Thursday, August 30, 2012



Oosh
Oosh is T's new catch phrase. So oosh.


Donald Jr.'s catch phrase is Ruh-roh. As in uh-oh when said by Scooby Doo.


 Savana's catch phrase is basically any lyric to the new Taylor Swift song.


 So far we have gone window shopping in South Hampton.






Shopping at the Smithtown mall:





Don't ask. It's a hut with a poster of a male model, some lounge sofa. Welcome to America.
We ate lunch at the Cheesecake Factory at the mall, but it was okay because we ordered off the skinnyliscious menu. I'm not even kidding. Everything has the calories printed next to it. I had two salads. F had huevos rancheros. He lost three pounds in France and put on four in America The food was actually delicious. A slice of cheesecake has about 1500 calories. Who could order dessert under those circumstances, I ask you?

On an even healthier note, we accompanied Kim to get Ph vibe health water. The store looks like a bar for dehydrated, sober people. Or possibly health conscious goldfish.



Mmmn water.

And don't forget swimming:








Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hampton Bays

Since it was us and we were traveling, there was, of course, some drama involved. Thank goodness my mom and Jack lent us their car and we didn't have to change trains on the open platform. As the leftovers from hurricane Isaac pelted us with more rain than I have ever seen on a highway, we made it safe and dry to Hampton Bays.

T and her friend Savana were thrilled to be together again. Kim and Donald Sr. manage a property right on the water with a tennis court and a pool and Kim is a hostess beyond measure. She made us the best pasta and mushroom sauce for dinner. We had fun cuddling up on the comfy, enormous couch, watching American tv, and laughing at all of Donald Jr.'s jokes.


Kim had just invested in ionic salt foot bath spas which turn the water into gross sludge as all the toxins pour out of your body from your feet. Our feet our now as soft as a new born baby's sederino.



GROSS ! :o
As you can see the girls are not having any fun at all:






Monday, August 27, 2012

Congratulations Meg!


We hope you will be really happy in your new apartment, Meg.

We got to visit with a friend that F met on the Coalition for the Homeless food van sixteen years ago. You know she is a good friend because we felt comfortable enough to serve her leftover Chinese food mixed into tortillas and served with chips, guacamole and salsa. T showed her our life in photos on the computer. Then I, in a burst of uncharacteristic domesticity, sewed on Meg's missing shirt button.



Reunited!
It was a reunion to remember. We had our friends Kathleen and John and T's protégé Josie and her little brother Henry to lunch out on the deck which included T's childhood favorite meal Annie's bunny noodles, macaroni and cheese in the shape of little bunnies. Josie made a beautiful picture for T and gave her a tiny pink and gold cat for her china shelf back in Lucca. T gave Josie a tiny purse from Paris that was black and gold, two of Josie's favorite colors. T gave Henry a miniature teddy bear who he named Blue-crack Apple Carnivore. I hope Gwyneth Paltrow or Beyonce don't steal this name for their next child.




We checked out a cool flea market by the river.

The kids indulged in cool summer treats.

This was followed by wiping cool summer treats out of Henry's ear.


The girls bonded by shopping at the hipster bargain price store Peach Frog.
They have a similar fashion aesthetic. Josie picked out some awesome crystal clip on earrings.





So sweet!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Art New York Style
On Saturday T went with her grandparents to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She took some photographs with her grandpa Jack and was thrilled when he surprised her with a fantastic camera that she can bring back to Italy with her. Meanwhile F got some website work done back at the apartment and K had a fabulous time with her friend Ian checking out the view from the top of the Belvedere castle in Central Park and eating popovers at the Popover Cafe on the Upper West Side. Another highlight was meeting up with T's tutor from Lucca, Gabrielle who will be attending Columbia University starting this Fall.




Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Old Neighborhood
Today we woke up and turned on the television news only to find out that right in front of the GAP store that we visited on two days ago, a disgruntled employee of the Empire State building shot at ten innocent bystanders.

Good thing that today we had scheduled to go back to Park Slope, Brooklyn  instead.

We stopped by the Body Reserve gym and said hello to Butch and Midardo. K missed seeing her friends Jose and Allison, but at least got to speak to Jose on the phone. Then we visited with our friends that work for our landlord and that was really heartwarming. Christine, Jan and Herbie threw us a little surprise party and made us feel so welcomed back and at ease.

Christine, Herbie, & Jan. Thanks for everything.
 K visited with her trainer and friend Chris who showed off her gorgeous new home on Berkeley Street and walked around the loop in Prospect Park with her best friend Ian. T and F went for a walking tour of their old hangouts from T's elementary and Tae Kwon Do school to the Park Slope Food Coop, the neighborhood (Italian) Pork store and everything in between. T stopped by Dhaga to visit Katia  and get a henna tattoo on her hand. Then T and F bumped into our friends Bob and Judi who are moving to California and look ecstatic and glowy about it. 
PS 321 and a lot of memories.
Cris (& Bob) in their new digs. (Hi Joanna! If you're reading this)



Hi Bob and Judi!


Yay, it's Ellen! Wow am I short in America.



Relax. It's a temporary tattoo.
For dinner we picked up Chinese take out food from Hunan Delight on sixth avenue and Union Street. We kept hoping to bump into our neighbor Ellen and tried her buzzer several times to no avail. As we were on our way to our old reliable Family car service, we spotted her on her way home from work and the N/R subway station.  It was so great to see her. She told us that a bike bar which is some kind of spinning course place opened up under our old apartment and that for months she was woken up by their amplified spin music and the instructors' instructions amplified from the miked headsets. She said if K had been there she would have gone into social worker mode and shut down that action down straight away, but we're glad that Ellen who is well versed in New York tenant law along with the new tenant who is a lawyer were effective in getting some well earned peace and quiet in the mornings.

It was weird but great to see you again, Park Slope. Arrivederci Brooklyn!