The Princess Diarist

Don’t ask me why I picked up The Princess Diarist at the library. I am not a Star Wars fan and Carrie Fisher … makes me… uncomfortable. But whatever, it was on the shelf, I saw it was based on the diaries she’d written during the first (don’t start with that “third” BS) Star Wars and thought this might be something that would help me like Fisher more.

It didn’t. But it also didn’t make me like her less.

It also wasn’t quite the book I expected it to be. I expected more diary entries and less Carrie Fisher being Carrie Fisher. Silly me. As expected, the diary entries portion was my favorite portion of the book. The rest… sigh. Not my favorite.

Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and Retreat from Racial Equity

Welp. I finally read Colorblind and it was exactly what I expected it to be.

Smart, well-written, and anger/sadness/frustration/anger inducing.

You are not colorblind. I am not colorblind. Nobody is or should be colorblind.

Post-racial politics is stupid. Stop it. There’s no such thing as post-racial any-damn-thing.

March Book 3

I finished John Lewis’s March series. Book 3 was just as well-written and well-drawn as the first two books in the series. If you and your kids have not read this series, do it now.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids

Here’s another one I spent a long time reading, in bits and pieces when I happened to have a spare minute or two. It was not as detailed as the Ultimate Guide (obviously, since it’s like half the size) but it has all of the basic info you need. What it didn’t have was extra info about WDW with kids. So… buy the Ultimate Guide, instead.

The Unofficial Guide to Disney World

I finally finished The Unofficial Guide to Disney World it took many, many weeks — because this is a MONSTER book, (864 pages.) OK, fine. I didn’t read the part about sports at WDW and I just skimmed the section on Universal rides because I am not going to Universal any time soon and when I decide to go, I will read the Unofficial Guide to Universal… or join the Universal Touring Plans site… but I read every other word in the book.

I was pleased with just how much I already knew and how often I was able to say “oops, that’s not true anymore.” Which brings me to the only problem with this book. Because so many things at WDW don’t really change from year to year, some of the content in the book is identical to the content from the year before. That’s fine, it makes sense to not reinvent the wheel. However, there were some bits of info that weren’t accurate and hadn’t been accurate since what feels like before the book went to the publisher. I can’t remember what those things are but there were definitely two or three times when I said, wow – that’s not just a little outdated, it is really outdated.

I definitely recommend the book. And, then join Touring Plans and the Lines app. (Now I’m moving on to read the version for families taking children to WDW. lol)

My (not so) Storybook Life

The title caught my eye and while I didn’t hate My (not so) Storybook Life, I didn’t love it either. TW quit the book before she’d made it through four chapters. I thought about quitting it but stuck with it and enjoyed it more towards the ends.

The “Friendship and Faith” part of the title escaped me, so I struggled with that aspect of the book. I’m not opposed to memoirs that explore the author’s relationship with religion or God, but this one just wasn’t interesting to me.

I did find the re-written literature sections at the beginning of each chapter to be fun (TW did not like them one bit.)

Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World

TW loves Disney World. The little kids love Disney World, (SS/RJ in particular is obsessed with Disney World.) I don’t love Disney World. Until last month, I’d only been to WDW twice and the last time was more than 30 years ago, when Jenn was still in diapers. Michelle Belle has never even been to WDW and Chris has only been once, with some friends.

When we moved back to Florida, TW was all about buying an annual pass and I was all about not buying an annual pass. We live 2 1/2 hours away from WDW. We have dogs that do not really want us to be gone for 18 hours every time we go to WDW (or to be boarded unless absolutely necessary.) It is EXPENSIVE, not just the annual passes but everything else about the trip is expensive.

And then we went to Epcot, after BH17, and while I wasn’t converted, I did have a good time. And since we have to go back to Orlando in October for GHC 17 and again later in October to see SS/RJ, it seemed like it might be worth considering an annual pass… so we did. And now we have them.

I’m still not a WDW fanatic and since I know very little about the worlds or the rides or anything else Disney, I decided to just see if there was a WDW book on the shelf at the library. I didn’t expect there to be one — I know those things are constantly checked out. Turns out, Birnbaum’s 2016 WDW was on the shelf. A year old but I figured there was enough in there that was still accurate that I’d get at least more knowledge than I have now. I was right. It was definitely worth picking up.

A week later, we have two separate WDW resorts booked and are planning a few more trips in the months ahead. SO EXPENSIVE, which is what will prevent me from ever really being a WDW fan. (Those magic bands, though. Man, I love those things. That’s wearable tech that makes sense!)

Clean My Space

TW stumbled into Melissa Maker through something at work and decided she needed to read Clean My Space — so she did.

And then she got all obsessive about cleaning, and told me that I wasn’t doing it right and that she was going to take over cleaning the house. Hah.

I shrugged and told her I’d be happy to sit out on the deck with a book while she cleaned the house. So I did and she did.

Oy.

She also tried to make me squeegee the tub/shower. That didn’t go so well. I’m bad with a squeegee. Also, I tend to walk away from the tub before it’s done draining and by the time I come back, the tub is already dry. Whatever.

For the first week or two after she read the book, she was obsessively wiping things and vacuuming things and talking about cleaning products and basically driving me nuts. Thankfully, she’s eased up a bit, (though the house is kind of messy right now, lol), but she did order a Mopnado (eyeroll) on PRIME Day and that will arrive today. I’m looking forward to sitting out on the deck while she mops all the things.

Oh, about the book… I read it too. It was fine. But, I already knew how to clean my space. The S method and the W method and starting at 12:00 etc. Quick clean vs deep clean (or whatever it is she calls them, I can’t remember now.) Probably the only thing that I hadn’t really thought about was focusing on the areas of the house that really bug me (us?) when they’re cluttered or not clean — though upon reflecting on the idea, I decided I’d already been doing that. So. Anyway. The book, I read it. It was fine. TW was obsessed, in the way that TW gets obsessed with things. Ask me a month from now whether she’s still doing the cleaning…

Hiking x2

I impulse picked Hiking Central Florida when we were at the library last week. (Hiking is not a thin you really want to do in Florida in the summer, unless it’s a beach hike or a spring hike and you can swim as you go… but, I picked it up anyway.)

It’s an almost 10 year old book, so it’s somewhat outdated but a hike is a hike and a state park is a state park and I really enjoyed it. Enjoyed it enough that I reserved Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle and now I would like to go hiking please. Except summer, ugh.

Simple Rules

Beth Kanter mentioned the book Simple Rules and it sounded interesting so I checked it out of the library.

It is interesting but it’s a little dense and a little dry. Once I grokked the concept laid out in each chapter and mini-section of the chapter, I found myself skimming to see real life examples of the types of simple rules people (and animals/insects/etc) use. Those pieces were especially interesting.

I have spent a good bit of time thinking about bottlenecks and simple rules for them… I’m pretty sure I’ll be giving the process a try (or two) myself, very soon.