10/29/18, Trick or Treat

Hi Everyone,


I hope you had a good week last week, and that this week will be more treat than trick for you!!! (Treat being lots of dark chocolate or whatever makes you happy!!!)


I worked REALLY hard last week, writing 20 hours a day, so I am definitely back up to fall speed and my winter writing schedule. And I finished what I was writing on Friday, so I treated myself to a fun day on Saturday (after Xeroxing everything I’d been writing, since I type it on a typewriter and don’t use a computer). After the Xeroxing, I did some Christmas shopping….and of course a few treats for me!!! I’m having my Godchildren for a Halloween dinner, and they’re still young enough to really enjoy it!!


After Christmas shopping on Saturday (I went to a really cool store that is ALL men’s socks in a million different rainbow colors—–great stocking stuffers for the men on my list!!)—after that, I did something I never do. I NEVER go to restaurants alone, I’m not a big eater, wouldn’t enjoy being in a restaurant alone, it always looks weird to me when I see women alone in a restaurant, or people alone generally, and it’s no fun without someone to talk to. If I’m out doing errands, I just plow through until I get home, and I always have a bar of dark chocolate in my handbag if I get hungry, and it doesn’t hurt to skip a meal. I’d rather do that than go to a restaurant alone. And I’ve only done that once in my life. But Saturday, I decided to spoil myself a little after a week of hard work, and spotty meals. I tend to eat food that’s easy to eat and I don’t have to pay attention to when I’m working. Like hard boiled or scrambled eggs, the occasional sandwich, and waaayyyyy too many cookies!!! But Saturday I stopped for a late lunch, I had truffle risotto and calf’s liver (I love liver—-I know, no one else does). It was yummy, I was on an outdoor terrace, having a ball watching the people go by, sitting in the sun, feeling lazy and spoiled and enjoying it thoroughly. It was a fun restaurant I go to a lot, so they know me, and the kind of place where families and couples go, and all kinds of people so I didn’t stand out alone. And the people watching is superb there. Lots of foreigners, on my right were two Chinese women who looked like they were having a good time. They took photos of each other with their phones. to my left were two young Americans, maybe about 18 or 19, a boy and a girl, talking about college and exams, and how awful their parents are (I tried not to laugh at that. The boy said he had to take a trip with his father and said “Erghk!! How Sinister is That!!”) And beyond them was a beautiful Russian woman with what seemed to be her boyfriend. Lots of people came and went in some wild outfits. It’s a restaurant where a lot of people go in the fashion business, and some models, actors and actresses sometimes, and people who want to see and be seen. There was a Chinese actress posing for photographs in front of me, and some crazy outfits: one couple had on matching suits with Bermuda shorts, and she was wearing Mickey Mouse ears. It was a fun interlude for an hour, and at least I had a decent meal after a week of eating snacks nonstop.  I did some more errands after that, and went home and listened to some music and answered some emails.


I still haven’t figured out a Halloween costume, I have a pink sweatshirt with Miss Piggy on it, and may settle for that this year. I hope you have a GREAT HALLOWEEN!!! Whether in costume or not, and I hope you get lots of treats!!!


I learned something VERY unusual this week by the way—At least I think it is, a social event popular with the Millennial generation (late 20’s to early 30’s) Apparently the big trend is for “Gender Reveal” Parties. Clearly, I’m from the Dark Ages because I’d never heard of it before, although all my children knew about it when I checked. It sounded extremely sexy, but apparently isn’t. Here’s how it works if you don’t know about it either. When a Millennial is having a baby, instead of having the doctor tell her and her partner or spouse the sex of the baby, the doctor writes the baby’s sex down on a piece of paper, seals the paper in an envelope and the future Mom takes it to a party planner and a baker, and they throw a party, which will either have a pink or a blue theme, they invite all their friends, and when they go to the party, they discover the sex of their baby, along with all their friends, from the pink or blue balloons. I have to admit, I was stunned, I can’t imagine wanting to share that discovery with 50 or 100 friends or even two. In my generation, it was a very private moment to share with my husband and not discover at a party. But apparently, Gender Reveal Parties are a big deal now. You learn something new every day!!!



Trick or Treat!!!


love, Danielle


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6 Comments so far
  1. PJ October 29, 2018 11:41 am

    Congrats for enjoying your lunch alone–I’ve been doing it for 30+ years-started when I was working and was sent out of town- and I would never miss a meal! After the first few times, you start to love it, being immersed in your thoughts and the delicious meal.

  2. Elaine October 29, 2018 11:57 am

    I only heard about gender reveal parties because one went awry and started a forest fire and now the man owes $8 million in restitution.


    It seems like in the ’60s and ’70s we decided to do away with traditions and now, having no traditions, the millenials are trying to create their own.

  3. Bonnie Johnson October 29, 2018 4:10 pm

    My favorite author, Danielle Steel, I love your sense of humor!!! You kept me in giggles all day, with your personal comments on the Gender Revealed Parties. It will be interesting, as we try to keep abreast of these Millennial children~ for me grandchildren. Your restaurant sounds like a `circus`. Happy that you ventured there alone and shared your descriptive observations. More giggles…I like my liver rare. Thank you for all of your hard work;you are appreciated `mucho` Enjoy your godchildren!!!

  4. Kimberly Eastwood October 30, 2018 7:00 pm

    I also used to think eating out alone was weird but the more I have done it the easier it has become. I have come to terms with the fact that I am the perfect date.
    Do you happen to do any book signings? My mothers is reading every one of your books and refuses to read any other author. She has said “nobody writes as well as you.” Ever since my Father passed away it has been your books that bring her comport. I have been trying to think of something spectacular to give her for Christmas and to meet you would be the best gift ever but unfortunately traveling is out of the question. ?I just did not know if you did book signing tours.

    Thank you for your wonderful stories.

    Kimberly Eastwood

  5. Camille October 31, 2018 11:20 am

    I do not dress up but have fun seeing how people can get creative…hahaa!

    All the bests


  6. Bonnie Johnson November 1, 2018 6:33 pm

    My favorite Author, Today, as a grandma trying to appear “cool” (which I am not),I approached a pregnant Millennial and asked her if she were planning to have a Gender Revealed party. Excitedly she pulled out her cell phone and asked if I wanted to see the video. There she was popping the big balloon with blue confetti flying out. Her comment was “Oh my gosh it was so much fun!” I was speechless, but happy for her. I told her about your blog, you, and your books. She seemed to be fascinated. As a result, I have a new friend and you have a new reader.