Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous, to see what others are chatting about.

It feels spring-like here!  Yesterday I walked around the outdoor mall in my neighborhood and ended up having lunch with a friend at Dai Bai Dang, a place I enjoy every now and then.  We almost sat at the outdoor dining area…but then did not.



dai bai dang


I love having the appetizers as my “lunch,” along with a cocktail…and a dessert of green tea ice cream.

Yes, I had it all!

The best thing about lunches after retirement is that you are not limited to an hour, like in your “before” life.  So we lingered…eating, chatting, etc.

Home at last, I felt stuffed…and didn’t have dinner.  Just a snack bar at the end of the day.

And I felt decadent!


While I was waiting for my friend to arrive—I always get to places early!—I started reading The Girl on the Train  on Sparky, my Kindle.  It isn’t on my reading list for the week, but I didn’t want to bring the big hardcover along, Copper Beach, which I am also reading.








I don’t often read two books at once, but when I do, one of them is bound to be on Sparky.


I couldn’t help myself!  I went to the Vine list, just to check and see what was available.  I know, not a good thing to do if you are cutting back on ARCs….but then I found this one!  I was going to buy it anyway, so why not order it from Vine?  I’m good at rationalizing….LOL

So I did.

The Day We Met, by Rowan Coleman has been on my “waiting for” list, since I have enjoyed several other books by this author.






For fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. The Day We Met asks: Can you love someone you don’t remember falling in love with?

A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves—Claire’s got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband Greg seems like a stranger, and her kids are like characters in a movie. Three-year-old Esther’s growing up in the blink of an eye, and twenty-year-old Caitlin, with her jet-black hair and clothes to match, looks like she’s about to join a punk band—and seems to be hiding something. Most concerning, however, is the fact that Claire is losing her memory, including that of the day she met Greg.


Now I have one more ARC headed my way….what can I do, though?  The good news…my list is still fairly small.  I have TWO books headed my way.

What has your week brought to you?  What are you loving or hating?



  1. Sounds like a decadent, yummy meal! I would enjoy that kind also, and so relaxing…
    And I really like The Girl on the Train but not everybody did, so curious as to what you think of it when you are finished. Copper Beach looks good too! I can read two books at a time, especially if one is on the kindle and one is a print book. Somehow that makes it okay 🙂


  2. Lunch with friends is one of my favorite post-retirement activities! You’re right — you’re not limited by the amount of time you can sit and chat, and it’s fun to try out different foods in different restaurants. I like the idea of having appetizers and dessert rather than an entree too. I’m looking forward to reading your review of The Girl on the Train, as well as Copper Beach. Both sound good.


    1. Thanks, Sandra….I have discovered that most entrees are too large…appetizers are the perfect size. Some restaurants have “appetizer salads,” which work, too.

      Enjoy your week…and I am loving the books I’m reading.


    1. That’s happened to me, too, and I was also looking for an excuse to start reading The Girl on the Train now instead of later, after the other books in my lengthy queue. Thanks for stopping by, Cleopatra.


  3. My housemate and I used to choose new housemates with the simple question “Are dips a main meal?” Because yes, of course they are. As are appetizers with cocktails. 😉


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