Monthly Archives: November 2001

Anniversary

Today is my sister Beth & her husband Harry’s 20th anniversary! They are spending it in Italy (they live in England, so getting there takes them about the same amount of time as it takes me to get to LA), and I hope they’re having a happy, romantic time....

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Keeping time

I finally picked up my adorable watch, now repaired October 23 entry). It took a million years for it to be fixed, because the guy who usually does it is on a trip to China and hasn’t come back (hmmm). So a replacement guy was doing it, and he...

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Post Holiday

Well, things went pretty well yesterday. Number one, the rain that had been forecast with consistent gloom to be here from Wednesday through Sunday has yet to appear. In fact, the sun even peeped out coyly from time to time. Our stove seems to have recovered from its temporary...

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Thanksgiving Eve

I wonder why we don’t have Thanksgiving Eve in the same way we have Christmas Eve. Both of these holidays are preceded by a whirlwind of activity and preparation for just one day, and then it’s over. Maybe we don’t have Thanksgiving Eve because everyone’s on the road or...

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Books

It’s such a luxurious feeling, having a pile of books and magazines waiting by my bed. I have the latest The Sun, Real Simple, and The New Yorker. Also: How to Travel Incognito, by Ludwig Bemelmans (best known for the classic children’s series, “Madeline”); Ascending Peculiarity (a collection of...

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Seashells

Rufus’ nephew Will, who lives in land-locked Calgary, Alberta, and has never seen the ocean, saw a TV show last week about San Francisco. He was just amazed that not only did his uncle and aunt live there, but that we could go and pick up shells on the...

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House Call

Our beautiful old Wedgewood stove was the only thing in our kitchen that wasn’t hideous when we first bought this place. In the intervening years, we remodelled the kitchen, but the stove has remained the focal point, a rare and delightful combination of both form and function. It is...

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Beaujolais Nouveau

It’s the third Thursday in November, and you know what that means! It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day! You can’t buy it before this day each year, so it’s a special occasion. Since it’s also close to Thanksgiving, it has become a family tradition to serve Beaujolais Nouveau with our Thanksgiving...

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In Memoriam

Well, it took me long enough, but I have finally completed a section of my site dedicated to my father. You can find it here: In Memoriam Comments and suggestions are welcome!

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Serendipity

We went to see Serendipity this weekend. I like romantic comedies (especially ones set at Christmas time, like “While You Were Sleeping” and “You’ve Got Mail”), the trailer looked great, and all the critics love it, but after seeing it, I don’t know why. There was no spark between...

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An evening with Brian

We had a fantastic time with Candi’s adorable fianc? Brian last night. He had a few hours to kill before his flight back home, which left SFO at 12:15 am. Yes, am. Poor guy — the whole time we were sleeping last night, he was either flying or waiting...

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News from England

I got a fax today from my stepmother in London, England. She’s 74 and living alone since my father’s death in August. Someone has a pretty warped sense of humor over there; it’s not just here. Here’s her fax to me: “Yesterday, I got a brown envelope with a...

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Retail therapy

I love this expression from my gorgeous niece, Cat: “retail therapy”. Retail therapy is when you go shopping to make yourself feel better when you’re riding a bummer. And unlike conventional therapy, you always get results — and instantly! — with retail therapy. So the next time things look...

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Silver Screen

How did the great actresses of the silver screen learn how to cry so beautifully? Personally, I end up with a red face, stuffy nose, red eyes, and sans make-up — distinctly un-lovely, un-photogenic, un-Hollywood. But beauties of the past, such as Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, and Vivien Leigh,...

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French castle vs. city apartment

You can buy a whole castle in France for just about half of what our new neighbors across the hall paid for their 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment with no parking and apartments above and below them. Actually, two castles. What’s wrong with this picture? Maybe we should sell...

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Timeless

You’d think that the time change would make it easier for me to get up in the mornings, but as usual, I am perverse and am having a bad time getting up. Technically, I’m getting an extra hour of sleep, but it doesn’t seem to help. My whole body...

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Candy corn

Teehee, the saga of Becky’s concierge freaking out over a package of candy corn, suspecting it was anthrax, made my day. Also, the concierge must be an idiot, since anthrax is usually in powder form instead of lumpy, candy corn shaped form. I think M. Le Concierge was more...

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Cold or allergies?

I spent the entire weekend hating my nose more than Jennifer Grey does/did. I probably sneezed violently fifteen times a day and used up half a box of Kleenex, with the result that said nose and its immediate surroundings are red and flaky, an undelightful combination and pretty hard...

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It’s back!

Finally found where the little dandelion painting had gotten to. It was placed sideways on top of the shelves which hold our videos & DVD’s, beside my maternal grandparents’ wedding picture. Shows how often I really look at my surroundings. Just have to find a...

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Friday night

The movie was great. Really stylish and surprisingly low on gore, but then one’s imagination is almost always better/worse than having it spelled out for you on film (this applies to sex scenes, too). Johnny Depp looks so great in period costume (as he did in the equally stylish,...

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