Take My HUSBAND…please? with sugar on top?

Big Sigh.

So, as some of you may know, my husband is unemployed…and driving me crazy. It’s hard to live with a bi-polar, depressed man who can not stand living in the duplex we are renting. Every day it’s “what’s the good word about the house?” (((insert Michelle banging head against desk)))

Anyhoo…I FINALLY got him to volunteer his time while he’s out looking for work. He now goes to the Nevada Food Bank on the two days he gets the car (it’s north of town and the truck gets crappy mileage), and he’s in the process of Volunteer Orientation at the VA Hospital!

He also has been signing US (notice US and not HIM) up for things to do after I GET OFF OF WORK! I want some down time…some ME TIME…some SEWING time. Nope. I’m not saying I’m not enjoying the outings (and to be honest, some of them were my suggestions), it’s just I really would like some me time. Also time to get household chores done. A nap. A beer.

So far a few of the things we did this week:

* Walked downtown to the old Riverside to watch the lighting of a sculpture (borrowed art from Burning Man).

* Walked to Sundance Bookstore’s grand opening in their new building (awesome old house on the corner of California and Plumas/Sierra), then through their “backyard” to the Nevada Museum of Art to listen to Richmond Fontaine (author Willy Vlautin’s band).

* Took a LEAVE NO TRACE BEHIND class from Washoe County Park Service at Galena Creek Park. Taught by Ranger Jerry from Davis Creek Park. Very cool information…some a bit extreme (like pack your crap out).

* “Along High Sierra Trails with Mark Vollmer and Mike White” talk with slides at REI.
Description: Join our own REI team members Mark Vollmer and Mike White on an exploration of the “Range of Light” from Yosemite going south. Mark Vollmer is an award winning photographer whose has chronicled the Sierras in sight and sound. Mike White, also an award winner, has authored trail guides for much of the Sierra as well as Northern Nevada.

Definitely want to get the book Afoot & Afield in Reno-Tahoe: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide by Mike White.

I did get some sewing in late last Friday night while my husband was asleep ~ need to get the top sewn now. Worked on ps i quilt’s quilt along.

Lucy got tired of supervising my work ~

Willy Vlautin ~ Northline & The Motel Life

My husband doesn’t read books much due to an old eye injury when he was a kid (dirt clod in the left eye, now has a man-made lens) ~ so when he finds a book that he actually sits down to read, I get pretty excited.

Last year I read an article about Willy Vlautin, an author who is a Reno native and now resides in Portland, OR, and his new book at that time,The Motel Life. Read the article to my husband and off we went to buy the book. He loved it. I can’t comment about it myself, as I haven’t read it yet…so here is the Booklist’s write-up:

Author Vlautin, a member of the critically acclaimed alt-country band Richmond Fontaine, has crafted a beautifully artless first novel. It tells the story of Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, who are on the run because of a hit-run-and-run accident in which Jerry Lee was involved. Eschewing compound sentences and even similes, Vlautin illuminates the lives of two decent young men from Reno who have been dealt a very bad hand; their mother died when they were teens, and their father, a thief and an inveterate gambler, left years before. They live in down-at-the-heels motels, drink too much, and work at dead-end jobs. Jerry Lee is a self-described “loser”–but with a conscience. He fails at suicide occasioned by grief, but Frank is there, inventing naive stories to keep him going. It’s as ineffably sad as a lyric by Willie Nelson, but it’s also a richly compassionate and sweetly sad meditation on what Billy Clyde Puckett in Dan Jenkins’ Semi-Tough (1972) called “life itsownself.” If there’s any justice, anywhere, The Motel Life will be widely read and widely admired. Thomas Gaughan

Over the weekend I read another article that Willy has a brand new book out and will be at Sundance Book store for an autograph signing and might possibly play his guitar too. He is part of the group Richmond Fontaine ~ which by the way, is a great band! After buying Willy’s new book, Northline, we popped the accompanying cd and listened. It’s an acoustic cd that is absolutely wonderful! Great music to read to…or in my case, putz in the garden to.

Taken from Richmond Fontaine's Blog:

Northline ~ Timorous, twentysomething Allison Johnson is pregnant. She didn’t complete high school and has worked as a waitress for several years. She often gets drunk and quickly passes out and then writes herself letters that shriek her lack of worth. But her biggest fear is of Jimmy Bodie, her abusive, budding-skinhead boyfriend. So she leaves Las Vegas and moves to Reno. She gives her son up for adoption, begins waitressing again, and has imaginary conversations with actor Paul Newman that help her carry on. Vlautin uses the same strikingly spare and simple prose in Northline that distinguised his critically acclaimed first novel, The Motel Life (2007). His essential subject, decent people enduring difficult lives, also remains the same, but here he takes a giant step in his growth as a novelist, plumbing much deeper into the emotional core of his characters. Northline recalls a dust-jacket blurb on an early edition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men: “Two hours to read, 20 years to forget.” —Thomas Gaughan, Booklist

Tuesday, May 20th 6:30pm
Sundance Books
1155 West 4th Street #106
Reno, NV

Sundance is delighted to welcome back Reno native Willy Vlautin to read from his latest novel, Northline. He may also break out the guitar and play a few numbers from Northline’s accompanying CD.

Well…my husband now has two autographed books and really enjoyed himself with the reading and music.