This is Chi Chi and she rules Niu Niu’s world
March 4, 2014 by admin
March 2, 2014 by admin
Recently I tagged along on Ken’s work trip to London. On the days he worked, I spent the time walking all the neighborhoods and seeing the sights and on the weekend we enjoyed the city together. London was full of excitement this particular week as it was simultaneously Fashion Week, the BAFTA’s, Valentines Day and most importantly, my damn birthday. There were so many cute London girls. I saw a few “Adele” types with their thick eyeliner and ratted coifs, the edgier ones with leather pants and elevator shoes and the perfectly styled and manicured girls that make you wish Kate Moss would stumble in and throw a martini in their face. I wondered happily along the halls of Westminster Abbey, photographed the guards of Kensington palace, shopped the streets of Mayfair/Elizabeth Street/Kings Rd., circled around Sloane Square and made my way down the famous Pall Mall, pell mell (god that made me happy to type that, now if only it would come up in conversation…). On the weekend we took in the show “Once”, walked the length of Hyde Park and back and ate our way to BROKE. London is one expensive town. Do be sure to bring many schilling and a pence or two if you want to really tally ho right.
Now this might look like London but it’s actually taken after I got back to NYC. It’s 23 degrees right here and I’d like to know what this little bird was thinking.
February 8, 2014 by admin
I ask myself, Marie, why do you own a million v-neck sweaters in solid colors? Marie, why do you cringe at the idea of receiving an Edible Arrangement? Marie, David Sedaris and Stephen Colbert have both asked you to Thanksgiving dinner, which one are you going to pick??? Marie, why is Valentine’s day always such a letdown?
I don’t know MARIE! I do think it’s kind of a lame holiday with too many chances for a set up. We should be celebrating our love everyday (yes I went there) even those days when I’m suffering from PMS and hate everything and everyone. And anyway, the restaurants are overcrowded and only offer prix fixe menus with cheap champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Your single friends get dolled up and go out in groups of 8, drinking cosmos and talking too loud it drowns out the rest of us who want to complain about the toughness of our filet. And you may just get a gift box to open, but it won’t be the Hope Diamond.
I’m not even sure what that is but I know I want it.
I’ll be with my love on Valentines Day, in London. I’m going to wake up in the morning and kiss him and tell myself I’m the luckiest girl in the world. The next day, I’m going to do the same thing.
Happy Valentine’s day, whatever you do and celebrate love of all kinds.
February 5, 2014 by admin
1. 2 hour flight
2. City we had never seen
3. Fun must be had
These were the rules for the girl’s trip, that is, Girls that met in Shanghai and are now back in the US.
With one gal coming from Austin, the other from Chicago and myself NYC, this was no easy task. Have you seen that part of the map?? It came down to Memphis or Nashville and the home of the Grand ole Opry won out. Upon landing at the airport, I was taken right away by the kindness of the people. I did have a small run in with a rude woman in the airport bathroom but it turns out she’s a NY’er as I recognized her from my plane. It was a short trip but with the music, amazing food (Husk, Rolf and Daughters, Tavern), fun night life and historical landmarks, a good time was had by all. Just don’t compare Austin to Nashville or Natalie will have your head!
We toured the beautiful and historic town of Franklin, saw our first slave’s quarters and cemetery at the Carnton Plantation House, purposely chose not to honky tonk, danced to a band covering Journey, toured the Gaylord Grand Ole Opry all while meeting some of the nicest people around.
January 21, 2014 by admin
Two days ago I was at Coopers beach running around with the dogs. It was cold yes, but sunny and beautiful. Two days later it’s another polar vulcan vortex from hell and the city is covered head to toe in snow and it’s “9 degrees but feels like 3″. I like the snow, don’t get me wrong but then they pour that damn snow salt all over the sidewalk and it burns the dogs feet (it’s actually very painful) and it’s impossible to walk them anywhere. ARGH!
This is only the beginning…
This has nothing to do with anything . Jenny found this crazy painting somewhere of three Rat Terriers. I don’t know what’s crazier, this painting or having three Rat Terriers.
January 7, 2014 by admin
Happy New Year!!!
I have always loved starting a new year. The idea of reinventing myself, being kinder, hope for a flatter stomach, gosh, it gives me goose bumps. I don’t make silly resolutions I have no intention of keeping, as in possibly drinking less wine or giving up that second cup of coffee, uh, no. And course I never really reinvent myself, attain the flatter stomach and with menopause approaching that being “kinder to people” thing is just simply out of the question. But the thoughts and ideas and the hope still linger on.
This so-called Arctic Snap or whatever they’re calling it today is in full force. I woke up this morning and had to walk the dogs outside in what my iPhone said was “6 degrees, feels like 0″. I almost lost Niu Niu crossing 42nd Street in a wind gust. Ladies and gentleman, when it’s 0 degrees outside, shit…gets…real. Everything becomes “god this” and “god that”. ”God, please make Bernie go poop right now”, “God, please shorten the light at 42nd and 10th ave.”, “God, please, please, please, train my dogs to use the toilet in the apartment”, you go insane really. The grocery store is just across the street but I have to go down to the light, cross the street and then go up the other side. So rather then make the trip I try to create dinner from a celery stick, two tomatoes, a brie log and some granola. I want to send the dogs far, far away.
Here are cold but happier times in Water Mill during New Years when we got the big snow!
Portraits of the beasts, A Christmas present for Ken.
December 17, 2013 by admin
I know it’s supposed to be “Art Basel” but after all the great Italian food we ate, I decided to change it.
We were invited to the opening of the brand spanking new and shiny art museum, PAMM (Perez Art Museum Miami). The opening coincided with the annual Art Basel event so we decided to spend a few sunny and art filled days in Miami. It didn’t hurt that the weather was warm and balmy. PAMM is an amazing collection of contemporary artist from around the world. We were fortunate to see the Ai Wei Wei installation which was just brilliant. The unfortunate part happened when I came up the stairs to the second floor and spotted a “Housewife of Miami”, possibly the most obnoxious person in Miami, and that’s saying a lot. Other then that, it was a fantastic night.
The next day we toured the galleries at Art Basel, NADA and the outdoor sculpture exhibit at the Bass Museum. There was no shortage of work that we didn’t love.
December 1, 2013 by admin
You get up, make yourself coffee that could dissolve the spleen off a teenager, grab a yogurt out of the fridge, put your thickest mascara on and tell yourself that today is going to be a new adventure. And then on the freeway you get cut off by a mini van with tinted windows, the chick at work chimes in how “tired you look, are you sick?” and the vegetarian soup you ordered for lunch is made with chicken broth.
But then out of nowhere you’re walking through the park and a big red snail crosses your path and asks you for a kiss on the lips.
November 11, 2013 by admin
I’ve fallen for fall.
The drive along the Long Island Espressway to the East End has spun out of control like an episode of HR Pufnstuf. The colors of the leaves are exploding in purples, yellows, reds, burnt orange that it’s making me want to shuffle along and do a jig with a tiny talking flute in my pocket. Yes, the pool is covered, the lounge chairs have been put away and an appointment has been made with the dermatologist to laser away the dark spots, but it’s just magical this time of year. We even had a few wild turkey in the yard and while I did give the big one a side-eye with Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m too lazy to pluck that thing. Besides, I enjoy watching them do their thing too much.
November 7, 2013 by admin