Saturday, 30 May 2015


Once again I find myself agreeing with Captain Renault and shocked, SHOCKED, to hear there may be corruption in FIFA.

As Blatter wins another term as president. What I love about this association is that they keep us guessing.

"Neither Blatter nor Jordanian opponent Prince Ali bin Al Hussein received the necessary two thirds of votes in the first round, with Blatter securing 133 votes against 73 for Prince Ali. However, Prince Ali swiftly conceded."

This, also, I had neither expected nor predicted.

*Please note, the entire post above may be sarcastic.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Activities over the last week alone

  • Luncheon with comedy guest speaker
  • Boat day at the lake (1st time)
  • New farmer's market
  • About a dozen pre-trip errands
  • Birthday party at Top Golf  (1st time)
  • New restaurants: 3
And it was a quiet week

Another one for my series of "Atlanta Living Is Fun".

Thursday, 21 May 2015

From Instagram Again

Invitation to the vineyard in #Impruneta? Check. Lovely evening at the #Collazzi #WineTasting. Alla prossima in Toscana. #instablog via Instagram

Limerick Emails 1

I have decided all emails to my family shall be henceforth written in limerick form.

The first exchange.

For a wine tasting I soon will be hosting
Of an Argentine feast I am hoping
To learn new ideas
From my parents memories
To assist me with my menu scoping.

Response from Ocean:
Now "hoping" and "hosting" don't rhyme
And it ain't as bad as "thyme" and "time"
Or "Villas" And "Tortillas"
But rhyming "ideas"
With "memories" is just a crime

Monday, 18 May 2015

Grizzly Man

I did not enjoy this film. It felt voyeuristic. My impression was one of taking a man's maladjustment to society and placing it on stage.

On the other hand, Treadwell filmed himself with the express purpose of a film being made, so perhaps I am wrong. But I can not shake that feeling.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The most important instrument

in the orchestra

When this plays, the rest is almost or complete silence. Miss the beat by any fraction of a second and the entire performance is lost.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Bocce World Cup

I know what you are thinking: it's bocce. How tense can it be?


Picture it: last game of the season. The weather is warm with a pleasant dusk cooling of the air. The red wine is deep and rich. We start our game as any other: giggles with a little bit of effort. Our opponents are players, they know what they are doing and they know how to win.

We score the first point, laugh at our secure technique of one point rounds all the way to victory.

The game proceeds, the scores grow.

Suddenly, we break ahead in points, with a strong clear lead. We start to feel victory is a real possibility, we can take this game. As the pressure gets to our heads we allow our opponents a 4-point round, causing us some loss of faith. But we continue to creep forward and stay ahead with points.

Next thing you know: we are one point to victory, our opponents trailing about five points behind.

We lose the round.

We lose the next round.

Points are neck and neck, we are closer to victory but they are only one point behind us. Teams that have finished their games start following us up and down the bocce court, cheering, heckling, yelling suggestions.

Lexie is trembling, Bex is frowning, Maria is saying "It's just a game" and takes another sip of wine.

And next thing you know: point to us.

We win.

The most tense game in bocce history.