Saturday, December 5, 2009

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Saturday
Woke up freezing. For some reason, my usual penchant for cold temperatures had deserted me. I felt like a serf in a straw hut during an ice storm.

Needed hot liquids. Fast. Decided to make chai from scratch, but in my morning fog, couldn't remember how much masala powder I used the last time I made it.

Realized the Little Prince was upstairs fast asleep and that for all intents and purposes, Piero and I were alone.

Was immediately disabused of any notions of misbehavior by a thunderous footfall upon the stairs.

Fed the feline who exhibited his familiar ravenousness and appreciation.

Fed the offspring who exhibited his familiar disdain for anything nutritious.


Ended up greatly enriching our trash disposal with vitamins and minerals.

Contemplated going for a hike in the Hollywood Hills to keep the ol' physique in fighting trim and then decided against it.

With the prospect of exercise out of the way, noticed an immediate rise in spirits.

Buoyed myself with the thought that I was never going to be a contestant on "America's Next Top Model" anyway.

Was prevented from dwelling on this sad realization by a surprise knock on the door. Spent the next hour in high spirits.

Was interrupted by complaints of boredom from my son. Optimistically suggested he put together one of the countless puzzles in his room.

Was assaulted by the high-pitched whine, "Why can't I have a Wiiiiiiiiii?" Told him to go "Wii Wii Wii" all the way up to his room.

Was about to despair when in a sudden swoop of kindness, The Divine Italian provided salvation in the form of one tub of hot bubbling water and two bathing suits.

Was left free to rummage through my wardrobe in preparation for the party this evening.

Wondered what everyone else would be wearing.

Reminded myself that I was free to dress however I chose, whether it be kaftan, kurta or corset.

Heard Piero and Luca singing "Feliz Navidad" from the pool and realized I needed to start thinking about where I last saw our passports.

26 comments:

Cat Sitter in the City said...

How fantastic that you have The Cats of Our Lives. James Mason adored cats as you likely know!

Cat Sitter in the City said...

I meant to type The Cats in Our Lives. I mixed up the title of the book with The Days of Our Lives.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Completely delightful.

Julie Anne Rhodes said...

I'm grinning from eat to ear...

"With the prospect of exercise out of the way, noticed an immediate rise in spirits"

... my sentiments exactly!

Bon voyage... kiss London hello for me, and can't wait to read all about Morocco!

Love the Home You're With said...

I LOVE Beverley Nichols (Laughter on the Stairs), Nan Fairbrother (The House in the Country) and Sybille Bedford (Quicksand, her autobiography). What a charming way to talk about books that I'm sure must be some of your old friends...

jane said...

What a wonderful post! And what beautiful books you have :)
I never knew there to be any AA Milne other than his children's books; I must look into what else he wrote.

Modern Traditionalist said...

You have quite the collection of reading material! I must say, I'm green with envy.

I hope you have a delightful trip to London & Morocco!

Denise said...

Charmed!

Imen McDonnell said...

So so lovely and delightful-as usual. Imen x

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

Thank you. I really enjoyed that.

Laura [What I Like] said...

What a delightful fun post! Hope the party was festive and that Morocco treats you well...I'm looking forward to the recap!

jezebel said...

AMAZING

Bart Boehlert said...

Lovely tour through your library – now I want something good to read!
BB

meenal said...

That's an enviable collection of books!! You are my go-to person for what to read!! A little information u might appreciate: "chai" means "tea"( in hindi, my mother tongue) so saying "chai tea" is like saying "tea tea"!! try "masala chai".

小林 said...

Great minds think alike........................................

scj said...

Bravo Lisa! Totally innovative and charming.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

meenal: You're so right. I've been to India twice...so I should know that! Will change it now.

A Super Dilettante said...

I feel overwhelmed and spoilt for choice. I think I've only read 3 books out of all the books that you mentioned! Even one of my favourite writers, A N Wilson's London, I've never read it. So thanks for introducing me.

Errant Aesthete said...

Wonderfully clever. Essentially enriching.

Jo said...

When are you going to be in London? Perhaps we could meet for a cup of tea?

Regards,

Jo

tasterspoon said...

I came to your blog by way of ApartmentTherapy because I love your home. After reading this post, I also love you!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Jo: Email me (via my profile page) and I'll fill you in.

Tasterspoon: So glad you found your way here. Thank you for the lovely words...and a big welcome to you! xx

catbird said...

so enjoyable. thank you!

Jane Schott said...

How brilliant was that post?????

kanishk said...

I never knew there to be any AA Milne other than his children's books.

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bc said...

Amazing books.
And from another post; would love to see some pictures from inside pages of your Duncan Grant book.
cheers

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