Lockdown

by jenna on April 28, 2010

With all the talk about books lately, I just must share.

I pretty much live for the feeling of finding a really good book that you cannot put down. And I mean it. The kind that sucks you in and next thing you know, two hours have passed and you don’t even remember if you ate dinner or not. Okay….I always remember dinner. But still.

Last night I started this.

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And was so sucked in by the second page that I read over 250 pages! It is SO good. American Wife is probably the best book I’ve read in a really, really long time. I actually went to bed thinking about it and then woke up early, excited to begin reading again! I LOVE THAT!

You must find this book and we shall discuss.

Now, on to breakfast.

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Peanut butter banana waffle sandwich with black tea. Y’all I’m on the THIRD DAY of the migraine from hell. I’ve tried everything. It is relentless. I’ve been on lockdown at my house. I haven’t washed my hair since Sunday. Please send help.
A large coffee and a massage would be greatly appreciated.
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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 28, 2010 at 7:10 am

oh man, migraines are horrible! i hope you feel better soon…but at least you have an amazing book to keep you company :) sending thoughts and prayers your way…

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hungryforbalance.wordpress.com April 28, 2010 at 7:12 am

So sorry about your migrane! Feel better! I just ate the BEST breakfast ever- banana chocolate overnight oats. Maybe a delicious bowl of chocolate goodness is just what you need ;-)

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Logan April 28, 2010 at 7:13 am

I’ve never had a migraine, but wouldn’t a hot shower help? Hope you feel better soon. Happy reading!

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megan April 28, 2010 at 7:17 am

I LOVE that book! I wish I could read it again for the first time. Hope you feel better soon!

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rebecca April 28, 2010 at 7:18 am

I read that book and it was so good! Lots of similarities with the Bushs, very scary. But yes, I stayed in on a Friday night reading it, not cool at all! and get a massage, it will be worth it!

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Angharad April 28, 2010 at 7:20 am

Umm egg-celent tutorial last night. I honestly started writing “excellent” and then the geek in me got the better of the situation…sorry about that. But seriously thanks – I have NOT perfected the poaching goodness yet. I tried this morning and it wasn’t runny but I think the water was beyond a simmer. I will soldier on…
As for books. Sigh. This is my favourite feeling too. And I love your tea cup. Sorry about your exploding head. Tea, sleep, bath, repeat?

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Beth (Blessed and Inspired) April 28, 2010 at 7:23 am

That book is fantastic!! I couldn’t put it down either. I’ve never had a migraine so I can’t help there, but I certainly hope you feel better soon!!!

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Debbie B April 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

I feel for you! I had a Migraine on Monday all day. I couldn’t even look at the bright light on my iPhone. 3 days in a row- I would want to jump out the window! Feel better :)

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Caitlin April 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

Have you been to a doctor for your migraines? Do you know what triggers them? Mine are triggered by hormones (aka PMS), lack of sleep, and stress. The only way mine go away is if I sleep soundly for a couple of days (usually with the help from my doctor and ambien) and if I do a lot of relaxation techniques.

Sometimes certain foods can trigger migraines too!

Hope you feel better soon!

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Louise April 28, 2010 at 7:26 am

The only advice I have about migraines is that in order to avoid getting them I had to seriously limit the amount of wine I drink. I know, that is not the kind of advice you want to hear. It worked for me and for my best friend, who had far worse ones that I did.

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Sarah for Real April 28, 2010 at 7:30 am

I’m so sorry about your migraine :( I hope you find some relief soon.

It sounds ridiculous, but I get a major headache when the weather changes dramatically. I feel like an old lady when they can feel the rain in their bones, haha. I feel it in my head.

I’m like a human barometer!

