On Saturday we had a nice relaxing morning out running errands (yes, I’m being serious). We started off our day with Shoney’s breakfast buffet (which, when you have kids who eat as much as ours do, is a great deal: two eat for free, and the older two are half price), and then proceeded to our local library, and we finished up with grocery shopping.
The library is a favorite errand of mine. To make it easier to get books that I actually want to read (or any that we might want for school), I usually start a “hold list” online early in the week. Then, by the time we are at the library on Friday or Saturday, they are all there waiting for me with my name in them. As soon as we arrive, I can swiftly drop them into my bag and chase my excited sons to the children’s section.
I realized that my list from last week was particularly eclectic. Here it is, in part:
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (this was a recommendation from my sister)
- A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton (I have pretty much despised Hillary since the days when she was wearing hairbands all the time, I am ashamed to admit. The only time I’ve ever had any sympathetic feelings for her was when her husband’s sexual indiscretions were the topic of everyday conversation. This is my attempt to attain a more rounded view of her. So far, it has only succeeded in making me think that Bernstein has a crush on Hillary and Bill.)
- Sunday Suppers at Lucques (this was a cookbook recommended by Nora Ephron on a recent episode of The Splendid Table)
- The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (I. Love. This. Woman’s. Food. Maybe someday I will open a specialty food store on Long Island…ha ha ha)
- Square Foot Gardening (a recommendation from my friend Joy)
Well, I guess it’s not that eclectic. It seems like — apart from Hillary — I have food on the brain…either growing it or cooking it or eating it.