Thursday, July 31, 2014

Discussion Questions for Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

1. Give the book a grade and justify it with your fellow book clubbers.

2. Have you read any of J.K. Rowling's other post-Harry Potter books?

3. Why did J.K. Rowling use a pseudonym for this novel? Did she achieve the goal of this plan?

4. Were you surprised by the ending? Why or why not?

5. Did you find Robin relatable?

6. Mental health issues (PTSD, depression, addiction, bipolar) was a major theme throughout the book. How did these conditions blind or aid each character?

7. Who would you want to play each character in a movie?

8. The cover art confused some of us. What did you think of it?

- Cameron

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Daily Read: Date Eats

Us JUGs have respect for sarcasm and it always feels like a win when you find others that feel the same way.  When I came across the blog DateEats last week, I was instantly hooked and immediately read each post.  As someone in the singles "scene," dating opinions tend to be heavy since it is a pretty serious topic.  The (anonymous?) author of DateEats, however, refreshingly sheds some humor on dating in Boston.

The author, "Chief" also rates restaurants in recommending them as date venues for his readers, which is always helpful advice, especially for a first date, in addition to remembering this. Other favorite tips of mine are here, here and here, great examples of why manners are so important and valued.  I had to laugh reading this, because this happened to me on a first date and was one of the main reasons why I didn't want to see the guy again (don't get my wrong, I respect getting a bargain, but the mention of the discount 4x was overkill).

Now, I have to wonder, with the blog continuing, "Chief" must still be single, right?!  Even if he's been scooped up, let's hope the snarky reviews and recommendations keep coming!  With all of the North End mentions, it's tough to find something I do not like about this blog.  Whether you need ideas on where to dine, or a guy's perspective on the beast that is dating, or simply want a laugh, bookmark it today!

- Meredith

all photos from DateEats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New JCrew Collaborations


initial necklace, $240

Mociun ball ring, $322

Jennifer Fisher cluster, priced by piece

twist stacking ring, $74


Let's be honest, J.CREW is a resource for any gal, whether you have the preppy gene or not.  The company has taken new creative directions as of late, and after scoping out the latest summer catalog, I have my eyes on a few of these dainty gold treats.  Sourced above, these Maya Brenner, Jennifer Fisher, Catbird NYC and Mociun pieces are classic wardrobe inclusions for years to come.  Bravo, yet again, to J.CREW for these brand collaborations!

- Meredith