Monday, February 24, 2014

Remembering Mai-Ling

When I was 42 I met my future second husband, Bob.  He was 52.  We were both divorced for about 10 years, had great jobs, money in the bank, our children were pretty much grown, and we were free to have fun together.  When we knew it was serious between us we decided to buy a house together.  The one thing Bob said that he wanted when we got a house was to have a dog.  Apparently he had never been able to have a dog as a pet when he was growing up nor with his first wife.  I was not thrilled.  We were finally free to travel and just have fun.  Why tie ourselves down with a pet?

 The day the bank called to say our mortgage loan was approved, Bob called me at work and said we should go out and celebrate but first he had an errand at the mall.  Could I meet him there?  We met and he led me over to the pet store and showed me the cutest little fluffy white dog.  I couldn’t believe it!  But there she was.  She looked at me and I looked at her.  It was like an instant connect.  She was an old soul in puppy form just waiting for me to show up.

The weird thing about all this was that the night before I had a dream about a white fluffy little dog named Mai-Ling.  In the dream she was living with me and seemed to have always been there.

Of course we took Mai-Ling home from the pet store.  She lived with us for 14 years.  My husband died when she was 13 and she lived for another year after that.  She died in my arms. That was 14 years ago and it feels like yesterday. She is missed every day.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Un jour ou deux dans gay Paris

Paris never disappoints!  Every day is a new delight.  We toured the Palace of Versailles....

It was so exciting to walk the halls and see the Queen's bedchamber and just breathe the air of history.  My French ancestors, the Menier family supposedly go back to the court of Marie Antoinette and Louis LVI.  I felt right at home. :)

My gay boyfriends took me dancing to Le Tango...such a fun club!!  I danced until the wee hours of the morning and they crowned me "Queen of the Marais".  I have the BEST friends!

The next night was a birthday party for the amazing Yaele.  She is one of the smartest people I know and I was so happy to celebrate her birthday with her.  But I was the one who got a present!!  Yaele, David, Jerome, and Charles presented me with a bottle of Glenlivet......AND a freezer full of ice.  I love my French friends. xoxoxo

The sun was out in full force today and so we went to Sacre Couer. the highest point in Paris, with a view of the whole city.  Then a stroll through the streets of Montmarte and a visit to the historic Moulin Rouge, home to Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, and so many other famous artists.

And no day out on the streets of Paris are complete without sitting in a café with a glass of wine.

Bonjour, mon amis.
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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Bonjour Paris !!!

We are here in our apartment and already made friends with Mathieu and Samuel who own our local bistro.  Omelettes and wine for dinner....tradition!  And crepes flamed with gran marnier for dessert.
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Eiffel Tower

Last year we created the "next time" list of things we didn't get to do.  One of them was to dine at the Le Jules Verne restaurant which is up in the Eiffel Tower.  We didn't know that you had to make reservations weeks in advance.  This year we are prepared.  The restaurant even sent out an invitation: Madame La Comptesse Cordially Invites you to dine at her table at Le Tour Eiffel. 

Paris, we are coming for you soon. xoxoxo

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Girls Like Us" video

This past summer my friends Jenn Harris and Jimmy Gribbin came to The Castle Bedelia several times to photograph for a music video they were creating using Barbie dolls.  This video was for a song "Girls Like Us" on the debut album of The Julie Ruin, the new band formed by Kathleen Hanna, punk rock icon from Bikini Kill and Le Tigre bands.  We had so much fun filming all around the Castle including a pyrotechnic shoot in the driveway which involved throwing a Firebrick into a cardboard box to ignite some People magazines as it was too hot, damp, and humid for the paper to catch fire.  I am just so happy that they dressed me up and got a photo of me like this...

All summer, everywhere that Jenn and Jimmy went, they brought The Barbies and filmed them.  Jenn was constantly reciting the lyrics of the song and thinking up situations to use The Barbies to illustrate the lyrics.  I am beyond thrilled that she had a 'moment' and decided that The Countess Bedelia should be a part of this.

Here is the completed video.  So proud of Jenn and Jimmy for creating this.

New York City is such a small world.  I became friends with Kathleen because her husband Adam, who happens to be AdRock from The Beastie Boys, is my NYC roommate's band leader, etc, etc, etc.  Everyone knows's really only 6 degrees of separation from anyone.  Thank you, Kathleen, for letting me be a part of this video. 
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Return to Paree....

Next month I will return again to the City of Light.  When I was there last year, we couldn't fit everything there is to see and do into our itinerary so we made a "Next Year" List.  One of those things was a day trip to the Palace of Versailles.  The Palace is about 15 miles outside Paris so I thought signing up for an organized tour with transportation would be the thing to do.

The Hall of Mirrors

There are a few companies online with tours. Viator has several to choose from.  Also this site called Tours Versailles.  I am also waiting to hear recommendations from our Paris friends. 

Tomorrow I will look at each option and see what looks best.  Bonsoir, mes amis.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11/01 ...... Remember ....... Reflect ....

This picture popped up on my facebook page this morning and I saved it.  Not sure who to credit.  It just touched me deeply because the ghost towers always seem to be visible to me.

Every year I post a remembrance of my friends who died when Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center on that fateful morning.  I don't know why I am extra sad today remembering the shock of 12 years ago, but I am.  I feel such a deep sadness for their loss and for all the people who lost their lives that day.

You can read last year's post here and if you want to read the others, just go back in my archives to 9/11 each year.

R.I.P. Janis and Dom. Keep on dancing!
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