THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Okay, school has for realzies started now, and I’ve been running around like a nut bar ever since. I appreciate how my Introduction to Interpreting class is preparing us in a real-world way, and we’ve talk a lot about physical presentation, including what you wear. Certain colors blend with your skin tone, making it hard for a Deaf person to read your signing. Hair, jewelry, tattoos, sunglasses, these are all things to consider. So, choose wisely.
ASL 4 is doing the flipped classroom method this semester, so we don’t really have homework. However, that 4th credit hour should largely be students immersing themselves in the Deaf community. I’ve joined several MeetUp.com groups with varying success. One gent accused his dog of being a clothing thief, and I saw it with my own eyes. Other times we play games based on ASL handshapes, or answer questions like, “If you ruled the world, who would you choose as an advisor?” I do struggle with the way some folks sign faster than Zoom is able to keep up with (it’s like watching that afterglow that sparklers make that allow you to write your name in the air), but I have yet to find myself in a situation in which I’m thinking, “What’s happening?????“
As a result of school, I’m behind on blogging, but that happens. I become fastidious about which posts I’ll read but try to write more meaningful, engaging comments on the posts I do read. It also took me too long to get back to some of you who left wonderful comments here, and for that I apologize.
The most surprising news for many of you will be that Nick and I have almost completed everything in the process of buying a house. Three bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 8 acres (approximately 6 of those rented to a farmer, so according to the IRS we’re technically we’re homesteading), a barn with a hayloft converted into a two-car garage, and zero plans for how to mow the law or remove snow. We are so exciting! We’ve never owned a house before, but I just know we will be thoughtful, responsible home owners.
So, as you can image I’ve been a bit overwhelmed and trying to keep it under control. I can get shouty or freeze up. Sometimes I develop rashes, usually on the backs of my knees. I think being tense makes my muscles and joints hurt. My skin will definitely break out. All of these are signs that I am on the struggle bus. So, I do an exercise video that I don’t hate 100% to try and calm down. It’s one aerobic mile to the beat of music, and I ignore the lady’s comments about losing weight or walking off her entire lunch in one mile (which I do believe would equal 2 carrots and a raisin for a meal).
Or I eat cookies. Whatever.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Your comments this week on my review of The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd garnered some conversation I don’t think we’ve had before at Grab the Lapels. Do folks enjoy books in which a historical person was fictionalized? Do folks enjoy books in which the story of Jesus Christ is reimagined? I’m interested because I don’t know how people feel about historical fiction beyond the sappy, romanticized novels about WWII that are flooding the market these days. I also wonder how people feel about different versions of the Bible, which inevitable present Christ’s life in different hues and shades.
Then, instead of a book by a D/deaf person, I shared The Hearing Eye by Catherine Coppes in which the author learns she is hard of hearing and must adapt to hearing aids. Many commenters focused on the transition the brain must make from being used to dull noises (or some noises even being absent) to hearing things the ears haven’t processed in years. Yet, I’d love for readers to think about the start of Coppes journey, when she first made fun of a hard-of-hearing woman and then spent years belittling her family for poor elocution.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Okay, I have two new-to-2022 genres coming at you this week! First, a short story collection. Stacey Richter’s My Date With Satan just screams 1990s riot grrrl, and each story within the book is its own living world. Get read for Richter on Tuesday.
Then, on Thursday a brand-new poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose collections I love, called Revenge Body. The author’s themes reach beyond her work in the past and got darker than I expected, so prepare yourself for some poems.
Can I just say I’m so glad I read and reviewed like a frantic muppet over the winter break in preparation for knowing the start of the semester would be so busy? This is me today saying, “Thank you, past me, for being a hero and preparing these book reviews.”
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 201
Owned Books on TBR Today: 198