Saturday, September 12, 2020

Sunday Salon: September 13, 2020

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz runs The Sunday Salon. 

Books read over the past week:   
 
 

Challenge progress 2020

  • Big Summer Book Challenge--5 books total
  • Literary Escapes Challenge--This week: 0 states and 2 countries. 24 states and 27 countries total
  • Mount TBR Challenge--2 book read this week, 56 books total
  • Popsugar reading challenge--1 books read this week, 33 books total
  • Social Justice Challenge--1 books read this month, 9 books total
  • YA Award Winners--1 books read this week, 8 books total

My life outside books:

Stuff I am thinking about this week. Well, actually, these things are a continuation of what's been going on, but as I write this at 5:00am, they are on my mind.

  • Rabbits. They are taking over our yard and eating all of our landscaping. They are so cute, but I am beginning to sympathize with Farmer McGregor!
  • Politics. I am devastated at the state of the US government, the thought of our postal service being decimated (and its effect on voting in November), the hatred being spewed out from official channels, and the feeling of helplessness that is oozing from all corners.
  • Fires. My state (and much of the west) is on fire. We are fine where I am in southern California, but I feel for those who have lost everything and are evacuating during a pandemic. We do have horrible air quality though.
  • COVID. And schools. We are so lucky in my district that we are teaching remotely (for now). I say that because we are safe, not because it has been easy on staff, students, or families. Remote learning is not easy, it is exhausting for all involved. But when I see the numbers from districts and large universities who have opened up, I hope our district has the wisdom to wait. My daughter is safe at her college and they have had only a few cases, none in the past 10 days.
  • Anti-racism work. This seems to be in every crevice of my life right now, which feels really good. As a white person of privilege, the work that I am doing on myself and through my job are both so necessary; I am glad it's happening.
 
  • Yummy dinners. When my daughter was home for 5 months due to COVID, she did an amazing job of getting us to do better vegetarian dinners. My parents are not vegetarian, so I just put up with eating the veg and carbohydrate that they fixed with their meat meals. I am not into cooking so felt it wasn't really my place to ask for more. My daughter, however, is into cooking so she got us to do way more interesting vegetarian meals and they've stuck. Lots of chickpeas, veggies, quinoa, couscous, and more. Wahoooooooo!
  • Reading. It's going better these days, probably because my daughter is back at college so I have more time.
  • House maintenance. My fridge needs fixing (it's freezing my food instead of keeping it cool), the bamboo needs removing (oh my, bamboo is so great looking, but after 16 years, it's taken over!), and I just put in a big order from The Container Store after watching episodes of "Get Organized: the Home Edit Edition" on Netflix.

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