01 May 2015

present participle | april 2015

I'm jumping on the monthly "present participle list" bandwagon this year, partly because I'm excited that there are people who can identify present participles and partly because I'm hoping it will end this blogging break I seem to have permanently taken. 

This is what we've been up to in April 2015:

DOWNLOADING new-to-me podcasts. I go through phases and stages with podcasts, and right now I am hot on them. A new-to-me one this month that I am thoroughly enjoying is Radio Lab. (Thanks, Lucia!) Have you listened in yet? The most recent one I listened to had me sobbing while out on my walk, but they aren't all so emotional. They do, however, make me think. I like that.

LISTENING to this classic album: Ella and Satchmo. I mean, really, do I ever need anything else if I have this? 

REVELING in the turntable (that's been sitting in the garage) that is now set up in our living room. We are loving the vinyl, baby! Vinyl, as in records.  Did you know that it is possible to buy newly-pressed records? Well, it is. Richard is quickly developing a (habit) collection.

IMBIDING. The cocktail du jour for sipping while we spin the vinyl: the Negroni. Another thing new to us, inspired by Instagramming peeps in Rome. Simple & strong.

TRAVELING to another European capital: Zagreb. We went because we were curious and because we all had time off simultaneously. We especially enjoyed the chance to stay at this lovely hotel and the opportunity to just take a break.

WALKING daily again. Spring in these parts is pretty good at inspiring that. 

CULTIVATING our small patch of this earth. The veggie "crop" (Ha! tomatoes, zucchini & herbs)  is in the ground and the potted flowers on our patio are many. I do enjoy this activity that has become our ritual to welcome the summer.

CRUISING with the scooters. We are certainly fair weather scooter riders, and it's finally (sort of) warm enough to put the scooters on the road again. I am still having fun with the VicenzaViaVespa Instagram account, though I'm not posting as frequently as I'd like. We went on what Young One deemed "an epic ride" and headed over to the Colli Euganei  recently. Again, Veneto is just lovely, folks.

ANTICIPATING the cherries and peas. It's is just about that time. Also looking forward to the arrival of my mother in 10 days. She will be with us for an entire month!

11 April 2015

(Easter) weekend break | zagreb, croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

We reached the capital city via car in about four hours from our home in northern Italy.

Generally, when we travel, we go for budget accommodations, usually opting for apartments over hotels, even though we are only three. It just makes more sense for our lifestyle. 

We've been mostly lucky with apartments across Europe, but there always seems to be one issue or another that we deal with, from no parking to restricted arrival times to bathrooms that aren't exactly as pictured to suspicious owners. But, you know...what are you going to do? It just comes with the territory of budget accommodations. We deal with it.

The travel agent in the family, I do always check the hotels, too, and for this trip, there was an offer we couldn't pass up: a five star hotel within our budget: Hotel Esplande. Oh, yes. Oh, YES!

My word.  Tell me:  Why must we travel any other way? It is so completely uncivilized, like air travel in the States. What a chore!

We also spend a lot of time in parks, coffee bars/caffes and churches. On this trip we also attended an Easter mass at the cathedral on the hill, found an incredibly cool "work out" public park just outside our hotel, and visited the weekly market at the same time the rest of the city's inhabitants were there procuring the Easter Sunday meal. (Ask me how much I enjoyed that?!)

Samobar, Croatia

This little light of mine will soon be eleven. She LOVED the five star treatment; I impressed upon her the value of an education once more.

Thoughts on Zagreb:

The dollar goes FAR in this city.
The city is impeccably clean.
Eat the strukli; it is not overrated.
We slept late, took naps, ambled here and there, discovering this and that. There are, however, tons of tips online to help you plan a full day or two of activities in this city.
Stay at the Esplanade Hotel.
Samobar, a quaint town about 30 minutes outside of Zagreb is worth a stop. It hailed the day we were there.
I would return.

Next trip: Paris, with Grandma.

07 April 2015

first film

Yep. Absolutely in love with this. I'm not sure where I can take it from here, but I'm looking forward to giving it a try, especially since I don't know what the heck I'm doing.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel Ti
Lens: 28-90 mm (The one that came with the camera all those years ago.)
Film: Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 (Cheapest on Amazon)
Developing/Scans: Mpix

30 March 2015

present participle | march 2015

I'm jumping on the monthly "present participle list" bandwagon this year, partly because I'm excited that there are people who can identify present participles and partly because I'm hoping it will end this blogging break I seem to have permanently taken. 

March 2015

EXPERIMENTING with my film camera. After first loading the 35mm film, I had to work up courage to press the shutter button. Weirdo. I should receive the results of the first roll any day now.

STRESSING over a pending project deadline at work. Every year I swear to manage it better and every year it only gets worse.

GRIEVING for the families of Germanwings Flight 9525.

LISTENING to a new-to-me podcast, Invisibilia; it "explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions."  A friend sent me the link & I'm a bit hooked.

SHOWING up to events at / with my daughter's school with gusto! After all, this is the last- ever chess tournament, the last-ever fun run, and the last-ever Holy Wednesday prayer procession of primary school. Ever.

APPRECIATING the fact that I have a husband who sleeps under our roof most nights and who is generally home before 18:00. This is after he was away for ten nights in March. I can handle it all alone, but I really don't want to.

CELEBRATING Young One's first role in a musical; she has been cast as {.....insert drum rollll.....} the BAKER! in a local production of Aladdin Jr. She is ecstatic, over-joyed, energized, truly excited beyond belief. I think she might have one line in the hour-long production. There is a lot to learn from this child, who thought perhaps she would like to be cast as Jasmyn, and her reaction, friends. A lot. I am quite pleased, quite pleased indeed.

PACKING our bags for an upcoming road trip, East.


January 2015
February 2015

25 March 2015

corner view

corner view :: imagination

 How do you decide what gets filed away for posterity and what gets tossed in the recycling bin? 

Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.