Monday, December 31, 2007

Regina, after supper

Regina, after supper, originally uploaded by Moda di Magno.

What happens when hungry people are killing time until the ball drops.

Regina Pizzeria 12/31/07

Regina Pizzeria 12/31/07, originally uploaded by Moda di Magno.

Continuing good fortune, waiting at Pizzeria Regina for just two minutes for supper. Quote from two dudes passing by on cel phone "Yeah, we're just here in Boston drinking our balls off"... Happy New Yeah! (yes, that was phonetic)

Happy New Year!

Edison the cat, originally uploaded by Moda di Magno.

New Year's eve is starting off right: drove into Boston in 2 minutes, found a parking space at a meter and walked over to Mara & David's new place in the North End where we were greeted by Edison the cat.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Congrats, Pats!

Congratulations to the New England (neƩ Boston) Patriots for going 16-0 in the regular season. The final game against the Giants was very exciting, but was it enough to spur the Bruins to a stronger performance this season? The Celtics are keeping it together. Boston is turning into a sports dynasty town again.

As a girl, I think they are talking smack about Eli Manning here:

Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow:

Looking kind of spazzy:

Is this allowed, the grabbing at the knees?

Is the shirt grabbing allowed? This is why I don't really like this game.

I love a two-point conversion call.

Okay Bill, perfect season complete. Now will someone PLEASE throw away this raggedy sweatshirt thing? GAH!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Category: Oh Dear God

Co-worker Lauren has authorized this photo in response to the Sweater of the Year post from last week (wherein I named co-worker Brandon "sweaterboy" for rocking the Meow Mcow sweater.) Lauren is sporting a fascinating Adam + Eve = humanity sweater and, dear God, the world is a scarier place for it. Congratulations on your place in sweaterboy herstory Lauren! In your honor I am renaming the category sweatermodel! Bonus points for the coordinating (though not matchy matchy) hat!

In other ugly sweater news, the Boston Globe has a little feature on about ugly holiday sweaters - and I was surprised to learn about the ugly sweater/cookie swap/yankee swap/party thing going on out there. That is a fashion event I can love!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thinking of Friends at Year's End

As 2007 winds down, I, like many people, am rewinding the year and thinking of friends and family and events. As I went over the Christmas card list in early December I virtually touched each name and had a moment's flash of past joys, and triumphs and laughs and tears. Names of people who are so dear to my heart, but now we may live so far apart and may be in different places in our lives. The Christmas card is way for me to say "hello, I love you, I am thinking of you" but I hope that it is understood is that I think of you all year long - not just at Christmas card time.

Yesterday I learned that someone who I hold very dear in my heart, a man who influenced my college studies and appreciation of opera and art and living life to the fullest passed away on his 85th birthday. Richard Carlton Seaver ("of the California Seavers" as I loved to joke with him) was a man who embraced life and art and business with equal passion.

I met Richard in 1985, shortly after I moved to Los Angeles. Richard was a close friend of my friend Geri Baker and over the ten years I lived in LA, my fondness for Richard grew exponentially. Richard's "papercut" wit, his love of life and adventure, and his appreciation for things completely out of his normal realm gave him great delight - and he was never afraid to show it.

As an opera fan he took great pride in helping the Los Angeles Opera become a revitalized and amazing organization, serving as a founding member of the board and as president. It was only fitting that he also appeared on stage in my favorite opera, Puccini's Tosca as "The Cardinal" (a non-singing roll - but he still had to dress the part) in 2001 and 2005. In 1987 I attended the Metropolitan Opera's presentation of Franco Zeffirelli's production of Tosca (starring Eva Marton) with Richard and Geri. We also took in Tosca a week later at Covent Garden in London. Richard loved the opera.

The hours we spent at the LA County Museum of Art, MOMA in New York, the Tate, the Victoria & Albert and art auctions - my God, his love of art fueled my passion for it. I cannot ever truly express how deeply his love of life changed mine.

Richard's steadfast friendship and charm and grace were things that I truly loved about him. Earth is a lesser place without him.

