I got this recipe book in the mail today and can’t wait to try it out. It has recipes from famous bloggers Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman, La Tartine Gourmand’s Beatrice Peltre, and Bakerella’s Angie Dudley. It also features recipes from bakeries like Baked, Brooklyn, NY; Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, CA; Pearl Bakery, Portland, OR; Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Austin, TX; and Flour Bakery + Café, Boston, MA.
An update on what I’m reading/queuing up to read.
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown: This is a charming book about three sisters, Shakespeare, and coming to terms with the decisions you’ve made and the ones you’ve yet to make. About three-quarters of the way through, and enjoying it.
Bossypants by Tina Fey: Next up on my list. Not sure how I WON’T love this.
The Bake-Off by Beth Kendrick: The publishing company sent me a copy of this to review and you know I can’t wait. It’s a novel about baking!!
Life is busy, busy! Working, skating, working, skating. I dropped off my taxes last week and have to pick them up this week. Not looking forward to that, as I owe quite a bit. Ugh. Self-employment is great, but when you save up to pay taxes and then have unexpected expenses — not so much. Here’s hoping I soon get hired on at the company where I’m currently working. Because working one full-time and one freelance job — plus figuring out how to make room for other freelance jobs on the side — is killing me.
Derby is going well. Still working on my hitting skills but I think I’m making progress as an inside blocker. I also play pivot in some scrimmages — not because I like it but because I need to understand it in order to be a better inside blocker. Still loving the team and loving the experience.
Missing Meena a lot, but it gets a little easier each day. There’s an empty spot in my house and my heart without her.
I’m currently reading two books:
I Think I Love You, by Allison Pearson. It’s a novel about a 1970s girl and her obsession with David Cassidy. So far, very cute book.
Just Kids, Patti Smith. Winner of the National Book Award and Patti’s memoirs. It’s not a surprise that she has a breathtaking way with words.
Thursday, I leave for a long weekend to visit my sister and nieces in Florida. I really need a break, so I’m hoping for good weather and some quality family time.
Per usual, I’ve got a few books I’m reading at the same time.
A Scattered Life, Karen McQuestion. I’m enjoying reading this book, but I’m not finding it extraordinary. But it’s comforting reading and I really like the main character, Skyla.
My Booky Wook, Russell Brand. Greater Czarina gave this to me while I was in the hospital. I just love Russell Brand and find him bizarre and fascinating. The book talks about his sex and drug addictions, as well as his childhood and career. So far, pretty interesting.
They Call Me Baba Booey, Gary Dell’Abate. I haven’t started this yet, but as a lifelong Howard Stern fan, I am drooling with anticipation. Also, greatest cover ever.
In other derby news, I’m plugging along. As the humidity lifts and I get in better shape, my asthma is improving slightly. Today is another hot one, though, so tonight’s practice should be tough. It’s okay, though — so am I.
Once again, I’m reading three books at the same time. Here’s what’s on my iPhone Kindle and my nightstand:
One Day by David Nicholls. I love the conceit of this book — it spans twenty years and each chapter is a single day during a particular year. It follows the relationship of Dex & Emma, starting with their college graduation. So far I’m quite enjoying it.
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. Lamb’s books are usually a tough, emotional read. Which is why I keep picking this up and putting it back down. It’s set during the Columbine shootings, so you can imagine.
Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain. I don’t even care what this is about. I love this man.
Congrats to Brian, whose last-minute entry scored him a win! And for everyone else, you can purchase Firefly: Still Flying here when it comes out on May 25th.
Now that I’m unemployed again (hopefully not for long), I am catching up on some reading. Here’s what’s currently on my nightstand and in my iPhone:
Slam, Nick Hornby – This one is actually more of a YA novel, about a teen skateboarder who gets his girlfriend preggers. But I love Nick Hornby, so I want to read them all.
Going in Circles, Pamela Ribon – I’m a fan of her writing, and even if I wasn’t, how could I turn down a book about divorce and roller derby? I’m about a quarter of the way through, and have already had to put it down twice because it’s hit too close to home. But I’m sure it will all turn out fine.
Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track, Melissa Joulwan – Do I have to explain? Really enjoying this one.