Friday 5: All I need is a miracle

god, my roots...

Our 2014 Holiday party on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Also, this is why I didn’t update last Friday.

Happy Friday, AND the last Friday before Christmas! Where has the time gone? I’m pretty set with the holiday — I just have to buy 1 small thing for Mom and a pollyanna gift for Christmas Eve. I have cookie dough in the freezer and this weekend will be a baking marathon. The cards have almost all been sent.

This week’s Friday Five theme is “All I need is a miracle” which was the name of an 80s song sung by …

ERGH. Who sang that song? Mister Mister? I know I can google it, but it’s somewhere in my head and I just have to find it. These questions look hard, so let’s dive in.

1. When has something miraculous or seemingly miraculous happened to you or someone you know?
2. When were you last part of an amazing coincidence?
3. What have you recently accomplished against magnificent odds?
4. In what way this week has luck been in your favor?
5. What was the last outcome you consciously decided to leave up to chance?

(Phil Collins? It’s Phil Collinsy…)

I’ve been staring at these questions for 20 minutes now and I’m coming up all blanks. So I’ll dump this here: I believe in miracles and coincidences. I believe in luck and chance and beating the odds. But … THANKFULLY and BLESSEDLY my life has been charmed (boring?) enough where I don’t have to rely on miracles and luck. It’s like when I donate blood and go through all of the screening questions – my life is thankfully and blessedly BORING. No mad cow disease. No accidental needlesticks. No paid sex. And I’m privileged enough to be able to finesse the odds when I really want something.

(Mike and the Mechanics? Yes! Mike and the Mechanics!)

I realize I’m completely jinxing myself here. I believe in that, too.

Here’s some good news: Max appears to be learning the concept of “step” during our walks. (Reminder: Max has lost most of his sight.) When WM and I walk him, we’ll chirp “Step!” before he has to go up or down a curb and then use the leash/harness to help him up or keep him from falling down. This week, when we say “step!” he stops and lifts a paw in front of him to “feel” what’s there. Good dog. :)

Have a great weekend!

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The ghost of #tbt yet to come

My blog’s elevator pitch: Good intentions. Lots of promise. Zero follow-through.

Yup. This is about where I'm at right now.

At least I put the hashtag ON the box, yes?

Things are chugging along. Holiday parties are being had, cards are being written, boxes are being wrapped, cookie recipes are being stared at and put away.

But someday, I’ll have decent #tbt photos! :)

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Fangirl review

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this book, because I am old, grumpy and not a Harry Potter fan. And sure enough, I really grumped my way through the first half of the book.

Our main character is Cather, college freshman, twin sister of Wren*, anxiety-sufferer and one of the best Simon Snow fanfic writers out there.

Simon Snow is a boy magician who goes to a magical school to learn magical things. There are 8 books in his series. Cath writes fanfic about Simon being in love with his roommate, the vampire Baz. Cath and Wren threw themselves into the Simon Snow universe after their mother left home on 9/11/01. Yes, THAT 9/11/01.

Their mother, besides having crappy ideas on how to name humans, is a real knob. Cath (the smart one) and Wren (the social one) learned to keep the household humming to support their emotionally-fragile father. They used to write the fanfic together, but now that they are off to college, Wren wants to spread her wings and be her own person. She got a pixie haircut and told Cath they weren’t rooming together.

So Cath miserably goes to college, is assigned a surly roommate (Reagan) with a boyfriend (Levi) that always hangs out in their room, and emos her way through. All the while, she’s worried about Wren’s (typical college freshman) judgment, their father, who has the emotional maturity of a gnat and is alone for the first time, and her epic Simon Snow work, which must be finished before the final Simon Snow book is released.

Because once Cath started pulling it together (this is not spoilery, you know she’s going to start maturing eventually), I dopey-smiled my way through the rest. I liked her friendships with Reagan and Levi. I liked her supportive writing professor. I liked the subplot with their mother and how it ended in a realistic way.

Fangirl has plot holes large enough to drive a bus through and is definitely meant for young adults, but it’s an enjoyable light read even if you are older than Cath’s dad.

(*I’m irritated that some Rowell fangirl is going to totally name her twin girls Cather and Wren.)

So far I’ve finished 37 books this year. View all my reviews on Goodreads.

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O Christmas tree

*clears throat*

Ode to an artificial tree.

Ode to an artificial tree.

Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging!
We bought you, tree, from QVC
Thy leaves are so unchanging!

We chose you from our comfy chair
while shopping in our underwear,
Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!
Delivered in a box, to me!

Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!
Aluminum and plastic!
Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!
Assembly is fantastic!

You bring such joy from far and near
And look the same from year to year
Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!
With plastic leaves unchanging!

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