Ladies Who Lunch … and Radishes!

Over the years I’ve heard women say that they would rather keep company with men than women. They don’t trust other women. I’ve often wondered why. Most of my loved ones are females: mother, mother-in-law, sisters, nieces, grand nieces, book club ladies, RWA chapter mates, other authors, various long and short term friends … the list goes on and on. This past week, I was doing heavy promotion for the recent release of a book and the support and friendship shown to me was mind boggling. Thank you each and everyone. *smooches*

Recently, a friend said she’d like to put together a list of ladies who would like to do lunch. I thought what a marvelous idea. I’m not a hugely social person. I’m not inclined toward going out in the evening. Too many nutsy drivers, and I hate the crowds, and the prices. Also, by the end of the day I’m often too tired to clean up and change clothes and go out. Writers! We live in pj’s, yoga pants, and sweats. : )

Last Thursday, I had my first “ladies who do lunch” luncheon. MP900049773

It was wonderful. We sat out on a patio overlooking a lake with the beautiful desert sun warming our shoulders, and enough of a breeze to keep things pleasant. 0oo9027-R1-005-1We talked and laughed and ate salmon, quinoa, and salad. I especially loved the radishes. The hostess introduced us to two ladies we hadn’t met before, but seriously, the way we all hit it off you’d think we’d known each other for years.

That night I was almost asleep when it popped into my head that I hadn’t eaten a radish in a lot of years. Why not? I used to love them when I was kid. So the moral to this story is, get out there, accept invitations, enjoy the company of your sisters, and become reacquainted with the radish.

The radish … a lovely vegetable, and like many of my friends: colorful, cool, crisp, and crunchy. : )MP900387857What’s your favorite vegetable?


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20 Responses to Ladies Who Lunch … and Radishes!

  1. Doing lunch always sounds to civilized. Glad you had a great afternoon. It’s good for that writer’s soul. My husband loves radishes and I often forget to buy them for him for ages. Then I’ll come home with a couple of bunches and he acts like it’s Christmas! I enjoy them but I’m not crazy about them. I do, however, love raw carrots and often marvel how sweet they taste. A perfect natural treat.
    I hope you’ve got your next luncheon planned! Can’t wait to hear what you’ll sample next. 🙂

  2. Barb Han says:

    That sounds like a lot of fun and what a treat to your soul! I can relate to living the Yoga pants writer life and with young kids at home, most of my non-writing activities revolve around them. 🙂 But, I’d love to do something like this. Too bad we don’t live closer. 🙂

    • robena grant says:

      It would be lovely, Barb. : )
      I can remember those years of young motherhood and being the caretaker, driver, cook and bottle washer. Your days of lunches etc. are still off in the future. And rightly so. I miss the mothering. : )

  3. Nan says:

    Lunch with friends is always lovely! My editorial freelancer pals and I get together for lunch about every other month–our version of the water cooler since we all work at home (in yoga pants and sweats!!). My favorite veggies are edamame (shelled and steamed soybeans) and roasted brussels sprouts, although it’s hard to beat a crisp green salad. I’m not a big fan of dressing, so just eating the salad with my fingers and sometimes dipping pieces in a puddle of blue cheese dressing brings the ultimate enjoyment! 😉

  4. HI Robena,
    Oh, I think there’s nothing better than sharing lunch with friends and meeting new people along the way. It opens the heart and allows fresh ideas to take hold. Speaking of fresh, we love snap peas from my hubby’s garden. It’s fun to go outside and pick a handful every day. Radishes? Not my thing, but hubby loves them.

  5. robena grant says:

    Ooooh, snap peas. One of my faves. When I was young I’d pull up the baby carrots and pick the peas, wash them off by the garden hose, and chow down. It used to infuriate my father. *grin*

  6. Julia Blake says:

    Lunch with friends and making new friends in the process is so fun. My two kids are aged six and seven-and-a-half (don’t forget the half!) so between writing, care-taking and shuttling all over town, I don’t get out to lunch with friends very often. I did, however, go out for lunch on Saturday, and it was so re-vitalizing. Grown-up conversation with people of similar interests but varying points of view…it was lovely.

    As far as veggies go, I’m with Lynne on the fresh carrots. They are so good, and I always forget to include them until I run into a platter of crudite.


    • robena grant says:

      Oh yes, Julia, I remember those years with young ones. I lived up on a hill above the San Fernando Valley, and everything I needed was down on Ventura Blvd. So many trips up and down that windy road. I wanted my license plate to read BLVDMOM. : )
      Enjoy those dates with friends, because they really do refill the well.

  7. Gina B. says:

    Your lunch sounds absolutely delightful. I’m always up for a lunch (or brunch!) with friends to catch up and enjoy some good food.

    My favorite vegetable is cucumbers. Very light and refreshing!

  8. robena grant says:

    Nothing like lunch with the ladies! Cucumbers and onions used to be high on my list. As I’ve gotten older, I have to stay away from them, and green peppers, because they are harder to digest. But I miss my cukes!

  9. Sam Beck says:

    Don’t blame yourself for any antisocial tendencies. I think there’s something inherently antisocial about a writer’s life. I used to be queen of the happy hour when I worked outside the home, but now, I’m more in your camp. Blow-drying my hair and putting on “real” clothes? That is a LOT of trouble!

    But, unlike the happy hours I used to attend on a weekly basis, on the much rarer occasions I get together with friends now, it’s always worth the trouble! 😉

    • robena grant says:

      Absolutely, Sam. Writers are notorious for being stay at homes. My neighbors told me they often quizz each other about if it’s possible I’m dead. They say if they don’t see the garage open and close for a couple of days they worry. Ha ha.
      It’s always worth the effort to go out and play at being an adult. And even if we do the bitch and moan before going, we ALWAYS have a wonderful time! : )

  10. Like you, I tend toward the hermit existence. But I’m happy to go to lunch if someone makes me. I just need a little push out of my desk chair.

    My favorite veggie? Sheesh. That’s hard. How about if I pinpoint one that I don’t get often but like a lot, like you and your radishes? I really like the peppery taste of arugula, but rarely buy it. It usually goes bad before I can eat it all.

  11. robena grant says:

    Oh, I like arugula too, Kate. I try to buy it in a salad mix so that I’m not getting too much. Another thing that has changed as I’ve aged, I can’t eat a giant bowl of salad like I did when I was younger. : (

  12. If I were close enough I would love to do lunch with you and the ladies.

  13. robena grant says:

    Hi, Judy! It’s lovely how we make friends via social networking, but then we live thousands of miles apart, which prevents getting together events. One of these days we will meet up. : )

  14. Julie says:

    My lunch is everyone else’s dinner. But that still works out, when it can be arranged. And wait, you DON’T go to every event IN the yoga pants?

    My favorite veggie is an artichoke. But I love nearly all of them. Except onions.

    We’ve started growing radishes now. It was a brainstorm, much like yours. “Hey, we loved these, why don’t we have them more often?”