Happy New Year’s Eve…it’s a Party!
Jeff, Lilly Windy, Kaitlin, Finley, Avery Joanne, Kevin
Ho Ho Ho! and getting ready to be gone for two months.
Big day today! D&A are out for their mini-10th Wedding Anniversary-retreat, back on the 1st.
The girls and I spent the day having fun and then went out for a pasta dinner. For Christmas Kaitlin got a 3D puzzle from Lilly of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s too fun how now she can know…’Oh Look, the Leaning Tower of Pisa!’.
We are putting on a New York New Year’s Eve party (where the New Year arrives at 9pm…) and we went out for supplies.
We must not be the only ones doing a NYNY’s Eve because we could buy huge banners of the entire Times Square scene – we have three of them and You Be’cha more pictures will be forthcoming. We have hats and everything.
Kaitlin and Lilly in their Christmas matching zebra pjs.
My cupboard. I have to put on my list of things to do what I’d like to find in my house when I get home at the end of February. It’s nice not to have to go directly to the store even if it is a half-block away.
Carol came by in the morning – Carol without Alex and it was fun! Then Windy came by and we did some google street views around Paris. What a nice day.
If you’re wondering…I do have SE Asian flights: Philippian Air, Malaysian Air, and Bangkok Air. Nothing on AirAsia though.
Leaving January 7th for a 16 1/2 hour non-stop (how can that even be?!) and a dateline change to Manila, then:
January 9-14 Manila
January 14-21 Singapore (Melaka on the way north)
January 21-25 Kuala Lumpur
Jan 25-Feb 4 Myanmar (bopping around the country)
February 4-12 Chiang Mai (and some Hill Villages)
February 12-18 Luang Prabang
February 18-24 Bangkok
Me and IngaLill at the Getty Center for a hit of photophoto on one of those days that make you gasp. The rain had freshened all the growing things and the bright sky and soft wind made the views awe inspiring.
Click here if you want to see My (really not terribly big, but big) Collection From Over The Years. Some thinning is certainly in order, again…a project for the New Year.
That’s Huge Me filling up the frame, dashing into the picture with the camera on the stairs. I couldn’t get the timer off a 4 second wait.
I like the picture anyway, and so many thanks to Angela and Darryl for another beautiful Christmas Eve sleepover and Christmas Day party.
Gary, Kaitlin, Liz, Darryl Angela, Lilly, me
Bill came by for dinner. We ate at Santa Monica Seafood where they have my favorite Manhattan Clam Chowder and it was delicious.
This is a professional shot of the fam when everyone was out for Thanksgiving: Cheryl, Bill, Mindy, Kim, Ross, Addie Rose.
I was doing a project with Muriel from early in the morning and she made us breakfast and then she made lunch. My penance fast is well and truly over.
Maxine’s annual Holiday Gala. There were 50-60 people spread around the various rooms, some guests that I’ve met a number of times over the years.
Ahhh, the fooood. Maxine cooked up the most plentiful quantities of goodness. Just so you can get an idea: fried chicken, baked chicken, spicy sausage, black beans and rice, collard greens and ham, mac and cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, I know I’ve forgotten something…and an entire table of sweet treats.
That’s me and Marija in the mirror.
Thanks Sharon for the festive holiday dinner and thank you for the delicious breakfast of leftovers.
Sharon and I saw Birdman last week and it was wonderful. Wonderful. Wow, my best movie of the year so far.
This is going to be very strange for me, me who usually sees every single Academy Award nominated movie, will have seen maybe five when the time comes as I will have been away all of January and February.
Saint Vincent was really good too if you like Bill Murray, which I do. The Grand Budapest Hotel was also good if you like Wes Anderson, which I do. It was good but not up to the standard of one of the best movies of all time – Moonrise Kingdom…with Bill Murray.
I got home from a very nice lunch with Susie to discover that the power to the little rented cottage was completely out and changing all the fuses didn’t fix it.
Oh NOOOoo. The clouds were ready to drop their load any second and I couldn’t leave the tenant sitting there in her dark, cold cottage!
Much rushing about ensued on both the 11th and the 12th but I got her comfortable and it’s all ok for now. I’ll have to get that fuse box replaced with a modern breaker system s$$n. Sigh!
F.o.o.d was happening today. I had lunch at Merlyn and Hilda’s (Hilda being gone on a business trip) which included a fine and extensive menu of homemade delights.
Then I went straight to meet Nancy and Muriel for plate after plate of Yummy, first at Lukshon and then at Bucato in Culver City. No bar-hoppers we, no, restaurant grazers ‘r us.
The picture is from inside Bucato. Check out the California map made of kitchen knives.
This is here to remind me. No More Spilling Coffee. I need to find a different place to make the coffee since it takes 20 minutes to clean up the &*^% mess that follows me knocking over the dripping cone of soggy grinds and the hot coffee that had made it into the cup.
Also no more dropping but that’s another story.
No more falling is going pretty well (knock on SO much wood) but requires constant vigilance.
Sharon and I went to a new walking spot today – Hansen Dam. It was great, a long, flat, wide, paved sweeping path and beautiful views. Nice!
There’s a very little water from the Tujunga Wash, a tributary of the LA River. (Click here for more of The LA River.)
I’ve been nagging Boban for this picture for nine years now, since ten years ago when I took that inset picture at Boban’s 40th Birthday Party. And here they all are, mom and the five brothers, ten years later. (And thanks for coming out to lunch in the rain!)
Inset: Left to right, top to bottom: the 5 brothers Dragojlovic, Dushko, Peter, Boban, Roy, Goran; Mary, Dad (Djura), Shirley, Mary Jo, Mom (Vukica), Kelly
And Now! (let’s see if I’ve guessed/remembered): Goran (in the ‘medical world’), Roy (the builder), Peter (the chef), MOM, Dushko (in aerospace), Boban (my Boban)