The Relentless Weekly – Aug. 28, 2020

It’s time for another weekly round-up here on the blog. Ready? Let’s go!

Celebrating: Today is my paternal grandma’s 85th birthday! Happy birthday, Granny! She means the world to me, and has always been in my corner.

Reading: I’m listening to The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris. It’s a well written political memoir (no deep dark secrets or gossip), and it reminds me of how inspiring she is. Recommended!

Cooking: I’ll be honest. We’re cooking anything that’s easy or that can be slapped on the grill. It’s hot, we’re busy, and I can’t be bothered lately. I’m very much looking forward to fall arriving. I need lower temps that are conducive to making soups, stews, and other hearty fare.

Posting: This week I shared a Get to Know Me Monday post about my quirky hands, and a passionate review of a beloved book of poetry by my youngest daughter. Check them out!

Sharing: I’m terrified of the dentist. I’m not talking about a little case of nerves. I’m talking shaking, crying, and sweating type of fear. The only way it could be worse is if the procedures took place at a great height, or if the dentist was a real live spider. BUT! I have discovered the glory of sedation dentistry! I spent 4 hours in a dental chair on Wednesday, but I was asleep! I had numerous procedures done in an afternoon, equivalent to about 10 separate appointments. I was sore and exhausted afterwards, but I’d never have gotten through it otherwise. This is a great option if you suffer from dental anxiety. #TheMoreYouKnow

Asking: Please read this thread from ACLU on Twitter asking for the immediate resignation of Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis and Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth. This thread includes phone numbers to call and an citizen complaint form that can be filled out.

Have a good weekend and a good week, everyone. Keep fighting the good fight.

The Relentless Weekly – Aug. 14, 2020

Hello, beautiful bookish people! It’s a sunny Friday morning here in northwest Wisconsin. It’s going to be yet another hot & humid day. You’d think one would get used to it. You’d be wrong. This gal is firmly in perimenopause, and she isn’t amused.

The world swirls in continued chaos, due in part to the angry creamsicle trying to sabotage the United States Postal Service. That means I continue to donate to causes when I can, and to amplify voices of people who are making a difference. Also, I think it’s important to celebrate personal wins, and I will continue to do so.

Posting: This week I shared a Get to Know Me Monday post all about what distracts me from reading. I’d really like to hear your thoughts on that one… what distracts you?

Reading: This week I re-read Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. After reading a nonfiction book about the Black Death it seemed wise to round out the week with a fictional plague book. (Why do I read such depressing books? I should explore that.) I also read an enlightening self-help book about emotionally immature parents. Fascinating stuff!

Joining: The Feminist Book Club! For now I’ve ordered the book only option as I’m trying to stay away from bringing more stuff into my house. I’m excited to receive feminist reads, and to chat about them with other FBC members.

Celebrating: Yesterday we closed on our new property. I realize I’m banging on about this a bit. It’s just that we’re so excited to make this happen after dreaming about it as long as we’ve been together. Mike can’t wait to fish constantly, and I can’t wait to sit by the water to read. Mostly though I’m looking forward to family gatherings. Safe, distanced, and masked family gatherings. Happy sighs all around.

Sharing: Do you want to fix your skin? Listen to everything this woman says. Genius.

I hope you’ve had a swell week, and I hope you have an even better weekend. Snuggle a pet, buy some stamps, and get excited about your personal successes!