • I read roughly 50% fiction and 50% non-fiction.
  • About 50% of the non-fiction books I read are either memoirs or read like memoirs.
  • Which makes memoir the genre I read most.
  • Even though fantasy is the genre I like most.
  • Surprisingly, science fiction is the genre I like least.
  • Actually, that’s a hasty conclusion. I’ve only read one science fiction book: The Martian, which I did not like because it was SUPER boring. Yes it was.

We’re moving

Cancer is all around me these days.

My good friend and running buddy, Teri, passed away after a year and a half of living vigorously with the beast. There are too many good things to say about her and others have already said them. So I’ll leave it at that.

I do keep thinking back to how we met. I was marathon training and planned to finish the last 3 miles of my 20 mile long run with some local moms who met regularly. Except for Teri was the only one who showed up. She definitely carried me that day.

I don’t know what that says. I just keep thinking about it.

Around Thanksgiving my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was at the Denver Children’s Museum when my mom texted me. It had spread to her lungs. There was a clot. Ruby was dressed up in a squirrel costume and I felt like I was living in some kind of alternate reality.

The last I heard from Teri was a text apologizing for not being able to talk to me about my mom. She could barely drink water at that point. Yet still trying to carry me I suppose.

This weekend we’re traveling to Denver to look at houses. Ours sold yesterday. We’re moving. From the end of one cancer and one chapter in life to the beginning of another.

It’s sad, but there are also moments of joy. My mom heard good news today that her body is responding well to chemo. And I’m looking forward to watching Elway play the Super Bowl on the big screen in my parents basement.

The end of Whole30!

It’s been awhile since Jason and I finished the Whole30 and there hasn’t been a blog post. Probably because it was somewhat anti-climactic. There were a few takeaways, but I did not get a “Tiger Blood” transfusion, and I wouldn’t call it life-changing. But since I wrote of the beginning and the middle, I thought it best to write the end. In bullet format:

  • I don’t think I have any food sensitivities, and won’t be cutting out any food groups long-term.
  • I do have a serious sugar addiction. But I already knew this. I need to come up with a plan to keep my sugar consumption in check. Perhaps something like one dessert a week. I’m still mulling it over.
  • It is possible to consume a lot more vegetables. I should do this.
  • I ate more meat during Whole30 than I’m used to eating and I would prefer not to continue (eating all the meat).
  • Speaking of meat, I have become quite interested and concerned about where my meat comes from and how it is raised. I’m glad we get our beef and pork from a local farm (Tara Firma Farms) and would like to find someplace similar for chicken and dairy.
  • I’ve also begun some reading on wheat. I like the idea of eating only whole grains, including whole wheat that is truly whole wheat (which can apparently be quite tricky to discern). But I’m not quite ready to take this on.
  • I will continue to work on minimizing processed food consumption.
  • It’s probably time to stop drinking Coke Zero on a regular basis. Sigh (tear).
  • Coconut is the best.

A few kind folks have asked me if I’m feeling better. The answer is yes, absolutely. Thank you for asking. I feel much better. And I attribute that entirely to going off antibiotics. Of course there’s no way to know for sure. Perhaps the Whole30 diet helped. If nothing else, I don’t think it hurt.