Sunday, June 21, 2009

Second Chance


It had been awhile since I last read a book....I don't really know why. I have had this book for awhile, and never opened it. Finally I did, and what a good book!!

From Amazon:
From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Green (Swapping Lives, The Other Woman) injects a topical note into an otherwise paint-by-numbers work. After a terrorist attack on an Amtrak train kills 39-year-old Tom, his death serves as the catalyst for changes in the lives of four estranged schoolmates he left behind in England. Reuniting at Tom's memorial service are Holly, a former free spirit uncomfortably forced into becoming a suburban matron by her workaholic, social-climbing husband; Olivia, a lonely director of an animal shelter; Paul, a writer whose blissful marriage with his fashionable wife is marred by their inability to conceive; and Saffron, a recovering alcoholic actress secretly involved with a married Hollywood megastar. Tom's death reignites their friendship, causes them to reevaluate their lives and sends them marching toward a concluding warm fuzzy. Green's writing is competent, though her characters feel more like embodiments of their problems than actual people. There are few surprises, but the fairy tale ending should appease Green's many fans.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The 2nd Annual Tampa GTG

Well, that's what we're calling it anyways....

Last year, after "meeting" on The Knot through wedding planning, and chatting on The Nest, and then through email, and becoming really close, Jenn and Lauren came to visit me in Florida from San Antonio, TX and Nashville, TN (respectively).

Initially they were going to stay in a hotel , but took the chance, and just prayed that they weren't serial killers, and invited them to stay with me in my home....we had the most amazing time!

So this year, at the beginning of April, I texted Lauren, TOTALLY joking, and asked her if she was ready for Round 2 for a Tampa GTG....she said, sure! So then I sent pretty much the same text to Jenn, and she said yes too! Here I am, totally kidding, and expecting them to say that it was my turn to go see them! So exactly one year later, on April 17, they booked their tickets, and we made the plan for The 2nd Annual Tampa GTG, scheduled for Thursday May 28 - Tuesday June 2!

We had nothing but rain for the good part of the previous month...pretty much all day every day. If you wanted to know the forecast....RAIN! I was so sure that it was going to rain while Jenn and Lauren were here to visit, but can you believe that it didn't rain ONE DAY! (It sure as hell poured the afternoon they left though!)

Because we were usure of the weather, the forecast for Friday had a chance of rain, and the rest of the weekend, was predicted to be rain free. So we decided to go to IKEA on Friday. I haven't been there since I was 14, back when I lived in Montreal, and they just opened here at the beginning of May. I knew there were some things Jenn wanted to check out for herself, and I knew Lauren had never been. We walked around, checked out some nursery furniture for our friend Megan, and then ate lunch at the IKEA Cafe. I bought a leash hook to put up by the front door for Sasha's leash, and some hot plates, since Jenn and Lauren were making fun of me that I didn't have any. Friday night we (well Lauren) cooked up the famous Baked Ziti by the Fabulous Katie Sue (WOOT WOOT), and it was absolutely delicious!



Saturday, we woke up bright and early, and decided to head for one of Florida's most sought after beaches. The Nation's #2 Beach: Siesta Key Beach, near Sarasota. The water was crystal clear, and the sand was like white powder....no wonder they made the Top 10 List! I ended up getting quite toasty (nothing new there)! We enjoyed dinner with my hubby, brother in law and sister in law at P.F. Changs. It was quite yummy!

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Sunday, eventhough we wanted to be outside, to enjoy the beautiful weather, I wasn't prepared to lay out in the sun again all day. So my hubby suggested we go walk around Channelside and Ybor. For dinner, we decided to make our own home-made pizzas, it was pretty good too!

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Monday, we couldn't stay away, and went back to Siesta Key Beach, this time with some SPF 70 packed in our beach bags! I made sure that I slathered that baby on, and thick (that's what she said)! We were smarter this day, we put sunscreen on more than once, we took a break, and ate lunch at the concession, and managed not to get any more burned than I already was. We came home, relaxed, took a nap, and then went to Chili's for 2 for 1's since Lauren and Jenn don't have that luxury where they live...to me, it's nothing new....you want to drink, you go to Chili's because of their 2 for 1! So we ate, we drank, and came home and watched Bride Wars...it was a pretty good movie!

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Tuesday, the final day of the GTG, and always the saddest day for me. We went to Starbucks, and got pedicures. We walked around the mall to kill time before their flights left. Then I dropped them off at the airport, and they went home :(

Even Sasha was sad!

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**Pictures have been shared among the three of us, so if you read Jenn and Lauren's blogs, you may see some of the same pictures used here**