Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this book up for book club. I was sucked into the book from the first moment. I enjoyed the characters, for the most part. The story was wonderful, up until the last few chapters. It seemed to almost go off on a tangent when the narrator, Elizabeth, started talking about her own thoughts about women’s rights and discrimination. It felt like I was hit right in the face with it. The story told it on its own, without the message being slammed into the reader’s brain.

I felt that the story could have ended a few chapters early and it would have stood on its own. This one went just a little too far. 

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Fleishman Is in Trouble

Daily Morning Check list

Every morning, I have my routine. Most of the time, it’s pretty much in order, but mostly I get sidetracked. I usually get the big stuff done with no issues. Shower, dry, start dressing. After that, it’s a constant list. Over and over. I walk around counting what still needs to be done, like a silent chant. Toothbrush, shoes, lunch, feed cats. Over and over. Then I add and subtract as I finish things or remember what I missed.

Lately, I’ve had a helper. Mini adds feed the cats to the list multiple times. Brush teeth, meow, do a load of laundry, feed cats, meow, put your shoes on, meow. Repeat until the list is done. Not quite the same rhythm, really, when you add in the meows and stepping over cats.

My daughter also is helping with the reminders. She put up this sign. Unfortunately it gets to the point that I see it so often that I don’t see it anymore. She had to change it up a bit this week to make sure I saw it.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the one that was there before, but it had a drawing of the two cats, and one was the back end of the kitty, walking away.

LGBT history month

I’m a little late to the party this time, but it’s LGBT history month. Normally, I’d be taking out books from the library and making a theme month, but the library still isn’t really open, so I’m off routine.

At the bottom of this post is a link showing how Nabisco is celebrating with the Oreo.

I hope to get a few more posts on this theme this month. I’ll see how it goes.

Oreos

The Favorite Customer

I was the last customer for one of the grocery store checkers, but I didn’t know it yet. He was dealing with the woman in front of me in the express lane. The lady was insisting that 14 food items and 20 bottles of wine counted as 15 items or less. Then she took forever getting her payment out, and insisted on bagging her groceries herself. With the six foot rule, it took forever.

Another checker came up behind me and closed the line and told me that the checker is off for the day after me. I told her I’m always a little off. She walked away laughing

When I got to the checker with my single bag of tomatoes, I told the checker that I was going to be his favorite customer of the day. He said “yes! The last one!” He got it! I was surprised. I only had a card with me, so I ended up charging $.62 on it, which annoyed me, but he took it with a smile. At least I made his day end on a positive note.

House spiders

House spiders

The above linked article talks about keeping spiders in the house. It even discusses naming them. I know that a lot of people are scared of spiders, so I’m not posting any photos.

At my house, the cats enjoy the spiders, so there isn’t much time to name them before they get to be a tasty snack for a feline.  All part of the food chain, I guess.

Telemarketing calls

My youngest child is very caffeine sensitive and she would talk non stop any time she had a little caffeine. When she was around 4, she had a Mountain Dew by mistake. The phone rang and it was a solicitor. We put the kiddo on the phone. 45 minutes later she was still telling him about her day at preschool. I’m really surprised that the caller didn’t give up earlier than that. Yes, we were listening to her end, so she didn’t give out private information, not that a 4 year old know much private info.

Are You Doing Homework? Can I Help?

I was multitasking as usual. I had stripped my sheets off the bed and was starting to gather my school stuff together. I came back and found that my seat had been taken by my backup helper. She peeked over the top of the blankets to check to see if I was going to make her move. Yes, I did, because she usually won’t sit with me, unless she’s on the opposite side of the room. She moved when she realized that I wasn’t giving in.

The Odyssey of Big Brother and the Holding Company

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This was another of the SF City Guides Tours that was held in the last few weeks. It was well worth watching. It was about Big Brother and the Holding Company. They are apparently still touring, but they are currently online. www.musae.me/bbhc/experiences/809/vr is where you can get tickets. They start at $5 and go up for virtual shows.

The talk itself was interesting. It told about the history of the band and its members. It will be shown again, from what they have said. Find them at the link in the above photo. It’s well worth a visit.