This is my birthday week, so I decided to indulge in a few things that are a bit frivolous and fun. Yesterday, my sister and I got up early, headed to the William Sonoma Gourmet Cuisine Store in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, Ca, and waited in line for over four hours to have celebrity cookbook author and Food Network Star, Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa), sign her new cookbook for us.
My best friends and cousin were meeting us for my birthday lunch after the signing. We had done something like this a couple years ago when another cookbook author and Food Network celebrity, Giada DiLaurentis, was signing books at the same William Sonoma Store. It is just silly fun to be sitting on the marble floors, reading, drinking tea (which I brought from home), and making new friends with others participating in this vigil…most of us laughing at the ridiculousness of spending so much time on this, while thoroughly enjoying the ambiance, lightness in the air, laughter, and a few little tidbits the William Sonoma staff tray passed to us of a crumble baked from Ina’s book. My sister said it was really good, (I was a good girl and didn’t partake of the pastry–challenge in tact 🙂 )
While I anticipated a decent turnout for this book signing, I was stunned at just how many people ended up in line…over 1,000 to be sure. Below photos depict just a small portion of the lines (as they had them streaming in multiple directions as not to block other retailer doors.)
Week Two Challenge Update:
So, that was Thursday…today is Sunday…the family is coming over soon to celebrate four November birthdays…my two brothers, nephew, and mine. I didn’t have to do any cooking. Just set the tables. We will serve buffet style.
It’s been a challenging week to be on a fitness and weight management challenge….sooo many lunches and dinners out celebrating, but I am happy to say that I have maintained…no gain in weight and I’ve eaten within my allowed ranges at nearly all meals. The only thing I’ve gone a bit over on is wine consumption, as I don’t usually have wine more than once a week…this week I’m on my fourth day in a row of celebrating with a glass or two…but that’s o.k., it’s my birthday week.
My favorite thing to do is having the family over. What fun. I am already thinking of how to portion out the great food that is coming in a couple hours from my brother’s and sister, nieces and daughter…I plan to consume just a little bit of everything and I should get through unscathed 🙂 Challenge goals in tact.