Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Birthday, Derby Day and Something That Didn’t Work Out but Did

Got my husband off on his golf trip yesterday morning (phew!).  We weren’t sure if he would make it (will fill you in on that later), but he did.  What a relief!

Miss Kiri Kat Ready for a Trip with Daddy

Of course, it’s a good thing he checked his golf bag before he left or he would have discovered a furry white stowaway when he arrived, which could have been “cat”astrophic given the careless way airline companies have been handling pets these days; but I digress. 

Anyway, I finally have time to sit down and catch you all up on a few things – a birthday, Derby Day and something that didn’t work out but did.  Does that make sense? 

Friday, May 4, 2018

I Think It Got Lost in Translation

Following a brilliantly successful trip to the United States in which the President of France dazzled everyone with his charm and command of English, a slip of the linguistic tongue during his recent trip to Australia raised more than a few eyebrows on several continents.  I’ll get back to that. 

White House balcony Photograph by Jim Bourg Reuters

The visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to Washington could not have been more perfect.  Watching Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron together, each with her signature look, was a lesson in knowing what works for you and how to put it all together – in short, mastering the elements of style and making it all look natural and effortless. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

What Do Women Want? It’s Complicated – Or Is It?

What do women want?  Ask a man that question and he’ll probably roll his eyes and look heavenward for divine inspiration, which doesn’t come because even God doesn’t want to take this one on.  So, the poor guy will just shrug his shoulders.  He doesn’t have a clue. 

The truth is that the clues we women do give men, when we bother to give them at all, and the little hints we occasionally drop are confusing and often contradictory.  We are, indeed, complicated creatures, but are we so complicated that even we can’t figure ourselves out?  Or, have we just overcomplicated our lives by trying to make sense of the dizzying array of choices available to us that were not available to Grandma. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

My Brilliant Birthday Month – Part 3

Well, we’ve finally come to the final post of My Brilliant Birthday Month (See Part 1 and Part 2).  I really drew this one out, didn’t I?  Didn’t mean to, but between Parts 2 and 3 there were a few projects that needed my attention, such as an article for a local magazine and getting all that tax info together as the deadline approaches (ouch!).  Sooooo, as promised, it’s time to wind things up with a roundup of my Birthday Group’s favorite skin care products we’ve given each other over the years. 

One of Earline's Great Little Doodles!

For more years than I can remember (hmmm, I think we may have actually been young when this all started.), Earline, Linda and I have met to celebrate birthdays and special occasions over lunch.  These lunches typically run about three hours, Earline typically orders Chicken Walnut Salad, and we always consume copious amounts of Prosecco.  Of course, they also always include the exchange of presents large and small and what Earline calls “little doodles,” which are often the most fun of all. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

My Brilliant Birthday Month – Part 2

Well, here I sit looking out the window on the official first day of spring plus two as we dig out from yet another two days of a blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow on us.  Kinda makes me want to curl up for a long winter’s nap in a cozy drawer. 

Miss Kiri Kat -- "Wake Me When It's Spring!"

Spring has missed her cue, yet again.  Can someone cue her a little louder from the wings, please?  Still, I have confidence she will eventually take center stage.  I only hope she gets to do her number before summer gives her the hook.  I do love a lovely spring. 
You will recall from my last post that February was my birthday month and I definitely made the most of it (See My Brilliant Birthday Month – Part 1).  I celebrated all month with a memorable opera at the Met, lunches and dinners with old and new friends and was royally spoiled with gifts.  Take a peek at a few of them…

Thursday, March 8, 2018

My Brilliant Birthday Month – Part 1

I’ll bet you thought I’d forgotten about you, my lovely readers.  Never – just been on a bit of a post-birthday, blogger breather break.  As you may remember from my last post, February was my birthday month and the festivities stretched over the whole month and three States.  There was a truly memorable opera in New York, and there were lunches and dinners with old friends and the unexpected pleasure of making new ones courtesy of my cousin in France. 

We only had one opera on our Met Opera schedule in February, but what an opera it was!!  The night before, Dan and I celebrated my birthday at one of our favorite restaurants, Nougatine at Jean-Georges in the Trump International Hotel on Central Park. 

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