Pushing Forward Back August/September 2020


  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  • Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times: Powerful Tools to Cultivate Calm, Clarity, and Courage by Philip Goldberg
  • The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs.


  • Teenage Bounty Hunters, Netflix
  • Brassic, Hulu
  • The Brokenwood Mysteries, Hoopla
  • Rifftrax: Birdemic, Amazon Prime
  • The Last Dance, Netflix

Listened To

  • folklore by Taylor Swift
  • Welcome to Conceptual Beach by Young Jesus
  • Source by Nubya Garcia

Highlights of the month

My wife unleashes a smile after being released from the ER.
  • In bold in the lists above are my picks of the month as must-read, must-watch and must-listen-to. I didn’t pick folklore because it was too obvious and I wanted to highlight an unknown.
  • But more important than any of the literary, cinematic, or musical highlights above was the news that my wife doesn’t have covid. On the morning of Aug. 19, she woke up with symptoms (a headache, high fever, and body aches) and that afternoon was tested and received the results within two hours that she did not have the virus. She had a staph infection, which an antibiotic is helping with.
  • Another major highlight was on Aug. 15 when my wife and I visited with my parents to celebrate belatedly my mother’s 76th birthday on Aug. 3. We also visited briefly with my sister and her two children, who live a few miles from my parents. It was good for us to be able to visit with all of them.
  • At the beginning of the month, I was able to score a Biden yard sign to go along with our Black Lives Matter sign. We felt the need to counterpoint all the Trump flags on our street.

Ahead to September

Here on the blog, I plan on continuing my new feature My Own Personal Sabbath that I started last weekend. Since mid-May, I have been taking a break every Sunday from news and work to focus on reading, journaling, listening to music, and watching what I want to watch. It’s been going so well that I’ve decided to share what I read, journaled about, listened to, and watched that day with a follow-up post.

Off blog, I have no major plans for September other than a three-day Labor Day Weekend to start the month. With my wife working all weekend, we’re not going anywhere, but it just will be good for me to have a few days off from work. As usual, I’ll plan on reading, but I’m not going to lie: I’ll probably only do a little reading and end up much of the weekend binge-watching some silly TV series or Mystery Science Theater 3000 or Rifftrax movies.

How was your month of August? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What was the highlight of your month? What are you most looking forward to in September? Share in the comments.

35 thoughts on “Pushing Forward Back August/September 2020

  1. Glad to hear she didn’t have covid – somehow I missed that? Or I don’t remember hearing it anyway. This month has been the sort that is speeding through my head without sticking. August is always that way. So anyway, I’m sorry I missed it, but glad she’s recovering and that it’s not the Dreaded Virus.


  2. P.S. On a serious note, we watched a couple of episodes of the Last Dance and are enjoying it so far. Lots of drama, of course, but very good. And we are also glad no COVID for the wife and happy she is on the mend.


      1. That is odd but I guess the focus is the game for this special. I didn’t even know he divorced his first wife. I’m totally out of the loop. Guess I’ll have to look all the drama up 😉


        1. I didn’t know either… Yeah. Lots of drama about what’s left out… But all in all, I thought it was good, with even Kim watching several episodes with me despite all the “sportsin'” as she calls it. 🙂

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  3. I can’t believe August will be over in a few days! I am so glad to hear that your wife doesn’t have COVID, but a staph infection is no fun either. I need to get a Biden yard sign; there are no opposition signs in our area (yet) so that’s good news. I’ve been listening to the Nice White Parents podcast, which, as an educator, is super interesting.


  4. Yay for your wife not having Covid! Hope she’s feeling better now. No big plans for September here though – but I’m in a reading mood these days, so hopefully I can spend much of it hanging around and reading.


  5. Bryan, glad u were able to visit with your family. My granddaughters love to count all the BLM signs in their town – there are plenty. One street has a house with a huge Trump sign and Blue Lives Matter while everyone else on the street have Biden and BLM ones.

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  6. I am looking forward to seeing our condo come together with all of the things I selected. We have plastered walls, and they will start laying the floors next week. Six more weeks for the tile, appliances, counters, cabinets, and everything else. I can’t wait!

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  7. I read some good books in August. The most recent, The Vanishing Half. It’s one of those buzzy books. When it came out everyone seemed to be reading it and for that reason, I put it off. I get excited about buzzy books but they often fall flat for me. Not the case with this one. Meaty content. Characters, some who were not even main characters who will stay with me for a very long time.

    I am so glad there is no COVID in your house. Staph is not good either but treatable. It can make you feel really awful though.

    September is my birthday month and Labor Day weekend is my birthday weekend. You will laugh but my son and husband planned a getaway for me. A stay at the swank hotel my son works at in San Luis Obispo (huge beach and college town). It’s to celebrate but also visit with the kid. However, my husband sent me the reservation confirmation weeks ago, by accident. Hahaha. Probably good because we were about to book some acting classes for the other kid. So now I am taking the 3rd through the 8th off even though we will only be gone two days. I have to take more vacation time because I am over the max. I still have to use 120 hours before January but with the holidays I should have it. So that is what I am looking forward to. The pup is coming with us too because my son got us a suite that is dog friendly. Oh, I am also excited about the RIP Challenge I just posted about today.

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