Today I underwent a retreatment for a root canal. If one can have a bad dental year, I’ve experienced that in 2009. I have had five separate teeth needing varying degrees of work from fillings to onlays to crowns. And with one thing after another happening to tooth #18 (yes, I now know the official tooth number), it has been a long road traveled filled with potholes and pain, to say the least. However, despite my frustration, anger and exasperation associated with this tooth, I finally feel optimistic that I am on the road to recovery.
The reason why we had to retreat this tooth is because the original dentist who performed the work missed a canal altogether. This resulted in months of pain and the inability to chew on that side of the mouth for a good six months. Although some of my family and friends have suggested that I blame my dentist, it isn’t entirely her fault, since she didn’t perform the original root canal. Her associate, however, better cross the street if he sees me coming!
While I waited for the numbing effects to take hold and prep me for the dental service to come, I plowed through the last few chapters of my latest book, The Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs. This book really was a delight to read, despite my obvious fascination with knitting clubs. It does start off a little slow to start, but becomes a speed read about a third of the way through. This is because there are quite a few main characters that Jacobs needs to fill in with backstory and history to really get the story moving.
The basic premise of the story centers around Georgia Walker and her daughter Dakota, and their little knit shop Walker and Daughter. All of the characters weave in and out of their lives to build this core group of interesting personalities.
I really enjoyed the story and actually want to read the sequel Knit Two, but I have to wait for it to come in from the library. Instead, I’ve decided to start The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, which I’ve read a chapter in already. I’m not sure where all this reading gusto has come from, but I’m going to ride the wave as long as I can.
Speaking of reading gusto, The Friday Night Knitting Club makes No. 12 on the Books of 2009 resolution goal. I have completed my goal, and it isn’t even November!
Books of 2009 total: 12
This year I read:
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- New Moon
- Breaking Dawn
- Free-Range Knitter
- Practicing the Power of Now
- The Green Book
- Bad Cat
- The Friday Night Knitting Club
I am giving myself a Resolutions Trophy for my accomplishment. Now doesn’t that feel nice! I still have two more months to continue with my reading goal, so who knows how many books I’ll close out with for the year.
Since my last update of the resolutions post, I have run a 5k, which I forgot to officially write about here. Some of the other resolutions, like run three times a week, has been a difficult goal to meet considering my varying illnesses and work schedule. This will be a goal to continue next year.
I also never did get around to a best of 2008 post, which at this point, seems like a silly topic to discuss so late in the year. I’ve decided to shoot for a best of 2009 post, which I may need so I think more positively about the past year.
Paying bills and saving is an ongoing process, which has also been delayed due to some health issues that have come up. Again, next year should be more promising.
All in all, I am pleased that I met my reading goal and that I’m still going strong. I don’t ever anticipate reading a great deal more than I have this year considering my job as an magazine editor has me reading 24/7, but I’m glad I got in some really good fiction books that I enjoyed.