So Long. Farewell. Auf Wiedersehen. Goodbye to My Not So Favorite Year. 2015!

You know how some years are better than other years?  Well, despite a bit of greatness for 2015, this year just wasn’t my favorite year.

But first—the greatness!

Honestly, I cannot complain about this Christmas. It was great!  The kids were all here and we ate, and had fun and enjoyed each other

All our kids

Greatness is having the kids all here!  Bonaparte’s granddaughter, his son-in-law, his daughter, Jake, Oona and Roman made Christmas wonderful!

I was gifted by Jake, Roman and Oona with a trip to Arkansas to visit Oona for a while.  I will be finalizing plans over the week.  It’ll be great to hang out with Oona on her new home turf!

This card led to clues....

This card led to a box filled with clues….

like this magnet of Arkansas. My hipster Jesus awaits my visit!

like this magnet of Arkansas. Let us only hope that is Hipster Jesus on the bottom left welcoming me!

Bonaparte, in his never-ending efforts to turn me into a proper Franco-American broad, gifted me with a beautiful Hermes scarf, my favorite Guerlain perfume, AND a longer stay this coming summer in Theoule!  And..knowing my deep love and affection for all things J. Crew, a nice gift card!

As soon as I saw that orange box, I KNEW there was something beautiful inside. There was!

Bonaparte is so pragmatic in his gifting. I’m running very low on my L’Instant and the J. Crew gift card gives me incentive to reduce my disgustingly fat flabby ass and thighs–not to mention my gut!

Oh…and the kids gifted Bonaparte with a little piece of equipment to turn our downstairs TV, which is a “dumb” TV, into a “Smart” TV. It’s an Apple TV.  I’ll tell you this much. This little machine truly IS smart—and cheeky.  It took seemingly forever for me to “understand” the mechanics and set up—and you can speak into this. After twenty minutes of unsuccessful passwording, I said “Fuck you” to this cute little box. She answered “Ohhhhh”…and after repeated cursing she finally asked “Why are you cursing so much?”  Looks like Bonaparte has a buddy in questioning my gutter mouth!

Apple TV

This little Apple TV box turned our dumb TV into a smart TV!  Isn’t technology greatness?

Bonaparte’s daughter, his son-in-law gifted us with a certificate to our favorite restaurant. Spring Mill Café! We will have a great, great dinner.  After I drop twenty pounds!

Christmas was lovely—and I’m a bit saddened that it’s over, but we have fantastic memories!

Next greatness. Just as my lowest point of the year was beginning to surface, I landed a temporary position for a month. It was, hands down, the best job.  I enjoyed the company, the people—and especially the salary!  It made me realize that I am worth every cent I earned!

my pic

It really was great to be hired, even as a temp–which, I may add was extended! I loved working this job!

Another greatness was Chippy’s affection.  The longer I stayed home, the more Chippy became my bestie.  He can sense when I’m upset. He’ll look at me like “Don’t worry. I’m here”. Then he’ll come up and smother cuddle with me—provided I stroke and pet him for an hour or so!

Chippy won't leave my side

Yes. As you can see from this photo of my Chippy, I mean the world to him.  Perhaps in his dreams!

A greatness that led to one of the greatest greatnesses of 2015—this is a greatness domino effect. I’ll explain.  Christmas 2014 had Jake, Roman, and Oona gifting Bonaparte and me with a weekend at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.  It was a great way to begin 2015 and we had a blast.

us at whythe

Bonaparte snapped this pic last January at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.  A weekend here, as well as a baking class at Momofuku Milk Bar and dinner rounded out this greatness of Christmas gifts! Me, Oona, Jake and Roman having fun!

In fact, we had such great weekend that I became inspired.  That weekend was the kick in my fat ass that I needed to start my blog.

 The Post That Started It All: A Great Weekend in Brooklyn, NY!

