Reading: Locklands by Robert Bennett Jackson, followed by Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
Listening: Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski. Next up is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Watching: We finished Squid Game and Stranger Things Season 4 Part 1. Jim and I are almost finished with Inventing Anna, which leaves us awestruck at this young woman’s audacity and reeling at the gullibility of others. In an effort to avoid spoilers, we are avoiding looking up Anna Delvey on the Internet, but damn if We are enjoyingt sucked into her story of blatant lies and manipulation.
Cooking: It has been so hot that the thought of cooking made me dread dinnertimes. Still, I managed to make a fresh tomato risotto, baked chicken with potato wedges, and kielbasa with potatoes and sauerkraut. We will be gone next week, so the rest of the meals will be cobbled together with odds and ends that will help clear out the fridge and pantry.
Enjoying: The cooler weather and rain that a front brought in last night. We’ve been in the midst of a heatwave for almost a week now, and the break in the heat and relentless sunshine is more than welcome.
Planning: Holly’s final dance competition starts on Wednesday, so we are gearing up for one last hurrah. Jim is coming with us this year, so we will be dropping the dogs off with my parents to watch while we are gone. Holly’s dance schedule is more than a little uneven next week, which should mean plenty of poolside time to treat it like a real vacation.
Feeling: I feel rage, sorrow, and fear at the recent SCOTUS decisions. Not fear and sorrow for me, but rather fear for the younger generations and my children who have to deal with the fallout of our shitty and somewhat corrupt political system. I feel extreme anger at six people who based their decisions on a document written by white men who felt no compunction about enslaving people for their gain. Like the millions of people impacted by the reversal of Roe, I need some time to feel before I can take action, but no mistake, there will be action. I owe it to my children and their peers. As parents, we should be making the world a better place for them, not making it worse.