Really Delightful: Hanna in Anne Enright’s THE GREEN ROAD

The following excerpt could be either funny or sad, depending on your mood. Hanna is an aspiring actress with a drinking problem:

. . .  that evening, somehow, the baby got hold of her little Innocent bottle and spat the stuff out, spilling it all down his front and, never mind the hole in the fucking universe, when Hugh smelt the alcohol off the baby’s Breton striped Petit Bateau, the world as Hanna knew it came to an end.

. . .  The thing was through the washing machine on the instant, so Hugh had no hard evidence. But he had the baby. He was sleeping in the baby’s room. He would not fight with Hanna, he said, but he would not leave her alone with the baby. And when it came to Christmas he would take the baby home.

Hanna said, “That’s a relief. No, really. Childcare at last. Fucking fantastic.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Too Funny! More Anne Enright

  • It was very ageing — fat. It made her daughter look like an old woman, which was a kind of insult, after all the care that was put into the rearing of her. The coat didn’t help. It was like an anorak, almost.

The Green Road, p. 160

CHERRY ON TOP: MORE OF THE 2016 CALGARY STAMPEDE

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is: CHERRY ON TOP.

This week, share a photo of a detail that makes a good thing even better.

— Michelle W., The Daily Post

Self goes searching back over her photos. She takes her time about it because she has thousands.

She decides to post more from the 2016 Calgary Stampede.

That event is great fun. From the carnival prizes to the everyone-in-cowboy-boots-and-hats affect to the way-too-many food booths selling everything from Colossal Onions to Deep-Fried Cheesecake (Please, do not ever go to Calgary if you are attempting to lose weight). The weather cooperated, too: it was slightly overcast. Sometimes it rained. Nice walking weather.

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Prizes, Calgary Stampede, July 2016: Aren’t these adorable?

Self loves shortcake. But Deep Fried Shortcake? BLISS!

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Calgary Stampede: Sheer Bliss For Anyone Who Likes Deep Fried Anything

Calgary, what a fabulous city. The Cherry on Top is:

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Do you really think self wouldn’t post a picture of herself during the 2016 Calgary Stampede? This was taken towards the end of a very exciting day! Cherry on Top was the wearing of a cowboy hat! YEEEES YEEEEES YEEEEES !!! (Pixie, boo, where’s YOUR cowboy hat???)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Look Up 5: Nando’s Flame-Grilled Chicken, Calgary

Really love The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week: LOOK UP.

It’s all about “taking a moment to check out what’s above you.”

Last night, self’s cousins took her to a restaurant called Nando’s, in NE Calgary. It’s famous for its chicken inasal (barbecue). And she has to say: this is the best chicken inasal she’s ever tasted outside of Bacolod City in Negros Occidental, Dear Departed Dad’s hometown.

The owner is, interestingly enough, not Filipino. She thinks her cousins said the owner is from Australia.

One wall is entirely covered with little squares, each one telling a kind of story. She wouldn’t have bothered focusing on the squares if she hadn’t been thinking of LOOK UP:

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Nando’s, in Northeast Calgary: Barbecue Chicken Almost as Good as Bacolod’s Inasal.

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Those tiles do tell a fascinating story. Wouldn’t you agree, dear blog readers?

Stay tuned.

Breathe, Self, Breathe!

Here she is, in Calgary, and she doesn’t know what she should read next: Her niece Karina’s next book recommendation (She tore through Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas, like white on rice!), Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart (The title is pure nonsense; the book is much much better than that. There is NO girl waiting with a gun. Don’t hold your breath), or The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. Of course, she is also drinking in Everlark fan fiction like crazy. A lot of stories that languished for months and months (even, years) finally updated in the last week: it’s been a veritable bonanza of good Everlark! (Take your pick: Pride and Prejudice Everlark; ballet world Everlark; Great Expectations Everlark; or vlogging Everlark)

Today, self went to Market Mall with her niece and of course we stopped by Sephora. And there was a brand self had never seen before: Tarte. And when her niece found out self’s current mascara was over three years old, her niece told her, in no uncertain terms: Throw it out, Tita. Honestly, you should be replacing your mascara every six months. (Oh. So that’s why self’s eyes were itching like crazy yesterday)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Lookup 2: Calgary Stampede

Self wasn’t kidding when she vowed last year to return to Calgary for the Calgary Stampede.

As it turns out, this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge — LOOK UP — gave her many opportunities to get a little more creative with her shots as she walked around with her cousins Mike and Pixie.

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Gotta love those emoji pillows!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still Reading THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Gaah, this book. Doling out the suspense in teaspoon-size increments.

Anna is the current wife of Tom, who used to be married to Rachel. These three live near each other (Can you imagine? Bring on the pain!). The women in the story get their own points of view (Is this a feminist novel?) The male characters are either: a) louts; b) stinking ex-es; c) handsome unscrupulous jerks or d) clue-less. Hey, maybe this IS a feminist novel!

One day, when Anna is stuck at home minding the baby, she feels nostalgia: “I miss being a mistress.”

Yes. One day Anna’s flirting with Tom at an office party. Next thing you know, she’s a lonely stay-at-home mom.

On the idea of mistresses: there are a lot of them.

In Manila, self was included in an anthology of short stories all dedicated to “the mistress.” The title was Querida, something like that. (Suddenly, self realizes she never got her contributor copies. Why?)

This was Dearest Mum’s reaction to a short story self had written: “That’s not realistic,” Dearest Mum said. “There’s no such thing as an ugly mistress in Manila.”

Oh, Dearest Mum, you are hysterical!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Partners 3: People

“. . .  give us subjects that are in tune with each other.”

— Michelle W., The Daily Post

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San Marco Square, Venice: November 2015

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San Francisco: October 2015

Joan McGavin, Jenny Lewis, and Jenny's Granddaughter Abigail in Oxford, UK: July 2015

Joan McGavin, Jenny Lewis, and Jenny’s Granddaughter Abigail in Oxford, UK: July 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

WIP: Memoir-ish

This is what I know of her past: She played in Carnegie Hall when she was just 14. I have the picture. It’s black and white, and in it my mother is round-faced, and her thick, curly black hair is held back by a hairband. Behind her, there is an orchestra.

To hear my dear departed aunt Terry tell it, my mother’s family took the train all the way across the country, starting in San Francisco. They wound up in Flushing. Self’s mother went to Curtis. She became classmates with the pianist Gary Graffman.

Honestly, self should do more with this story.

Stay tuned.

The Year 2016 Thus Far: Favorite Places

Philadelphia: So glad that she was in the City of Brotherly love when Orlando happened. Because there is something comforting about being in the city where her older sister went to Biz School:

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City of Brotherly Love: June 2016

New York:  Chris, William, Mandy, Carmen, Judy, Luis

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Living Room of Brother-in-Law’s Apartment, Manhattan, June 2016

The British Museum, because, because. Just because.

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Classical Elegance: The British Museum, early June 2016

Dodo and Helen came from different parts: Cambridge and York, respectively. We met in London:

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Everything is easier with friends: On the No. 10 bus, June 2016

And Bletchley Park:

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Swan, Bletchley Park, June 2016

Bloomsbury Square and environs:

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The Duke of Bedford’s Private Garden in Bloomsbury, June 2016

This is the first of a series of posts where self will keep looking back to 2016 Thus Far.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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