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Friday 5: Frozen Water

May 14, 2021

It’s the lunch-time cram edition of the Friday 5 – this week’s theme is Frozen Water. Which is ice.



Vintage 90s Vanilla Ice, American Flag leather jacket and all.
Word to your mother!

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  1. In what area of your life are you skating on thin ice?
    I have now gone two weeks without opening my Association Law book. I need to get back into that and pick up the pace to keep myself on track for this December exam. I have also not practiced yoga for three weeks. When work is done, I have just been going outside and listening to the birds and that really annoying barking dog. Which is usually my own dog.
  2. What evidence do you have recently that practice does or does not make perfect?
    I am slowly, VERY slowly, becoming more comfortable in the kitchen cooking instead of baking. Last weekend I cooked a steak with sauteed asparagus and cherry tomatoes and it was really good.
  3. When did you most recently interact with a police officer?
    I was last pulled over for speeding in 2010 and was not ticketed, likely because I’m white.
  4. Which business establishments do you patronize because you like their customer service? Which do you avoid because of poor customer service?
    Chewy (pet supply delivery company) has amazing customer service and makes getting the weird high-quality, limited-ingredient dog food Ollie requires (and Murphy eats because he’s spoiled) a breeze.

    I have found that some small businesses on Etsy have terrible customer service, in that they swear items are immediately available to ship and then take their sweet time fulfilling anything. You can’t have a side hustle without hustle. I wish there was an Angie’s List of Etsy shops.
  5. How will you make good choices this weekend?
    Eh. I’m not really sure I’m going to, to be honest.

Tomorrow is WM’s birthday and we’ll be celebrating with some pizza and cake. Tonight is movie night (which usually includes alcohol) and since it will run into his birthday, he’ll be requesting the movie which I assume will be Raiders of the Lost Ark. Other plans include planting my outdoor seeds and restringing the elastic on one of our zero-gravity chairs.

And reading that law book.

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Home and Family

Horrifying The 16yo Version of Myself

May 13, 2021
image of my front lawn, which is mostly ugly weeds, very little grass, and  patches of dirt where neither grows
Also in 2021, you’ll find out that you still can’t grow grass!

Me, 2021: And, you know, since I was awake at 6:30 in the morning and didn’t have to start work for another two hours, I decided what better time to Weed & Feed the front lawn?

Me, 16: OH MY GOD who are you, DAD?

Me, 2021: Shush. And since I already bought a spreader a few years back I knew it would be in the garage under the garden table.

Me, 16: We are SUPPOSED to be in NEW YORK!!!!!!!

Me, 2021: And the weather app said it wasn’t going to rain for the next few days.

Me, 16: Weather … app?

Me, 2021: Listen, things get so much cooler than you can even picture right now. Except for the global pandemic, but…


Me, 2021: Er, about that…

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Show Us Your Books May 2020

May 11, 2021

Book post day! One of my favorite bloggy days of the month. It’s another four-book month and that is fine. You’ll see a reason why my reading is lower than usual in a few.

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

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power — Deirdre Mask

This is exactly the kind of nonfiction book that I love. It’s well-researched, relatable, and very easy to read. And you’re thinking, “A book about street addresses? Okaaaaaaaaay, nerd.” But listen! I had no idea how important street addresses are and how controversial they have been until I read that book. The book is divided into sections like politics and race, and each section is divided into chapters that focus on individual cities like London, Philadelphia (woo!), and Hollywood, Florida. Four stars, I loved it to pieces and if you’re a lover of non-academic nonfiction books, give this one a shot.

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America — the one and only Stacey Abrams

What’s the difference between this book and almost every other books about politics written by a major political figure? Easy, Stacey Abrams is a writer. In this book she thoroughly and clearly covers the Georgia government’s determined and deliberate efforts to suppress the vote specifically the Black/African-American vote. It was written prior to the 2020 election and is a very good primer on what is going on NOW in Georgia and other coughRepublicancough controlled states. Will it make you mad? Yes. (I hope so.) Is it always easy to read? No. Four stars.

Voting is a constitutional right in the United States, a right that has been reiterated three separate times via constitutional amendment.

Stacey Abrams

The Midnight Library — Matt Haig

Mom and I were at Barnes & Noble a few weeks back and I pointed at The Midnight Library. “I need to get that one,” I said. “The hold queue at the library is very long and I really want to read it sooner rather that later.”
“I have it home,” she cooly replied.
“Did you read it?”
“No. It was one of the Good Morning America book club books so I bought it. I’ll get to it some day. I’ll lend it to you!”
Which is how I ended up reading this book sooner than later. If you’re a bookish person, you’ve likely heard about it already. Our protagonist, Nora, falls on terrible times and tries to kill herself. And then she arrives at The Midnight Library, where she can try on various versions of her life. Which, to me, is such a delicious idea! Nora tries on many of her lives and … I can’t really say more without giving it all away. I cried at the end. And yes, I cry at everything, but these were tears of happiness. Five beautiful stars, content warning for suicide.

ASAE Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management (2012) — edited by John B Cox, Susan S Radwan

I debated even adding this to Goodreads and SUYB, but I spent a LOT of time in this book and it’s a reason why I’m not reading more books a month. Each chapter is around 15 pages long and is about a specific aspect of Association Management. And as is the case with large texts with multiple authors, some chapters were tightly written and informative, and other chapters were 3 pages fluffed out to 15. The editing was okay. There were many different font styles used with no real consistent reason why. However, I learned a lot and that’s all that matters. Also, this version is now out of stock and the CAE exam I’ll be taking suggests the reading of the brand new 2021 version, which freaking came out a month ago and is fully revised and is eighty pages longer and … I can’t do this again. Three stars.

Currently Reading:
Small Gods (Discworld #13) by Terry Pratchett
Association Law Handbook: A Practical Guide for Associations, Societies, and Charities by Jerald A. Jacobs

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