THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Yet another wacky week! Was college always wacky, or is this new because of COVID? Well, not all things were COVID-related this week. I went to school on Monday for interpreting class. The ASL teacher’s daughter is still sick, so she is petitioning for the class to become online/hybrid instead of emailing us each day cancelling. Since the course was already structured as a flipped classroom, this should work out great. I do hope to see her on Zoom at least once per week!
Then, a giant snow storm hit the entire region, so school closed for all in-person learning Wednesday and Thursday (I only go to campus MWF).
When I looked outside, I thought there were only a few inches, but when Nick and I left the house to get groceries Thursday night, we spent quite a while trying to get about a foot of snow off my car.
Everyone is sick — sick with something, whether it’s COVID or stomachaches or allergies or headcolds. Everybody got something. I got a stomachache that took me out all Saturday, but to be honest, my stomach felt like lava, which is a red flag that I need to eat better, not that I have a bug. I definitely stress ate this whole past week. Ugh.
On a positive note, I ran a vocab drill with three classmates, and I’ve memorized a bunch of signs for personality traits: afraid, annoying, arrogant, boring, big-headed, broken-hearted, complaining, considerate, embarrassed, emotional, friendly, frustrated, funny, grumpy, hard-working, helpful, humble, interesting, laughing from the belly, lazy, loyal, mean, mischievous, motivated, motor-mouthed, negative, nosy, outgoing, personality, polite, positive, rude, stubborn, strong, serious, shy, sick-of-it, smart, stupid, weak, and worried. Whew! I can’t believe I memorized the signs AND the list itself, though I had to peek and confirm I knew all the S words. That took about 75 minutes to learn.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Did I blog this week???? Technically I did, except I got it all set up a week or so back. Whew! Good on past me. She’s a champ. I do, however, need to get to your blogs. I see the oldest unread post comes from Karissa @ Realizing Grace on February 1st. Yeesh.
Betty MacDonald was back, forced to hustle with her sister Mary through the Great Depression. Whether it was Betty’s inability to type when Mary told everyone Betty was speedy, or Betty sitting in a warehouse in the dark with a stranger stuffing envelopes, she always had a gig thanks to Mary, who said it: Anybody Can Do Anything.
I’m so glad Virgie Tovar reached out to a variety of people to get their experiences as fat women. The contrasts, the different attitudes and writing styles, the situations that sound familiar but are processed in personal ways by each writer. It was a great collection, so if you can get your hands on it, please do read Hot & Heavy.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Last week I mentioned getting stuck on how to write blog posts because so much of my bandwidth is in use. Also, you know how you feel sorta-kinda-umm-okay about a book, and those are the hardest ones to review?? I had a few of those, too. But I pushed through, so you’re getting two reviews next week!
On the Beat of Truth by Maxine Childress Brown is a memoir about her, but in the context of growing up with two Deaf parents. This is a black family in the U.S. before the Civil Rights Movement, so you can see what people mean when they say we must examine the individual life through intersectional identities (black, woman, man, southern, Deaf, poor, etc.). Review Tuesday.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub is one of those books that sounded interesting on the surface but turned a bit more beach ready than I expected. This is one of the problems with deeming books “literary.” Anyone can do it, and then I have an expectation of being challenged. This is also why I sometimes categorize books as men’s or women’s fiction — not that the gender says something about the seriousness of the work, but whose issues the book is mainly concerned with in a book that doesn’t fit into an obvious genre (sci-fi, action, comedy, etc.). Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 197
Owned Books on TBR Today: 197
Thanks to Sue @ Whispering Gums for her recommendation!