Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Butter Me Up

7 of us convened at Napolese to discuss Madge's dystopian work of art.
The Flatwater Grill was hot as h-e-double L last month, and Napolese was crowded and loud as all get-out this month. 0 for 2. Napolese was also a tad on the warm side as Val promptly applied a motherly hand to Jeni's forehead for a temp check upon entering the restaurant. In any case we soldiered on like good handmaids and the pizza and salads were enjoyed by all. First we discussed some business even though no one with a maiden name of "Sandman" was present in person or via Skype.

One of the business items was a request that we plan and identify books at least 3 months out. Cris's library is the uber-competitive Carmel branch which requires more than 30 days to actually get the book, some of us are slow readers, and some folks are just OCD.

For inquiring minds the current lineup is:
- Jill's September's pick - Farm City by Novella Carpenter
- Val under pressure chose Devil in the White City for October.
- We are waiting with baited breath for Steph's November pick.
- December is the Holiday Extravaganza.
- It was also requested by ECM that we plan possibly through January and February during Bunkbed Weekend.

We also unofficially discussed some other business (rush parties and bids, anyone?) that I won't mention here and suggest we resume discussion on at Bunkbed Adventure. We then talked about some other stuff that's not fit for print in any forum, and can again be continued at BBA. Speaking of BBA, ladies it is upon us! Get your Franzia and favorite pashmina/head wrap ready and go check the Facebook page for RSVP, carpooling and addy info.

Ok so on to the actual book. Things we agreed upon:
1. Everyone at least liked the book. Many of loved it. Erin has a friend who even stockpiles spare copies. You know. Just in case.
2. We were all expecting Offred to put the butter someplace other than her face.
3. The whole butter discussion prompted me to realize that I spent numerous hours in my professor's office discussing what was actually quite a sexual book but not realizing it at the time. Said professor is now divorced and I was encouraged to go find my own Mr. Schwipps :)
4. Val had some crazy-arse audio book version that took some, uh, liberties with the plot including cocaine use and phone calls that never happened.

In general the discussion was good even though we all had to shout to be heard.

Last but not least several congratulations and notable upcoming events are in order. First congratulations to Speedway Hot on the latest BABC bebe news, and Alissa, too!

Remember ladies - the bar has been set high by Val. She had her 3rd child and was at bookclub 2 days later or something. Dayna has magical skills for lulling babies to sleep during bookclub despite all of our chatter :)

Cris's 30th birthday along with the moving of her bohunk to Indy is right around the corner. Check Facebook for a party invite. Jill also has a new bohunk. And the CHICKENS are doing good!

Also potential upcoming field trips in addition to BBA:
1. Chicken field trip. I want to see them!
2. BABC movie night to see The Help?

May Day, all.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Breast and Worst of "Room"

All but one of us (hope you're feeling better Erin - and if you're not by now maybe you should go to the hospital, just sayin) met on July 18th for book club at The Flatwater Restaurant. Great food. Could use more fans.

We read Room by Emma Donoghue.
General consensus?

Things we were in agreeance about:

1. That long periods with no sunlight can do wonders for your face

2. Ma raised Jack right by keeping him in the dark (literally & figuratively) about the outside world during his early years

3. Breastfeeding in public is questionable at best (and a complete "NONO" by Dana)

When Loran went on a bathroom break Lindsay let us in on a game to play to celebrate (not because we were excited, mind you) of Loran's departure to KC so her hubbie can get a degree in McDreamy-ness. We filled out a survey on which BBC books Loran read all of, part of, not at all or the abridged version. We quickly threw out the abridged version as a choice because no one seemed to know what it meant. There was much banter on whether Loran was telling the truth, but when it was all said and done Val was the winner (coincidentally she sat next to Loran as she filled out her survey, hmm). Skittles for everyone!

Next we meet at Napolese on August 8th for some yummy pizza and to discuss Katie's selection "The Handmaid's Tale." Should be a bangin good time - if you know what I mean....

September is Jill's selection during Bunkbed Adventure (due to not paying attention during the "business" portion of our meeting all I remember is the book has to do with farms, food & it's funny). See Jill for more details.


i capture the castle - June 2011

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Hosted by Lindsay at Naked Tchopsix

recap forthcoming.

St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves - May 2011

to come

Monday, August 1, 2011

The History of Spinning Sparrows

news and March from Feb-Mar-April 2011
March - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, proxy hosted by Katie on Loran's behalf at Canal Bistro
Feb - The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, hosted by Jeni at Binkleys

April - Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, hosted by Cris at Cancun 

I swear I thought I wrote notes for Feb. Oh, well. here we go: 

In February 11 of us met at Binkley's and discussed The History Of Love by Nicole Krauss. 

Jeni wins the "most prepared" award. Nice job, Jeni. 

At Alissa's suggestion, I re-read the book after this discussion. Anyone else? 

In March, 8 of us met at Canal Bistro and six of us had garlic feta fries. I had a groupon and the dumb waiter (not to be confused with a dumbwaiter - i mean a real, live person. not a trolley for moving things between floors like on Webster) didn't understand the dessert order. 

