COVID19 Weekend

Day 125: 5, In Brief

July 18, 2020

1- My test came back! Once again, I do not have COVID-19. Or at least I didn’t have it a week ago.

2- Podcast rec: If you’re looking for something interesting this weekend, I thought this episode of Code Switch was great: “What’s In A ‘Karen’?” (This made me even more interested in reading Such a Fun Age — I reserved it at the library and am climbing up the list.

3- Curfews. They instituted curfews in my county again (11 pm – 5 am). Let’s hope we see a drop in our (crazy high) #s soon.

4- Banana bread. I am reading Jennifer Wiener’s Big Summer and . . . if you have read it you can understand my urgent desire to make banana bread! Does anyone have an absolute favorite recipe?

5- GENEVIEVE OMG. My planner was left unattended and OMGGGGG.

I attempted to make the best out of this tragic situation

Well it’s Saturday and it’s raining. Let’s hope it clears up because the entire day in the house sounds . . . not great.


  • Reply Mara July 18, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Haven’t read the book (but maybe I should!).

    Here’s my fav banana bread recipe. It’s from cooking light and tastes just as moist and delicious as any other I’ve had.

  • Reply Omdg July 18, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Aw! That’s what my planner looks like every day!! 😜

    My prediction: drop in cases won’t show up for two weeks and people will get tired of waiting and abandon the plan because things may even get worse in the interim. Stay healthy!!

  • Reply MBC July 18, 2020 at 8:19 am

    This is my go to. It was ‘recipe of the year’ for a reason! You can vary the mix ins – nuts, chocolate chips, etc.

  • Reply gwinne July 18, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I found this because I had three bananas; it is now my go to:

    • Reply Kwan July 18, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Can you share what resources you are using to learn about lettering? I see in your planner page above that you are starting to try it. Or maybe I’m wrong and the word “thing” it’s just written in regular cursive?

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 18, 2020 at 10:36 am

        I do my own totally non-trained cursive sometimes but I haven’t started learning formally! I have gotten 3 recs for resources though! Skillpop, SKillshare, and another online session! I also kind of want some kind of workbook to practice in but haven’t even figured out which to order (yet)!

        • Reply Kwan July 18, 2020 at 9:45 pm

          Yes I want something in workbook form because I like to doodle during my WebEx/zoom meetings. It helps me pay attention! Let me know if you find a good resource.

        • Reply Katie July 19, 2020 at 12:56 am

          Please post a follow up if you find one you really like! I’ve been thinking about this too but am on overload with all the options.

  • Reply Jenn July 18, 2020 at 9:19 am

    I’ve read 51 books so far in 2020, and Such a Fun Age is in my top three! We seem to have similar tastes in books so I’m pretty sure you will love it!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 18, 2020 at 9:25 am

      do you have a list of the others? i LOVE looking at reading lists!

      • Reply CBS July 20, 2020 at 5:08 am

        Maybe you should do an open thread? I’ve got a list of this year’s favourites but don’t have a blog.

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2020 at 6:50 am

          OOOOH love that idea! Will do this week.

          • Jenn July 20, 2020 at 9:00 am

            Yes I’d love to share! I’ll wait for the open thread 🙂

    • Reply Emily July 18, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Agree w Sarah! Love reading reading lists (and tbh my favorite thing to do at people’s houses is to snoop their bookshelves…).

  • Reply Erin July 18, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I love smitten kitchens ultimate banana bread!

    (And I loved that podcast ep, listened a few days ago… I read Such a Fun Age a few months ago and it’s great. Reading Red at the Bone now!)

    • Reply Heather July 18, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      I haven’t made SK’s banana bread, but I have a loaf of her ultimate zucchini bread cooling on my counter and it smells wonderful.

  • Reply ErinH July 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    This is my fav banana bread recipe – for at least 10yrs! Don’t know if you already know this trick, but of course I never have buttermilk (as called for in the recipe) so just squirt some lemon juice in the bottom of your liquid measure, fill with milk, let sit a few minutes!

    • Reply Victoria B. July 18, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      FYI – White vinegar will work as well if you don’t have any lemon juice.

  • Reply Caitlin July 18, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    This is slightly different from my go-to recipe, but it’s from the same person, Molly Wizenberg:

    I usually make the one from her book A Homemade Life, which includes crystallized ginger, which I sometimes leave out.

    Also, I am glad I’m not the only one with a toddler who attacks my planner! She’s only done it once and it was just a small area in pencil. I didn’t erase it and just made a note that it was her 🙂

  • Reply KGC July 18, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    I’d love to read Such a Fun Age now, as I listened to that episode on a run earlier this week. As a Karen who (I hope?!?!) is not a ‘Karen’ by today’s standards, it was interesting to hear some of the history! (Sidenote: my mom, age 71, recently said to me on the phone, “Did you know that your name is kind of a…derogatory term now?!?!?” I tried not to laugh too hard and said that yes, I was aware!)

  • Reply BPS July 20, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I loved Such a Fun Age. Didn’t connect one of the characters to be a “Karen” at the time of reading but it ABSOLUTELY makes sense. Whenever I befriend a White Woman the character in the book is the prototype I try to stay away from.

    Overt racism is one thing, but the implicit racism that comes from a lot of “well-meaning”, so-called “progressive” white women is real and in may ways even worse. I have felt a lot of this in liberal bubbles (like D.C. where I lived for several years) that aren’t as truly diverse as the biggest U.S. cities. Glad you’re reading it, and that you continue to touch on and tackle anti-racism in your posts and reading.

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