THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Greetings! It’s already Sunday morning as I wrote this post, which means some of you likely were wondering where it was. It’s been an extraordinary week with college starting and my parents visiting for Labor Day weekend. I believe I mentioned recently that I have three classes: Interpreting Ethics, Interpreting 1, and ASL 5. I also am partnered with a senior student, and we interpret a communication research class. I’ve been watching my partner, but on Friday I gave interpreting a try myself. The topic was the experiment that took place in the U.S. post-WWII when a doctor named Keys got folks to sign up for a starvation test to see how food rationing affected Europeans during the war. I accidentally kept signing NOT-HUNGRY instead of NO-FOOD. Oops. No one in the class is Deaf; professors are first contacted, and if they agree, let us sit in their classroom for practice.
Biscuit and Dad arrived Friday for a weekend visit. Early Saturday morning, Biscuit and I partook in a Donut & Dash charity race. I did the Fun Mile and she did the 5K.
Both Friday and Saturday night I was busy; two dinner events in the Deaf community took place. While we are required to spend fifteen hours with the Deaf community for ASL 5, it’s also important to learn more about the community, too. I’m always honored that I’m allowed to join! I try to think, “Yes, I want to get to know people,” but I’m also aware that I’m there to learn, and not everyone is so kind about allowing students to “watch” them, so to speak. I try to imagine myself in their shoes and be both friendly but unobtrusive. I’m still learning a lot and feel deep gratitude to everyone I meet.
Before the first dinner event, I realized I had never actually ordered dinner with the Deaf community. I sent a video message to my former ASL teacher, who is Deaf, to ask if it’s considered rude for me to order a meal with my voice, or if I should point or use text on my phone the same as everyone else. Amanda, if you’re reading this, thank you so much for your help! I was nervous, and you gave me courage.
Since I am writing this post Sunday morning, I’ll add that I’m super excited that my parents, spouse, and I are going to a special cinema on the campus of Notre Dame this afternoon where we will watch Fire of Love, a movie about two volcanologists who are married and what life is like studying volcanoes together. I’m pumped because I’ve always (somewhat quietly) loved Earth Sciences, and this theater has a THX sound system, the one developed my George Lucas that rivals them all and makes Dolby speakers sound wimpy. GIVE ME THE VOLCANOES AS LOUDLY AS POSSIBLE!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
Another very quiet week at Grab the Lapels, but to be fair, I was also quiet on your blogs. When school starts up, I have to figure out my schedule. If I don’t plan a time to sit down and blog hop, it won’t happen. Currently, my scheduled slot is 9:00-9:30 at night, but that hasn’t panned out. I might start taking my laptop to school and reading blog posts during my lunch break. Anyway, the Ludmilla Petrushevskaya book sounds scary, and actually has “scary” on the cover, but I don’t find her work scary in particular. Sometimes a bit haunting, sometimes you say, “Oh, no!” but then things work out differently from what you think. I do believe most readers of this blog would enjoy There Once Was a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
Tara Lynn Masih has a new book coming out, and to get the word around, she’s partaking in a blog tour. On Wednesday, Masih will share an excerpt from one of her stories in How We Disappear and add notes to explain what she was thinking when she wrote that particular scene.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 197
Owned Books on TBR Today: 195
Nothing added to the TBR.