Some people are just not as bright as I'd like. Also, it was book club! Katie led us in a discussion (on Loran's behalf) of The Sparrow. 

The book was super intense and complicated, so we kind of started with a summary, which led the discussion for the most part. 

In April (last night, actually) 5 of met at Cancun and had a great discussion a la Cris about Let The Great World Spin. 

Jill gave us an update on the chickens, which she does not carry around like babies, for those of you who wanted to know. Maybe that was just me. 

Val shared her hilarious birth stories with Alissa, which i KNOW Alissa appreciated...Alissa, don't forget the most important question: "what kind of pushing?" this is critical. 
there were margaritas. Alissa, who has no need for a "large virgin," got a small. 

Looking ahead, here's what we have on the calendar: 

May 2 (that's in THREE WEEKS ladies!) we'll meet at a to-be-determined location that Erin will share later to talk about St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. This is the second wolf-themed book that Erin has selected, for those keeping track. Val is. 

June 6 is my turn. The book is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, and I'll announce the location in May. 

July 11 is Melissa's meeting. She'll confirm the book when we meet in May. 

August 8 is Katie's meeting, and she's selected The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. 

September 16-18 is bunkbed weekend, and Jill will select the book. 

Go team! 

Saumensch! The Book Thief

news & notes from Jan 2011
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hosted by Jill at Naked Tchopstix

I'm remiss. Here are the highlights. 

A) Saumensch 

B) Naked Tchopstix. karma free.

Jeni is hosting The History of Love, and we're meeting Monday. Jeni will send an update with the location. 

Warm weekends to all of you! 

Badass Holiday Party 2010

news & notes from the holiday party

the weather outside was frightful, and cris' penguin turtleneck was delightful. 

[you would not believe the lack of results when you image search "penguin turtleneck."  So we'll just use this one and pretend.]

So were the sweet brown weenies. 

we gathered, we ate, we laughed, we exchanged. 

there was _much_ weather-related drama. 

  • Alissa turned around (with TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE reason). 
  • Dayna was scared. Katie had a rescue mission. 
  • Stephanie (who came!) was an hour late, and not because of the weather. 
  • Jill was in a single-person accident, and she showed up anyway. 
  • We didn't do awards.
  • I forgot to put on makeup (why didn't anyone say anything? seriously...if i'm ever in a social situation again without under eye concealer, trust me: it is NOT on purpose.) 

my favorite quote of the night: "Speedway Hot even looks good in shoulder pads. kill me."  It's true. She does. 

in short, it was a success (with the exception of Alissa's absence.) 

Up next: 
* January 10 is The Saumensch, Jill's pick. Jill will send out a reminder later this week and will reveal the location at that time. (or maybe you revealed it and I forget. either way...)
* February 7 is The History of Love, Jeni's pick. she'll announce the location when we meet Monday. 
* March 7 is The Sparrow, picked by Loran. 
* April 11 is Cris's turn to host. 
* May 9 -- erin. 

Special note: bring your summer calendars to the Jan meeting so we can talk about bunkbed adventure 2011. I'm thinking late June sounds good. After Jeni's and Loran's weddings. Maybe the weekend of the 25th. Check your schedules and let's chat about it Monday.

the list so far

because I always need this info. 

Mar-09 Coraline by Neil Gaiman
hosted by Lindsay at Panera 

Apr-09 The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
Hosted by Celeste at Union Jack

May-09 Animal Vegetable Miracle
Hosted by Katie at Broad Ripple Brew Pub

Jun-09 The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Hosted by Loran at Bazbeaux

Jul-09 City of Thieves
Hosted by Stephanie at Naked Tchopstix

Aug-09 Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Hosted by Melissa at Rock Bottom

Sep-09 Postcards by Annie Proulx
Hosted by Erin at Casa de Mooney

Oct-09 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer 
Hosted by Cris at the Brewpub

Nov-09 Empire Falls by Richard Russo 
Hosted by Jill at Aristocrat 

Dec-09 ~PARTY~ x x chez lefevere

Jan-10 Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Hosted by Val at Naked Tchopstix 

Feb-10 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer 
Hosted by Dayna at Binkleys 

Mar-10 What This River Keeps by Greg Schwipps 
Hosted by Alissa at Chez Lefevere

Apr-10 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Hosted by Erin at Barley Island 

May-10 Never Let Me Go by Iishiguru
Hosted by Jeni at Bazbeaux

Jun-10 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon
Hosted by Melissa at Napolese

Jul-10 When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
Hosted by Katie at The Aristocrat

Aug-10 The Help by Katherine Stockett 
Bunkbed Adventure at Lee Cottage

Sep-10 The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson 
Hosted by Dayna at Brewpub

Oct-10 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford 
Hosted by Val at Canal Bistro 

Nov-10 Plainsong by Kent Haruf 
Hosted by Alissa at Brugge 

Plainsong - November 2010

News & Notes from Nov 2010

Plainsong by Kent Karuf

Location: Brugge

I'm tardy, so I'll just say these few things in bulleted form: 

* that place was loud as hell
* frites! ketchup not included
* dayna forgot. forgot! 
* loran showed her bling
* katie won the cosmic goodies at Tuck & Sip
* nobody is pregnant

Don't forget that the Badass Holiday Party is THIS SUNDAY at 4M. Please update the eVite RSVP info with the app/side/treat you're brining so that we don't have duplicates. 