Godspeed and fare thee well my friend. Fare thee well.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I Like Lights

I love Christmas lights and I love going for a ride to look at them (though given energy and carbon footprint concerns I haven't gone for a ride to look at lights, but have enjoyed them on my way to places I needed to go via automobile.) Here are the lights on the way home from Tom's sister Andrea's home on Christmas Day.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

A peaceful morning with Tommy and the cats, presents and french toast and lounging - I even got a last minute viewing of Miracle on 34th Street in while Tommy napped. A nice chat with my mother and brothers, and a lot of chilling out. We spent the afternoon at Tom's sister Andrea's home continuing last night's talking and debating and laughing and grazing. Politics, wine, religion - no topic was off limits. (No topics were solved either.) It was a lovely, languorous day - no lack of anything, laughs, food, presents. Am lucky girl.

Andrea's shed in beautiful winter light.

AWESOME headphones from Tommy for iPhone!

The gingerbread "centerpiece" designed by Tom. So large it took up the entire side buffet table.

Preparing to jump.

The agony of defeat.

Sponsored by Audi (naturally!)

The ski rack.

Belknap ski jump (lost ski area of Guilford New Hampshire)

Ready to jump.

Badcat loves the gingerbread.

Happy Christmas Eve

Christmas with the Magnos. All of them. We kick off the Christmas holiday with a meal at our house, Christmas Day at sister Andrea's house. As with all families, it can be a crap shoot when it comes to selecting menu and anticipating the mood of the guests - but it all worked out, pleasant conversation, no food tragedies, and Badcat only stole food from Elena's plate (which I'm sure was not heavily guarded.)

I am always overcome by my inner Martha at holidays, thus the photo essay of my hors d'oeuvres for Christmas Eve dinner with the family:

Caramelized red onion-balsamic tart with creme fraiche in phyllo cup. It was delicious.

Goat cheese & caramelized onion on puff pastry. (I had extra caramelized onion...)

Tomato, Thyme & goat cheese tartlet on puff pastry. A littly snacky pizza.

Cheddar chive gougeres. The reigning favorite among family snackers.

Tommy & Badcat who supervised in the kitchen.

Had a lovely, low-key dinner last night with Heath and Becky and the kids (and Tommy & Peter!) Food and laughs (and presents!) A perfect way to kick off the holiday.

An awesome wine pourer

A light ball of my very own! Thanks Heath & Bex!

Watching the end of A Christmas Story, one of my holiday favorites.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Like an Early Christmas Present from CNN

Clicking into CNN before bed I got an early Christmas present from CNN - full story HERE. The only thing that could make me happier is if Ben started blogging again. Happy Christmas Eve Eve.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Day Before the Day Before Christmas Eve

I love this long lead-in weekend to Christmas. I'm not frantic (yet) about cleaning my house or how many cookies are baked (though I did bake today.)

Tom and I visited his Aunt Gilda at her assisted living community this morning. It was a surprise visit and she seemed pleased. All of Tom's siblings were in attendance, so it was a pre-pre Christmas gathering. It was a nice way to start the day.

We did a few errands and then I started working on Tom's gingerbread centerpiece - and it's big. As in it may take up half of the dining room table. The completed project will be seen here maybe tomorrow, but it may wait until Christmas Eve. We shall see. I'll have to find a photo of last year's effort too. Here are some snaps from the day.

Gingerbread ready for the oven.
Gingerbread fresh from the oven.

Dammit. Ice dam! I'm not the only one - I think a lot of people are going to deal with ice dams and the eventual leaks. Then again, we don't have earthquakes or locusts or mudslides in my neighborhood, so I'm not whining to loud. (Tom's experience may differ...)

I wasn't using the bulkhead anyway.

Tom refilling the washer fluid.

The Christmas Twig™

Friday, December 21, 2007

Sweater of the Year

This is my friend Brandon posing as a catalog sweater model in his Meow Mcow (not a misspelling) sweater. The sweater features a three-quarter length sleeve and a too-short cuffed waistline. This classic itch factory is unavailable anywhere, only Moda di Magno brings you the newest entry into the Sweaterboy category. Congrats Brandon, your wife Katie will be thrilled!