Legalizing It! You Know I Did!

It’s been quite a weekend!  And I’m coming off a legal high.    Oh—it was a nice chill weekend. And it was great that my son Roman got to visit and Bonaparte’s daughter, her husband, and their daughter were all here for dinner on Saturday night.

But I did something.  Bonaparte and I both did something.

The big “M”.  We’re in it for good now!

We legalized our union.  Yeah. That’s right.  I’m now married to the Frenchman!  For ten years I was living in sin. Now I’m living in deeper sin. Only kiddin’!

I was late for work on Friday because we signed all the documents.  Was it eventful?

Yes. For us it was, but like I said to the woman in the Court Building who worked at the Marriage Bureau, “The first time around you spend a ton of money for the dress, the flowers, the reception. The second time around you want to make sure you have a great wig”.

The Bride wore the Riley wig by Freetress that was purchased on HairSoFly for $9.99!

Well, she loved what I said so much that we started talking wigs and I had to give her the names of all the online wig sites.

The Bride also wore her favorite J. Crew Schoolboy blazer, a J. Crew Factory Tee, AG Jeans and Repetto ballet flats–along with Longchamp bag!

In two weeks, I will be changing my name.  Roman and I got into a conversation about that.  He said he always wondered why I never changed my name back to my maiden name when I was divorced.  I explained to him that the kids were still young and it would be weird if my last name was different.  Then I told him that the time is right now.  All the kids are out and on their own and I want to change my name.

I think the icing on the cake would have been if Jake and Oona were here–but their work schedules and their living so far away made it impossibe.

And so, I will be Mrs. Lartigue—but I think I just may go by Madame Bonaparte!

The beaming groom. I think it’s because he knows he’ll always be getting great French meals!

Next topic!

I cooked up a storm on Saturday because the weather was somewhat stormy.

Here’s a look at some of the goodies that I made.

A shortcrust for the lemon tart. I’ll tell you this was the best crust ever..

The Lemon Tarte after being taken from the oven. I dressed it with whipped cream flowers.  We were enjoying ourselves so much that I forgot to take pics!

Peeled, cubed and pre-boiled potatoes. I sauteed them in duck fat.

Apples for the Calvados sauce and for the pork dish that I made…

Deviled eggs for appetizers.  I put the yolk mixture in a pastry bag then later on piped the filling into the egg whites!

Madame Bonaparte will not ruin a wig while cooking.  The bio hair will do!

The table is set.  I keep a simple and basic table.  The food is the focus.  

How did I relax in between cooking time?  Watching the game between University of Texas and University of Maryland.  Jake graduated from Texas and Oona from Maryland. Either way, mommy was the winner.  Sadly, my Longhorns lost.

Yesterday was a more relaxed day. My husband, my son Roman and I went to see the movie “Wind River” starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth.  It was an intense drama about a murder on a Native American reservation.  I highly recommend this movie. It had a great plot and was a decent thriller and it was based on a true story.

Looking for a good movie with an interesting story?  Go see Wind River. It was excellent!

Back home we enjoyed another dinner with enjoyable conversation.  Then watched another movie “The Accountant” starring Ben Affleck.  It was another thriller and I’m not an Affleck fan but he was good.  Anna Kendrick was very good too. She’s one of those actors that I was on the fence about but the more I watch her, the more adorable and talented she appears to me.


The Accountant was a very unusual movie, but nevertheless, I was at the edge of the sofa seat!

Today, this Monday of Labor Day, Roman and I headed off to the nearby outlet mall. His birthday was last week and I wanted to have him pick out some clothing—I also wanted to see what was being offered. J. Crew Factory was having a 50% off the entire store.

Roman, aka, Chilly, in younger days.  I still wanted to get him clothing for his birthday!

I found two items for me at that 50% off sale. A small scarf, which is adorable and a gray cashmere pullover. AT $78.00 the 50% off was a great price.

