TGIF v.56

It’s been a while since I’ve done a TGIF post! Here’s to the weekend!

A high of the week was making my Halloween costume! I usually do something simple (last year I painted spots on a red shirt and was a ladybug), so I went DIY again this year! I’ll leave it a surprise for now, but the girls’ are characters from Super Mario, so I’ll let you guess from there.

A low of the week was non-existent! Overall it was a pretty good week!

An internet find I loved was not necessarily something I found this week, but I’ve been watching a lot of Brian Shaw’s YouTube channel. (He’s a Strongman competitor and his videos are pretty hilarious sometimes!)

The best money I spent was the $5 (if that) on materials to make my Halloween costume!

My favourite Isla and/or Norah moment was getting Norah’s preschool photo proofs back! Funny story – the photos weren’t supposed to be taken until next week but the photographer showed up out of the blue on Tuesday. (Of course, Norah didn’t bother to tell me this happened.) Thankfully she wasn’t dressed like a second child (i.e., she was wearing a shirt that WASN’T a hand-me-down) and her teacher helped tame her hair. (Bless her!) Her photos turned out pretty good, so now comes the fun task of choosing which ones to order!

A song that has been stuck in my head is “Bury a Friend” by Billie Eilish. I blame Isla’s dance class because it’s been their warmup song for dance this month and it’s stuck in her head too. (Insert evil laughter!)

My notable meals of the week was the roast beef Thanksgiving dinner Kyle and I cooked on Monday. It was a great turkey alternative and it was nice to have a little family dinner before the week started again.

My plans for the weekend are a visit with my dad, yardwork, and *maybe* Christmas card photos if the weather cooperates!

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What I’m Reading: Everything I Never Told You

From the Book Jacket:

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

My review:

Part of me really enjoyed this story, and the other part of me really disliked it. I don’t know if it’s because I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere and I had big expectations, but something about Everything I Never Told You just left me feeling unsatisfied.

I’ll start by saying that Marilyn and James Lee really annoyed me. They were your stereotypical “I want my child to beeverything I wish I was when I was growing up” kind of parents, and I couldn’t stand them. I get that parents often live vicariously through their offspring, but they were ridiculously selfish.

That being said, a big kudos to Celeste Ng for making me loathe them so much but at the same time wanting to know more about them. My heart hurt for their children, whether it was because they were being pushed into being something they didn’t want, being ridiculed for having a passion, or being ignored completely.

I’d almost give Everything I Never Told You four stars, but there’s some nagging feeling holding me back. I think I just wanted more out of it; it felt way too short for the subject matter and I feel there’s some kind of void that’s been left unfilled.

My rating: ★★★¾/5 stars