And just like that, it's Presidents' Day with all forward momentum aimed at Spring Break. This is a long stretch in the school year, and I'm ready for more sunny days and warmer weather. While we patiently wait for those, here are some recommendations for this week:
The Selection by Kiera Cass. Occasionally, my book club throws a YA book in the mix, and February is a good time to do that. This one was presented as a mix of The Hunger Games and The Bachelor. Based on that introduction and the cover, I was skeptical, (especially when I saw I could read it for free via Amazon Prime). However, I'm loving it. It's very YA, but it's a classic dystopian, romance series. I'm not ashamed to say (okay, I'm only marginally ashamed to say) I'm enjoying this one and definitely going to read the next two books in the series.
I recently worked on a project about reducing households' carbon footprints and then last week did an article with tips about starting a garden as a family. The result is that I'm really inspired to have a vegetable and fruit garden this season. This week I've learned a bit about the process and have started to plan where we'll set up beds and when we need to plant everything. Here are a few resources that I found helpful:
- 10 Steps to Beginning a Garden
- Vegetable Gardening For Beginners
- Why You Should Start a Family Garden
Listen to Brandi Carlile performing "The Joke" at the Grammys. She won two Grammys for "The Joke," and while it's obviously a great song, her live performance of it is particularly magical - no sound editing there, she just has a stunningly beautiful voice. Take four minutes out of your day and listen and watch. You'll be happier for it!
As part of my Oscars Cramming, my husband and I watched BlacKkKlansman this week (we rented it on Google Play). It's nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, and definitely lived up to the hype. It was at times hard to watch and incredibly heavy, but somehow still managed to make us laugh and have moments of levity. It's vintage Spike Lee and has left me thinking about it a lot this week. Tonight's technically a weekend night for many of us, so add this to your schedule!
With a week until the Oscars, I'm hoping to get one more best picture nominee in this week. Also, it's been a while since I've listened to new podcasts, so hoping to explore some of those this week. Send any recommendations my way!