This Week in Job-Land
What an interesting week! On Thursday, I had an interview with a different library system for a position as a computer lab associate. I met with three women: the manager of the department, a librarian, and the HR rep. The interview went well, and they were incredibly supportive. We discussed benefits, I took a tour, and they offered me the job on the spot. Next, we negotiated wages, and while I was unused to do that and thus felt awkward, the HR woman was incredibly helpful. All I kept thinking was, they are going to be my wolfpack. I learned that if no one needs help in the computer lab, I can come up with display themes and pick the books myself! They were thrilled, I was thrilled, and I asked everyone if we could high five. We did.
This Week in TV & Film
I saw Shaun the Sheep for the first time. Delightful! There are no words in the entire 90 minute film, but I enjoyed every second. Shaun the Sheep 2: Farmageddon comes out later this year, and you can bet I’ll see it in theater. This wonderful sheep and his sheep friends are the brainchildren of Nick Park, who created the cheese-loving Wallace and Gromit.
This Week in Reading: Finished & Reviewed Books
I finished reading the summer musical for the theatre’s 2020 schedule, which should be loads of fun, and the four plays by the same playwright. The reason the script selection committee chose so many plays by the same person is the theatre will do three stage readings leading up to a fully-produced play by the same playwright at the end of that month.
I posted three reviews of books I finished the previous week: Abby Wambach’s Forward and Wolfpack, and then Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution, a funny, sad, interesting book by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo that I loved. If you’re a Goodreads user and you actually liked my review, can you go like my review on Goodreads, too? So many people crapped on the author’s book in thoughtless ways, so the first several reviews are 1 star.
I finished up Venturess by Betsy Cornwell. It’s the follow-up story to Mechanica, a steam punk fairy tale re-telling in which things go quite differently but are still recognizably Cinderella. This is another young adult novel that feels more grown up, possibly pushing (or putting off) teen readers who like positive conclusions with romance at the heart. Reviews of both Cornwell novels coming up next week!
This Week in Reading: Books in Progress
I’m a few chapters into Irvine Welsh’s third book in the Mark Renton series, a novel called Porno. So far, the chapters alternate clearly between Sick Boy and Nikki, demonstrating the writer grew in skill between Trainspotting in 1993 and Porno in 2002. By cutting down the number of narrators significantly, and writing clear chapter titles, the book is a more enjoyable read so far.
My “bed time stories” book for my husband is picking up traction! I read one chapter of The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton each night. At first, he really didn’t like it, asking me when it would stop being depressing. Now, he says it’s “okay.” Part of the problem is he loved Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell so much that I think he just wasn’t ready for a new book! My man-person gets some terrible book hangovers.
Next Week in Reading:
Shamp of the City-Solo by Jaimy Gordon is described as a “fantasy novel” — yes, with quote marks. In it, the teen-age Hughbury Shamp’s education involves a series of preposterous and hilarious misadventures with the likes of the impresario Sergei Shipoff, Dr. Harry Analarge, and the World Friar Tapsvine, all the while he is being propelled toward stardom as prize-winning speaker at the murderously competitive Arslevering Ox-Roast. I’ve scheduled smaller daily reading goals for this novel, as I’m sure it will be complicated.
Books I Obtained This Week:
Good gravy, I bought more books. This week I picked up three titles from a used book store. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston is a memoir about growing up a first generation Chinese-American in Stockton, California.
I grabbed two more non-fiction books, as seems to be my preference lately. The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley describes how after Walmsley was mugged near her home, she feared walking down the street, but after a friend invites her to participate in a new book club inside a Toronto prison in a room without correctional officers or cameras, she sees how book discussions become a springboard for frank conversations about loss, anger, redemption, heroism, and loneliness.
Lastly, Fat, Fit, & Feeling Fabulous by Vevanne Biggs. It was one rating on Goodreads — a two star — but I was intrigued by the synopsis. The author tells of her inspiring journey from obesity and self-hatred to a fit — not thin — body, mind, and spirit, as she developed into a triathlete in her quest to successfully complete an Ironman triathlon by her fiftieth birthday.