THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
No fear, friends. I am totally alive. Biscuit called me Sunday afternoon. I said, “Hello?” She said, “What’s wrong?” It is now Monday in the U.S. I believe it’s Tuesday in Australia.
This weekend time slipped through my fingers on multiple occasions. Due to heavy rain in the forecast we tried moving things to the house in the mornings. Saturday was book day part 2. Sunday was plant day. I hate moving plants. The African violets will easily snap off leaves and then I’m sad. But the cacti try to inflict the most damage possible, like they think they’re some sort of video game super hero and we’re in a boss battle. In fact, I almost took a cactus to the face. Another one dropped its dying limbs all over the carpet, but I didn’t notice at first, so I played “find the feet stabbers” for a while.
There was also a moment that made me quite angry on Saturday: Nick and I decided randomly to go to a Habitat for Humanity resale store where I found a solid dresser in excellent condition. I looked that thing over meticulously because the store has a no refund/exchange policy. The dresser wouldn’t fit in the car, so we went home to get the other car, which has a hatchback. When we got back the dresser was damaged — a huge chunk off the corner of the top drawer was missing. Nick has decided this is now our “perseverance dresser” because we’re going to find a way to make it look normal.
And that was just the weekend. Last week I had my ASL final exam, so I am finished with that class. Although I knew all the content very well, I felt like a muppet as I answered questions. For instance, describe two interesting things about yourself. I picked that I used to ride motorcycles (as a passenger) and I like horror movies. Then, I didn’t notice that we were supposed to explain our skill level in regards to what we do. So then I was trying to convince my teacher that I am skilled at riding on the back of a motorcycle because I can both read books and sleep back there. How do you explain you’re a skilled movie watcher? I made an effort to state that I know the characters and years the movies were released and the actors. One of my classmates has ridden horses her whole life, and I was so jealous that she does a thing that requires, like, skill.
Next week is my Intro to Interpreting final, and I also need to finish the requirements for my ASL website for my tech class. I recorded the last video (we need 8) and have to add closed captions. I don’t love this video even though I love the topic — you guys! I’m really struggling to make my face match my emotions while making my eyebrows do ASL grammar. Currently, my brain will do one or the other.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
My most recent review was a short story collection called Women Up On Blocks by Mary Akers. While I enjoyed all of the stories, the one I keep thinking about is the woman whose father passed away. I included a quote about what the family was given after he was deceased (dentures, glasses — things worn out and useless). Do you remember any item in particular that belonged to someone who passed away? After my grandfather, a man I did not know and never met, passed away, I was given a baby picture he had of me that he’d kept on his wall, if I remember correctly. I think about that.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
True Biz by Sara Nović is all the buzz, it seems. Have you added it to your TBR? I was fully immersed in this novel. You know, one of those books that makes you forget about time and space. My main question is this: to what extent do readers need to know Deaf culture to enjoy Nović’s novel? I’ll think about it more as I write my review for Wednesday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 181
Owned Books on TBR Today: 179
Thanks to Sue @ Whispering Gums for sharing a link to the Annabel Smith post, which led me to adding a new book. I added the book about ethics after it was mentioned in my interpreting textbook. The volcano book is one I’ve been meaning to add after I went to an online author discussion with Robin George Andrews.