Aunting Report: Things Are Not Going Super Well, Pray/Keep a Thought/Whatever is Your Practice of Choice

If you thought “gee, I wonder if there have been no new posts because things in Margaret’s life have gone a bit off, but I hope that isn’t true” you were right and it is true.

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Aunting Report! Guess What is the ONLY Song that Will Calm This Child Down and Make Him Laugh?

Happy Tuesday! MommySister and Daddy might be coming home from the hospital today with Baby Brother! False alarms Thursday evening and Saturday morning which meant Auntie caring for confused Nephew A. Also, Nephew A got a 24 hour bug and threw up over everything on Friday. I had to throw away my dress. And then the real alarm started Saturday afternoon and I have been solo caring for a small human being since then. Well, the nanny was here for a few hours yesterday so I was able to wash my hair (HEAVEN!), but mostly solo. Once Mommy and Daddy and Baby Brother are home, it will get easier, right? Because babies make everything better?

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me As Dawdle in a Hotel Room?

Happy Monday! I got within an hour of my sister’s by 9pm last night and we made a decision for me to stay at a hotel within emergency call zone instead of arriving in the middle of bedtime when we are all tired. And now I am relaxing in my big huge hotel bed and thinking “do I really want to leave here and go be beaten up by a 2 year old who is mad at me for not being Mommy?”

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No WatchAlong Because Nephew B is Beating Down the Door to Be Born!

Based on latest reports from my sister, Nephew B is really REALLY ready to get here. So instead of a nice slow drive today ending with a pleasant watchalong, I’m gonna shoot for getting within a few hours of their house by the end of the day so I can be on call. Unfortunately, all the way there just seems EXTREMELY unlikely. Unless I get an Auntie adrenaline rush.

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Saturday/Sunday Evening or Monday Morning WatchAlong: Anyone Available?

This is the weekend of my insane cross-country driving trip (assuming my COVID tests from yesterday come back negative, now my brain has decided to worry about that). Anyway, I’m planning to drive all day and then stop early evening to get a hotel before I wear myself out, so I could do a watchalong Saturday or Sunday evening. Or early Monday Morning, my last driving day when I will have earned a slow start.

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Ms Marvel Review/Discussion Space: A Fully Pakistani-American Show, With a Foot in Both Places

I watched it! The whole thing! It was very stressful. Boys, driving tests, making college decisions, BLECH! And if that wasn’t enough, disappointing your parents the WORST THING EVER. But yes, a great show, an easy watch, and lots of fun easter eggs for Hindi film fans.

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me as I Travel???

Happy Monday! This post comes to you from the Halifax airport! We take a flight from here to Toronto and then Toronto to Chicago, and then I am finally home with Albie Dog by about 5pm Chicago time. Everything would be working perfectly except that my headphones broke so I have to hold the right ear in place with my hand. This is a bit of a problem because the headphones are both my preferred method of airplane entertainment and (way more important) the best solution for MASSIVE PRESSURE CHANGE EAR PAIN. So, I will just have to hold them on my head really tight with both hands and then it will be fine. Yes, I already checked, the airport stores are sold out.

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Sunday WatchAlong: 11am Chicago Time! The Pirate! Available for Rent for a Small Price on All Major Streaming Services! Also, It’s Ridiculous

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay, an American musical! So glad I get to share this one with you. And it is good for y’all to see it, because this is one of many classic American musicals that influenced both Farah Khan and Prabhudeva in their work. For real, Farah even acknowledges this one in particular as one of her hidden tributes in “Dhoom Tana”.

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DCIB Book Club: Rilla of Ingleside, What Does it Mean to Write the Rough Draft of History?

I have a terrible feeling none of you listened to me and read this book (who hadn’t read it already). So I’m gonna say again, READ IT! I just re-read it for this post, and it is good as I remember, and as unique. It’s a fascinating true-feeling document of a very specific time and place and people.

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Thinky Post: Heart over Head for Female Characters, Head over Heart for Male

No particular reason for this thinky post, or at least no more than usual. There’s always stuff about female artists, actresses and writers and everything, that frames them as “intuitive” and “feeling” instead of thinking. And conversely, a man can’t make an emotional decision EVER, we always have to search for the “logic” behind it.

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Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Get Busy on a Three Day Weekend!

Happy Saturday! I get a 3 day weekend, and then right after it is over I go to Prince Edward Island with my Mom, and then come back, and then almost immediately leave to go stay at my sisters until Nephew B arrives. So I have to organize and take out recycling and plant things and all kinds of stuff this weekend!

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