The Relentless Weekly – 07/31/2020

It’s the last Friday of July! Let’s get right to my weekly wrap-up.

Cooking: I’ve mentioned before that I use Home Chef (for 2 of our meals each week). There are times when we enjoy a recipe enough to try to recreate it. This week I made my own version of Turkey Tinga Tacos that were to die for! Seriously delicious and seriously easy. In other food news, today we’ll receive our monthly delivery of ice cream from eCreamery. I gave Mike a subscription for Father’s Day, and he’s loving it. I mean, who wouldn’t? It’s ice cream!

Listening: My current audio is Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. (Wow!) I’m very much looking forward to listening to Michelle Obama’s new podcast as well. I miss her voice of compassion and kindness. I need that again. We probably all do.

Posting: This week I posted my July Wrap-Up, and my youngest daughter wrote a Women Loving Women guest post for me. I hope you’ll check them out!

Reading: I’ve discovered Maisie Dobbs! I’ve never been tempted to pick up a mystery series before. I saw that the first book was available through my library so I picked it up on a whim. These whims of mine can be rewarding! I read the first two and promptly got on the hold list for the third. I hope I don’t have to wait forever. I’m not a patient woman.

Other Stuff: There are many things going on in the world, and in my personal life. Many of those things aren’t good. They aren’t good at all. But right now I am going to focus on the wonderful.

Foster, my beautiful, brilliant, bragworthy grandson turned 2 years old this week! He’s simply the best human ever made. (Have I explained yet that he is a GENIUS? Perhaps in a future post.) One of the presents we gave him was a toy UPS truck so he could see what Grandpa is driving around in all day. It’s cuter than cute.

A thing I’ve been sitting on, for silly superstitious reasons, is that we’re closing on a piece of lake property soon. I grew up on a lake, and getting back to that was something we’ve talked about for years and years. It’s been a sort of dream, and if I’m being honest I didn’t think it was something we’d be able to make happen. Let me give full credit here to my husband Mike. He has worked so hard for this family of ours. I could go on and on. Maybe I will, one day.

Thanks for reading about my week. It’s been one for the books. (Pun kinda intended?)

Reading Wrap-Up – July 2020

Good day, relentless readers! July is coming to a close, and I’m here to wrap it up. Things have been incredibly… incredible? Smarter people than I have written commentary on the times, and I encourage you to seek them out. As for myself, I’m doing some personal work, having important (sometimes uncomfortable) conversations, and trying to put my money where my mouth is (sometimes literal money, but not always). Every bookish person I know has purchased books on combating racism. I do hope that we do the work that those books suggest. Let’s remember that this isn’t a bookstagram trend. Citizens are hurting and need our help. Check in on your people. Hold your other people to a higher standard. Remember to take care of yourself as well.

Now, for the books! Here’s what I read in July:

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

Monogamy by Sue Miller

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (This was not #OwnVoices which was a disappointment. I’ll be more careful in the future.)

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Skincare: The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide by Caroline Hirons

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Let’s get nostalgic and read a childhood favorite! How I wish I hadn’t because it was not good. Fat jokes, anyone?)

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (This will be a new obsession I’m quite sure.)

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

Weather by Jenny Offill

For anyone keeping track that’s 8 fiction and 4 non-fiction. I’m pleased with the reading I did this month. Once again most of my books are audio. I’ve learned a bit about my learning styles, and I’m an auditory gal. I am much more likely to remember things if I’ve heard them. It only took me 40-some years to figure that out!

I hope your July was smashing, I’d love to hear about it. As always, WEAR A MASK!