As I was perusing an ARC of a book that I’m recording to audiobook, I was struck with the strangest sense of dejá vu. I couldn’t quite place the feeling, but it was a sense so strong that it tickled up the back of my spine and infiltrated my senses like a seeking vapor of memory. Definitely there, just not tangible enough to get a grip on.
It took me hours of reading to figure it out. I was reading my own life. The similarities became startling. They were especially startling because I’ve never met this author before in my life, and she had me pegged in a hole.
I wanted to call her and ask if she was the woman/monster who hid beneath my bed as a child, I was always sure I could see the glare of eyes behind the dust ruffle that my MawMaw insisted we have. (who in the hell wants a dust ruffle…and what does it do to ruffle dust other than collect it?) She may have also been that one student teacher who I am sure took home all my poetry. (to be fair, I have struggled with many demons since I was really young, and my fifth-grade poetry was incredibly inappropriate for my age…or it was just super fucking emo)
Or…and this is probably it….she is just so good at world building and story telling that you see yourself in the book as much as you see the characters written. But I still think she was living under my stairs in the room beside the garage. It’s possible, it was at least as big as Harry’s spot. My uncle also closely resembles Hagrid, and I am pretty sure my 10th grade social studies teacher was a horcrux of he who shall not be named. (who has the sword of Gryffindor now, punks??!?!?)
I love it when a book is so well-constructed that it allows you to float upon its words like an ethereal wave of ephemera. I cannot wait to tell you guys all about it.
Moving on to less-emo stuffs. My daughter is naked. Again. Here’s the thing, she’s almost never clothed if she is at home. Here are some recent incarnations of nudity:
naked with a purse
naked with hair bows
naked with a fanny pack
naked with a cape
naked with stickers over her “BOOOOOBIES!!”–this one may come in handy in the future…just sayin.
sending naked selfies to my bestie. I’m not kidding. This is how it has escalated. She takes my phone and takes naked selfies. Cute now, not so cute 15 years from now.
It’s only ok for me to send naked selfies to my bestie.
TIME FOR SKINNY DIPPING!!
(not naked in a pool, just a healthier dip which you use to accompany unhealthy tortilla chips. BTW, it’s easily my favorite dip ever.)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: no bake appetizer snack side gluten-free vegetarian cheese
Ingredients (2 cups of dip)
- 1.5 cups plain greek yogurt
- 2 kirby cucumbers, cleaned and shredded
- 3 oz feta or queso fresco, crumbled
- 1 jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed, shredded (easiest to do everything in a food pro)
- 4 tbsp cilantro, chopped
- juice of one lime
- large pinch of salt
stir together all ingredients
let sit two hours in the fridge or overnight