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JULY 8, 2022                                                                                                                                      VOL. 55

NEWSLETTER

Rachel Rogers Correspondence

Letter from the Editor.

Ding ding ding!

What was that? The alarm. Why was that? Because it's July. And? It's my birthday month.

My favorite thing about July is all my favorite retailers email me at the beginning of the month to wish me a happy birthday month with special offers. I can't wait to get my birthday gift from BareMinerals. What will it be this year???

Now onto the less birthday-oriented content. I went to ComedySportz World Championship and came back with a team win and a case of covid.

The wild thing was how close I was to submitting myself to a Washington Post story highlighting people who had never had covid. Now that dream will remain a dream.

While in Seattle at championships, I took workshops, watched multiple matches every night, and met folks from across the country and also Manchester. Saturday night I competed with a team of four from Portland against San Jose. I would tell you more about the performance, but describing improv is like telling someone about a dream you had.

Side note: A week ago I had a dream that I finally saw a moose and when I woke up, my coworker texted me a picture her parents took of a moose while on their vacation. One day I will see a moose!!

Want to know what else happened? My sister got married! Now I have a second brother! Their wedding was in the gardens in front of the Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro and it happened to be during a Tuesday night street fair. It was the first wedding I'd been to with a car show!

We celebrated their wedding with a party on July 3 in their newly relandscaped and reoutdoorkitchened backyard! I played cornhole and nearly won.

Not only did my sister get married but I also made jam. Always one of my biggest weekends of the year is the weekend I choose to make jam. I don't make it because I enjoy jam but because I need jam. My body is comprised of 2% raspberry jam.

Have you all been watching Stranger Things? It's scary! I never even intended to watch the series when it came out years ago but me and all my college housemates watched it together. Now I live at home with my parents and I have banned them from watching it because it is too scary for them so I have to watch it by myself! I am four episodes into the new season. Such an interesting show. So scary.

Also scary was July 4th. I was at the park enjoying an afternoon in the sun when a bird (probably a crow) pooped on my water bottle lid. I looked to the skies and saw no bird. What a terrifying experience.

And it feels essential that I mention I am in the middle of two (2) mysteries. The first mystery is Only Murders in the Building. I think I know who did it but I do not know why!

The second mystery is one I've been contracted to solve at work. My coworkers have been putting up a daily poll on a whiteboard and somebody is casting multiple votes a day, messing up the results. All details can be found on my Twitter account.

In case you were wondering how covid went for me, it went just fine. I was sick, like fever sick, for a couple of days. I also found myself to be extra tired. I lived exclusively in my room in my basement and my parents dropped off trays of food outside my door three times a day. They are saints.

If you are going to get covid, I highly recommend living in the basement at my house.

Oh yeah, and I had to hide from my cats because cats can get covid too and Ashely the Cat is very snuggly and so I didn't let her know I was home for days.

We found out from Neighbor Scott that Jamaica the Cat killed a bunny. I wish she wouldn't. Bunnies are bigger than Jamaica the Cat too, so it's logistically confusing.

Neighbor Scott had the coolest treehouse built in his backyard for his kids. I am waiting on my invitation...


Treehouses, Tea houses, and Teeth blouses,

Rachel.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Place of the Week
Dance Floor
Activity of the Week
Making Jam
Video of the Week
Cory's Fiddle Leaf 3: Packing Heat
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Song of the Week
Carolina in my Mind - James Taylor
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Break the Bank?
Who among us hasn't had a stash full of cash waiting for us in a piggy bank? I know I did and my piggy bank even played a song when I put money into the slot! But why the pig theme? Turns out the ceramic safes date back to the 13th century where people stored money in clay pots made of cheap clay called "pygg." Then why did my piggy bank play "It's a Small World?" Really makes you think.
Don't forget to show how much you dislike crows with a cool "Crows are the Worst" shirt! $2 from every sale will benefit Pillsbury United Communities.
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REVIEWS

Marcel the Shell
If you are interested in seeing one of the best movies of the year, get in line to see Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. If you liked the singularity of the viral video Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, imagine watching a feature length film with the hilarious shelled and shoed Marcel. Marcel is one inch tall and the movie explores his whole world, which mainly consists of his house and grandma. I was moved by this movie in ways I was expecting because it was written and performed by the incredible Jenny Slate. In a world of bad news and tough days, Marcel is the brave and buoyant cure.
Where the Crawdad Sings
I read Where the Crawdad Sings in two days. I maybe could have read it even faster had I not stopped to attend my sister's wedding! What I didn't know about this book was that I would cry not 15 pages into the story. I was moved by the main character and hooked by the looming mystery surrounding the death of Barkley Cove's beloved Chase Andrews. One of my favorite parts of the book was that I got to learn a lot about Carolina marshland wildlife. I like novels that have facts in them! I cannot wait to watch the film adaptation after reading this book. Highly recommend!
Fireworks
Fireworks are neat. But the older I get, the less I am interested in fireworks. Although I find firework shows enjoyable, explosions in random parts of my neighborhood are becoming more of a nuisance and a scare than anything else. Maybe my recreational fireworks days are over.

WILL RACHEL BE IN A SHOW THIS WEEKEND?


Yes! But not open to the public =/
 
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