Category Exercises in not taking myself too seriously

Dramatic reading…

Note to my teenage self circa 1996 when I was on the competitive poetry- and prose-reading circuit for high schoolers in rural Oregon: Have all the fun you want doing this because, yes, it turns out this is a life skill you will use in your job as a lawyer in the European offices of […]

Room service in Luxembourg

It hasn’t been two weeks since I got home from Sydney and Singapore, and already I’m on the road again! Two days in Luxembourg, where I glamorously had room service by myself at the hotel . . . Tomorrow I fly back to London for a night, and then on to Seattle for about a […]

Seeing the sights

Shortly after our arrival in Sydney, Amanda’s parents sent a photo of a mixed-media artwork that had been “created lovingly by nephews” and consisted of Sydney landmarks and a cut-out of our own smiling faces. Delighted and ever eager to encourage travel (and display our talents for tableaux vivants), we recreated the exact scene in […]

“The ‘breast of the nymph in the brake’ astounds no one”

Ever vigilant in keeping my gardening standards at the cutting edge of taste, Lady took to heart Muriel Stuart’s sage advice that gnomes and pheasants are out . . . . . . but stone nymphs are in . . . . . . with the happy result that my window boxes are now graced […]

Last morning in York

I didn’t have high expectations for today. Reason being that I remember last year’s bank holiday being kind of a bummer with most shops being closed and the town feeling completely dead. Turns out that may have been because I was in Dover and not somewhere (anywhere) else. I basically expected York (and London when […]

Things don’t always go as planned…

Oh, the glamorous life of an expat in Europe!  After work on Friday I left my London office for the airport, where I caught the last plane out for a weekend in Milan.  I spent Saturday exploring parts of the city I hadn’t seen before (Cathedral! Da Vinci’s Last Supper!) and then went back to […]

A pottery Saturday

I didn’t make it to a museum or to any sight-seeing today (and I’m not sure I’m going to this weekend).  Instead I had fun with pottery. You see, I’ve been making bircher muesli lately, and I have tiny cupboards, and . . . well, long story short, I needed a small dish with a […]