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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Train, Bus & Automobile

Punch and I came to visit Sis and Don in Stamford, CT and sleep overnight. Too bad we have to leave on a train around 10 a.m., but we have an appointment in Montclair at 3….and we can't miss it.

We liked meeting H. on his walk to the New York Public Library to work [he was in the Port when our bus pulled in], seeing the lions outside on the steps, the pretty ceiling at Grand Central. We liked swimming and eating dinner at the Water Club in Cos Cob with Sis and Don, and rocking in the white chairs after, as we looked out on the boats and the water.

And Punchy always lobbies to take a bath in Sis's big tub, with bubbles and jets. Her wish was granted.

Must sleep. Good night. Am licking my wounds re. Figgy, like a mother bear whose cub turned on her. Though she sees it as the other way around. And let's face it, I have to stop thinking of her as a cub. She will be 19 in August. Details too personal to write about.

  1. Some NYC walking.
  2. Lots of ice water.
  3. No to dessert.
  4. Good skin care.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Sour and sweet
Dark and milk 
Bitter and mellow
Morbid and mirthful 
Alive and wilting.

Good night.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rolling: Boyhood

Boy and Dad, played tenderly by Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke.
Loved the film "Boyhood," which follows a boy from age 6 to 18. And since no boy is an island, it follows his family, too. I read that the director, Richard Linklater, filmed the whole crew for a three- to four-day shoot every year.

Patricia Arquette is powerful as his mother. Also attractive, with beautiful, flashing blue-green eyes and hairstyles and fashion choices that change radically over the 12 years. Ethan Hawke is lovable and wise as the dad. Together, they're good parents, parents who really try, even though they don't live under the same roof.

The movie takes place in Texas, a universe unto itself, and in real life, Hawke hails from Austin...his parents divorced when he was 5. He is pure joy to watch in this film and good-looking. Ethan Hawke, where have you been all my life? He projects authenticity, from the Texas cowboy boots he wears so well to the conspiratory, easy-going way he talks to his kids. At one point, he addresses his teen son as "my fine feathered friend"--made me crack up. Want to use that on Figgy sometime. After all, these teens really are birds of another feather.

The movie is almost 3 hours long, but H. and I really liked it. We saw it at the AMC Theatre in Times Square Wednesday, because it was only playing in NYC then. But as of last night, it's here in Montclair.

Good night to you.

  1. Went to Weight Watchers meeting. Scale moving in right direction. Bought cookbook of family recipes at meeting, and it has lots of good dinners and desserts. Got ingredients to make bean enchiladas tomorrow.
  2. Support group. Connected with good people.
  3. Breathed deep for a few moments at town pool, looked up at sky, when I took Punch and her pal River for a swim. [Love that name.]
  4. After, they wanted pizza and ice cream. I got one plain slice and didn't get ice cream, except had a few spoons of Punchy's as it melted. Hard to overeat on blue cotton candy flavor.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Punch is Back in the House

I tried my best to breathe deep, walk Sug, tidy up and read this week.....I made some good progress but still haven't cleaned my whole house! Oh well. I have started in a big way.

The little one's reentry--leaving her pretty young paternal grandma, after six days this time--is always hard for her, with some tears and sadness. And it was again this evening.

May we all sleep secure in the knowledge that we are loved and safe.

Good night.

  1. Boot camp in the park.
  2. Private Benjamin.
  3. Doctor appointment.
  4. Took Sug for two walks.
  5. Read and napped.
  6. Cleaned and organized.
  7. Ate healthfully--enjoyed cucumbers picked fresh from the garden of my friends Heidi and Michael.
  8. Gardened.