Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I can't get no-oh sat-is-fac-tion.

For several days preceding Hurricane Sandy's arrival in NY, I tactfully suggested to Micah that it might be a good idea to pick up a flashlight and, just to be safe, a couple of gallons of water.  I sent her a link  to a weather forecast with preparation recommendations, etc., which she accepted gracefully, saying she was sure she'd be fine and didn't need to do anything special.  Her roommate filled the drinking cups with water and put them on the kitchen counter and there was some mention of a beer purchase.  I sat back and smugly waited for the glorious moment when I'd be able to whisper "I told you so." - not in so many words, mind you, because she's got a long reach and the distance from Texas to NYC isn't as great as maps make it seem.  I'm still waiting.  Damned if hers isn't the only dorm on the entire NYU campus that has a still-operational generator.  NYU is providing free meals (Now my daughter can stop eating out of trash cans or however she's surviving now that she can't eat leftovers off the plates of her students' free and reduced lunches like she did when she was teaching last year.), classes are cancelled for the whole week, and celebrities are starting to drop by to mingle.  (Micah took this picture of Alec Baldwin at lunch today.) Her cell phone service, unlike that of many of her friends, hasn't been affected by the storm either.  I thought I might get some satisfaction (small consolation since it would've hurt me more than it would her) when Laguardia closed down and it looked like her much-anticipated trip home this weekend might be affected.  She even managed to score on that, because United let her switch her reservation to Thanksgiving week without changing the price of the $258 ticket.  She wasn't even going to be able to come home for Thanksgiving, because the ticket price was an outrageous $800+, so I'm very excited about that turn of events.  David will be here, too, and it's going to be a wonderful holiday!  And a very satisfying one.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Tell the Wind and Rain to Stop, but DON'T tell ME."

Micah took this picture from her dorm room during the hurricane and sent it to CNN.  Power is in out in almost every building between her dorm and the Empire State Building.
The quote in the title is a good one from Tale of Two Cities: Madame Defarge's response to Monsieur Defarge's tentative suggestion that maybe, just maybe, it wasn't necessary to guillotine every last aristocrat (particularly Dr. Manet and his daughter, Lucy) in Paris.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Le lait

Thanks to Micah, Queen of Google, who found this reproduction of the breast shaped cups that Marie Antoinette ordered for Rambouillet.  I had thought they were used at the Hameau, so I'll post them here.  Reproductions are available at and in Lamplighter Shop in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Ever heard the expression "If you have to have to ask the price, you can't afford it."?  Yeah.  About $900.  Enough for several nights in a hotel on the Left Bank.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

March 2012 -The Queen's Cottage

Spring Break or Summer?  It's a hard call.  Spring Break is less expensive and less crowded, but without the spectacular gardens.  Just seeing the buildings was meaningful enough, though.  The flowers are wonderful, but not necessary.

Summer 2010 - the pigeon loft, then hen house, and sometime aviary

Did the 18th Century French Court use homing pigeons to deliver messages?  My brother, Jerry, says "Absolutely" and he ought to know.  He raises and races carrier pigeons when he's not fighting injustice and "the system" in his law practice.

Jerry sent me an interesting article about a WWII carrier pigeon with it's message attached to its leg that was recently found in a chimney in England:

Cut and paste that monster if you'd like to read about it.

J'aime les lunettes de soleil!

Thank you, Micah Bug, for going to Paris with me.  Those flat sandals must've killed your feet after hours of walking around Versailles, the Petit Trianon and the Hameau on this day, but you kept smiling.  I know you were happy just to be a part of something you knew was so importanttomommy.