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by Sarah

The Storied Life of AJ Finkery—July Bookclub

August 25, 2014 in recap

It’s the day before book club and the recap post for the previous month is just now going up… bet you can guess who’s writing it.

This guy. (Well, this girl.)

 

Thanks for the reminder, Des. I try to pretend I’ve got it together, but I appreciate that it may be hard to be my friend sometimes…

 

Anyway! On with the belated recap.

Our last book club was held on July 22nd.

Thank you Google Calendar.

 

I either cooked a crock pot or casserole, because those are the only things that new moms cook, apparently.

 

We started talking about the book…

The Storied Life of AJ Finkery. We all agreed it was pretty good. We also got some short story ideas for December, if we do the short story thing again, since it referenced a bunch of those.

It was also fun reading a book about a book store. Kind of like book porn for book lovers…

We talked about current events for a while, but not for too long, because Jen is the only one that posted. Poor Jen…

Our favorites from the Current Events section included: (1) “If Google was a Guy”…

and  (2) the awesome tiny girl gymnast.

How is that even real.

It was a short book club overall. After chatting, we enjoyed some ice cream that Jen brought over.

ICE CREAMMMMMMM

then we called it a night pretty early, which was convenient because Jen could go spend time with her beau for their 6-month anniversary.

but seriously, congrats Cam and Jen 🙂

Anyway, at this point in my recap, I normally promise to do better. Like, maybe I’ll be less awful and post current events before next book club! But since next book club is tomorrow…

 

I just hope that everyone knows, despite my attempts to demonstrate otherwise through my embarrassingly awful book club recaps, I do love book club, the chance to hang out with my friends, and the different books we read.

Until next time!

by Jen

American On Purpose – June 2014

July 12, 2014 in recap

Hello book clubbers! Here we are at the recap for June, 2014’s book club and I confess: it’s been a few weeks. I just like to wait to post so I can check to make sure I don’t have Alzheimer’s yet. Which will be a much less funny joke when I do!

Ok, so we started off with some food- dip with veggies courtesy of Sarah. I made a cheesy chicken casserole which Des was a very good sport about eating since it had spinach in it and broccoli on the side. Not only that, but the “potatoes” in the casserole were actually cauliflower so Des wound up have a very healthy, veggie-filled dinner, completely unbeknownst to her. MuhahaHAHA!!

We’re still on Sawyer-schedule so we got down to business pretty quick and went over the book, American On Purpose, by Craig Ferguson. This was timely for several reasons. First, it was humorous, which we all thought we could use as a change of pace after our last few sister-killing, child trauma books. Two, it has to do with Ferguson’s love of America, which I thought was nice coming up on July 4th. And Craig is in How to Train Your Dragon, Part II (great movie, go see it!) which came out around this time so I thought, why not?

For the most part we liked the book. Des didn’t think it was quite and enjoyable or funny, but in many ways it’s not. Craig is a very funny man but he had many tough years and many parts of his story, specifically his alcoholic years, are tough to hear. That said we thought he was a great writer, a funny guy, but also sentimental without being too cheesy.

We then chatted about the handful of articles we had posted… A mom writing about not wanting her son to share made a case that we found compelling despite ourselves. We talked about the meaning of names (“Des is super chill”), women letting women make choices without judgement, and the HI-larity of celebrities reading tweets (nice work Kimmel!).  We also talked about an Arab woman, stoned to death for marrying a man who had previously killed his first wife – ugh. Our conversations came back to how grateful we are that we live in a country where we can be free to make out own choices “right” or “wrong”, and how much we enjoy late-night comedy. And we talked about how great Des’s cats are.

Dessert was Des’s chocolate-covered strawberries (mmmm!) and then we headed home for a (relatively) early night. Next month is at Sarah’s, but in the meantime we have brunch planned to celebrate Salooniversary 2014 – year 3! It’s so crazy. Good work, us!

by Des

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox- May recap

June 13, 2014 in recap

May’s book club started with Jen’s dips and pita chips. She also brought some sort of cheese thing that my cat Sophie really liked. I made beef stew for dinner and we had ice cream for dessert.

Everyone seemed to like the book, although I forgot about a certain part with a baby in it and Sarah cried her eyes out over it. Oops. We had an interesting discussion about the book and the ending, but I won’t give any spoilers.

Current events was filled with chats about various videos and getting older. Lots of things have been going on, so I don’t really remember.

