Hello my homogays, it’s lovely to see you this fine Friday. And it is a very, very fine Friday. I am super excited to host the Friday Open Thread, which is a thing we do every Friday wherein we talk to each other on the internet via the comments section on this website called Autostraddle.com, maybe you’ve heard of it? Home of vapid fluff? I’m especially excited re: the vapid fluff.
A lot happened for me this week. I got a new phone for $12 (yes, completely legally) due to the stars aligning. I went on vacation. I discovered that I needed to add sugar scrub to my v. v. masculine-of-center skin routine and I’ve acted accordingly. And, oh yeah, I got engaged.
I managed to find a deserted beach (seriously, ZERO other people on it) that actually had a sunset over the water on the East Coast, which was a tall order and also completely accidental. Sometimes not planning works out well for me. But I will take credit for that proposal-win, even though it was happenstance.
Also, I read. I’ve been trying to read even more than normal lately, and to varying degrees of success. You see, I’m starting graduate school in the Fall — I’m going to be heading to The New School to get my MFA in Creative Writing, specifically fiction. And I’m super psyched that I’m going to be reading a ton of books, some of which I haven’t even heard of before. It’s a wide world of books out there. But it did occur to me that I’m not going to be able to choose what I read, really, for a few months or probably even a few years. So I’m trying to get to all the books I’ve been meaning to get to and anything that strikes my fancy. Basically, read ALL the books.
I just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, highly recommend like whoa, A ++. And then I revisited an old favorite, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. And now? I have a great friend who works at Viking and she gave me My Educationby Susan Choi legit months ago just because she thought I’d love it. Well I’m ten pages in and already I love it. You know that tumblr, the one where people take pictures of the book they’re reading and the beer they’re drinking? We should do that. Except in this case I’m actually drinking tea, despite having a homebrew in the fridge calling to me.
Please take note of the mildly gay Eleanor Roosevelt mug that is containing my oolong tea. My fiancée got it for me. Omg. I just typed fiancée. What a world we live in.
So hey, friends, enough about me. What did you do this week? Did you also get engaged, or did you snuggle with your cat or maybe you went to a beach also but not with your cat? Where are you going tonight? What are you doing this weekend? What are you drinking right now? Are you reading anything good? Feel like posting a picture of your book and your beverage of choice? Please let’s chat about the things. I am ready. Are you ready?
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