I thought the week before the inauguration was bad? Ha! This week’s commentary really needs no commentary on that topic, so here are a few items of note from the last two weeks of emotionally related blog hiatus.
After years of telling myself that maybe i just wasn’t able to do it, I started learning to crochet at a Fiber Arts night at my library. With a small ball of yarn, a hook, and some basic instructions from library staff, I was off and going! I made a small rectangle that night, and brought it home to add my own yarn to make it a scarf. I can only do single crochet so far (further Fiber Arts nights coming!), but I’m really enjoying it, and am even finding it to be somewhat faster than knitting at times. Here’s to doing more things I thought I couldn’t do!
Following the ALA Midwinter conference last week, the Youth Media Awards added quite a few books to my to-be-read pile. One of the reading lists Im paying special attention to is the Amelia Bloomer Project’s list of feminist literature for readers from birth to age 18. There are so many selections of both fiction and non-fiction starring strong female characters from all fields and walks of life. I’m a little disappointed to say I’ve only read a few titles on this year’s (long) list, but I am glad that that means I have so much good reading to look forward to!
If you’re having a hard time with all the news like I am, and don’t know where to start or how to work for and advocate for all the causes you care about at the same time, know that I’m right there with you. Know that we are fighting the same battles from the same side. And, know that you still need to take care of yourself, even when it seems like you need to take care of a hundred fires all at the same time. This article on How to Stay Outraged Without Losing Your Mind has given me plenty of self-care ideas to keep in mind over the next few months and year. Make sure you eat and wear warm clothes outside and brush your teeth, okay?
reading: Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis (WorldCat) (Amazon) (IndieBound) Set in both the present-day and World War II. Mare is a fierce and formidable woman taking her granddaughters on a cross-country road trip to a family reunion, and along the way she relates her experience as an African-American woman in the army in World War II. My sister is in the navy, and the vivid descriptions of training and barracks, and the extra difficulties of being a woman in a man’s army makes me think of my sister just about every chapter.
Listening to: my Paul Simon Pandora station, because sometimes this Mama Pajama needs some help to roll out of bed.
knitting: I’m still going to knit the revolution. Since the last report, I’ve knitted up a few pussy hats for friends marching around the country. I’m still working on the Exquisite MKAL, and as mentioned above I started crocheting. Right now, I’m crocheting a scarf to donate and some washcloths for me.