Sunday Matters: A Super Short Break

Sunday Matters

The shows are over! Annie has come to a close. Everyone did an amazing job. I’m always impressed at how it all comes together and we’ve been doing this for years.

Right Now:

After a bit of coffee and breakfast I am off to high school ministry. My daughter will most likely continue to sleep. She has some catching-up to do. For those not on Facebook or Instagram, here is one photo of her as Grace, Mr. Warbuck’s assistant.  And yes, that’s a wig!

Em as Grace Farrell.

This Week:

My daughter was just cast in Godspell so I thought we would be skipping the next community theatre project but turns out, she has changed her mind. I am going through calendars to see if it’s feasible. The next show is The Little Mermaid. Rehearsals begin February 10th. See what I mean by a tiny break?

Reading:

I think my next read will be The Woman in the Window. I know all about the controversy. The author sounds completely off his rocker but hey, wouldn’t that make for a very interesting read?

Watching:

I made the mistake of recording that foot show. I’ve watched a few episodes and I am weirdly fascinated by it as well as completely grossed out. Why do people allow their feet to get that way??

New Things I’ve Tried:

I received a sample of Estēe Lauder’s Rapid Brightening Treatment serum in the mail and decided to give it a try. I have one dark spot that has been bothering me. I decided to use this serum on that, to see if it made a difference. The product claims that you will see a result in a week. It took almost 2.5 weeks but that spot is fading and I’ve used only the tiniest of dabs. It’s pricey, but when my sample is out, I may purchase based on the results I’ve seen. This is unsolicited.

Grateful for:

  • The weather, sunny but cool.
  • That another show has come to a close successfully.
  • My reading pace. So good right now.
  • The people who help my daughter backstage.

What’s your view on the controversy surrounding Oprah’s newest book pick, American Dirt? It’s received such great reviews and now this. I was very excited to pick it up but now I’m not sure I want to.

Review: Bunny

Bunny

Bunny
By Mona Awad
Viking, 9780525559733, June 2019, 320pp.

The Short of It:

Considered a dark comedy but I failed to see the humor.

The Rest of It:

I won’t pretend to know exactly what went on in this story because it could probably be interpreted many different ways. In fact, I’m sure the majority of it went right over my head. Not because I couldn’t lean in and decipher what exactly was taking place, but because I wasn’t motivated to do so. At all.

Samantha Heather Mackey is working on her MFA at a prestigious New England university. She’s part of a writing cohort that includes a group of girls who think alike, dress alike, and apparently, write alike. Think Heathers meets Mean Girls. There’s a lot of pink and shallowness but then there’s this writing program and the fact that they do seem to possess writing talent, which seems out of place. They refer to each other as “Bunny”. Thanks, Bunny. That was great, Bunny. You know what’s best, Bunny.

Samantha hates them, but also wants to be like them. There’s the problem.

As they begin to work together as a cohort, certain things come to light rather quickly. They have special parties that involve rabbits. These parties also involve imaginary creations of their doing. It’s like they “write” them into existence but with witchery and a lot of alcohol and drugs.

Are these things actually happening or is this a product of Samantha’s imagination? What you need to know is that there is a lot of darkness here. I saw some reviews that categorized it as a horror novel but others say dark comedy. There is nothing funny here and if you have a soft spot for furry, little rabbits this story won’t sit well with you. It’s disturbing and weird.

I like to think that what goes on in this novel IS a product of Samantha’s mad skills as a writer but I’m not so sure. It has a very Naked Lunch feel to it and the visuals are just so disturbing and nightmarish.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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