Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Valentine’s Day!!!!
Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday, topped only by Christmas. I’m guessing the reasons why these two holidays are my favorites has something to do with the fact that my favorite color is red. But that’s not the only reason.
Valentine’s Day is all about love—and that is something I believe in with all my heart. And it’s not just about romantic love. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:
It’s about L-O-V-E for your lover, your dry cleaner, your friend, the cashier who asks you how your day is going, your mom, your hair stylist, Ryan Gosling, your brother, your dad, your neighbor, your sister, your cousin, the person who held the door open for you when your hands were full, your aunt, your uncle, your cat, your dog, the person walking down the street who smiled and said hello, your coworker, your kids, your yoga instructor, Ryan Reynolds, your mechanic, your niece, your nephew, your teacher, and so on.
So remember to love and be loved. Love the little moments and the big ones. AND, have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .
- Romantic movie lines—my favorite one is the line from Sense and Sensibility.
- What more is there to love?—free haircuts and reading.
- This was my favorite Super Bowl commercial this year. Can you guess who the babies are supposed to be? This 2016 Super Bowl version of the ad was so good. Made me laugh and cry. And even though I am not a Seahawks fan, I love the 2014 Super Bowl babies.
- Another reason to love Ryan Gosling.
- Because this story warms my heart.
I’ve been reading . . . The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and I finished it. After so many years, Henrietta Lacks’ story was finally told. And what a story. I was fascinated throughout almost the whole book—it was so good. I have a few tiny, tiny quibbles with it BUT the author did a fantastic job of explaining science, integrating the human story, AND maintaining the readers interest in medical issues. We not only learn about Henrietta Lacks and her family, we learn about their struggles in getting any information or recognition for Henrietta and her vital contribution, her immortal cells, the importance of them, what those cells contributed to medicine, and the type of medical research that goes on—good and bad.
There are some dark things revealed about medical research that made my stomach turn, and the information about the hospital Henrietta’s daughter stayed in made me weep and made me angry. There are so many things that go on that we do not know. This book brings to light the issue of medical testing, the types of test conducted, consent, and what of our bodies we own or don’t own. Highly recommend this book.
I’ve been watching . . . nothing really. The Super Bowl. Haven’t watched much since I’ve been busy prepping for my trip. Getting ready to load my iPad with some good shows and movies for the long flight.
I’ve been listening to . . . John Legend—early stuff and new. And, ok, yes, I admit it, STILL the La La Land soundtrack. It’s soooooo good and puts me in a good mood—I CAN NOT stop listening to it. I wake up with the songs on my mind, I dance around my home to the music, and I walk down the street humming the tunes.
Have a lovely weekend!
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