Friday 5: Old and Grumpy

Happy Friday!

At TNP sick days can be rolled over into vacation days, and vacation days also roll over into the next year. Suffice it to say, this is the first full 5-day week I’ve had in a while, and I feel it. The world is in shambles (after the last few weeks of news, that asteroid can hit us any minute now), my friends are dumping buckets of ice on their heads, and I received my first birthday card yesterday. It’s from the local Hallmark store. Sigh. So it’s fitting that this week’s Friday 5 theme is Old and Grumpy.

1. What’s something you have a grumpy old person’s attitude about?

Your nine-month-old goes to daycare, not “school.” Graduating daycare/preschool isn’t an accomplishment – it means your child is literally too old to stay. Your dog might enjoy staying home more than being taken to the farmer’s market/town festival day. Pull your pants up. If you’re on a bicycle, stop at the stop signs. I don’t care about your momentum, and I’d rather not have to wash your guts off of my car. Marijuana smells awful and is still mostly illegal, by the way. Formula-fed babies are just fine. If you’re over 2, pants with words on the behind are tacky. (Disclaimer: I still own a pair.) The best time to leave the Magic Kingdom is right before the fireworks start. Dinner at 4pm is fantastic!

Oh, just one?

2. What is evidence of your not being a completely grumpy old person?

April, 2014

April, 2014

3. What’s something in your wardrobe that might qualify as old people’s attire?

These are my slippers. I'm wearing them at 6:30 on a Friday night.

These are my slippers. I’m wearing them at 6:30 on a Friday night.

4. When during the week do you tend to be your grumpiest?

Tuesday mornings. Mondays aren’t bad because of the adrenaline rush of getting back into the routine. Tuesdays suck.

5. Who in your family is most often in a bad mood, and who’s most often in a good mood?

Ollie is most often in a good mood and WM is most often in a bad mood. Usually I demur on answering those questions, but WM actually volunteered that answer.

Tomorrow is BeadFest! Sunday is NOTHING! Tonight? WINE.

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Please Ignore Vera Dietz review

Please Ignore Vera DietzPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was the third book in my Book Riot Quarterly box, themed “try new genres” or something similar. I read it quickly, but I think I just don’t enjoy reading books about kids who are stuck in awful, uncomfortable situations with no agency to change it. (see: first half of The Goldfinch)

And honestly, how much more could the author toss at Vera? Mom ran away, dad’s kind of an ass, best friend is dead (but he was an ass too), the neighbor beats his wife, and Vera drives around in a borderline-dangerous pizza delivery job while self-medicating with swigs of vodka. Oh and a pet store is set on fire. The only thing it was missing was a slowly-dying group of Cancer Kids.

The ending wasn’t enough to counter all of the negative crap Vera put up with, so I ended up feeling blah when I was finished.

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Eleven years of Max!

Eleven years ago today, I brought Max home from the shelter.

Max, thrilled.

Max, thrilled.

I don’t know how old he is, which saddens me. When we brought him home the vet said he was 1 or 2 years old. Which makes him 12 or 13 (eek). Maybe. He’s holding up well, with an occasional random bladder emptying here and there. He had a little health scare early in the year, but follow-up blood tests came back fine. He is stubborn and difficult at times. He will drop his ears and waggle his tail bashfully as little children pet him on our walks, and then he will come upstairs and tear through all of the paper in the office garbage can with the hope that he’ll find a greasy napkin or food wrapper.

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover review

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2)One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Rules of Scoundrels series. I read the first one because I got it for free. This one I checked out of the library and YES I’ll go for the third one too. It hit all of my buttons (wow seriously wow) and my only tiny quibbles were as follows:

1) I had a hard time believing Cross was smart. Not sure why.
2) The Pippa-wears-glasses repetition was overdone.
3) Needs more Bourne! I know, not his book.

The third one is Temple’s book, and I have a soft spot for the big guy. But I will miss the Marbury sisters.

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