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Camille April 28, 2010 at 7:31 am

I heard about that book and it didn’t really catch my attention off the bat…
But I trust your opinion on food, so I think I trust it on books too!
I will pick up a copy next time i’m at Barnes and Noble
:)

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Brooke (Baking with Basil) April 28, 2010 at 7:31 am

I’m really intrigued by this book you are reading. I have to be honest….I’m one of the many you feel sorry for because they don’t read. haha! I’ve tried many times to finish a book, but unless it grabs my attention from the beginning, it’s a lost cause. I just reserved it from our library. Can’t wait to check it out. Hope your migraine goes away!!!

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Caitlin in MD April 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

I also LOVED that book! Have you read her other novel, Prep?

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Laura Ann April 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

A 3 day migraine? I’m no expert, but it seems like this indicates the need to see a doctor. I heard they can give a shot which provides relief.

Either way, I hope you feel better soon!

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Carrie H April 28, 2010 at 7:34 am

After your book posts, I went to the library and checked out “Red Water” and this one! I started “Red Water” first and love it, but I’m glad to hear “American Wife” is great too. Yay for reading!

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Rebecca April 28, 2010 at 7:34 am

That is a great book! Curtis Sittenfeld is one of my favorite authors. You might also like her other books ‘Prep’ and ‘The Man of My Dreams’ if you haven’t already read them.

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Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 28, 2010 at 7:36 am

I hope your migraine gets better! That book sounds awesome, I might just have to add it to my summer reading list!

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Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 28, 2010 at 7:36 am

I hope your migraine gets better! That book sounds awesome, I might just have to add it to my summer reading list!

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Angie April 28, 2010 at 7:40 am

I have that book sitting on my shelf and I just haven’t picked it up yet. I bought it because I loved her first book, Prep. I will have to read along with you.

Sorry about your migraine, hope you feel better soon.

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Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) April 28, 2010 at 7:41 am

Have you read “Prep” by the same author? From the front cover/book description it seems like a beach book about prep school, but it is actually a beautiful piece of literature (with the fun prep school drama integrated, of course). Add it to your super long list!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 28, 2010 at 7:41 am

YAY!!! So glad you like American Wife!!! It totally got me wondering how much of it is true in regards to the Bush family/ Laura Bush. The only thing I’ll say about it is that I didn’t like the end– the last twenty pages kind of dragged on for me– I’ll be interested to hear if you feel the same way!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

OH, and– I haven’t actually read this, but have heard from many sources that her book “Man of My Dreams” is equally good, if not better!

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Laura April 28, 2010 at 7:43 am

I’m gonna get flamed but i feel your diet is waaaaaay high in carbohydrates…the “good” ones and the “bad” ones (including wine & cookies & cupcakes). I know you are fueling your long rides, yoga and runs at this point, but at some time in the future, when you aren’t training for something as big as the Gran Fondo you may want to explore lower carb options and see if the headache frequency/intensity decreases. You can fuel an physically active/fitness-focused body on 100-150 grams of carefully chosen carbs per day and feel in better health overall. I wish I could eat like you and feel great but sadly that type of diet leaves me feeling miserable in one way or another.

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Jessica @ How Sweet April 28, 2010 at 7:44 am

I live for that feeling, too. Finding a good book is like nothing else.

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Krista@CommitmentisLiberating April 28, 2010 at 7:44 am

Love Love Love that book! Hope your migrane fades soon!

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Hailey S. April 28, 2010 at 7:45 am

Migrains suck,I always take excedrine migrain and pound a Mountain Dew. That usually does the trick! Good luck maybe you can sleep it off!

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Jenna (Hello, I Love You) April 28, 2010 at 7:48 am

Thanks for the book recc. I always joke with my husband that I have two great loves- him and a good book. Feel better soon!!

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Lindsay C April 28, 2010 at 7:48 am

If you can, try and go get a massage. Massage Envy’s are usually affordable (just make sure to ask for their best therapist). Sometimes out of line muscles in your shoulders and neck can cause those. Plus… lots of sleep is always helpful. Hope you feel better!

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ShutupandRun April 28, 2010 at 7:49 am

I read his first book, Prep, and that was REALLY good too.

