THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
There has low-key been some drama around the lawn mower stuff I told you about a few weeks ago. Mainly, the entire agreement has been altered from how it started, and while I’m still trying to work on being flexible (I need that to be a good interpreter!), I also have anxiety when the future is shifty. Though I started quite angry and felt used, everything pivoted when I spoke to the neighbor herself, who is 88, instead of her children. You guys, she’s so fricken’ sweet. She can have my house back if she wants, she’s so sweet. Within 24 hours, there was calm in the Page household once again…even with the new lawn equipment contract.
Wednesday, I took my Intro to Interpreting final exam. The professor acknowledged that the exam period is two hours, but that we wouldn’t need it. Y’all, I only finished with 12 minutes to spare. I got particularly stuck on a matching section because the test is online, and there were about 20 terms to match, so I couldn’t see my options all at once. Just lots of scrolling. Plus, some of the terms were things like, “An interpreting assignment is…” I wanted to say, “A job for which I get paid??” but that was not a choice in the drop-down menu. I do appreciate essay answers more, because I always have something to say — yet I recognize that using an online tool that can grade for you is helpful when you’re so busy! There was one essay question that was about what you can do as an interpreter when your client is a fantastic dancer, but there is some person who is half wildebeest in the class who keeps crashing into you while you interpret.
Wednesday evening I convinced Nick to go to the house with me so I could attack the landscaping. I almost landscaped myself right into a hospital. Apparently, an hour of doing squats, cutting tree limbs, and replanting flowers will nearly kill a person, even if she does her Motown Dance video almost every day, thankyouverymuch. There were so many beautiful moments, though, like a random fluffy cat that followed us around. And discovering what I thought was 1-2 daffodil bulbs that cropped up in an old burn pile being 7.
And cutting back a ton on a lilac bush to let it grow its fabulous self without the dead weight. I tried to replant some violets from the yard in a confined landscaped area to encourage them to flourish there instead of the lawn, where they get mowed. But then I discovered this:
I’ve also waged a fierce battle worthy of medals and honor and lots of Diet Dr. Pepper when I attacked these fricken plants — at least fifty of them:
What is this vile piece-of-trash plant?? And it’s a spreader, too! It got into the landscaped area and is spreading into the lawn… or vice versa. I’m going at digging them out so aggressively because if they spread all over my yard, we’re gonna have a problem. I have gardening gloves, and the sharp edges of the leaves even stab through. Ugh!
Lastly, I’m encouraging the spready plants I do like to spread: there are purple violets, white/purple violets, and I moved some of the chick-and-hens to a different part of the house. The chick-and-hens are spilling out of the landscaped area and trying to take over the decorative stones, and I so excited about how they’ve flourished! I have it on good authority* this should work.
*It’s Biscuit. Biscuit is the authority.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
True Biz by Sara Nović is on all the must-read new releases in 2022 lists. Folks didn’t have a ton to say about this one in the comments, and I wondered if that was due to the desire to read it without an opinion in their head? I know that’s something I do. Maybe I read your recommendation and get excited to add a book, but if I read the book and then see your review, I have to wait until I’m done reading to engage with what you say. Otherwise, another reader’s thoughts will color my own.
What I do like best about True Biz is the way it engages with many aspects around language and the importance placed (or not) on hearing. You can enter a conversation about Nović’s novel from many entry points, and I know this would make a fantastic book club discussion pick.
next WEEK’S BLOG POST
It’s an interview! Sara Rauch’s book sounds intriguing, so it’s quite possible I’ll read it one of these days. I read through the press release on Rauch’s forthcoming memoir, and was pulled right in: “Sara Rauch is in a long term, committed relationship with another woman when she begins a low-residency MFA in fiction. Though it goes against the promises she’s made, she
finds herself pulled into an intense affair with a married man, a well-known writer in the program.” Ooooh, gossip in the MFA program! Interview on Wednesday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 179
Owned Books on TBR Today: 181 It went up, lol
Thanks to the Captain @ Captain’s Quarters for her suggestion!