free…DUMB

Now is the perfect time for me to admit that I have found this election cycle both maddening and exhilarating. Why it has been maddening is obvious. But exhilarating? It has been interesting, from a strictly psychological standpoint, to watch the crazy in America come out in the light of day. It is very important…

Things Left Behind

The hardest thing about cleaning house is resisting the urge to keep that which would be best left behind. How often do I throw something in the bin, then feel the immediate need to retrieve it the moment it leaves my grasp. This holds true with relationships as well. The constant go-no, please stay because…

Solo Apéro

Am I the only person who enjoys apéro at home alone? It has been firmly established by me that I love solo dining. Notice I said dining, not eating. Whether I am home alone or in a restaurant, the consumption of food is considered dining. Why is that? That’s because I don’t eat out of…

Life

I’ve had a summer unlike any experienced in many years and I am so thankful for it. To spend time in isolation with only the occasional interaction with others not of the canine variety has been a blessing that I will not attempt to describe. There is so much happening in the world that leans…

Pop! Goes the weasel

There is much handwringing in Britain and among the EU today and I am just glad I am far enough away that  I can pretend the Brexit referendum vote does not affect me. The result of the vote is a wakeup call to all those that think the impossible cannot be possible. As a regular…

La vie en rose

To say that I am enjoying my sabbatical would be an understatement. I don’t know where my next dollar is coming from and I have no idea where I’m headed, yet I am happy. There is something to be said for taking a moment to reset. It is a luxury to be able to rise,…

How sweet it is

After having lived much of my life in a state of crisis, I am having a mid-life crisis. Either that or I’ve just finally come to my senses.  Yeah, it’s the latter because I really am a sensible girl. No matter how much sense it might make to do things the traditional way, the truth…

Because it’s spring…

  Spring is about new beginnings but since I am a habitual late-bloomer, I am only now beginning to bud. Only weeks from the start of summer. Something’s about to POP! It’s just the way that I am. I move at a painfully slow pace, glacial in fact and find it incredibly disruptive when I…

Toast and Tonic

In my imaginary life, I have scads of friends with amazing personalities and inimitable style. As a side note I think that’s what Taylor Swift is going for in her real life but somehow all her friends seem eerily alike. How they frighten me. In my real life, there is only one such friend and…

God, I love cheese!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love, love, love….cheese. Cheese is the best thing in the world. When I find myself in a genuine curated cheese shop, I literally want to drop to my knees and weep. Tomme de Savoie, Tallegio, St. Nectaire, Roquefort. I could go on and on. Actually, I have more…