It's Sunday again and what a difference a week makes! We are now on the road to full vaccination. My husband got his second shot last week (again with the 3-hour drive to Tampa) and I was thrilled to get my first. As a bonus, it was only two hours away in Sarasota... not sure why Florida can't deliver enough doses to the southwest counties. Still, we are fortunate to be able to travel that distance without issue to receive our vaccines.
Aside from our two days in the car, it was an uneventful week. We enjoyed a couple of beach sunsets, a socially-distant glass of wine with friends, and I finished a book.
Read last week//
Let's just say that this was not my cup of tea.
I first read about Brood on Diane's blog and decided it was a book I could safely skip. It's almost a relief when that happens because there are so many other books I want to read, but the book arrived in my mailbox as Annie's March Shelf Subscription pick.
It's about a nameless woman who raises a brood of four chickens. We come to recognize it as a coping mechanism for her grief following a miscarriage. Now I'm not particularly fond of chickens (other than as a dinner option) but even as a woman who has dealt with miscarriage, I could not connect on any level with this novel.
There is not much in the way of either plot or character development. It's basically one woman's ramblings... though I did appreciate a few keen, beautiful observations. Unfortunately, the cover was my favorite part of the book.
This book has been on my TBR list for a couple of years and is my Women's History Month selection. Just over 25% in and finding it very interesting.
My mother and sister both read this book recently and came away with drastically different opinions, so it looks like I'll be the tie breaker. I just downloaded the ebook from my library and plan to get started tonight or tomorrow.
In the kitchen//
Nothing very exciting happened in my the kitchen this week but, in honor of Pi Day, I made my first Key Lime Pie. It's chilling now... I'll let you know how it turns out.
I bought a new cookbook last week: Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard. Generally I borrow them from the library first for a "test cook", but I've followed the Half Baked Harvest blog for years and have enjoyed many of her recipes. Besides, I purged half of my cookbooks when we moved so haven't felt too guilty purchasing a few more. There are SO many recipes in this book I want to try. It'll be fun cooking my way through.
The week ahead//
We're anticipating another fairly quiet week. My brother and his fiancé will spend a few days at our condo later in the week... and we can't wait to see them (outdoors, socially-distant, etc.) It's been a long time!
That's if for me. How was your week? What are you reading?
The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.
It's Monday... What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.