THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
As December 25th approached, much of the week was dedicated to getting ready for it. On Tuesday the spouse and I baked three kinds of cookies so we could make little baggies to stick in the stockings at my folks’ house. There were butterscotch gingerbread stars, cranberry white chocolate chip cookie mix from Ten Thousand Villages, and the cream cheese chocolate chip cookie recipe recommended by Cupcakes and Machetes. Wednesday was Biscuit book club (during which Nick continued to construct his Franken-gift), and then Thursday we hit the road.
First, we stopped to meet his dad, and I was so glad to see him. It had been two years due to COVID. Then, we headed to my parents’ house to meet up with Biscuit and Dad, and their next-door neighbors: my brother, his wife, and their four children. Here are some photos:
I received all sorts of lovely presents, from popcorn to candles, and a horror movie-watching blanket to a calendar with images done by a Deaf artist. And what was Nick constructing all that time??? OMG, color me in left field, because I did not see this coming (no, that is not sarcasm). It is a Jason Voorhees hockey mask with this gizmo that has something like fifty horror movie quotes. You boop Jason’s nose and it will say a quote to you. And it’s designed to hang on the wall! Is this love? Yes, yes it is. Thank you, Nick!
Also, my surprise is out: Nick now knows that Cupcakes & Machetes and I have been scheming to organize a trip to visit her and her spouse in their city. During the visit we will take Nick to a brewery (I call these experience gifts)! He loves craft beer, and this will be an over-night getaway in an old hotel.
On Christmas Day I somehow convinced everyone to watch a horror movie called Frozen. Three idiots get on a ski lift when they’re told it’s dangerous and then are stuck up there, way high in the sky as they begin freezing to death. I said things like, “Everyone please be aware this idiot is going to jump out of the ski lift and snap both of his legs in a violent fashion. Brace yourselves!” And then he did, because they gotta earn that R-rating. While Nick and Biscuit were not terribly pleased, my dad and I did a lot of shouting at the TV and predicting how things could get worse. He said it was a crap movie, but also had a lil smile on his face. And to think the only convincing argument I needed was, “Clearly this is a Christmas movie; it has snow.”
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Most of the comments about Miss Claus by J.R. Hart focused on the cover. I know it looks like every mass-market paperback book about Christmas romance, but Miss Claus is about equality for women and transpeople, not a woman leaving The Big City to accidentally fall in love with a kind-hearted hunk in the country.
And then on Thursday we crossed the finish line. Three years of #ReadingValdemar, and it’s over because we caught up to the author. Thanks to everyone who read and commented.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Sometimes the objectives of academia and community work don’t match. When Susan Schaller is pushed to become a Registered Interpreter for the Deaf, she finds herself in a small classroom while waiting for a stable job. It is there she meets a deaf, languageless man. In fact, she meets many adults with no language, even though academia neither studies nor works with such persons. Learn more about what it takes to teach an adult nearly thirty years old the concept of language without using language in A Man Without Words on Tuesday.
It’s the end of the year, so it’s time to look back at my bookish stats. Which genres did I read? What formats did I most in? How many decades did I touch? Check out my lovely pie charts on Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 205