Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Sunday Salon: Plans Change


Good morning, and what a week! Sandy may have changed my plans, but we were lucky to escape the superstorm unscathed. So many lives have been altered forever; each photo, video clip, and interview from New York or New Jersey is sadder than the one before. My heart breaks for those in Sandy's path.

My daughter, a Manhattan resident for just three weeks, had her power restored Friday evening. She endured a week without water or elevators, recharging gadgets at Starbucks and taking cold showers in a vacant apartment on a low floor of her building. Yesterday she posted photos of a Post-It display taking shape outside of Fishs Eddy on Broadway. They're too good not to share.





After our Pre-Thanksgiving Experiment dinner last Sunday, my week was spent in storm preparation, and then worry. Obviously I did not go to New York on Thursday as planned, but will try again this week. The Random House Open House was also cancelled. I'm still working out details, but hope to attend the rescheduled event next month.

My book club met Friday for a very lively discussion of The Submission by Amy Waldman. It was the first time in ages that everyone present had read the book.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is my current book- what a hoot! It's just what I need after a week of fretting and uncertainty.

On tap for today: weekly meal planning, grocery shopping, watching the Syracuse University basketball game, and reading.

And now, it's snowing.


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  1. Snowing? somehow that doesn't surprise me. Hope things go nice and smoothly for you over the next week.

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    1. Diane - Yes, snow... it had to happen sooner or later. I'm just hoping it will all be melted by tomorrow.

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  2. It is 77 degrees here. Snow??? I can't imagine. Even though a little bit of chill sounds cozy. Reading, a fire, some soup. I was really really worried about all of you up there. And my name will forever be a sucky one in people's minds. I love that post-it wall. It is nice when people keep their sense of humor!

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    1. Sandy - I figured if a storm had your name attached to it, there would be a lot of energy involved! The post-it wall warms my heart.

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  3. The post it notes are inspiring, I enjoyed reading them.

    We've had a few flurries of snow here over the last few weeks but nothing has actually settled. Enjoy your Sunday!

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    1. Sam - The post-it wall has to be my favorite image from the storm... very inspiring.

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  4. Glad to hear that you and your daughter mande it through Sandy unscathed. I love those post its. It is great to see that terrible events like this can help bring communities together. Hope your snow is brief and doesn't cause any problems for you.

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    1. Jackie - Those post-it notes really warmed my heart. My daughter volunteered on Staten Island today and was very moved by both the devastation and the outpouring of assistance.

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  5. Snowing? and I was just admiring the autumn leaves on your header photo :) Our summer heat may have finally, finally broken (knock wood), but we're still a ways from winter weather here.

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    1. Lisa May - It's time to change the header photo again. Those beautiful autumn leaves are almost all the ground now.

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  6. Every book group I know that has read Submission has had a lively discussion. Even if you don't like the book, there is so much to talk about.

    I am glad your daughter made it through okay.

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    1. pburt - It was an unusual meeting because all of us actually read the book, too! I'm going to devote an entire post to it on Tuesday.

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  7. Oh no, I don't want to hear the "S" word yet! We are supposed to get a bit warmer this week. Glad your daughter did not suffer more than she did from the storm.

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    1. Nise' - Yes, it snowed most of the day but not much actually stuck to the ground. Now that my daughter has power and is recovered from the storm, she spent today volunteering on Staten Island.

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  8. I'm glad that your daughter is safe and sound. It's so heartbreaking about how many people have suffered because of Sandy. I'm hoping that places like Staten Island get power soon especially since temperatures are hitting the 30s.

    What did your book club think of Submission?

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    1. Vasilly - Staten Island was particularly hard hit. My daughter and several hundred other runners volunteered there today. All the members of my book club liked The Submission, but it was even more surprising that everyone actually read it! I'll have a full report on Tuesday.

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  9. I was so hoping that the snow wouldn't come to be!! I read your daughter's post and what a way to become a Manhannite!!??

    Hope Sunday was relaxing for you!! Have a great week :D

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    1. Staci - You're right about that! This has been a week that she will NEVER forget.

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  10. So glad to hear that your daughter made it through the storm's aftermath. I'll bet she really feels like a Manhattanite now that she's part of that shared experience.

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    1. Lisa - She sure does, but what a tough way to become part of things!

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  11. You all who live so close to Sandy's path are all on my mind these days. What devastation on Staten Island. So hard to watch people desperately appealing for help through the TV reporters. Relieved to hear that your daughter has finally started to get back to normal. Really appreciate the humor in the midst of turmoils. Take care and all the best to you and yours.

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    1. Arti - Staten Island continues to struggle. My daughter spent Sunday over there delivering supplies and was overwhelmed by the experience.

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  12. What a relief that your daughter survived the affects of Sandy! And I'm glad you are only having to deal with snow, although it seems a little early in the season, doesn't it? I know I'm not ready, in spite of the below-freezing temps we've had on several occasions these past few weeks. We had rain last night and thankfully the temps stayed warm enough that we don't have to worry about icy road conditions.

    Love all those post-it notes!

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    1. Les - Snow is fair game here from October through May. It stuck to the grass and rooftops yesterday, but is gone now... looks like we may be in for a warm-up this weekend. I should probably tackle the Christmas lights then.

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