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May, 2012

  1. Mommie’s Day

    May 11, 2012 by admin

    Everyone always talks about how great their mom is but MY mom is the best in the world so, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!  My mother brought 6 children into this world, 5 without an epidural if you must know.  She raised us to be smart, confident and talented individuals and it’s totally not her fault that this didn’t happen, she tried god bless her.  She taught us to share, be kind and humble, how to yell at grocery store clerks and that getting old sucks.  I think her exact words were, “I used to have the most amazing legs…”.   She is strong, selfless, Italian and therefore can chase a bad child down a narrow hallway with a wooden spoon while rocking a Vidal Sassoon haircut. Sadly, I inherited my father’s passion for vodka, fried potatoes, a flat nose and somehow escaped getting any of his extreme IQ genes or patience (and where did I learn to curse like a sailor?) I CAN still bust a move though, does that count for anything?

    My mother is now 86 yrs. old and the sassiest, smartest, bridge-playing, bingo and hot dog selling, sequin wearing, beautiful lady in the world.

    Happy Mother’s Day little lady, you’re the best.


  2. Looking back

    May 2, 2012 by admin

    It’s been 4 months now since I’ve been back in the States.  Ken is going back and forth, keeping me updated on the pollution readings, the near-misses with scooters on the sidewalks, the odd stomach issues and seeing our much loved friends and coworkers.   To my chagrin, he hasn’t been back to El Coctel since I left but I guess since I’m the lush in the family that fact only bothers me.

    I’ve been going back and forth to NY getting our  apartment set up as well as grocery shopping and eating out at fabulous restaurants.  It’s amazing how at the check out stand or when the bill arrives from the server how hard I have to work at keeping my eyeballs from popping out of my head.  Lord…have…mercy. it would just be more convenient to throw the money out the taxi window.   Anyway, I’m back and by that I mean the obsession to have the TV on in every room has come back in full force.  For 3 years in China I barely turned that thing on and now I’m sitting in my kitchen watching the Housewives of Orange County in HD wondering if it would help to put some makeup remover on the screen.  I get confused sometimes because I don’t know whether I’m watching Shahs of Sunset, Toddlers and Tiara’s or Murder I.D., it all blends together.   Then I remembered I was in the land of free and home of the brave and turned that crap off and went straight to the gym to work on my thighs.

    Speaking of looking back, it’s been ten years since I’ve seen my best friends from high school.  We had a little dinner party and these “kids” just get better and better and better. (side note: it hasn’t been 10 years since high school, I know you’re doing the math, it’s been 10 years since WE’VE SEEN EACH OTHER!)

    I love you all very much.