Category Ordinary Life

Around the city walls

York is encircled by the most complete set of medieval city walls in England. It’s about three miles around and the guidebooks say it should take about two hours to finish. I took all day. I hadn’t really intended to. I set out around 9:30 after a quick breakfast and intended to finish the tour […]

More room service

I’m back in Luxembourg for a couple of days of work meetings. The weather here is as nice as it has been in London — only of course instead of leaving in time to have dinner out on the terrace, I didn’t leave the office until after all the restaurants had closed (which in fairness […]

Sunday, sunny Sunday

What do you do when you have a rental car in London on a sunny Sunday? Return the car early and spend the day at home! Haha, I know what you’re all thinking:  “Riiight. Who are you and what have you done to my brother/boyfriend/hot role model.” But I kid you not.  The point of […]

Window boxes!

From some very young age (maybe 8 or 9?) when I first saw my mother’s photo albums from her time as a student in Germany, I have wanted to (1) live in Europe, and (2) have flower boxes in my windows. This has been an elusive goal.  I’ve done parts of it — this is […]

A Victorian fruit bowl

What did Oscar Wilde say about being able to resist anything except temptation? I went back to the little shop off Camden Passage where I found my milk jug.  I was supposed to be on my way to the garden center, but then it was raining and I thought, well, I could either go back […]

The weather’s getting nice

Springtime finally got to London! The past few days have been absolutely gorgeous. There’s something about warm air, late light, and green living things that makes the heart glad. And even if you mostly see it from inside the office, at least the window are large and the views of the sunset unmatched.

Macbeth and the ordinary

I was in Luxembourg all last week for a business trip that turned out to be pretty fun.  This was the annual EU-wide summit, where we get together to celebrate the past year and look ahead to the coming year.  We stayed in a surreal thermal springs resort that straddled the border between Luxembourg and […]