(Late) Sunday Salon: Book BLAH This Weekend!

(Late) Sunday Salon: Book BLAH This Weekend!

There’s a rather surprising number of book bloggers in Southern California for a region that’s only occasionally known for being particularly bookish, but (no) thanks to the traffic and sprawl, we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. But an out-of-town visitor is always a great excuse to get together. Thanks to the fact that Rhapsody Jill was visiting for the weekend, I got to meet up with her, Amy, Softdrink […]

The Show Goes On: the Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Part 2)

The Show Goes On: the Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Part 2)

When we last saw our tour group at the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour, we were on our way out of the “Midwest” and about to visit a working soundstage, which is where most interior filming happens. Some of that does get done on the back lot too, though. These are two different kinds of interior sets used on the back lot. The one on the left is a “facade,” and on film you’d see […]

That’s Show Biz: The Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Part 1)

That’s Show Biz: The Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Part 1)

Unless you live in the middle of it, you might not realize how little of the work associated with “Hollywood” is actually done in Hollywood, California. (Conversely, I work in Hollywood at a job that has nothing to do with “Hollywood.”) Last Saturday, Tall Paul and I visited one of the places where Hollywood’s work has been done for more than eight decades: Warner Brothers Studios in beautiful downtown Burbank. You may have done the […]

NECHAMA. The word means “comfort.” Help those who need it find it.

NECHAMA. The word means “comfort.” Help those who need it find it.

I went back the office yesterday for the first time since my surgery, so the timing is just right…   I usually talk about my job in pretty vague terms here, but today is different. Today I am taking you where we’ve never gone before on this blog – to my workplace. I promise I won’t make a habit of dragging you there with me, but it’s for a special project, and we need your […]

From the archives: Christmas Spectacle!

From the archives: Christmas Spectacle!

These were taken during my family’s 2006 and 2007 visits to the place my sister calls “The House That Threw Up Christmas.” This truly is a local institution – according to their website, their first Christmas was in 1964, the same year as my first Christmas. They’ve got a photo archive through 2005, so you can see how the display has evolved over the years – well, “grown” is a more accurate word than “evolved;” […]

Encino Says: “Save Our Bookstore!” (Updated)

Encino Says: “Save Our Bookstore!” (Updated)

There have been too many stories in the last year or two about cities closing or limiting the hours of their libraries, but bookstores have been having a hard time of it as well. Shelf Awareness regularly reports on closures in the independent-bookseller sector – there’s one looming in Nashville – but they’re not the only ones affected; the big-name bookstores have been struggling too. I live in what’s essentially a one-bookstore town…well, two if […]

Baby, it’s HOT outside – but just chill out! (Weekend Assignment #327)

Baby, it’s HOT outside – but just chill out! (Weekend Assignment #327)

Between my vacation and my limitation to one-handed typing for the last few weeks, I’ve missed a few Weekend Assignments lately. But my right shoulder is recovering well, as I Tweeted on Wednesday morning: “GREAT news at the ortho yesterday: shoulder healing very well & can wean off sling -by next week, just need to wear it at night!” 9:30 AM Jul 14th via TwitterGadget and later that day: “I have a new appreciation for […]

Flea Market Finds – Tuesday Tangents (on Thursday)

Flea Market Finds – Tuesday Tangents (on Thursday)

It’s been almost four years since Tall Paul and I visited the monthly Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, but since we didn’t have the kids this past weekend, we decided we’d go if I wasn’t too beat after the Readathon on Saturday. I wasn’t, so we hopped into the car on Sunday morning. We’re definitely not hard-core about these things – by conventional wisdom, our arrival at nearly 10 AM could have very well […]

Wednesday/Weekend Assignment #312: Reviewing my Birthday Dinner

Wednesday/Weekend Assignment #312: Reviewing my Birthday Dinner

We’re on a food kick in Weekend Assignment-land. Last week Karen asked us about cheese; this week, co-host Carly broadens the approach a little bit. Weekend Assignment #312: Write A Culinary Review. Your reviews can be about a favorite restaurant, or a specific item on a menu. Packaged foods, or something you created yourself. It’s all up to you. Your take on it can be positive or negative, hey, it’s your opinion! 🙂 Extra Credit: […]

Southern California Book Bloggers: Your input, please!

If I had to list all the things I love about blogging, “community” would be very high on the list. I’ve found several  communities that feel a bit like home, but the book-blogging community is extra-special to me, and not just in its virtual form; I appreciate that I’ve been able to get to know some of my fellow Southern California book bloggers in so-called “real life” too. But I know there are a lot […]

Can’t stand the heat (Weekend Assignment #275)

Can’t stand the heat (Weekend Assignment #275)

It’s the middle of July, and if you live north of the equator, you’re probably experiencing summer weather right about now. That’s inspired Karen‘s question for this Weekend Assignment: Weekend Assignment: #275: What’s your favorite way to stay cool in the summer? Is this even an issue where you live? Extra Credit: Was climate a significant factor in deciding to live where you do? The Southern California dream: the endless summer. Bright, comfortably warm days […]

A summer snapshot, starring my town (Weekend Assignments #271/272)

A summer snapshot, starring my town (Weekend Assignments #271/272)

I didn’t intend to blow off last week’s Weekend Assignment from Professor Karen at Outpost Mâvarin, but I did have some trouble getting a handle on it…until now. It’s being worked into this week’s Assignment. I hope that it will be accepted as my make-up exam! Weekend Assignment #271: No matter where you live, the daily sights you take for granted are bound to seem exotic to someone who lives in very different surroundings. Describe […]

Book Festivals and zombie chickens!

Book Festivals and zombie chickens!

One of the highlights of my year is happening this weekend: it’s time again for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA, and not even a Zombie Chicken attack can stop it! (Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar) My trip to the Festival is going to be a bit different this year. I first attended in 2006, accompanied by my then-fiancé Tall Paul. The highlights that year were the giant […]

A minor league gal in a Major League town

A minor league gal in a Major League town

Baseball’s back, baby! Play ball! I was raised on baseball. It’s a sport I can actually follow. Everyone takes his turn, and everyone has a specific job responsibility on the field. I can make sense out of it. I was raised on New York Yankees baseball, actually. My dad spent many hours of his youth and young adulthood in Yankee Stadium, where he saw many of the legends play with his own eyes, and at […]

Accidents will happen…

…especially on rainy roads in normally dry Southern California. Sometimes they involve a lot of cars. If you’re truly unfortunate, one of those cars is yours. Guess who was truly unfortunate on Monday afternoon? My family spent the President’s Day weekend at my mother-in-law’s, and started the drive home after lunch on Monday. The weather was iffy, so we wanted to allow extra time for traffic tie-ups. Even so, we weren’t doing too badly time-wise […]