This is a sucky recap. I’ll do better next time.

by Sarah

April Recap

May 21, 2014 in recap

Well, apparently I’m competitive, because when Jen double-dog dared someone in her last post to beat her 20-minutes-prior publish record, I tried to do just that.

Okay, that’s a lie. I didn’t really try. I actually came to the website to look over any articles in the group space before book club tonight. I noticed on the homepage that March’s recap was the most recent, and I genuinely thought, “OMG, what slacker hasn’t posted yet?” This slacker, turns out.

But is that really a surprise? Through haiku-abbreviated posts and MadLibs inspired shortcuts, I am forever looking for a way to post creatively but quickly to the recap site. Des is the queen of timely posts, Jen is the president of detailed posts, and I am the great and powerful, slack-tastic loser, bringing up the caboose. Choo-choo!

Given the fact that I didn’t even remember that I was the one hosting in April, there’s not a prayer for me remembering specifics. I know we ate one of my frozen casseroles, from the great casserole storage project that I started pre-Sawyer. I think it was the last enchilada one. I also know that we read our first romance novel, A Marriage Bargain (…The Marriage Bargain? I’m so lazy I’m not even checking at this point.). Best of all, I distinctly remember that we were all a bit stressed and tired, and that instead of putting ourselves through the necessary steps of Book Club we opted instead to gossip and snack while Matt and Sawyer hung out upstairs. I remember it being a fun night, and I remember my friends leaving at around 8 without complaining about the extremely early Glova household bedtime, both of which were very nice.

I love book club. I love writing. Why I can’t bring myself to write better about book club is beyond me… I guess it’s like any combination. I love running, and I love cheeseburgers, but I don’t necessary want to run and eat a cheeseburger. Still, I once again promise to do better in the future. Otherwise, I’m afraid Jen and Des will eventually ban me from posting recaps, because at this point Sawyer could probably do better. (He has just started grabbing his toes… so clearly he’s a genius.)

<3

by Jen

A Little Princess – March 2014

April 14, 2014 in recap

I dare you people to put up a later post than this. DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU. It’s 6:10pm and book club for April starts in 20 minutes. So I think I officially take “slacker” title for the month.

This was our first book club away from Sarah’s house post-Sawyer so that meant 1. yay Sarah! and 2. a very quick book club in between Sawyer feedings. But that’s ok, we’re pros at this now! We can power through these things double time.

So we started out with food. Sarah was the winner because over-achiever new mom brought homemade dip and veggies. Turns out they were “homemade” by her mother-in-law but it was still better than Des and I. Des brought super-tasty Girl Scout cookies and I was the biggest slacker ever and made a frozen pizza. Go me.

We read “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Des had never read it before; Sarah and I hadn’t read it since we were much younger. We agreed that it was a little bit predictable (though in its defense, it’s an older story and no doubt other stories have followed its concept). We also thought it was pretty absurd for her to be right next door to her future father and guardian and have him not know. We really felt for Becky, who had an equally hard time of it, more so without an education and good upbringing, but who remained a maid after Sara Crewe was rescued (albeit in better circumstances). All in all we liked it ok, and Sarah and I had a great deal of nostalgia in reading it, but Des, who taught us that there was apparently an unabridged version, wasn’t as impressed.

Our quick review of current events covered interesting topics like taking care of our elders (mandatory in some countries!), breast feeding in public (oh, the HUMANITY!), how to write an awesome Amazon review for pens (“I use it when I’m swimming, riding a horse, walking on the beach and doing yoga!”), horrible, entitled parents (Ooops! you forget to send a gift!!), and recognizing and dealing with anxiety amoung other things (I love parentheses; this thing shoulda been a run-on sentence 40 words ago).

So while a super-quick event it was FANTASTIC to catch up and check in and we really enjoyed our evening. Three cheers for getting out of the house and setting attainable goals! 🙂 And now it’s 6:27pm so I really MUST publish this.

by Des

February 2014- The Giving Tree

February 18, 2014 in recap

February book club was Mr. Sawyer Glova’s first book club! So, in honor of him, and the time constraints of a new mom, we read The Giving Tree.

