Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a BIG trip on the horizon…Israel!

Credit: Pnina E. Flickr account – click photo to link

As a member of the tribe, my first visit to the holy land is an occasion to celebrate. I mean, I would celebrate any vacation right about now…but this is special.

(BTW – If anyone is arriving to this here blog by searching “Israel” – this is not a forum to talk foreign policy, so don’t waste your time. Thanks!)

BUT…this is a forum on what to pack!

So, let’s see…long plane ride? (check), city sight-seeing? (check), hiking? (check), desert hot and cold weather? (check)…and of course I want to do this comfortably, stylishly and efficiently…so, what’s on my list?

My go to summer dress:

2. A comfortable and secure bag to carry my DSLR, water bottle and the rest of my gear:

3. Sunblock!

4. A fun read:

5. And of course, comfortable shoes…but more on that to come.

Now it’s your turn, what would be on your list?

P.S. If you’re wondering about the subject line, it is from a Jon Stewart bit:

“They’re not the ‘Oh, let me help you with your taxes’ Jews. They’re the ‘Can you hold my machine gun while I take a leak’ Jews. It’s a different culture.”


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I love home decor and I love to read, so what could be better than beautiful books?! Nope, can’t think of anything.

Penguin Books teamed up with designer Coralie Bickford-Smith to make just that:


 I get compliments on them all the time, so I thought I would share them with you.

Nevermind that they are too pretty to actually read!

You can get them on the Penguin Books website (don’t forget to Google for coupon codes!) or on  Amazon.

On my actual birthday wish list was the few I still need to complete my set. Fingers crossed!

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I hope you had a great long weekend and getting into the post-holiday groove isn’t too painful. This time is all about countdowns, so I thought I’d do a one of my own (while reading this, please use your best Carson Daley/Casey Kasem voice)…

Highlights of 2010:

1. Marrying the love of my life!

*Photo taken by the fabulous Sarah Hodzic of Blink Photography.

2. Buying our first home!

3. Benefit Benetint

4. A fantastic family vacation to Costa Rica!

5. My super fun bachelorette trip to Austin, TX!

Mmm..green chile queso.

6. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

7. Catching up with one of my college roommates, who now lives in London, and I haven’t seen in 5 years.

8. Swackets…is it a jacket? is it a sweater? No, it’s a swacket!

9. Starting this blog!

10. My incredible family, friends and readers!


Things to look forward to in 2011:

1. My new job!

2. Adopting a dog!

3. Reading the rest of the Millennium Trilogy.

4. Getting back on the diet bandwagon.

5. Hitting a birthday milestone…

6. Traveling to the midwest twice for friends’ weddings.

7. My incredible family, friends and readers!


What were your favorite moments/things of 2010 and what you are looking forward to in 2011?

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So I don’t like to flaunt it, but I am a total celebrity gossip junky. Perez is my drug of choice, although after buying one of my sister’s a birthday present from Steve Madden, they decided to thank me by giving me a free year subscription to OK! Magazine. This doesn’t help my addiction.

While catching up on the goings on that happened over my vacation, I came across the news that Elisabeth Moss (from Mad Men, which I love) and Fred Armisen (from SNL, which I watch) have separated after only 10 months of marriage. This makes me sad. They seemed cute. But what I have to wonder is, what happens after only 10 months?! After recently getting married myself, an engagement  is not something to enter lightly and the time is meant for reflection and growth, before a huge commitment. Not to get too preachy on you! I know people and situations change – hey, it’s life – but, 10 months just sounds exhausting!

Maybe someone should have given Elisabeth The Conscious Bride.  My sister-in-law gave it to me when I got engaged, along with What No One Tells The Bride. They make a great gift for any bride-to-be you know and I found both worthwhile reading. (Thanks KKF!)

Anyway, speaking of reading, I finished Rebecca while on vacation. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit and I am looking forward to watching the Hitchcock film adaptation with my book club at the end of the month. It will also be my first time entertaining in the new place!

And then I started reading Eat, Pray, Love. There seem to be many opinions on it…so far, I am optimistic. I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s voice and writing style. I will keep you posted.

I had every intention to write posts while on vacation, but that didn’t happen. Only because I was having such a great time! So posts all about it to come…stay tuned.

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Summer Vacation

In 8 days (but who’s counting?!) I will be heading to my parent’s lake house in Canada and I am so excited! Clearly… I mean who wouldn’t want to be here?

I am planning to spend some time in the sun, swim a bit, have evening fires, lots of reading and of course participate in a little Grover’s Friday night fish fry! 

Fish fry you ask? Well you can read the Wikipedia article here. But to sum it up, 

“Battered or breaded haddock and cod fish fry is one of the trademarks of Upstate New York cuisine, especially Buffalo, as well as Rochester, Syracuse, New York and Newport, New York. The majority of restaurants in these cities serve a fish fry on Friday, even outside of Lent, and it’s often available throughout the week.”


It’s so delish! And don’t forget the sides of salads and washing it down with an ice-cold Molson Canadian or Labatt Blue. 

I also mentioned reading. Right now my book club is reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It’s a classic and one of my Mom’s favorite books. I am enjoying it so far, but it’s a bit wordy. I am hoping to finish it and dig into another, possibly Little Bee, Eat, Pray, Love or Inventing Niagara

Have you read any of these? Feel free to leave a thought (but no spoilers please!). What is on your list of summer reads? Have any past year favorites? 

A couple of my past year favorites are the Tales of the City series and Memoirs of a Geisha.

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