The Weekly Wrap #8

05.16.2021

I was told that DC would be inundated with cicadas by now. While I have seen some of the exoskeletons and tons of holes in the ground, I have yet to see one live cicada. I know they’re waiting for warmer weather but I’m getting impatient.

First, I want the swarm to just be over and done with. People have been complaining/scared/excited about this for months now. Let’s just do this already!

Next, I am excited to see if I can get one in my hand to show my kiddo. This will be her first brood and it’s a fun chance to teach and show her new things.

Third, I don’t mind the cicada noises. It reminds me of summer and those long days when the sun sets late.

I know my opinions aren’t shared. These bugs don’t bug me at all… unlike mosquitos. Mosquitos can just get out.

This week, I started Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary. It's been ages since I read a new book within in days of its release. I binge read The Martian, and greatly enjoyed Weir's sophomore effort, Artemis. This book is, so far, in the same vein. It has an all too smart lead character with a sassy attitude. There is a lot more math than in Weir’s first books and the structure is quite different (current events with flashbacks) which helps this text stand apart from his other novels. I have a feeling this one is going to cause me to read far past my bedtime soon.

  • Wine: the outer space vintage. [NYT]

  • Why do we feed animals? [NYT]

  • A better way to talk (and think) about the declining birth rate. [Culture Study]

  • Just a bunch of tasty looking bruschetta recipes. [Pure Wow]

  • Did they actually reach the top? A look at if people really have summited the highest peaks. [NYT]

  • 50 years of Amtrak. [WaPo]

  • Fun things to see and visit in all 50 states. [Buzzfeed]

  • The best ways to reheat leftovers. [Huffpost]

  • A beautiful look at watercolor painting during the Renaissance. [Victoria & Albert Museum]

  • We've hit the halfway point on Netflix's Away. Even when things go (super) wrong in space, this is a quieter show. Don't expect explosions.

  • While my parents were in town for a visit, I made these chicken parm meatballs for the first time. They were a hit with everyone. I served them with pre-made garlic bread (thank you frozen food aisle) and a salad.

  • One of our go to vegetarian dishes are these balsamic caprese paninis. Quick, easy, and go well with roasted potatoes.

  • I feel for a promoted Tweet and downloaded the mobile game Evony. I signed up because I wanted to play the puzzle games, but you have to do a lot of city construction and war gaming to unlock those levels. I know I won't stick with this forever, but I'm having a lot of fun with it right now.

  • DC has been in a delightful cool snap for a week. We've had our windows open for days. While it's not great for allergies, it's delightful in every other way. 

The DC Public Library now offers Wowbrary. This is a tool that sends you weekly FREE alerts about new books (print, digital, and audio) at your local library. You can search by zip code to find your library. I didn’t need another way to add books to my TBR list, but I sure to like perusing the titles every week.

In the next few weeks, I will be presenting at a local library conference and giving and ALA Core Webinar. Slides for all the events are due on Friday so I will be PowerPointing with the best of them for much of this week.