Whatnot – Week 21

20Good morning! Everything is blooming in the neighborhood and the weather has been super hot and then all of a sudden the temp drops 25 degrees. Hard to know when to take that walk with the pup. She loves a sunny day but if it’s too hot she wilts like a flower. I do too. 

I’ve been very antsy of late. I know it has to do with the return to “normal” whatever that is. I was a crazy person before the shutdown. No time for myself, double-bookings of everything. I had to drop a lot of volunteer opportunities right before we shut down so it was weird when we actually did and all of my appointments got cancelled for me. Weird. I mean, I prayed for it and it happened but I certainly didn’t expect it to happen the way it did. My campus is returning to in-person classes this fall so I expect that we will be back on campus before then. I’m a little nervous about it. 

In other news, I am waiting to see if the high school will have a prom or in-person grad ceremony of some sort. It’s very difficult to plan anything without knowing. Especially since my son is graduating from college too. At this point, I think most of the students just want to be done with school. There is a possibility of my daughter being able to perform in a musical soon. That would be wonderful. She’s not been able to perform for over a year. 

Let’s wrap this up with reading. I recently reviewed Three Perfect Liars. It was pretty good! It came out awhile ago but I just now got to it and it was just what I needed. Now I am reading Northern Spy and hope I can finish it in a couple of days. Next is The Push and then Dear Edward. Have you read either of them? I have to read Dear Edward for book club next month but I might as well read it next. 

10 thoughts on “Whatnot – Week 21”

  1. Ooohh…The Push was interesting. Not really my style of writing and some of the characters irritated me but the ending made up for it!
    Dear Edward was one of my favorites.
    You’ve got some good reading ahead!

  2. I’ve heard lots of great things about Dear Edward. Let’s see what you think.

    We are nervous about the return to real life, too. We do naturalist work with friends who refuse to get vaccinated (!) and so we continue to wear masks around them and social distance and only see them outdoors. I think (hope!) they will bow to pressure soon and get a vaccination.

    1. Some people who refuse to get vaccinated cave when they consider that it’s free. Many know this but people like to get something for free and that’s how I’ve been proposing it lately.

      My son got #2 of Moderna yesterday and he’s not doing well right now. Texted me after a long, painful night. High fever. Hope it passes today.

  3. I haven’t heard of any of these books, but I’m also out of the fiction loop these days. We’ve had weird weather here. cold and snow and heat. It’s so off.

  4. The return to normal – yesterday was our first time dining outdoors at a restaurant in celebration of two of our granddaughter’s April birthdays. Fortunately, it was a high of 72 so perfect all around. It felt weird though.

    I loved The Push more than I ever imagined I would, Dear Edward not as much. Happy Reading!

  5. Our school district is doing outdoor proms on campus and also in-person graduations (including one for the class of 2020 at one school). I think each student will get 2 guests or something like that. Hope you all get something similar.

    1. Our district mentioned the possibility of a prom in May, in the gym or outside. Of course, it’s usually in a fancy venue. That update was given weeks ago and we’ve heard nothing solid yet. They are trying to do a small in person graduation but they haven’t even told us the date yet which affects so many things. For one, my son’s graduation, youth group summer camp, possibly my daughter starting a new job.

  6. Oh, how I would love some warm temps right now. It was actually hot for one day last week (almost 80!), but now we’re back in the low 50s and it’s overcast and damp. I’ve been freezing for the past two days, but I blame that on my colonoscopy prep and procedure. Glad to have that over with for another 3-5 years!

    I have a copy of Dear Edward on my shelf and am looking forward to finally reading it. I’ve actually got a lot of highly recommended books just waiting for me to pick them up (Dear Edward, Writers & Lovers, Anxious People, The Midnight Library and Monogamy). I’ve been focusing on a lot of backlist titles this spring and feel like I’m saving these for the summer months.

    I hope your son is feeling better. That second shot sure can take the wind out of your sails!

    1. You really do have a lot of good titles lined up. Summer would be a great time to read them.

      I jinxed myself because it is cold and gray now. I am thinking about flipping the heater on.

      My son’s fever broke but he still feels like a truck ran over him. I don’t think he expected that reaction.

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