Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Page 123

Janna has tagged me again. I still have another tag floating around in my comments from last week but I'm not sure if I'll make it there.

This meme instructs me to do the following:

1) Pick up the book nearest you
2) Open to page 123
3) Find the 5th sentence
4) Post the following 3 sentences
5) Tag five others

My bookshelf is on the wall four inches above my computer (I think you can see it in the iMac post) so I have plenty to choose from. Because I think this meme is fun, I'm going to do the first book that caught my eye AND the book I'm reading (but is in the other room).

The first book I saw (because it's hot pink):
Rachael Ray's 365: No Repeats; A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners

Page 123 (from the recipe for Steaks with Two Tapenades, Arugula Salad, and Crusty Bread):

"Drizzle the steaks with EVOO and season with salt and pepper on both sides. When the skillet is screaming hot, cook the steaks for 2 minutes on each side for rare, 3 on each side for medium rare, 4 minutes on each side for medium to medium well. Let the meat stand for 5 to 10 minutes for the juices to redistribute in the meat."

Now for the book I'm reading, The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards.

Page 123:

Ahh! Page 123 is blank! I kid you not, it's the start of a new section. I'll use page 125 instead.

"Don't worry," Miss Throckmorton replied. "We'll take good care of him."

Miss Throckmorton was young, just out of school, dark-haired and wiry and enthusiastic.

I must comment about those three sentences. Miss Throckmorton is not mentioned again in the book and I paused at her name when I first read it. I wondered about the author and how she came up with that name. My thought is she must know someone with a similar name or have some interesting way in which she came up with it, because it's just so odd. I puzzled over it for a few minutes, never imagining I'd end up typing it three times*.

I also noticed the structure of the third sentence. I'm not a fan of multiple "ands' within a sentence, I'd much rather use commas. That's just me and my style, but that also gave me pause. How strange that those three sentences were the ones randomly chosen by an online meme.


That's all for now. How many of you are planning on steak for dinner?

*now four times because I just had to add it in my tags.

Oh, and EVOO is extra-virgin olive oil.

Ack! I forgot to tag people. Let's see... I'm just going to tag Jenna because she's reading Stephen King's On Writing and I know she wants to post more. :)


Janna said...

How fun to have done a Rachael Ray cookbook! I'll take the steak, but arugula salad? Nah.

Funny, I actually do know someone with the last name Throckmorton. And I gave pause when I read it because of that.

Thanks for playing! :)

Melanie Avila said...

Of course! Now that I'm looking more closely I realize all the books on the lowest shelf are more reference than anything else. Cookbooks, Spanish dictionaries & phrasebooks, and a bunch of those little books you get at your wedding with inspirational quotes and stories. I could make this a series!

Melanie Avila said...

Oh, and you KNOW someone with that name? Very small world, indeed.

Jenna said...

I just returned On Writing to the library so I can use that :(...but I just picked up another book from the library that is right behind me :)

Melanie Avila said...

Oh, bummer!

That's ok, it'll still be fun to see what you find. :D

Mary B said...

Great. Now I'm hungry, Melanie.

Oh, and I know a Throckmorton too, but it's a common name here. There is a big family of Throckmortons and a couple of streets with that name.