Thursday, August 11, 2022

Thursday Thoughts - Everything's all right, I'll just say good night and I'll show myself to the door

Blooms. Monday morning nothing, today something.
I am the toilet paper replacer. Sunday, in a public restaurant. Tuesday, private event at someone's home I don't know. Wednesday, my own home. I need to accept that this is part of my journey.
Summer foods, make me feel fiiiiiine.
Bruce's work day.
Every day is a good way to break generational cycles. Tuesday was my uncle's funeral services. My cousins and aunts did a wonderful job and the day was balanced between truth, grief, and laughter. It was great to sit with my cousins after. We don't see each other like we did when we were young. We are spread out and people have their own lives, families, and in-laws. We can be in touch more, and we're going to get a family weekend on the books next year at the shore. Every time something devastating and unexpected happens, we are all given an extra opportunity to be better going forward. That's ours to take or not.

Fetterman for PA. MFD and I attended a private event in Mt. Airy on Tuesday night with Senator Murphy from CT, John Fetterman and his wife Giselle. It was great to see John out in his typical hoodie as his typical self after his stroke earlier this year. 
I've heard enough from old white men. Period.

Happy birthday Carol! Our family activities director, one of the Musketeers, and a great adventure companion, stepmom, mother-in-law, and Cici!

Happy birthday Jared today also, a member of our framily via Stephen

No, YOU panic lost your bra in a bag at the mammogram place. In my defense, it was early, I was hangry, and I had no coffee. Get your yearly checks everyone!

You can mail your poop. Since I'm 45 and am removed enough from any familial history with colon cancer or issues, my first option was Cologard where your doctor facilitates a box being mailed to you, and you poop in it and send it to be tested and if it's okay you do not have to get a colonoscopy yet. Mailing poop. 2022. What a time to be alive. No photos of this. You're welcome. But take these tests please!

The reaction to this raid from the GOP is Anti-democracy. Anti-America. We are literally talking about a man who hired the current FBI Director, and who made it a point to sign a stricter law about confidential files, making it a felony. The party of Law & Order needs to apply that to everyone, including themselves. You're all fucking dangerous. Stop it.

Beauty this week. In Mt. Airy. Under the burgeoning Sturgeon Moon.

What appears beyond the hyphen in Thursday Thoughts titles is what I'm listening to when I'm starting this - this week is Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks, for my uncle

Monday, August 8, 2022

Snippets of the weekend 8.8.2022

Half at the shore, half in Philly. A quick hour on the beach after work. Cleaning and organizing our apartment. Walkable errands on Friday night, which are my favorite kind of errands. Contact paper project on our dresser. Tried the ice cream taco at Aloha (eh). Tomato sandwich season.

A hug with Jenny & Evan and the kids before they left town Saturday. An appointment for a window and door quote. An easy turnover with a house left in good shape so I could focus on some of the other things that are extra or that MFD typically does - cleaning window AC filters, vacuuming the porch rug, changing porch cushions, reorganizing linens, changing out bed pillows that have gone flat or lumpy. Catching up with neighbors about a fall project we're doing that will impact them. Catching up with incoming guests who have been with us for years and are some of our favorites. 

Saturday afternoon on the beach followed by an easy drive back to Philly, sushi pickup, and The Offer on Paramount+.

Sunday morning puttering. Painting my nails with something other than a nail restorer for the first time in weeks after the gel manicure from hell. Brunch in the city with Chris & Diana at The Dandelion

Pedicure at Sweetie's Nails (OPI Purple Palazzo Pants) in one of the many dying strip malls around. Power Breakfast Muffins to freeze. 

In addition to snippets here, I've taken to doing weekending reels on Instagram if you are interested. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Thursday Thoughts - If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine

Season winding down. We've entered August, the storied month where the crowds and our regular rental season wind down. We have two returning guests coming in in September, and a few family and friends coming through also that are not rentals although still have us occupied, but we are in the home stretch of rental season and are really looking forward to that and our great returning guests the next three weeks. Only one unknown to us guest left this summer. And a full list of fall house projects already. 
Happy birthday Evan! Happy to spend time with him, Jenny, and their kids on their vacation week. We made sure all the shades of blue and green were represented the other night.
Back at it. Zumba yesterday with all the 65+ crowd, which is mostly who attends community center classes in this shore town LOL. 
GenX forever. Also Wrestlemania coming to Philly!
Ivana in the grave reel. Have you seen this? It is hilarious in a macabre way, of course. Before anyone is like how is that funny your former grifter cult leader insurrectionist anti-America president buried his ex on a golf course to set himself up for business tax relief. Fuck off out of here. The nickname Don the Con didn't come out of nowhere.

