After a year and a half of working from home I’m officially on a business trip to Chicago! And it’s going just as a business trip to Chicago should go: flights delayed due to severe weather . . . . . . and then an extra hour in the air due to tornadoes . . […]
You only turn 71 once! We celebrated Carol’s with home made pasta and a show-stopper chocolate cake. Yummm.
Nothing quite like a raclette dinner—all the melted cheese and potatoes and cornichons and other grilled goodies. It’s convivial and delicious and over the years has become one of my favourite holiday traditions. We had planned to do a raclette dinner with Amy and Carol for Christmas but got derailed when Carol received inconclusive results […]
This post is weeks past due but I’m resolved not to get to Christmas without posting about Thanksgiving. So here’s the short version: I went to Idaho and did Thanksgiving with the family. The parental units hosted, and Heather and Ashley each had their full crew. Mark was off in Jordan on military deployment and […]
A full day at work—then dinner with Justin (takeout from Revel served on my favourite blue and white dishes!), followed by gifts (wireless desk gadgets! nose hair trimmers!), a FaceTime call with Heather (candles, singing, and apple pie!), and the latest episode of The Voice—or at least as much of it as we could get […]
I mentioned on Saturday that Carol shared her apple pie recipe and then managed to procure a bag of the ever-so-coveted Gravenstein apples for us. The harvest was weak this year so they’re harder to find and more expensive than usual, but Carol has her connections! They weren’t pretty, but you don’t need pretty for […]
When Amy proposed a picnic in Seattle to celebrate her birthday I offered my roof as a backup if none of the parks worked out. But then the lure of real furniture and a grill led us to scrap plans for the park and lean in to all the rooftop had to offer. Amy and […]
Yesterday was Justin’s birthday—now he’s officially older than me for the next three months. He celebrated by taking the day off work and using my kitchen to bake kouign-ammans, which are these delicious Breton pastries that involve lots of lamination and basically all the butter. This was his first time making them, and they turned […]
Visits these days are quieter than they used to be. No plays or museums or house parties. Instead we focus on the essentials: socially distant croissants and peaches in the park with friends, lunch by a waterfall and then a masked stroll through the boutiques of Morrison, a cozy night in with the kitties to […]
Because you can only go so long in a pandemic eating takeout Thai food and enchiladas without having enough smallish hand-painted Danish porcelain dishes to serve it on. And also they were on sale, so surely it would have been foolish not to carpe the diem.