Empty Roads & Broken Bottles: In Search for The Great Perhaps

It’s been a while since I’ve shared what I’ve been reading (a lot of baby lit and parenting lit, I tell ya!;), but thought I’d share this latest Book Club read with you: Empty Roads & Broken Bottles: In Search … Continue reading

Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke

Brian and I happen to enjoy the occasional drop in to a karaoke bar… This book about life and karaoke was a fun read for Book Club that had the unique karaoke-frequenting perspective encompassing it! I was very tickled to … Continue reading

A Life in Two Genders

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan is a memoir of James Boylan turned Jennifer Boylan in real life. It was fascinating to read about the author’s internal changes as he took hormones to change his exterior…  The thing that … Continue reading

Lean in to Lean in

Do women unconsciously hold themselves back from opportunities in the workplace? Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, explores this question and more in her book, Lean In. Rather than hold back when it comes to one’s career path, Sandberg inspires readers to “lean … Continue reading

The Language Of Flowers

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was the most recent book we read for Book Club!

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Ranunculus (my favorite flower:) = You are radiant with charms

Instantly entrancing?

I think so.

As a wedding coordinator who admires a lot of centerpieces, pins many boutonnieres, and hands out many bouquets, this book gave me a new perspective of flowers.

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Lavender = Mistrust

In fact, I don’t think I’ll think the same way about flowers ever again!

In Victorian times, the language of flowers was used to express romantic messages.

This story follows foster-child Victoria Jones and her relationships, as well as communication through flowers to those around her.

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Moss = Maternal Love

This story has a meaningful message, as meaningful as the flowers’ symbolism it features.

I highly recommend it to those who find symbolism in nature fascinating, deeper meanings appealing, and stories of struggle and perserverance inspiring and humbling.

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Fushcia = Humble love

Cloud Atlas: Reincarnation

My girlfriends came over for Book Club last Tuesday night and were greeted by this sign (you know how much I like to decorate according to motifs in the book for Book Club!):

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We read David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, a book about reincarnation.

The envelope sign represented a dossier that became a matter of life or death for one of the characters…  

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These vintage candles symbolized a past era in one of the lives…

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Inspired by one of the characters who was a musician, I rustled up some old sheet music to add to the tablescape:)

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Here’s a closeup, plus soap because the “fabricants” in one of the lives would imbibe soap in order to keep her life cycle functioning…

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The setting and cultures varied…

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My “reincarnated” (ie. reinvented) dishes were a Chinese noodle dish made with pad thai instead, as well as this chocolate truffle pie with Joe Joe’s crust and raspberries!

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