The awards aren't coming together as I'd hoped, so we'll save that for our 2-year birthday in March. 

January 10: The Book Thief. Jill will announce the location at the party. 
February 7: The History of Love. Jeni is hosting. 
March 7: Loran will host (announce book in Dec/Jan)
April 11: Cris will host (announce book in Jan/Feb)
May 9: Erin will host (announce book in Feb/Mar) 

See you Sunday! 

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (October 2010)

News & Notes from Oct 2010

Show of hands: who's been back to Canal Bistro? I think Jeff and I are going tomorrow. Seriously - best restaurant award goes to Val. De.lish.

We met, we made ridiculously inappropriate noises about the food. We had horrible breath for days. 

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We talked about Henry and Keiko. (but we didn't talk about how his "i am chinese" name is "henry" and her name "I am american" name is "keiko". ironic much?)

Looking ahead. 

Nov 15. Alissa will lead the Plainsong discussion. For maximum everyday suspense (JUST LIKE THE BOOK!), Alissa will reveal the location when she sends the reminder. 

The holiday extravaganza is Sunday 12-12 at Chez Lefevere at 4PM. it's a pitch-in. We'll do the book exchange like last year. And the awards! 

Don't forget to send me your nominations for the 2010 BBC Awards THREE nominations thus far: 
* perfect attendance
* best tubing posture
* cutest sleeper

Nominations are due Dec 4. 

Looking ahead, do you prefer the 2nd Monday of the month or the 4th Monday of the month? I typically can't do the third M of the month. 

January 10 or 24: Jill has selected The Book Thief. 
February 7 or 21: Jeni has selected The History Of Love. 
March 7 or 21: Loran will announce her pick at the holiday party or in Jan
April 11 or 25: Cris will announce her pick in Jan or Feb

and then we start round 3. holy shit. 

i sense change in the air [tears up a little].

The Ghost Map - September 2010

News & Notes from Sept 2010

8 of us met at the Brew Pub to talk about The Ghost Map. What an interesting book. At once fascinating and disgusting. [makes puking noises]

[cough] rice water stool [cough]

The service was abysmal, but the food & atmosphere were both good. Lots transpired. 

First, we arrived at the fact that someone has perfect attendance.[applause] 

It’s not hard to imagine how this revelation led to other awards that absolutely need to be presented. Think about it. If you’d like to present an award to a fellow BBCer, send me your nominations by November 1st. Awards will be presented at the holiday extravaganza. 

Next, we took a customer satisfaction survey regarding our to-date experience with BBC. Those who didn’t attend September’s meeting, I’ll hit you up in October. 

Then, we talked about Mockingjay and how Loran’s bohunk looks just like Peeeeetaaaaa. 

And we reviewed a couple of housekeeping items.
• If it is your turn to host, please send out a reminder Thursday or Friday prior to the meeting. It might be a good idea to include your cell # in this message. If you can’t send this because you’ll be on vacation or having a brow wax or can’t access facebook at work to send the message or whatever, ask someone to send it for you. No harm no foul – just be in charge of remembering. 
• Our RSVP model is “regrets only”**, which means this: If you don’t RSVP, we think you’re coming. If you do, we think you’re not coming. Capishe? (** unless you have twin boys and tear up at Kenny Loggins songs. In that case you use the traditional “I’ll tell ya if I’ll be there” model. (HI, STEPH! WE MISS YOU! [waving with both hands]))

Other business: 
October 18. Val will lead us in a discussion of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet at Canal Bistro. She’ll send out the address & some basic directions when she sends the meeting reminder. 

November 15. Alissa revealed that her November selection is.....[law & order music] Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Always one for suspense, she’ll reveal the location when we meet in October. 

December is the month of Val's birth! And the holiday party!!! Is everyone cool with Friday, 12-3? Pencil it in and we’ll firm this up at the October meeting. 

January: Jill may or may not select The Book Thief. We’ll know soon. 
February: Jeni, who “probably won’t read harry potter,” has selected The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
March: Loran will announce her selection in December
April: Cris will announe her selection in January

Lather, rinse, repeat. 

PS – Val and I saw Greg Mortenson speak on Sept 27. I haven’t read Three Cups of Tea yet, and when we approached the table for his autograph, I had instant turrets and blurted out, “we are in a bookclub and this is our February selection”. At which point, Mr Mortenson said, “hmmm. All women?” Me, “yes”. Him, “you know. I might recommend my newer book, Stones into Schools, for a bookclub of all women. I’m not telling you not to read Three Cups of Tea, but that’s more the story of me and what I did. Stones Into Schools is more about the stories of the women in the villages. I think it would be better for discussion. Plus it comes out in paperback next week.” 

Sooooo, no pressure, but if anyone can’t decide…. Just sayin’.