Tonight I was looking back in my computer to see if I wrote any kind of “end of year wrap up” for 2011 and found nothing but revisions of resumes and cover letters dated 2011. I guess that’s where my mind was last year at this time! What a difference a year makes.
Adventures begin Saturday with Kieran’s Irish Pub and First Ave for Glen Hansard! I’m excited to see him in concert for the second time! Someone was tweeting during a concert in Washington DC last week and they were amazed so I am prepared to be amazed.
Thankfully I am packing slightly lighter than this – but only slightly! 🙂 How many clothes does one need for four days and nights in NYC?? And how many pairs of shoes to go with those clothes? And how many purses to wear with those outfits?
I know that I overpacked, I always do, but I will have choices. I haven’t even checked the 10 day forecast yet, so I packed for most eventualities. Most. I am not ready for cold or snow. That won’t happen this week, although they are talking about some of that crazy weather for MN next weekend!
Things on the agenda for this NYC trip:
The movie “Pitch Perfect” – looks like a fun movie for music-loving people!
Depending on the weather, maybe a trip to the top of the Empire State Building (I haven’t been during the day) or a walk over the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge!
I haven’t written about books for a while, mostly because I haven’t been a rock star in the book-reading department lately! I spent a lot of my August reading time catching up on my magazine reading. There is no way I will meet my already-modified reading goal for 2012, but I’m ok with that. I’ve enjoyed the books that I’ve read this summer, choosing fluff, classics, and good old recommended fiction.
Isn’t that a beautiful cover? I wouldn’t mind a poster of it in my “library” upstairs. The orange would totally clash with my cherry-colored walls, but that would be cool, too. I love books by Trigiani. I am looking forward to a walking food tour of Greenwich Village with her tour group! I’m going to TRY to re-read one of her books before I go!
Another mindless book which I picked up cheaply at B&N a while ago. It had an “intriguing premise and surreal plot,” according to my Goodreads review. Deja Vu 🙂
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
I listened to this on audio (soooooooo delightful!) and read it free on Kindle (sooooooooooooo witty!) and participated meagerly in Wallace’s 3 week readalong. And then I watched the movie. Such good stuff! Why did I wait so long to read some Wilde?
Two audio books read by their authors who are “gurus” in this area. I am feeling a little scattered this summer, so it was good to listen to these and I hope that I can continue to think about them and put mindfulness into practice!
How fun! This was a fast read, because it was filled with recipes that I’ll never make or already have a good enough recipe for thanks to other great books filled with recipes. But he is a hoot. I think that if I go to Paris, I will try to look him up and make him buy me lunch. I would have to prove myself a worthy dinner companion, but I think he would do it!
And then I bought this for Ferragosto. Set in a small village in Italy in the 60s and jumping forward to Hollywood today, it was a gem of a story – “Beautiful and unpredictable – just how I like ’em” is how I put it on Goodreads.
I am enjoying this a lot! Only about 1/3 through (I think – dang iPad), but a nice and engaging story.
FC book club is setting up a date, and we are supposed to have read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which I’ve heard is not too engaging. I’ll skim it and then we’ll move on. Book club is mostly about connecting with those women, right? 🙂
I think I’ll try to participate in the Book Club that the Emergency Department has going. I’ve read almost all of the books they’re reading, but that’s ok. Again, it’s about connecting, right?
And speaking of connecting, very excited to start Year Three of the Cosmo Girls tomorrow night! Ready to dive in and organize the year! Yay!
Well, off to read! Haven’t said that for a while, but I mean it! 🙂
If you’ve made it to the end and have any ideas for other BOOKISH things to do while I’m in NYC, please let me know! I plan to do that book/walking/food tour in Greenwich Village and to find The Strand bookstore. Anything else that will be easy and fun?
I love lists, as I believe I’ve said before. The above is a list that I made in January of this year of things that I want to accomplish in 2012. Not big lofty goals, not life-changing goals, really, but a list of things that I want to work on being able to do.
