Sunday, November 23, 2008


Knowing how much her daughter loves hats, mom brought over this clipping from the NY times yesterday. The picture doesn't do them justice, so zoom in to see the detail. The plaid hat with the luscious cascade of feathers is Ralph Lauren for a mere $950 (without the feathers a real bargain at $525), but the one I particularly like is the Albertus Swanepoel black fedora with spiral guinea fowl feathers. Only $425 at Barneys.

Happy Birthday, Harold and Naomi!

Yesterday we celebrated Harold's 77th and Naomi's 8th birthdays. A good time was had by all!
With lovely chocolate mocha cupcakes.

I brought some costumes back from work and Reed spent the day dressed as a pirate. You might not notice, but he is wearing an earring in his right ear!

Naomi brought grandpa a lovely picture.

........ and so did Reed.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Snow Patrol Origami

For some reason, after months of silence, I seem to have things on my mind that I need to blog about again. My work and the self rightous callousness, hypocrisy and betrayal has been so depressing and consuming (those 80 hour weeks) that I haven't given myself time to be me.
The new Snow Patrol Album came out and gave me something to listen to on the long drives to central PA. The music is wonderful and their lyrics, as usual, are poetry expressed in words that no contemporary American is literate enough to put together. I especially love the origami stars illustrating the album cover and the pages with the lyrics.

They make me want to spend the next month making snowflakes for my whole Christmas Tree. It would certainly give me something lovely and creative to do in my hotel room.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Early Snow

It snowed all week in Berwick and followed me down through Reading last night. Driving in snow though the countryside when it is very dark is like driving into a starfield but it is only interesting and novel for about 10 minutes. It doesn't stick to the windscreen if you keep moving - just a galaxy of stars flying into your face. After a while you have to fight against getting hypnotized, which is a nerve-wracking way to spend three hours in a car. Have to admit it is a lot better than the 5 hours I spent driving home in the fog last week, only able to see the white line on the side of the road for hours - no idea where I was. Found my way to the house by following the white mailboxes - couldn't even see the roadbed.
Snow again this morning. Very unusual to have a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm here and it is very pretty and I am happy to be looking at it from my cozy home office.
Making my chocolate mocha cupcakes tonight for the big Harold Naomi birthday party tomorrow. First time the whole family (except ABJ) has been together for a long time.