Hello, friends and Happy Sunday. Today I've been thinking about the strange anniversaries coming up this week... anniversaries marking drastic changes in the way we live. On March 9, 2020, we attended a neighborhood gathering of about ten couples - our last social event. I remember we bumped elbows for the first time instead of hugging. Just a few days later, on March 13, two of our daughters left Manhattan for what would turn out to be a four month stay with us here in Florida. We stocked up on food, searched for toilet paper, clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer, stopped going to restaurants, and started getting groceries delivered.
Finished this week//
A welcome change of pace from my heavier Black History Month reading, this impulse read was the result of a perfectly-timed recommendation from Les. I LOVED the beginning of this modern day Monica Lewinsky story set in south Florida. The first chapters literally had me laughing out loud. There are three main female characters: Jane (who has the affair), her mother, and her daughter. The opening features Janes's mother, who drew me in immediately. Jane's daughter, Ruby, was also a delight. However, when Jane's story turned into a "choose your own adventure" tale, my eyes began to roll. That was a little too hokey for my taste. Overall, this was still an enjoyable, light read.
A couple of months ago, a blogger friend mentioned The Lazy Genius Podcast. I listened to a few episodes, enjoyed the host's voice and suggestions for streamlining tasks. Deb recently mentioned her book, so I found the audio version available at my library.
I liked listening to Adachi's ideas, but felt the book was primarily aimed at younger, suburban, Christian, stay-at-home moms. Adachi outlines several basic principles... and I was pleased to find that I used a similar approach when my kids were younger. At the time, I was the master of batching tasks, planning menus, and organization in general. I chuckled at some of her more "extreme" suggestions, but may have actually employed a couple of those, too. I will continue to listen to her podcast as time allows, but mostly prefer audiobooks for my listening time.
This is the book from my March Shelf Subscription . I've read about 30 pages and and like the writing, but am not quite sure what to make of the story yet. I do love that cover though! Will keep you posted...
On the blog//
In the kitchen//
This has been the week of the air fryer. I have to confess that I was not overly impressed with the results UNTIL Friday night's Coconut Shrimp. We used fresh shrimp from the local seafood stand and it was amazing! My photography skills, however, leave much to be desired.
Now that I've learned some basic air frying principles, it seems like I can make adjustments to improve the results. I borrowed three air fryer cookbooks from the library and purchased ATK's Air Fryer Perfection. There are still several more recipes I want to try.
The week ahead//
After taking the month of February off, T Book Club is back on March 9 with a presentation and discussion of Passing by Nella Larsen. The guest presenter will be Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half and The Mothers. I read the book last summer and decided not to reread it so soon. There's still time to sign up for this free event if you're interested. See you there?
On Friday we'll take another drive to a Publix in Tampa where my husband will get his second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Hopefully his side effects will be mild again. Still not sure when I can get one...
How was your week? What have you been reading?