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Katy ( The Balanced Foodie) April 28, 2010 at 7:52 am

Ugh, migraines are miserable. I have friends who get them all the time. You may need to see a doctor. Sometimes though it’s your diet and they’ll make you eliminate a lot and then slowly add stuff in to see if something triggers it. Or maybe they can just give you a RX so you don’t have to give up anything. Good luck!! Oh and I just put that book on hold at my library!

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Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 28, 2010 at 7:52 am

I remember starting that book and liking it, but for some reason I can’t remember if I finished it or not. I think so. Weird.

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Jules April 28, 2010 at 7:52 am

you make me want to read more ;) I go through phases of reading everything and reading nothing…..but you are totally making me want to grab my nearest book and jump right in lol. Hope your migraine goes away, stat!

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Cara April 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

I read his book “Prep” a long time ago, and really enjoyed it! Excited to hear your review of this one!

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Lauren @ louisianagrown April 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

I just added that book to my list. Can’t wait for school to be out so I can have some spare time and catch up!

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Jenny April 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

Ii hope your migraine goes away asap! I’m sending vibes to Cali so it does:)

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 28, 2010 at 7:56 am

Ahhhhh I have book club tonight, so your recommendation is much appreciated :)

Oh feel better!

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Kimmy April 28, 2010 at 7:57 am

I have something called intercranel hypertension — which means i have a headache every. single. day. I feel yea. Hope you feel better soon.

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brianna April 28, 2010 at 7:57 am

i say, get the massage. it’s a splurge, but i actually just decided i was going to try to get one scheduled for this afternoon here. (that’s why i got on the internet–to look up the number, but somehow my computer took me here first–weird). i get cluster headaches and considering that 9 hours of sleep didn’t help last night, i think a massage is in order. i have too much work to get done to waste a day dealing with my pounding head. i”m sure it’s the same for you!

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jackiefo April 28, 2010 at 7:57 am

I read that book too and it was EXCELLENT. The whole time I was wondering – is this REALLY based off Laura Bush?! It was great!!!

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Jenn April 28, 2010 at 7:59 am

Sorry about the migraine. I take a daily preventative med: verapamil 180mg. It was also recommended by my doc to take some vitamins: B2 (riboflavin), magnesium, fish oil (keep in freezer so it doesn’t make you taste it or belch it as much), and CoQ 10. I hope this helps!!

And, I read that book last summer….AWESOME!! Definitely kept me on the efx machine longer:)

GET BETTER!!

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Maggie April 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

I read American Wife last year and loved it. You should read Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan, also very good.

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Eve April 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

I loved that book!!! I read it for my book club. Glad you are enjoying it.

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Whitney April 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

After you are done with The American Wife you should read the actual autobiography of Laura Bush The Perfect Wife. It is also really good.

I’m currently deep into Too Big to Fail, but I’m a finance nerd. Great for inside wall street shenanigans.

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Jaimie April 28, 2010 at 8:03 am

I love that book and read it for my book club. The second half is a bit slower than the first half but it’s still very good.

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Ashley April 28, 2010 at 8:06 am

my best friend raved about this book. they have it at my library, gotta check it out soon! i just have so many books in my house on my to-read list. gotta get them going!

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Jen April 28, 2010 at 8:06 am

I LOVE reading a page turner and the feeling of not being able to put the book down! but I haven’t read a book like that in a while. Maybe I will check out this one! :)

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theemptynutjar April 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

Sounds so nice. I find myself unable to read because I am so frazzled and worried about stuff! I hope to get a bit more stability and financial stability within the next 3 months, and then give my mind some nice books to read!
Sounds like a nice book.

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Liz April 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

Curtis Sittenfeld went to my elementary and high school! She transfered to a boarding school sometime during high school (ever read her first book Prep? it’s loosely based on her time there and really good). Anyway, I also loved American Wife. She is a great storyteller!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

You poor thing!!!!!! Sending healthy migraine-free thoughts your way!
Annnnnd going to check out that book from the libary..

