|View from our bathroom window to San Francisco|
I recently wrote about two family homes for the San Francisco Chronicle, with very different philosophies. The first was a Scooby-Doo dark mansion in Piedmont, home to a family of five, where the Dad, Chad, said he embraces color and more color. (read here).
|Photos: Liz Hafalia|
In San Francisco, an interior designer said he highlights just one color - in this case canary yellow and kept the rest in black, white and greys. (read here)
|Photos: Liz Hafalia|
After watching Friends, I voted Jennifer Aniston the best of all six actors - she's undervalued as an actress. Courtney Cox was the next best. I really think a comedic actress has the hardest job of all.
Gearing up for Harley's high school graduation, which is a huge deal here in the US. The rellies are coming. You know those Yearbooks the schools here put out? "Most Likely To..." Well, Harley has been nominated by the teachers as: "Most Likely To Be Late for His Graduation." I hope he wins - he deserves to. #SoProud. (What were you voted as?)
|Skiing 11 years ago. Harley at right.|
|Harley far right|
The really big news was the old Tedmeister/Lord Teddington turned three years old. His mother was 6lb, his father was 3lbs. Teddy is 8lb; he surpassed all expectations and has a five star attitude at all times.
|Three years ago with me wearing Old Gold|
|Teddy, three years later with his playcare adventure group on one of their hikes|
|Our new umbrella on the deck|
Incredibly hot here - up to 75% - hibiscus and bird of paradise blooming in winter!
Birdman - Best Picture: Emporers New Clothes or what? Over-acted. I think it was an actor's film, like writers who thrill to make lengthy descriptions no one wants to read. Interesting but not Best Picture. Somehow I'd seen it before.
Brush with Fame alert, people! (This is traditionally where I tell you about someone who knew someone who knew...) When I worked for the Gloucestershire Echo (for my sins) I wrote a feature on a local woman who was a costumer on all the big Brit movies. She said Michael Keaton was gorgeous, sweet and had the most beautiful blue eyes. Helena Bonham Carter had bad posture and not such a great attitude in case you're wondering.
Like Heidi, have sworn off purchasing party frocks. My new uniform is an Alice and Oliva shirt.
|Alice and Olivia top|
|Joseph, volunteering in Calzada in the Meseta|
Also I got an email from Amelia who was doing her school paper on her "Poppy", - Eric - who we met at the beginning of the Camino. Remember Australian Eric? He was 80 years old and carried a 27lb backpack (mine was 7lb and I was complaining.) His pack was pretty chocful of medication - he has a heart condition.
|Apparently 80 year old Eric made it back! He completed the 500-mile Camino. Congratulations Eric!|
I'm going skiing at Alta, Utah tomorrow. In preparation I've been doing strength training twice a week, which is a first for me. My trainer reckons I should be eating 120 grams of protein a day which is a heck of a lot considering a breast of chicken is only 60. I ate this for lunch for a while (with toast and butter chasers). I've haven't yielded that half stone I put on and ski pants perilously tight.
|Lunch with the protein loading|
Maybe it's the cheater pavlovas I've been making with Pavlova Magic Mix. Sssh, they'll take my Kiwi passport if they know I've been using the Aussie mix.
|Pavlova with passionfruit|
I'll see you up in Alta, Utah.
(So really, what was your "Most Likely To..." title in high school?)