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Dream Vacations
July 31st, 2010 by suzy in Travel,Weather 1 Comment

Seems like everyone in California is complaining about the weather, except Me. The media should really be alerted to that important factoid, since it’s practically unheard-of, no matter what the season. While everyone else bewails the fog, I just smile and think how glad I am that I’m not sweltering back east. I enjoy being […]

Proof, if any were needed, that sloth always wins out with me: It’s about 47 foggy degrees outside, and about 55 inside. I’m wearing my morning sweater and waiting for coffee to brew, but I have the sliding glass doors slightly open, and the front door, too. Why? Because I let Audrey out at 6:30 […]

Experimental
July 29th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking 3 Comments

Pie du jour I seem to have been on a pie kick lately. This one was mostly because I had a big box of blueberries to use up before they went bad. I got some peaches and more Crisco and voilĂ ! I have never made a blueberry peach pie before, so we’ll see how it […]

Kneed
July 28th, 2010 by suzy in Family 3 Comments

Somehow, I had failed to realize that Megan wouldn’t really have the use of her hands as well as her legs after the knee surgery. She can crutch around, but you can’t really make dinner or do much of anything when your hands are occupied with crutches. So she did need more help than you’d […]

Now Playing
July 27th, 2010 by suzy in Family,Movies 2 Comments

Pink is for girls…and my sister’s rat-tail cactus …at the All Girl Multiplex… Actually, it’s a single screen, but most of the movies are rated NB17 (no boys). Rob came home while we were watching “Working Girl” and literally fled. Suddenly, it seemed like an excellent time to water the garden! To be fair, we […]

Reboiled
July 26th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Country Life 2 Comments

Cherry pie moderne The truth is that I was running out of Crisco and didn’t really have enough dough to make the traditional lattice. I like how this looks, though. And it tasted pretty good, too. I hate running out of things. I was like that before I moved to Hooterville, where running out of […]

Wake Up Call
July 25th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 4 Comments

Curious Audrey, August 2007 Audrey woke me up this morning by clanging on the metal shade of the bedside lamp. She woke me up from a dream with June in it (we were buying pomegranates for something Megan was cooking*) and then just sat there, looking at me. It was especially annoying because two hours […]

Coveting Marilyn
July 24th, 2010 by suzy in Covet: A Series No Comments

Marilyn Monroe’s House Marilyn Monroe’s final home can be yours for a mere $3.6 million! This may be the Covet to end all Covets. Imagine swimming in her pool, cooking in her kitchen, walking the same tiled floors, looking in the same mirror (though not seeing the same reflection). Fortunately, it appears that the house […]

Turf Wars
July 23rd, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Dogs 4 Comments

You can take the girl out of Oakland*, but you can’t take the Oakland out of the girl… L’il A has taken to acting like a little hoodlum lately. She probably has a tattoo lurking under her fur. Her target: the Notorious D.O.G. gang. When Rob was helping me with the great Painting Project last […]

Ins & Outs
July 22nd, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Family 8 Comments

A misty morning at Woodhaven ~Yawn~ Audrey’s been pretty good about her nightly imprisonment. She generally comes in on her own before dark, settling on the bed for her beauty sleep while I watch old movies to escape the present. She usually doesn’t wake me up before dawn, though today she was determined to go […]

Onions & Zombies
July 20th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Family,Jessica 2 Comments

Our spokesmodel is sporting a pink and white toile hat with wired brim made by her mother Jessica stopped by Megan’s house of gimpiness yesterday (of the house’s residents, only Ramona the cat and Star the foster dog are not sidelined by some kind of injury) to bring a little sunshine and cuteness to our […]

Taylor Made
July 19th, 2010 by suzy in Family,Jessica 2 Comments

Elizabeth Taylor wearing the diamond and ruby suite I admired at the Cartier exhibit last year I seem to be an unintentional Elizabeth Taylor fan. Last year, I read the extremely enjoyable “How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood”. Recently, I devoured the gorgeous “My Life in Jewelry” by La Taylor (one […]

On Duty
July 17th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Family 5 Comments

Audrey sitting in the shower window You can see that I’m not kidding about the window actually being in the shower, allowing for more opportunities for flashing meter readers than the average house. In this picture, I have managed to completely avoid showing you any of this past week’s painting endeavors, though I swear I […]

The Megan Report
July 16th, 2010 by suzy in Family 1 Comment

I’m sorry to say that my first thought when I saw the sun this morning was that the coat of paint I put on the flash heater yesterday wouldn’t be streaky from fog. I actually went out and checked before I had coffee. Sad, no? Before I give you the Megan Report, I’d like to […]

Holding Pattern
July 15th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family 3 Comments

It seems like the more I paint, the more painting there is to do… Today I anticipate putting the final coat of paint on the hallway bathroom door and then cleaning up in there (also known as “worse than actually painting”). I still have to paint the many-paned front door and its many-paned side window, […]

A Painter’s Progress
July 12th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 3 Comments

Vogue and Vanity Fair are my two luxuries. At $12 a year each, they’re affordable luxuries, even for me. However, my luxuries have been letting me down lately. First there was the Vanity Fair cover with the oily soccer guys in terrifying Speedos; then the Vogue with Oprah and Lady Gaga (a hailstorm of mediocrity […]

Encore
July 11th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs 4 Comments

If only I enjoy painting about as much as I’m good at it, but I seem to be on some kind of roll. Today I painted the border around the window in my office nook, which is conveniently located between the bathroom and the front door. I’m going to put up a matchstick blind there, […]

Before It’s a lovely, sunny Saturday. It seemed like a good day to paint the wall. You know, the one with the flash heater outside and strange, convoluted piping. I should have known better than to start any project during the reign of terror of the comma*, when I tend to be at my crabbiest […]

Injustice
July 9th, 2010 by suzy in Bullshit,Life in Oaktown 3 Comments

I’m taking a break from my regularly scheduled fluff to express my profound disappointment with yesterday’s verdict in the Johannes Meserle trial. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the case, Johannes Meserle killed Oscar Grant, an unarmed man, on the platform of my former BART station last New Year’s Day. Mr. Grant was […]

Left Bank
July 8th, 2010 by suzy in Bullshit No Comments

Dad was never that interested in the Royal Family. I was the one who dragged him to Buckingham Palace when some of the rooms were open to the public (he really enjoyed it, though), and I was on my own when it came to visiting Althorp, Princess Diana’s ancestral home. Though he didn’t care about […]