Sunday, November 29, 2015

selection show

It was terrific fun watching the women's volleyball National Championship selection show in the Founders Room of the Galen Center with the players, coaches, and allied parents, friends, 12-year old volleyball players (who wanted t-shirts signed by the players), and so on - even more so when it was announced that we're the #1 seed this year!  Two more (I hope!) nail-biting weeks to come ...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

corner instructions

What to do at this precise spot could hardly be articulated more clearly.

Friday, November 27, 2015

...if the cap fits ...

Pac 12 Champions!!  Admittedly, we may have to share the title if Washington wins tomorrow (which they surely will) - but a wonderful end to the Pac 12 season, and to Seniors' Night (a sad occasion, for me - travel arrangements over the next couple of weeks mean that I'm unlikely to see any post-season play, and will have to follow along their conference progress on little screens).  This team has been so much fun to watch, this season - sometimes with one's heart in one's mouth, but they've almost always found that little bit extra and pulled it off.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

the brightness of tulips

It was good to have some brightness around today.  I was just starting to prepare a marinade (parsley, garlic, rosemary, fennel, fennel seed, olive oil) for a piece of pork loin (a turkey is a little large for two people) when I had an email from England with the sad news that my much loved aunt Nancy had died half an hour or so earlier.  So today was quietly spent feeling thankfulness for all kinds of things about her - her kindness, her enthusiasm, her interest in people and books and current events and films, her cheerfulness (despite osteoperosis), the way that she welcomed Alice into our family (we were so very glad to have gone and stayed with her last year, and to have escorted her for dinner to the local pub - all of which gave Alice the chance to experience some real English deep countryside), and - what could be more apt for today? - her huge capacity for gratitude.  All of this with the strange distancing feeling that Thanksgiving isn't a day that - obviously! - registers at all in England, and it felt very vertiginous to be mentally in England for much of the day.

things to be thankful for (advance edition)

i) our Cats.  Here's LucyFur, who's very happy to have me back in LA;

ii) the view from an evening walk up the street from our house.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

misleading iconography

Boots, check.  NM luggage tag, check.  Oh, no, wait a minute - I'm at DFW, but changing planes to get to Los Angeles, not Albuquerque.   The logic?  Non-stop tickets were a horrible price, so I saw a good deal of one small corner of Texas on a lay-over ...

Monday, November 23, 2015

thin sunlight

Sitting on my sofa waiting for a FedEx delivery wasn't where I'd wanted to be spending half the morning - but if I hadn't been there, I wouldn't have seen this sharp winter sunlight falling on the mantelshelf - empty flower vase (just relieved of those lilies, that died at last), cards, a curling white cable heading off in the direction of the TV - and all the planes of blinds and window panes.