Things I’m loving this week

“Strange Weather” by Joe Hill. The author is the son of Stephen King and he certainly inherited his father’s gift for terror and telling tall tales that captivate you.  This book actually contains four short novels. All are good. The 2nd book really pissed me off because of the ending, but…you’ll have that. The last two were the kind of stories that stay with you — that you walk around thinking about all day and dream about at night.  I remember King’s Night Shift doing the same thing to me. To this day, I cannot sit outside of a truck stop or enter a laundromat without thinking about that book.

#ErieOpioidProject. It feels strange to put this in “things I’m loving” because that sounds to light and happy and this project, a series of videos by the Jefferson Society with Erie residents affected by the crisis, is anything but. It is a wake-up call and what I love about it is that people are talking about it. They’re putting it in the obits as the cause of death. They’re speaking their truth. They’re sharing their stories in hopes that they can save someone else. Though, one thing that is apparent from these videos is that you can’t love the addict out of someone.  If that video above doesn’t break your f#$%ing heart, you don’t have one.  Open the video in YouTube and you’ll see others on the right-hand rail.

No automatic alt text available.

Kids who love Queen. And AC/DC and Van Halen and Foreigner and other great bands of the ’70s & ’80s. I heard Kelly belting out “Somebody to Love” in the shower the other day and I was, like, sing it, girl! Lauren’s a big fan of Aerosmith and Rush. They frequently raid our CD rack (yes, I kept my CDs…in fact, I still play them in my car) for oldies but goodies, which reminds me…I really need to introduce them to Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.

Image may contain: 1 person, swimming, ocean, outdoor and water

Swim meets. Meets are long and often hot, but I like them because I can get some reading done between events and a steamy pool deck is not a bad place to hang out in January/February. Meets are even better when your kid does well. Lauren had two great meets this weekend. She’s on the Eastside Y swim team, which is a great league (is it called a league in swimming? I don’t know). Anyway…she set PRs in both the 50 fly and 100 fly this weekend. She also came close to her PR in the 50 free, and set a P.R. and took 1st place in the 50 back, and would’ve done the same in the 100 free, but was disqualified for starting late (she was talking to the girls behind her…sigh).  I sooo wish Lauren could swim for a High School team, but no pool at her school. 😦

Things I’m not loving this week

Heaven’s Gate podcast.  Here’s the podcast description: “In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question…‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe – tell their story.” Sounds really interesting, right? It is, but….oh. my. God. I cannot take the podcaster anymore. I stopped listening just because I find his manner of speaking. In. Which. He Emphasizes. And. Clearly. Enunciates. Every.  Single. Word. highly annoying. I stuck with it for about 7 episodes, but I just can’t anymore…

Headaches. Thankfully, I don’t get them very often. But…as a writer, it makes doing your job, almost literally impossible.

The GOP Congressmen and women defending 45. Have you no shame? Do you think your loyalty will put you in the madman’s good graces? Wrong: Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C.  I could probably use the whole alphabet here, but I have better things to do. To those of you still standing standing behind that train wreck….refusing to budge or scream or do anything…..Your day of reckoning is coming. Save the date: Nov. 6!