Now that the library where I work is operating as normal (except for <18 programming, which is still virtual because it’s assumed <18 are not vaccinated), all sorts of people are hanging out at the library again. I get to help patrons on their journeys: learning about trans people or racism, getting the fastest driving directions to meet up with a sweetheart, finding that book about important age-related health issues, and how to toggle on the headphones at the computers! It’s lovely, to be honest.
The big news of the week was the arrival of Biscuit, who was here just recently, but this time she had in tow my three nieces (ages 12, 11, and 5) and nephew (age 3). On Saturday, we went to the local zoo where a tiger practically booped noses with us and we discovered the joy of sand cats, which are more adorable than I pictured, but also learned they eat small dead mice whole, like a snake. It was . . . not pretty to watch.
Despite chilly weather, the kids ran around a playground for a while. I was on five-year-old watch, Biscuit had the three-year-old, and my spouse’s job was to make sure no creepers talked to the two oldest girls. Turns out, I might be part octopus, because I can fit in small spaces that look like I should never get through there, all in the name of keeping my eyeballs on a child who doesn’t belong to me. The kids played for a bit on a small splash pad before it was time for snoozles and then dinner at my house. We watched Frankenweenie, a Tim Burton Disney movie in which a dead dog gets reanimated, and a bat/cat creature gets impaled, so I guess Disney will “go there.” There are more plans tomorrow, but I’ll include those in the next Sunday Lowdown.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Based on the comments from my review of The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan, I’m thinking I don’t have any hard-core true crime fans regularly following me. I’m not a groupie either, but I was surprised because it’s such a popular genre right now, and most folks can’t get enough of it.
#ReadingValdemar finished the first series of 2021, a quintet of books that could have been edited down to the traditional Mercedes Lackey trilogy, but I’m still glad regardless, because Bastion had some of my favorite characters and dialogue that we’ve read in ages.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Tuesday, check out my review of a memoir I just loved for it’s humor, realness, carefully crafted ideas, and the insight it provides into life as the hearing child of two Deaf parents in A Loss for Words by Lou Ann Walker. This book was recommended by my ASL teacher.
Thursday I’ll post my review of Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber, a novel with a small dash of magical realism — blackbirds carrying messages from the dead to the living after a person eats a certain pie — and a heap of finding where you belong, even if where you should be is somewhere you’d never been.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 222