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While reading “French Women Don’t Get Fat” I started thinking of all the amazing things French people eat, and I’ve taken it upon myself to also eat amazing things, I am not sure it’s making me thin, but, frankly, I could care less. This has led to an influx of crepes.  Crepes for breakfast, crepes for lunch, crepes for dinner. I love crepes, they are cheap, easy to make, and they taste phenomenal. I love them best with a butter, a sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon. The one on the plate above was the first one I made in this batch (why is it the first one never turns out?), so it doesn’t look so pretty, but I can assure you it was tasty.

I learned how to make crepes from a French woman named Florence. We were both working at a summer camp in Switzerland. We made them for Bastille day for the campers, served chilled glasses of sparkling apple cider. Every now and then while we were turning crepes Florence would take a sip from her glass and declare how refreshing it was. Every time she took a sip! I loved her enthusiasm!

Her husband was Italian and she spoke fluent Italian, and I attribute my ability to speak Italian largely to Florence. We always spoke in Italian and she got me over the huge hurdle of speaking in another language (by that point I could understand everything that said to me, I just had a hard time having a conversation). She would patiently listen to me stumble through sentence after sentence, and by the end of the summer I could hold a decent conversation!

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I purchased this poster of Michelangelo’s Delphic Sibyl while I was living in Rome. I finally had a chance to frame it and hang it up! Such an amazing combination of feminine strength, beauty, and colours!

Some will point out that Michelangelo didn’t use female models, and this isn’t what women look like, and if he discriminated against women by not using them as figure models. For starters, Michelangelo didn’t use women as figure models because it wasn’t the thing to do at the time, no one used female models. True, women don’t look exactly like the Delphic Sibyl, I’ve never seen forearms like that on any woman of my acquaintance. But I have seen women hold their arms they way the Sibyl holds her’s, and I have seen that graceful turn of the neck, and the foot in demi-pointe while seated. Maybe Michelangelo didn’t use female models, but he certainly paid homage to the powerful motion and grace of the female figure. Her body alone, from way up high on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, communicates the wisdom, intellegence, and wonder women may exude.

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On Sunday I helped celebrate the birthday of my friend Caroline at Founding Farmers in downtown Washington, DC. Founding Farmers is a neat venue because it is owned by farmers, they are invested in the food that is served there right from the very start! It was was a really, yummy experience!

I started my meal off with a hibiscus soda, freshly made right there. The drink list was so long and tempting I decided to settle for a simple soda because I couldn’t make up my mind!

The group split and order of bacon wrapped dates (yummy!) and fresh bread with prosciutto, mascarpone cheese, and something else I can’t remember right now (sadly not pictured, it was eaten too quickly).

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I had fried chicken and waffles (which I have decided I want as brunch someday) as my entree, with sides of pickled potato salad and sea-salted watermelon with mint. It was so good!

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My friend Joannie (Joan in Ordinary Time) was in town, so I went with her and her sister’s family (Jill of Dulce Domum) to the Air and Space Museum followed by the Botanical Gardens! It was so much fun. I have never been to the Air and Space Museum without several small boys (in the past it was with my brothers), and it is the best way to see this museum! They get so excited about everything! Rockets! Astronauts! Planes!

Then we headed over to the Botanical Gardens, which was a nice retreat from the heat of the day. There is lots of water, cool breezes and simulated rain. Did you know the Botanical Gardens also have a small children’s garden? It was a lot of fun, there are things to plant and water, a small playhouse, and a bamboo forest.

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Just in case you needed a get-away in the middle of your day! Check out this panoramic view of Paris!

These Haagen-Daz comercials found their way to my computer while I was watching The Office Finale. (The Office is over! Sniff.) Anyway, I loved them both! And now, thanks to the successful marketing of Haagen-Daz, not only do I want ice cream, I also want to go back to Rome, cook Italian food, and watch Swan Lake. Le sigh.

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These phots are a week late, but I thought I’d share them anyway. Last Wednesday I went to see the cherry blossoms on the day they peaked. If you ever have the chance to see them when they are in full bloom I highly recommend it! I think it looks like the branches are covered in fluffy, pink, cotton candy. It is always crowded, but it’s completely worth it.

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It’s full of amazing views of DC, vintage cars, and Ronaldo, the trusty keeper of the keys.

My Mom and I had a conversation about hot air balloons while I was home for the holidays. And now memories of hot air balloons keep popping up in my mind.

As a child I would spend time at my grandparent’s home in Napa. The early mornings were always punctuated with the sounds of the propane heaters in the hot air balloons as they would float over the vineyards. I miss that sound. Sometimes we’d sleep on the trampoline in the backyard, and in the morning the balloons would float right over the top of us. People would always wave. Once a balloon landed near the reservoir in the vineyard behind the house.

Maybe someday I’ll take a ride in one. . .

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