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Social Distancing, Part 2

As of today, we have been working from home and social distancing for 4 months. It’s definitely a crazy world we’re living in right now. But we’ve kept busy since my first social distancing post 3 months ago, especially because the weather kept getting nicer. And really, until July 4 weekend, the weather wasn’t the usual sweltering summer in the south.

So here’s what the past 3 months have looked like!

Puzzles. I finished 4 more puzzles, though it’s now been a couple months since I started a new one. I have a stack, though, that I’ll have to break into soon.

Reading. Plenty of books still read. As of today, I have finished 26 of my goal of 50 for the year. There’s a post for each one if you want to see what I’ve been reading!

Movies/TV: We’re watching maybe a little more than usual (pre-pandemic), but that’s only because we’re home every single night and not out doing things. We’ve watched some great movies and some not so great ones. I think it’s a given that Hamilton was my favorite. I had seen it on stage, but my husband had not and he definitely enjoyed it. We had tickets to see it back in April but as of now, it’s pushed to fall 2021. Recommend to watch: Stuber, Bad Education, Extraction, Just Mercy, The Lovebirds, The Hate U Give, and Happy Gilmore (have to get some oldies but goodies in there from the DVD collection). Don’t go out of your way to see The Last Thing He Wanted (this movie made absolutely no sense), Water for Elephants (especially if you’ve read the book), and The Death of Stalin (it was ok but not what we expected and pretty depressing).

I/we have also made our way through some tv shows. Some I watched on my own, though most we watched together. We finished Community – watched all 6 seasons in about 2.5 months and I definitely recommend it if you enjoy quirky humor and short episodes. Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children was incredible and appalling if you like documentary and unsolved mysteries. Upload was great and definitely recommend and Seinfeld’s comedy special, 23 Hours to Kill, was hilarious. Home After Dark on Apple TV was ok – interesting really only because it was based on a true story. I watched the first 2 seasons of Manifest and enjoyed them, though the show could really end up down a rabbit hole if they keep going. And Queer Eye season 5 was fabulous. The best by far is Schitt’s Creek – yes, we’re late to this game but it may be my favorite show ever. We just started season 4 so will finish then wait with everyone else for season 6 to hit Netflix.

Get outdoors. We have continued to get outdoors when we can. We took a day around our anniversary to go to Sweetwater Creek State Park. We have gotten lots of yard work done. And luckily our pool is open with less furniture. We are also lucky to have family who lives on an uncrowded beach in Florida, so we were able to get away for a week. There was one day that were the only people on the beach!

Baking. I finally got on the quarantine baking train. Mostly cookies – the best snickerdoodles (my friend) and the best chocolate chip recipe I’ve ever made. Then once my mom’s blueberries were ripe, there were more than enough for muffins and cobbler.

We are still very lucky to be where we are with the jobs we have, able to work from home. We can hope this will all be over eventually, but it’s not looking like it’s any time soon. We can just keep trying to make the most of it! Stay safe and healthy!

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The Hate U Give

There has been a lot going on in our country and I want to educate myself more and want to be strongly anti-racist. I like to read so I figure books would be a good place to start (on my own at least). And there are plenty of lists out there with recommendations. A group from college started a book club and we’re starting with a non-fiction, so I figured I’d go ahead on my own and read this novel I’ve heard so much about.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is technically fiction. The events portrayed did not happen to the author nor is it about any specific real person. It is however based on many actual events that have occurred for many years. A young black man being shot by the police for no reason is all too common a headline. Or, in a lot of cases, doesn’t even get a headline. In the book, the main character, Starr, is with her friend when this happens and she is the only witness. It happens in a “bad” part of town. She is sixteen years old. Starr’s life is thrown into a tailspin which is not made better by the fact that she attends a private, mostly Caucasian high school. So her friends there don’t know and wouldn’t understand.

I cannot imagine having to deal with something like this. And I will never understand how the Black community feels every time this happens. When this happens over and over. It makes me feel angry and sick, so I cannot imagine how the communities where these atrocities happen feel. Obviously not all police are bad. But something has to change for them to be held accountable when people are killed for no reason and for them to not automatically resort to deadly force. And this story is not afraid to make the situation feel more complicated. No one is perfect but that does not mean they deserve to die.

We have to do better. I want to do better. I know there’s not a whole I can do on my own, which makes me feel very helpless. But hopefully educating myself and having conversations helps in a small way. If everyone did the same, imagine what could happen! Definitely check out this book. It’s an emotional read but pretty quick and worth every minute. We watched the movie as well, and while it is powerful and emotional, the book is obviously better (as usual). But if you’re not a book person, at least check out the movie!

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The Lying Game

It was nice to revisit an author who writes spectacular thrillers. This is the fourth book by Ruth Ware I have read and I would recommend them all. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware did not disappoint. Four friends end up back together when one, Kate, send out a text, summoning them back to her hometown where they briefly went to boarding school. Something happened during the one year they were there and is now resurfacing, possibly implicating them all in something illegal. They are thrown back into the past, especially the three who do not live in Salten, as they try to figure out who they can trust and what actually happened those many years ago.

It will definitely keep you guessing trying to figure out who done it (although I was close the whole time and not completely off). Enjoy!