Saturday, July 6, 2013

Girl Talk Part 2 - Hoohah Update :p

You can find Girl Talk Part 1 here if you missed out on the fun.

Still sitting on the old donut pillow, yes I am.

Still haven't been able to run, no I haven't.  

BUT

I am making progress :) 

At my post-op appointment, I called my doctor a liar for saying I would be able to run after two weeks.  
His excuse was that the cyst in my Bartholin's gland turned out to be 10 cm. and created a much larger, deeper wound which would obviously take a little longer to heal...4-6 weeks instead of 2.  
He removed the cyst, the gland, and some surrounding tissue bc he was actually concerned once he got in there and saw how big this thing really was, but all the pathology came back clean. 
I have no cancer...just a big hole in my hoohah...well, a hole right next to my hoohah...
Never mind.

Because of the size of the wound, the dr. performed what's called a marsupialization.
He actually stitched up the sides of the wound so that it would stay open in order to drain.
Is that too much info??  
How about this??


Go ahead, ladies.  Cross your legs tightly.
I'll wait.

The doc says that even though things don't look normal "down under," my vaJJ actually looks exactly like it should at this point.  He gave me permission to slowly begin adding back any physical activities I wanted to.
Except sex.



Oh really, now...

First of all, are you kidding me??????
Second of all, why does it embarrass us to admit to our gynecologists that we even have sex in the first place...?
Third of all, no more talk about sex or my teenagers will move "down under" to Australia!

I'm not in pain anymore...just tired of the mess...tired of 2-3 baths a day.  Tired of boxer shorts.  Tired of big baggy shorts and wearing them like a thug.  Tired of standing up all the time.  
So tired that I put my little skirted swimming suit on the other day and mowed the fenced in portion of  our backyard around the deck and pool with my Aunt Bea mower.
It felt so good to be outside, doing something physical! I snapped my headphones on and almost went for a run.  
And, then I thought better of it and went and took another bath.  
Just that little activity earned me a pain pill and a night with my legs up in the air.  Not unbearable pain mind you...just a headache...in my hoohah.  
When all this is over, I'm never using that word again.

Really.

I promise.

I contemplated a shot of Jack Daniels last night after my running partner, Layla, jumped our backyard fence...again...since she's obviously not getting enough exercise.  
Then, I dreamed about running all over the neighborhood without feeling tired at all.  
I think it's time to get back outside.  

Monday is Day 1.
Get ready, hoohah!!

This is Twilight's Nikki Reed with her GSD Enzo...just in case you thought it was me ;)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines by Shohreh Aghdashloo - TLC Book Review


The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines by Shohreh Aghdashloo
Harper Collins 2013

Format? paperback - uncorrected proof

Source? the publisher via TLC Book Tours

I received a complimentary copy of The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  However, the review below and the opinions therein are my own and offered without bias.

Title? 2 characteristics of Aghdashloo's homeland...a tribute the the Iran of her childhood.  Very nice.

Cover? Sadly, my review copy only had a proof cover :( I was very disappointed as I am a cover fiend.

What Now? I pulled House of Sand and Fog off my TBR shelf because I think it may have the depth I'm looking for in Aghdashloo's story.  Due to my own law, I won't see the movie until I read the book :p 
I'm also going to watch the HBO series House of Saddam.

Golden Lines

I am hesitant to include Golden Lines since my copy is a very unfinished copy, but here are three that stood out to me.  

Then somebody threw the first brick, which was soon followed by hundreds of them. (104)

"Poohhh, Iran termine'" (Iran is finished). (117)

May once again the younger generation of Iran pass through the love alleys in the springtime, hand in hand, and recite poetry to each other beneath the heaving yellow jasmines on the walls, in a free society. (271)

Summary

Shohreh Aghdashloo grew up in Iran and lived there through the revolution of 1979.  Fleeing her homeland in pursuit of the freedoms that had been denied to her at home, she lived in the UK and then finally the U.S. sharing her story around the world through acting. 

What I Liked

 The reminder that freedom is precious...and that if we lose sight of its fragile nature, and continue to take it for granted and/or blindly follow any one individual or group, any nation can very quickly find itself under fire.

Much of what Aghdashloo's story is familiar to me.  The Iran/Iraq War was probably one of the first political  conflicts that I became aware of as a young person in the United States.  Aghdashloo's story did help me formulate more of a timeline of the years before the Revolution.

What I Didn't Like

The writing - while Aghdashloo tells a story that needs to be told, the sentences are choppy and the descriptions are weak.  Many times I felt as if I was just getting the thin first layer of the story, for example,     
Aghdashloo's brother's imprisonment, 9/11, the decisions and criticisms behind which stereotypical Iranian roles to play and not to play, why she felt like Kiefer Sutherland did not want her on the set of 24, her assumed snub by Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman at the Academy Awards, her decision to leave her husband behind in Iran, speaking on national television (CNN) if she was endangering her family, Pasha the German Shepherd? I was also left guessing why Aghdashloo even brought up some of the snippets she shared, particularly the one about Goldie Hawn, Vogue and Bardot?    I'm not making judgments, just asking a few of the many questions I had after I finished the 42 chapters, many of which were only a couple of pages long.

the author's purpose - by the end of the book Aghdashloo wrote about leaving Iran so that she could use acting as a way to bring light to her home country's injustices, but I didn't feel those were her intentions until the end.  In the beginning, I felt like Aghdashloo left Iran so she could act...period.  Not that it matters to me why she left Iran...the connections were just weak.  Some of these connections may very well have been made by the final published copy.  I just didn't fully understand a lot of what drove Aghdashloo's choices.  Because of my own stereotypical notions of actors, there were times I felt Aghdashloo was telling me more a story of Hollywood and her career rather that the evolution of her early life in Iran, and her later life as an Iranian outside of her home country. 

All the left out parts - I enjoy reading the acknowledgments, the author's notes and photos...my copy had none of these :(:(

Overall Recommendation

If you are already a fan of Shorheh Aghdashloo and are reading this book to learn more about her, I think you will be pleased.  If you are looking for a more in-depth discovery of growing up in a world you know as home that does not exist anymore (as is The Kite Runner), I don't think Aghdashloo will provide enough "meat" for you.  

The Author



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Tuesday, June 11th: Book Dilettante
Wednesday, June 12th: Book Him Danno! - preview
Thursday, June 13th: The Infinite Shelf
Wednesday, June 19th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, June 24th: Between the Covers
Wednesday, June 26th: Book Club Classics!
Thursday, June 27th: missris
Monday, July 1st: River City Reading
Tuesday, July 2nd: Peppermint PhD
Wednesday, July 3rd: Take Me Away
Monday, July 8th: Books in the City
Tuesday, July 9th: Dab of Darkness
Wednesday, July 10th: Beastmomma
Thursday, July 11th: Lavish Bookshelf
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