A brief rundown of what my life looks like these days. Last updated May 29, 2021.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Netflix’s Lupin, and are eagerly awaiting the second series when it arrives in June. I’m a sucker for Netflix’s various food-related documentaries, and our most recent title is High on the Hog, which explores the role that African food has played in American cuisine as a result of slavery. My wife was particularly excited by this show, since parts of it mirror some of the curriculum that she used for home schooling.
I also started Netflix’s Eden, which I’m unsure about — but it’s only four episodes, so finishing it won’t require a huge time commitment. The Bad Batch is a thoroughly enjoyable Star Wars title, though I had no worries about that. And in a bout of nostalgia, I’m currently rewatching the original Robotech series. The artwork and animation are incredibly dated, of course, but I’ve always been a sucker for transforming robots.
Finally, watching the latest Corridor Crew reaction video — like this one — continue to be a weekly ritual with my kids.
I recently finished H. G. Parry’s The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, which my wife strongly recommended. As you can tell from my review, I really enjoyed it; it was clever in all of the best ways. I’m revisiting some of Michael Moorcock’s Elric novels, which are like the pinnacle of sword-and-sorcery fare, in my book.
One of the best comic series I’ve read recently is James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds’ The Department of Truth. The premise — that all of the conspiracy theories, from the JFK assassination to flat Earth, are real — plays out in all sorts of fascinating and disturbing ways that feel particularly relevant in this era of QAnon.
I suppose that reading The Department of Truth primed me to dive into The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, which also traffics in the idea that all of the conspiracy theories are real — but in a very trippy and psychedelic way. That being said, it’s also incredibly convoluted and willfully — sometimes painfully — obtuse, so we’ll see how far I get into it.
Several weeks ago, my wife and I implemented what we call “Salmon Sundays.” Each Sunday, we try a new salmon-based dish for dinner, and so far, the results have been spectacular. I’m not a huge fish eater, but I love some well-prepared salmon, and we’ve found some truly remarkable recipes. And even better, all of our kids hate fish, which leaves more for us.
Summer vacation is here, but due to some really cool weather, it doesn’t really feel like summer has truly started. But we’re hoping for warmer weather next week so that we can start going to the pool. Our pool was closed last year due to COVID, but with the vaccinations — my wife and I have been fully vaccinated since Easter weekend — and low COVID cases, we’re looking forward to lots of warm summer afternoons spent poolside.
Like so many others, we’re trying to figure out what it looks like for our family to take our first steps into a post-COVID world, be that returning to church and other regular large gatherings, returning to the office for work, when and where to wear masks, and getting our kids vaccinated.