My girlfriends and I organized ourselves for a night out. Whoo hoo! The five of us are in one big and constant text stream â€“ we truly blow each otherâ€™s phones up a hundred times a day. We do a decent amount of play dates, but itâ€™s nice to hang out in real life sans kids, too.
Secret to getting ready for a night out without children climbing up my leg â€“ shower at the gym. Works every time!
We went to the always swanky 5 Church in Uptown.
The place was rammed â€“ we accidentally chose Charlotte Restaurant Week as our night out and hadnâ€™t planned ahead with a reservation.
We ended up eating way too much (everyone stood up to leave, groaned, and clutched their stomachs) and stayed out way too late for a bunch of moms with eleven small children between them. And then I woke up at 2:30 AM puking my guts out! In case youâ€™re wondering, red wine and chocolate tastes gross coming back up. I think something I ate just totally disagreed with meâ€¦ This is the second time itâ€™s happened in a month, so I think Iâ€™m going to stay away from restaurant food for a long, long time.
So Iâ€™m kind of in recovery mode this morning. I choked down half a smoothie and a bunch of electrolyte water, and now Iâ€™m trying to rally so I can function.
Week 24: A Walk Across the Sun
One of the problems with Book a Week is I cannot chose really long books or Iâ€™ll get too far behind â€“ 400 pages is fine but 500 is not. So I took a chance by reading this book, which was a bit longer but came highly recommended by a reader.
A Walk Across the Sun tells the story of two Indian teenage girls who are swept into human trafficking after a tsunami destroys their village. At the same time, the plot follows an American man who is struggling to deal with the collapse of his family after the death of his child. Eventually, the two stories collide. The plot takes you all over the world â€“ from Asia to Europe to North America â€“ and reveals the very true and very horrific nature of the child sex trade (however, I felt like the author wasnâ€™t gratuitous when describing things, which was appreciated).
This book was so good. Not only did the plot have an important real-world message, but it was fast-paced and intriguing. And I actually cried big, blubbery tears at the end of the book. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve cried during Book a Week for a while, but this one totally got me to sob.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. If youâ€™d like a more serious version of â€œbeach readingâ€ for the summer, this would be a great pick.
What are you reading? Iâ€™ve got so many books on my nightstand right now, but I think Iâ€™m going to read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee next.