Saturday, March 30, 2019

Life Lately | March

Losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings usually brings a round of complaints, but I don't think it's an exaggeration to say the quality of life in D.C. has improved since the change. The sun is out -- and stays out -- when I leave work, and just a few more hours of daylight, of the darkness not covering the sky by evening rush hour, is enough to lift everyone's spirits.

This month was almost too full of quality, extended time with loved ones. I hosted a rotating crew of guests -- first a trio of friends, then (most of) my immediate family -- which meant trekking back and forth across the city from the monuments to food stops, then back and forth again with the next group. I grabbed coffee with one of the first people I met in D.C. over a year ago and we caught up on everything that's happened in the months since we'd last talked. Two friends celebrated their engagement with a pre-wedding party for their D.C. friends. My "breakfast club" (two friends + myself) chowed down on Ted's infamous cinnamon rolls. My extended breakfast club (OG members + two more friends) spent an afternoon eating Greek food and watching the new season of Queer Eye. I grabbed nitro-infused ice cream with a good friend and we sat outside on the first warm day of spring. My old community group leader and I discussed a few chapters of Acts over dinner with Whole Foods. I made a quick road trip to Baltimore to see Kelly Clarkson -- for the third time -- with a new friend.

Amongst the occurrences of daily life, my 6th anniversary of writing on this platform quietly slipped past. I've pulled back from this space over the last year or so, and at times I consider discontinuing it. But every now and again looking through the curated words and photos of lived memories prompts a round of nostalgia, and it's not something I'm likely to give up any time soon.

Favorite Books of March //

Milkman by Anna Burns
This year's Man Booker Prize winner. Set in Belfast during the Troubles, Milkman is an unnamed protagonist's stream-of-consciousness as she finds herself the undesired object of attention in her town after the Milkman begins stalking her and sparks rumors of an affair. Fascinating and utterly absorbing; many people didn't like it, saying it was too abstract, but I loved the rambling, thoughtful, insightful nature of it. 

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
Newport's approach to lessening the hold technology has on modern life is less an series of tips and more a change in philosophy. He outlines a method for determining which services and devices to use and how and when to use them, with the hope that adopters of these ideas use technology only to assist rather than overrun their personal goals and leisure activities.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
An infuriating look into the U.S.'s criminal justice system, particularly death row and life sentences without parole for children. Stevenson talks about the successes human rights groups and lawyers have gained in recent history, but it's been far too hard of a fight for basic rights for children and death row inmates, and there's still so much work to be done.

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