|The horse-barn home that Heather built with her husband|
|Heather and her husband with some of their menagerie|
Heather was one of the first eight people into YouTube, has done many other start-ups and is now founder of an interiors website called nousDecor. She started it after she was given a chandelier for her horse barn home and she couldn't find a match. Heather does the website all day - her "home office" is their bed in the 540 sq ft upstairs of their horse barn and the rest of the time she tends to her 28 animals, which incidentally she and her husband allow to wander through the downstairs. Long story short...she works all the time. (By the way I watched the start up comedy TV show Silicon Valley on the plane, the most hilarious show ever.)
|Me (left) being Suzy reporter and Heather with her dogs (weighing a total of 450lbs!)|
It was Dad's Day this weekend, this is one of my favourite photos of Kevin with Tallulah and baby Cy in Santa Barbara. This was on a road trip we did from Southern California to Oakland... what were we thinking?
|Tallulah, Cy and Kevin on our road trip|
I arrived back home to find end-of-school had happened without me. Here's the evidence in the mudroom crudroom, all the kid's project will reside there until the end of summer until I sniff and sigh and stick them elsewhere. What stuff is your weakness? I'm usually an unsentimental minimalist, but I can't bear to throw out even one piece of broken ceramics the kids have made.
|Mudroom (called Sandals and Sunscreen Room in California) And you haven't even seen around the corner...|
In my jetlag-geded state I've watched a plethora of fashion documentaries (except for Bill Cunningham New York, none are that well made are they?) Loved the acerbic client stylist in Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's: "You may as well buy it, it's not that great, but it looks better than what you were wearing when you came in." And to the question: "If you didn't do this what else would you be doing?" "Probably drinking."
A short doco about old Anna showed that she looks way better now that she did decades ago - good work done or a good life lived?
I returned to a don'tknowwhethertolaughorcry email from a friend about the end of school year for Cy,10. His class had been studying immigration.
Ziad, one of the parents (and father to J, one of Cy's best friends) went to Cy's 4th grade class to discuss his own experience of immigration. Ziad who is from Lebanon and a noted cardiologist, talked about deeper issues of growing up in the middle of a war, as well as issues of acculturation and leaving friends and family behind.
Each child was allowed to ask 2 questions.
It was Cy's turn. His question: "Who do you like more -- D or J?" (Ziad's kids)
When Cy didn't get a satisfactory answer, he asked his 2nd question: "What's the most embarrassing story about J?"
Still no answer given from the speaker.
Laugh or cry, friends?