THIS WEEK’S STAND-OUT MOMENTS
In the past week I’ve felt quite proud with how much I studied for ASL and the fruit it bore. I ended up helping my group (we’re assigned a new small group each unit) learn more about everyday rules and fact sharing. However, for reasons unknown my anxiety was super high this week. I could not pinpoint a reason, but that happens sometimes when you have chronic anxiety. I had to work with the shakes, and on Wednesday I even teared up a tiny bit before class before I reeled it in. One thing to remember about deaf people is they are so visually oriented that they miss little, so I ended up needing to explain to my teacher that I am happy, but my brain thinks something wants to kill me because she was concerned I was upset.
Thursday I did a presentation in Deaf Culture class on George M. Teegarden, a Deaf teacher, writer, editor, and printer who was born in 1852. He taught deaf children in Pennsylvania for 48 years. Many students presented that night, and due to the number of students, social-distancing restrictions, and the fairly small size of classrooms at my college, we meet on Zoom. Just before it was my turn, a fat, lazy fly was bopping around the room. 😐 What the heck? And then, a bee started making dive bombs at my head. 😐😐 I can assure you I don’t typically live in a buggy residence! And then my cat started jumping at the fly. 😐😐😐 Meanwhile, my professor has noticed all this and asked if I was okay. I muted my mic and video and had Nick try to chase down at least the bee. For our presentations, we were supposed to share our screen and use a PowerPoint, but thanks to my new/used laptop, the settings were all wrong and wanted to restart completely to update before I could screen share. 😐😐😐😐 The entire time I was presenting for 30% of my total grade, Nick was standing just off to my left, off camera, with a flip flop in hand, waiting for the bee to land so he could destroy it. 😐😐😐😐😐 You guys. OMG.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Everyone seemed rather intrigued by She Killed Him First by S.M. Reine, though understandably some folks wouldn’t be comfortable reading a story that is so deeply representative of much that is terrible about the U.S., especially as it relates to children. If you are interested and able, please grab a copy. Reine is a compelling author.
I’m quite gleeful about how fresh yet familiar The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey was. A few commenters stated that they are getting more convinced that they might want to check out the Valdemar series! If you have any questions about where to start — I know it’s a big series, but it is broken down into trilogies for the most part — let me know! Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku is still reading along with me, but the first year of motherhood, a endless house renovation, and working from home for eighteen months has been a lot, so you may not see reviews from her as regularly. Please know she is very much the other half of #ReadingValdemar.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
On Tuesday I have a gentle “horror” novel to share with you. The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon is a classic sort of haunted but not haunting novel perfect for those of you who want to get into Halloween spookies but avoid all the knife-wielding maniacs or solider werewolves or German vampires on airplanes.
Thursday is totally different. Biscuit and I read a historical fiction novel about an era of change in American religion: The Great Awakening. Hooboy! Spider in a Tree by Susan Stinson was certainly contained new information for us!
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 207