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Christy April 28, 2010 at 8:17 am

I absolutely LOVED that book too. It was fascinating! Sorry to hear about your migraine. Keep reading it away. :)

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Nicole April 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

Girl I hope you feel better soon! Waffle, pb and banana, best combo :)

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Rachel April 28, 2010 at 8:19 am

I am really sorry this is happening. Have you tried no wheat/sugar? That always heals my ailments. Maybe lots of protein and veggies?

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Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 28, 2010 at 8:19 am

I’ve got to get back into reading ! Definitely going to find a great book to bring along on our camping trip next month.

Hope you feel better!

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eatmovelove April 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

Wow – that book sounds like one to watch out for. Take care of the headache – definitely see a Doc?

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elise April 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

im excited to read this one…way back when you mentioned the book “bread alone” and i read it because of you – and love it! so i think we have very similar taste in books…cant wait to check this one out. i hope they have it in paperback though (im not big into lugging things back and forth on the subway – but thats a real testament to how good a book is).
have you read the glass castle? that was another fave of mine.

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Cynthia (It All Changes) April 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

Migraines are the worst. Does a dark room with a cool towel on your neck help. That’s the only thing that helps mine.

I’ll have to look for that book because after your post the other day I’m looking for one to take with me on a trip this weekend.

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Becky April 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

I agree- you should go see a doctor about the migraines! No point in just suffering through it. Even if a doctor in the past hasn’t helped, maybe there is something new causing them now, or a new doctor might have a different suggestion that might work. 3 days seems really extreme, and the cluster you have gotten recently suggests that you really could benefit from some sound medical advice.

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

Hey Jenna, sorry to hear about the migraines, I know how horrible that feels. Have you tried acupuncture? You might wanna give it a whirl :)

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Jen H April 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

I LOVED that book, too! Have you tried her other books? We read Prep for my book club (not as nerdy as it sounds!) and we all liked it a lot.
Feel better!

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megan April 28, 2010 at 8:40 am

Jenna,
I, too, suffer from migraines-I have had them since I was five. I cannot take daily preventative meds or any of the newer migraine meds because of the side effects. For me: dark room, cold, wet wash rag on my forehead, and an ice-cold Coke. Not the diet kind, a real Coca-Cola. That’s the only time I ever drink them, but something about the cold, caffeine and sugar helps every time. Good luck!

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Sarah April 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

sorry about the migraine….i feel your pain…cold cloth, dark room, and sleep. thats about all that works for me. :(

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Errign April 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

“Prep” by Curtis Sittenfeld is an excellent read as well – I am going to have to search out “American Wife”.

Good luck ridding yourself of your migraine!

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Christy April 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

I can sympathize with the headaches – I get them too. After taking several prescription and non-prescription meds, I have found the best thing that works for me is Advil Cold & Sinus. MUST be “Advil” and MUST be the “Cold & Sinus” (I tried other cold and sinus brands and they didn’t work). Also, I have found that the liquid/gel type doesn’t work for me – only the caplets.
Hope it goes away SOON!

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Psychgirl April 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

I LOVED this book. Also, your breakfast looks way better than my breakfast. Yum!

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Laura Georgina April 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

I once read something by Dr. Andrew Weil (isn’t he one of the Oprah usuals?), who said that people with migraines should try viewing them as a welcome relief from the pressures and whatnot of daily, stressful living–that we should all just take to our beds, hide under the blankets, and RELISH the time-out. Obviously the man doesn’t get migraines.

I hope you get better soon and that you can at least read a bit until it blows over :-)

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

Aww I hope your head feels better. Migraines are miserable. I wish I had a miracle cure for you ;)

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Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit April 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

You are correct. I must find this book!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

Okay, this might sound weird but lately I’ve been getting these really intense and raging pregnancy headaches that are really similar to the migraines I used to get and the only thing that helps them is walking. It took me five months to figure that out. Maybe it’ll help you too!

