Today is my anniversary. Eight years of marriage marked by a single day. If we were to look beyond marriage we hit the ten year mark this month as well. Who would have thought that someone like myself who never planned to be married until the age of 30 would be celebrating eight years of marriage at 31? It is astonishing how things turn out when you let go of a plan enjoying life for the moments each day instead of fretting over every little detail of days yet to come. I just never imagined that this would be my life, but it is a good life.
I am a little saddened in general by the day because it is a celebrated holiday type day. I do not do well with holidays. I create these huge expectations that are hardly ever met. And by huge expectations I just seek general recognition that the day exists and maybe something to commemorate it. A dinner. Flowers. A candy bar. A card. Something? Anything? I should be better at this by now knowing what to expect, after all we have been doing holidays for ten years together, but today I will sit and stir wondering if this day means as much to him as it does to me. I really should not get so invested in these things.
Being that it is year eight I have decided to stick to the traditional wedding anniversary gift guide based on years. This year is pottery! At first I was stumped as what to do with this theme being that my first thought was a vase, but then out of no where it hit me – a cup! This will not be any cup my friends, this will be a hand crafted tankard! Who would not want a handmade tankard by a cool dude name Bubba?! I do! So I guess if the gift does not go over well I will have a brand new tankard to drink my malty, hoppy, nicely fermented beverages!
On another note I have run out of books to read this summer! I spent two days searching and narrowing down my list for the rest of my year. Here are five of them that I am looking forward to reading with the descriptions coming from Goodreads.com:
- Wool Omnibus (Silo #1) – Hugh Howey: Post-Apocalyptic “This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.” It even has a sequel: Shift (Silo #2).
- Bird Box – Josh Malerman: Horror “Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?”
- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Mara: Historical Fiction “In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate.”
- Brother – Ania Ahlborn: Thriller “Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…”