THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
You ever see that cartoon image of a character attempting to windmill their arms to avoid falling over a cliff? This week felt like that because it was so full of tasks, but also a confusing schedule that required some cat-like reflexes. I traveled slowly to school in a snow storm on Monday (typical commute: 50 minutes, but this day’s: 80 minutes) only to learn that my one professor slid through a red light and decided to turn around and go home. Then, my other professor was ill and needed to get a COVID test. So, I ended up 50 minutes away from home in a snow storm, and no school.
Tuesday, we had a house inspection scheduled. I think due to the land being subdivided (this is currently happening), the address doesn’t pop up correctly on GPS. Instead, it takes people out by a trailer park on the south side of town. The poor inspector gent got lost, but once he arrived we went over everything. Nothing terribly surprising, though I did really notice how many holes (nails, screws, door knobs) there are in the walls. In a house that’s 72 years old, and I think only one family has lived in it, there’s been a lot of self-expressing via the walls.
Wednesday, I got an email that the professor who was ill was cleared to come back to campus, but several commuter students asked to join via Zoom because the temperatures were freezing. A few folks were sick, too, so she did Zoom class. Trying to avoid repeating mistakes, I emailed the interpreting professor if we were truly meeting in person, and she changed her mind and did Zoom class as well. I don’t know if it’s because I had two classes there weren’t in English or the Zoom aspect, but online school is exhausting and I feel even more for all the kids out there.
Friday involved a combo of in-person and online school (one professor there, the other called to daycare where her toddler had a fever). I started working on my new website, the one I’ll use when I graduate and get certified to interpret. I’ve decided to include a reflection blog on that site, meaning I want to get started now, looking back and analyzing lessons I’m learning. I also want to include learning reflections. Interpreters have to stay up-to-date on all sorts of topics because you never know what kind of scenario you’ll be asked to interpret. For example, I might write about a movie I watched, or a podcast, or even work through some dictionary words and how the new word applies to something that I’ve been thinking about. Interpreters must have mastery in two languages. Some of us are still struggling with the English part. If you’re interested in following that blog, it will be up in the coming weeks.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
After reading through comments on my review of My Date with Satan by Stacey Richter, I realized just how many of my readers truly are 90s people. Several of us are about the same age, some Gen X, some elder Millennials. I guess I hadn’t thought about that because we’re leading such different lives, existing in different phases of life, and locations, too.
If you’re dipping your tootsie-toes into poetry, I highly recommend Button Poetry, a publisher whose work is accessible and interesting, but Rachel Wiley in particular. You get to see her growth and cutting humor (or anger) if you read all three collections. Or, you can start with the engaging Revenge Body collection.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I am truly stuck on writing reviews right now, and these two books are my last bumper crop. Ack! Anybody Can Do Anything by Betty MacDonald is her third memoir in which she relates how her sister Mary, a dreamer and schemer without a care in the world, kept Betty employed throughout The Depression. Review Tuesday.
Although I was concerned the essays edited by Virgie Tovar in Hot & Heavy would all be about clothes, I was wrong! Instead, I got a diverse, fascinating look at the lives of several fat women, pretty much none I’d heard of before, who come from so many backgrounds, with different hobbies, interests, hang-ups, sex drives, and yes, feelings about “fatshion.” Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 198
Owned Books on TBR Today: 197
Thanks to Nick, Christmas comes but twice a year when he forgets a package on his desk at work. I recall asking for Demystifying Disability, but I can’t remember where I first learned about it!