Farmers Market stuff. Plus plums, peaches, cherries, and some amazing pizza from Tony's
My uncle died this week, and I'm still trying to process this. The best way for me to do that is writing, which I did in an IG caption. Continued love and support to my cousins and their families as well as my two aunts who have so much of their lives intertwined with his through shared history and children.

There is.

After work life. 7 pm swims. Coastal grandmother vibes. Soupy, sticky air.
A tale of two hobbies that coexist well. Reading and fishing.
Dog days of summer. 
PACT Act passes to help veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins, no thanks to a bunch of GOP Senators who are allegedly for the troops. Except Rand Paul, who is apparently just outwardly not anymore. He does not support paying for healthcare for vets because they cannot prove where their illnesses come from. It's weird that a man who has the very best healthcare coverage available does not want to pay for healthcare for people that put their lives on the line for this country. He has consistently voted for tax cuts for corporations and the 1%  without care for how much money that would cost us as a nation but draws the line at military veterans possibly gaming the system, just like he voted against sick 9/11 first responders. Hmm. Who is voting for this person and people like him? And why are you doing that?

Abortion. The people of Kansas overwhelmingly voted in favor of keeping abortion rights protected in their state Constitution. Atlanta gets an Abortion Fund. A 19 year old woman raises over $2M in response to disgusting misogynist pedophile underage sex trafficker rep from FL Matt Gaetz's anti-abortion remarks. The vast majority of Americans agree abortion should be legal. Stop electing people that go against majority opinion. That is not democracy when minority rule strangles all of us. Yellow backgrounds collected by DesignMom, periwinkle backgrounds collected by femislay

What appears beyond the hyphen in Thursday Thoughts titles is what I'm listening to when I'm starting this - this week is Ripple by The Grateful Dead

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Snippets of the Weekend 8.1.2022

Time with great friends you have known forever, pink skies, red wine, lingering too long in the backyard, and burgers in a Krispy Kreme makeshift bun are always cures for what ails you - thanks to Frank & Amanda for being the hosts with the mosts at their annual backyard barbecue.
Even when what ails you is a truly dirty turnover. Just nauseating. Including all that food and bev shoved behind a mattress on the top floor.

Those things were Saturday. Friday night I was at the shore solo with Billy. Sunday we hit the beach with Evan, Jenny, Griffin, and Quinn and I peaced out on the couch Sunday night to close out the weekend.

In addition to snippets here, I've taken to doing weekending reels on Instagram if you are interested. 

Last week's shit

This was originally titled maybe Thursday, maybe Friday. Now it's the next Wednesday, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but I edited some tenses. I don't use this space nearly like I used to, but thanks for storing the memories nonetheless.

Skies last week.
I meant to take something out of the freezer for dinner. But I didn't.

Applicable to America in particular.
Dinner at Guiseppe & Sons with Melissa last Tuesday. Loved the vibe of the restaurant, and the food - too dark to take photos inside, need flashlight to read menu but here's a photo of my pistachio cannoli the next day - and it was great to catch up with Melissa face to face. 

Liz Warren stumping for John Fetterman for Senate at Roy-Pitz Barrel House on Thursday night.
Mr. Teeth got his teeth done on Monday.

Monday, August 1, 2022

July 2022 Reads

Well, July and the last two weeks of June. Going forward I'll  keep to the months and post at the end of the month or the very beginning of the next month. I should just say whenever I get to it, because it's still for me and do people read blogs anymore anyway? I don't think so. I've tried to post what I read for the week in Instagram stories, but I am 50/50 consistent on that. 

Here's what I've been reading since mid-June:

Engrossing Reads

Upgrade by Blake Crouch - I devour Blake Crouch novels, and this one was no different. It might be my favorite since the Wayward Pines trilogy. Timely and so interesting even as a non SciFi type of reader. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Any Other Family by Eleanor Brown - This was a lot to think about. Some great commentary on what is expected of women as mothers, and how deep they bury those expectations even among “family.”