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Heather @ Sugar & Spice April 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

Jenna- RIght now I’m reading Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. I really love her writing. I can’t wait to read American Wife. I love books that you stay up too late reading, and pick right back up when you wake up. I hope you feel better really soon!

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Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight) April 28, 2010 at 9:12 am

mmm the waffle looks great.

i hope the migraine passes. my mom used to get them every month. till she went thru menopause. she was in agony. i always told her she should have tried taking the pill to see if the hormone regulation helped but she didn’t want to.

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Devon April 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

I love love loveddddd American Wife. So interesting.

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Lisa April 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

What a yummy looking breakfast. You bloggers are so creative with your bananas! :)

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Laura April 28, 2010 at 9:27 am

Ahhhh I read American Wife last summer and it totally sucked me in too! It’s SO fascinating….especially since it’s based (loosely) on Laura Bush’s life. So interesting!

Happy Reading!

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Abbi April 28, 2010 at 9:27 am

Yuck, migraines…
caffeine at the onset, ice pack around the back of the neck, a dark room with a window open for fresh air (if not stuffy outside) and sleep help tame my migraines down. :)

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Julie April 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

Ask your doctor about Imitrex or Maxalt. My dad and I both get killer migraines. Mine were so bad I was given vicodin for them as a kid. Lately they’ve come out with some really great drugs that I take when I feel a migraine coming on. They *really* work. It’s amazing.

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Mrs.Buck April 28, 2010 at 9:32 am

I read that book last summer – crazy and good! I hope you feel better soon!

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liane April 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

Oooh, I read that book last year!
I picked it up and then let it sit on my table for a week or so, but once I cracked it open, I could NOT stop reading it. Pretty sure I read it all in one day :)

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jeanna April 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

I love that book! What other great titles have you read and like? oh, and for the record- do you think that they are protraying George and Laura Bush?

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Rose-Anne April 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

I’ve been inspired by your waffles! Last night for dessert I had an oven-toasted waffle topped with a tablespoon of cream cheese mixed with two teaspoons of pumpkin butter. Oh man, it was good. I want another one right now!

I know nothing about migraines, but do take care of yourself. Migraine, be gone! {insert wand-waving here}

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

I was totally sucked into American Wife, too. Especially as someone who loves politics, I really enjoyed how the book mixed real-life fact (the life of Laura Bush) with fiction. One of my favorite reads last year.

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Karen April 28, 2010 at 9:57 am

I agree with what Laura Ann said, if it’s gone on for three days you really should be checked out. They can give you shots and in the worst case start you on a intravenous drip, the last whopper of a headache I got they actually gave me a caffeine drip mix, it was wonderful and I could feel my headache just relaxing within minutes. Hope you feel better.

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

Jenna, you have to go out and by The Hunger Games right now. Talk about sucking you in. I read the whole book in a day and would have started the sequel if Amazon had gotten it to me in time. Just don’t start it before bed or you’ll never get to sleep.

(And, um, you can read with a migraine? I mean–you can open your eyes with a migraine? Wow.)

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Abby April 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

I’ve gotten lost in a book when I first read the Harry Potter series. I was shocked when I found myself waking up early to read them. I don’t get up early for ANYTHING.

I really hope you feel better!

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 28, 2010 at 10:01 am

Sorry to hear you’re struggling with an endless migraine. That sounds awful. At least you’ve got a great read to keep your mind off of it, pun intended! Also, waffle sandwiches always help with their distracting deliciousness.

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Deirdre April 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

I read American Wife last year. I totally loved it. Wonder if we could form a chat room with all your blog readers who have read it?

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Shannon April 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

I read American Wife a while ago. I loved how it ended SO MUCH! That is all I will say.

I have to recommend “Amy and Isabelle” by Elizabeth Strout. A-MAZ-ING. I stayed up until 1:30 AM with my 5 month old daughter snuggled next to me because I could not put it down and had to finish it.

