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Weekly six pack, 2017 v16

Reading. Finished All Grown Up. Started The Girl Before and have A Colony in a Nation planned for the weekend. Requested Celeste Ng’s new book from NetGalley and picked up Homesick for Another World from the library. Show Us Your Books on Tuesday!

Watching. The Handmaid’s Tale and season 1 of Fargo (which takes place in Minnesota so I’m very confused with the misnomer). Hulu free trial FTW!

Using. Duolingo. Remember how I mentioned that one of my nongoal goals was to relearn basic French? I’ve been doing it for a few months now using Duolingo, which is an app I heard about from my daughter’s school (they encourage the kids to use it for reinforcement of the Spanish they’re learning). It’s free, you can earn prizes (think gold stars), and if any of you decide to use it for French and want to start a club, let me know!

Wondering. If any of you guys have heard about some of the readathons that happen throughout the year. I’m thinking about starting one and am curious to know if there’d be interest. 

Raging. I’m pretty sure you guys knew this was coming but OH MY FUCKING GOD. This healthcare situation is out of fucking control and the fact that the motherfuckers in office are more worried about hurting Obama’s legacy (too bad. You can’t) than protecting those they’re elected to protect is sending my rage to unprecedented levels. Because if you have the audacity to be poor, have a vagina or a preexisting condition or mental health issues, or are anything other than a healthy rich white man, you are fucked (I’m not even going to discuss calling sexual assault and domestic violence preexisting conditions. I can’t. Not if I want to get through the rest of this post). FUCKED. It’s telling that I now have better access to medical care for my pets than poor people will for their children. My only hope is that this gets voted down in the Senate. I’m confident it won’t because party lines before people is the new mantra of our government but it’s worth mentioning. Because sometimes a small dissenting few can have the biggest impact. 

Donating. Five years ago, my cousin and his wife had their twins, born at 25 weeks. One of the twins passed at 5 months but the other, who celebrates his birthday on Saturday, spent roughly the first year of his life in the NICU, most of that time at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Knowing how hard life is in the NICU, his wife is doing a Posh fundraiser to help pamper the parents of those babies. Of course I donated and if you want to as well, please let me know and I’ll send you the information if you can’t read it in the image below.

Have a great weekend! See you on Tuesday when we talk books!


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  1. Heather

    Hope you enjoy The Girl Before! I liked that book a lot. I use Duolingo for French! It’s so fun!! I really need to get back into it though…I haven’t signed in for a few months.
    I’ve heard of a few of the readathons but have never tried one!

  2. Nadine

    I just finished The Girl Before this week. I liked it. I also requested the Celeste NG book yesterday. Not like I needed more on my Netgalley list!!! I took spanish for 4 years in high school, and damn if I can remember even most of the basics. Perhaps I should download that app! Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    That’s a great fundraiser.

    Don’t even get me started on the healthcare. It’s weird, the citizens that are celebrating not having to pay for anyone else’s healthcare anymore never complain about wealthcare and breaking their asses at jobs to pay for the tax cuts of the rich and to protect corporate interests. Hmm. I guess they don’t realize they’re paying for that, too.

    I am #1 on the list at the library for The Girl Before. I’ve been waiting for it since fucking February.

  4. Audrey

    So sweet of your cousin’s wife. What a terrible thing to go through.
    I want to read/watch The Handmaid’s Tale but I know it’s going to make me RAGE over the current state of things.
    I saw on a news source (the Skimm) where they were describing the new bill as: “Republicans say the new plan will lower costs and give people more freedom when it comes to their healthcare choices. Dems say it will leave millions without coverage.”
    I wanted to amend it to say, “Republicans say the new plan will lower costs and give HEALTHY, WEALTHY people more freedom when it comes to their healthcare choices…”
    This healthcare shit is the biggest fucking mess. And all those fucks who elected Tr*mp (I’m generalizing, but the older or rural lower-income population) are getting FUCKED with this. So… like… can we all admit y’all made a HUGE mistake now??!
    So. effing. disgusting.
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  5. Ali A

    This Healthcare thing is a total JOKE. Flopping their d*cks around all proud of themselves for snatching healthcare from millions of people who need it most. When I saw the video of all those gross old white men announcing the bill passed my skin was actually CRAWLING. Ugh.

  6. rebecca jo

    I cant even talk about the healthcare in this country without steam coming out of my ears. Just cant.

    I did the Dulingo thing for awhile & really want to learn spanish – I just cant do the whole verb thing. I’m awful at learning another language.

  7. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    K is in grade 3 french immersion and she is 100% fluent…I have to use Google translate or call my sister to help her with her homework!

  8. Tanya @ A Mindful Migration

    I hope you enjoy The Girl Before. I really liked how he toyed with our perception of the characters. Okay, so Fargo the movie took place in both Fargo and Minneapolis with the majority of characters being from Minnesota. And Fargo, the TV series, keeps that tradition of basing the story/characters in Minnesota. I’m going to check out the Duolingo app. I’ve been wanting to brush up on my Spanish. I am interested in learning more about a potential readathon. I don’t have words for healthcare right now. I’m just so damn angry. How are they celebrating? Obamacare had some issues that needed to be fixed but taking away healthcare from millions is not fixing the problem. Raising costs and/or reducing coverage is not the answer. Hurting people with pre-existing condition is beyond pale, especially when essentially being a woman makes you a pre-existing condition. I don’t know what they were thinking but I suggest we repeal and replace them.
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  9. Heather Lockhart

    I’ve done duolingo for Spanish and German, and I LOVE it.

    I cannot and will never understand the thinking that healthcare is a privilege and not a right. Disgusted with the House.

  10. Christina

    The Girl Before is coming up soon for me and I requested Celeste Ng’s book as soon as I saw your facebook post. I haven’t been getting all of my selections from NetGalley lately though, so who knows.

    I have no words about AHCA. I fucking hate Trump and Ryan.

  11. Kristin Darhower

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of The Girl Before.
    Re: what Kathy said..Other countries are doing it right with language immersion.
    Though, I had a kid in Alaska who came from a Spanish immersion school and she was completely fluent by 8 or 9. Accented Rs and all.

  12. Confuzzled Bev

    Every time I see Duolingo mentioned, I feel bad that I haven’t worked on my Spanish in ages. Should really get back to that… And I just saw they now do Welsh as well. Oooh.
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  13. Teh Megan

    I’m about a month late on this post, but I use Duolingo as well. I took it upon myself to learn German when I met Teh German and it started getting serious. For me, DL has helped with vocab, but not so much the rules… this could primarily be because I do my lessons on my phone rather than the computer, but I don’t remember the computer lessons being very much help either. Or it could just be German syntax is weird to me or maybe English is just backwards and that is the problem. Either way, it’s still a pretty nifty app.


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