Two Drinks Away

"Life is a banquet, and most poor bastards are starving to death."

(with apologies to Auntie Mame.)

Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

So, you know how last week I wrote an entire post about my new Carpe Diem planner and vowed to start the year off with a blast? Saturday night, I felt a bug coming on. Yesterday, it was full-blown sore-throat-coughing-headachy misery. Today, I feel worse. So I've...

Carpe Effing Diem!

Carpe Effing Diem!

It's the third day of a new decade and a new year, and the expectation is that with the end of the holidays, it's time to get SERIOUS. I plan to comply with that - to a point. But the older I get, the more I realize that life is too short to be SERIOUS ALL THE TIME....

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Weight Watchers

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Weight Watchers

Yes, I'm on Weight Watchers* again. And maybe this time, it'll work. So I've been trying to be more mindful of my mental and physical health: I started working with a health coach. I make appointments with the trainer at my gym (which is a start, even if I end up...

I Hate My Hair

I Hate My Hair

I used to have a little trick for lifting my spirits. No matter how I was feeling - whether I was going through a break-up, or a bad patch at work, or depressed over my losing battle with my weight - I knew that I could check in with a hairdresser, experience a little...

Requiem for a Coffee Maker

Requiem for a Coffee Maker

I am useless until I've had my first cup of coffee. I'm sleepy. I'm slow. I cannot focus. I start to do something and then drift off to do something else. I simply do not function until I've used my coffee maker, and I tell people that all the time. My family thinks...

The Tale of the Ugly Bathroom

The Tale of the Ugly Bathroom

Timing is everything, and the year our daughter was born, the Los Angeles real estate market was in a slump. It was the first time in my adult life that home prices had actually gone DOWN... ...and we took advantage of that by purchasing a bank-owned home whose...

The Three Margaritas

The Three Margaritas

Is there a better summer cocktail than a classic margarita? The combination of citrus, ice, and tequila is super refreshing on hot summer days (and nights). Our usual July 4 routine is to stick with chilled sparkling wine... but then my daughter's boyfriend showed up...

An Offer We Couldn’t Refuse

An Offer We Couldn’t Refuse

Last year, Linda and I hatched a vague plan to celebrate her birthday in Italy. And then we forgot - until I received this email: Subject: LAX or SFO to Rome: $200-$300 Round Trip I forwarded the email to Linda. Five minutes later, she called. "Is this for real?" she...

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