Monthly Archives: April 2006

The Show-Off

I was Suzy the Culinary Exhibitionist this weekend, for the benefit of friends (a show-off must have an audience). Saturday: Really excellent Eggs Florentine, with hollandaise sauce made from scratch, fresh spinach, free-range eggs, and whole-wheat English muffins. Mmmm, death on a plate. Later, it was sour apple martinis...

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Travels With Dad: Italy to Paris, May 1984

My, what a slackerbaby I’ve been this week! No readin’ (of blogs), no writin’ (of blogs), and you know there hasn’t been ‘rithmetic, either. If it weren’t for inflicting my juvenilia on you once a week, I’d probably still be doing nothing, and lots of it. In an effort...

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Travels With Dad: The Italian Lakes, May 1984

May 8, 1984 A beautiful day visiting islands in Lago Maggiore: Isola Bella & Isola Madre. Isola Bella has a very grand palace – also historical, in which Napoleon & Josephine stayed (in the best bedroom, overlooking Isola dei Pescatori). The gardens are spectacular, and I saw my first...

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Errant Errand Girls

Rita and I ambled some errands together this weekend. Remarkably, there are stores which do not enjoy Rita’s presence, even though she is better-behaved and sheds less than I do. It may have something to do with how she, like the Queen*, rarely carries cash. I left her outside...

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Zen Giggle

A joke from today’s yoga class: Q: What did the Buddhist say to the hotdog vendor? A: Make me one with everything.

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Travels With Dad: Milan & Beyond, May 1984

At the end of our stay in Siena, we went to Milan to stay overnight with Dad’s friend David Calamari (amusingly enough, he is a marine biologist: David Squid) and his family, before going on to the Calamaris’ place on Lake Como. My experience there was not at all...

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Travels With Dad: Tuscany, April 1984

April 20, 1984 Went to the little mountain village of Monterchi to see a fresco by the famous 15th century painter Piero della Francesca. Monterchi was charming, although we did find a charming church & a nice memorial to some Anglo-Indian soldiers killed during WWII, we simply could not...

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Snap, Crackle, Rock!

Long before the Rolling Stones started Microsoft up, they were shilling for cereal. Turn up the sound and enjoy listening to Mick sing for his supper…well, breakfast!

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Mom’s Birthday

Today would have been my mother’s 74th birthday. I guess it still is; she’s just not here to see it. It’s her first birthday since she lost the good fight in August, so it’s natural to be thinking of her a little more than usual. Instead of thinking of...

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Lovely Rita

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”* – nor dog guardians, even part-time ones, from walking their charges. Fortunately, the rain had stopped by the time I took Rita to the park. Rita is really...

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