The Weekender | No. 5

Bar & DJ Booth at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club via Nicole Bonia.

The Week

I still haven’t conquered my joy at the lengthening of the days. I did so many fun things over this past week that it would have been a great week anyway, but sun, ya’ll!

I attended a friend’s birthday party at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club out in Brooklyn and that place is so much fun! In addition to shuffleboard they have other games that you can play while you wait to play or have finished playing shuffleboard, a great white bar with records & a dj (pictured above), and a delicious Mexican food truck (I ate all the chorizo.) We were in it for the long haul. After Royal Palms we headed over to Pig Beach for a barbecue dinner and then Union Hall to play bocce.

Let’s see, what else? Gayle and I interviewed Washington Post columnist Ron Charles for an upcoming episode of The Readerly Report and we recorded our book club episode on Becoming by Michelle Obama. It was a busy week of podcasting.

I went with a friend to Rossopomodoro. I usually go there for pizza and wine but I had their rigatoni with braised short ribs, and it was so good. You should go! I discovered that it’s an Italian chain, and they have locations worldwide. Of course, I go to the one in the West Village.

I have a minimal agenda this weekend, which I love. Dinner plans with a friend on Saturday night, at a restaurant tbd. The rest is up to me to make up as I go along.

Some Links

Can We Tell When Someone’s Lying?: I read John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood last summer and loved his book. It was a fascinating look at Elizabeth Holmes’ who is the fodder for so much reading, listening and watching. The Cut has a piece where writer and psychology Ph.D Maria Konnikova gives her insights into Holmes’ tells and whether they actually indicate she is lying.

Mari’s Book Recommendations: Mari from Clover and Fig was a guest on my podcast last week and in this blog post she shares about that experience, her sweet relationship with her dad, and gives a few more book recommendations.

Catherine O’Hara Reads: I love Moira from Schitt’s Creek. I don’t usually read/ listen to Modern Love but when I saw that Catherine was narrating the short story this week I listened immediately. This one is about a wife jealous of her husband’s gps.

When You Drop Food On The Floor, Pick It Up And Eat It: I don’t know if I completely buy into this theory of the world being so clean that it’s causing all of our allergy and autoimmune diseases but it is an interesting take on relaxing the (middle-class?) American obsession with cleanliness.

The Luckiest Girl Alive?: I met Jessica Knoll last Fall at Let’s Discuss Live and she was great. I love that she advocates for women to be interested in finances and to lay claim to wanting the benefits and security that are afforded by being wealthy. Here she outlines her thought process and journey.

Skincare Too, Amazon?: This makes a lot of sense (Amazon launching its own skincare line). They see all the products and at what price points people are willing to purchase. They’re also in fashion. I guess we’ll have too see what’s next.


Where The Crawdads Sing: I have been hesitant to read this debut novel by Delia Owens. It was buzzed about at Book Expo, picked for the Reese Witherspoon book club, and loved on by some of my favorite readers. But I finally picked it up the other day and I love it. All the praise is much deserved and I am flying through it.

Another Book List: I am working on a master list with mini-reviews of all that I have read so far in 2019. Another couple of books might sneak on there before my self-imposed deadline at the end of the month.

Fit For A Queen: I am itching to get to this, but there are some other books on my list that I have to read first. *insert sad face*

What I’m Shopping

Each season I say that I’m going to get an all weather coat and each season I end up getting by wearing some variation of a slightly heavier or lighter coat or jacket. I am serious this year! Some options: I love this casual and modern take from Everlane. I can easily see wearing this with dresses, jean or pants. This one is tempting in that it is a classic and would last forever, but I’m not 100% sure that I will take full advantage of wearing it, so I feel like I should see how often it would be a go-to coat before I made that kind. of investment. This from Brooks Brothers with the Peter Pan Collar is darling. I could really get behind that one.

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