This month we relocated to Sarah’s house because she has a new baby. So, I arrived early and made dinner while Jen and Sarah “did some work.” That’s in quotes because we gossiped most of the time they were supposed to be working. Oops. But we had lots to catch up on! But, they eventually got their work done, and then Jen made a salad dressing and brought out her appetizer- crab dip with pita chips and vegetables.
Dinner was bacon-wrapped chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and for dessert I brought Coldstone ice cream with a few toppings so we could make sundaes!

We didn’t have much to talk about in the way of current events. Just how some people are stupid and get angry over dumb things… while not knowing that God Bless America is NOT the National Anthem. We looked at some weird pictures and then tried to entertain Sawyer. But he’s 3 weeks old so mostly he just slept.

So, short book club! We’re hoping we can bust Sarah out of the house to see Book of Mormon with us this week! Hopefully we’ll get back to normal with book club soon, but we like having a new member!

by Sarah

Little Women – January 2013

January 21, 2014 in recap

And for this month’s edition of Sarah’s-strange-recap adventures, I’d like to present:

Our Bookclub Recap – In 6 Haikus

Chips and salsa first
followed by creamy chili
a Mexican feast!

Yogurt and berries
were the intended dessert
(but, some had ice cream)

No music to share,
no complicated dishes,
a simple Saloon.

And as for the book,
the classic Little Women
was enjoyed by all

The movie is great
but Jen and Des have not seen-
something we’ll soon change

Current events time,
only a few to discuss
A laid back book club.

 

Happy January, and thanks for a relaxing book club evening!

Love,

Sarah and little DB
😉

by Jen

The Great Train Robbery – November 2013

November 25, 2013 in recap

Here we are, right in the middle of fall 2013 and so naturally we’re all super-busy. The book club caught me between UNC CAUSE and WordCamp conferences, was mere days after Sarah’s baby shower, and was during an unnaturally stressful week so no big surprise, we were all a little strapped for time.

What WAS a big surprise was the book! Since I thought I had read it but hadn’t. Nope, not at all. Yes, that’s against the rules. I made a mistake and was thinking of a different book- one I *still* can’t find. Anyway, this book was not a great book and so I had to begin book club by apologizing for this profusely. The only thing worse than the book was the movie, which we didn’t watch but saw a trailer for – oh, the agony! Yeah, not my finest hour.

We did eat food too. Sarah and Matt brought a veggie tray. I stopped at Whole Foods for turkey burgers and carrots and made some asparagus as well to avoid feeling like a complete slacker. Des and Tim brought us apple pie and whipped cream which pretty much disappeared from the face of the planet in under 5 minutes.

Music! Des found some great travel songs, which was my request. I changed my musical theme midway through song selection since I felt like the book we read was more appropriate for songs about crimes (the book I’m thinking of had way more travel involved- east to west on a trip in the Canadian Rockies… what WAS that book??). Anyway I chose some travel songs and some crime songs. And Sarah chose to exercise her right not to pick. Which was probably for the best since we were all over the map (literally!).

We found some time to chat about a number of hot topics: Hunger Games and the new movie coming out; female spies and their impact on the war (and good books about that!); make-up and Virgin Airlines new Safety Dance! We also talked about proposed changes to grading in Wake county: no 0 grades and the opportunity to do make-up work at any time, and the teacher HAS to accept it! I swear we have more ridiculous administration and stupid student discussions every month – we really should have a blog for that. We also talked about NOT touching pregnant bellies and Bean Glova made himself known at his first book club by kicking his mom for us. 😀

There were more discussions throughout the evening, of course, and Matt and Tim played a couple riveting (for them) games of whatever games they brought with them. Nala tried to make Sarah sneeze and get Des to pet her non-stop for 3 hours. So yeah. Just about the same as usual, if not a little more stressed. Of course we are moving into December so it’s not like things are about to get less chaotic, but we have Maggiano’s on the schedule and of course, everyone’s favorite: gift exchange! Looking forward to it!

by Des

The Thirteenth Tale- October 2013

October 28, 2013 in recap

October!

This month Jen came over with some cheese dip thing and crackers. She made it extra-awesome by having it spew out of an apple’s mouth!

photo

 

The entree was meatloaf with instant mashed potatoes. What can I say, I was a little lazy. But despite too many onions, it was good! We ended the night with Sarah’s Halloween cupcakes and a couple of rice krispie treats!

THE BOOK:
This month’s book was a little creepy, but I thought it would be fitting given the month. While there were aspects of the book some of us didn’t like, overall I think everyone found something interesting in it. Jen listened to it instead of reading it because she’s super busy… and that may have contributed to some of her dislike of the descriptions which the rest of us could skim over.

