Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Book Club, A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick.
I have to say, I rather liked the title. It is appealing isn't it? It all that it can mean, and not mean, all at once.

I didn't much care for the book myself. I thought it came across as an attempt to be a psychological study and didn't make it. I think it also really bothered me that it was written by a man, but it was, in my opinion, a "girl's book." This isn't a book my brother or father would have read (My husband doesn't count in this, he isn't a reader). And in fairness I'll point out that I rarely feel women writers are successful in writing "guys books." For example: Nora Roberts is a favorite of my mother in law and grandmother in law and she also writes as J.D. Robb as more of an action writer, and the Robb books don't come off as well.

Anyway - I was disappointed. The premise of "A Reliable Wife" offered so much. The story is fabulous. But the book fell flat for me.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


In the fall a few of the women from the adoption agency we use went on a trip to Korea and while they were there took photos so we could 'shop.' There is an antique store that they have visited regularly over the years and know the owners of, and they get a good batch of orders together, have it all shipped by boat together, and then we picked it up in Northern VA. So last weekend we drove up on a Friday- I chose 3 small chests/trunks not antiques but simple and nice and one absolutely gorgeous 'head chest.' As it is explained to me, these were designed to be used by women. She might keep her clothing inside the chest, with a few little drawers for small personal items, and roll up her bedding and lay it atop the chest for the day. Everytime I see it I smile, I'm so pleased with it!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Climbing Tree

Wednesday we had a much needed break in rain. Yeah!

So M-Lyons, Bitsy, and a friend, and I headed to the climbing tree after preschool. If you visit Colonial Williamsburg with kids - the climbing tree is a favorite of locals. You walk from Merchant Square toward the Capitol on Duke Of Gloucestor street. At Bruton Parish, cross the grass to a street about 1/2 way down towards the Governor's Palace. Walk down that street, still toward the Capitol Building, and you'll see the Climbing Tree. Or, you can walk to the Court House, and then cross the grass behind the Court House and you'll find it.

We had our lunch there, which was tricky as the squirrels were very interested in our food and they got very close. After lunch, and climbing around, we walked into "the maze" which is unofficial and very fun. This leads to a sheep pen. After bothering the sheep and munching on some Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, we headed back in the direction of the car with the intent of checking in on the oxen.
We were in luck. The oxen's trainer was in and hitching them up for a walk. So we hung around to watch. We made it back to the car right before the rain started again. Got home around three, our buddy's mom picked him up at 3:30. Excellent afternoon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kitchen Inspirations

We receive random magazines from American Express - my husband and his business use American Express for everything - One of the publications they sometimes send our way is "Food & Wine" and I'm always happy when it shows up.

This March 2010 edition boasts "40 healthy recipes from the world's best cooks"intriguing no? And inside they were featuring Sophie Dahl (and others). Sophie Dahl has a cookbook about to come out, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights, and several of her recipes were in the magazine; I tried the "Warm Winter-Vegetable Salad" which includes red onion, sweet potato, carrot, and beets all roasted together- YUM! and pretty too! And I tried "Sea Bass with Tomato and Black Olive Salsa" only I didn't have Sea Bass so I made it with Cod. Excellent! I also made, and liked, her lentils recipe. She uses French ones "as they hold their shape better." I'll be looking for this cookbook - and I think I'm buying a copy for my mother. Really good-