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Meghann April 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

I have to agree with Anna – I LOVED American Wife except for the end. Would love to hear your thoughts when you finish! Also, there happened to be an article today about Laura Bush’s new book and what really happened in the car accident that you might be interested in – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/books/28laura.html?ref=global-home.

Hope you feel better soon!

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Kelly April 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

I really need to get back into reading, I LOVE it sooooo much – thanks for the book recommendation! Your wafflewich looks yummy :)

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runnerforever April 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

I am so sorry that your migraine will not subside, feel better girl!

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Sara April 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

I loved the first half of “American Wife”, too. And I don’t want to spoil it for you, but that’s all I’ll say. I didn’t like Sittenfeld’s second book, “Man of My Dreams” at all, but her first book, “Prep” is really good, too. You should check it out if you haven’t already.

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Kait April 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

I love the excited feeling I get when I find a book I just don’t want to put down! I hope you enjoy the rest of it, I’ll definitely have to check it out!

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Natalie April 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

Try taking a magnesium supplement everyday. I was diagnosed with migranes and starts taking magnesium cuz I heard it helps, and migranes hav considerably slowed in frequency and headaches did also!

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Lizz (Leading the Good Life) April 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

Thanks for the book recommendation! I recently got a hammock AND a porch swing, and I’m really excited to get some hardcore reading done this Spring & Summer.

Love your mug – it’s look retro and loved. :)

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Sharon April 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hmmm…it might be time to try sumitriptan/Imitrex or Treximet…3 days is a while to have a migraine. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was weather related-I know that changes in barometric pressure can trigger migraines for me. Also, do you have any facial pain? I often get migraines triggered by sinus inflammation/pain…if you have allergies it could be this too.

the last book I really got into and couldn’t put down was The Lovely Bones.

Hope you feel better!

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Jennie {in Wonderland} April 28, 2010 at 10:45 am

I loved loved loved American Wife. I read it in two days. I stayed up for half the night once reading it. I cried most of the way through it for some reason – her descriptions of the love Alice felt for the young guy at her High School just *got* to me. He was beautiful in the way only boys of that age can be.

The last chapter or so… I think I sobbed through most of it. I think it’s the descriptions of the dreams she has. Oh my. Just thinking about it made my throat sting with tears.

It made me feel a lot sympathy I never previously had for Laura Bush. I know it may not be an accurate portrayal of her specifically, but it’s such a nuanced and intelligent portrayal of a double life – the external life, where she must be proper and smiling and docile and the internal life, full of unspent dreams and heartache and unrelenting grief.

If you ever want to talk about the book, sign me up! We should totes do an Oprah round table of ELR readers. With wine!

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Olivia @ Blissful Runner April 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

I had to tell you that I tried your poached egg instructions this morning and made myself a delicious egg muffin sammie for breakfast. It was perfect – and so easy! Thanks!

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Jil April 28, 2010 at 10:53 am

Love your waffle sandwiches. :) I hope you feel better soon.

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Kacy April 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

I just put that book on reserve at the library. I can’t wait until it comes in.
I hope the migraine lets up soon :(

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

I LOVE reading a book I just can not put down! It is the best feeling :)

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Emily April 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

I LOOVE finding those kinds of books too! I can’t wait for summer when I can take a break from school reading and get on to the good stuff!

Hope you feel better! :)

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Amanda April 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

That is 3 days too long for a migraine.

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Tay April 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

Awww sweet thing feel better!!! Sending well wishes your way.

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Tracey April 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

I’ve had a headache for a couple days but the worst was yesterday. All I could do was lay in my bed with the lights off and the shades down. I also put a warm herbal pack over my eyes and that seems to help me out.

Hope you start feeling better soon!

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Colleen April 28, 2010 at 11:18 am

I know you’ve gotten tons (!!) of comments about the migraines…but I honestly can’t read when I have a headache, much less a migraine. It sucks to put a good book down, but it might be better for your poor head if you rest your eyes some.

