Reading Crap

One of my New Year’s resolutions, or whatever you call it, is to stop reading a book the moment it is no longer enjoyable.  Put it down and never pick it up again.  Totally abandoned it and put it in the heap pile.  I NEVER have consciously quit a book.  I have misplaced or lost book mid-read and depending […]

Quisp and Quake

When I was a kid my mom never bought good cereal.  We never had Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Count Chocula , Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms.  Instead my mom made huge batches of healthy granola chock full of nuts and dried fruit. I did managed to tried all the above at someone elses house, or […]

Chocolate Wasted

Traveling with four kids is not easy.  I have to say its is physically a lot less taxing these days since everyone has given up diapers, naps and special meals.  However, traveling with a grouchy middle-aged man, an 8-year-old girl and 3 boys with extremely different interests is exhausting.  Some days you just have to […]


I finally got this photo of the kids.  Now I don’t even try to entice them with hot cocoa, I am negioting with each one separately, and this year Henry served as an agent for Georgie.  I sent this photo out with our well wishes and a satirical jab at the traditional annual letter that […]

I am so proud

I know in some circles it’s considered politically incorrect to patronize Starbucks. Give me a pass for my uncoolness and chock it up to being a expat who gets to enjoy her lowfat decaf Carmel Machiatto only in airports and when shopping Stateside with Tonje. Well as you can see below, Starbucks opened a location […]

Stylist Intervention

I like a good shelter read.  Living in Argentina I have very much limited access to good design glossies.  Fortunately, the internet is a pretty decent substitute.  And I am not talking Lonny… yawn.  I am talking interior design blogs that edit out the boring crap and feature beautiful, provocative and sometimes insane interiors.  Some […]

New York

It was a week so jammed  with friends, food, new places, and beautiful weather I wont even attempt a comprehensive post.  A few observations. I think they may have sandblasted and renovated every building in Manhattan.  Every neighborhood has been gentrified.  Every park was beautifully groomed and maintained.  We are talking about places you would […]

Beautiful but Cruel

Every night before I go to bed I have to check Owen’s blood sugar, he is a diabetic.  I then visit the other three.  I suppose I do it to check and make sure they are safe in their beds.  But I also like to remember them this way, totally relaxed and soft and peaceful.  […]

Lazy Sunday

Its not a long weekend here…but it has been a relaxing one.  Yesterday was a usual Saturday of driving around children to different activities and friend’s houses, but GM is quite helpful that way so between the two of us it was manageable.  Listened to a lot music and radio news, watched a baseball game […]

Healthy Humpday Snack with Kid’s review

I don’t know if you can really call these healthy, other than the fact that they are not processed and were made by my loving hands.  Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. I found them on Tastespotting and that site sent me here for the original recipe, its a great baking blog. Not much can be said […]

Maybe better than Maradona

I know I have written a fair amount of  posts about soccer on this blog and you might be thinking “enough”.  If your only exposure to soccer has been taking you school age kid to a game at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to the town fields,   I don’t blame you.  […]

Running away

For just a few days.  GM and I (sin chicos) are taking a mini break to the house in Patagonia.  We haven’t been since the beginning of February.  When we left it was the dog days of summer, when we arrive tomorrow it will be the waning, yet still harsh days of winter.  GM will […]

Primavera and flowers

There are few things that make me has happy as flowers and fresh flowers in my house make me just plain giddy.  Today I went to La Casita (the local florist on the train tracks in my village) for flowers.  I was ecstatic to find that spring flowers were in the mix. For the last […]

Off Skiing

While it may be a ski vacation for the family, the next ten days for me will be full of dressing children, finding missing essentials pieces of equipment and outer clothing, picking up and dropping of kids at various classes and watching them swim in a stinky indoor pool.  The highlights for me will be […]

The Sun has set on Twilight

It is not something I am proud of, but I am happy to say I have finish the last installment of the Twilight Quartet, Breaking Dawn. It should be clear, if you have read any of my other posts, I am not a fifteen year old girl.  I am a 47 year old woman with […]

My Garden

I love my flowers in Junin.  The climate in Junin is Steppe.  It means the step between desert and alpine.  So while it is extremely dry in the summer (good for us!)  the transitional seasons are rainy and it gets cold in the winter.  So roses and hearty perennials do well.  There are a lot of trees by the […]

Puppy Porn

This is amateur Puppy porn, in that it was my camera that took pictures of these adorable puppies. Our beautiful, complicated, OCD, German Shepherd Osita had puppies on July 11th. She has four beautiful babies. She has been a great mom as they are very fat and happy and she continues to be very protective. […]


I was going to write about the presidential campaign here in Argentina that is in full swing now with the elections happening on the 28th of October. However, that piece will have to wait until I have shared this with you. High School Musical on Ice (nice shoes,dude) If you are not the parent of […]