It’s Monday (February 1, 2020)

What? It’s February already? How did that happen?

How was your week? California finally moved out of lockdown last week and so outdoor dining, hair salons and the like are opening again (with restrictions that is). Of course that didn’t exactly mean much, the lockdown, it’s not like it’s strictly enforced – I’m comparing it to Singapore where people get fined for breaching quarantine, for having too many people over, where restaurants are forced to close for a couple of weeks if their customers don’t follow the rules (no more than 8 people to a table, no mixing between tables etc). In California, sure they say not to mix with others outside your household or go out unnecessarily, but I’m not sure that can be enforced in any way.

We didn’t do much this past weekend but here are a few things…


There was a nice sunset yesterday.


The second graders made Lunar New Year crafts (there’s a New Year saying, 年年有余 nián nián yǒu yú, which means to have abundance year after year).


The 9yo made a flourless chocolate cake. Very rich very delicious!



Before the Ever After – Jacqueline Woodson

How to Love a Jamaican – Alexia Arthurs


The Magicians on Netflix


Still trying to listen to A Tale of Two Cities!


Had a few slices of baguette for breakfast, as well as mozzarella cheese.


Tea earlier, might drink a coffee next.


Not so sure about what to cook yet. Maybe I’ll make a baked Mac and cheese. I do have some cauliflower and broccoli to cook up, so probably will roast them in the oven, maybe with some sausages and potatoes.

Last week:

I read:


Breasts and Eggs – Mieko Kawakami

Fly on the Wall – Remy Lai

I Love You So Mochi – Sarah Kuhn

I posted:

Library Loot (January 27 to February 2)

New-to-me authors of 2020 #TopTenTuesday

Guess I didn’t post much last week!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


  1. Hi – I read A Tale of Two Cities about 8 years ago. How is it as an audiobook? Is it hard to follow? I enjoyed seeing all you are reading and watching, etc. That was a beautiful sunset!


  2. How to Love a Jamaican sounds interesting. It reminds me of our Music teacher (a UK Northerner) whose husband sometimes remarks on “Oh this is what white people do in their spare time?” when he comes across a bemusing British custom. His culture and viewpoint is very different. Its great that we have seen such an increase in the availability and popularity of international literature and showing different viewpoints.


  3. And this is why Americans keep saying lockdowns don’t work, because essentially there has been no lockdown at all! Thankfully we are back down to 0 cases in my state after a brief lockdown over Christmas

    Wishing you a great reading week


  4. I think the UK has everyone beat on not dealing with Covid-19 effectively. Our latest response is just to try and vaccinate everyone as soon as possible.
    That’s a beautiful sunset. Enjoy this weeks books!


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