Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Almost home..

I've been on vacation since June 28th. First my husband and I flew to Dallas Texas to drop our kids off at my inlaws. Then we got on another plane and flew to Anchorage, Alaska. We bussed down to Seward and had a dog sledding adventure, hiked up a mountain to a glacier and saw salmon swimming. Bald eagles galore, soaring above our heads.

I was out of my mind with excitement when my husband and I boarded the Radiance of the Seas and got ready for our seven day cruise down the Alaskan coast. It was the best time of my life. Hiking and walking and having daily adventures. Crabbing and rafting and eating. Driving a Jeep into Canada and taking in the beauty of the Yukon territory.

And now here I am sitting in a hotel room, in Fort Worth where hair is as big and dry as Texas toast and the jeans are tight and the cowboys are plentiful.

I can't wait to get back home to California. I read seven books while I was in Alaska and cannot wait to write about them.

What have you been reading?


16 Comments:

Anonymous Angie said...
I just got back from Hawaii myself, actually, the island Kauai...feel very refreshed. Your trip sounds dreamy. I have been reading the whole "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon and want to start Augusten's (Burroughs) "Possible Side Effects" as soon as I am done with this Scottish love saga. Can't wait to see what you read! @ 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Leslie said...
Your vacation sounds incredible (so does Angie's vac in the comment above). I'm envious! We just spent a couple days at the beach in Laguna and then three days at a winery in Temecula. Lots of fun and relaxing, but I'm dying to go somewhere remote.

I am currently reading The Other Woman (Brit Chick Lit) by Jane Green, 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller, and Living Well With Endometriosis by Kerry-Ann Morris. I typically do not read several books at once; however, the last two are basically a necessity for me and are kind of dry (yawn!), so I need something fun to break it up.

Like Angie above, Possible Side Effects is on my to-read list also. I recently finished Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants by Jill Soloway and found it really funny. She's been compared to Burroughs and Sedaris.

Anyway, welcome back. I love your site and check it all the time. I am a total bookaholic and cannot wait to see what you've read! I usually put all your picks on my Amazon Wishlist and eventually read them. @ 1:24 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...
Welcome back! (well, almost!) Glad you had such an amazing time! I'll look forward to reading your new book reviews when you get those posted. @ 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Angie said...
Leslie, I live in Murrieta! Which winery did you go to? Was if fun to actually stay there and drive around?

Angie @ 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Leslie said...
Hi Angie - I live in Riverside, lol! We stayed at South Coast Resort & Winery this time - it's new and the villas are really nice (each one has French doors opening out onto your own private little patio.) They give you a complimentary bottle of wine in the room & also winetasting tickets..I thought their wine was delish! Nice restaurant & gift shop at the resort (but the spa and swimming pool aren't open yet, boo!) - gorgeous landscaping too. We've also stayed at Churon Inn & Winery - it's beautiful but the staff is snotty.

You know, if you want a low-key little getaway, Temecula is cool every once in awhile. We walked around the Old Town shops for a few hours - and there is always Pechanga for gambling and/or shows.

Okay, I'm writing a book here, but I was surprised at how much Temecula has grown...there are about 30 wineries now.

Btw, I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Kauai, you lucky girl! @ 2:28 PM  
Anonymous AussieAndrea said...
I've been reading "I'm Not Scared" by Niccolo Ammaniti. It's a quick read.

It's about some kids in a small village in Italy who go on a bike ride on a scorching summer's day and one of the children makes a mysterious discovery. From there, it explores how the child copes with the deceptions of the adults around him. Very compelling and atmospheric. @ 11:10 PM  
Anonymous A.C. said...
I have been on vacation with my in-laws in northern Colorado, which means I've been reading everything!!! I LOVED a novel called London Is The Best City In America by Laura Dave. It's all about a wedding weekend--I literally picked it up in the morning and did not put it down until I finished it at MIDNIGHT that night. The author is so funny, and she made me cry. I also liked The Love Season By Elin Hildenbrand--though the ending was a MAJOR letdown. @ 10:17 AM  
Blogger Allison Winn Scotch said...
A few good books that I've read this summer: Finishing Touches, by Deanna Kizis, London is the Best City in America (ditto a.c!), and A Piece of Normal by Sandi Kahn Shelton.

I'm looking for a few new ideas so can't wait until you're back to post what you read on your trip! @ 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Diana Gabaldon, Outlander series. Can't get enough, highly recommend them! I declare this The Summer of Jamie! @ 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Angie, you're stalking me on the internet! Then again, you were here first....

Love,
Mich

PS-Tell her about Jamie! @ 11:21 PM  
Blogger Chic Mommy said...
Wow, I've always wanted to go on a cruise, but since we don't have any family that are willing to watch the kids right now (a four year old, and twins who are two), all we see in our future is a Disney Cruise. Maybe next year when the girls are potty trained.

What I'm reading these days probably won't interest you, I'm reading "The Happiest Toddler on the Block" a book about how to get your toddler(s) to behave well. Yeah, I've got some issues in that department. @ 12:27 AM  
Anonymous angie said...
MICH!! I can't get enough of you and you know it! THIS IS THE SUMMER OF GABALDON! Ladies, you must read the first book of the series calle "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Incredible story of a 1945 British Military Nurse that goes through time and falls in love with a Scottish Highlander named James in 1743! You won't stop reading it. And, you will fall in love with the MAN Jamie. @ 3:15 PM  
Blogger LA said...
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenenides (awesome). Fraud by David Rakoff (Sedarisesque).

Thanks for helping Michael K out @ dlisted. I really like your blog! @ 2:24 AM  
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