What a perfect Saturday night! The Weatherman and I joined a group of friends for a picnic at the Boscobel house and then watched a production of "Much Ado About Nothing" in the outdoor theater on the grounds.
I have GOT to get a new camera. All the food pix keep coming out in these lurid colors. Believe me, this was actually quite pretty in real life. I served it recently at a dinner party - it's pretty soupy. You should plan on serving it in bowls. But it was tasty. All the men had seconds. It comes from The New Basics Cookbook.
So Dick Cheney has reportedly signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write his memoirs. His advance is said to be $2 million. According to his daughter, who is working with her father on the book, "He wants to make sure that his story is told, and told in a way that his grandchildren will be able to understand and appreciate even 20 or 30 years from now."
One of the good things about being married to The Weatherman is that when you make an idle comment about the weather - like, "Geez, it sure seems to have been a wet June," - you get statistics in return.
So I decided it was time to clean my office. And no, it never really looked like this. But files for my book project were starting to stack up on the table, while my file drawers in my desk were packed with NYT stuff.
Yesterday, after the tooth extraction, I also had a bone graft. In order to grow new bone, they use bovine material, aka stuff from cows. After he brought me home from the oral surgeon, The Weatherman went to the pharmacy to fill the prescriptions for antibiotics and pain killers, and then went to the grocery store to buy things like yoghurt and pudding that would be easy on the mouth.
Oh poor, poor me! As you are reading this, I am likely at the oral surgeon's office. Faithful readers know this is not my first visit with the tooth surgeon. And this is a situation with a whole new tooth. I will spare you all of the details except for this one:
No, yesterday wasn't that momentous. But The Boy and I did make a trip to the New York Historical Society in Manhattan. This has become a favorite destination for us. The Boy is a self-proclaimed history nerd and this small museum always has interesting exhibits, plus it's totally manageable in size.
Yesterday, The New York Post sent a clown up to Albany. It was their commentary on the dysfunction that has become our state government. A political coup earlier this week had two representatives switching from the Democratic to the Republican party, thus shifting the majority in the State Senate.
When I was in college, we held an annual "Meanest Professor Comments Ever" contest. Students submitted their papers with the harshest critiques to a jury of peers, and the winner was treated to a pitcher of beer.
Here's a headline from today's NY Times that took me by surprise: "Judge Orders Former Bristol-Myers Executive To Write Book".
For about 5 days there my book shelves looked lovely. Their usual state was to be absolutely jammed to the max. If you pulled a book off a shelf, you would discover a second row of books lined up behind it. And then there were books lying horizontally on top of the vertically stacked books.
It's finally up and running - www.mothersonbond.com !
About a year ago, the Weatherman and I bought a high definition TV. He got a little frustrated with me because I just couldn't see why HD was such a big deal. Everyone was raving about the clarity of the images, the amazing resolution, etc., etc. But it seemed to me that we had just shelled out a lot of money (not to mention having to schedule three different appointments with the cable company for the new installation) for a picture that was barely improved.
Last night we splurged. The whole family went to see the new Broadway production of West Side Story. This is kind of weird, but there were times during the show that I wanted to close my eyes - not because what was unfolding on stage was anything but wonderful, but because the voices of the two leads were so amazing that I just wanted to savor the purity of them.
Disgraceful! Disgraceful! I was going to post regularly about all the books my book group was reading, and what I was reading on the side. And I see it has been months since I fulfilled this plan. Okay, I have been a bit busy, what with ending one job and starting a new one, but still - this is ridiculous.
Let's see - a doctor has been murdered in Kansas (while ushering at his church, no less), GM is filing for bankruptcy, the fighting goes on and on in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now, instead of anxiously tracking the demise of the newspaper industry, I have begun watching the public hand-wringing of book publishing executives.