Breakfast, Books and Fun

Barney's Beanery Front

This past weekend, I experienced a rare moment. So rare, that it only happens once every couple of months and when it does happen, I am giddy with excitement. I spent a day without the kids. Oh! The horror! Yep, I headed to Downtown Burbank to have breakfast at Barney’s Beanery.

Barney's Beanery

These pics make it look like a bar. There is a bar, but it’s also a pretty neat restaurant with all sorts of stuff on the tables and walls. The food was okay. Not wonderful but what made it wonderful was the company…

Jill and Jim

I went there specifically to meet Jill of Rhapsody in Books and her husband Jim. Don’t they look cute? They really are too. We ate and talked and boy, did we talk! Poor Jim was such a good sport. All of our gabbing and he is still smiling in this photo. As the table behind us lushed it up with Bloody Marys (we secretly wanted some), we indulged in pancakes and book talk. I can’t think of a better way to spend the morning.

Vroman's

Okay, maybe I can… After breakfast we headed to Pasadena to visit Vroman’s Bookstore. I was like a kid in a candy store. I kept telling Jill how neat it is to be walking around a bookstore in peace. There’s something so, utterly comforting about wandering around a bookstore without kids. Sigh. It was glorious! What was also fabulous was being able to discuss all the hot titles with a fellow blogger right at my side. 

I don’t know why, but I like to take photos of bookshelves. I got so distracted with the book chatter that I forgot to get a photo of the three of us. Next time!

Oh, you’d  like to know what I bought? Well, I bought The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist. Just the one book! Now that I have a Kindle, I am only buying books that  I know I am going to like. That way I can lend them out, etc.

The Unit Book Cover

I had such a good time. I can’t thank them enough for spending the day with me. I always say that blogging is about the people and this was no exception. Jill is just as warm and funny as she is on her blog, and Jim (who also reviews books on her blog) is just as pleasant as pleasant can be. Nice people, good eats, books and conversation. What more can a girl ask for?

45 thoughts on “Breakfast, Books and Fun”

  1. Wow…that had to make you feel lots less “wonky” !!! I love that word…I usually use wigged out but I have to attach myself to that one for awhile if you don’t mind…

    1. I used “wonky” before it was an actual word (I think!). It’s much better than my potty mouth version which I did not use on the blog. Feeling like aa big “clusterF***.”

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  2. You and Jill are both hilarious and wonderfully irreverent. Would have loved to have been there. And if you had to pick just one book, The Unit is a good choice. Really enjoyed it and I usually don’t pick up dystopian fiction.

    1. Oh Frances…I wish you could have been there too. That bookstore is two stories of goodness. Every time I see a snazzy book cover I think of you 🙂

  3. I am so jealous of you at this moment Ti!! I love Jill and it was great fun to see a pic of her and Jim!! I adore her blog and flat out adore Jill!!! What a great way to spend the day!

    1. Seriously, we had the best time. I hope to meet you someday as well! I’ve met several so far and I’m just making my way through my mental list 🙂

  4. Barney’s Beanery looks like a super fun place, and, of course, so does Vroman’s! 😉 It’s so much fun meeting other bloggers in person – glad you had a great time!

  5. Oh … Jill is SUCH a liar! Her hair looks perfectly fine!!

    And I’m so glad she was as wonderful in person as she seems … not that I realize that neither one of your are ax murderers (having both survived the visit), I would love to browse a book store and eat with you guys too! : )

    1. I do advise caution when meeting folks over the internet. Hence, the public meeting place. And yes, we are not ax murderers or if we are, we apparently aren’t very good ones.

  6. What a wonderful day – breakfast out w/wonderful book bloggers (including Jim who blogs and, yes, I’m sure was a great sport to sit with you two chattering and rhapsodizing about books!), a visit to a bookstore, and … with no kids in tow!

    One day I will meet you and Jill (and Jim!); I’m sure it was a very comfortable/fun morning, like you had known each other for years.

  7. OMG, I can’t believe you got those people to pose as me and Jim. Especially since we look so much better than that in person. Ugh, and so close (i.e., the picture of those OTHER people, whoever they may be!) And you’re being so nice about the s%cky restaurant the real Jill picked….

