THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Okay, folks on here are getting as attached to Toad Man as I am, so I’ll start with an update there. Instead of hiding out in the corner or patrolling his perimeter, he was in the trenches, keeping his eyes peeled for danger. Or that mole. Something. I’m also not sure where there’s so much space between the floor and the wall that a fat toad can fit in there, but I try not to ask too many questions.
This week for garage sale friends coffee, we met at Judy’s house, which is decorated all in chickens. Yes, there are real chickens outside, too. And she had a big, fat, floofy cat named Paunch. Judy made us zucchini cookies with cream cheese frosting and zucchini chocolate bread. I brought pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I made, which was a silly choice as (duh) pumpkins are not in season right now. Which explains why it took me so long to find one can of pumpkin, and that one can was organic, and that one can was $4.
The blackberry adventures are still on! I made blackberry-banana-chocolate chip pancakes (BBCCP), which were nice and almost jammy. Though, I must confess that when you reheat your BBCCP the next day, the banana texture comes off rather like Van Gogh’s severed ear would feel like in your mouth. Currently, I’m flash freezing my latest blackberry collection. Can I say that blackberry thorns are a-holes of the worst kind? They’ll stab you in the flub, they’ll snatch the hat right off your head — they’ll even catch on the stick you brought to fight back the thorns, and you’ll have to have a tussle with a fricken’ bush.
This week I went to my cult/meditation class on Monday and realized that because the instructor has changed a couple of times (and I’ve only been there thrice), that we are repeatedly covering the same ideas regarding the theme, anger. Instead, I put my money down on the Ten Percent Happier app, which has daily meditation, podcasts, classes, etc. It’s the baby of Dan Harris, a national news anchor who had a panic attack on live TV, found meditation, and is a skeptic/atheist.
You know I love me a garage sale. Saturday, I found a spooky purse:
At a different sale I saw a sci-fi novel I wanted. I looked in my wallet and saw I had two $5 bills and also 33 cents. I wanted to offer these four elderly white folks 33 cents for the book, but lately I’ve noticed people want around $2 — for garage sale books! Yeesh. Anyway, I’m pumping myself up to make the 33 cent offer and chickened out, instead asking, “How much for this saucy sci-fi novel?” For reference:
And wouldn’t you know it, one old lady said, “25 cents. It’s about a whore house! I read it twice!” I didn’t know how to reply to this woman, who is likely in her 70’s, so I said, “You people are great!” and scooty-scooted myself out of there.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
Strike three with The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West. That’s three weeks in a row with a negative book review! I think most of you could see where I was coming from when I said that I just couldn’t read a book that reiterated the worst of American politics only a short while after they happened. I mean, I cancelled my NPR monthly donation because I couldn’t stand hearing about Trump anymore and instead have stuck to my heavy metal CDs for the last four years. But don’t forget, in the U.S., our campaign period is painfully long. We were laughing about Trump saying he was going to run, surprised he ran, astounded when he was popular, and dumbfounded he won. And then it was four years of a presidency. So, for me, I’ve done a tuck-and-roll off the train that is American politics.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
Alrighty, are you ready for a blast from the past? Because on Wednesday I’m reviewing Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love by Francine Pascal. What can you expect? I wonder if, like me, some of what I write about will surprise you. Remember, these books are labeled for ages 12+ and Double Love came out in 1983. What were teen girls concerned about then? For a bigger picture of that time period in girl books, check out this book, but for those notorious twins of Sweet Valley, come back Wednesday.
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: 185