I, for whatever reason, had the Neil Simon memoir just laying around so, I decided to read it and was impressed enough with his story to buy the second half which was written much later.
I very much enjoyed the part how-to-write/ part memoir of Stephen King. He tells a good story and the practical sections had useful information.
The Girls Who Went Away was my bookclub book which deals with a period in time, the 1940s through the early 70s, when young pregnant girls were given very little or, more likely, no choice about keeping their baby and the almost universally devastating impact of that very personal decision on the many women interviewed for the book. It was recommended by a woman in our group who was adopted, but who has since come to know her birth mother.
Both the vids were short, 6-30 minutes eppies, one on healthy cooking and one on possible alternative reads to the classics that we know we should read but somehow never get around to like War & Peace.
Tuesday November 7, 2013_Drop-off voting at our local library_I handed in mine, Lauren's and David's ballots since we find it absolutely impossible to get them mailed in on time.
Saturday November 16, 2013_Cindy and I went to the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds, which is beautifully tucked up against the hills in Watsonville, for the Goat Hill Antique Show. Oh YAY!! First, the masses :) then a pretty display. Actually, each and every one of the different venders did a very nice job with their showcases. Everywhere you looked, it was beautiful.
And another pretty display. I loved the golden frames against the industrial-esque walls.
This gentleman, the owner along with his wife, does all the display work. He's wrapping my purchase :)
Sunday November, 17, 2013_This is Lauren's photograph of the Del Mar Theater, the Mar does light up just one letter at a time, where she and Jimmy having been spending their Sundays for the last month viewing filmed versions of plays ,both old and new, that have been put on by The National Theater in London. This particular Sunday they saw Habit of Art, the next they saw Macbeth. The presentations are complete for this year, but will, happily, begin again in 2014.
Monday November 18, 2013_Back to Acqui's for lunch with Barbara. I though I'd include a photo of it's outdoor dining area which is generally filled, but since it had rained, the seating was damp so, everyone was dinning indoors.
Saturday November 23, 2013_Cindy decided to shop for a new Christmas tree since Jimmy, along with Lauren, was home to advise her. Their family, like ours, uses a fake tree because, like me, Cindy is very allergic to natural trees. After years of suffering through a month of headaches trying to keep the real-tree tradition alive, I gave it up over a decade ago while they did about 5 years ago. These are a couple of photos of the inside of one store we visited, upstairs and down.
Sunday November 24, 2013_The day after the Christmas Tree stores, we took the kids back to Santa Cruz so they wouldn't miss their Macbeth.
Thursday November 29, 2013_Dinner at the Hadley's once again, it's like a real tradition!! Jimmy and Lauren made pie, Jimmy made rolls, David and Lauren made the stuffing, Lauren and I made apple latkes (because of the holiday cross-over of Hanukkah & Thanksgiving) and Cindy made pretty much everything else except the gravy which I think we all had a hand in making. Lovely, lovely time :)
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