Garrison Keillor at the Fitz: I would love to see Garrison Keillor in his home territory of the Fitzgerald Theatre before he retires. If I can’t do that, I want to get to a stage show of The Wits at the Fitz sometime soon. I have been a John Moe fan for years – since his podcast Weekend America (which has been off the air since 2009) – and his stage/radio show sounds delightfully fun.
Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery: A new winery opened up in our area and it looks beautiful. Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery has a beautiful building with what appears to be delicious food and wonderful local wine. I need to get there!
NYC: “Once” Musical: This is an item that can be crossed off the list this week! I fly out early tomorrow and have tickets for this show on Tuesday! If you’ve talked to me at all lately, you know that I’m over-the-moon excited about the entire trip, so I won’t go on and on… but it’s happening, and all because I wrote it on a list in January! 🙂
Maybe: You can see off to the side that I also wrote “Maybe a Greenwich Village walking tour with Adriana.” I love all things Adriana Trigiani and so I checked into this. No weekday tour groups but they would do a private walking tour – with or without food – for $95-$130. Well, I can walk around and see a lot and eat a lot of food for that money. So, not this time. But I subscribed to the newsletter about her tours in NYC and in Italy… so it’ll continue to be something I look out for!
Passport: I still haven’t gotten a passport. Must do that next! No trips out of the country planned, but they are not possible until I have the passport! 🙂 Must. Be. Ready.
Write, at least weekly: I haven’t been blogging weekly but feel pretty good about the amount that I am doing right now. Starting the new job required mucho brain power and I am finally feeling like I can use a little for other things, like reading a novel. 🙂 So I’ll still aspire to weekly writing.
Write letters: I don’t do too badly at this. I can do better, for sure. But it is something I enjoy doing – writing and getting letters in return. So fun.
Eat healthy and real food: The continual quest. I thought that getting sleep would be the hardest thing about the crazy shift schedule we work in the Emergency Department, but it turns out that eating meals has been harder. Working 12 hour shifts is easy when you’re there – it flies by – but so does the 12 hours you’re off! I don’t cook meals for myself, aside from a cold meat sandwich, and have been eating out a LOT! I try to make good choices while out. A few weeks ago I realized that every time I went out I ate a delicious burger and my rationale was that I never make burgers for myself at home; but the truth is, i never make anything for myself at home, so I started making different choices! That night I ordered Indian carryout and was blissfully happy about that. I’ll have to keep working on this…
Trivia night: I had so much fun at Trivia Night in November with Kristine that I must find other venues for this. Marissa found a bar in LaCrosse that has trivia on Monday nights and she has gone with a group and kicked butt – 1st place last week! – but I think it would dampen her image if her mom came along. 🙂 So I’ll keep looking!
Seek out author/book events: I scoured the web looking for author events while I’m in NYC next week, as I’ll have a few days to myself to wander, but was unsuccessful in finding anything that jumped out at me (by anyone I knew). I went to B&N today and saw that tomorrow Jesse Ventura is going to be here for a reading and book signing. I wondered if I would go, if I wasn’t winging it to NYC tomorrow. 🙂 I’ll keep my eyes open for fun opportunities.
What about you? What’s on your list of things to do in 2012? Or this summer? Holler if you want to help me check off anything else on my list!
Now that I have some ‘certainty’ in my life, I have been able to think about the things that I would like to do in 2012. Not really New Year’s Resolutions, but more of a To Do list. I’m sure I’ll add to it, but right now I have:
See Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theatre
Visit the Four Daughters Vineyard in Spring Valley (maybe more than once!). Doesn’t it look lovely?
Get my passport – so I’m ready! This was on my list of 40 Things and it didn’t happen. It will happen – soon.
Write – at least weekly blogs
Write – more letters. It’s so fun to get mail.
Eat healthy and REAL food
Watch for and attend more Table Trivia Nights
Seek out author and book events, especially for authors and books I love!
