I usually don't go out during the week because by the time I get home, get all of the evening stuff taken care of and change clothes; I'm so exhausted that the thought of dealing with traffic is beyond me.
But this evening my darling friend Shefali and two of her colleagues were having a poetry reading at a wine bar in Hollywood Beach ( Florida not California).
This is the area where we were all seated.
Wine names and prices on a board on top of the bar area.
This is the perfect way to display wine choices for a bunch of teachers and colleges professors.
My choice was the Sherry Hidalgo Gitana (Cherry Hildalgo Gypsy).
Here are the poets: Shefali, Marissa and Kristin.
Shefali just got her book published, Kristin is publishing her second book within the next month and Marissa is publishing her first book within the next couple of months.
Here she is reading a poem related to the myths, fantasies and the realities of motherhood.
A view of some of the attendees before the reading began.
My beautiful, funny and talented friend!
Here we are catching up. Shefali was signing my book while I was joking about how we are able to survived teenager-land.
I just met Marissa for the first time but I felt instantly connected to her lovely spirit and poetry. We were laughing and talking about our lives and the careful balance that we must keep between our creative lives and our academic one.
I always believe in trying to established friendships with many people as possible because I enjoy talking and learning about how other human beings live their lives (or should I say "how other mammals live their lives"?).
This is Marissa's other creative outlet.
The other area of the bar was empty because we all congregate by the reading side and of course closer to the bar.
Some of our purses. Mine is the gold one of course!
Some of the gorgeous crowd, talking, mingling and just having a good time with wine and poems.
The name of this lovely place is: Hollywood Vine. The bartender was very knowledgeable and patience with all of us.
Me before leaving the reading. For a change I was not the last one to go!
I enjoy going out to have fun with friends or by myself especially if it's something that I'm interested in. I do not expend a lot of money in any of my adventures. Most of the time I go to parks and Museum when the tickets are cheaper or I become a member and get discounts. This night I spend $7.00 in the drink, $12.00 in the book and $2.00 in parking. I spend more in gas than in the entire evening.
I wore my old and I thought-I-iron-it before-putting-in-on Target shirt.
Temperley London skirt, thrifted a couple of weeks ago.
I haven't got a gold-like purse in so long that when I saw this one I ran (literally) to get it from the purses rack at my Salvation Army store (two weeks ago).
No name tag; an anonymous purse!
I got the cross pendant many years ago at Steinmart and the other necklace was a gift from Bealls Outlet.
The mother of pearl pink bracelets were a crazy retail moment many years ago. I can't believe now how much I paid for them! The other bracelets and bangles are from the last five years and I purchase them here in South Florida. The rings are also from Steinmart.
A view of the streets by the parking lot where most of us parked. As you can see there were not many people out and we were quite happy and talkative leaving the reading.
Thanks for reading and to all a good night!