THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Good afternoon, American friends in the Eastern Standard Time Zone! Happy Monday to those on the other side of the globe, notably the Australian folks. Sorry for the late Sunday Lowdown. I’ve only missed my deadline of 6:00AM Sunday one time, and I received texts, comments, and emails asking if I was okay. You guys are the friends I couldn’t have imagined. What kept me back this time is I spent all Saturday at a professional development workshop about ethics in interpreting. The event ran eight hours, plus two hours round trip for the drive. Then, I had to write up my paper about the event before I forgot anything and submit that for my introduction to interpreting class. By 8:00PM it was time to head to a hotel a couple miles away to meet Biscuit and my dad, who had just arrived in town. They stopped as part of their journey back home from their vacation in Arizona so they could see our new house. Nick is currently in Pennsylvania for a bachelor party (thoughts ‘n’ prayers), so it was just the three of us. Thus, no time to get to this post! Here is what has been happening:
Last Sunday morning started out with a friendly meeting with our new farmer. He’s an elderly gent who’s going to rent our 7.5 acres. I could tell he’d clearly gotten all dolled up for our meeting, and he’s super handsome, too. Like a dapper Sean Connery type with overalls and everything.
Monday we met the owner of the company that’s going to repair all the aesthetic issues with the walls throughout the house and paint everything. We chose a color called Dorian Gray. Well, mostly I picked the color and then tried to describe it to Nick, who is color blind but likes to be involved. Once the wall people are done we will slowly start moving things over, a bit each day. Our current lease on our apartment isn’t up until June 30th, so no need to rush.
After we met with the wall guy, next-door-Marjorie (Remember her? The 87-year-old lady who sold us the house?) came over, asking if I’d called her house phone. I had not, but while she had me in conversation, she gave me a gazing ball from her garage. She already has one, and now we can match. How cute! (update: when I took Biscuit and my dad over to see the house the morning of the 27th, the gazing ball was broken, for the wind knocked it over 😭😭😭).
This week I met with my advisor to choose fall classes. I’m signed up for ASL 5, Ethics, and Interpreting 1. I also added Deaf History and Subcultures during the May-mester. Okay, apparently they don’t call the May semester “May-mester” at Goshen, but that’s what we called it at the last college where I taught.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Stacey Levine’s short story collection My Horse didn’t get a ton of attention, but that’s okay. I know folks feel funny about short stories, and this is the third collection I’ve reviewed recently. And then Zora!, edited and assembled by N.Y. Nathiri, led me to learn more about Eatonville, Florida and the community there. During the book club discussion, I learned there are a number of new restaurants in Eatonville that are drawing quite the culinary crowd. Biscuit, did you end up reading this one? If you did, leave a comment on the post!
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Betty G. Miller is a famous Deaf artist known for her contributions to De’VIA (Deaf View/Image Art, which is a group that celebrates artwork that captures the Deaf experience). When I looked for books about her, I discovered Deaf & Sober. I thought it was a memoir; however, it is a book about how Deaf people experience recovery from drug and alcohol addiction based on her experiences as an addiction counselor of over twenty years. Review Tuesday (I hope).
Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladau is a guide on how to talk to and interact with folks who have disabilities so you do not perpetuate oppression. You may not realize you’re doing it. For instance, in the ethics workshop I went to this weekend, I learned the more you help D/deaf people, the more you oppress them. Review Thursday (I hope).
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 187
Owned Books on TBR Today: 186
Thank you, Bill @ The Australian Legend, for introducing me to Nalo Hopkinson!