This past week my husband turned 38 and my father turned 59. Because their birthdays are close, we had a video dinner on Friday night. It was nice to see the nieces and nephew, sister-in-law and brother, mom and dad. On Nick’s birthday, I made some chocolate chip pumpkin oatmeal cookies.
While work was wild and hard, I found humor during my break when I came upon this design for cool parents with babies:
I also watched this gentleman who has no clue how an ice storm works. The part that had me cackling on break was how he loses both shoes immediately.
Friday evening I watched A Nightmare on Elm Street, a Halloween classic, and Saturday evening we watched Hubie Halloween on Netflix. Although I can’t stand when Adam Sandler does dumb voices, the movie had a fun script and made good use of his typical cast members (Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, etc.).
On Saturday afternoon, Nick and I walked to the library despite some stormy looking clouds, which we interpreted as “fall weather.” I dropped off a book and picked up Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago on Anne’s (of I’ve Read This) recommendation. It was a cute Día de los Muertos picture book, and I’m glad I looked at it. I sat in the grass in front of the library and read it so I could put it back in the book drop for a kid to check out before Halloween.
On the walk home, we found an empty wallet, and as we looked around, we discovered some cards spread about on the grass. Weirdly, the wallet contained a piece of paper with the owner’s name, phone number, email address, and a PIN to something. There were a couple of gift cards, including Starbucks, and not much else. I called the owner and learned that while she was at work, a man went behind the counter, rifled through her backpack, and stole her wallet. She was able to cancel her credit cards, but it seems her took all the good stuff and threw the rest out the window — which is where Nick and I found it. We wanted to give her something — how much more can 2020 suck for this person?? — when Nick and I both realized we have Starbucks gift cards from before the pandemic. We’re not sure of the balance, but given that we’re not Starbucks people, I’m hoping this young lady gets at least $20 in free coffee. She’s going to text me when she’s headed over, and I’ll put the card I wrote and her wallet on the door step. #2020GoodKarma
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Two very different books this week! Dra– by Stacey Levine is humorous, dabbles in psychology, and is definitely satire about entering the work force. Though it was published originally in 1997, it will still resonate with today’s works in the U.S.
Next, I reviewed Exile’s Valor by Mercedes Lackey. The more I think about these books, the more I’m wondering if they would be considered New Adult reading. The characters are concerned with what comes after their school days as they enter into adulthood. I always thought New Adult was concerned with college students or people 18-22, but I’m starting to reconsider.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Two books that are great October reads! Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost is a novella that I listened to. A vampire in New Orleans searches for serial killer ghouls who used to be plantation slave owners. If the vampire doesn’t destroy them, the queen of the undead will unleash to torment of of countless deceased slaves upon him.
Although Chocolat by Joanne Harris was magical and lighthearted, The Girl With No Shadow is full of darkness, hiding, and witchcraft that will take readers from a quiet Paris neighborhood to the streets of Mexico on Día de los Muertos, where the dead walk.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
I’m enjoying my current audiobook, Swamp Bones by Kathy Reichs, so I added another novella by her and the first novel in the series. I’ll likely only keep up with the audiobooks available at my library (it doesn’t seem you have to read them in order).
I added Governor Cuomo’s book after seeing him on CBS This Morning, and both Nikki Giovanni’s and María Hinojosa’s books because there are two free events coming up at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Thanks to Anne @ I’ve Read This for her video recommendation of Palahniuk’s book.
Lastly, I added the rest of S.M. Reine’s Mr. Poe books because they look spooky and cute, and every book I’ve read of Reine’s has been four or five stars. She self-publishes and writes what fans want/need, so I always try to support her with money, even if the e-book is $.99.