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Friday 5: Everything but Yul Brynner

November 26, 2021

Hullo! I’m still here! Just been a bit quiet lately because we’ve been honkin’ busy getting things settled around here. MIL packed quite a bit of stuff and we’ve been scrambling trying to get everything in a place. Which means we’ve been purging things out of closets and trying to consolidate “hers” and “ours” into “the household’s” and figuring out where her furniture is going to go. We did a lot of this before the movers arrived, but let’s just say we’ve had to do more of that.

Friday November 26

Murphy’s barkbox (larynx, not the monthly sub box) was reactivated by the movers and the arrival of new items. Again, he’s finally slowing down. It’s been a loud 22 days.

But now I’m on the sofa with my sleepy dog and I’m going to kick out this Friday 5 and do a catchup blog post Sunday or Monday. This week’s theme is Everything but Yul Brynner which is weird because MIL was just watching the Yul Brynner version of The Magnificent Seven earlier! Relatedly, now I know where WM gets his taste in movies.

I don’t know of many Yul Brynner movies other than The King and I, but I know him best from the anti-smoking PSA that he filmed to run after he died of lung cancer in the 80s. Listen to Auntie Kim when I tell you that almost all of us in GenX could use a skosh of therapy.

  1. How have you recently kept yourself in check?
    *gestures to the first paragraph of this blog post* Change is hard and grace needs to be given to everyone.
  2. What’s the closest thing to a castle you’ve been in?
    Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. It’s not a real castle (made of fiberglass) but it has the look. I look forward to seeing it again … IN JANUARY!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I paid for the park tickets the same day news hit about the Covid Omicron variant so yeah! Let’s be stupid and put my boosted immune system to work.
  3. What were the circumstances the last time you were hoarse?
    I went to a wedding in October and the band was so amazingly loud that I had to yell to talk to others. The next morning I was sore from dancing and hoarse from speaking
  4. What’s your favorite song by Queen?
    Somebody to Love.

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaait! The theme has nothing to do with Yul Brynner! Everything But Yul Brynner is a line from One Night in Bangkok, which is from the musical Chess and these questions are chess related. Very clever, Scrivener!
  5. For what will you likely pay a king’s ransom in the near future?
    We are planning on upgrading to a king sized bed this winter. We have a queen sized bed now, but Murphy spreads and we have plans on finding another doofy dog in the spring. We’ll need the room.

And that’s it! Tomorrow we decorate for Christmas and figure out what to do with the garbage that the garbage truck didn’t take today. I might need to find a dump, which is definitely something I’ve never had to think about before.

One Night in Bangkok was released in 1984 and was written by ABBA’s own Benny and Bjorn.

“I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.”

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Friday 5 on Saturday: “Month” is a strange word

November 13, 2021

So yeah yeah it’s Saturday not Friday but on Thursday this happened:

Kim rocking a bandaid on her shoulder after receiving her Covid booster.
Ol’ Wheezy was boosted!

Last night I was burning up with a fever. So much so that I sick-bought a watercolor palette from a TikTok video and wasn’t very aware of it until I saw the confirmation email this morning. Shot three was not the doozy that shot two was, but the fatigue is stronger. With this booster, I’ll finally be confident enough to travel again.

And apparently paint.

I received my first two shots at a megasite, and this booster at a chain pharmacy and hoo boy, the difference was huge! The megasite was full of happy people, encouragement, and cheering. At the chain pharmacy, the pharmacist looked at me like I was the largest inconvenience on the planet, even though I had an appointment. And they turned someone away because they were busy and the person didn’t have an appointment. Turned away! It’s so nice to get back to normal.

The movers arrive tomorrow with my MIL’s stuff, which will go far in making this new situation feel less inconvenient and living-out-of-a-suitcase for her. Everything on that front is going well. Perfect? Noooooooo. (see above about movers) But well. Today Murphy finally stopped barking at her every time she moved.

It’s been a loud 11 days.

This week’s Friday 5 theme is “Month is a strange word” and it kind of is. Let’s get to it.

