On Vacation I Will Go

I have to admit, I’ve been remiss in my blog postings recently, but I have been furiously working away and packing up nearly everything in my home in anticipation of my upcoming vacation.

Yes, you heard me: Your dear editor will be, as of this very blog post, gloriously on vacation for nearly two weeks. For those of you who get and read the weekly Events newsletter, you know that is my third (and fingers crossed for successful) attempt at taking a trip this summer. So, if you don’t hear from me by Monday, you can rest assured that I am safely ensconced in my temporary beach home, enjoying something icy and sweet whilst reading one of the books in the ever-increasing stack that has grown like a goiter out of the side of my bed. Sheer heaven, I tell you.

Oh, now, don’t fret. I know you are wondering how on earth you will get along without me and my posts and newsletters for approximately 12 days, and so, I thought I’d give you a couple of things to mull over while I’m gone (and, just so you don’t go into total culture withdrawal, there will be a post or two to tide you over from some guest bloggers, as well):

One Simple Wish Shop: Typically, I don’t need much of a reason to shop, but this is an opportunity no one can resist: One Simple Wish, the nonprofit organization that supports foster children and impoverished families in New Jersey, is opening its first storefront where anyone can come in to grant a wish to someone in need. While looking for the perfect wish, shoppers also will custom jewelry, personalized greeting cards, T-shirts, and second-hand cocktail, holiday, and prom dresses (all proceeds will benefit One Simple Wish, of course). To celebrate, the shop has held a slate of free events this week; tonight, there cookies from Lovin Cookies (the only reason I need to show up), along with an open-mic night featuring poetry, music, and comedy performances. Tomorrow, you can make your own “wish” necklace and indulge in complimentary coffee and donuts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. One Simple Wish Shop, 183 Scotch Road, Ewing; 609.883.8484 or onesimplewish.org.

Boro Bean Breakfast: Very simply the best on-the-go (or sit-down-at-a-table) breakfast I’ve had in a long time. (To wit, my sister-in-law, who lives 2,000 miles away in New Mexico, literally has a Boro Bean frequent buyer card, because the place is that good.) A burrito of fluffy egg, organic bacon and cheddar cheese on a whole-wheat wrap accompanied by a spicy–sweet chai latte made with the Bean’s house-blended tea is the answer to whatever ails you (or a solid response to the “dog” that might have bitten you the night before). My recommendation is to hit the happy hamlet of Hopewell this weekend and enjoy your meal porch-side. Boro Bean, 9 East Broad Street, Hopewell; 609.466.6681.

One Day by David Nicholls: So, my new “friend” Jennifer Weiner (who I had the pleasure of listening to as she read from her latest book, Fly Away Home, at the library last week; she was delightful, hilarious, and said she loved my interview questions … aw, shucks) recommended the book One Day by David Nicholls as a must-read for the summer. A young man and woman have a post-college-commencement “interlude,” shall we say, and part ways; however, fate has something else in store for them, and the book peeks in on their intersecting lives on the same date for the next 20 years as they try (perhaps) to find their way back to each other. I have been on my aforementioned vacation a mere two hours and I’m already trying to pawn my child off on my unsuspecting in-laws so I can hit the local bookstore to pick it up. (And, as there are 16 holds on approximately six already checked-out copies at the Princeton Public Library, so you best get thee to some kind of shop to procure yours.) Barnes & Noble, Princeton Marketfair, 3535 US Route 1, Princeton; barnesandnoble.com or 609.897.9250.

And with that, I bid you adieu … for now. —JH

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