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BBC: ‘A French Wedding’.

Happy Humpday! It’s been such a weird week for me… Sunday night, Austin got a very unexpected storm – it was around midnight and my power kept going out and then coming back on… Probably not a big deal, but every time it would come back on, my stove would beep.

I didn’t fall asleep until at least 2am, so when I had to go to Dallas for work on Monday, I was exhausted. I am not lying when I say I was in bed asleep by 8:30 Tuesday night.

Yesterday, technology was completely against me. I was all ready to get loads of work done, when my laptop kept giving me the beach ball of death for more than two hours! I even restarted it several times and deleted lots of old files thinking that was the issue. I gave up and moved over to my iPad, and even IT was moving slow and some of my apps weren’t working. So, I worked from my phone… Ugh.

Anyway, let’s get into the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club (which I read entirely at the pool) which is “A French Wedding” by Hannah Tunnicliffe. Here is the description from Amazon:

Max is a washed-up rock star who’s about to turn forty and feeling nostalgic for his university days. All he says he wants for his birthday is to host his old friends at his house in the French countryside for a weekend of good food and reminiscing. But he has an ulterior motive: Finally ready to settle down, this is his chance to declare his undying love to his best friend, Helen.

Max’s private chef, Juliette, has just returned to her hometown after a nasty breakup and her parents’ failing health move her to sell her dream restaurant in Paris. Still reeling, Juliette throws herself into her job, hoping that the peace and quiet it offers will be the perfect cure for her broken heart.

But when Max’s friends arrive, the introverted, dreamy Juliette finds herself drawn out of her orderly kitchen and into their tumultuous relationships. A weekend thinking about the past spurs more than one emotional crisis, as the friends take stock of whether they’ve lived up to their ideals. Together for the first time in years, it’s not long before love triangles, abandoned dreams, and long-held resentments bubble over, culminating in a wedding none of them ever expected.

I’ve had this book on my list for awhile, and I finally picked it up because I needed a light break from the crime fiction I’ve been devouring. I also thought it would fulfill my craving for anything even close to the royal wedding.

This was the perfect pool book, and it offers some serious escapism in the form of beautiful scenes and very delicious-sounding food.

I will say that this book talks briefly about cancer, and if you’re anything like me, cancer is a trigger at the moment (I feel like it’s everywhere), so I’m just putting that out there, just in case.

Regardless, this was a fun summer read, and still has me craving fresh seafood dunked in clarified butter…yum!

I am recommending this book to anyone who loves romantic memories, or to anyone looking for a French escape!

The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “Dumplin'” by Julie Murphy. Follow me on SnapChat @OrangeJulius7 to get up-to-date book reviews and reactions.

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How to celebrate the royal wedding!

Photo from: The Cut.

The royal wedding – between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – is May 19th, meaning it’s just 10 days away and I’m so excited!

I will admit, I haven’t been following this couple as much as I did when Kate Middleton and Prince William were getting married in 2011. I just love Kate Middleton – I’m not quite as into Meghan, but I also haven’t been paying much attention.

That may all change when I settle in to watch “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”, which premiers Sunday night on Lifetime (8pm/7pm CST). This is a 2.5-hour drama (but of course) on the history of the couple and their relationship. THANK YOU, LIFETIME – even though it’s hard-telling how much of what will be shown is true.

Who cares. I’m here for it.

So, after we all watch the Lifetime movie, then we’ll just have a few days before the actual wedding. BBC put together a “Non-Brit’s Guide to the Royal Wedding” – and dropped this useful nugget:

The ceremony will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, 21 miles (34 km) west of London, at noon local time on 19 May. That means that if you want to watch from North America, you will have to tune in at 7:00 EDT.

…That means 6am central time.

But, early mornings call for coffee… or perhaps English tea in your fanciest teacup! Don’t worry, I’ll get to the festive foods and snacks in a moment… but first. How to watch the wedding and all the coverage:

CBS

Gayle King and Kevin Frazier will kick things off at 4 a.m. ET and a two-hour special, Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will air later that night at 8 p.m. ET/PT. You can also watch a live stream on CBS.com

NBC

The Today Show will have hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Megyn Kelly, and Kathie Lee Gifford positioned at “a special vantage point” overlooking Windsor Castle for coverage beginning at 4:30 a.m ET.

ABC

Good Morning America will start special coverage at 5 a.m. ET with co-anchor Robin Roberts and World News Tonight‘s David Muir. The network will also stream the five-hour broadcast online on ABCNews.comGoodMorningAmerica.com, their mobile apps, and social platforms.

…You may also check at your local movie theatres, as many are showing all of the coverage and the wedding at 10 am. You can visit this website and type in your zip code to see if there’s a showing in your area.

Now let’s talk food. The actual meal being served at the wedding is being kept under wraps, but salmon was a part of the meal at William and Kate’s wedding, and has been a part of royal weddings in the past. So perhaps a bagel and lox would be in order while watching.

It is a well-known fact that Harry proposed to Meghan while they were making a roast chicken (!), so perhaps the menu will include a nod to that moment.

They have said the cake will be an elderflower cake with buttercream.

Thinking of throwing a viewing party? I found a complete guide here, that includes where you can buy edible cupcake toppers of the royal couple, royal masks, themed tea bags, and even t-shirts, among many other things.

After all my research, I think I am going to watch the live coverage at home, in my pajamas. I’ve considered having a viewing party, but I’m not sure how many people want to join me at 3am. I will, however, have coffee or tea out of a real teacup, probably make some mimosas, and will definitely be getting some croissants or other fancy pastries to eat.

What are you all planning to do for the wedding? I am looking forward to it and would love to hear how you’re thinking of watching it.