MONDAY: Double lesson with Nik. Ankle was still a bit iffy, but managed to get through the first hour without pain. Last 30 minutes it was acting up a bit, and I managed to wrench my shoulder on a turn as well, but I got through it. Read a lot. TUESDAY: Grocery shopping even before 8 AM, then made a double batch of red bean salad for Child's upcoming camping trip (Thursday-Friday). The dog came down from upstairs when he heard me cracking hard boiled eggs. I think he actually has gotten accustomed to the fact that this recipe (which I make a lot, since Child loves it) involves hard boiled egg whites only and that I will feed him the yolks if he is around. Tried to work out things for this lecture I'm planning for November. Argh! It is proving really hard to find a workable date. I thought I had one, but the facility seems to be booked. Contacted Admissions to find out if they really need the facility in question all day. 1-2:45--Weekly first year team meeting. 3--Pick up Child. Eat. Read with Child. 5-8:30--Child at dance. I finished Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah. Best book I've read this year!!! Six sentence summary: Ifemelu and Obinze are bright, ambitious high school sweethearts and soulmates growing up in Lagos, who head off to Nsukka University with plans of a lifetime together. When repeated, lengthy strikes at the university derail their educations, Ifemelu heads off to America with promises of a scholarship that will largely defray her expenses, but Obinze cannot get a visa for study in the U.S. and eventually winds up overstaying a travel visa in England. In America, Ifemelu initially experiences culture shock and financial duress which tests her values and temporarily sends her into a spiral of depression during which she stops communicating with Obinze. She emerges stronger, and discovers race, a topic that didn't really exist for her in Nigeria, and eventually uses her outsider perspective to become a prominent blogger on the subject. Obinze, meanwhile, struggles to live under the radar in England. As the years go by and other romantic entanglements ensue, can their feelings for each other survive? The lively, nuanced characters and the many insightful, spot-on observations about class, race, and nationality in the U.S. and Nigeria make this an absorbing page turner, from the opening scene in which Ifemelu has to travel from leafy bucolic Princeton (where she is on fellowship) to Trenton to find someone who really knows how to braid African hair to its suspenseful finale. Highly recommended! That night, had a nice phone chat with my BFF.