Lillian, Who Is Full of Wisdom

Lillian says, “Your blog entries of the past two weeks would make a great novel!”

Thank you, Lillian!

Oh, did self ever share with dear blog readers that Lillian is brilliant ???  Here’s a link to the book she edited for University of Hawaii Press, a collection of short stories by the iconic Wakako Yamauchi.

Noynoy, President of the Philippines, is somewhere in the building.

By building, self means:  the venerable Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.

The entrance was brimming with flags and Filipino security personnel!

When self drove up to the main entrance, Dearest Mum floated out of the car, looking like a ravishing bright orange popsicle.  (Hubby had roused himself from football to iron Dearest Mum’s gorgeous piña scarf for her, as self was frantically rushing around trying to pat Dearest Mum’s forehead with a fresh towel and apply some make-up)

Self skedaddled to find parking.

Then, having realized that she was really in no condition to join Dearest Mum for the benefit dinner with assorted Silicon Valley bigwigs, she looked around the hotel for a restaurant.  And stumbled into a dark, wood-paneled, very “Old World” type restaurant called The Grill on the Alley.

Self asked for a table for 1.  She was led to a booth.  She saw that all the entrees started at $24.95.

Self decided to order an ahi tuna appetizer (Only $14.95!) and a cup of soup ($6.50).  Then she ordered the “super duper special chocolate soufflé” (Menu indicated it takes 30 minutes to prepare, so she made sure to tell her waitress to start preparing it).  Then she decided, in honor of niece G, to order one of niece’s favorite beers, Blue Moon.

She would have ordered a vodkatini in honor of Drew, but she didn’t know how she would be able to make it back home, plugged up with Ketel One vodka and Cointreau (Ah, Korean restaurant on Mercer Street, self misses you already)

Hubby declined to accompany self, which is just as well, since self has to work —  er, blog.  Anyhoo, the Dear Man is happy being home by himself, with the two li’l crits, and the HDTV.

*     *     *     *

Having just partaken of the soup (She asked for a “cup” and it came out like a floating sea), self can safely confide to dear blog readers that this was absolutely the best cream of mushroom soup she has ever tasted.

Now for the seared ahi tuna appetizer.

How very convenient that Dearest Mum threw her wallet at self as she was exiting the car!  Self peeked inside and saw, delicately nestled within, two hundred-dollar bills.  Which should more than cover the cost of self’s dinner.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. Penny said,

    September 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    This should be not only a movie, but a Hollywood film! You are hysterical, Marianne!

  2. Lillian said,

    September 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Marianne — I’m charmed to appear in close proximity with your Dearest Mum, the chocolate souffle, two hundred dollar bills and Noynoy, President of the Philippines. Your novel, your novel!

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