433rd Friday Blog Roundup
I won a goldfish at the Purim carnival. It was one of those games where you have three chances to throw a ping pong ball into an incredibly small opening. We had waited in a long line for our turn, and I was the last one in the family to go. I got it in on the second ball, and I turned around and started screaming and jumping. The other kids in line stared at me as if I was a goddess. They asked me how I did it. I felt like a celebrity; the Fish Winner. We got in line and tried again, and this time the ChickieNob won. We were feeling ten kinds of lucky.
Then the reality of “we won two goldfish” kicked in. We had to go to a pet store to get supplies. There was a lot of judgment from the pet store staff when we refused the 10-gallon tank (feel free to leave your own self-righteous comment about goldfish bowls so I can tell you what we told them). We got fish food and water conditioner, and in the end, spent an additional $16 in order to attend the carnival.
Then we drove home with Galadriel and not-Spinky. The ChickieNob settled immediately on the name Galadriel for her fish. The Wolvog named his Spinky as we were walking out of the building. Then he started crying at lunch when we told Grandma the name of his fish and he realized he hated it. We then brainstormed several other names, including Sunday, which is what the fish is now called by everyone when we speak of it aloud. But in my head, I still think of it as not-Spinky, or N-Spink, for short.
Both Galadriel and N-Spink live in the Wolvog’s room. We were going to get two separate bowls for the two separate rooms, but the ChickieNob was too scared to have the fish live in her room because that means that one day the fish will die in her room. She does not mind the idea of her fish dying in her brother’s room, and she assured him that he was totally up to the task of dealing with a dead fish. She’s a sweet girl.
With a fish-winning arm.
I’ve been devouring The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I read about half of it yesterday. This is my first time reading John Green. Are his other books equally good? I really like the conversational tone. The beautiful moments in the simplicity of the sentences. I’m going to be near a bookstore this weekend and could get others if anyone can vouch for them.
So name some other books like that. Not matching the subject matter or type (TFIOS is young adult); that isn’t what I mean. I just want books that are similar in tone and style. Conversational. Unfussy. Simple. A lot of people can do complicated poorly. Some people can do complicated well. But a rare few can do simple well. And I’m looking for great, unfussy, straightforward storytelling.
On a side note, I have not yet read the Hunger Games. I’ve been waiting to read the first book. I should probably just dive into it, right? I’ve been assuming that it fits the bill as unfussy, straightforward storytelling… right?
So what other books — adult or YA, genre or non-genre, American or non-American — fit this description of unfussy, straightforward storytelling. That is great. Something like The Fault in Our Stars or The Age of Miracles or any of the Sookie Stackhouse books or… do you know what I mean by unfussy, straightforward storytelling? I’m just trying to focus my book recommendation request on gathering ideas for a certain type of book I am particularly in the mood for at the moment.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
Okay, now my choices this week.
Bionic Mamas has a post about returning to the fertility clinic in order to conceive another child. It’s both the logistics of coming back to the office, but also the emotions of being back in that space again. I thought it was a wonderful, eye-opening post; something so many who experience primary infertility go through in order to continue to build their family. I imagine the same feelings exist on other paths to parenthood such as adoption. She writes, “As I waited for my name to be called, a strange nausea crept over me. I hadn’t, I realized, been comparing my present-day self with the me who had first come to the Baby Factory at all; I’d been comparing myself to my memory of that person, a memory colored by knowing that my first visit was only the beginning, that there were miles to go, disappointments and fears and more than a few crying jags.”
By now, you have probably read Tiger Beatdown’s story about her infertility, but in case you haven’t, I’m sending you over. It was not a post I expected to read when I opened her blog Thursday morning. It was gut-wrenching. It was raw. It was a hard story to read but an important story to read. She writes of the baby she lost, “Almost seventeen thousand dead in European detention centers since the mid 90’s. I have always added my own dead to the list. My dead wasn’t counted because it wasn’t official. I had never reported it to the NGO that keeps track of the corpses. And yet, since the day that I knew I was carrying a dead baby (an illegal immigrant dead baby), I have done nothing but honor her memory.“ Please go over and read in full.
Lastly, Adventures in Infertility Land has a post about dating after divorce while infertile. She questions: “The truth is I have no idea how to go about this. How do I share my story? How much detail is ok to give? How much can I keep in? Do I owe it to these potential partners to lay it all out there so they know exactly what kind of a mess they might be dealing with?“ More illuminating are the reactions she records of the people she does tell. And don’t forget to read (and add to) the discussion in the comment section.
The roundup to the Roundup: Two new pets in the Ford house: Galadriel and N-Spink… I mean, Sunday. Trying to focus my book recommendation request. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between February 22nd and March 1st) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.