Suzy Says
Radio Nowhere
November 30th, 2011 by suzy in Country Life 4 Comments

Well, my fabulous week continues! I was woken up by a power outage at 3:30 am. You may ask yourselves how a power outage can wake up someone who sleeps with ear plugs and a mask in the depths of the country, and it’s a good question. I’m assuming it’s a combo platter of my […]

November 29th, 2011 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 6 Comments

It’s not even 7:00 am and it’s already been a really excellent day so far. My excellent day started last night, with a triple feature of nightmares. Have you ever noticed that when you’re having a great dream and get woken up from it, you can never get back into it when you go to […]

Post T-Day
November 27th, 2011 by suzy in Cats,Family,Special Occasions 2 Comments

Audrey relaxing It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in Hooterville. Audrey is basking on the back porch – surely a grandiose name for a bunch of unfinished wood slats nailed together over the dirt – in the sunlight. No-one knows how to relax like Audrey. And look good doing it. We all had a good […]

T Day Afternoon
November 24th, 2011 by suzy in Cooking,Special Occasions 3 Comments

Cranberry relish in my grandmother’s dish Well, it’s late afternoon, and the turkey breast is in the oven, the green beans are prepped, ditto the Yukon Gold potatoes. Megan volunteered to make the two pumpkin pies. I made about 5,000 pounds of stuffing this morning, regretting my choice of chestnuts about ten minutes after starting […]

Thanksgiving Eve
November 23rd, 2011 by suzy in Cooking,Special Occasions 3 Comments

Well, things are pretty much under control here at Thanksgiving Central. Over the years, I have learned that the key to surviving the holidays is to do as much ahead of the Big Day as possible. Which is why I was repulsing myself with the smell of Jack Daniel’s at 9:30 this morning. The smell […]

Shining Star
November 22nd, 2011 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family 2 Comments

Star showing off her skills I’m pleased to announce that Star passed her American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship test. With flying colors! On her first try! It’s all the more impressive considering her past. Sometimes I’m still amazed by what a happy, loving dog she is after all she went through, and how much […]

November 19th, 2011 by suzy in Country Life 3 Comments

The enemy I thought I had cured my life-long fear of the dark at Phobia Boot Camp, aka living in a tent in my sister’s garden for six weeks while helping to take care of our slowly dying mother. Being in total darkness once you turn off the flashlight and hearing the various animals sneaking […]

Home Again
November 12th, 2011 by suzy in Cats,San Francisco,Work 2 Comments

The trip ended as it began – with work. Right before I left, I got an emergency call from my boss/partner to set up a conference call for 6 am on Monday morning (there goes aquafit). As I stood by the car in the motel parking lot, the wild parrots flew overhead, calling out farewell […]

Pancakes & Parrots
November 11th, 2011 by suzy in San Francisco 2 Comments

Guerilla gardening Yesterday dawned bright and clear. Polker’s was calling my name, and I answered happily by sitting at an outside table. It was delightful to sit in the fall sunshine and watch the people walking by, when I wasn’t flipping through Vogue’s Best Dressed issue or eating pancakes with pecan butter and drinking freshly-squeezed […]

Well Met
November 10th, 2011 by suzy in San Francisco,Work 1 Comment

Yesterday’s meetingfest started downtown on Market Street, which is San Francisco’s Main Street. My firm rents office space from a firm called Regus, which has offices all over the world. You just let them know you’re coming, and you have access to conference rooms and all the other office-y things you need whenever you need […]

Meeting Under the Clock
November 9th, 2011 by suzy in San Francisco,Work 2 Comments

Union Square palm tree in its holiday finery I’m coming to you from my usual modest motel in my old neighborhood in San Francisco. It’s a sunny day, and I’ve already gone out to get bagels and coffee from the handy Notes from Underground. In a few minutes, I have to get dressed up to […]

November 7th, 2011 by suzy in Country Life,Memories 4 Comments

Sure, there are some drawbacks to taking the truck to town. It’s a gas guzzler, for one thing, but the gauge doesn’t work properly, so it’s like it has an eating disorder, secretly consuming huge amounts of gas without your knowing. Also, you can’t open the doors from the inside. You have to roll down […]

Storm Cooking
November 4th, 2011 by suzy in Cooking,Family 5 Comments

Fall Colors When I got home on Wednesday evening, it was so warm that I was just wearing a t-shirt and had the car windows open. The sky was a clear blue. But the whethermen were predicting rain starting at 11:00 that night, so I persuaded Megan to take Miss Scarlett to work instead of […]

Swimming Lessens
November 1st, 2011 by suzy in Country Life,Family 4 Comments

Public Libraries: the Roots of Democracy! In keeping with the cloud in the silver lining of my life, the quite splendid pool where aquafit and swimming lessons take place is experiencing serious financial difficulties. At first, the Powers that Be said it was going to close completely. Then, not. The whole thing dragged on for […]