    1. Well, I couldn’t find anyone better with just the change in my bag.

      If we had gone to Hollywood I could have used wax figures for stand-ins.

  8. Sounds like a great day! Much as I love my kids and have always enjoyed spending time with them, I always loved, even as old as my kids are, time without them.

  9. I know I said this on FB, but I love Jill to death. I’ve only met two bloggers in person in my life, and both times were so much fun. I am always amazed at how you can take two people (or more) that have never met each other and instantly start yacking, just like you’ve known each other all your lives. My goal is to get all of you to visit Orlando!

    1. Sandy, we would have such a blast in Orlando. Seriously. I envision wine and cheese parties, lots of bookish conversation and screaming our lungs out on those theme park rides. For some reason, when I think of you I think Theme Parks. LOL.

  10. What a wonderful day! I didn’t know Jill lived in So. Cal. How did I not know that?

    We had a drink and appetizers at Barney’s Beanery before an event at Vroman’s last year. The atmosphere was really lively and fun (but we were there at happy hour, not breakfast!)

  11. Fantastic! I didn’t know there was a Barney’s in Burbank. Even though their food isn’t stellar, it is still yummy when you want something relaxed. I love Vroman’s. I used to live walking distance, but now I’m all the way across town (which you know is like 5 cities away anywhere else).

    Glad you had a fun time. Someday we will have to go bookstore hopping together and do a big review of L.A. Indies. 🙂

    1. It would be awesome to tour all the indies with you. I am ashamed to say it but I don’t get to visit them too often. Santa Clarita doesn’t have any nearby. I hit Vroman’s when I can and there is a bookstore in La Crescenta that I hit sometimes when I am on that side of town but I would love to hit Book Soup.

      1. It’s hard to do since they are all spread out. We have Village Books in the Palisades, and then the Mystery Store in Westwood (though I’ve never been). I’ve been to Book Soup a bit because it’s not too far, and my brother lives near Skylight Books (in Los Feliz/Silverlake area), which is great — and maybe closer to you? Metropolotis (?) I think is downtown as well as Caravan Book Store (which I am dying to try) — which is a used book store that I’ve heard is the oldest in L.A. Apparently the elderly gentleman who runs it still wraps each book in brown paper and string! How fantastic.

        By the way, I frequent my local Barnes and Noble the most, so I am not exactly an Indie Queen (though I try to go when I am near them).

  12. The only reason I’m not envious about your meet-up with Jill is that I was out of town this past weekend. That, and I was just at Vroman’s last week for Jennifer Weiner’s book signing :-). Besides, won’t I be seeing you in Santa Barbara next weekend?

    Sounds like a great time, but book-blogger get-togethers usually are!

  13. glad you’re feeling better and that you had a nice day with jill! i still have yet to meet any of my fellow bloggers but will try my best to get to nyc next may for the convo.

    spending an afternoon in the bookstore sounds good to me! but about the kid thing, i can’t really relate. 🙂 it’s always quiet and kid-free out here. wanna come visit??? lol.

  14. Thank you for snapping the picture of Jill and Jim. I wish I lived close to a blogger. Anyone live in CT? I’m so glad you got to connect, especially after feeling blue the day before.

  15. Sure is fun meeting a fellow blogger in person… and visiting a bookstore after. Love your photo of the dark wood shelves lined with books and the mood, the setting. Something you can’t get with the Kindle or iPad.

  16. You know…I have lurked on your blog a few times before! I actually read this post when you posted it. I just didn’t comment. How cool to meet a bloggy friend. I would really like to meet some of the people I talk to through blogging! It’s so nice to meet other book people!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. You might be a little nicer to your books than I am, but at least you don’t *gasp* crack the spine…hehe. I just started following your blog through Facebook. Sometimes I’m better about catching updates that way!

  17. Sounds like a great time. I met Jill at the National Book Festival and her and my mom hit it off. They were adorable. I think she’s a great woman. Her and the hubby look cute.

    Glad you got to spend time with Jill even if it was without the kids.

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