• I thought Drive My Car was a very good movie, and definitely deserves a foreign language Oscar nod, but not in the other slate. There are things I need to think over a bit because I’m not sure if I understand it all. Often my problem with international film- so understated I always feel like I missed something.
  • They recently opened a British import steakhouse- Hawksmoor- in our neighborhood. It was delicious. My husband and I split the sticky toffee sundae, which was so good I dreamt about it…it’s gooey and rich and satisfying with the most delicious milk ice cream on top. Yum… The rest of the meal was outstanding as well!!
  • My tea society has their Holiday Tea at the Whitby hotel. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this tea except I forgot to take a picture of the gorgeous three tier display of goodies. Everything was first rate!!
  • West Side Story!!!! So Good! I mean incredible, people clapping at the end amazing. However, because you know I don’t think anything is perfect…I do not agree with Spielberg’s decision to not use subtitles in the Spanish Language Sections.
  • I wasn’t a very good dog Mommy and Betty had a very bad matt that I couldn’t get out and it was irritating her skin. I made the tough decision to shave her down because I thought a pup with a bald spot was worse. I’m being very hard on myself, and this is the last fluffy picture you will see of Betty for awhile… next picture will be a much less fluffy dog. However, she will be well dressed…
  • My daughter got home this week. She’s always wanted to go to Grand Central Oyster Bar, and old school place in Grand Central Station. Oyster Bar is long on tourists, so many New Yorkers pass it by, but it is also long on history. I don’t think anything has changed in years except for the daily changing menu. While I love to check out what’s new and different foodwise, I like history and places that have survived things. I don’t care if they’re touristy. Just because they’re not new and modern and experimental doesn’t mean they aren’t worthwhile. We had a great meal. I’ve pictured the chocolate log dessert which was wonderful!!
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gallery 158-Athena, as the Goddess of wisdom and war is probably my go to Olympian Goddess. Gallery 159- I love that there is a statue about two children playing. I can’t help but feel grateful when I look at this- that with all the other things that have happened in history, kids playing is a constant. Gallery 852- Cruel Radiance: Photography 1940s-1960s (till 5/1/22) This was another small but well curated photography exhibit. The Met has just had some wonderful photography of late. The title comes from “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” by James Agee and Walker Evans. All of consciousness is shifted from what we imagined…to the effort to perceive simply the cruel radiance of what is.” It was very difficult to choose favorites as all the work was wonderful.
  • If you are a Marvel fan you should see Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s fun. Kim- BIG SCREEN!!
  • For book club I had to read Agatha Christie “A Pocket Full of Rye”. I really enjoyed it and so I decided to watch the TV adaptations on Brit Box. It’s hard for me to decide which one is better, because I love Joan Hickson as Miss Marple- I think she’s exactly what I picture when I think Marple. However. the 2008 version is much truer to the story, which I appreciate. It’s a more fully fleshed out version and rings much truer to the original intent of the story.

36 thoughts on “What Inspired Me: December 19

  1. Great pictures this week – I can’t decide which looks better the toffee sundae or the chocolate log – I wouldn’t be surprised if I dreamed about them tonight. Also, props to Kohls for such a bold ornament. Your museum trips remind me I need to get to one soon and now you definitely make me want to read A Pocket Full of Rye. As for shows, I think I prefer adaptations that remain true to the original. Happy Sunday!

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      1. I went to put the tea book on my goodreads and totally missed the bottom of your post. Itโ€™s all your fault for including a tea bookโ€ฆ๐Ÿ˜†

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  2. Oh, yum! The Chocolate Log and Sticky Toffee Sundae had me distracted… now I need to satisfy that craving. ๐Ÿ˜€ But so many wonderful things on your list, especially the tea society and book club. How I miss these…*sigh!

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  3. I agree about Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. Hubby wants to see West Side Story so thanks for the heads up about the subtitles (or lack there of). Oh that chocolate log and sticky toffee sundae. You would make it very difficult for me to stick to a low carb diet! Of course, if I ever to to New York, I imagine that I’d give myself permission to splurge a little. Thanks to you I know where to go to do it!

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    1. The subtitlesโ€ฆI understand a little Spanish, and I get context clues, but really, I know I missed a bunch of dialogue and Iโ€™m a words girl, so that hurt me

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  4. I’ve heard the cinematography for the new West Side Story is amazing. My 13yo grand girl wants to see it. I’ve recorded the original in case we can’t get to the theater before it leaves. It’s had some bad reviews. Don’t beat yourself up about Betty. Sometimes I’m a bad doodle mom and Cabo gets matted too. It seems like I can look at him and his coat will mat! Thanks for sharing your inspiration. ๐Ÿ’œ

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