Low key week

May 19th, 2024
Asador (griller) Mario

We topped off a very low key week by driving up to the suburbs for a parilla at our friends’ Rachel and Ray’s house last night. The upside of living in the ‘burbs is having a backyard, small pool, and a big grill – nice! We had a fun evening visiting with our hosts and also Lea and Jose, Josie, and Ray’s mom Nita. The food was delish, and as you can see, there was a lot of it!

At work, we are starting the summer transition season and welcomed one of the two new deputies in my section. We had visitors from the Educational and Cultural Exchange branch of the State Department in this week, and I learned a lot about the au pair and summer work/travel programs – very interesting.

Last Sunday I chatted with Ann and Pam, then with Nomi a little later – so good to catch up! John and I have enjoyed the second seasons of “Hacks” and also started I think the third season of “Cobra,” a British political show (I’m enjoying seeing Jane “Little Voice” Horrocks in it). And we watched a very early Albert Brooks’ movie, “Real Life,” which was oddly prescient with its take on reality TV. I finished my book club book, “Someone Else’s Shoes” and started “The Two Headed Whale” this morning (thanks for the rec, Joan!).

We saw the Monument of the Spanish lit up in Argentine blue last night on our drive home:

Happy birthday to me

May 12th, 2024
With Pilar

Happy to have another year of a luckily wonderful life! Pilar surprised me with a poached pear crumble after work – so sweet.

We were happy that Scott and Julie enjoyed their time in Argentina! They treated us to a delicious dinner with good wine at Verdot the night before they left. So nice to see them and get to spend time with them!

Yesterday morning I went to Silvia y Mario’s shop and picked out a couple of leather jackets to be made – I hope I like them (I think I will). A co-worker was there at the same time – it’s always fun to have a buddy to weigh in!

My favorite expedition guide on our Antártica cruise, Morten, sent me copy of his book on polar bears (Polar Bears Beloved and Betrayed) and I finished it this weekend. It’s beautifully done with the most amazing photos of polar bears I’ve ever seen. The crux of the book is that while everyone assumes climate change is the biggest threat to the bears, Morten focuses on the legalized hunting of these beloved creatures – over 1,000 legally killed each year, out of a population of around 20,000. It’s outrageous (thanks, Canada, Denmark, and United States). Reading it was difficult, but Morten’s excellent writing and stunning photos make it possible.

I’m on a bit of an Albert Brooks kick – I watched a documentary about him not too long ago (done by his bestie Rob Reiner), then read an interesting article about him in the Atlantic. John and I watched “Defending Your Life” this weekend, and started “Mother” last night. He’s just so darned funny and Debby Reynolds is just perfect.

The fall/winter light in Buenos Aires was lovely this week.

Company!

May 5th, 2024

Cousin Julie and her husband Scott arrived last Sunday morning, so we’ve been enjoying visiting with them this week. We’ve had a lot of good food: Corte Comedor, Mishiguene, La Alacena – not to mention good conversations and a bottle or two of wine. John took them on a tour of the Ambassador’s residence Friday, as well as a walk-through of the embassy.

I went for drinks and a show with Lea, Rachel, and Rachel last night – we went downtown to see the Spanish version of “Rent.” It was a fun, energetic cast, and even though I couldn’t really follow the Spanish, it was still a lot of fun.

John and I finished the “Pride and Prejudice” series, then watched the Keira Knightly movie version. Next up is “Sense and Sensibility.” I finally finished Anne Patchett’s “Bel Canto” – I enjoyed it a lot but it took me a while to get through it. It’s good, but just one of those books that was hard for me to pick up again once I had put it down. Next up is a light book club book.

Happy birthday to Joan today!

Pink moon

April 28th, 2024
View from our balcony

We were treated to a beautiful view of the “pink moon” this week – the photo doesn’t capture how big it looked!

After a week of adjusting to not being on vacation any more, John treated me to a great lunch at Mero yesterday. The week was rainy many days (which I love), and the temps are cooler as we begin to move into winter in the southern hemisphere. I had book club with Lea, Rachel, Katherine, and Bhavna at a jazz club on Thursday – a bit difficult to hear but fun to hear a jazz trio. I started things off by knocking over a glass of water on Rachel, but in the end it didn’t matter anyway because the roof started leaking on her (a lot) by the end of the night!

Another week in paradise

April 21st, 2024

John and I enjoyed our last week of vacation in Arkansas. We drove to Fayetteville Monday to see his family and spent the night at Phillip and Michele’s where we were happy to meet Phoebe the dog and enjoy their screened in porch among the trees. We got in some good visiting time with Pete and Ginger, too!

John and Pete

Mary drove down from Little Rock to visit us on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday after yoga I went to Chuck’s house to have a coffee and catch up with him; afterward I drove to Arkadelphia to see my half-brother Danny and his wife Georgia and daughter Christi. I hadn’t seen them in years and it was good to visit.

With Danny
…and Christi
And Georgia!

The rest of the week we just goofed off and enjoyed ourselves. We had some good quality time with David and Alison, as always – I enjoy my afternoon coffees with them. John and I enjoyed watching “War and Peace,” “Middlemarch,” and “Les Miserables” (can you tell John is on a classics kick?). We also enjoyed “Dune 2.”

Saturday we met Kelly H at the airport as she was returning to North Carolina and we were heading back to Argentina. Then – just like that – it was time to board our flights and come back to the real world. I was happy to see Flavia well taken care of by Pilar while we were gone.

Until next time, Hot Springs!

Sunrise