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[14 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Love :: Hotel Shampoo

Yep, confession – I love hotel shampoo. Maybe it’s the unexpected variety. Maybe I haven’t gotten over the teenage notion that switching up shampoo is good for your hair – it strips away build-up, didn’t you know? Maybe it’s the occasional indulgence in brands I don’t regularly buy. Whatever the case, I’m a sucker for hotel shampoo. And body wash. And conditioner. And lotion.
And I bring them home. I guess this is the real confession. I’m the one who *might* slip a once-used hotel bottle into my bag hoping cleaning service will leave a …

Book Clubs, Book Reviews, Books »

[22 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: Year End Wrap Up for 2016-17

I’m a little late, but I’ve just finished the wrap up of our book club’s 2016-17 reading year.
We started doing something a little different in our ratings this year. Occasionally there are books that a member or two doesn’t finish or doesn’t even attempt. (In our very bookish club, this is rare. We’re serious about our reading, people.) In these cases, it is possible that said book could end up with a decent overall score because anyone who was a “DNR” or a “DNF” didn’t get counted, making its comparison with …

Book Reviews, Books »

[20 May 2017 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: A Gentleman in Moscow

Set just after the Russian revolution, a former state sympathizer is sentenced to house arrest in the posh Moscow Metropol hotel. Within these confines the Count meets three women who, in their own way, stretch his assumptions of how rich a life is possible within the walls he’s been sentenced to. Mixed in are endearing hotel staff – a family, really – and a host of characters from the Count’s past and his still very much intact well-regarded reputation.
I first heard of this novel at my book club’s December meeting where we …

Book Clubs, Books »

[17 May 2017 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: SOC Sista Short List for 2017-2018

After a record four-phase voting run-off, the SOC Sistas have selected the ten books we’ll be reading from June 2017 – May 2018. Here they are with some thoughts about why these are such fabulous selections.

Brit Marie was Here and My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
We couldn’t decide which one of these we wanted to read, so we decided to include both. Most of our members have read one or the other – if not both – so this seemed manageable.

Killers of the Flower Moon: …

Cooking »

[13 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Thai Quinoa Salad

Last night I made what could be the most delicious recipe I’ve found on Pinterest to date. The original recipe – provided by Crazy Vegan Kitchen – was (obviously) vegan. Mine was not. I also made a couple of other substitutions that made it easier (for me) to make.
Salad
1 cup white quinoa
1 can low sodium chicken broth (+ enough H2O to complete 2 cups)
1 yellow bell pepper, small diced
1 red bell pepper, small diced
½ red onion, small diced
½ cup shredded mint leaves
½ cup shredded cilantro
½ cup shredded Thai basil (I …