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Winter is okay too.

It has never been a secret that I am not much of a winter fan, it gets dark early, everything is dead, and its cold cold cold! So I thought in attempt to change my view of Winter I’d come up with a series of posts about Winter’s redeeming qualities. I hope this will help me (and you?)!

When its cold and dark in the early evening, it is so easy to sit and read and not feel guilty! I’ve already been spending many evening hours reading. I recently finished reading “I’d Know you Anywhere” by Laura Lippman and I really enjoyed it, The Austin Statesmen counted it as one of the best books for 2010.

Now I am reading “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese, with my new Book Club. It is already quite good I’m just a few chapters in, I’ll be sure to let you know more once I complete it.

Next on the list? Claire Dederer’s new book “Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses.” Can’t wait to read it!

(And yes, I am going to pretend like it hasn’t been 3 months since I’ve posted!)


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I was inspired by Amy Merrick’s glass bottles (see July 20, 2010 post), so I decided to add a small collection to my living room. This shelf was made by my dad a few years ago and the bottles are all from garage sales or thrift stores. The picture is of my parents and was taken in 1971, the year before they married. Most of the books are old editions of some of our favorite classics.

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We had a such great time in Savannah, Georgia. The city is absolutely charming. I am sitting in the airport now, waiting to get on my plane back to Texas, and I thought I’d post a few more pictures and write about some of my favorite spots.

As with any vacation, we spent much of our time eating. We enjoyed many of the restaurants, but I’ll just tell you about a few. Our very favorite was a small brunch/lunch cafe just outside the design district — Soho South Cafe. It’s located inside an art gallery, and the food was some of the best I’ve had. The menu was simple — mostly soup, salad and sandwiches. I ordered a portabella sandwich with vegetables and a side of three bean soup. Absolutely my favorite meal of the week.

Soho South Cafe

We also ate at Rocks on the River, on the street level of The Bohemian Hotel. My husband Brian had the “freeform” eggplant lasagna (which I’ll try to re-create for you soon). I had a sun-dried tomato pesto and four cheese pizza. Both were fantastic.

Today we ate at Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons, the much-anticipated highlight of our dining experience in Savannah. Although the buffet was plentiful and wonderfully southern, we weren’t wowed by the food. Perhaps our expectations were too high.

One of my favorites homes in Savannah.

We had a great time shopping in Savannah. The downtown design district is home to around 15 excellent shops, including many antiques and vintage ones. Some of my favorites were One Fish Two Fish and Madame Chrysanthemum (with whom I discussed her possible relocation to Austin). There was a small (fantastic) bookstore called The Book Lady, where we spent a solid 45 minutes looking through old and new volumes.

That’s all for now, but I can’t wait to share with you about my favorite spot in Savannah, The Paris Market & Brocante. I’ll also add information about some of the great historic sights, including the childhood home of Flannery O’Connor.

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Of Books and Bicycles

Today’s shopping guide has some great ideas for readers:

Funky Large Paper Clips or Bookmarks. By: Terra Luna Designs $12. You can get them here!

Classics, with covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith you can buy them at most bookstores or online here!

This is a picture of my personal embosser, that I received as a Wedding gift from my aunt, I love it an use it on many of my books. You can buy one like it  here from Williams-Sonoma. Also here is a great blog entry about labeling your books, from Natalie at www.booklineandsinker.com.

This is me on my bicycle! I love to take it to the Library, the basket makes it so easy to carry my books there and back. I bought this at Wal-mart, you can find one like it online at wal-mart.com.

Happy Reading!

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