Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Sunday Salon: Today I Am..


Drinking hot coffee... black.

Wearing black yoga pants and a comfy green sweater.

Reading The Submission by Amy Waldman for my book club and, on audio, The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell (Sandy convinced me).

Listening to Puccini and Pasta. I may be Puccini's newest fan.

Cooking Cider-Brined Maple-Glazed Turkey, because I hate to experiment on Thanksgiving. Yesterday I prepared the brine and herbed butter, brined the bird overnight, and will roast it today. Look for a Weekend Cooking post next weekend if it turns out.

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy/Frankenstorm. Gutters cleaned yesterday. Today we'll secure outdoor furniture or put it away for the winter. Supplies laid in just in case.

Worrying about relatives facing bad weather - Daughter #1 and Twin A awaiting Sandy, and a Tsunami warning in Hawaii for my brother's vacation.

Looking forward to Random House Open House on Friday, meeting some book blogging friends, and a visit with my daughters.

Happy Sunday!

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  1. I really hope Sandy doesn't affect your family. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks, Jackie. Schools here have already announced early dismissal for tomorrow, but I'm starting to wonder if they will end up closing altogether.

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  2. That is so great that you're practicing for Thanksgiving! Actually I do a similar sort of thing, in that I "practice" making rum cake for New Year's starting about Thanksgiving and continuing to "practice" about once a week! LOL

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    1. Jill - Practice rum cake? I love it!! The turkey was a huge success... think we've found the official Thanksgiving recipe.

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  3. I hope you love John and Brent. I was completely into that audio. And I'm just going to apologize on behalf of the storm that bears my name. I hope it doesn't mess you up too much. The weather guys always make such a huge deal of it, but you do need to be prepared just in case. Based on what I am seeing, the tsunami warnings have just been downgraded to advisories, so hopefully nothing big and ugly in Hawaii.

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    1. Sandy - I already love John and Brent... and wondering when you're going to plan that road trip! The tsunami warning in Hawaii thankfully didn't occur, so mu brother continues a blissful vacation. Now we're hunkering down. Schools already closing for tomorrow, but we'll see. I think power outages will be the main threat here.

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  4. We'll all be watching the weather this week. Hoping on little damage. I guess the gutter cleaning guys are having a very busy weekend.

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    1. James - We're our own gutter cleaning guys, unfortunately. People around here seem to be taking this one seriously... fingers crossed.

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  5. The Bucolic Plague is so good! I hope your family comes through the storm with no problems.

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    1. Kathy - Only on chapter 7, but I'm loving The Bucolic Plague!

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  6. Yoga pants are the best. It's a bit too cold for them atm, otherwise I'd never go without them. I hope the storm will behave itself and not create too much damage :( Stay safe!

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    1. Chinoiseries - Yes, I love my yoga pants! Power outages are the biggest threat for us, so we're prepared...

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  7. It all sounds so nice...except the Sandy part. :)

    I didn't read The Bucolic Plague, but I run into their TV show once in a while on cable and it's pretty funny. I also loved the butternut squash lasagna rolls from their cookbook. :)

    And speaking of butternut squash, I would like to announce that I (finally) pinned it and did it. I made one of my pinned recipes last night. It wasn't as fabulous as I had hoped, but it was good, and luckily I have a couple more recipes pinned. :)

    Good luck with the storm.

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    1. Audrey - I KNOW I pinned your butternut squash rolls, but had forgotten they came from the Beekman Boys! Will definitely try them soon. Welcome to the Pin It and Do It gang;-)

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  8. Good luck, JoAnn, with the Frankenstorm (what a name, huh?). Our relatives in PA are battening down the hatches too. I hope it turns out to be one of those that is more of a "tempest in a teacup".

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    1. Kay - We certainly hope so, too, but we're ready now...

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  9. Best wishes for riding out the storm unscathed. I hesitate to share with any of my East Coast blogging friends what a gorgeous fall day we're having in CO.

    I love Puccini myself, and so checked out the album on Amazon--nice way to relax.

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    1. JaneGS - Well someone should be enjoying a beautiful fall day today... glad to know you're the lucky ones! I'm surprised at the relaxing power of Puccini.

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  10. I so hope all of your family is safe during all of these storms and tsunami's!!! It's been crazy windy here all day!!

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    1. Staci - It turn out the tsunami wasn't an event in Hawaii today, so my brother's vacation is continuing as planned. Hope we are as lucky!

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  11. Hope you are safe (as well as your loved ones) in Sandy's wake.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. We are all prepared, so now we wait...

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  12. Does your lake usually get quite wild in such a storm? Do you have to worry about flooding?

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    1. Nan - Our lake can be wild during storms but, since it drains into a creek that funnels into a much larger lake, flooding has never been an issue for us. The south end occasionally spills over its bank and floods the road, but that's been the extent of it to this point. Our main threat will be from downed trees and power lines, I think.

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    2. Same here. I'm hoping it is much ado about nothing, as it often is when something big is predicted. The worst storm we had was in 1998 - not a tornado but something like it, a wind that lasted maybe five minutes and was very localized. It came and went in a minute with no warning, and lots of damage.

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  13. Keep safe the next few days. we're on tiptoes too. you sound cozy now :-)

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    1. Marie - Yes, we're hunkered down and ready. Hope you stay safe, too!

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  14. Ooh, you decided to go to the Open House?? Yay! Fingers crossed the weather cooperates and that it's fun!

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    1. Softdrink - I did, but Sandy's aftermath has changed my plans :-(

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  15. Hope everyone made it through ok.

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    1. Jenny Girl - We're all fine, but it looks like my daughter in Manhattan will be without power for a while - they're saying 5 days.

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  16. I've had turkey prepared that way and it's delish! Hope it came out great. I could eat fresh roasted turkey every day.

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    1. Ti - The turkey was delicious! I'll definitely do it again for Thanksgiving.

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  17. I see that you had to cancel your plans for Friday :( And that one daughter is without power. That is bad, but at least she is safe.

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    1. Stacybuckeye - Yes, compared to so many others, she escaped relatively unscathed! Her power was restored around 6PM Friday... such a relief!

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