This Parisian themed scarf was a great buy at  $7.50. I’m into wearing scarfs as bracelets these days.

She told me everything except the cashmere was on sale.  OK. So then why did J. Crew Factory have ads up the wazoo stating that the entire store was 50% off.

I was livid that this sweater was NOT 50% off. J. Crew Factory–do NOT advertise that the ENTIRE store of 50% off when it clearly is not. This is not good!

The sweater remained in the store. I’m sorry. As much as I loved and wanted the sweater, I’m not spending full price.

The bag was almost empty. Not cool J. Crew Factory!

And by the time we arrived home, it was time to drive my son to the Bolt Bus in Philly.

I was sad to see him go. But I was comforted by my husband and his comfort made everything ok.

It’s funny how a piece of paper can make your life more comfortable.  And I had a conversation with Danièle not too long before she passed away.  She told me the day she married Yves Robert, she became so much more comfortable with the relationship.  I get that.  And I wish Danièle was here now.  She would have been thrilled.

I think Daniele would have been extremely happy to finally have me as her legal niece. I always consider her my Parisian Aunt!

And that was my weekend.  How was yours?

Do you like my $19.50 Samala Wig by Janet Collection? I wore it yesterday. I like this one a lot!!!

The news of Walter Becker’s passing hit me hard this weekend.  I’ve always been a huge Steely Dan fan and loved their music for many years.  My favorite song was Dirty Work. Here you go.




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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119 Responses to Legalizing It! You Know I Did!

  1. Amelia says:

    Dear Catherine, Congratulations to you and Bonaparte on your wedding!!! Wishing you both a long and happy life together. You both looked very relax and happy on your special day. I’ve always been too shy to comment before although I love reading your wonderful blog. Thank you for your wits, humors and esp. sharing all your know hows with us your readers. Congratulations again to you and Bonaparte on this very happy occasion! Amelia xoxo

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you so much Amelia. LOL–it took me to get married for you to comment? Don’t be a stranger–join in the fun and it is great to have you hear and commenting!!! Thank you again!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  2. Congratulation, Lady! I know you two will be very happy and that table setting a too cool! We did see Wind River yesterday. It reminded me of Winter’s Bone but with a lot more violence but much gorgeous landscape.

    • I wasn’t done, don’t know what happened but again, congratulations and by the way you’ve talked about him, I know you two are meant to be. I sort of did this in reverse order, first reading how you two met and then read about the big weekend.

  3. Mishmash Media Blog says:

    What a happy post and doesn’t the groom look chuffed in that photo?! Love your Longchamp bag, such a good colour. The food looks yummy especially the lemon tart. Congratulations. Xxx

  4. bluetulips says:

    Congratulations to you both Catherine. You look so happy.
    Love the outfit and you are glowing, looking fabulois

    Dianne 🤗

  5. Lesley Astbury says:

    Love and congratulations to you both! Xxxxxxxx

  6. The Lakewoman says:

    Woohoo…Madam B
    …wonderful, happy news….much love to you both!

  7. Carolann says:

    Hi Catherine – what a surprise! Love and congratulations to you both.
    The wedding day pictures are super, you look absolutely sparkling, and Monsieur Bonaparte – so proud and delighted.
    Just to say that like Amelia above, I’m a regular reader of your blog and I do love it, and though I’m not much given to commenting I do take your clothes (perfect outfit you wore on the day) and make-up tips on board, and btw, that white eye liner you wore the other day looked fabulous!
    All for now – Very best wishes for the future Mr and Mrs Lartigue! XXX

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you so much Carolann! Thank you for your congrats and love to both of us and a special thank you for commenting on my makeup tips and the clothing. I so appreciate that and it keeps me going!!! OXOXOXOXO!!!!

  8. junedesilva says:

    😲 OMG Catherine! I’ve only just caught up with this post. (Thanks Wordpess) Félicitations! I am SO happy for you. Xoxo

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