I think I can safely say that the worst of the sciatica is behind me! I'm no longer in pain, just minor discomfort. My chiro (whom I credit for my relatively speedy recovery) says that the tingling in my baby toe will likely be the last thing to go. I can live with that. Now when I hear about people who suffered through this for 6 months, 8 months, a whole YEAR, I just shudder.
I've done nothing much lately except work, but I did watch two movies. The first was recommended to me by Verbatim reader Carlotta after I reviewed the novel Me Before You. It's called The Intouchables, and it's a much lighter (and French) version of the same-ish story: Philippe is a very wealthy and aristocratic quadriplegic who hires Driss, an uneducated black guy from the projects, to be his caretaker. An unlikely friendship is born as each learns how the other half lives (both good and bad). It's based on a true story, and at the end they show you some photos of the real duo. It was really nice (and even funny), and had none of the depressing parts of Me Before You about contemplating suicide.
The other movie was 3 Days to Kill, starring Kevin Costner, who really wasn't awful though the movie overall was just meh. He plays a CIA agent who's told he has just a few months to live because of brain and lung cancer. He goes to Paris to try to patch things up with his estranged wife and daughter. But meanwhile, another CIA agent entices him to take on one last mission in exchange for a possibly life-saving experimental drug. This agent is played by someone named Amber Heard, and it was quite possibly the most ridiculous role I've ever seen in an action movie, or maybe it was just her awful acting. In any event, she was not even 1% believable, whereas Costner's character was really pretty well written. Anyhow, it's fun and exciting but not even remotely something I'd say you "have to" see. Pete was home sick and we were looking for something On Demand that appealed to both of us, so there you go.