The Weekend Docket

Ho-lee shyt, it’s Friday already! I guess time flies even faster when it comes to a week or weekend with a bank holiday involved, eh? Anyways, that means we’ve got another weekend upon us. My weekend plans are to hopefully make it to the farmers’ market this time, get more stuff done with the day job, and go to the neighborhood block party going on. It looks like it’s gonna be raining all weekend, so I guess that rules out the pool and possibly even the spraygrounds too. Same with this new venture I’ve been exploring this past week and a half as an in-the-meantime measure until I can get another job going. The rain will totally fuck up my equipment, and even though it’s cheap, it’s still my pride and joy.

Over to you, readers. What are your weekend plans? Drop ’em like they’re hot below, and let’s get the party started up in here.

To ring in the weekend, I’ve got some links for us to talk about, share, what have you.

I like Almond Joys well enough as a change of pace, but I’m more Team Mounds. This recipe for homemade Almond Joy truffles looks like a lotta fun to make, with or without the almonds.

This looks like an interesting take on spinach dip. I’ve got some sour cream dip living in the fridge that I’m betting will work great for this once I get through the batch of spinach dip I made a couple days ago.

Earlier this week, a reader by the name of Aaliyah reached out to me after having found the post about Black History Month and Library Lovers’ Month, and they shared this list of businesses to support. They mentioned that while Black-owned and minority-owned businesses saw an uptick in business last year due to the pandemic and the protests going on last summer after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, there’s been a downward trend as these businesses have fallen by the wayside in recent months. Like I told Aaliyah, I believe that our dollars are our votes to keep small businesses open.

Kelisha Williams grew up in foster care, and is now going to Harvard this fall on a full scholarship! Kelisha hopes to become the President of our country someday, and has plans to study political science and psychology. Universe willing, I hope I’ll get the chance to see her name on the ballot for a presidential election, and to cast my vote for her to hold office.

This post about the Nordstrom anniversary sale is a great resource. While I haven’t had the chance to buy from Nordy’s lately due to changes in finances, I have had my eye on several of the dresses from Habitual in the sale preview.

Great post about ways to stay motivated and keep moving forward.

Sad news coming out of Indian Country: remains found in Nevada back in February have been positively ID’d as Cecelia Finona, an Army Veteran of the Dine (or Navajo) Nation who went missing two years ago in 2019. Rest in peace, Master Sgt. Finona.

In other sad news, Michael Jaramillo, an 11-year-old boy died last weekend at Adventureland on the Raging River ride. Worse yet, this isn’t the first time someone’s died on that ride. In 2016, Steve Booher, a retiree who’d taken on a summer job, died 6 days into it. I had plans to go back there this summer, but I may shelve those plans indefinitely after this. Rest in peace, Michael and Steve.

Last but not least, a signal boost for a missing child. The last confirmed sighting of 10-year-old Xavior Harrelson. The last confirmed sighting of him was in May 2021, right after school let out for summer vacation in Montezuma, IA. If you see anyone matching his description, do the right thing and call 911, 1-800-THE-LOST, or the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office. Let’s bring him home safe! [EDIT 2-26-2023: Very sad news to report. Human remains were found in September 2021, several miles outside of Montezuma. The ME positively ID’d the remains as being that of Xavior in October 2021. This is now an ongoing murder investigation.]


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