First things first, how is everyone doing? Are you hanging in there? Are you breathing (and I ask this in total seriousness because I found myself forgetting to breath at least a half-dozen times last week)?
The last couple of weeks have been a total whirlwind, but last week was especially bad. I thought for sure I would end up having a panic attack, but my body hung in there…or maybe I didn’t end up having one because I just didn’t have time. Who knows? Bottom line is, I’ve been handling shit pretty well, all things considered. I won’t say I didn’t cry a few times over the past week, but it was mostly out of frustration.
I’m not going to go into all the details and rehash everything, but the short version is that a huge fundraiser had to be postponed (I sobbed), our library had to close to the public, I had to go get our daughter from college (I cried again), and then our library was closed down to staff as well (almost cried for this one, too). Unless something changes (and I’m sure it will), I’m home until March 30th at the earliest. I’m still doing some work from home, but that’s just making library cards for patrons who request them online. Other than that, I’m doing nothing but fuckall and reading for the next week. Which I have complicated feelings about. My husband is still working (both his full-time and part-time jobs are considered “essential”).
So, remember that library book haul I posted about at the beginning of March? Well, when we were told the library would have to be closed for staff, too, I grabbed another big stack of books. I have hundreds of books in my house that I haven’t read, but whatever. Taking home another stack of books made me feel better. Heh.
What’s in the stack:
- Salt Slow, by Julia Armfield
- Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo
- Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
- My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell
- Black Sunday, by Tola Rotimi Abraham
- The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Avi Daré
- The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosky
Sj and I started an Apocalypse Book Club on Facebook, and the group is currently reading World War Z (Max Brooks). This is a reread for me, but I’d forgotten some of the details, so it’s been fun to reread. We’ll be reading The Stand (Stephen King) next. Yes, I know we’re weird, and I’m totally okay with that.
I’ve also finished Nothing to See Here (Kevin Wilson) and Upright Women Wanted (Sarah Gailey). Reviews to come soon, if I can get my mind right. Who knows? Maybe blogging will be the the ONE NORMAL THING in my life right now.
Even though I already take all of my classes online, spring break has been extended by one week for the whole university, so my next set of classes doesn’t start until April 6. Lot’s of time for reading, which I actually want to get back to now, so until next time…