Good morning and happy Sunday! The final Christmas preparations are now underway as we begin our last-minute wrapping, baking, and cooking. The girls arrived home on Friday, just ahead of the storm. With a fresh foot of snow, a White Christmas is now assured!
Just a couple of things to share today. First, I never properly mentioned the Random House Open House last week. The company put together a fabulously bookish day full of ideas, information, and inspiration. For me the highlight was finally meeting other bloggers, several of whom I've been reading for years. Candace (Beth Fish Reads), Diane (Bookchickdi), and Colleen (Books in the City) instantly seemed like old friends... and they have convinced me to attend BEA in May! Meeting Anna Quindlen was simply amazing, too. It was wonderful chatting with her as she signed my book. Her portion of the program was definitely my favorite. Here are a few photos from the event:
The schedule was posted at check-in
Choose two books...
Photo op with Yes, Chef author Marcus Samuelsson
Lunch, inspired by a Random House cookbook
Book signed by Anna Quindlen
A wine tasting to end the day
My daughter attended the event, too. Read her recap at Fitness and Frozen Grapes.
Another highlight of my trip to New York was seeing the play The Heiress, based on Henry James' novel Washington Square. We enjoyed it immensely and, with Dan Stevens in a primary role, it helped tide us over until season three of Downton Abbey premiers on January 6.
Now I'm reading Washington Square... it's been on my shelf for a couple of years and the timing is perfect. Sure, Henry James requires a little extra concentration, but this seems to be one of his more straight-forward novels and I'm enjoying it so far.
How will you spend this last Sunday of advent?