What a week guys. Holy moly. I had a sick kid for two days, two books clubs (discussing East of Eden by John Steinbeck and The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver), and a broken air conditioner and broken Internet on one computer. Oh, and I pillaged our last Borders in town, and got four hard covers for $30. And that was just Tuesday through Thursday! Hee hee. Then on Friday, my hubby and I flew up to Boston. He had meetings, and I had big plans for fun! This little business jaunt was a means to an end for me.
Within an hour and a half of landing, I was out the door with Dawn (She is Too Fond of Books) and Marie (Boston Bibliophile) for lunch and book shopping. I'd met Dawn before, while she was here in Orlando on vacation last spring, but I'd never met Marie. And what is there to say about Marie but that she is so nice and so much fun. The three of us analyzed every book on the shelves at both Trident Bookstore and The Raven Bookstore. After that, I came back to the hotel, freshened up, and joined my husband for drinks and dinner on the top floor of our hotel, and was entertained by an Irish band (unfortunately it wasn't The Dropkick Murphys).
So on Saturday, bright and early in the morning, Molly Bumble came to my hotel, and whisked me away for as much Boston as we could take in four hours. I'd never met Molly before either, and I didn't even know what she looked like (although I think I could have picked her out of a lineup, just because I feel I've known her forever). We went on a tour of Fenway Stadium which was AWESOME. Then saw dozens of historical buildings, old cemeteries, little shops, The North End, found a bookstore down an alley that blew our minds and charmed us with it's resident fluffy kitty, and ended our day with gourmet cupcakes. I wished I could take Molly home with me - she is one special lady.
After my invigorating morning with Molly, my husband and I went on a tour of the JFK Library and Museum, which was fascinating. Then followed up with a romantic dinner at a place called Erbaluce.
You wouldn't imagine that I got a darned thing read this week, but I did. I finished the audio of "Maine" by Courtney Sullivan, which my Sype book club will be discussing in less than an hour. Me no likey. I shall extrapolate in my review in a few weeks. Now I am about half way through Michael Harvey's latest in his Chicago crime series called "We All Fall Down".
I also finished Marisa de los Santos' "Falling Together, and while I liked it, I think my heart still is stuck on "Belong To Me". I then finished next month's Skype book club pick "A Friend of the Family" (in fact I finished it as I was driving home from the airport just a few minutes ago). What to start next? Certainly something for RIP!
Lastly, I wanted to post this picture I took at the JFK Library and Museum yesterday. It is perfect for today...a reminder of all that lost their lives ten years ago, and that we will never forget.