I’ve discovered that wearing a mask reduces my allergies a ton. I don’t write “seasonal allergies” because I have them year-round, all four seasons. That sure makes up for the way I occasionally drool when the steam becomes too great on my lips.
The spouse and I had another movie theater parking lot picnic, this time with Chipotle and a bit of dancing to “Blue Black Jack” by Mos Def. Maybe next time we’ll upgrade to a full-blown dance party. And then? PARKING LOT PROM FOR TWO.
I stuck with Friday Horror Movie Solo Date Night, this time watching Happy Death Day. I was prepared with popcorn this go around, but did not build a full pillow fort. Do you know how hot it is in there?? There’s no wind in a dang living room pillow fort.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I love the deep conversation going on over Reading Flannery O’Connor and appreciate the way fellow readers make me look at the stories differently. Those of you who aren’t reading along but commenting pose great questions and make me come from a different angle, too! Check out Week #2 conversation, and if you missed it, head back to Week #1 comments.
On a different side of the world of fiction I got to meet Vee, a recent high school graduate trying to make her mark in Hollywood despite literally malnourished and shallow people in the business trying to shame her away from her dreams in All About Vee: Fat Girls in L.A. by C. Leigh Purtill.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Week #3 of Reading Flannery O’Connor is shaping up to be the best yet. I see themes and patterns, but each story has hit me in a different emotional place. I look forward to all you beautiful readers commenting on Tuesday!
Something has changed at Grab the Lapels. It’s like the pandemic flipped a switch that makes think that if someone recommends a book, or a new book captures my attention for a squirrel second, I have to read it. I’ve bought most books you folks have recommended me, plus all the ones that catch my eye and say something like “Hitting the shelves this week!” Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner came out May 5, 2020. When I bought the novel, I hadn’t read Weiner before, but knew she was famously fat positive (I just hadn’t arrived at her oeuvre yet). Big Summer review on Thursday!
BOOK I’M READING ALOUD TO MY SPOUSE:
We’ve got a new book! Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1963. This novel was assigned to me in a science fiction and fantasy course I took in college, and I remember enjoying how it straddled both genres. Reading aloud this time around, I find the narrator witty, pushing against society in ways that feel bohemian despite his military experience. To be fair, Tom Robbins was in the military and that guy is boho-delux, so I may be off on my assessment of veterans being opposite of hippies. We’ve reached the moment in the book where the narrator receives three copies of a newspaper ad that sound like it was written exactly for him. What happens next? Dun dun DUN!
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE:
Thanks to Anne @ I’ve Read This for her recommendation!