As the week progressed, I felt unsure that I would be able to put anything in my gratitude list. More and more, life felt like sandpaper rubbing on my literal nerves. Then I saw this image, labeled “Surprise MFs!!!”:
And I laughed and laughed and laughed. It’s important to keep track of what makes you happy, because you’ll forget in a heartbeat. It’s the little things. Like, why did Kitty decide this week that she has to have her foot on my leg?? I took pictures because it’s weird for her (and me, lol).
Best of all, though, Bingo the Dingo has kept up with Bill @ The Australian Legend! 😍😍😍 What a treat! After work one day I wrote a Bingo flash fiction piece and sent it off to a journal, and wouldn’t that be a hoot if this became a dingo with a written record?
And then last night, twelve hours behind Australia, I received an e-mail from a very busy Bill, saying he didn’t have time to write but that Bingo came back again! Originally, I had imagined Bingo the Thelma to my Louise, but it turns out the position is filled. Check it out: Bingo the Dingo and Louise!!! As soon as I got Bill’s email, I went racing to the living room, shouting, “Nick! Bingo’s back and she brought someone!” I’m half ready to mail a cow to Australia if it means they’ll keep visiting (sorry, vegetarian and vegan friends).
I also started reading a new book Nick, one I found while checking out free online readings. We were sad to say goodbye to The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts, but happy to bid welcome to The Vampire Gideon’s Suicide Hotline and Halfway House for Orphaned Girls. Author Andrew Katz writes that he “enjoys puppers and doggos, black coffee, hiking, and writing bios that read like poorly made dating profiles.” I mean, I’ll support that with my money dollars, and I did.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
What a bummer; two duds. Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman was a weird, motherly-petting sort of book that did not jive with my firm believe in consent and respecting people at all stages in life. Based on your comments, it sounds like you are on board with me.
Sabrina and Corina, by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, was a repetitive collection of short stories about women incessantly suffering, but with little to distinguish each woman. The whole thing left a sour taste in my mouth, especially the way the synopsis provided by the publisher doesn’t match the contents. Sounds like I helped a number of you take this collection off your TBR.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Selling the Farm by Debra Di Blasi is a creative non-fiction work, meaning it’s not a straightforward memoir. Broken into seasons, she describes the ebb and flow of a primitive farm, one with no indoor plumbing, occupied by a family too large for its means. Review Tuesday.
Shame is An Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert is a collection of poetry moving through the traumas experienced by the poet, from child abuse to the music industry attempting to sell her as an object instead of an artist. Woven in are moments of fight and heart. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Although Goodreads has tons of lists, I find them hard to locate when I’m on the site. Googling something else, I came upon a list that led me to add a lot of books to my TBR. I also want to thank Dave Newman for his recommendation of Catullus’s poems and Bill @ The Australian Legend for the Zane Grey audio book, which I started listening to this week.