The eagle has landed. The eagle being my mother who, at nearly 80, still crosses the Atlantic on her own and is immune to jet lag. Having her here for the next three months means Italian tv blaring at all hours; a constant chit-chat as she goes about keeping busy around the house; the silver finally cleaned and lot of cooking. I am hoping I inherited her wind-up bunny energy. Here are a few things that made me happy this week.
One. If you live in NY, know that if you stop on the street for more than five minutes, Jason Polan might be sketching you surreptitiously. His mission is to draw every person in New York.
Two. sofagirl and I have the art of packing down to a T. In fact, when I go on a long trip and friends ask me, a couple of days before, if I have already packed, I laugh. I hate having half-filled suitcases around the house and I always pack a few hours before leaving. If you are the opposite of me, here are some useful tips.
Three. I spent the last four nights watching The Defiant Ones, a 4-part documentary on HBO on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. If you are interested in music, in how Patti Smith came about “Because the Night”, in West Coast hip hop and/or the music industry, this is a lovely – far from hagiographic – account from two music insiders (whom I had the privilege to work with).
Four. sofagirl and I have spent innumerable hours talking about aging, what it means to us and how we see each other 20 years down the line. The idea of a commune came up several times. Apparently, not a terribly original thought. Sue sent me this article from the Daily Telegraph – I insist that if this were on the Cornish coast I would move in now.
Five. If you live in Cape Town, there is a wonderful designer, Margot Molyneux, in whose store I found some great basic items. Simple and elegant lines, block colors – a sort of Eileen Fisher but more fun and a bit more colorful.
Top Image: Margo Molyneux