Well, as you can see there are no Weekend Links this week (though there is a funny picture–I haven’t been completely cut off from the world).
My partner and I were out of town all week to take care of his dying mother in Huntsville, which has been exhausting, physically and emotionally. Between that and there just not being any reliable internet access at the Huntsville Hospital, I honestly haven’t read a thing. I did think about trying to rush and put something together, but after coming home yesterday to find the beautiful tree outside my apartment cut down and my view (such as it was) completely destroyed–like, the new aesthetic here is apparently “edge of a stripmine”–I frankly don’t have the energy to do it.
My plan right now is that I will be watching and tweeting Game of Thrones tonight as normal. I usually do my recap/review posts on the Monday following the episode, but tomorrow is a holiday and we will be going to my grandmother’s house, which will take up a good part of the day. I am hoping to still get the post out as usual, though probably late in the afternoon or evening, but it may have to wait until Tuesday. As far as the rest of the week goes, we aren’t planning on heading back to Huntsville for a couple of weeks, so I’m hoping to keep things as normal as possible in the meantime.
The good news is that, while I didn’t have time to read the internet this past week, I did read several books, and I’m planning to finish another one or two by the end of the week, so there should be a whole bunch of book reviews coming soon. I’ll also be working this week to get back on track with my Dune readalong. In addition to that, I have several other posts and essays in the works, and the Hugo Voter’s Packet is finally available so I can start figuring out what I’m going to do with that. I’d originally planned to blog my way through it, but I don’t know that I’ll have the emotional fortitude to deal with it at this point.
Obviously, all of this is going to be (unfortunately) very conditional on how my partner’s mom does over the coming days and weeks. I think his next visit to Huntsville is going to be made alone, but I will surely be joining him at times as well if his mother lingers on and of course when she does finally pass, which could be right now or six months from now.
As I said above, I’m otherwise going to just do my best to run things as normally as possible here as we get into summer. Even just a day of being home, relaxing and eating food that isn’t from McDonalds has worked wonders, so I fully expect to get back up to speed this week.