May Roundup

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Here’s what I’ve been up to this month. Enjoy!

Learning

Back in the Saddle

The return of beautiful weather and the continuing quarantine have pushed me to pull out my old bicycle. I learned how to ride as a child, but am unfamiliar with bicycle road procedures and shaky on busier roads. This month, I’ve been learning about arm signals and rules of the road as a cyclist. I’ve also started exploring Cambridge’s vast array of trails and bike lanes. I feel lucky to have so much nature just in front of my handlebars!

Reading

The Libby App

Long after audio books became widely popular, I refused to swap my weekly visit to the public library for an app on my phone. I loved everything about visiting my local branch of the Idea Exchange (Cambridge’s public library): the opportunity for a walk downtown, the chance to say hello to the familiar staff, and a comfy seat by the large glass windows. And besides, I had my earphones in during every waking hour – my eyes and ears needed a break!

Of course, COVID-19 put a stop to that lovely habit. Once I ran out of books to read at home, I finally cast around for an audiobook option. I briefly considered and discarded Audible and looked with interest at Libro.fm (similar to Audible, but supports local bookstores), but ultimately settled on the free option provided through the Idea Exchange: the Libby App. It’s easy to use and has a great selection of audiobooks and e-books.

I am currently listening to If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. It is a beautiful novel about Amanda, a transgender teenage girl who moves to live with her father in Tennessee for a fresh start following a physical assault in a women’s bathroom in Georgia. Her struggle to navigate life and love has touched my heart.

Eating

Local restaurants I’m loving:

Andy’s Pizza (Galt/Cambridge): this family-run local joint has delicious pizza and friendly service. Be sure to try their honey garlic wings!

Hungry Ninja (Galt/Cambridge): it’s hard to find good sushi in Cambridge (unless I make it myself), but at least I know I can always grab a decent salmon sashimi and shrimp tempura bowl at Hungry Ninja.

Barnacle Bill’s (Galt/Cambridge): these guys know how to fry a fish! Be sure to call ahead as their line can get a bit long. I love the cod & chips (pictured).

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