Misc trip photos

I am finally posting the last of my photos from my trip. They are just the odds and ends, so they are all out of order.

Frankie guarding my stuffEvery time I put my sweatshirt down, Frankie warmed it for me.Famous place for cheese steakRival place for cheese steak. We didn’t go herePrinceThe Rocky statueI thought the dragon was unusualChinatownThe top of city hallA different color to the 7-11Not quite the Liberty BellI was surprised to find these here, in such a large store.Inside the Art museum. I was exhausted by the time we got here, so I stole Michelle’s photos.Prince informed me that it was nap time

Oh so sad. The next photo shows why…

He can’t get at Michelle’s dinner.

Books to Read if You Like The Crown on Netflix

If you like The Crown on Netflix

The above linked article talks about The Crown on Netflix. These books are recommended if you’re a fan of the show.

  • The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 2 Robert Lacey
  • The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 Robert Lacey
  • Elizabeth the Queen Sally Bedell Smith 
  • Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen Dexter Palmer
  • Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-in)Shrabani Basu
  • The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II Karen Dolby
  • Our Rainbow QueenSali Hughes
  • ClementineSonia Purnell

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up because of bookclub. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started it. I ended up enjoying it a lot. I didn’t have any background with Lovecraft’s books, but I didn’t really need it to understand the book.

The book kind of read like a book of short stories, but all of the stories actually tied together somehow. It all made sense in the end. It had well-rounded characters that I ended up caring about by the end. It wasn’t too scary, even though it’s tagged as horror. The sci fi part was important, though. Neither are my usual genre, but it was still worth the read.

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Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson

Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like most romance books, we know from page one how this one will end. I laughed my way through this one. I loved the two main characters, and most of their families and friends had depth, so we fell in love with the side characters, too.

I loved that there was an epilogue, too, to tie up the loose ends. It was needed in this case, and I enjoyed every moment of it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Amanda Rosenberg presents That’s Mental: Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy About Being Mentally Ill with Casey Childers

I decided to go to this book signing last week. It sounded interesting, so I preordered the book, so I wouldn’t back out.

I had had a long day at work, so I took myself to dinner at Parada 22, which is a Puerto Rican restaurant, with delicious food. I had a glass of wine and read a bit.

Chicharrones de Pollo with yellow rice, red beans, salad and tostones. Yum.

It was still early when I left the restaurant, so my book and I wandered over to the Alembic, next door to the bookstore. This is a brown butter old fashioned. It was better than I thought it would be. Delicious.

Amanda Rosenberg came out and announced that she hated doing these events and even though she looked calm, she was a wreck. Instant sympathy from me.

Casey Childers came and announced that he never leaves the house, so they were not paired up well for this event. They actually worked beautifully together.

After the Q&A portion, there was a book signing. I got in line and found that the author was chit chatting with everyone. My anxiety kicked in. I didn’t have anything to talk about. I got distracted by the fact that I had had a seat reserved in the front row, because I had preordered the book. No one told me I had a seat saved. I was glad I didn’t know, because it was in the front row. I picked up the note with my name on it and stuck it to the paper I already had stuck in the book.

I started thinking about how anxious I would have been in the front row, so I was distracted when it was my turn for my book to be signed. I said hello and thanked the author for coming. She thanked me and told me she was surprised there were so many people there and it made her nervous. She saw my note from my seat and asked if that was my name. Yes, it was! I didn’t have to spell it for her or anything.

On my way out, I bumped into her husband and he thanked me for coming, and then the other author thanked me for coming. I didn’t sneak out undetected.

I am glad I went and I’m looking forward to reading the book soon. It’s in the book stack at the moment.