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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata | Thoughts

    Published on : 2018 (translation)   ||    Format : print   ||    Location : Japan One line review : Keiko would rather behave exactly as others expect her to so she doesn't disappoint "society", and so she works at the same convenience store without changing anything about her life, but very soon the same society expects her to "upgrade" (change career and find a husband), except there is no manual on how to do these.  ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   When something was strange, everyone thought they had the right to come stomping in all over your life to figure out why. I found that arrogant and infuriating, not to mention a pain in the neck. Sometimes I even wanted to hit them with a shovel to shut them up, like I did that time in elementary school. But I recalled how upset my sister had been when I’d casually mentioned this to her before and kept my mouth shut. Thoughts : When I started reading Convenience Store Woman , I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis does not give a

Waltzing in the Music City | Weekly Snapshot

If you're in the US, do you have Monday off from work or school, to observe President's Day? All of us at our home do, which is lucky because this isn't a day that every company or institution observes with a day off. Even though it's not been too long since the Christmas and New Year holiday season, I'd been pining for a vacation for a while - something either low-key or relaxing that even the kids will enjoy.


Currently

This post is coming to you from the Music City - Nashville - where we are spending the long weekend. We are technically here only for two days and will leave early on Monday so that we are home in time to pick our dog from boarding. Although I don't personally care much for the music scene other than to listen to what's popular on the radio, I had been hoping to stop by Nashville someday and check it out.

We are staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is a sight in itself, with its acres and acres of gardens and walkways. It's definitely a mini-city - one that seems all set up to shelter future citizens after an apocalypse. Plus, it has its own indoor water theme park, where we had a blast today.

Tomorrow, we are planning to visit The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, and later maybe Downtown Nashville. We'll see what everyone feels up to doing.

Work

Last week, I was dreading going to work, fully expecting it to be busy at least and chaotic at most. Sure enough, work was definitely that and more, so much so that, although I didn't (mostly) bring work home, I hit the bed too early some days and slept like a baby. Thankfully, things started to stabilize by Thursday and even looked positive on Friday that I was able to leave work early. Next week is going to be a short work week, which I'm grateful for and it should also not be much like last week, which I'm doubly grateful for. 

Looking ahead

I've still got the same things to do this week that I had planned to do last week. I'm not sure how much I'll accomplish because I'm still catching up from last week. One downside to taking a weekend trip is that the girl misses her weekend gym and swim classes. While one of them is easy enough to reschedule, the other one is a pain to arrange a makeup session with. After several weeks of trying to get a makeup scheduled and just being able to use it up last week, I'm going to have to do that all over again this week. Not. Fun.

Reading

I've finished reading Brown Girl Dreaming this week. It took me a while despite it being a fast read, mainly because this book could not be rushed. There's just so much emotion in many of the poems that I had to pause often in between.

   

Right after Brown Girl Dreaming, I decided to check out Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies on an impulse. I have not read books in this genre in ages even though, at one point, I used to devour them. It will be nice returning to the genre and seeing how it goes. I'm only couple of chapters in but am enjoying it so far.

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Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

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