You see, I had always toyed with the idea of blogging, but I didn’t think I had anything much to say. To tell you the truth, I really don’t have anything much to say—but I say it anyway, and it ends up to be quite a lot of not much to say.  The greatness is that I ended up absolutely falling in love with my little blog.  The greater greatness is that I ended up making a circle of over 600 “friends” who are faithful readers of my blog.  To quote Ina Garten:  “How great is THAT?”

My little blog has given me a platform to bitch and complain about the shit that happened over the year. Like my never-ending search for employment.  The daunting experiences of job interviews from Hell—and the even more daunting experiences of fabulously wonderful job interviews that fed into my delusions that I DID get the job!

I’ve been able to get on my high horse to pontificate about ageism! Age-Aid. A Benefit Concert for the Ageism Movement Revolution  that I wanted to start!

My new t shirt design.

I even designed a profound Tee Shirt for this delusional event!

I, yes, and little old me was able to snag a journalist coup by interviewing Satan.  All thanks to my bestie, Hipster Jesus!  He is such a great buddy of mine!  Hopefully, I was able to enlighten at least one trillionth of our population on just how evil the Duggar family is. My Interview With Satan. A Journalistic Coup! Thank you Hipster Jesus!


Hey, if it were not for my relationship with my good friend Hipster Jesus, I would have never been able to enter the hot spot known as Hell to chat with that red hot cutie, Satan!

I covered issues such as baldness and hair loss for women. My Hair Lady. The Bald and the Beautiful!

Me in wig 1

My cute little bob wiggy!

I gave unwarranted fashion advice—and had the balls to post fashion pics that would have “legit” fashion bloggers running to their toilets with their fingers shoved down their throats in an effort to make that last meal be enjoyed a second time while coming back up from the sight of my ample limbs ,”age-id” face and lack of high-end, over-the-top clothing choices!

My Dress Post. Scroll down to the bottom to see my talent for fashion photography!

Oh..and my travel postings would surely put my delusional travel BFF, Rick Steves to shame! ( they wouldn’t)

Just My Luck–The Hottest Summer in Paris and I Was There!

Recipe successes and fails!   A Son’s Visit. Recipe Fails and Successes!

Buche de Noel 2015

Oh. Here’s a great success from this Christmas. My 2015 Buche de Noel.  Do you like the meringue mushrooms?  I ate most of them!

….and there’s always my greatness in beauty advice! My Attempt at The Kardashian Makeup Look!

Hey! So why wasn’t 2015 my happy year? 

Oh yeah, it was because I did NOT find that coveted job.

The shitty medical insurance I have is NOT affordable and it isn’t Obama’s fault either—the only winners are the insurance companies.

I got super-fat from stress.  My gut could hold all 19 of Michelle Duggar’s litter and a few RV’s.

Roller set

Look how  fat my face got. I won’t even show you my ass!

Halo Farms My happy silo

…and after I dropped Oona off at the train station in Hamilton, NJ yesterday, I drove to Trenton to pick up three pints of my favorite ice cream. Halo Farms.  Time for some serious emo eating for the end of the year. I already finished off one of the pints! And it was GREATNESS!

Why I'm fat

Yes. I finished off the Praline Pecan Ice Cream. Just for me and only for me. And my thighs. And my arm flab. And my cushion of an ass. And my chins. And I loved every spoonsful!

I could not afford my coveted Botox. Yes. I AM that deeply shallow.  I want a few fillers in my face.

I feel badly because Bonaparte is supporting me and I don’t want to depend on anyone—but I’ll take it!


Yup! My Bonaparte is reaching into his wallet to help me! He’s not lookin’ too happy about it either. Oops!

My hypochondrium is at an all-time high.   So far in the past few days I have:  Crohn’s Disease. Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Gastroenteritis. Gall Stones. Fibromyalgia. Pancreatitis. And anything else I can think of.   This is why work and exercise are good things.

Two of my aunts and Daniele transitioned this year and left our earthly presence.  They will be greatly missed—especially my second mother, Daniele.

