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Hi and how are ya?! I had a lofty goal to blog once a week this year but apparently once a month is more my speed. Oops? I'd love to say I've been off somewhere exotic, but in reality I've been drowning in work, dealing with a frustrating knee injury (long story!), Gg1201 Fully Enclosed Litter Box, Large Cat Pull Basin Sand Basin Deodorant Cat Toilet Cat Supplies (color Pink)GGGarden GGGarden 30x40cm Electric Heating Heater Heated Bed Mat Pad Blanket Without Cable for Pet Dog Cat Rabbit Brownjetting off to Chicago for my brother's wedding, subsequently recovering for 2-6 weeks post my brother's wedding (how long do hangovers usually last? Asking for a friend!), etc. Normal things! I feel like I have one million ideas to write about, my brain is constantly tumbling over thoughts, but whenever I get a spare moment to sit at my computer, they fly away. 

I'll capture them someday. Until then you can sit with growing anticipation for what brilliance I shall deliver.

Ok fine, I won't leave you totally hanging. Amid the working and the physical therapy and the peeing in an alleyway in downtown Chicago in a bridesmaid dress (oh like you've never peed in a city alley before), I have managed to find some time to sneak in a book or two. Or four,GGT Boutique Halloween Too Harlequin Clown Costume (L)GHGJU Lightweight Folding Pet Stroller Dog Cat Stroller Fourwheeled Travel Pet Supplies (color PURPLE) if I'm being entirely upfront here. 

So, without further ado: here are the four books I read in March of 2017. And YES I KNOW it is now essentially May 2017 so I'm falling wildly behind but did I not just list enough excuses for you?

My dog ate my blog. It wasn't my fault! 

ALL GROWN UP by Jami Attenberg

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VERY.

SMOOTH.

MOVES.

LIZ. 

Anyhoodle I had initially thought the party was much later than it actually was, GHH Pet Travel Bag Travel Outdoor Pet Carrier Backpack Portable Single Shoulder Bag Carrier Hiking Mesh Comfortable Breathable HandbagGHHZZQ Clothes for Pets Spring and Summer Warm Clothing Vest Vest Jackets Waterproof Breathable Convenient Comfortable bluee Purple orange Yellow Pink (color B, Size XXL)and Brian had made plans to host a poker night at our house, so I told him I'd make myself scarce so they could really bro out. I'd made plans to have dinner with a friend after the party, but she got held up at work so I figured if I could take myself to a cocktail mingle, I could certainly take myself out for a bite and a drink.

Also, like, how could the night get any worse?

By the grace of all that is holy, the remainder of the evening was a pure delight and I did not make any more scenes. Miracles happen! Instead, I cozied up at the bar at June, a chic little place in Cobble Hill, and ordered a glass of wine and a fancy Brussels sprout dish featuring "Parmesan whip" which turned out to be like, a cloud of Parmesan cheese and butter of some kind? I don't know, but it was magical and delicious, my mouth is watering thinking about it again. And the crown jewel atop this lovely dinner was my companion, Jami Attenberg's charming yet maddening new novel. 

All Grown Up is structurally interesting, reading almost like a linked connection of short stories rather than a full novel, all building together to tell the life of a rather ordinary woman, Andrea, and through her story, explore family, addiction, sex, romance, ambition, art, the changing landscape of Brooklyn neighborhoods, friendship. It's slim, easy to read, and I found it wholly affecting.

My friend Angie is very smart and cool and runs a fantastic podcast called the GHHZZQ Gates Extra Wide Walk Thru Baby Gate MultiUse Deco Tall WalkThru Easy Step Open Position Mounting Kit Install Metal with Pressure Mount (color White, Size 76x75cm) which I also cannot recommend enough. She had Jami on the show a few months back and wrote what I thought to be the most accurate and selling description of what make this book resonant: "If you've ever been single, infatuated, partnered up, in a weird, not-right relationship (this excludes no one)... if you love your mom so hard and in the same moment think she might be killing you with her emotions, this fantastic novel is for you."

Yes! This book also reminded me a great deal of one of my all-time favorites, The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks. So a real winner here, folks. 

And did I cry in public? 3 for 3 baby. 

Recommended for: um, what Angie said! 

