The Relentless Weekly – Sept. 26, 2020

Happy Saturday from Wisconsin! Here’s what’s up in my neck of the woods…

Reading: I’m enjoying Two Old Women by Velma Wallis. I’m only reading it when we’re at the lake so that I can digest it slowly and mindfully. I’ll be on the lookout for more of her work.

Listening: My current listen is LaRose by Louise Erdrich. Her writing feels like a gift. It’s truly captivating.

Watching: We’ve started Utopia on Amazon Prime Video. It’s INTENSE. I’d put it in the hyper-violent horror genre? It’s definitely not for everyone.

Loving: Autumn! The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping. It is crisp out there, y’all! If there is a book reading season this is it. Enjoy it! Light some candles, bake something, and do a lot of cuddling.

Sharing: Banned Books Week starts tomorrow! Click this link to get involved.

Now, tell me about your week? I’d love to hear what you’re up to.

The Relentless Weekly – Sept. 11, 2020

Let’s call this one the Relentless Bi-Weekly since I skipped last week, if that’s okay with you?

Loving: FALL WEATHER! I’m not thrilled that we went from 85 to 45, but I’m loving these crisp mornings in Wisconsin. I want to go to a pumpkin patch. I want to drink hot apple cider. I want to read spooky books!

Reading: I’m having trouble reading print right now. Something is going on with my eyes. That something might just be that I’m 46 years old? (I’ve worn glasses since elementary school, and started wearing bifocals last year.) I can’t decide whether to reach out to my optometrist or not. Maybe? Is it time to switch to an e-reader so that I can adjust the font size?

Listening: Thank goodness for audio since my silly eyeballs are misbehaving. I’m currently listening to Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea. The sinking of the Essex whaling ship in 1820 was the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Let’s be real, this is as close as I’ll get to reading that doorstop! It’s been quite good, really scratches that itch I have for narrative nonfiction.

Re-Thinking: We’ve all made some adjustments this year haven’t we? We’ve been using our imaginations to make things work in new ways. I recently had a conversation about Halloween with my sister. No matter what our respective towns decide, we won’t be participating in any sort of public trick-or-treating. (Giving for us, receiving for her – I have an empty nest while she still has young ones at home.)

After thinking about it for a while we decided to treat Halloween more like Easter. Candy hunts in the yard! Pumpkin baskets filled with goodies! Why not let the kids run around in costumes and video chat with various grandparents and family members? Times are weird. It’s okay to lament the weirdness. But what if we leaned into the weird and created some new traditions? Let’s give it a try.

Have a great weekend, you gorgeous creatures. Let me know what you are reading or loving or re-thinking. I always love hearing from you.