Six

Our anniversary fell on the same day as Easter this year, which is always kind of fun.  It makes me think of spending Easter in Rome on our honeymoon.  Eric bought me a beautiful bouquet of roses.  Even though he does it every year, it still surprises me and makes me feel so special.  And I love the white roses especially, since he works so hard to get them.

Each year I try to follow the list of traditional anniversary gifts as a guide for what to do for my sweet husband.  For the six anniversary, the tradition is sugar or iron.  I came up with the perfect idea.  I called up the bakery that made our wedding cake and ordered a small anniversary cake.

We had an Italian Cream cake with buttercream frosting.  It was exactly what I wanted!  I asked them to make it look like a wedding cake top and they did a fantastic job!  It turned out so pretty!

I was excited when I picked it up and brought it home to give my gift to Eric.  So much fun.  And he loved the surprise (of course it’s cake, so what’s not to love?!).  We decided to save cutting into it until after our special dinner.  We planned to go to dinner on Saturday night, and he took me to Ziziki’s (also where we went for my birthday), and it was fabulous as usual.

After dinner we came home and cut into our cake.  Eric decided that it warranted a cup of espresso too.  So, out came the espresso maker.

The cake was just as delicious as I remember it and I’m so glad that we were able to enjoy it for our anniversary.  On Easter Sunday, we exchanged cards and had a lovely, relaxing day.

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years!  I’m looking forward to the next six and seeing what new adventures unfold for us.  Plus, I’m hoping so see our wedding vase filled with a single white rose for many years to come.

 

 

 

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Soulless and Other Stories

Thought I’d better catch up on some book reviews, since it’s been months since I did one.  Soulless is the first in a series and I read this one in August of 2011, right around my birthday.  It easily falls into the steampunk category, or as someone else called it “bustlepunk”.  This book had come highly recommended, and it did not disappoint.  It was utterly delightful, especially with terms of endearment between the characters such as “my little tulip” and “my petal”.  And a Victorian era book with vampires and werewolves?  What’s not to love?  Such a fun book.  Plus, I learned two new words with this book – dirigible and phaeton.

After finishing Soulless, I picked up The Paris Wife which was our book club selection for September.  I’d been looking forward to reading this book and again, I was not disappointed.  This book took me a lot longer to read than it really should have. But I enjoyed every bit of the book. There were times when I really related to Hadley and times that I didn’t. But I loved feeling like I understood more about the time and the people than I previously did. Once again, I wished I’d been able to go to the book club discussion having finished this, but the discussion and the book were worth it nonetheless.

I had to go on a business trip to Chicago right after Thanksgiving, so I threw this one in my purse to take along with me.  I figured it was a big enough book that it would keep me busy during my time sitting at airports and nights at the hotel.  I thought this book was just as enjoyable as the first one, but I’m also glad that I took a little break between the two.  I read a big chunk of this during my Chicago trip, but even once I got home I had a really hard time putting this book down.  I’m really looking forward to reading the third book in this series.   My mom is the one who got me started reading these books, and she loaned me her books, and it’s been cool discussing them with her.  I love talking about books with my mom!

You may recall I read the first book in this series back at the beginning of last year.  It took me a long time to read this one because of so much going on in my life, but it was a welcome break from the world when I got a few minutes to read.  Even when I could only manage a page here and there, it really was a great respite.  After the big shocker at the end of the first book, I was uncertain about reading this next installment, but it didn’t disappoint.  So good!  I’m really looking forward to reading the next book.  It’s kind of funny, now that I’m looking at it, that I read City of Bones at the beginning of last year and then book two at the beginning of this year.  Same with Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – read it end of 2010, and then read book 2 end of 2011.  Wonder if that’s saying something about what I like to read at a particular time of year?

And here’s the last one!  I know…still with me?  After finishing City of Ashes, nothing was appealing to me.  Of course, that was right around the time my dad died…so I really couldn’t focus on much of anything.  I ended up re-reading The Hunger Games in the couple of days before I saw the movie and I really enjoyed that.  Then, the new Black Dagger Brotherhood book was released at the end of March.  How could I resist?  I went at lunch the day after it was released and picked up a copy.  Within the first few chapters of this book, my first thought was – was I in a coma when I read the last book?  Clearly I had forgotten quite a bit of what happened in that book.  I had to get online and do a quick recap before I figured out what I was missing!  But, once that little snafu was over, I really really enjoyed this book.  I zoomed through it as usual with these books, and it did not disappoint.  So good!!

So…what to read next?  Well, after some persuasion, I decided to pick up Game of Thrones and read it.  I’ll let you know what I think!

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Lost

Posting some randomness, just mainly because I feel the need to post.

I seem to be in a pink phase – all my recent posts have been pink.  This one is no exception.

I keep trying to get “caught up” with this blog, although I’m not entirely sure what I mean by “caught up”.  My dad died at the end of February and I haven’t blogged here about it – about him.  Maybe that’s why I haven’t blogged at all…I feel like I should post something about him before posting anything else.  But I just haven’t been able to bring myself to do it.

Some days I feel like I’m moving through it all just fine.  But then I realize that I’m having to push myself to interact, to socialize.  Most days all I can manage is looking at pretty photos on Pinterest and tumblr.   I find it soothing.  It’s like a Tori Amos song – it embraces me and allows me to just be.  However I am, I can just be.

I have so much to say, so many things are swirling around in this head of mine – thoughts, dreams, regrets, hopes…and I can’t seem to get any of them out.  I’ll try, a little at a time.  Just forgive me if it comes slowly.

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