With apologies to the late Glenn Frey, the heat is definitely on — both on the street with temperatures well into the 90s for several days of a heatwave and in my head with a migraine that has been lingering for most of this weekend. No doubt, one definitely has to do with the other.
I need to make today’s stop in the Salon on the short side, since we have once again gone over our allotted Internet data usage here on the home front. The price will be a surcharge for our data consumption, but to avoid that becoming too excessive, I’m going to need to curb my time here in cyberspace.
More time for reading, I suppose. Right now I’m in the midst of Reliance, Illinois, a historical fiction novel that I spotted on the new releases (May 2016) shelf at the library. I’m only 55 pages into this sophomore novel by author Mary Volmer (Crown of Dust, 2006) whose writing has really pulled me into this story about Madelyn Branch, a 13 year old with a port-wine birthmark on her face and down one side of her body. Set in 1874, Madelyn and her mother Rebecca move to Reliance, Illinois after her mother answers an ad in the Matrimonial Times in hopes for a better life.
Rebecca purposefully declines to mention Madelyn in her response to Mr. Lymon Dryfus, her future husband, and instead passes Madelyn off as her sister. (“Mama decided. We both agreed. Better to make explanations as they became necessary.”) Although Madelyn agreed to this deception, that doesn’t lessen her hurt and betrayal, which is a main theme of the novel. From reading the Goodreads reviews, women’s rights (reproductive, suffrage, etc.) is a strong theme as well, which certainly makes it a fitting read these days.
I need to prep some make-ahead dinners for The Husband and The Boy this week. The kitchen is an area where the heat ISN’T on. Not only don’t I feel inclined to cook during this heatwave, but something is wrong with the oven. It’s taking forever to pre-heat — like close to an hour — so my response is to ignore it and not use the oven at all, which is easy to do in this weather. I suppose we need to get someone out here. Between the refrigerator, a part needing to be replaced on the air-conditioner, and now the oven, this has seriously become The Summer of Broken Shit.
It’s a busier than usual week ahead: The Girl is attending a painting camp this week at the library. On Tuesday evening, she and I have tickets for a young adult author event with local Pittsburgh authors Siobhan Vivian, Nick Courage, and Jonathan Auxier. Then on Wednesday night, I’m hoping to catch another author event with Mary Louise Parker. Dear Mr. You was one of my favorite books of 2015 and of course, she was part of the incredible miniseries “Angels in America” which is one of the most powerful productions of all time, in my view.
There’s more I could say, but since I can practically hear the Internet ticking, probably best to sign off for now.
Hope your Sunday is going well.
This is post #56 of 99 in my 99 Days of Summer Blogging project.