THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Last week I regaled you with the tale of the mice that invaded my car. Though it scared me, I am thankful that Jeanne @ Necromancy Never Pays mentioned how in the past mice chewed the wires in her car. Being both practical and frugal, I went to the store and bought that classic mouse trap, the kind you picture when I say “mouse trap,” and set up four in our garage. There are loads of options that include chemicals or lots of plastic so you don’t have to see the dead rodents. That’s not for me. Wood, metal, cheese. That’s the idea. So far, we’ve captured (what a euphemism for murdered) five mice. We didn’t use cheese; I do believe they like new peanut butter better than old honey. There’s also something thrilling about the fact that the traps go flying through the air when they are tripped. It’s a deadly ballet.
Speaking of being frugal, I’m rethinking my thermostat. I keep it at 67F. Not 68F, which I prefer and is recommended, but 67F because for every degree lower in the winter, you save money. However. Yesterday I was baking cookies for a party and discovered that though I had left butter on the counter for two days to become “room temperature,” it was still hard. I could not get this stuff to be light and fluffy, even with the hand mixer on high. Just hard pebbles of butter. I apologize to everyone who has ever set foot in my house. Also, I’m not changing the thermostat.
Now that school is out for winter, I have more free time, meaning I’ve been volunteering several hours with both hospice and the friends of the library book sale. My time with hospice is teaching me much about honoring others and being flexible. Sometimes I’m putting my shoes on to leave and the plan has changed, or a day I thought had nothing to do is now filled with companionship. Do you volunteer?
Something I mentioned casually last week but am announcing this week is that I am transferring to another college. I’m looking forward to joining a new community of learners and teachers and hope to have the guidance, fellowship, and practical experience I’m looking for. After the new year I’ll sign up for ASL 4 and Fundamentals of Interpreting. The first day of class is an unbelievable January 5th!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
I’m glad I could interest so many of you in Fat, Pretty, and Soon to Be Old by Kimberly Dark. It’s a great little collection that was recently published, so if you don’t want to buy it, be sure to put in a request for purchase at your local library. While I respect the drive women in their twenties have, sometimes I want to relate to someone around my age, or who is older and has some wisdom to drop — and it sounds like many of you feel the same.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
Things get hectic for all of us come Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year, so I’m going to kick back, relax, and bring you Sweet Valley High for the holidays. The premise is simple: Jessica wants to be the Christmas parade queen, and Elizabeth wants to be reunited with her steady boyfriend. But, in an unusual twist, because parents are usually absent in young adult books, the Wakefield parents invite in a strange house guest. Check out my thoughts on 1985’s Special Christmas, a Sweet Valley High Super Edition, this Wednesday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 184
Owned Books on TBR Today: 184 for the third time in a row!
*Special book announcement! I can go on and on about S.M. Reine’s books, which are paranormal and amazing and get me tangled up emotionally. I’ve reviewed several of her series and interviewed her, too. Well, until January 1st, you can get literally every single one of her books for free. Click here to take advantage of the sale!*
Thanks to Lou @ LouLouReads for her recommendation.