What's Saving My Life Right Now

Today is the mid point of winter, and I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share what's saving my life right now. Because depression can hit me any time of year, no matter the weather, I've never really understood seasonal depression. It’s no secret that I’m a Daughter of Winter. I’d choose a grey, rainy day over hot and sunny any day of the year. That said, this winter has been particularly rough. I’m making an effort to notice things – big and small – that lift my spirits or make me feel alive, human, and not insane. Movie…

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The Crown

It's no secret that I am obsessed with All Things Related to the British Monarchy. They are endlessly interesting to me, even though yes, I see your point that the idea that certain people live a life of radical privilege due to nothing more than the luck of their DNA while others of this world are starving is lunacy. And I also see your point that the notion that there are people in this world we are required to curtsey to - curtsey! in 2018! - is silly and goes against all of my egalitarian beliefs. And yet. I am totally…

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Squash. A Haircut. A Hotel.

Happy Saturday, and for those of you in the United States, Happy President's Weekend. Are you taking care of yourself? We have rain predicted all weekend, so I am staying close to home. I owe the Husband a night on the town (and a cheesecake) since the flu ruined our Valentine's Dinner. Other than that, here is what I'm up to: Reading this book, and am nervous because my expectations are very, very high. I need a good read - I've been striking out with books lately – abandoning far more than I am finishing. Need some recommendations. What are…

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Swag, Bras, Books

  Here are some other things I'm up to this long weekend: Cleaning: Eeeeeeeeew. You guys. Wash your damn bras! Learning: Have you ever visited a presidential museum? I've been to the Regan and Nixon museums here in Southern California. What I really loved about them was the opportunity to learn about LIFE. At a different time, in a different place. I especially love learning about what it is like to live inside the White House. They both have great exhibits of the gifts that were given to the presidents. We have always had a fairly strict protocol about presidential gifts in this country, and it's…

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Atonement, Aspirational Dinner Parties, and the Popcast

I am typing this with a greenish-grey mud mask drying on my face. It smells like old peppermint and feels like it might be slowly etching the skin off of my skull. But my teenaged daughter, who is my make up and skin care consigliere, swears that it is going to give my face a youthful glow. It’s easy for her to say that shit to me, since she’s not actually the one who pays for these miracles. Elsewhere on the agenda for the weekend: Watching: I mentioned last week that I was re-reading Atonement, now I’m dying to see the…

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My Favorite Everything

Last week, we celebrated my birthday down at the lake. The theme was, essentially, “All of my favorite things." Company: Our neighbors who are conveniently our Soul Mates, and our combined eighty-seven children. Wine: one dry rosé, one inky red Dinner: Bread. Olives. An obscene amount of cheese (this one was my favorite.) Slow Roasted Tomatoes (I’m pretty sure Denise thinks that is the only thing I know how to cook.) Peppered Salame. Dessert: Dorie Greenspan’s World Famous World Peace Cookies. I can tell you, as a cookie connoisseur and fairly expert baker, these are the best cookies ever invented. They are…

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