I wish I had good news

but I don’t. I am feeling slightly better but all it means is I am trying to catch up on all the things I didn’t do since last Friday and for several weeks before that. I am now alert enough to know that my work is piling up…


I logged in and cleared my inbox but that is only a disguise for the actual PAPER work, meetings and rounds I will need to do.

I am also way behind on my homework. Reading and comprehension has been impossible with my watery eyes and foggy brain.

I guess the best news is that my older son is moving back to Chicago from New York, in with me. It’s not the best of circumstances for him, he feels like a failure. He is far from a failure and just needs some time to relax and regroup. I will enjoy having him around and just like his brother- he has a good appetite….and unlike his brother, he likes to cook!!

th (6)Maybe the good news is that in a few weeks I might come home to dinner on the table… for a change.

cleo is not amused

i went to the organic pet store and picked out a few different cans of wet food i thought she might like. she needs to lose some weight and it couldn’t be closer but so far she is being her usual tempramental feline self.

she’s no pumpkin lover

get it? BFF~~best feline friend!

i think it’s like trying to wean somebody off fast food-luckily she had some prawns this weekend

i, on the other hand had a delicious dinner of chicken with arrabbiata sauce and tortellini…yummy! and leftovers for my lunch tomorrow~~~

the shower

it all went well…as usual…. too much food!! my cousin and i have worked on food for a few parties and my plan is always to have a nice variety even if that means there is way too much and we have to force people to take it home….

here’s the winning photo from the shower

rose and her best friend christine with the new  RED kitchen aid mixer, perhaps she’ll have to name the mixer….

brrrrrrilliant day

it’s still cold here~really cold!  a lifetime in chicago has taught me that if you layer and dress warmly~~~cold weather can be invigorating!! mr a and i went to harborne-the 45 bus to the 11. it’s pretty posh and the main destination was the upscale food shops~waitrose and marks and spencers simply food. the delicious result of this is that we had a lovely dinner of slices of the smallest ham i’ve ever seen, liver pate, blacksticks blue cheese

on german and french bread, with kosher dill pickles, olives and pickled onions….yummy!

tomorrow will be pork leg steaks with an apple stuffing and roast parsnips~~i’ve been converted

it’s kind of a perfect end to a perfect week~~ i didn’t have to go out, i worked hard~~in my jammies and finally after 18 months on this stupid project, with the whole thing falling apart at the seam…. i finally have total responsibility for the very important job of validating the data. ..after all these months of the project director ignoring me-now i will have the final piece of the puzzle….*diabolical laugh*

tomorrow i am working at the hospital-half a regular shift and half extra (big££). i’m starting to feel greedy and wondering how many extra shifts i can fit in…the truth is…i’m a workaholic….   it’s not just the work but what i can get with the money i earn…i always like to dream and plan the next adventure…..

the hard part of today is that once again my sister and i are trying to sort through the puzzle of my dad’s “stuff”. we got his death certificate-distressing enough-we still don’t have power of attorney so we are only filtering through bits and pieces-tomorrow she is making the 4 hour drive up to small town wisconsin to his house-my daughter and son are going with…i am so proud of them for agreeing to undertake this unpleasant journey on my behalf. the plan is to delve deeper into what has already proved to be a rather icky, yucky  living situation to retrieve some documents that will give us an idea of his assets…amazingly my 19 year old son will be leading the girls…

i wonder if this his my dad’s perverse way of getting our attention?

this is hard work

all this sun, food, friends, food, sun, family, food, sun, food….

today i met up with my very old friend sally. we went to high school together…that would be around 1972-1976 ish…we haven’t seen each other since at least 1979!! she found me on facebook about six months ago and after the few hours we spent today talking and taking a quick drive through the old neighborhood, it was like all those years disappeared.

tonight i feel like a special piece of the jigsaw puzzle of my life has been dug out from the the sofa cushion…sally knows lots of things about me that know one else does and that i might not want anyone else to know.

we swapped lots of crappy, shitty, evil ex-husband stories- i remember hers, she never met mine-the one thing we both agreed on was that it’s a shame we lost touch, we could have helped each other alot when our kids were little…

we have pool party planned for next week!!

sorry, i can’t post any pictures- i am taking them though, and videos too!!

an unlikely place

for the G20 meeting? new york?? London??? berlin?? no! it’s being held in pittsburgh…i have been close to pittsburgh, back in the 70’s, my best friend in high school was from youngstown ohio, an equally unexciting place.

The next G20 summit is due to take place at Pittsburgh‘s David L. Lawrence Convention Center on September 24–25, 2009.[1] Announced shortly after the April 2009 G-20 London summit, U.S. President Barack Obama volunteered to host this summit, initially planning to hold it in New York City and coordinating it with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. However, due to coordination issues, on May 28, 2009, the Obama Administration announced a change of venue to Pittsburgh in order to highlight the city’s economic recovery following the collapse of its manufacturing sector in the latter half of the 20th century. In response to the Global credit crisis, a G20 summit in one year was proposed shortly after the London summit in April 2009. The second G20 2009 summit will hopefully evaluate the measures taken in April 2009 in London and implement new policies which will stimulate the global economy

 our fine president has given pittsburgh a reward for its recent economic regeneration



and how did i stumble on all this??

i get emails from chicago tribune travel

let’s cut to the chase…..the good stuff….the food!



did i mention my future son in law is from pittsburgh???