We had a couple days of blue sky and sunshine, but our default weather the last week or so has been mid-30s and raining. It's not been my most energetic or active week, as my body seems to be taking cues to hibernate. Even so, there were a few brief flashes of productivity. Here are a few recommendations from those moments:
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. (Zusak is the author of The Book Thief, an all-time favorite for me). Bridge of Clay is Zusak's most recent book and it has his trademark storytelling and characters. The story follows the lives of five brothers, the Dunbar boys, as they make their way in the world on their own and live in the shadow of the looming mystery surrounding their father's disappearance. It took me a little while to get invested in the story, but I fell in love with the writing from the first page. It'd be a great book for a vacation week - as it's pretty long and not the quickest read - or for a book club discussion. And, shout-out to my husband, who gave me this delightful read for Christmas!
Singin' in the Rain. Our beautiful, historic theater in town - The Orpheum - does a movie series. This week they showed Singin' in the Rain, which I'd never seen. With the exception of the drawn-out New York scene, I loved every minute of it, and seeing it on the big screen was magical. This is a classic movie that is a must-watch, particularly if you love some good dancing!
By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile's most recent album. I love Brandi Carlile, but haven't listened to any of her recent music. In keeping with our household New Year's resolution of regularly listening to new music - and Disney or Story Pirates- produced doesn't count - I listened to a few songs off this album this week. I didn't make it all the way through because I fell in love with "Most of All" and "The Mother" and just kept listening to them over and over. I especially related to "The Mother" and find it to be a really powerful and beautiful listen.
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AllRecipes Dinner Spinner. Meal planning makes me break out into a cold sweat. But, the people in my house want to eat every day and, if hungry, can be real terrors in the grocery store. As a result, planning meals for the week and getting the ingredients for them in one weekly grocery trip is an essential part of making our week flow smoothly and efficiently. I hit a rut with this process this week and sought backup in a meal-planning app. I started with Mealime, which is highly rated, but it wasn't a good fit for us - a little too complicated for both my cooking skills and my kids' palates. I settled on the AllRecipes Dinner Spinner app - there are lots of great meal ideas, they can all be made in around 30 minutes (allegedly), there are many kid-friendly recipes, and you can immediately add items from the recipes to your grocery list. For now, it is curing my meal-planning blues.
Hope your 2019 is off to a good start. And, please share any good recommendations of what to read, watch, listen to, know, or do. The more suggestions the better!