MUSIC:
We put mostly Halloween music, although Jen gave us a JC song about a creepy doll and I ruined “Pumped Up Kicks” for everyone by pointing out the lyrics were “All you other kids with the pumped up kicks better run better run, outrun my gun…. something something something better run better run faster than my bullets” yeah. It sounds cheery, but it’s totally not.

CURRENT EVENTS:
We had our usual fun chat about current events. The highlights were: MISS AMERICA IS FROM AMERICA STOP BEING DUMB. Parents doing job interviews for children… seriously, wtf? Lip syncing contest on Jimmy Fallon where Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fabulous (when is he not?!)  Some things we didn’t want to know about our food…. like calamari is often times hog anus AND NO ONE HAS TO TELL YOU!!!  I made Sarah and Jen feel better by not knowing any of the authors/books on the National Book Awards Shortlist. And people in Japan don’t want to have sex.

Then we tried to schedule things in advance because Baby Bean Glova is coming sooooonnn!!! So, we have November, December Maggianos (reservations already made!) and January book and date picked!

Yay Saloon!

by Sarah

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—September 2013

September 24, 2013 in recap

Ahh, September. The end of summer, the beginning of fall. Speaking of which, do you know the origin of the term “fall” as a season? It’s really more of a term in the US (and Canada), but it’s actually prettttty old school. Turns out we English speakers just thought that the Germanic word was more fun to say than autumn, with all the falling leaves and stuff… anyway, that was way back in the 17th century. So then we start coming over here by the boat load, bringing our cool words like “fall” with us, and it stuck. Meanwhile, England ignores our cool Germanic word and sticks with “autumn.” This is how wars are started, people.

ANYWAY. I digress. Mostly because I’m not sure what I’m going to write in this post. I actually considered asking for help writing this one… I just looked at my to-do list and seriously thought to myself, “Do I have time to wash my hair today?” And the answer is no, I don’t. But I HAVE to write this post before Matt and I move… it’s one of my big goals to finish it before things get crazy. So I thought I’d maybe send an email pleading for “what did we do?” details after being such a slacker, because I wasn’t sure I could write another how-humorous-is-it-that-I-suck recap post, because I’m starting to get more comfortable using the pregnancy card to get out of things, and because I shouldn’t have put this post off so long.

But from whom do I ask for help, hmm? My friend Des, who has messaged me not once but twice in the past two days, confirming baby shower details with me that I should have told her about already? Or how about my friend Jen, who’s so busy dealing with work that I’m not sure how she gets normal things done, like laundry (from what she told me last week, she just doesn’t).

So alas, my hair will go unwashed, my friends will go unbothered, and I’m just going to write this damn thing and stop waxing on about other stuff. Wax off.

Book:
The Watsons Go to Birmingham. My friends had kind compliments for this book: good family story, great characters, funny parts. Overall, it wasn’t a can’t-put-it-down fan favorite, but they empathized with my early love of this childhood chapter classic.

Food:
I seriously wrote a paragraph about how I made Stouffer’s lasagna and just had to erase it because I remember now that I actually made an asian rice dish with teriyaki meatballs and stir-fry veggies. Des brought yummy pull-apart bread and Jen brought a cobbler that was based on her Mom’s famed dessert (although, I think she was dropping hints about needing more baking pans for Christmas, right Des?).

3rds:
The challenge was “Childhood Friends Day” and… we talked about that.

Music:
Des exercised her right not to post music, I tried to find all bands from the 60s (Cash, The Temptations, Otis Redding, Etta James) and included the book’s “Yakety Yak” song, and Jen wrote hers out in the music selection forum so now I’m going to paste that here to make it look like I wrote more.
1. Good Day Sunshine | Beatles
2. Ya Got Trouble | The Music Man Soundtrack
3. A White Shade of Pale | Procol Harum
4. Friends | Led Zeppelin
5. Dream a Little Dream of Me | Mama Cass

Current Events:
As always, we had an enjoyable, lively discussion that ended with a round of “let’s watch movie trailers.” Our most vibrant topics were the really gross parenting post that I won’t share here because it’s too disgusting, the what-character-are-you HP typology chart, and Pinterest over-users.

Wa-bam. See you next time it’s my turn.

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