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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

When you read-a-thon | Weekly Snapshot

Busy work, sick kids, barely any reading followed by a reading spree - last two weeks have been more or less the same as much of the year so far. 



Life

My daughter was sick for a few days last week and considering that the winter season illnesses have the same symptoms as Covid does, she had to take a Covid test before she and my son could go back to school. Thankfully it came back negative, as we expected it to be, but it still made me nervous. Her school has even more strict policies in place than the district school - even one sick day requires a negative Covid test before the child can return to school. So while I appreciate all that and wouldn't have it any other way, I'm also wondering how many tests we may end up taking by the end of this school season.

Those two days that we had the kids home were difficult - neither my husband nor I could take the days off and since work has lately been much busier for both of us, we just had to plow through.

This coming week is going to continue to be busy but there's a long weekend (President's Day next Monday) coming at the end of it. I'm more than ready for break, especially considering that the next holiday here is only in May.


Reading

Since Friday night, I've been doing an impromptu mini-readathon with myself. I managed to finish three books and started a fourth. I may need to do this more often. I completed Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race, Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts, and Syed Masood's The Bad Muslim Discount. Loved all three of them and hope to have reviews up soon. 

Ijeoma's book is a must-read - if you haven't read it yet, I hope you will make plans for it. I love how well she makes her points on a variety of topics but most of all I love her thoughts on micro-aggressions (those little things that over time exhaust the soul but are also the hardest to fight because it's rarely the same person imposing it). As much as I loved her arguments, it's her personal stories that truly moved me. You cannot read this book and not want to be a part of the positive movement.

As for The Bad Muslim Discount - do not pick (or not pick) the book based on the cover. It's not a rom-com and yes, while one of the characters is the source of much of the hilarity featured in the book, there is also so much tragedy that I had to take a break from the book often to process it. Remember Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine? I was expecting that to be a rom-com and boy, did I get that wrong. Yep, same with Bad Muslim Discount.



I've read all of Raina Telgemeier's books so far and love them all but Ghosts didn't quite hit the mark for me. It's still good but I loved her Drama better.

Last night, I started reading Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice for the Indigenous category in the Read Harder challenge. In the process, I found several other recommendations that I may read as well.


Watching

We are now watching ST: DS9 - certainly very different from the other ST shows but one season in, I'm beginning to get attached. As for movies, we did watch quite a few with the kids - Big Hero 6, Hotel Transylvania, Ice Age (rewatch), Open Season. 


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So far, February is proving to feel every bit as the shortest month it is. How has your week been so far?


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

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