Archive for June, 2024


Monday, 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 (?)

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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.