Paris Without Daniele. The First of three posts….

Demain tout Commence

A great actor, but more than that, a great woman. We miss you!

Actually, 2015 wasn’t really too much of a bad year at all. 

Every year has the great with the bad.  It’s all how we chose to look at it.  For me, I’ll look at 2015 through my good eye and keep all the great memories with me.  I’ll see the bad through my blind eye and throw the bad memories of this past year in the trash—where they belong.

I don’t have any resolutions for 2016 because I never keep them.

What I do have are goals.  And my biggest goal is to  to focus more on making my blog more entertaining for those who read about my musings, vents, delusions and whatever else strikes my fancy. Why? Because I write for me and to everyone who reads my blog. I want to make some serious happy nest!

Another goal (much to Bonaparte’s chagrin) is to NOT curb my gutter-mouth. If I did that, I would be changing my personality.  Although for Bonaparte, I’ll remember to curse more in the French language!

Keep calm and learn french

It should read “Keep Calm and Learn to Curse in French”. Merde!

Since my medical insurance is basically non-existent, another huge goal is to live a healthier lifestyle.  I’ll be sharing healthy recipes in 2016.  I’m reading this book—it’s half “makes sense” and half “these authors are wackos”.  I’ll focus on the half that makes sense!

I would like to take this with a grain of salt. But salt is bad so I can't.

There is some wacky shit in this book–but on the other hand, it’ll help me focus on just eating meat, fish, veggies, fruit and nuts. That’s it.  Bonaparte will have all the wine and champagne for him.

Finding employment is not a goal for 2016.  I refuse to set myself up for failure. End of subject.


Happy New Year Everyone!


Enjoy this last eve of 2015.  If you party, party hearty but sensibly.  If you spend a reflective and quiet evening, do it well and thoughtfully-focusing on the positive!


All Things Must Pass. Mr. Harrison knew this well!


About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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32 Responses to So Long. Farewell. Auf Wiedersehen. Goodbye to My Not So Favorite Year. 2015!

  1. spearfruit says:

    LOL, I so enjoy reading your posts – they make me laugh. Cussing at the smart TV is so funny. I am glad you started blogging and love it – I love reading it! Here’s to a great 2016 and many more blog posts! Thanks Catherine for your wonderful posts. 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Spear! Yes. Who else would either curse at a smart TV or admit they curse at objects? The best is when the object answers back! It eggs me on even more! Glad you enjoyed the post. And I look forward to great and fun posts from you within the next year! XOXOXOXO!

      • spearfruit says:

        Yes, it is always interesting how the objects answer back! 2016 will be filled with many more posts from me – I have so much so say (or write). 🙂

  2. Happy New Year GF!! I think you should be doing stand up!! You. Are. A. Riot!!!! 😂😂

  3. Annamarie Campbell says:

    I agree – you should do stand up!! Loved this blog and your pics!!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Annamarie. LOL. I feel like I’m performing stand up every day when I’m conversing and interacting with Bonaparte! LOL! Glad you like the blog and my “incredible” pics!

  4. hipchick66 says:

    Happy New Year Cathe! Keep writing, I’ll always be reading. Loved your 2015 wrap up!

  5. Hahahah! Wonderful, again – I love reading your blog! Happy New Year from Seattle….!

  6. Miss Bougie says:

    Happy New Year to you, my dear, and to B too of course, and I raise my Moët flute to the many more hilarious blog
    posts to come in 2016. Just love your ramblings!
    I wish you Bonne Santé and no experience with pancreatitis, it’s very painful, you know; been there, done that and all.
    Bonne Nouvelle Année et on se voit de l’autre côté.

    • Catherine says:

      Bonne Annee to you and yours too. We’ll be in France in June–our flights are already booked. Alas, we won’t be in Paris–just the South-but I’m looking forward to lots of fun stuff to write! I’m working on a post right now! Merci!! XOXOXOXO

  7. Jane Billman says:

    I was so happy to see you had posted a year end blog – It was a treat!!
    Happy 2016

    • Catherine says:

      Happy New Year Jane. LOL. It’s early in the morning and I thought you wrote “teat” instead of “treat”. Hahahahaha! Happy 2016 and a wonderful year to you! XOXOXO!

