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It's been a long time since I've talked about actually reading something. It's a little bit of a hit or miss right now, so I try to soak it up when I'm in the mood for it.
Currently Reading...I've spent the better part of last two weeks reading The Underground Girls of Kabul, and nothing else. It's a well-written book, mind you, but also littered with generalizations and a tone of something I can't put a word to yet. It's not condescension exactly (the author's tone is way too neutral for that) but there is a sense that the women in the West are better than Afghan women (better, not just better off). I'll need to think through that more. I know for sure that if I were Afghan and reading it, I would be .. maybe annoyed? frustrated? But how much of it is because of that sense of being looked down upon versus the subject of the book, is not clear yet. Hopefully after a few days of absent pondering, I'll have gotten to my point.

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Did You Turn Your Clocks Forward? | Weekly Snapshot

Did your clocks spring forward today? Since I cannot let a year go by without going on the record and saying how much I don't like this system, I'll try again. I find it disruptive at best and unproductive at worst. I get the economical and agricultural benefits, but when you have little kids or pets, time is a very abstract concept. Body clock is what's followed most of the time.

So as in the past few years, we are expecting lots of sleepy mornings and morning rush battles at home while we try to get the kids out of bed before they are physically ready to. It's hard enough keeping that routine going without the complication of an hour shift, it's going to be harder with that one hour loss.


Last Week

Last week has been a big blur for the most part. I seem to have bitten off more than I can chew, both personally and at work - the more I do, the more my to-do list just seems to increase. We'll see what I do to get over it but this weekend has been very refreshing so far and that always helps.

Last night, we got together with a few of our neighbors for a potluck dinner. This is always fun, and since the last year, we've been trying to meet up at someone's house every few months. The kids had lots of fun as well but were also very tired, which meant the boy slept right after dinner while the girl was cranky that playtime was over.

Currently

Nothing much on the agenda today so I'm hoping to pay some attention to my house and clear up the clutter that seems to constantly pile up. I'm expecting to be somewhat tired today, what with last night's dinner and meetup and the time shift this morning, but the good thing about that may be that we'll call it a night earlier than usual.

Looking ahead

We don't have a lot going on this week, but I'm sure something will come up as the week progresses. There are couple of deadlines this week at my daughter's preschool and I'm hoping not to make them last minute affairs, as I've been doing lately.

Reading

With the week I had, I'm not surprised I didn't get much read last week. I'm briefly putting down Up The Down Staircase for now. As good as the book is, I need something of a faster pacing or with potential of emotional involvement if I'm going to read more often. I finished Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Dear Ijeawele, which I loved.


   


I'm not quite sure what I will read next but I have a few good books downloaded from my library's Overdrive account. The one I'm particularly eyeing is Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

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How are you planning to observe / celebrate International Women's Day? What amazing books will you recommend?

Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

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