THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
I was sitting here thinking, “What did I even do this week??” And then I remembered it was 4th of July weekend. Given that I hate fireworks and don’t live near any family or in-person friends (I’m working on that!), it was Nick and me staring out the window at our 88-year-old neighbor’s house as she had a huge party. I’m guessing it’s all family because even though she likes us, we were not invited. I missed my family so much that Nick suggested we just get in the car and go, and I pointed out that we’d arrive around midnight, long after Biscuit’s bedtime! It turns out Biscuit was not having a great time in her city, either, for very aggravating reasons!
Nick and I ended up watching Funny Farm, a Chevy Chase movie I don’t hate because whomever wrote the script didn’t agree to let Chase randomly, without reason, honk his female co-stars boobs. (Tiny Rant: not only does Chevy Chase touch his co-stars sexually in many movies — his buddies were writing the scripts — but he and John Belushi also refused to do skits written by women during his time on Saturday Night Live).
Let’s see, Wednesday I visited my person for hospice, and Thursday morning I met up with my new friend Kim, who has the garage sale, and also Judy, who also had a garage sale. Apparently, I take garage sales as an indicator that we should be friends. We ate muffins and drank coffee and talked about family history. I brought two coffee mugs with some of my chick and hens in them to share. It was a thrilling feeling! I’m being, like, neighborly. I’m already picturing exchanging Christmas cards and small gifts this winter.
Thursday night I joined the online horror movie club out of Huntsville, Alabama. These folks are so fun and teach me lots of things. They’re mostly mid-twenties, so while they do not understand references to Pauly Shore, Jefferson Airplane, 9/11, or Cable Guy, they are happy with their generation. They’re confident, fulfilled, compassionate. Like, wow!
On Friday I hung out on Discord (which the twenty-somethings taught me to do) with Cupcakes & Machetes as well as IgnitedMoth. We visited for two hours, and my introvert brain started fading around the 75-minute mark. I kept thinking, “Hang in there and look normal, these people are cool!” And then I had to concede and watched a bit of my Friday night horror movie before passing out with over 30 minutes left.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
This week we got to meet K.B. Jensen. I’m not sure why she isn’t responding to comments, but I’ll talk to her publicist about it. I want interviews in which writers engage with the audience. Sorry about that. I’m looking into the future of the relationship with the publicist. However, if you’re into spooky, twisted short stories, Jensen’s book Love and Other Monsters sounds like a winner.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
You voted for it, so I’m delivering: The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker. I’m so glad you guys picked your favorite books from the twenty I’m hoping to get to (in the spirit of the 20 Books of Summer Challenge). Is Walker on your TBR? Is she a must-buy for the summer? If you’re not sure, maybe my review will guide you.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 180
Owned Books on TBR Today: 181 (I grabbed a few free books from the library sale!)
Thanks to Bill @ The Australian Legend for his recommendation.