  8. Leslie Preston says:

    It’s all because of the Duggar family. I was reading the “comments” section from Libby Ann’s blog, which was focused on their exploits, and there was your comment and a link to your blog. Voila! How fortuitous for me! Thank you for everything! Happy New Year from Kamas, UT!!! P.S. Your Christmas gifts are thoughtfully super!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Leslie! Happy New Year. me. I’ll be visiting Oona in Arkansas in a few weeks. There is NO way I’m not gonna duggarize that trip! XOXOXO!!! At least that vile family was good for something–we met!!!

  9. calensariel says:

    What a wonderful wrap up for your year. I have SO enjoyed getting to know you. You’ve made me smile and laugh more than anyone on these blogs.You are a true jewel. Have a wonderful evening, and may your path through 2016 be filled with magic. Love & Hugs, Calen~

    • Catherine says:

      Awww. Canen, that is so nice of you. It’ll be a good year because we will both get to know each other even better through our blogging! Best for you for this new year! XOXOXO!

  10. BunKaryudo says:

    I always enjoy reading your blog, Catherine, so I’m delighted you’re going to keep it going strong in 2016 too.

    You got some great presents, but the one from your kids was particularly touching. Even the card was great. My kids have never said, “We are so lucky to have you for our mom,” probably because I’m their father. More distressingly, they have never said “for our dad” either. Never mind, I’m very happy with my socks.

    Anyway, I hope you have a great trip to Arkansas. I look forward to reading all about it in your blog. 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bun. And happy 2016! Trust me–there is so much more to my situation than the words on that card. My kids are my three gems–and due to some serious issues within my ex-marriage, we are lucky to have each other. As your kids get older they WILL realize how lucky they are to have you as a dad! And wear those socks well! Keep me laughing this year with your great writing–I’m glad I got to know you and your blog. Well done you! XOXOXO

      • BunKaryudo says:

        They sound like great kids. As for my own, I just hope they remember me when they are multimillionaires, as is bound to happen if playing the video game “Plants Versus Zombies” ever becomes a highly-paid competitive sport.

  11. Hi Catherine & a very Happy New Year! And just wanted to say I love your blogs for their honesty, zest and humour. You are such a good writer. Also it was great to read some of your other posts written during 2015 before I found you. Loved the one on ageism (so funny) and then the one on hair (or lack of it). Just great writing all round. All the very best for 2016 and I look forward to reading your thoughts on your blog. And btw I think you should get a job using your talent as a writer – honestly, if employers aren’t ‘getting you’ it’s their loss, in my opinion! Good luck to you and yours xxx

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you so much! I absolutely LOVE your blog and can so relate to it. I”m glad we found each other. LOL. I would adore having a paying job as a writer. Unfortunately in THESE parts, the only ones getting jobs are the people who are still going through puberty! I have hope though! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  12. Gillian says:

    All Fabulous Catherine! You are brilliant, I am looking forward to reading more in 2016. Sending you my very best wishes for a much better year. Gillian x

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Gillian. I’m looking forward to reading your blog posts this year as well. I want 2016 to be the year that I actually nurtured my plants and flowers instead of killing them. I look to thee for guidance! XOXOXOXO!!

  13. Sandra Lynn says:

    Happy new year, sweetie. I will continue to enjoy your posts as long as you want to write them May 2016 bring you all the blessings you deserve. Thanks for becoming part of my daily reads!

  14. Lynnette Jessep says:

    Happy new year Cathrine …
    Have loved reading your great stories on everyday life ..(2015)
    Luv Aussie Lynnette xx

  15. animar64 says:

    2015. Ugh.
    But at least the pizza was good.

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