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09 October 2011

The Sunday Salon

I never thought I would go to my twenty year high school reunion, but I did. Last night, my husband and I traveled the five hours from Virginia Beach to the Baltimore area, fighting that I-95 traffic the whole way. (When will they ever stop with that construction?)  I graduated in 1991 and when my parents left the area a couple of years afterwards, I never visited the ole stomping grounds again. And while I thought I would be nervous to see everyone I hadn't seen in two decades, it ended up being a fantastic evening. Some hadn't changed at all, but many had and it was a blast.

I just started reading The Lantern for Carl's R.I.P. readalong at Stainless Steel Droppings. It's not too late to join, so head on over to his site to get a feel for the reading schedule. After Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, I see why The Lantern is compared to it. Provence, France is shaping up to have a beautifully haunting feel to it, much like Manderley did in Rebecca.

This week is going to be extremely busy. I head to Denver for four days in all day training sessions for my company. Since I've never visited Denver, I'm looking forward to it, but as usual when traveling for work, there's never any time to actually visit the city. I end up identifying it with how nice the hotel or airport is.

So that means I won't be on the blogosphere much, and I'm anticipating my Google Reader to be at 1000+ posts from everyone (yikes). I'll catch up next Friday with you all.


  1. The Lantern was a wonderful, atmospheric novel. I enjoyed it. I just re-read Rebecca, and I think it was a bit more suspenseful than The Lantern, but the emotional feel and evocative atmosphere are similar.

    Have a great week in Denver...hope it does't snow on you out there!

  2. I am glad you are loving The Lantern! Very spooky and atmospheric book. I hope that you have a pleasant trip and that you get at least a few books read on the plane and during your downtime!

  3. Good to hear you had a good time at your reunion.

  4. Denver has a really great indy bookstore right downtown. You should definitely check it out. It's called The Tattered Cover.

  5. What a drag to get to travel to a city and then not actually get to spend time enjoying it. Well, I guess the good news is that the Denver airport is pretty sweet. It looks like a big tent. In a good way, I mean. ;-)

    Have a nice trip!

  6. I've never read The Lantern...Rebecca was one I loved back in the day, and I bought it recently for a reread.

    Hope you enjoy the hotels in Denver!


  7. There's no way you're old enough to have graduated in 1991! I'm glad the reunion went well.

  8. Safe traveling mercices on your trip to Denver. How fun it must be to get away from your normal work venue...all I see is the same classroom day in, day out, so I try to make it a beautiful place. But, it doesn't have mountains! :)

  9. I've seen a lot of reviews, but none has piqued my interest until you compared it to Rebecca. You know that's a favorite. Be safe, and try to enjoy the trip.

  10. Glad you had a good time! And for future reference I live 20 minutes from Baltimore. :)

  11. It's always nice when reunions end up being more pleasant than one anticipates! Glad you had a good time (and that crazy 95 traffic and construction is something else, isn't it?).

    I've been thinking about joining THE LANTERN read at the last minute, but am not sure. I also have a work trip this week, so we will see.

  12. I went to my 10 year (years ago) and actually really enjoyed it too :)

  13. Reunions can be fun! Hope you had a good time and are enjoying The Lantern as well.
    Book Dilettante

  14. Glad to see Thomas has already mentioned The Tattered Cover... have a great week!

  15. I skipped my 10 year reunion, but maybe I'll have an urge for 20 years. :) Enjoy your travels (insofar as you can) and The Lantern. I've already finished it, and I really liked it!

  16. I'm glad you had such an enjoyable evening at your reunion! I graduated in '90 and have skipped all reunions or gatherings with high school mates. Not sure why, just never worked out.

    I hope your time in Denver is very pleasant! I've been through there several times going up to Breckenridge & have always loved it. Enjoy! Be safe!


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