This morning when I went to pick up Efraim, I felt the most excruciating pain down the entire left side of my back.  I took some ibuprofen and laid on the couch hoping it was just the way I turned and thought it would go away within a few minutes.  Twenty minutes went by and the pain just continued to get worse and worse.  So frustrating- especially when your to-do list is a mile long.  Filipe shifted some things around in his schedule so he could work from home most of the morning, and then my mother-in-law came over during lunch too.  I’m still not too sure what I did, but it forced me in bed most of the day, and what else is there to do when you’re forced in bed, but read.

I’ve shared before how I love to read.  So far this year I’ve read a total of zero books.  It may not seem like a big deal, we are still in January, but usually I would have finished at least a couple books by now.  I have stacks of books surrounding me, but I haven’t found one that has really hooked me or gotten me through the first few pages.  I’ve noticed that when it comes to reading, I have to be in the mood for a particular book to read it.

Last Friday night Filipe and I were on our date night and we walked over to a nearby store.  I saw George Bush’s book, Decision Points.  I’ve wanted to read it since it hit bookstores, but I knew I wouldn’t have the time, so I kept putting off buying it.  But, this time I “had to have it” and since I had a gift card I went ahead and bought it.

I started reading it the next day and found it fascinating.  I think anyone in leadership positions of any kind are worth learning from- especially the President of the United States.  So far, I’ve enjoyed reading about his life pre-president and learning about all he went through as President.

Today I’ve gotten to read it a lot while laying in bed on top of a heating pad.  It feels like a mammoth book to read, but it’s enjoyable and insightful, and gotta whole lot of wisdom in it.