I Haven’t Forgotten You

I know it seems like I have neglected Planet Books a bit but I promise you, I have a real reason.  I started a receptionist temp gig last Monday and it was a very tiring and quick week.  This is my first full-time job in four and a half years and my body was not ready for the long schedule.  I have been reading though.  I received an ARC of Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen and have been able to read some during the quiet times at the front desk as well as before drifting, actually crashing, off to sleep at 9:00pm every night.  The White Queen will be available in stores on Tuesday, August 18th.  So far I am really enjoying it! 

This weekend was a whirlwind.  Hubby and I started things off by checking out the house and wow, are things coming along.  The painters were in on Saturday to start painting, the fireplace and the granite surround and mantel were complete, and the cabinets were in their boxes in the dining room waiting to be installed today (Monday).  Things are moving so quickly and the end of the month will be here before we know it.  We just may be all settled in and enjoying our new house with all our stuff in it by mid-September!

Saturday night we went to the Dave Matthews Band concert at Nissan Pavilion along with twenty-five thousand other avid fans.  I had not seen DMB live in concert since 2002 and Hubby had never seen them before.  I was a little disappointed with the set list this time around.  I sat for half the show as did many people and I have never done that.  The tunes they chose to jam on were not the liveliest of songs so I felt bored at times.  Over all I’m glad we went but I felt like the show lacked a special joyful vibe that DMB’s live albums over the last couple of years have displayed.  It’s not because we are all getting older that DMB was more mellow.  I know that they can rock it out hard core at Fenway Park, The Gorge and numerous other venues which I have live recordings of.  Why not Saturday in Bristow, VA? 

Sunday marked the beginning of my new book club here in the D.C. area.  I am keeping with the same theme as my book club I ran in Okinawa which was titled “Lit & the Island.”  Here I have named it “Lit & the City” and everyone loves the name.  Our members include friends of mine from many different chapters of my life who I have discovered all love to read and discuss books.  We had a lovely “Meet & Eat” event yesterday at a tapas restaurant in Maryland and though only six of us out of thirteen were able to make it, it showed that at least five or so members will always make it to our “Books and Brunch” meetings.  We will meet every fifth Sunday at a restaurant of the book selector’s choice.  We will take turns choosing books/restaurants and that person will also be responsible for discussion questions and leading the conversation.  I presented our first reading selection and gave away a copy of the book to one lucky winner at the table.  We are reading The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister and everyone is very excited.  If you have read this book please share what you liked or didn’t like about it.

To wrap things up this weekend, Hubby and I saw “Julie & Julia.”  What a wonderful glimpse into the life of Julia and Paul Child!  I loved Meryl Streep’s portrayal of America’s first celebrity chef.  We laughed and drooled our way through the film.  Amy Adam’s did a great job of playing an annoying and whiny Julie Powell.  I read her book, Julie & Julia ~ My Year of Cooking Dangerously, which was based on her blog a few years ago and enjoyed it in the written word much better than on the silver screen.  I will give the book some credit though because it inspired me to cook for pleasure.  I do want to read Julia Child’s memoir now and have downloaded a sample of My Life In France so I can check it out when I have the time.

What have you been up to?  Reading anything good this week?  Did you see “Julie & Julia” or another film?  Please tell us!

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13 thoughts on “I Haven’t Forgotten You

  1. Hi Karen,
    So pleased you are reading The School of Essential Ingredients! If your group would like to do an author call-in with me when you meet to talk about the book, I’d be happy to do it…

    1. OMG! Hi Erica! Thank you so much for the offer! We were going to do a restaurant meeting but we may have to change it to someone’s house in order to accomodate a phone call from you. Thanks again Erica!!
      ~Karen

    1. Hi BM! How was the honeymoon? Believe me when I say I understand transition. We are still in my in-law’s house but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We should close on the house on the last day of August!

  2. I think you are amazing. You haven’t even settled yet, but the book club is already formed. Very cool. Your club sounds like fun. I wish I lived nearby. My club is in its 12th year and it’s getting a tad stale for me. I may venture out on my own next year.

    I saw Julie & Julia!! I LOVED Meryl as Julia and Tucci was really great as Paul. I have to get my hands on her cookbook now. I did not care for the Julie character. I have the book but I think it would be more fun to read the actual blog that started it all.

    1. Thank you so much Ti!!!! I wish you lived close too because this is going to be a great book club.

      At the time I felt kind of silly buying the book when I could have read the blog on-line for free but it did inspire me to cook a bit more and try new recipes.

  3. Hi dude. I miss you terribly. I could just see you talking as I was reading your post. It was like we were on a dinner date like old times in Oki. Thinking of you. You are fun and I miss your energy and light.

    1. I miss you too Honey!! I loved chatting with you the other week and hope we can do that again soon. Work is going well and the house is finishing up quickly. Woo hoo! I am pretty animated even in my writing I guess. 🙂

  4. wow, so much going on for you! lame that DMB was sort of a bust, especially when you know how *great* they can be. and the countdown to your house is ON, it sounds so awesome, especially as you can have everything the way *you* like and can spiff it up before moving in.

    i love philippa gregory, but didn’t know she had a new book coming out, i will definitely check it out!

  5. First, I hope you will be sharing photo’s of the new house when you move in. I spent some time with a kitchen designer recently and it looks like we will be starting our addition soon and need some inspiration!

    Second, I haven’t been able to see Julie & Julia, but sure would like too!!

    1. Hi Stephanie! I promise I will share pics. The house is going to be just gorgeous and we can’t wait!! We already have a delivery scheduled to be delivered to the house next month. A new 50″ plasma T.V.!!

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