Such a true passage…….
Ya know, Bonaparte is so good to me. He always makes the best cuppa Joe every morning. He treats me like the pretend royalty that my delusions have me believe I am.
I really am lucky! Bonaparte makes sure I have my morning cawfee, princess style. In bed!
Come and sit with me while we share a cup!
The past few days were busy. Bonaparte knows that I’ve been
feeling ridiculously sorry for myself, wallowing in self-pity, being quite a pain-in-the ass , a bit depressed lately. I miss New York City something awful. I just don’t have an emotional connection with the Philadelphia area nor do I have a connection with the people. Each day becomes more and more crippling for me, but I do struggle to make the best of the situation! After all, I’ve got Bonaparte, my kids,Chippy, and a great home!
Seriously, I may be office poison and can’t get a job due to my age, but I have a nice life. I’ll bitch and moan, but between my kids and Bonaparte, I’m only lucky lady! Oh..and Adam blew my hair out on Friday. Lovin’ my waves!
Anyway, yesterday Bonaparte decided to take me into New York. Jake and Roman met us for a nice brunch at Les Halles, Anthony Bourdain’s restaurant where we had a most enjoyable time.
Hey, would I lie to you? Trust me, if you are in Manhattan any time soon, have lunch or dinner at Les Halles. It isn’t “haute cuisine”, but the food is consistent in being good. It’s easy simple and non-complicated French bistro stuff. Nice ambiance too–and the wait staff is great! It is our “go-to” NYC place! Can’t go wrong here!
It’s just very comforting when I’m in New York and with the kids. Its amazing how one afternoon spent back in New York City, for just a few hours, can bring my spirit back up to a good place. It’s even better when the boys are able to meet us. If only Oona were back in New York……….
We had good food, good conversation, and the weather was perfect for driving and walking around!
The skies were overcast as we entered the city. But….
By the time we finished brunch and headed downtown the sun and blue skies took over!
We dropped Roman off at the new WTC site. I think I’m almost ready to venture and explore the “new” downtown.
It’s always fun to go to the City because it’s also an excuse for me to get dressed a bit.
Do you like my outfit? I got to wear my new J. Crew Regency blazer and my new front-zipper Pixie Pants also from J. Crew. The Repetto ballet flats I got for a steal of 93 euros this past summer were so comfortable. THE perfect shoes for walking in the City!
It was just one of those really great days. Traffic was on our side, no wait to get through the Holland Tunnel in both directions. It was a nice way to finish the summer!
Oh wait. I didn’t tell you? I had an interview with a staffing agency last week. I just about had a full-blown anxiety/panic attack about it too.
They “tested” me on my Excel skills! Excel—that unforgiving little program that Microsoft changes from year to year. Microsofties think that they do us a favor by revamping and “improving” the program. They aren’t—they just make it easier for rocket scientists and MIT students. Your average administrative and executive assistants just become frustrated and stressed.
Anyway, I had to deal with Pivot tables, charts, formulas, page layouts, workbooks, sheets….question upon question upon question and I thought the small amount of gray matter in between my ears would burst! Then my anxiety peaked in anticipation of my “Word” skills test immediately following this Excel judgement. So I finished the test, my confidence was in the sue-ah (that’s NY talk for sewer). Then I heard an announcement. I had a perfect score. 100% correct! Because of this perfect score the “Word” testing was waived!
That was pretty cool, I have to admit. My confidence was rising…
Oh! I almost forget. Saturday evening brought about a great dinner dish! “Poulet a la Provencale”.
This recipe is amazing and so easy. I’ve altered it a bit though.
I altered the recipe just a bit–mostly in the procedure of cooking it. Have a click and let me know if you try it! Poulet a la Provencale
See this book?
Take it from me, if you EVER see this book in a store, grab it and take it home. It will be invaluable!
Hands down, it’s the best French home-style cookbook of all time. My copy is so dog-eared and so filled with spills and crumbs. I picked it up at the now-defunct “Borders” book store for about six dollars maybe eight years ago. Bonaparte says it is the most realistic French cookbook ever!
Serve with a salad and a nice wine and you’ve got a nice light dinner! Perfect for the end of summer and into early fall!
It was a nice few days. Not overly ambitious, and not boring. Fun but just enough to fill those last lazy days of summer….
..which fits in well with today’s song? “Lazy Day”. Spanky and Our Gang. I loved Spanky!
Oops! Our cawfee is now iced because I tawked too long! XOXOXO!!!