Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Salon: Hello from Atlanta

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday! I'm writing this morning from Atlanta, the town in which I grew up. I flew in yesterday and spent the afternoon drinking ginger beer with my brother on his front patio (heavenly!), followed by hanging out with our cousins, and a wonderful dinner with my brother and sister-in-law at Gunshow, the new restaurant from Top Chef 7 alumnus Kevin Gillespie (also heavenly!) Today is the baptism of the daughter of one of my best friends. The rest of the weekend is filled with more time with friends, family, and meeting several babies born since the last time I was here, plus eating at more restaurants that are old favorites and discovering new ones. It's hard to believe it's been almost six years since I moved away from Atlanta (probably for good this time). It still feels likes home, even with so much changing over the years. The thought that the next time I'll be here, I'll have a baby is also hard to believe. All in all, the 60 degrees and sunny weather is pretty amazing. I think more afternoons on patio are definitely in order!

I've been thoroughly enjoying Thirty Girls by Susan Minot. The prose is stunning, but the subject matter is so dark, I had to take a break yesterday, when I had so much reading time while traveling. I picked up Don't Talk to Strangers, the third novel in the Keye Street mystery series by Amanda Kyle Williams, which is out in July 2014. The series is set in Atlanta, and it's been so much fun to read it while I'm in here visiting. I hope to finish both before I'm back in Des Moines, and I have no idea what I'll be picking up next, which is also really fun for me as an impulsive reader.

An early highlight of the trip was enjoying my first two flights where I'm permitted to read on my Kindle the entire flight. It was heavenly, particularly as the flight from Des Moines to Chicago is so short there are only about ten minutes that aren't considered part of take-off or landing. I loved not having to find a print book or pile of magazines to drag around. My Kindle is filled with many options of what to read next, which means I can also be an impulsive reader while traveling.

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  1. Atlanta, huh? They've had some weather for the past couple of weeks. Ginger beer? That sounds so good.

  2. Nice to hear you are enjoying some family time.

    ENJOY the nice weather too. It is snowing AGAIN and freezing in Pittsburgh. When will this end?

    Have a great week.

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  3. I've heard of that place but haven't been yet. I'll have to check it out the next time I'm down. I keep seeing my friends and family in t-shirts so I'm definitely jealous. Enjoy your stay in that wonderful city!!! :)

  4. So envious of your warm, foodie trip!

  5. Ooh, fun! Enjoy your trip and some awesome reading. :)

  6. I love the change in the airplane policy too - I encountered it for the first time over the holidays. No more reading the flight magazine until I can turn the e-reader on! I am sure the break in cold weather was nice - glad you had such a good weekend!


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