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kristina @Mendon Pond Musings April 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

I love American Wife! It was soooo good. That was actually the last book I read and couldn’t put down. I’m in dire need of another one.

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Christena April 28, 2010 at 11:25 am

Jenna,
I am so sorry about your migraine and agree with the others — maybe you should call a doctor.

About your blog….I like this new “related posts” feature; however, it has resulted in me killing hours of time the past few days reading your older posts. I really just started following when you moved out to CA, so now I feel like I have a more complete picture of you and your life. I will say that your blog is fantastic — my favorite food/lifestyle blog out there and the first one I check. I admire your faith, hard work and persistence in following your dreams. You make it look so easy and I know that it is not. Keep up the good work and don’t be discouraged by the critics. You have a very unique and interesting voice. Can’t wait to buy your book.

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Kim April 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

Jenna, I feel your pain. I had a migraine on a daily basis for two years when I was at my worst with Lyme. Massages definitely helped, but I also found high levels of daily vitamin B (I really like Rainbow Light’s food based B-complex because it has added herbs and minerals for extra support) and Omega 3’s (Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega + CoQ10 work best for me) help a ton! I still take them on a daily basis. It seems pricey at first, but the B vitamins last forever and the Omegas make me feel so much better! (And the B vitamins are also great after a glass of wine since alcohol depletes B levels.) Also, my chiropractor did some cranial work that changed my life.

I have to admit your post has me wishing for a lazy day in bed with a book, but I hope you feel much better soon!

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Jerilynne April 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

Are we the same person??? I’ve been reading (and loving) American Wife too!!! I came home from work yesterday, sat down in my rocker chair and read until I passed out (which sadly was around 8:30pm, apparently I’m 88 years old too). It is SO good, I just wanted to keep reading. I’m considering skipping the gym for the second day in a row to sit at Starbucks later to read more!

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Kristin April 28, 2010 at 11:34 am

Such a great book! I’m impressed you can read with a migrain. Hope you feel better soon!

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Hillary April 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

Yay for Waffle Wednesday! & don’t you have a bf to give you massages? ; )

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Suzanne de Cornelia April 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

I used to do that, too. Find a book that’s very absorbing and then stay up all night reading till can’t keep eyes open.

If haven’t done it, maybe should start keeping a trigger diary to maybe determine precursors to migraines. ‘Prescription for Nutritional Healing’ can find at Whole Foods–always has great advice for any condition–if don’t already have. And these had good info:
http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/migraine.cfm#c
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/148373.php

:( take care!

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Adam April 28, 2010 at 11:44 am

Ah, have you tried rubbing peppermint oil on your temples?

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kate April 28, 2010 at 11:49 am

yuck i feel your pain…i get the WORST migraines that seem to never go away! maybe the thing you need is just what you’re avoiding, a hot shower during which you give yourself an amazing scalp massage while washing! i’d make sure your water intake is very high, and your posture is perfect – a sore back/neck makes for a pained head!

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Chandra H April 28, 2010 at 11:52 am

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you picked a Curtis Sittenfeld. this totally made my day [wow]. I also adored reading that book and went through it in about 2-3 days — just couldn’t put it down. i completely worship sittenfeld’s writing style, everything she writes is so ‘true’. like she knows how to describe things in a way that just tells me somehow she understands everything about me (lol. i’m pretty obsessed).

you MUST MUST read ‘Prep’ next. it was her first novel and in my opinion, even more amazingly well-written than ‘American Wife’ or her second, ‘The Man of My Dreams’. it just…. captures you.

haha ok i’m stopping now. enjoy the rest of the book! :D

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beerab April 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

Honestly I find a shower soothes me when I have terrible headaches- my head under the shower head gets a good massage- most of the time it gives me much needed relief. Good luck!

