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Monday, October 20, 2014

Working Hard

Working more efficiently in newly organized office! Also went to boot camp and made vegetarian chili and cornbread with Punch (replaced half the whole milk with creamy, farm-fresh buttermilk from a glass bottle). Good night to you. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Good Lavender Bath Night

1. Support group. Got lost, was late, but caught some!
2. Mass with Punchy. Liked the music.
3. Raked leaves. Felt good.
4. Nap.
5. Made Italian Cream Pudding; if you google it, the recipe that uses Polly-O Ricotta comes up. Purée in blender, pour into little glasses or cups. Yum. Nursery food. I used regular half and half and Crown maple sugar, which is very expensive at Whole Foods but delectable in desserts. 
6. Saw our friends.
7. Lavender bath.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pancakes & Pals

We were up early for the annual Nishuane pancake breakfast. The dads are cooking fluffy cakes on grills back by the playground. The aprons say "I flip for Nishuane." The syrup is organic pure maple (though a mom at my table said she prefers Aunt Jemina). Other dads and moms bustling about to prep, clean, run an outdoor obstacle course or the Scholastic Book Fair. H. signed up to do coffee and has also done two store runs, first for half and half and the next for maple syrup. I've been trailing Punch the whole time. Above, Punchy in her element on the obstacle course with a little friend she has taken under her wing all morning. :) Sweet as syrup to see. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Good Night

I wrote a post called Bedtime Stories but accidentally deleted it. And now I'm feeling too tired and flawed to rewrite it. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Religion Class

I've enrolled Punchy in religion class, held from 4 to 5 pm every Thursday at our parish Catholic school. Punch is in first grade, but this starts preparation for First Holy Communion at the end of second grade. She's learning prayers, including the grace the kids say before having snack.

Whenever we go to Communion at Mass, she puts her hands out for the wafer and I have to hurry up and motion above her head that No, she doesn't get it.

But I'll tell you, some of the moms dropping their kids off on Thursday afternoons look like they're 25, not much older than Figgy's 19. They are fresh-faced, energetic, beautiful. And many are toting babies, too.

Just an observation. And last week, I loved one mom's chic outfit: skinny, cropped lilac jeans paired with a long navy top. It's a winning Lilly color combination. God bless fashion and its saving grace.

Good night.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Went to my dr in NYC and was [ever so gently] read the riot act again. Exercise, eat better, lose weight.

Step one: Go to bed and get some rest now. Only way you could stay up and produce anything is if you fuel your think tank with [too much] food. 

Those are my words, not my doctor's.

Good night. 

1. Short walk with Sug, and fair amount of walking in NYC.
2. Tasty low-calorie iced tea from Panera.
3. Took care of complexion and even applied eye shadow, mascara and bronzer, which felt good.
4. Dr. visit--a wake-up call, as always--and flu shot.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Good Night, Sweet Dreams

Talk to you tomorrow.

  1. Salon hair color and blowout.
  2. Ate lots of vegs today--spinach, kale salad, broccoli. Do feel fuller.
  3. Private Benjamin.