Skip to main content

Mischief Managed

For the next two weeks, we are hosting Nonna! "Nonna" is my infamous mother-in-law, who has recently recovered from a hip replacement and has taken up a new hobby of dating men she's met at a reggae club. Nonna looks a lot like my husband, but with more glitter, hair bleach, and decades of life. She is a rip-roarin' good time.

Nux Gallica and I have been showing Nonna how to stalk people on Facebook, baking cookies from a recipe Nux learned from a Cookie Monster video game, and watching PG-13 movies. Who you gonna call?

Christina and I agree: Holtzmann is the hottest thing since ghost pepper pizza.

We do our family partying in the daytime. At night, Nux and I read a chapter of Harry Potter and go to bed while Nonna puts on her glitter and waits for her bestie, a local judge, to give her a ride to a dive bar for all-night dancing.

Nux and the Mister and I don't party as much as Nonna these days, but we are having friends over, playing inappropriate word-based card games (that really motivate Nux to sound out those letters), and continuing to get our work done. (It's hard to get time off of our three day jobs all at once, but we make it worrrrrrk!)



 (Nux did this to Jeff and also took the second picture.)


AND, inspired by Nonna's ability to get all her important stuff done while having a good time and talking about it to anything that holds still long enough, I am having a good time with my novel (and my life) while sticking to my writing regimen.

As of today, I'm 150 pages into The Grove! The whole document, including some notes for the last chapters that extend beyond those 150 pages, is at about 90,000 words. Holy bovines, I am going to finish this thing!

Hanging out with Nonna is obliterating my anxieties about who will read this book and what they will think about me. Life is too short--and too long--to stress about who might not support one's dreams and why.

Happy summer!

little Tank Girl with glitter stickers
one of the neighborhood hawks on a favorite perch

Comments

  1. P.S. Ghostbusters is so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o goooooooooooooood! Nux Gallica gives it a handstand and two big toes up.

    ReplyDelete
  2. So happy you guys are rockin' and rollin' this month. And I can't wait to read that new MS! <3

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

35 Great Things About Turning 35

The prime of life starts at 35! It's the best-kept secret from younger people, but your 35th birthday is a major cause for celebration. For mine, I have made my own listicle of 35 reasons why experts agree that 35 is the best age to be:
You get to say, "I'm 35." The number 35 carries so much more gravitas than 30, but you're only a few years older. At 34, I've started fudging my age--by adding a year. People automatically take me seriously, and if they don't, at least they tell me I look young for my age. (Eye roll, hair toss, "whatever.")  35-year-olds DGAF. Inner chill reaches new heights at 35. Despite its #2 status on this list, it's the #1 response I hear about what's best about hitting 35. My gorgeous friend Nerlie was beautiful and resilient and wise beyond her years in high school, but now, at age 35, she gets to fully enjoy being herself on her own terms. She writes,  "I've survived so much that I don't waste time o…

A Bad Romance Starring Till Lindemann, Sophia Thomalla, Gavin Rossdale, Simone Thomalla, Sven Martinek, Andy LaPlegua, and Leila Lowfire

November 2018 Update: Sophia is settled in with Gavin a young soccer player (like mother like daughter) now, I guess, and Till is spending time with 36-year-old (hell yeah, thank you, sir) Ukrainian singer Svetlana Loboda. He is either her latest babydaddy or doing her the favor of bearding as such (not that he's great with beards, but we don't mind--we know how much he loves pregnant and lactating ladies) to help her keep some distance from her crazy ex who cuts his wrists over her. The juice continues...


To misquote Gaga, "I don't speak German, but I can look at foreign tabloids and guess what's going on if you like."


I guess it would be more professional and ladylike for me to be above this sordid celebrity gossip, but I'm not. I'm so not.


So let's see if I've got this straight. From what I gather...


Metalgod Till Lindemann, 54, and model Sophia Thomalla, 27 (upper left) recently exited a five-year, on-off, opennish relationship, which bega…

DEUTSCHLAND Video

I've only been waiting 10 years for this. NO BIG DEAL.

As someone who loves history, science, anthropology, art, and Rammstein...

As a descendant of German-Americans who served in both world wars...

As the wife of a Holocaust survivor's son...

This is epically satisfying.

Using an unfortunately hilarious turn of phrase amounting to a gallows pun, German authorities have "condemned" the video before its release (ironically and hypocritically doing all the work of promoting the video and single in the German mass media) because of a teaser depicting executions in a Nazi concentration camp. I find this unsurprising--the German government often censors and speaks out against Rammstein's work (thus increasing their concert ticket and music sales). But all to the good. It is an unfortunate reality that a full third of Americans today are misinformed or in denial about the Holocaust and that anti-Semitism and right-wing hate groups are on the rise in Germany and elsewhe…