Monthly Archives: December 2001

One more day

For the last few weeks, I’ve been saying and thinking, “I can’t wait until this year is over”. Obvious, right? It was the worst year of my life, no contest: Mom became penniless (April); Dad died (August); Rufus was laid off (November). Who wouldn’t be glad to see a...

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Friends and Relations

One of the good things about not celebrating Christmas is that you don’t get the post-holiday letdown, other than the depressing sight of trees chucked out the instant the great day is over. We always kept our tree and decorations up until Twelfth Night, ever since I was a...

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The Majestic

Yesterday, Rufus and I decided to see Jim Carrey’s new movie, “The Majestic”. With its majestic running time of two and a half hours, we figured it would definitely help pass the time and take our minds off our troubles, in the time-honored way of movies since their invention....

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Merry Christmas

Happy holidays, everyone! We’re planning to spend the day in the traditional manner — at the movies. Hope you all have a happy day. Even though (or maybe because) we aren’t celebrating Christmas this year, my thoughts keep turning to the past. We usually went to my mother’s parents...

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11th Anniversary

Happy anniversary to us! Eleven years ago today, we were married at my father’s house. Here’s Dad and me after the ceremony. It was such a happy day. I didn’t have the slightest fear or worry, just happiness. Dad gave a charming toast to us — short and affectionate....

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Kitty Round-up

At the risk of turning this blog into Cats’R’Us, here’s a cat news roundup! Megan’s kittens (seen here at my place in the city) are adjusting well to their new home in the country. Megan has taken them outside a few times, where they zoom around like freaks, climb...

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How Suzy stole Christmas

Although my brother, sister and I agreed immediately after we got back from London that we wanted to spend Thanksgiving together — and we had a great time — we also agreed instantly that none of us could bear to have Christmas this year. No debate. So I am...

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2002

An abstract Christmas tree: the unbroken line of cabs with their little roof lights lit up, waiting at a red light on the steep Union Street hill in the dark, early this morning. Thanks to all for your advice and support on the Dallas debate. I am pretty sure...

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Dilemma du Jour

My brother and I decided to get the all steel carport for Josephine. We think it will be a better shelter for her, and cheaper than replacing the plastic covering of the other carport for the next 25 years. Thanks to Babs for her advice. Here’s my dilemma du...

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Updates

Today’s soundtrack en route to work: Red Elvises’ “I Wanna See You Bellydance”. Seen en route: at a corner store (with a remarkably wide range of wine displayed in a plate glass window), an apparently permanent shrine to Mary against the far wall, but with a charming holiday twist....

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Gimme Shelter

Last year, I lost my parking place in the building next door, and I couldn’t find another one within a 12 block radius, so I drove my adorable car Josephine up to my brother Jonathan’s place in the country, where she has been living ever since. Jonathan has done...

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December 17

For some reason, a lot seems to happen in and around my life on December 17. For example, today is the 25th wedding anniversary of Rufus’ brother Mike and his wife, Charmaine. It’s the day I passed my driving test. It’s the 7th birthday of my friend Cammy’s son...

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Lipstick

On Friday, I went to Macy’s in Union Square, braving the Christmas shopping maddened crowds and the selling frenzied saleslady at the Clinique counter to try and buy a replacement for my favorite lipstick. I had managed to lose it the week before and I wanted to wear it...

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Tableaux

Man, it’s hard to go to work in the dark and cold when there are kittens in your house! I spent about 10 minutes playing with the kittens this morning before finally heading out the door. Megan’s husband Rob is coming to pick up all his girls tomorrow, and...

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Guest Kittens!

My sister Megan arrived not only safely, but a few minutes early yesterday, along with her two kittens. This is unusual for Megan, whose every flight seems to be delayed. For example, on her way down to San Diego to visit Mom last week, her flight was delayed exactly...

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The boredom of exercise

Whoever invented Walkmans (Walkmen?) is a genius. It’s like having a soundtrack to your life. And it does make walking to work alone less boring. Today it was Lou Reed, both in his Velvets incarnation and later, keeping me company. I always have to be distracted from the boredom...

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Walking

I hadn’t realized how much I enjoyed walking to work with Rufus in the mornings, until now, when I can’t. I guess that’s human nature for you, both in great and small matters. Now that I’m alone and it’s still pretty dark, it’s a combination of boring and slightly...

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Alfredo

As promised, the charming storyette about the birth of fettucine Alfredo. Like most births, this was preceded by a pregnancy. The pregnancy of Roman restaurateur Alfredo di Lelio’s wife in 1914, to be precise. Signora di Lelio, like our friend Carrie, whose baby is due on Christmas Eve (but...

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Bummer

So we had a new waiter at our favorite little hole in the wall restaurant last night (though our usual guy stopped by to say hello & make sure everything was up to the usual high standard), and I’m pretty sure I’d be a happier girl today if we’d...

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Kittens

It was great seeing Brian. The time just flew, and before we knew it, he was off to the airport. One of these days, he’s got to bring Candi with him! Maybe for MacWorld? Good deed for the day: lent/gave my sister money to pay for getting two neglected...

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