What a world we live in! I hope everyone is staying safe and sane.
Here are some highlights from the first half of the month.
A friend and I watched The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Portland Center Stage. I remember reading the novel when it first came out and it was a wonderful experiencing it as a play. I recommend that you go see it. Powerful, moving story. Superb acting. Amazing production and set design.
I finally visited Kidd’s Toy Museum which had an eclectic mix of vintage toys and collectibles. The elderly couple who owns it were nice and knowledgeable. Younger kids may not enjoy it but adults will love it for the nostalgia. I loved seeing all the different coin banks!
And one day I was enjoying the cherry blossoms along the waterfront. And a couple days later I woke up to a world blanketed in snow.
My Filipino dish of the month was Tortang Talong with Giniling which is basically an Eggplant Omelette with Ground Pork. You saute garlic, onions and tomato and then add pork. You bake eggplants and then flatten them out. Then you fry it adding the “giniling” and add eggs and season to taste. It’s supposed to be more flat than how mine turned out which looks more like an eggplant boat with the omelette passengers holding on for dear life. But you make do with what you’ve got.
I’ve been enjoying video conferencing during this time of social distancing. I’ve also been taking Carson Ellis’s Quarantine Art Class over on her Instagram. Although I’m way behind. It’s been nice to use a different part of my brain.
I rearranged my room.
The thing I was super proud of was meeting my goal of sending out query letters this quarter for my picture book manuscript.
I’ve been doing good with my book review videos. You can watch all episodes of “Earl’s Live One-Take KidLit Book Reviews” on my YouTube channel.
It’s been weird not volunteering but I think I’m going to take up folding soul boxes again. My year total so far is 17.75 hours.
My ability to focus has practically been non-existent so I haven’t really been reading. I’m only at 86 books so far this year. And I realized I haven’t even read a Young Adult in 2020 yet. Any recommendations?
How was March for you? How are you holding up?