In the past few weeks, I've had plenty of snow time (read: days off!) to relax and let things catch my fancy...it's amazing how some time to yourself really lets you focus on the good things.
Paris in Love & Eloisa James - I mentioned last fall that Paris in Love by Eloisa James was one of my favorite books of 2014. It's been on my mind constantly recently, so I picked it up from the library again. I read it over the weekend and fell in love all over again. I looked up the book and author at both the book's website: Paris in Love and the author's site: Eloisa James/Mary Bly , as well as started following her on Facebook.
Ms. James/Mary Bly (Eloisa James is her pen name) is just as wonderful on FB as she is in Paris in Love -- witty & utterly fascinating. She has degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale and is a professor of Shakespearean literature. But, in addition, she is a best selling romance writer -- a writer of bodice rippers, if you will! I understand that she and her family are currently living in London (they usually reside in NYC), so I'm hoping that there will be a London in Love in the next year or so.
Broadchurch - Glenn and I binge watched this riveting British crime drama New Year's long weekend. We had to go back to work before we finished the season and it killed us, having to wait all day to see the next episode. There is a second season (YAY!!!!) that is starting next Wednesday on BBC America. The time and date is marked large in pen on the calendar. Check out the Wikipedia entry: Broadchurch . I would direct you to the BBC America site, but it is full of spoilers. If you like crime dramas (think Prime Suspect, True Detective ) you really should watch it.
Garlic Zoom - Don't laugh, this really is the next best thing to sliced bread. I'm serious! After my, ahem, incident, which required 8 stitches a few summers ago, I've been looking for an alternative to the old fashioned way of mincing garlic. My sister got me a Garlic Zoom for Christmas and it is the cat's pajamas. You just open up the top, drop in a peeled garlic clove and roll the thing around your counter a few times. Open it back up & voila! Minced garlic!
Rifle Paper Company Phone Cases - I just found out (as in today) that the Rifle Paper Company makes phone cases . I love their designs -- they are so pretty and whimsical. And, since I updated my iPhone last summer, I've been looking for a case that I really love. The one above, called the Rosa design, is calling out to me. But, the Paris & NYC cases are close second & third:
So, it's almost the end February and we are headed towards spring! At least, that is what the calendar says, but we have a forecast of snow for tonight. Maybe I'll get a little more time to see what else catches my fancy...!