We’re watching the Super Bowl (like almost everyone else) as I write this edition of the Salon. Since none of my teams (Steelers, Eagles) made it to the big game this year, I’m in it only for the commercials.
However, being Eagles fans with long memories (2004 may have been 11 years ago, but to us it might as well have been yesterday) we are obviously rooting for the Seahawks.
My goal for 2015 is to send out at least 25 writing submissions this year, which means at least two per month, which I achieved for January. I define submissions fairly liberally; for example, getting an audition slot for Listen to Your Mother (which I did) counts as a submission. The main thing is doing the work and getting it out there.
Another highlight of January was being part of Acquired Taste: Holiday Recovery, a literary reading event at East End Book Exchange.
January was not my best reading month. I only finished two books – Aimless Love by Billy Collins and West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan. I enjoyed both of them, and I still think West of Sunset will be among my favorites this year. Part of my reading slump was due to having the flu, The Boy being sick, The Husband’s cancer treatments and other stuff going on.
I spent part of this snowy afternoon reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, which I started as my First Book of the Year, but put aside when I saw West of Sunset at the library. I feel Bird by Bird is a book I should read, so I wanted to make a point to get back to it.
I’ve been listening to The Good Lord Bird by James McBride during my commutes to work, and so far I’m really enjoying this.
On Friday, BlogHer featured my post about the Asperger’s storyline in “Parenthood” over the past six seasons. Go here to read it.
The Husband got an “all clear” report on his cancer scan on Friday, which we were obviously thrilled about. This has been a trying two weeks with him being on the low-iodine diet and the dread that accompanies this yearly test.
That the groundhog does not see his shadow tomorrow and that we have an early spring. Our school district has already called yet another two-hour delay for tomorrow morning, so I’m not hedging my bets on this early spring business.