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Closing on a slim little volume from one of my favorite writers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,GHMHJH Pet supplies pet bag Pet Backpack, Dog Cat Backpack Carrier Breathable Pet Double Shoulders Bag For outdoor Travel(33cm 18cm 42cm) Suitable for going out (color RED)GHMM Pet Bed Made Printing Canvas Sponge Made Of Thick Wearresistant Touch Delicate Multicolor Optional Pet bed (color bluee(B), Size M) who I had the opportunity to see give a talk a few weeks ago. It was an incredibly invigorating discussion on gender, race, pop culture, and literature and Chimamanda and I became instant besties, here is a picture of our budding friendship.

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BFF. It's so fun how we're like this classic odd couple, you know? One of us is glamorous and brilliant and the other hasn't washed her hair in four days. And you can barely even tell from this picture which is which! 

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And that'll be that! I have to admit in advance that there will be no Nonfiction Challenge Hott Read for April because someoneeee who shall not be named can't find her copy of  The New Jim Crow  and also decided that amid her busy schedule she needed to give herself a slight break on the heavy reading and just pick up a fun book or to and she's of course feeling guilty about failing the challenge but also, deep down, knows she made up the challenge and nobody cares so it's all fine, but she will continue to feel guilty nonetheless, because that is who she is.

She's fun.

Ok the end, have a GREAT final week of April and I promise to be back with more enthralling content lickity split. Or not. Who ever knows what I'll do!

Smooch,

Liz Ho 

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These two photos were making the rounds on social media following the march and have been lingering heavy in my mind as I map out my action plans for the coming days. I have not been as active or as vocal as I could have been. There's that saying "put your money where your mouth is," but the problem is, I kind of need to put my mouth where my money is. I've happily given as much as I can financially to causes I believe in. But I have yet to march in a Black Lives Matter rally.GingerLead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Harness Small Male Sling Ideal for Aging, Disabled, or Injured Dogs Needing Assistance with Their Balance and MobilityGiveme5 26ft Retractable Dog Leash With 9 LED Detachable Flashlight Durable and Ergonomic Design With Comfortable Grip Lock & Release button (Black) I just voted in a mid-term election for the first time this past fall and mostly only so I could show off about it on Instagram. I do call my senator every time there was a mass shooting (so like, once a week), but I never really follow up, I just kind of check it off the list and move on. In high school and college I used to be so active in community engagement and then when I moved to New York I just kind of stopped. I'll do some outreach here and there but I've never made it a cornerstone of my life the way I used to and I'm ashamed of that. 

I suppose I have Donald Trump - and Mike Pence, and Paul Ryan, and Betsy "Dolores Umbridge" Devos, and the whole motley, racist, misogynist, homophobic crew - to thank for ultimately being the straw that broke my back, for lighting the fire that's been simmering inside of me, untended, for all of these years. I'm fired the fuck up. And should I have been protesting years ago? PROBABLY. Could I have been better about being engaged with the community? GJ Dog Mat Bite Removable And Washable Four Seasons Pet Small Medium Large Dog Pet Bed Supplies (color Navy, Size L)GJ Pet Backpack Out Shoulder Bag Multifunction Dog Cat Bag Portable Travel BagFOR SHEEZY. But is it too late to get started now? Is it too late to make a change? is it too late to apologize? No, Justin Bieber, it's never too late. Don't tell me what I can't do! 

And I'm saying this both because it's like, a rah-rah, inspiring end to this blog post, but also, mostly because of accountability. Studies show that if you tell a people you'll do something - go on a diet, quit smoking, whatever - you may be more likely to actually go through with it. GJ Pet Nest Kennel Pad Cartoon Medium Dog Small Kennel Cat Litter Four Seasons Universal (color PINK, Size M (45 45cm))GJ Pet Out Carrying Bag Cat Dog Mesh Breathable BackpackAnd anecdotal data has shown that I, personally, am very motivated by a fear of letting people down or being considered a failure. And also by attention, ha. So I figured if I told all of the millions of people who read this blog (hey mom!) that I was going to try to become a better citizen, well, maybe I would. 

We'll see! 

Now tell me - did you march? Where? How was it for you? GJ Threelayer Cat Climbing Frame Cat Litter Cat Tree Cat Jumping Cat Toy Sisal Claw (color Beige threelayer, Size 35 35 103cm)GJFeng Dog Out Bag Fourwheel Folding Trolley Case Cat Pet Stroller Breathable Cat Dog Suitcase (color bluee)How are YOU taking action and accountability in the coming days? I'm all ears for suggestions! Conversely, do you have totally different viewpoints that me and want to have a respectful discussion? I'm working hard to be a better listener, so I'd really love to hear from you.

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Liz