Almost noon... an early three-mile beach walk, lentil soup in the slow cooker (a new recipe), and blueberry ricotta cake in the oven. My father-in-law will be over for dinner a little later, but I'm hoping to slip in some reading time once I finish this blog post. Another Sanibel Sunday...
Finished last week//
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
This book has made the rounds. Care mailed it to me last summer. It's been with me on vacation to Maine and Massachusetts, to NYC visiting my daughters, and now it's here in Florida, where I finally got around to reading it!
It's about a family living on New York City's Upper West Side and their daily lives... friends, neighbors, his ex, house guests, meals, activities, etc. Though not a lot actually happens. The 50-something husband, Graham, seems fairly normal but his second, much younger, wife Audra is a hoot. She basically has no filter and will talk to anybody about anything. Their son (around twelve) has Asperger's Syndrome and is currently fixated on origami.
The book is funny, yet insightful, loving, and painfully real. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and Heiny's writing. Here are a few of the passages I marked:
"You didn't know then that having a child with special needs would seep into every part of your life, like rain through topsoil."
"Life forced you to cope. Life wore down all your sharp corners with its tedious grinding on, the grinding that seemed to take forever but was actually as quick as a brushfire."
"I'm beginning to believe... that there is just too much love loose in the world. Too much love with nowhere to go."
"He would do it because that was what you did when you loved someone. You kept pushing until you broke on through to the other side, as Jim Morrison may have said. Only Morrison didn't add that on the other side, you found another obstacle and had to keep pushing. Forever."A solid 4-star read. Thanks, Care!
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron De HartI'm slowly working my way through this very comprehensive biography... listening to the audiobook on my morning walk and reading the (heavy) hardcover in the afternoon. My respect for RBG increases with every page!
Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum
In the kitchen//
Three new recipes to share this week:
- A delicious Chicken Tortellini Soup from How Sweet Eats (a new-to-me website) was creamier than other tortellini soups I've tried.
- French Grated Carrot Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette from Once Upon a Chef was a quick and easy side. We recently enjoyed a similar salad in a restaurant and I wanted to duplicate it.
- Slow Cooker Orange Chicken from Averie Cooks (another new-to-me website) was the big winner this week. I'll make it again soon on a night my FIL is here for dinner.
Also this week, we visited the new Whole Foods in Fort Myers - twice! The produce was the best we've seen down here... I'm used to Wegmans quality. Their chicken and lamb was also outstanding. I may not make it over there every week, but I sure will try.
How was your week? What are you reading?