The Sunday Salon: Another Year Older

As much as I fight it, time DOES march on (as evidenced by the tiny lines I see in the mirror). But, they are laugh lines for the most part so at least I had a good time making them. To celebrate another year, I had a lovely, lovely lunch at Maggiano’s and then spent the day roaming shopping around The Grove(LA).

My older face... see, you can't see any lines...cause the pic is so small. Haha!
Linguine w/white clam sauce
Linguini with White Clam Sauce - YUM!
Happy Bday Cookies
Lemon Cookies with a Birthday Wish!

Oh, and when have I ever left the house without visiting a bookstore? I FINALLY hit Book Soup in Hollywood. Yes, yes…the my world is now complete.

Book Soup
Book Soup - Hollywood, Ca.
Book Soup 2
Book Soup - Look at all the books!!

The Goods
What I Bought

The Sunday Salon Button

As for reading, I just finished Fever Dream by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston. Not my typical fare but a guilty pleasure held over from my youth. I started reading their books when I was in my twenties and every now and then, I’ll pick one up. The review should post early this week.

I am about to start I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman for a book tour. I’ve heard some good things about it so I am looking forward to it. Before I start this one though, I want to finish The Unit. I am almost done with it.

Since I’ve spent the day eating and shopping, I feel sort of guilty about spending the rest of it on the couch reading but I can’t think of a better way to wrap-up this birthday. Happy Sunday!

36 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Another Year Older”

  1. Happy birthday, Ti! Those lemon cookies look delicious. It sounds like you had a wonderful day. My own birthday is coming up in just a few days. It’s the first birthday I haven’t been scheduled for a vacation, so it will be weird going to work that day. My staff are treating me to lunch, which will be nice. And they picked a restaurant right next to a bookstore. So maybe . . .

    Have a great week!

  2. Happy Birthday Ti. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Your dinner looked yummy and that book store, well –just WOW.

    You don’t look ANY older 🙂

  3. Happy B-Day Goregous Gal!! It looks like you spent the day enjoying some of the things you love. I wish you many more happy days ahead. 🙂

  4. I’ve been to Book Soup’s booth at the LA Times Festival of Books, but never the actual store (which is owned by Vroman’s now) – I need to fix that.

    Happy birthday, Ti – sounds like a great way to spend your day!

  5. Happy Birthday!

    Mike has been reading the Douglas Preston books lately- completely out of order cause I could never be bothered to figure out what came next at the library. He seems to like them anyway.

  6. Happy Birthday, Ti! Looks like you had a really great day. We have a new Maggiano’s here in Austin. Haven’t visited it yet, but your pictures make me want to put it on the list. 🙂

    Hey, I have a birthday coming in a couple of weeks too. Sounds like a good place to go.

  7. My stomach is grumbling now. I can’t imagine a better birthday than food, books and reading (and the wine that I pretend bought you). It sounds like you had a fabulous day – Happy Birthday!

  8. Happy Birthday! I read (listened to) I’d know you Anywhere last week. I really liked it, wait until you meet Barbara (character in the book). She might make the book… keeps it moving forward at a great pace.

    I love your bookstore – looks cozy.

    1. No one ever buys me books for my bday because I am so choosy over what I read. As for the short stack, I try to buy only what I know I’ll read. I am usually pretty good that way so that is why you only see the two books. Now, if you had seen the stack I had before I decided on what to buy…that would have been quite a different story.

  9. Wishing you a very happy belated birthdayt!! I am glad you had such an enjoyable birthday!!! I liked the lemon cookie plate as opposed to cake. The bookstore looks great, am envious.
    Very few independents where i live.

  10. Happy birthday, Ti! I hope you had a great day. 🙂

    So did you love Book Soup??? Isn’t it great? What a good birthday treat to yourself. I haven’t finished The Unit yet (put it aside for now) and have I’d Know You Anywhere waiting on my Nook for me (it was my first purchase). I hear it’s really good so am looking forward to it.

    Hope you’re enjoying your pinch day too — best birthday wishes!

  11. Happy Birthday, Ti!! What a fantastic pic – you look great! And sounds like you had such a fab bday – how awesome! Love your book purchases! And I can’t wait for your thoughts on The Unit (loved that book!) and the Lippman (I’ve heard some awesome things about this book!).


  12. Happy belated birthday! My husband and oldest daughter and I went to Maggiano’s Sunday ourselves, after seeing “Billy Elliott.” It was a fun day.

    I have the audio book version of the Laura Lippmann book. I haven’t started it yet — have to finish another first, plus I still have to import all the CDs into my itunes library so I can listen to it on my iPod. I love Laura Lippmann, so I’m anticipating it quite a bit.

    I don’t know the series that “Fever” is from, but will definitely give it a look. I’m re-reading an old Spenser book at the moment (can’t even tell you the title!) and have finished a funny divorce memoir called “Secrets of a Mysterious Older Woman.” You’re not old enough to be a MOW yet! But some of us are, and any woman will appreciate that life continues, post-divorce, that life holds many blessings, not to mention surprises and pleasures. The author’s life is unlike most of ours, so it’s very interesting — but the truths about living life is universal. I’m passing this book around (especially to my friend who just announced her own divorce) because it’s fun and then we’ll have fun rehashing it.

    1. So far, I am loving the Lippman book (I’d Know You Anywhere). Makes me want to pull out her other books. I bet it will be good on audio. Some books just lend themselves better to that format than others.

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