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Friday Five: Getaway Edition

Reading: The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King. Here is a screen shot of all the books my queue (my virtual nightstand). But I was craving a mystery, and I’m a sucker for anything with “Paris” in the title.


Watching: September brings not only a new school year, but a new TV season. Hooray! My favorites start this weekend. Fortunately, I’ve had Ray Donovan, Broadchurch and my old standby, House Hunters International on HGTV to get me through the summer. I am addicted to HHI — so formulaic! Having lived in NYC, LA and Boston — apparently, if the rental prices on the show are accurate, the most expensive cities in the world — I get a kick out of people bemoaning the prices of rentals in, say, Berlin or even Rome.

Cooking:  The children are still eating greens and couscous and chicken and stuff, but between travel schedules and Back-to-School-Nights and work events, I am neither cooking nor eating. All I can muster up is my new favorite breakfast, but at least it makes me feel like I’ve done something healthy for myself: Fage Greek yogurt with flax seeds and a bit of granola mixed in. Berries & peaches.

Listening to: Katy Perry’s “Roar”. Look, the girl can write a hit song. Extra credit for one appropriate for both mother and first-grade daughter to sing at the top of their voices.

Doing: Off to Nantucket. My dear friend Lindsey describes in words more lovely that I ever could what I will be doing this weekend.

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Reading: (Or, more accurately, read — the past-tense — as I devoured it) The Hive by Gill Hornby. A snarky, funny, yet poignant story of the friendships you make almost by default when your children start school.

Watching:  Broadchurch on BBC America. Like a good Maisie Dobbs mystery, I’m hooked on British policewomen and picturesque English towns with a dark side.

:  Last of the summer tomatoes. This recipe is adapted from the cookbook Time for Dinner, and is really this easy: Fresh chopped tomatoes (use a knife if you must, but squishing with hands OK too), chopped garlic, basil leaves, salt, pepper in a bowl. Pour hot pasta over to cover tomatoes and cook them slightly for about two minutes. Toss. Throw on some olive oil and cheese if you want (I always want).

Doing:  Early fall weekends seem to be filled with soccer and birthday parties.


Wearing: Oops


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Friday Five: End-of-summer Edition

Reading: Vogue (“the September Issue”). There are some good profiles of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis and Marissa Mayer if you are looking for content (but are you really?)

Watching: Ray Donovan on Showtime (why did I not really know about Liev Schreiber before?) It’s like an Irish Sopranos, but set in Los Angeles, and rife with so-bad-they’re-good Boston/ Irish stereotypes and Showtime’s characteristically un-subtle sex and plot twists. Jon Voight is awesome in it.

Oh hi, Liev. Where have you been all my life?

Cooking: Kale, like everyone else. This week, this salad (though I use Craisins, not dates).

Doing: Back-to-school shopping. Soccer cleats, three-ring-binders, pencil cases, pencil sharpeners (have not owned one of those in 20 years!), little boys’ underwear, backpacks, snack packs. And it hits me that I am no longer the parent of babies.

Listening to: Late August crickets. Which make me feel as if I am three or four years old and my father, in his scratchy green Army sweater (as in: actually given to him by the US Army during basic training in 1969), is carrying me home across some neighbor’s yards in Cape Cod from a cookout where I’ve fallen asleep on a couch or a spare bed. I was deathly afraid of crickets then and clung to him tightly, my head buried in his shoulder; now, just the sound conjures up the smell and feel of that sweater.

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