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Fridays at Home: 6 Days

25th May 2012

In 6 days…count them: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, I will be leaving for New York. I cannot quite express the depth of my excitement. This will be my 6th trip to the city, and each has increased my love for it. The first time I went, I wasn’t all that impressed. I was with my sister and a couple of friends, and we were so divided as to what we wanted to do that I ended up not enjoying it completely. Plus, I’m not a touristy gal. No Empire State or Lady Liberty for me. In fact, as of this trip, I’ve still never made it to either of those places, though I’ve admired each from afar. That’s good enough for me.

I officially pulled out the suitcase Wednesday afternoon, though I’ve been planning outfits for weeks. I’ve been using Pinterest to keep some of my “must-haves” in mind, and I saw Swapna was doing the same thing. I thought I’d share my board today. In the next week, I’ll try mightily not to wear any of my planned outfits, so I can do laundry once and forget about it. I’ll also pack and re-pack my bag a couple of dozen times. 🙂 My family jokes that I could be a professional packer, and I’d take the job in a heartbeat.

When I took that fateful Italian trip by myself when I graduated from college, I was the “crazy girl wearing heels, walking on cobblestones” (a waitress told me they’d been watching me all afternoon) – I’ve since graduated to the girl hobbling in heels, bemoaning her blisters. This year I got smart. I have a cyst in the bottom of my right foot that was miserable last year. This year I’ve taken it easy and bought a pair of Sperrys deck shoes. I’ve been breaking them in, and though they aren’t dressy, they should go with most of my outfits.

So what am I bringing? You can click on the board below to check out all the pics, but here are the basics:

1 pair Sperrys

1 pair cowgirl rain boots (if it rains in NYC, your feet are unhappy)

1 pair Chinese Laundry camel leather wedges (for any get togethers; a quick swap)

1 pair BCBG red peep toe pumps (for a cocktail party I’m attending one evening; again, a quick swap)

1 denim jacket (perfect to go over dresses or tees)

1 jute bag for the Javitz floor

Luna Vanilla Almond protein bars (these are my breakfast, but they also work great if you need a snack)

Nook Color (Easier on the plane, simple on the subway)

2 Camelbak Stainless Steel Water Bottles (this is daily for me; both are filled each night and chilled)

Colgate Wisp disposable toothbrushes (for after meals or before meeting publishers/authors)

Target Notebooks/Gel pens – I love these for jotting down notes. Plus, they’re pretty!

Softlips Raspberry – This stuff is true to its name. Love it.

Moo cards (little business cards with blog info)

Medicine bottle with easily identifiable headache, stomach, heartburn, migraine meds (easier to keep in one bottle)

Ponytail holders! I always have such good intentions, but at some point, the hair will go up.

Assorted outfits/toiletries/chargers/accessories

Yea! Next week, I’ll give you a little live action and show you the nitty gritty of how I get my packing done in minimal space. One of my favorite tips? Make a list, and pack early. Then take something out each day. Don’t add to the bag. I promise, you won’t regret it. (Unless you add a pair of stilettos and take out your comfy shoes. Take it from me.)

Calling Mr. King by Ronald De Feo

29th August 2011

*I received this book at BEA from the great folks at Other Press. Buy it now from Indiebound.

What happens when a hit man is tired of being a hit man? He turns to architecture, of course. At least that’s what Mr. King does after he becomes increasingly distracted on the job. Mr. King is the go-to guy if you need someone hunted down and pegged, quickly and in a professional manner, but his latest target bothers him. The target seems cheerful, almost toying with his executioner, and when he buys a white carnation and places it in his lapel, taunting King, it’s game over. But King is thrown.

For a man who, for obvious reasons, has such difficulty in building a stable life, Mr. King suddenly wants one desperately, buying book after heavy book full of Georgian homes and their histories, seeking not just an abode but an area of interest. He knows how to hunt. He knows how to kill. He realizes, almost too late, he wants something more than either of those things.

The book isn’t action packed, which is not at all what you expect when the premise includes a hit man. Instead, King’s obsession takes control of everything, and there were several moments when I wanted to snap him out of it, but De Feo doesn’t let King – or the reader – off that easily, and King travels deeper into himself, unwilling to answer the phone call with his order to kill.

In the end, the symmetry of this novel was perfect. And it’s something I JUST CAN’T GIVE AWAY. And that drives me crazy. Because I totally want to sit and tell you how cool the ending is, but I can’t. And won’t.

This won’t be a book for everyone. In fact, if you are looking for a James Bond-style narrative, please do not pick this up. This novel’s intricacies lie in its exploration of obsession but also in structure and writing, and though not everyone will like that, I really did.

P.S. Read the first chapter here.

Down & Dirty: BEA & BBC

3rd March 2011

Guys and gals –

I am planning on attending BEA (Book Expo America) and BBC (Book Blogger Con). I had such a great time at the Texas Book Festival  this year and thought it would be a great time to visit my brother (aka Picky Boy) who lives in NYC as well. To be around books and book-loving people for days? Yes please. To walk the city streets and get away for a while? Are you kidding – I’m ready yesterday.

I haven’t actually registered because I threw my paycheck away on accident. (Don’t ask.) I am really excited because last year during BEA, I was a new blogger and loved hearing about what was going on and seeing everyone’s posts.

However, having never been, I have no clue what to expect. Do you just walk around? Are there sessions (are these what you pay extra for?)? I remember everyone saying to bring extra comfy shoes because the Javits had concrete flooring. So… I want the down and dirty.

What are your BEA/BBC experiences? What should I expect? What should I definitely not miss?