And what is family?

There were some things that I hated in regards to rigidity of characters and an almost carefree attitude of two men, but the more I think about it the more I think that might have been the point. Some people will absolutely hate this for the writing itself, it has a slightly syrupy combined with patronizing and omniscient type of flavor? Difficult to describe, but if you get a few chapters in and that's you hating it, stop. 

TW for infertility, adoption. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center - I loved everything about this, and disliked the main character for a much shorter time period than any other Katherine Center novel. A really good book to get you out of a reading rut. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier - I love starting a story and thinking it’s going to be about something and it’s really about something else. I enjoyed peeling back the layers on this one. Hillier has become a new favorite. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Do not know anything or care anything about tennis and I loved this. Carrie Soto forever. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review, publishes August 30

Passed the Time Just Fine
The It Girl by Ruth Ware - A few years back I decided Ruth Ware was not for me after thinking The Woman in Cabin 10 was absolutely ridiculous, and I have been happy with that path. I was sent this unprompted and decided to read it and it wasn't bad, I zipped through it and only raised my eyebrow a few times. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Corinne by Rebecca Morrow - This was slow the first 15%, and I would have liked more at the end that dealt with now life in exchange for some of the kissing or sex scenes - not in a prudish way but there were a lot of both, and I would have taken less of either and more dealing with life outside of their home? As a non-religious person all of that was difficult for me concept-wise. Overall passed the time fine. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin - A new book by the author of AJ Fikry? I tried to temper my expectations going in and I'm glad I did. I have absolutely zero interest in gaming and anything associated with it and Zevin managed to hook me into the story anyway. The relationships and characters were excellent, deep, memorable - the main characters and also the side characters. 
Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

The Hidden One (Kate Burkholder #14) by Linda Castillo - Another solid Kate read. As always, I prefer Kate in Painter’s Mill but also enjoy her outside of it, on her own usually gives us more depth to her and her past and that was the case here. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

Tanqueray by Stephanie Johnson, Brandon Stanton - Like an update and fleshing out of the instagram stories. I'm glad this is in print and that Stephanie has some comfort in her later years by sharing her life stories that most of us consumed like wild on the internet. Normalize paying people for their content if we're going to continue to consume it this way Hard cover, own, pre-ordered through Bookshop

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams - I got this in the spring of 2020 and never read it. It was fine? I am nearly always fine with Beatriz Williams, I enjoy her writing a lot and typically like her characters. Both were true here. Although I am weary and wary of anything touching WWII even remotely, so that storyline was only meh for me. Also typical of Williams, it was slow out of the gate and racing to the finish with gabs of shit in between, aka a lot of pages many of which I would have taken a red pen to as an editor to cut, and some things never explained or not lining up. Hard cover, own

Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin - I don't really read cute books, but this was cute and a smidge witchy and YA and not super deep, which was good for me at the time I read it and served as a palate cleanser for me which is always appreciated. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review, publishes today

Not For Me/Did Not Finish
One of the Girls by Lucy Clark - Pacing felt a little off, and the actual action rushed at you in the last 10%. I ended it sort of annoyed at myself that I had stuck through. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland - I could not connect with this book or bring myself to care. Beth was really hard to take as the driving character and the unreliable narrator/untrusted woman is overdone recently in books so it is a victim of that as well. Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Lodger by Valerie Keogh - Can we stop with the unreliable narrator, particularly the female unreliable narrator? I'm done. Absolutely nothing believable or connectable in this entire book.  Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

Can't Look Away by Carola Lovering - Nah. NFM. From Netgalley

First Born by Will Dean - DNF, from Netgalley

Groupies by Sarah Priscus - DNF, from Netgalley

The Counselors by Jessica Goodman - DNF, from OCNJ library

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World (Aristotle & Dante #2) by Benjamin Alire Saenz - I regret to inform you that this was a DNF for me, which is hard since I loved the first one so much. As I was moving it to the DNF shelf on Goodreads, my eye caught on a review (I standardly do not read the reviews of others before I read something) that said something like this book was the Walmart version of the first and that made me laugh like a hyena but also agree hard copy, own

Such a Good Mother by Helen Monks Takhar - DNF at 30%, free copy from Netgalley 

What have you been reading?

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