Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Salon: For Boston, For Boston

Good afternoon everyone!  I know, I'm a little late in posting today, as I was one of the crazy fools to FLY ON 9/11, IN THE MORNING, FROM BOSTON.  I can't really express my anxiety, my sadness, or where my tears were coming from this morning as I was sitting in the Logan International Airport.  But I am really really glad to be home.

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.


Hope you all have a blessed Sunday.

26 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Isn't it amazing that we can find bloggers to meet up with just about everywhere we go? It looks like you had a blast in Boston!!

Jenny said...

What a fun time!! Which Borders are you talking about that is still open?? I wanted to go but the Altamonte one is closed I think, and I tried to call the Winter Park one but there was no answer so I figured they were closed.

Marie said...

Sounds like you had an AWESOME time! It was so so fun to meet you!!! :-D Love tearing up the town with my blogger pals! :-)

farmlanebooks said...

I'm sure I'd have been emotional if I'd got on a plane today - you are braver than me. Glad you are home and safe, but pleased you had a great time meeting other bloggers. I love Boston!

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Oh what fun! I love reading about other bloggers...well...meeting other bloggers!

Frances said...

Boston is such a great town. A favorite for my family. And a great book-shopping town too. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

You pack more activities into one day than I pack into a year! Please get your husband working on a business trip out west!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Thank you for posting about this happy trip to Boston. Very uplifting. The picture was very nice, too!

Here's my whine...that is, uh, post for the week: Slogging Through with a Behemoth Cold.

Melody said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time!! It always great to meet up with fellow bookbloggers!

Jenners said...

Your life is so amazing and full and busy. And you are Ms. Social Book Blogger. I hope to meet you someday and take you on a wonderful tour of something.

ds said...

Oh, what fun--Boston is a marvelous place. And you had marvelous tour guides!
But yes, sobering to have flown today; I'd have felt the same.

Alyce said...

What a fun filled trip (except for the flying anxiety of course). I hadn't realized that Molly Bumble was from Boston. I'm glad you had a safe trip and got some good reading in.

Beth F said...

Awesome photo at the end. Wow. YOu had an amazing trip and isn't it great how we have friends -- real friends -- all over the country and the world?

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I'm exhausted just reading your post! You didn't slow down for a minute while you were in Boston did you? Fun to catch up with you again :)

Ti said...

I can't get over how much you travel. You are in the air more often than on the ground. LOL.

Ti said...

Except, when will you be coming to California because as far as I know you haven't been here recently.

Julie P. said...

I'm so glad you had a nice visit and got home safely!

Anna said...

Glad you had a great time in my favorite city!

Zibilee said...

I was thinking about you all yesterday afternoon with you having to fly back in on Sept. 11th. I know you were anxious about it, and am glad to see that all is well. I am also so glad that you got the chance to meet Marie and Molly, and that you got a chance to see Dawn again. You guys must have been pretty formidable customers at that bookshop! I also got a glimpse of those amazing looking cupcakes in Facebook. Ooh, they looked fantastic! Only a few more days until we hightail it out of here. It's going to be a blast!

Serena said...

Ah, the nostalgia. I just adore Boston and would move back there if I could. Anyways, what is the name of this book store: "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 think I stumbled onto that same one and cannot for the life of me remember its name!

I'm glad you had a great time, and I love the photo. Our Borders closed officially yesterday, and boy do I have a post of books for next week.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

You have been busy!

Amy said...

I'm late to comment on this great Sunday Salon post, Sandy. I just wanted to say how fun it is reading about the blogghers you met in Boston. I am slightly envious that you met Molly but so glad you did! And love reading about your adventures!

I hope your child is feeling better, your AC is up and running again and hopefully your week is a little more calm!

The Bumbles said...

Tell Serena the bookstore is called Commonwealth Books & Old Prints. Their website is commonwealthbooks.com - although Dusty the cat isn't online to greet you like he is in the store. It is in Downtown Crossing on the oldest street in Boston (so sayeth their website) which is appropriate considering the age of some of the things inside!

So thrilled to have met my favorite bookie and look forward to a future visit with a less frenetic pace.

By the way, I used a photo from that part of the JFK museum for a previous 9/11 post too - something about the setting there that makes it so moving. Not to mention the planes flying overhead on their way to Logan. Glad you had a safe trip and enjoyed your brief time here with us all!

Alice Teh said...

So nice! I hope to read Belong to Me on day and I could only wish I have more time in hand. Time management, time management... All right.

softdrink said...

Okay, so I have a very important question...where's the gourmet cupcake shop???

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I head up to Boston a couple of times a year to visit family and friends - looks like a great time! And the North End has some of the best Italian food around!