This week has been a roller coaster of chaos in our house, but there's little evidence (beyond the piles of laundry, dirty floors, and empty fridge) of that this peaceful and beautiful Sunday afternoon. We're enjoying a little break this long weekend and looking forward to a trip downtown tomorrow to the National Civil Right's Museum followed by the MLK, Jr. celebration at the Memphis Grizzlies' game. Hope you're having a good weekend as well. Here are a few recommendations that might come in handy on a cold, and perhaps snowy, long weekend:
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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This is a beautiful and powerful book that has had me thinking all week long. My only complaint about this book is that it cost me a lot of sleep this week - I couldn't put it down and read it in about four days. The story is heartbreaking, thought-provoking, painful, and, somehow amidst all of that, hopeful. Read this one with a friend, spouse, or group because there is so much that you'll want to discuss.
I talked about the release of season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in a tv post a couple of months ago, but am just now getting to watch it. After making it through 9 out of 10 episodes, I love it even more than season 1. This season screams Amy Sherman-Palladino and reminds me of my favorite thing from the Gilmore Girls - lots of fast- talking, quick-witted, and quirky-but-lovable characters. It's a great show, and I'll be sad to finish off season 2 this week (although, if I can convince my husband, I might just re-watch the whole show starting at the beginning).
In the 90s, I could've sung every word of every Garth Brooks song (I probably still could for any songs written before 2000), but over the holidays I watched his televised Notre Dame concert and realized that he'd come out of his semi-retirement without me even knowing it. I missed the album he released in 2016, but there's a new album coming in 2019 that I won't miss. He's released the single "All Day Long" as a teaser, and while I feel certain this new album will never rival No Fences for me, I'm caught up and ready for it.
As is so often the case in January, my social media feeds are full of thirty day challenges of all kinds. Minimalism and organization are popular topics, particularly in my Pinterest feed, so I thought maybe I'd give it a try. But, then I realized that I didn't actually want to clean out my pantry or linen closet and was marginally offended that someone, a complete stranger at that, suggested that I should and needed to. Instead, I found this 30 Day Happiness Challenge. Admittedly, some of it feels a little hokey, but who couldn't use some extra happiness or kindness. Plus, the daily tasks are pretty low rigor and easy to complete, so I'm going for it. My guess is that approximately .04% of people that begin a 30 day challenge finish it, but I'll be following up in February with my progress. Today is day 1, wish me luck!
Hope you enjoy some of these recommendations and that you have a good Martin Luther King Day. If you have any recommendations for what I should be reading, watching, listening to, or doing/learning, please send them my way either in the comments below or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. And, as always, thanks for reading!