THIS WEEK’S STAND-OUT MOMENTS
Welp. Lots of folks across the globe had something to say about me working at the bakery, and I appreciate that everyone cares about me so much. I mean, truly. I ended up writing an email to my manager later last Sunday afternoon resigning effective immediately. Which . . . wasn’t ideal because the bakery is closed Sunday and wouldn’t be open Monday for Labor Day, so she got it Tuesday. And I was scheduled to work Wednesday. What is both a nightmare and a relief is that Indiana is a will-to-work state, meaning I can be fired for no reason (excepting race, gender, age, religion, etc.), without warning, immediately. But I can also quit, for no reason, without warning, immediately. The manager was kind, and I do plan to go back and get some a caramel apple muffin (the muffin of the month!), but Biscuit says maybe wait a wee bit. But I’mma get me a September muffin of the month.
Now, I’m just trying to get into the rhythm of part-time student life. I study signs every day, including ones I think I should know (75 so far) and ones we pick up in class (43 of those). The hard thing about ASL is that there isn’t a dictionary the same way we have English dictionaries. It’s all community based, so if someone does a sign I don’t know, I can’t go look it up; I have to find someone, try to recreate the sign, and hope they know. If I know the English word for a sign, then I can look up what the ASL. I literally just emailed a classmate and described a sign I don’t know, elaborating with, “If her hand got any closer, that would be the sign for the face-hugger from Alien.” Fingers crossed he knows it.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
How can you dink up a slasher novel with so many huge issues? Gina Wohlsdorf managed it in Security with a poor choice of narrator, a Final Girl who didn’t quite make sense at her job, and a biker bad boy from the past who pulls up on just the right day. Anyhoo, I’m going to check out some (better, I hope) horror novels from Undertow Publications. They were complaining on Twitter the other day how folks should buy e-books instead of paperback due to cost of printing, shipping, etc. I’d never head of them, but their titles sound cool and they’re only $4.00 if you buy them on their site.
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell is the epitome of Midwestern short stories. In some cases, the farmer wife role traverses down the generations, and other times mothers and daughters are miles apart, misunderstanding the motives of the other. While I liked this collection, I recommend Campbell’s novel, linked in my review this week, emphatically.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I’d never heard of Jessi Klein before I watched the adult cartoon Big Mouth on Netflix, but she has a history of writing for other comedians, like Amy Schumer, and does some of her own stand-up specials. You’ll Grow Out of It is not a memoir, but a collection of essays that capture some of the funniest and most important moments in the comic’s life. Review Tuesday.
There’s some overlap in Kiss Me, Nate! by Judy Bagshaw: the plight of the high school English teacher, the plight of the amateur community theater, the plight of the single woman who isn’t in her twenties, is tall, and also fat. All these plights might make you think Bagshaw’s novella is depressing, but it’s a fun, fast read. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 210