Of Note — August 24
This week has been a lot. It was the first week back to school at UNC, which automatically makes work busier, and a Confederate monument known as "Silent Sam" was torn down on UNC's campus, which caused a ton of activity and backlash. It was erected in the 1913, not as a memorial to fallen soldiers but as a way to terrorize the local African American community (i.e. — think of neoNazis putting up a statue of Hitler in 1993). I am thrilled that the statue is finally down and hope it stays that way. Beyond that intensity, I've spent lots of time this week with friends, and we had two days of absolutely stunning weather to enjoy. So overall doing pretty well!
I finished The Hopefuls on Monday afternoon. I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot more than the second — the setting in DC was funny and entertaining and familiar, but once the characters moved to Texas the plot kind of became redundant and the characters were all way less likable (and while that was the point of the move, it did make the novel less fun to read). I'm glad I read it though! I've got two books checked out on my Kindle now — When Life Gives You Lululemons (a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada that focuses on Emily) and Less (which I've heard is excellent).
I've got two fantastic recommendations this week, and — shockingly — neither of them are Mamma Mia! I saw both Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and I adored both of them. I read both of the books this year; with Crazy Rich Asians I wanted to read it before the movie, but I didn't even know about the To All the Boys I've Loved Before movie when I picked up those books in February. The movies were sensational, absolutely A+ romantic comedies. I laughed and cried at multiple points in each and was completely enamored with the worlds and characters they presented. A lot has been said and written about how powerful the representation of Asian characters is in both of the movies, and it's been much more eloquently discussed than I possibly could. But let me just say that even as a white woman, I was moved by the portrayals I saw on screen and am so happy for the communities to whom these films mean so much.
Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I've Loved Before, as a part of being fantastic films, had fantastic soundtracks. Here's the link to CRA and to TATBILB. Would absolutely recommend listening to both of them (I've added at least 1 song from each to my spin playlists this week).
I finally (finally!) made it to the grocery store. It's been a few weeks since my last trip, and it was getting a little costly to eat out all the time. But I actually really enjoy grocery shopping, so I had a fun time sauntering around the aisles at Food Lion at 9:30 on Wednesday night. I got a really good salad kit, and I am excited to grill salmon and cook chicken sausage with zoodles this weekend.
Silent Sam coming down, Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, chicken chile lime burgers from Trader Joe's, snow cones, gorgeous weather, raman, hard fought Liverpool victories, rose on the Topo patio.