December 10, 2006

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Today my second box ( The first one I sent home from Vegas and this one I had sent home from SF a week later) arrived and along with it the books I purchased from Amazon and those which I received as presents for my birthday!! Wheeeeee!

More books about food and travel, my favorite kind:

1. Entertaining by Donna Hay
2. The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 Recipes by Ruth Reichl
3. Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (present from an aunt)
4. Classic Rachel Ray 30 Minute Meals (present from another aunt)
5. Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
6. Her Fork in The Road: Women Celebrate Food & Travel by Lisa Bach
7. Mañana Mañana: One Mallorcan Summer by Peter Kerr
8. Havana Salsa: Stories & Recipes by Viviana Carballo
9. Muffins & Other Morning Bakes by Linda Collister and Philip Webb
10. Brunch by Lousie Pickford & Ian Wallace
11. Very Funny, Now Change Me Back Again by Peter Biddlecombe
12. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

Other books I received as a birthday gift from my ultra-sweet sister (Love you mucho, Lils!) while in Vegas and which made it into the first box:
  • Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese Classic Recipes
  • Hershey's Classic Recipes

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but in a good way. I have to make space for them in my shelves, and even more challenging would be to make time to read them all! I wish I could speed-read. I can't wait to try out recipes from all these cookbooks, and settle once again into armchair traveler mode with the rest. Christmas comes early for this gypsy soul! :)


wysgal said...

More shiny new books! With all these "Best of 2006" lists coming out my wish list is just going to get longer. =)

Mila Tan said...

Atonement is a beatiful novel, I wish you joy with it. And I read Art of Travel a year or two ago, I believe de Bottone has a new book out (saw the reviews on NYTimes).

In case anyone is in the Tomas Morato area, Libreria is on sale till Friday, 50% off.

christine said...

Wysgal,hehe you and your lists. :) It's crazy no? For every book I read, I get like 5 more. It's never ending. Last night I had to buy these containers at the WTC bazaar to put books (my cookbooks in particular) in, because I needed to make space on my shelves.

Mila, I can't wait to read Atonement. Have you read Saturday and Amsterdam?

joey said...

Woohoo! It's such a nice surprise when a box arrives...even if you knew it was coming :) I finally got my FB discount card! Now I will wait til next October to clean them out...I have so many books on my to-buy and to-read lists...

I have Entertaining and I like it :) Cute concepts and yummy sounding stuff. I also have Amsterdam if you want to borrow :) I liked it's kinda twisted way...

I'm reading Julie/Julia right now! Sometimes I laugh out loud and Carlo thinks I'm nuts, but sometimes I really want to bop her (Julie)! Haha!

katrina said...

Hey, I just received my box of Amazon orders too! I didn't expect them till January, so I was thrilled. 6 books and 7 CDs...I'm SO excited! :-) But you're right, it's crazy -- despite the box, I just bought more books from Avalon this morning! I have Amsterdam and Atonement too. They're both sitting on my shelf, unread. year, next year, I'll finally have time!!! :-D

By the way, how was the WTC bazaar? I have tickets, but not sure I can find time to go, so I want to be sure it's worth the effort.

christine said...

Hey Jo, yay for the discount card! Now, even more temptation for you. And thanks! I'd love to borrow Amsterdam from you someday. But it won't be for a looooong while. I have a backlog bigger than PLDT's!
Haha, now you make me want to read Julia & Julia even more. :)

Katrina, so I wasn't the only one who went nuts on Amazon and Avalon recently. Think of it as an early Christmas present for yourself. I always give myself a Christmas present. :)

The WTC bazaar is like an airconditioned and less-crowded 168. It's not your typical high-end bazaar, this is where you go to get the cheap stuff if you don't have the time or patience for divi and 168. Though I'm done with my Xmas shopping, I got a lot of stuff mostly for my room.

I'm such a nerd,I bought:
- accessorry organizer (the type you hang in your closet with the see thru pockets)
- bedside organizer - you slip one end under your mattress and it has all these pockets for your remote controls, books, eye cream, pens, and whatever other knick knacks you have by your bed. (my nighttable is so cluttered, so this is perfect.)
- pastel boxes from Play & Display (for my sock and underwear drawers , need to retire those old shoeboxes)
- magazine/book bins for my cookbooks (realized it wasn't big enough when I got home)

I was so excited to go home and fix my stuff! I also received 2 huge under-bed plastic crates from Make Room from my kris kringle mommy that day (among college friends). That's what I put in my wish list. :)

I think the WTC bazaar is worth a look. You'll never know what you may find. The best thing about it is that it's open until midnight.

Oh and if you do go, make sure you visit my friends (Naomi and Fin) booth right beside the ambulance. They sell Tierra Spanish goodies like chorizo, jamon serrano, pates, etc. and the original Kookie Monster chocolate cake!

christine said...

Wow, that comment from me could have been a post on it's own! heehee sorry for being so long-winded.

Mila Tan said...

I read Amsterdam, but a long time ago. Speaking of Atonement, there's gossip that McEwan has been accused of using another author's work for Atonement. Could just be envy but who knows these days.

katrina said...

Just saw your reply now, but I already went to WTC last night. My coworker and I decided to ignore work and go shopping! ;-)

We thought it was definitely worth the drive and traffic. You're right, it's a cross between hotel bazaars and 168. I went to 168 a few months ago and saw many of the products from there last night -- with a big mark-up of course, but still cheap. Also saw some booths I haven't seen elsewhere. My Christmas list was already done, so I bought some accessories for myself, including a retro pair of polka dot/checkered wedge sandals on super-sale for a jaw-dropping P320!!! :-D

I can't believe I missed your friends' booth...I can't believe I didn't notice the AMBULANCE!!! That was in the last aisle and by then we were rushing because the bazaar was closing. But never mind, after the huge scoop of Theobroma ice cream I had, the last thing I needed was more food... ;-)

christine said...

Mila, I hadn't heard about that? The only controversy of the sort I am familiar with is the one involving James Frey.

Katrina, those sandals sound so cute! I don't remember seeing them there. Will you be going to the American Women's Bazaar on Tues.? I'll be there in the morning because there's something I need to go back for, for my mom. :)