Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Guatemala

When I first met Ryan, we were separated for several months while he studied Spanish in Central America. He wrote me lots of postcards during this time and here is another one. This is Lake Atitlan. I visited Ryan in Guatemala, but I missed seeing Lake Atitlan. His adventures hiking around Lake Atitlan can be found HERE

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Florida

This is a postcard from my Dad circa 1975. It is from the Miami Seaquarium and has a 13 cent stamp on the back, but no postmark. The note on the back says, "This looked like me looking for your loose teeth--Love, Daddy" I would have been about 9 years old a the time.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wild Card: Sagamore

A postcard from my stepmom from last year while she was visiting Lake George, NY. It is of the Sagamore Hotel. The name is the title for the chief of  the Mohicans, Sagamore was a featured character in The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. The book has many scenes set in the Lake George area.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Thailand

Another postcard from my Dad during his time in the Far East. This is a card of street vendors selling dried salted fish on a footpath near Wat Po. The salting of fish is one of the oldest forms of preserving food and it is still very popular in Asian and Scandinavian cuisine.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Monday's Postcard: New Hampshire

I love these "BIG LETTER" postcards. My sister sent me this one in 2005. Very Retro and I love it!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Books I read in May 2012

A postcard from the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, CO.

That Woman by Anne Sebba (library) The woman who said, "You can never be too rich or too thin" First time I have read anything about Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. Photos
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (audio book) very gory descriptions of the murders--listened to in car on our CA roadtrip
The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr (audio book) A sherlock holmes story--soso
The Price of Murder by John D MacDonald
1493 Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C Mann (library) loved it so much, I went right out and bought:
1491 New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C Mann loved it too
How it All Began by Penelope Lively (library) liked it
The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus (library) so-so
Tempest by Julie Cross (library) The Time Travelers Wife for the YA set. Also reminded me of the movie, The Butterfly Effect.
Snobs by Julian Fellowes -the guy who wrote Downton Abbey, enjoyed it
Working the Skies: The Fast Paced, Disorienting World of the Flight Attendant by Drew Whitelegg -one of the best books I have ever read about being a flight attendant. If you want to know more about my job, read this book.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (library)  YA This is definitely a 10 hankie weeper. I bawled my eyes out. Glad I did not read it at home in front of Ryan. Kids with Cancer, Fall in Love, you've seen Love Story, you know what happens. Really enjoyed it though
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (library) spooky, made into that movie with David Radcliffe
Death comes to Pemberley by P. D James (library)--Jane Austen as a murder mystery
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger rereading for the umpteenth time. It is still a favorite. I like to check back in to make sure I still love it. :-)
Hemingway's Boat by Paul Hendrickson (Library) I tend to read more ABOUT hemingway than actual hemingway!! Great, with photos, it's about his life while he had his boat Pilar.
Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward--gimmicky mystery where one author writes a chapter and then another author writes a chapter. so you get the mystery and you get the conversation between the two authors. Not as good as the Spellman books by Lutz, but kinda fun

Only 17 books read this month, busy busy, almost too busy to read :-)