Friday, went out for sushi at Wasabi's with the girls. The sushi was decent but the service was deplorable. We arrived at 7:40pm and weren't served until after 9:00pm. And yes, the place was busy, but not busy enough to warrant such a delay. Then a few of us headed down the block to Lulu's Chocolate bar for dessert. Excellent, as always, and we were even able to snag a table.
Saturday, went to the Savannah Book Festivalwith L. The festival was touted as being a "free and open to the public celebration of the written word". There were dozens of authors to see throughout the day at various venues around Telfair square. The morning started for me with Deborah Davis, who spoke (as all the authors did), about how she got her start in writing, then went on to discuss her book Party of the Century. A book about Truman Capote's black and white ball. Next was John Berendt, who spoke about his history and novels. While waiting in line to have John Berednt sign my book, I noticed a man who looked vaguely familiar speaking to the author. Later I heard it was Luther Driggers, from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, who was "rumored to be in possession of a bottle of poison so lethal that if he ever dumped it into the city's water supply it would kill everyone in Savannah". Then is was on to Mary Kay Andrews, Georgia's own chick lit superstar. After Mary Kay, we took a lunch break and headed over to Harris Baking Company. The service, consistent with the night before was just not what it should be, but the food was. After lunch we popped into Monkee's to check out their spring shoes, many of which had yet to arrive. Then L and I parted ways, she went back home and I went on to hear Julia Reed speak. With her husky-voiced Southern twang, charm and wit, she was the highlight of the day. Along with being the author of Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena,she is also senior writer at Vogue and a contributing editor at Newsweek. She is Mississippi delta born and raised but currently divides her time between NYC and New Orleans. Julia Reed touched on many subjects, one of the most interesting being how Hillary Clinton left her and Vogue hanging when a article and photo shoot was scheduled with the presidential hopeful. "New York Post columnist Liz Smith reported Nov. 1 that “the astute [Vogue contributing editor] Julia Reed hung ten waiting to write about Clinton and the giant fotog Annie Leibovitz had her cameras at the ready for nothing.” A Vogue spokesman confirmed: “We were told by Ms. Clinton’s camp that they were concerned if Clinton appeared in Vogue that she would appear too feminine.” (Clearly, though, the presidential candidate didn’t worry about that when she cried in New Hampshire.) But Wintour didn’t take Clinton’s dis lightly. In her February editor’s letter, Wintour takes Clinton to task for being behind the times. “Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female president hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking too feminine. The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying.” Wintour continues: “This is America, not Saudi Arabia. It’s also 2008: Margaret Thatcher may have looked terrific in a blue power suit, but that was 20 years ago. I do think Americans have moved on from the power-suit mentality, which served as a bridge for a generation of women to reach boardrooms filled with men. Political campaigns that do not recognize this are making a serious misjudgment.” Then Reed moved on to discuss the current state of New Orleans. This woman was so smart and engaging, a superb ending to the day.
Sunday, stayed in all day and loved every minute of it.
December 1st - Went to watch the Savannah Christmas parade with P and her family. The parade was so small town, and I don't mean quaint. Basically any person, car, dog adorned with Christmas lights was allowed to participate. No floats. It really was painful to watch. Oh and Paula Deen's sons, who seem to be celebrities themselves in Savannah, made an appearance mid way through. Comically disappointing. Then it was on to Broughton St. shops, for their Christmas parties.
December 5th - We got a visit fromRita Konig, Domino's Girl About Town / columnist for British Vogue and her team of photographer and assistant. Domino is writing an article on shopping in Savannah for their March issue. Someone who knows the owner of my store and knows Rita apparently sent her our way. My boss and Rita really hit it off. Rita and her team spent quite a bit of time in the store, taking notes and snapping photographs. My friend and coworker just happened to be wearing one of my scarves that day, and Rita complimented her on it. She immediately told Rita that I was the one who made it. I was just flattered that Rita admired it, but she then proceeded to ask me where I sell them and took down my contact information.
December 6th - The design district, where the shop I work at is located, held their annual Christmas party. Although I must admit having to work during the party and not really getting to participate wasn't the ideal way to spend the evening. We had a vintage Bentley parked out front of the store all evening, for atmosphere. The owner of the car, a man from "Hollywood", proceeded to get sloshed and behave inappropriately, almost trampling one of the few babies out that evening. Our security eventually ended up asking him to leave. Someone had a delightful time driving both him and his automobile home.
December 7th - Went to Wright Square shops Christmas parties with P and her family. Uneventful.
December 8th - Went on Holiday Tour of Homes with L. Bumped into M beforehand and he joined us for lunch at the new bakery, Harris Baking Co., in Drayton Towers. Quite liked it. And glad to find out that they deliver, as we often order lunch at work. Back to the Holiday Tour of Homes, a complete disaster. The homes were unimpressive and embarrassing.
December 12th - Went to a Christmas party hosted by Michelle from Madame Chrysanthemum and several of her friends. Everyone was to bring a toy for Toys for Tots. Home was beautiful. Food was swell. People were lovely. And drinks were plentiful.
December 19th-30th - Flew home to Washington for Christmas. Spent time in Seattle and on the island. Saw family, friends and acquaintances. Threw a Christmas party. Attended my sisters baby shower. Saw the dreaded dentist. Got to spend time, although not enough, with Sarah and Alina. Neither of whom I've seen in over a year. I must say it was extremely hard returning to Savannah after this visit home.
December 31st - Arrived back in Savannah completely exhausted after flying red eye and having to change planes. Slept all day.
January 2ndish (don't remember exact date) - Once back at work construction started up again on another one of the rooms in the store. This time the bathroom was under renovation. In the ceiling the construction crew, much to their delight, discovered vintage porn magazines and books from the 60's stashed away in the low ceiling they were raising. Another "so Savannah" moment. I think the space was used as a piano shop back when the porn was current rather than vintage.
January 3rd - Dinner at Sweet Leaf with C, her boyfriend, and several other of her interior design friends. Since they weren't serving alcohol that night we then made our way over to Mellow Mushroom for beer and cider.
January 5th - A bunch of us from work went to A Vida for L's Birthday. Had the Calamari and several Sidecars. Then on to Lulu's, Venus, Wild Wings, Jazz'd, and Mercury before home.
January 12th - Pre-party drinks at C's before heading to M's party for her boyfriends Birthday. Drinks, dancing, delicacies.
January 19th - Viewed Atonement with M. Loved the costumes, not so much the rest of the film.
January 31st - My sister had baby Emma. To delight of Emma's father she didn't inherit the red hair that runs on our side of the family. She's still adorable despite not being a redhead.