June 17th, 2024
Kitchen view

Due to the safety doodads on the windows, I can’t open them to take a good sunset photo, so I’ve decided to start thinking about the beautiful view as a painting in the kitchen instead! The camera doesn’t do the colors justice and it’s always gorgeous to walk into the kitchen and see this view!

Today (Monday) is an Argentine holiday and I completely forgot to blog yesterday – oops! It was a pretty normal week. On Wednesday, the Embassy hosted a town hall for American citizens at the Ambassador’s residence, so I went to that. Saturday walked up to a new dermatologist for a facial and met Lea afterward for a glass of wine nearby. This morning, I drove up to Olivos and had book club brunch with Lea and Rachel at a cute place by the water.

John has us on a Queen Elizabeth I kick – we’ve watched a couple of different versions (Cate Blanchett, Margot Robbie), plus we’ve watched a couple about Mary Queen of Scots. I finished reading “Supercommunicators,” by Charles Dohigg and “We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter” by Celeste Headlee. I’m currently engrossed in “The Frozen River.”

Sue let me know that Mom’s beloved cat Tiger died this week at the age of 14. I was very sad to hear it, as he was kind of the last tie to her. I’ll forever be able to hear her saying, “Oh honey! He’s so smart!” I’m grateful to cousins Ann and Sue for taking care of him since Mom died. It looks like he had a good life. This is the last photo Sue sent me of him.


Winter (?)

June 9th, 2024
Pretty colors

We had a couple of weeks of pretty cold weather, but the high today is supposed to be 76, and 60s/70s next week! Boo – I was enjoying pulling out sweaters! I hope we get a return to cooler temps soon.

John, Lydia, Cesar and I reprised the Disco Cats trivia team Thursday after work – alas, we made a good showing but didn’t win! We had fun, though! Friday was an admin day without visa applicants to give us a much-needed day to catch up. At the end of the day, we walked over to the Ambassador’s residence for our semi-annual awards ceremony.

Saturday I picked up a leather jacket I had made at Silvia y Mario’s (cute!), then walked up to meet Lea for lunch at Mero. John and I finished rewatching “Wolf Hall” (so good!) and I finished reading “Supercommunicators.”

Flavia is doing great. By our calculations, she will turn 20 (!!!) next month, but she still seems to be getting along pretty well!

What the Dickens

June 2nd, 2024

John has had us on a great Dickens kick – we finished watching Andrew Davies’ “Bleak House” and then “Little Dorrit” – both excellent. We also watched “In the Heart of the Sea” as a follow-up to John’s reading it and “Moby Dick” recently. I’m definitely benefiting from his current reading list!

The summer transition season has begun in earnest – last week one of my new deputies arrived to replace Jill, who left this week. I’m in denial that she is gone — to be followed soon by her co-deputy. They have been my right and left hands for the last two years. Lea, Marko, and I took Jill out for drinks this week at the same sweet little wine bar where we all met two years ago to start getting to know each other – a nice bookend.

Monday was Memorial Day and John and I attended the ceremony to commemorate it at the Embassy. Several older veterans were there, along with a few visiting members of Congress. I always enjoy the remembrance. Afterward, Lea took me for a delicious and enjoyable late birthday lunch at Roux and today we went for sushi at Osaka. Also on Friday, I went to the DEIA happy hour to kick off Pride Month.

Southern dreaming

May 26th, 2024

I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time daydreaming about going back to Antarctica next season – it’s amazing how much time you can spend going down internet rabbit holes! I was messaging this morning with a couple of friends from last December’s trip and it brought back so many good memories! Stay tuned to see if we can pull off a repeat trip!

Last Sunday I had a great chat with my friend Cathy in DC, plus I met Lea for coffee at Patio Bullrich. We had special visitors in this week from Washington, the special advisor for children’s issues and her team. It was good to reconnect with her over a yummy Italian dinner with consular managers. Lea and I came to our apartment for a glass of bubbly before we walked over to Recoleta to meet them.

John just read “Bleak House,” and got us watching the TV series version of it (also done by Andrew Davies who did “War and Peace,” etc.). It’s so good! I finished reading “The Two-Headed Whale: Life, Loss, and the Tangled Legacy of Whaling in the Antarctic,” by Sandy Winterbottom. Like my friend Morten’s book on polar bears, this was a hard book to stomach but I’m glad I did. It’s difficult to read the descriptions of killing over two million whales — not to mention realizing they were being slaughtered up through the 1960s (are you kidding me?).

While I was driving to a hair appointment yesterday, I saw this wonderful group of women dancing the park – I wanted to stop and join in!

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: