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Friday 5: Scattergories O

Happy Friday, dears. It was a good workweek, probably the most productive and accomplished I’ve had in a long while. It felt good. Young Murphy had his neuter on Tuesday, and the day after forking out all that cash, I walked out to this.

Womp womp.

So there’s another stack of hundreds out the door. And you know what? I’M DONE WITH THIS SUMMER. Bring on the pumpkins, bring on the chunky knits, I’m done.

Time for the Friday 5 — this week’s theme is Scattergories, which I’ve done a few times before, but some of the posts didn’t make it through ye olde blog migration. This year my randomly-selected letter is …

The letter O!

Found via The Muppet Mindset

1. What’s something gross whose name begins with the letter?

Olives. To me, olives are on the same revulsion-level as celery. If there is the tiniest chunk of olive in a salad or dish, I can taste it even before I put it in my mouth. The foulness of olives taints all food around them. Gross.

2. What’s something crunchy whose name begins with the letter?

Onions. When I was in Seattle in July (I never blogged about that, THERE’S A POST!) one of our friends shared a recipe that was basically a hollowed out onion, filled with a bouillon cube and butter, and baked until it practically falls apart. It was not crunchy, but I ate bowlfuls of that stuff. I still talk about it. I drool about it. And once the Blessed drama-free season of FALL rolls in, I’m going to turn my oven on and bake some onions.

3. What’s something (or who is someone) you wouldn’t mind hugging whose name begins with the letter?

Okieriete Onaodowan, who originated the roles of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in Hamilton, which I will eventually see without being extorted into buying two years worth of subscriptions to the Kimmel Center. Oak looks completely huggable. Plus if we were keeping score, I’d get 2 points for nailing the first AND last names.

4. What’s something whose name begins with the letter and can be found on a passenger airplane?

Oxygen masks. Put yours on first before assisting others. WM says “obnoxious husband.”

5. What’s something (whose name begins with the letter) you could purchase at a hardware store?

How about an on/off switch? Yes, that’s stretching a bit. Relatedly, last week (before I knew we’d need tires) I purchased some Hue light bulbs to go with our Amazon Echo. I get a little frisson of joy every time I ask Alexa to turn on the lights and it works. This is the future I dreamed of in the 80s and I even get a little throwback threat of global nuclear war!

I’m going to comfort myself now by snuggling a dog.

TBT: Cousins

Easter, 1979 or 1980.

Cousin P, Cousin S, and me. We are at my grandmother’s house which always looked like that. There’s a holy water receptacle by the door. I wore the yellow dress quite a few times before growing out of it — I think to a wedding and then my brother’s christening. And the bow was crocheted.

Show us your books August 2017

Remember the halcyon days of April when I was all “YEAH! I’M GONNA DO THIS LINKUP THING!” and then two weeks later we got a puppy and in June THINGS happened and I didn’t have time to read? Yeah, me too.

Current TBR pile, paper version.

But now I have some books under my belt again, so here’s the list of things I’ve read since then. I’ll stick with 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

Read in July

The Nest — Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
This story about the dysfunctional adult siblings of the Plumb family squabbling over a trust fund kept me rapidly turning pages, despite each character’s trite shortcomings. What I really enjoyed was that the peripheral characters around the Plumb family were also fully-fleshed out humans and not just props for the Plumbs’ shenanigans. You can’t pick your family, but you can choose how you deal with them. Four stars.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue — Melanie Benjamin
This story of giant manbaby Truman Capote and the wealthy society women he sought acceptance from (his “swans”) is definitely a story about a different time and social class. The book was well-written but I emerged being genuinely happy that Truman Capote is dead. What a shitbag. The parts I liked best were the stories of the women themselves, which is what saved this book from two stars. And then Truman would show up being his usual giant manbaby self with his gleeful clapping and weird mother complex. Ugh. Five stars for the ladies, minus 2 stars for Truman Capote the giant manbaby.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House — Alyssa Mastromonaco
Mastromonaco was Barack Obama’s White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for 3 years. This a delightful book for people of all ages, not just the YA demographic she was reaching for. I have such issues with the modern worship of YA as a genre. ANYWAY, I’m older than the author and still found her story inspiring because sometimes you have to take chances on employment (and life) opportunities. Four stars.

All the Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr
Oh, my heart. Five stars for this gorgeous piece of writing about the effect World War II had on a young French woman and a young German man. She’s the blind daughter of a museum locksmith, he’s an orphan with a uncanny talent for repairing radios. Yes, it gets sad, but my heart was soaring by the end. Loved it. Life-affirming and all of those adjectives you read in the reviews.

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence — Carol Berkin
This is a very dry and academic take of women’s roles in the Revolutionary war. It was enjoyable because of the subject matter, but hoo boy some chapters were a slog to get through. I did learn quite a lot about the subject and appreciated that the author showed women of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Three stars but if I were the type who read academic books for pleasure, it would probably be four.

Seven Days of Us — Francesca Hornak
Baby’s first “ARC in exchange for an honest review!” This is a “privileged family with secrets who are stuck in close quarters” story. It’s set (mostly) in an English country home over the Christmas holidays. Of course all the secrets come out, hilariously and awkwardly. Of course every family member is insufferable in ways your immediate family members are. And now I realize that I immensely enjoy these stories of rich families and their inane issues.

On Tap
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life — Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Another of my “discover authors right when they’re about to die/have died” series. See also: Discworld.

My Beloved World — Sonia Sotomayor
I saw this in the “HERstory” section of the Cherry Hill library and said “yes, please.” I continue to feel the urge to read about smart, accomplished women.

Smuggler’s Cove — Martin and Rebecca Cate
It’s mostly tiki cocktail recipes but as I age I’m buying more and more into the beach/retirement/island/Jimmy Buffet thing. I’m beginning to think it’s impossible to get that mindset until you have 2 decades of work behind you and 2 decades to go. :/

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