How is the new year treating you so far? Any goals for the year? Resolutions? I have a bunch.
Despite the gloomy weather – there is something I really like about this stretch of winter months. An uninterrupted time for some self-reflection and hard work.
Here are a few fun things – organized by my goals for the year:
- The Big Nate books and comics have been a huge hit with both my boys. Very excited for Lincoln Peirce’s new book: Max and the Midknights. Release date is Tuesday.
- I finally got around to reading Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow – the second book in the Nevermoor middle grade series. Despite all the similarities to Harry Potter, I really liked it – as did my 10-year-old.
- Two great reads for you: a melancholy Modern Love essay on divorce and Google Maps (NYT) and why people gather in the kitchen during parties (NPR).
Optimize my time in the car with good podcasts:
(Any suggestions? I love a new podcast! Leave a comment below!)
- Two great listens: A librarian’s case against overdue book fines (Nashville Public Library abolished fines in 2017 and I’ve always wondered about it) and this one from a podcast I’ve been enjoying lately: How to Be Happier.
- A new app I downloaded to help me with running longer distances (recommended by Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook)
- I made this roasted veggie salad twice this week – but skipped the beets, butternut squash and turnips and went with carrots and sweet potatoes (from here). I also made this cake with my 10-year-old son (which may be the unhealthiest thing ever). The highlight: I told Jack we were making a bundt cake and he heard “butt cake.” Cue 20 minutes of laughing and about 40 bad jokes. It’s the little things, people.
(Harry Potter illustration by Jim Kay. This one is so beautiful too)