Lunch Date

This guy in a suit was loitering outside my office, apparently to “take a beautiful woman out to lunch.”

I offered to go back in to find one for him, but he insisted I come along with him.



Last night was Martin’s first Michelin-star dining experience, so we couldn’t take things too seriously!

The West House in Kent is run by a former musician who played for a bunch of ’80s bands. Now he prepares delicious foie gras tacos and haddock and egg yolk tarts! Continue reading

Cheese, Please

We visited the local annual winter bazaar, and just as he was last year, my daughter’s friend was there again, helping to sell his grandfather’s cheese from the Netherlands.

He was quite the salesman: we left with a bag FULL of it!

Gouda cheese and horseradish mustard are my EVERYTHING at the moment.


Food from Home

According to the date on the box, it appears that right after learning he’s got another grandkid on the way, my Dad went out and bought $100-worth of Cincinnati chili, and shipped it over here right away.

He knows this stuff must be imprinted into DNA as early as possible.

Unfortunately, though, doner kebabs, German salami/cheese pretzel sandwiches, bacon, Nutella, Cincinnati chili … all my favorite things are now a big NOPE on the list of things I can stomach right now. If I needed a sign that this was absolutely the last time Martin and I are doing this, THIS IS IT. Continue reading

Growing Boy

He helped me pick the sunflowers while his sisters were at music class.


My son: “Mom, I’m hungry.”

Me: “That makes sense. You are a growing boy.”

My son: “No, I’m a STARVING boy.”

I threw some pizza, apples, and green beans at him. I think I have a few hours before he comes back…

Lunch & Flowers

I am not at work today, so Martin and I went out for lunch. Those crispy wedges are stuffed with potatoes, cream cheese, and chives. It’s a salad, though.

I had salad for lunch.

Also, my milkshake brings all the wasps to the yard.

The sunflower field next to my village has an honor system. You drop the right amount of Euros in the box and walk away with gorgeous flowers.