THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Since the last two weeks were so busy, I got behind at Grab the Lapels. I worked on three papers for interpreting class. The first was a Demand-Control Schema, a concept originally developed by a cardiovascular doctor. He recognized that other people, the setting, and the situation create things he must pay attention to. They may not be “demanding,” but are demands. Controls are things about himself that he can manage. A very basic example is the doctor knows the hospital is colder than he wishes (demand), but he can wear layers (a control). Thus, my assignment was to choose a field of interpreting (I picked medical), examine two case studies, analyze the demands and controls for each, and then contact two interpreters who work in the medical setting and interview them about both case studies.
I also had a performance interpreting assignment. Though the professor likely meant plays and musicals, I watched a poetry reading on Zoom that had two interpreters and analyzed what they did differently from “straight” interpreting. Then, I interviewed one of the interpreters, who lives in San Francisco, making the three hour time difference challenging! She talked to me while driving to a play rehearsal (she also acts), and I could hear a siren the whole time. Either San Francisco has lots of emergencies, or I was interviewing this lovely lady while she was making a getaway. We weren’t required to interview the performance interpreter, but I was too curious. She went to Julliard for acting and performed in the prestigious National Theatre of the Deaf.
Lastly, I attended a professional development workshop because I had a paper due for that, too. Basically, what did we learn, what were our general observations, etc. The topic was ethics, which I mentioned last week, and in the paper I mostly write about another attendee with almost forty years of experience interpreting who definitely seemed like he did everything unethical in his power. Later, I realized this guy may have been contrary to provoke us to respond and think. Very tricksy… Sunday, Biscuit and Dad stopped in town on their way back home, so we spent Saturday night and Sunday morning together (hence the late Sunday Lowdown last week).
SO! In total, with all the hours of interviews and paper writing, with closing on the house and Nick doing the big interview, and later him driving to Pennsylvania for a bachelor party (he survived!), there was a lot going on. This week has been slower. After Nick got home late on Sunday, he left his suitcase by the door. No big deal, except Kitty equates suitcase with WHY EVERYBODY ABANDON MEEEE?? Then, on Monday Nick found our he did not get that job and was understandably upset, which Kitty also saw…
Tuesday, when I had planned to relax from all the meetings, paper writing, travelling, interviews, visiting, etc., Kitty was just too overwhelmed and threw up all over the apartment. I spent most of the day trying to calm her by sitting on the couch with her favorite blanket, and getting her to lay on me. Many uncomfortable hours were spent like this (I couldn’t move). It looks way more relaxing in photos to be sat upon for hours with a book.
Thursday, I was thinking about all your responses to the exercise post I shared recently. Every single one of us has some traumatic experience with exercise, and I felt blazing pissed. I typically do the same exercise video because I know it is more high intensity, but the last few times I did it, I was going through the motions with glassy eyes. I thought about Stefanie’s post about joy. I did not feel joyful. I switched it up and chose a workout video to Motown Classics and was giggling. And next thing I knew I was wondering why I didn’t know I had muscles in my ankles, and that they could burn, while listening to “Get on the Good Foot.” Probably because no one tells you to tone up those ankles? I did feel joyful, though!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Just the one review! Alas!
Okay, we’re over it. Deaf & Sober by Deaf artist and addiction counselor Betty G. Miller is an informational book about the challenges D/deaf addicts face and the threats posed to their sobriety. The hurdles are around every corner, many of them related to money or culture. Several folks shared that my blog teaches them things, and while the point of a review blog is to advise readers on what to pick up, I’ve slowly shifted over toward informational instead of persuasive. Well, especially since many books I’ve read lately are hard to get or out of print.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I think I’m going to just aim for one review per week until finals (April 26-29) are over. So, on Wednesday (so nice and middle-of-the-week) plan on a review of Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladau. This one was a Christmas present from Nick that discusses how to be an ally and how to move past all the rude, ableist things you’ve done intentionally or accidentally and continue to do — because we all do.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 186
Owned Books on TBR Today: 186
Thanks to the Captain’s Quarters for reaching out and suggesting two books she knew I would find interesting! Also, to Bill @ The Australian Legend for always being persuasive about twenty-something books.