Go to New York City to see “Once – the Musical” – you see that, Troy?
While in NYC maybe go on a Greenwich Village walking tour with Adriana Trigiani (love her!)
Read at least one GOOD book per month. Easily achievable.
Try new recipes and cook for myself (or invite others!)
That’s all for now! If I think of more, I’ll add on… but a Dozen Things to do in Twenty-Twelve List suits me fine, too!
I listened to this story on audio and I really think that it added to the experience. There were two narrators (although mostly one) and there were accents (done well) and there was a lot of emotions put into the reading.
Two children, best friends at 9 years old, living in Brooklyn with Russian parents, and then the separation. And the mystery. Years and years. And then they meet again.
I’ve loved Adriana’s books for years. I won a copy of this book and then listened to Book Club Girl’s blog radio interview with Adriana tonight.
Adriana was blessed with strong grandmothers who lived into her 30s. They were born in 1895 and 1907 and both were hard-working career women who found the love of their lives. It is easy to see the influence these women had on the fictional characters you find in Trigiani’s novels.
I especially loved the passage where she says, “Looking back, now, I realize that you only ever need one person who lights up that way when you enter a room. One person is all it takes to give a kid confidence.” Yes.
Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors. I have read almost all of her books and enjoyed every one. I’m currently reading her latest in paperback, “Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from my Grandmothers.” It’s an easy read and an enjoyable little book. She had powerful grandmothers. They were business owners. They were hard workers. They were sensible and taught many lessons, through their actions.
And the lessons are still applicable to today’s world.
I’ve maybe mentioned before that I don’t care for books where people set out to experience something in order that they may write a book about it (ala The Happiness Project or Eat, Pray, Love or Julie & Julia (which I’ve never read)), but books which are a summation of what has been learned through life experiences are more interesting to me (ala The Satellite Sisters Uncommon Senses or The Girls from Ames or Don’t Sing at the Table).
Someone asked me last weekend, “Can you write?” I didn’t hesitate too long before I said, “Yes.” I have a good grasp on grammar and vocabulary, I can put ideas down in an interesting way, I enjoy blogging more and more all the time, I write a pretty good letter or year-end summary. Does that mean I can write? If I were to make a list of things that I AM, I don’t think I AM A WRITER would be in my top ten.
Not to say that I wouldn’t love to be a writer. I read a lot of blogs about books but I also read some blogs about the writing process. I am fascinated by the way authors work and think and prepare and plan. I would love to be able to write a book, and it something that I may put on a list to do. I’m not sure what kind of book – fiction or non, children’s or memoir – but it’s something that I am exploring.
What about you? If you made a list of I AMs what would you include?
Off to read!
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Well, I didn’t exactly have a marathon of reading over the weekend, because I think that means that you spend more time reading than doing anything else. I did have some marathon mornings – staying in bed on Saturday and Sunday and reading – but that was about it. I finished the book I started – ‘The Summer We Read Gatsby” – and I really enjoyed it. It was a nice summery read for a cold February weekend.
It seems I have a hard time making a dent in my TBR pile – or more accurately, my TBR shelf! That durn library always impels me to pick up new books every time I’m there! So yesterday I picked up a quick paperback, then I’ll read “Plain Truth.” If “One Day” comes up in my reserve list at the library, I’ll mosey on to that one.
So many books.
I have been enjoying the audiobooks in the car, since my iPod died. I’m listening to a Super Sad one right now, and it kind of leaves a pall over me when I get out of the car. Very sad. I don’t like to recommend very sad books, because I don’t think it’s fun to feel this way, but it is called “Every Last One” by Anna Quindlan (sp). I like that Hope Davis is the narrator, because that is fun, but that’s the only fun thing about the book. I can only hope for a happy ending. I’m about 2/3 through and then I’m going to listen to “Brava, Valentine!” by Adriana Trigiani, a favorite of mine. Yeah!