THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Hi, there. It’s me. This week I went to my ASL class on Monday for final exam review part one and then the rest of the week was getting ready for Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, and post-Thanksgiving. I noticed on Twitter that many folks, out of respect for indigenous individuals, are asking people to stop celebrating Thanksgiving. This is a tough one; I don’t know anyone who is “celebrating” anything on Thanksgiving, but we do get it off every year. Given how few days off per year Americans get anyway, we’re just celebrating not working.
Nick and I headed to Biscuit’s house in central Michigan and stayed three nights. Here we are at Thanksgiving dinner:
We ate at noon with traditional turkey, green bean casserole, cheesy cauliflower, cowboy beans, and cranberry-ginger soda. Later, Biscuit and I got to do book club in person! She confesses to only nodding off once. I gotta spice up my book club game. I also texted with Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku, who celebrated with family and enjoyed her baby’s first Thanksgiving.
On Friday, Biscuit and my brother’s four kids put up her Christmas tree and decorations. The five-year-old was convinced it was Christmas Eve. The next day, when it snowed, the four-year-old was convinced it was Christmas. At least their time tables match? It doesn’t help that Nick and I brought presents to put under the tree so we have less to pack and store and scramble around with come Christmas.
Since it was Friday, I still watched a horror movie and ate popcorn, per the usual. The only difference is I grabbed a bag of microwave popcorn from a gas station on our way to Biscuit’s, and the S.O.B. only half popped. I usually make the p-corn on the stove. Thanks to Cupcakes & Machetes, who alerted me to the new release of Black Friday, I was able to see a holiday-themed movie. It wasn’t straight horror; the previews suggest a zombie movie, but it’s actually sci-fi/horror. I wanted to see Black Friday in theater with my brother, but COVID has made movie-going confusing. It wasn’t playing at the cinema even though it was supposed to, but I could rent it on Amazon for $6.99.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Everyone seemed quite enamored with Jen Fliss, whose Meet the Writer interview is quirky and honest and ends with a comment about a book club/LARPer hybrid that had my spouse giggling.
Everyone also seemed confused by me (and Lou @ Lou Lou Reads, by extension) for picking Fifty Favorite books. I’d argue both Lou and I are more focused on books that are or were important to us at different times in our lives. Lou’s gone the extra step to organize her books from top to bottom, whereas my fifty books are just in random order. I’m wondering if I should make it a project to reread and review the titles on there that I haven’t reviewed because I read them pre-Grab the Lapels…
I’ve actually had it in mind that I should re-read all of my books that are pre-GTL and review them then get rid of them if I don’t think I would read them again. Some books live on the shelf because I think I thought they were important at some point, but now, who can be sure?
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I love when the Preserve Eatonville Community have a book club meeting. Biscuit and I read Seraph on the Suwanee by Zora Neale Hurston and then “Zoomed” to Florida to talk about this interesting novel. Review on Tuesday.
Fat Angie is back in her third book, Fat Angie: Homecoming, by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo. An unconventional young adult novel that deals with truth and being heard, this rock’n’roll tale is interesting addition to the tradition of teen rebellion story. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 202
Thanks to Anne @ I’ve Read This for her recommendation!