  1. November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Are you a peanut butter lover? What are some ways you enjoy consuming it?
    House Russell LOVES peanut butter. I prefer creamy. WM prefers chunky so we are a 2-jar household. Peanut butter on hot toast can’t be beat. I also love experimenting with quick peanut sauces for noodles.
  2. November is National Roasting Month. What did you most recently roast, and how did it come out?
    It’s been a while, because it’s not exactly cold enough yet for me to get into roasting, but love roast chicken with just salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice.
  3. November is National Gratitude Month, which of course leads to the American Thanksgiving holiday. What are you particularly grateful for this month?
    Curmudgeonly answer: I’m grateful these *^@*&^#&* movers are finally showing up. The company is a moving broker that subcontracts out the move to smaller companies, but those who are moving apparently share a semi so there is waiting and scheduling involved. And I’ve been reading nightmare stories about moving scams for 3 months now.
    Kim is a normal human being” answer: I am grateful to see so many kiddos getting their COVID vaccinations. Nephew A has an appointment soon and it’s a huge relief.
  4. November is National Inspirational Role Models month. Who are some of your inspirational role models?
    Eleanor Roosevelt has always been my go-to. Some of her views are terrible in modern eyes, but sadly on-par for what was expected then. But to come from being an insecure, finishing school girl into being a leader and a diplomat in her own right, WHILE having 6 kids in 10 years (and losing one), and surviving a marriage to a philandering husband is a feat. Martha Stewart has incredible hustle in her Third Act. Stacey Abrams, who could have made an national run after her failed Gubernatorial effort, but instead of biting at national fame/fortune she decided to work locally and work on voter inequality in Georgia. It’s nice to see a breakout stay at the local level a little longer to effect change (*cough*Beto*cough*).
  5. November is National Family Stories Month. What’s an oft-told story in your family?
    Nothing repeatable here!

Tomorrow the movers come, I have to cram in at least 2 hours of studying, and attempt to make hot chocolate bombs for a thing I’m demonstrating for work in December. Yes, I volunteered to demonstrate something I don’t know how to do. Are we surprised?

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Show us your books, November 2021

November 9, 2021

Book roundup time! Another 2-book month but by the next books roundup, my exam will be behind me! Hooray! And then it’ll be silly holiday books for the rest of the year. I sure miss pleasure reading.

Onto the books! I use the Goodreads rating system, which is:

  • One star: did not like it
  • Two stars: it was ok
  • Three stars: liked it
  • Four stars: really liked it
  • Five stars: it was amazing
show us your books graphic for november

The Night the Lights Went Out – Drew Magary
Drew Magary is a writer for Defector and freelances in other places. You might know him from the yearly Haters Guide to the Williams-Sonoma’s Catalog humor column that comes out every holiday season. It was after the 2018 Deadspin Awards show in New York when he collapsed from a brain hemorrhage. The fall fractured his skull. He was operated on and placed in a medically-induced coma. This is the story of that event and the recovery. Because Drew didn’t know what was going on, the fall and hospital stay is told by his family and friends in the “oral history” style that you sometimes see on the Internet. Drew picks the story back up in the first person once he begins recovering.

I’m a fan of Drew’s work; however, he definitely has a bro-tone that some will find off-putting. I enjoyed this book, but there were a lot of people to keep track of during the oral history section and a lot of repetition. And I feel, just a little bit, like nobody’s being honest about the circumstances surrounding the accident. Three stars and the tiniest side-eye at the huge number of “completely unbiased” 5-star reviews on Goodreads.

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close – Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
Aminatou and Ann are the creators of the Call Your Girlfriend Podcast. If you’ve listened to it before, you know that Aminatou and Ann are besties. In this book, they tell the story of their friendship, how it ran aground, and how they managed to right the ship while not skipping a beat on their very friendship-oriented podcast episodes. They are very clever with their use of person; they use “we” for when they are together and agree on something and switch to the third person “Aminatou/Ann” when they are talking about their disagreements.

I wanted the book to be more about friendship, the concept, with their personal anecdotes as case studies. Instead, it was a story of their friendship, with the academic research used to reinforce why they were acting as they did. Two and a half stars rounded to three, and if you have time, check out their Shine Theory site.

Currently Reading: The Cookbook Club and Professional Practices in Association Management Volume 4, which I cracked and bought after swearing I would only stick with Volume 3.

All of my book lists and reviews are on Goodreads.

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