Five Things To Read, Do, Watch, Listen, and Eat This Week

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Is anyone else suffering from spring fever? I got home from Hawaii and it was still chilly here in Anchorage, but beautiful and sunny. Then it snowed. And now it's back to being sunny and I couldn't be happier. Now if only it was about 15 degrees warmer things would be good...

I'm trying a little something new here and sharing some ideas for things to read, do, watch, listen, and eat. I borrowed this concept from someone who lives in LA, so the "do" part might be a little challenging since I live in Anchorage, AK and while there's plenty to do, it might not translate well to the rest of the world...but I'm hoping it will still give you some ideas of what you can do in your area. Though I don't think the "do" category will always be a local event.

Here's what I've got for you this week:

1. READ:

 
 

I apologize for recommending a book that is not a very happy story. This is the story of three women during World War II and the unexpected ways in which their lives become intertwined. Fair warning, I think this is one of the only books I've read about World War II that actually made me uncomfortable. I believe that at least one of the characters in this story is based on a real person, and some of the things they talk about happening in the concentration camps were actually hard to read. I think the only other time I've been that uncomfortable (and not in a gory kind of way, but just hard to read about the terrible things that happened to people), was when I read Sarah's Key. At the time I was on an old German train car riding through the Polish countryside...

2. DO:  

If you are local to me (Anchorage, AK), the Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Opera are performing Candide this weekend as part of a nationwide celebration Leonard Bernstein's Centennial. If you aren't local, you can find a list of worldwide centennial events here

3. WATCH:

If you haven't already watched Season 1, then you are lucky because that means you don't know what you are missing and didn't have to wait over a year for the second season. Also, don't be put off by the fact that it's a Marvel show, it's definitely not heavy on the superhero stuff. This is the perfect show to hunker down with while you are waiting for the snow to melt... (no? Just me waiting for the snow to melt?)

4. LISTEN:

I haven't actually listened to this yet, but it's on my short list. Dirty John has come recommended everywhere I look lately, so of course I'm going to check it out. It seems like tons of these true crime/investigative journalism podcasts have popped up since everyone seems to want more after the first season of Serial. This is probably a good option if you have a long drive or flight in your near future. I find these sorts of podcasts hard to listen to one at a time (I have the same problem with TV shows on Netflix...how did I ever survive when I only got to see a new episode every week?)

5. EAT:

Fed & Fit's Honey Mustard Pork Roast. I made the Honey Mustard dressing for salad last week and it was delicious! This would be the perfect Sunday night meal...and make extra for leftovers to eat during the week! You could just as easily throw this into your Instant Pot or slow cooker and make it practically effortlessly. Serve it with some potatoes and a giant salad and you've got yourself a meal!