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Natalie April 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

American Wife is one of my all time favorite books. I think I read it in 2 days because I could not put it down, which is something that doesn’t happen much. Very well written and quite the page turner.

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Katherine April 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your migraine, I know how awful they can be. Have you been to the doctor about them? My GP prescribed something that I can take when I notice the beginning symptoms, things like a dizzy spell or those odd black spots that travel across your field of vision briefly, and they block the pain receptors, or something like that. There are quite a few different drugs that do that, and not all work for everyone so they generally figure out which one’s right for you by process of elimination, but it’s well worth it! I just take them with the world’s biggest glass of water, then take another glass of water to bed with me, close all the blinds, make sure the room is cool and put a cold facewasher over my eyes.
Good luck sorting it out!

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Beth April 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I second getting checked out (I’ve heard cortisone shots can do wonders ;) ) but have you tried a mondo decongestant? Sometimes that’s the problem.

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Shannon April 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I absolutely adore peanut butter, banana, waffle sandwiches! YUM

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Jill April 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Jenna, I just have to say that I have been reading your blog for a while and absolutely love it. I too LOVE to read (and also love frosting-hehe)…and weirdly enough have been looking at “American Wife” for a while at the library wondering if it was good!

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Katharine April 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

This has been on my to read list for a LONG time and I’m so glad to hear yet another fan of it! I think I’ll suggest it for our next book club read. :) I highly recommend “The Help” if you haven’t read it yet. I felt the same way that you do about “American Wife” – I couldnt’ wait until I could pick it up again!

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Stephanie (of Stephanie Inspired) April 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm

LOVE that book! I read it last sumer. The parallels to Laura Bush are so intriguing, I found myself googling to see how much was real vs. fiction!

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Julie @savvyeats April 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Ahh, I LOVE that book. So, so good!

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Caroline April 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm

If you haven’t already read “Prep,” it was great. I will look for AW next time I’m at the ‘brary.

I get an unusual type of migraine called vestibular, likely caused by concussions I had from high school sports. For years I took atenolol every day to prevent them, because nothing worked once I got one (for some reason after getting pregnant, when I had to stop taking it, they have never come back as badly, and I manage the episodes med-free now). You might want to see a specialist to explore preventative options. To start, keep a journal of your monthly cycle and symptoms, which will help your doctor to diagnose and treat it optimally.

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Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly April 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I know this is totally random but I LOVE your wood floor…it looks so much like what I wish I had in my house. Sorry about the headache girl! :(

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natalie berry April 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Have you read The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers? It is soo good! I definitely felt the same way you feel about American Wife. I looked forward to reading it all the time.

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Running Betty April 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

re migraine: I hate to be the naysayer, but maybe you need to cut out peanut butter for 12 days and see if your head feels better. Perhaps you’ve developed a sensitivity to peanuts.

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Louise April 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Once had a migraine headache for a month that landed me in the hospital from pure exhaustion and testing. Turned out to be hormonal. When I stopped the pill, the migraine stopped.

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Caity April 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm

American Wife is awesome!!! Sorry to hear about your migraine, I find that an ice pack on the back of my neck while i lay down with something over my eyes helps when I get them.

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Kate April 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm

That is a good book. Now if only I could choose from the 30 or so new ones I have …. hmmm …. this is a problem.

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Helen April 29, 2010 at 5:53 am

I am so like you. When I get into a book I love I never want to put it down. I need to get more into reading!

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Chelsa April 29, 2010 at 6:26 am

I loved that book too and her other book Prep. The author really does a great job with her characters.

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Kelly April 29, 2010 at 6:45 am

Thank you for saying you don’t ever forget to eat dinner. I simply cannot relate to people who are all, “I just get so busy, I forget to eat.” I can’t function if I’m hungry so this is nice to hear that someone else behaves the same.

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Missy April 29, 2010 at 6:49 am

I loved that book as well! It was sooooo good! I’ve read one others of hers and didn’t like it as much but it was decent.

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