Category Ordinary Life

Ballet and knick-knacks

What came of the weekend? Well, one highlight was an evening at the ballet. The program featured a new dance by a guy whose name I forgot but who normally does Beyoncé music videos and is generally considered a “big deal”. The piece was made for Natalia Osipova who, as the reigning prima of the […]

Does this count as adding to the “patina of age”?

Dang it. Apparently this is what happens when your 18th Century china taps the granite countertop in just the wrong way. I could be devastated and flagellate myself for not having wrapped it in bubble tape or hung it safely on the wall. But that would be no fun and besides I need something to […]

Brussels!

Another quick work trip to Brussels. It’s one of my favourite trips of the year. So many fond memories from when I was a missionary here (20 years ago, egad!) Amanda asked if I ever imagined back then that I would one day be living in Europe and traveling regularly to Brussels for my profession. […]

Gravestones and Jeeves in Stoke Newington

The middle weekend of February. The second of three weekends that I set aside to do my U.S. taxes. Ugh. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still do something interesting! I spent all morning figuring out the accounts for my house in Seattle, which I’m renting through Airbnb (surprise: it’s making money), and then hopped […]

Luxembourg at twilight of Valentine’s Day

Back in Luxembourg for another conference, this time with our devices business. The upside? Instead of being stuck all day in a hotel conference room, we got to meet in the light and airy Philharmonie concert hall. The downside? Between last week and this week, I’m all conferenced out. I’m tired of corporate Kool-Aid and […]

Taxes and hot chocolate

Last year I resolved to do at least one interesting thing every weekend I spend in London. Well, during the season of tax preparation and writing endless performance reviews, the bar for what counts as “interesting” is apparently quite low. This weekend drinking fancy French hot chocolate out of Danish porcelain while sorting through expenses […]

Guests!

Dinner was loud and delicious at Yauatcha Soho, followed by an uber-glamorous after party at Disrepute, a subterranean speakeasy that was notorious for scandal and international intrigue during the Cold War. Today I turned Nicole and Bruce loose to explore Notting Hill and Little Venice without me (in the pouring rain) while I sat (cozily […]