Here we are... the last day of February. The weather has been gorgeous and we expanded our pandemic routine to include several sunsets on the beach. (Winters in Florida are the best!) I enjoyed morning walks with an audiobook, afternoon reading on the lanai, experimenting with a few new recipes, and chatting with family on Zoom.
I've allowed myself to start thinking about what life may look like as we emerge from our pandemic isolation. My husband is scheduled to receive his second dose of the vaccine in a couple of weeks, but there is still no indication as to when I may be eligible to receive one. Hopefully sometime this spring. Until then, I'll keep dreaming about a trip to the hair salon, eating outdoors at a favorite restaurant, and going into the grocery story for just a couple items in between major shops. I know it's coming...
Finished last week//
I am not the target audience for this book. It's a YA remix of Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped From the Beginning, which is much longer and, I assume, more dense and scholarly... not something I'm in the mood to tackle right now. Reynolds delivers Kendi's main ideas in a way that will appeal to younger (teen) audiences.
This is not an easy book to read. It examines the evolution of racism /institutional racism in this country. I was left feeling rather depressed and wondering how we, as a country, move forward. Stamped felt a little light on historical context, so I will read Kendi's book at some point. (This was a read/listen combination.)
My final read of the month was an impulse pick. Scrolling through goodreads, I noticed Stacy rated A Raisin in the Sun 5 stars. I thought I remembered reading (or possibly seeing) the play in high school, but couldn't come up with any memories of plot, characters, etc. Since it's Black History month and the play is short, I decided to give it a quick read before February ended. (I also found a recording of the original 1959 Broadway show on Overdrive and listened to part of that, too!)
In 1959 James Baldwin is quoted as saying "never before in the entire history of the American theater had so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on stage." A Raisin in the Sun was a powerful follow-up to my recent reading of The Warmth of Other Suns. Also set in Chicago, the struggles of the Younger family in the play practically mirror the real-life hardships of Ida Mae Gladney and her family as detailed in Wilkerson's book. I'm so glad I made time to read this play.
This lighter read is just the change of pace I need... a perfectly timed recommendation from Les! Hope to finish it later today or tomorrow
In the kitchen//SkinnyTaste One & Done was fairly quick, easy, and tasty. The cookbook was a Christmas present and, unfortunately, I couldn't find the recipe online.
Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry from The Lemon Bowl was a hit last week. I didn't have Sambal Oelek Chili Paste, so substituted (too much!) Chili Garlic Sauce. The dish was too spicy for all of us, but we still didn't have any leftovers. Next time I'll leave out the chili sauce entirely.
We'd already done our grocery shopping for the week when the new air fryer arrived, so I experimented with what I had on hand... and made Zucchini Chips. I'm looking forward to trying other recipes this week!
We're enjoying CNN's Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci. I'm not sure when we'll be able to get much closer to Italy than this. Have you seen it?
That's it for me this week. How have you been? What are you reading?
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