Sadly, our lovely ladies have returned to the States, leaving our home bereft and sad.
I am categorizing and organizing our many September pictures (looks like we took just over 3 gigs last month) and putting together a post or two about our weekend in Rome. Until I get that done, let me keep you occupied with a few of my new favorite things.
Last Thursday, we took the ladies up to Fiesole for what we had been told were killer views of Florence. Unfortunately, the haze made things a little difficult to differentiate, but Fiesole makes up for it with an interesting Roman and Etruscan archaeological site, which I may have a chance to blog sometime after my 45th birthday, at this rate.
Fiesole is very concerned for your safety.
2.) Also on my list of fun this week is a newly refound obsession with the Vegan Lunch Box. Now, I'm not vegan (not even close) and Husbear is a vegetarian on cooking-school hiatus, but I still very much admire the discipline Schmoo's mother has in packing daily lunches beautifully using only vegan ingredients. It's a fascinating blog, and has great ideas for all you lunch-packers out there (even us non-vegan ones).
For me, it brings back sometimes uncomfortable memories of standing paralyzed in front of the fridge in middle school, trying to throw something together with the absolute minimum amount of work I thought I could get away with. Mom started checking my lunchboxes regularly after she caught me leaving the house with two slices of bologna, two packs of Fun Fruits, and a napkin.
3.) Just before leaving the US in August, I read a HILARIOUS story about George Allen, current Republican Senator from Virginia, who is running for re-election. A representative from his opponent's campaign was trailing him with a video camera, apparently hoping to get footage to use against him in the campaign, and hit paydirt when Allen twice called him a "macaca" on tape.
Apparently, it's a rather obscure racial slur... but no matter what, it was still a pretty dumb thing to say on camera.
NOTE NOTE NOTE: There has been a change to the visit calendar! People planning to visit us(and we're still hoping to see many of your smiling faces here!) please head over there and check it out. (auntie, you make a good point - our visit calendar can be found here, on the About page.)
look for a Rome post hopefully later today, though possibly tomorrow at the rate I'm going...