Book Signing, 9/26 – Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson

In conversation with Jacqueline Woodson, Jasmine Guillory

I usually just skip over the ads for book signings when I see that they are Tuesdays or Thursdays, since it interferes with class. Thankfully, this time my cousin drew my attention to this one.

I knew Jasmine Guillory from her book signings and I have read her books. My cousin was thrilled to be seeing Jacqueline Woodson. Perfect event for us!

Before the reading, we went to dinner.  We parked after circling the block.  We got out of the car and ran to the restaurant.  Then, we ran to the book signing.  When we left the book signing, neither of us remembered where the car was parked, so we had a little adventure looking for it.  We found it within a few minutes, though.

It’s always a fun evening with my cousin.

Book signing 9/18 -Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

My daughter and I went to a book signing last week. We went for sushi first


Edamame trio – plain, garlic, and chili lime

Miso soup.

While I stood in line, my daughter ran over to the pet store across the street. I saw someone get out of a car that looked like my cousin. It was! We didn’t know the other was attending the event.

My daughter came back a little confused, since it wasn’t planned. She didn’t want to be in the photo.

A copy of the book.

The front of the store.

When we got the books, they were already signed. The author was allowing photos, but my daughter and I decided to pass. My cousin stayed for her photo, though. It was a great evening.

A day out with my daughter

Yesterday, I was planning a quiet morning at home before a family party in the afternoon.  My daughter got a message that a neighbor was having a giveaway of books and games.  “Take what you want.  Don’t make a mess.  Everything left after 3pm will be given to Goodwill.”  Ok.  We checked it out.  I got a bunch of books.  My daughter got games, books and trading cards.  It was a productive outing.

Around the corner was a noodle house that I wanted to try.  It was small and there was a wait.  It was delicious.


green onion pancakes

seafood and fresh noodles

shrimp and chive dumplings

Radish cakes and sesame cakes

We drove a few blocks to the bookstore.  There was a kid screaming excitedly to go into the “library.”

I got a ticket for the Sept 18 event.

We went home and put our purchases away.  Then we headed off to a family party at the bowling alley.

I scored a 71.

Book to movie – Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I read the book when I heard the movie was coming out. I enjoyed the book, especially the quirky characters. I was concerned that some of the parts of the book would be overdone in the movie. I was pleasantly surprised. The movie followed the book very well. There were a couple of parts from the book that weren’t in the movie. It was probably better, since they were minor things and leaving them out didn’t take anything from the original story. In retrospect, they didn’t need to be in the book at all.

The movie was well cast. No one seemed to be trying to make her character bigger than she was, and no one made her character ridiculous.

Bottom line, I enjoyed the movie just as much as the book. I was very happy with it.