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October 29, 2011

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A Place of Beauty Destroyed by Nature

I was looking for updates on the current flooding situation of Bangkok when I stumbled upon the news that flash floods have wiped out some of the villages of the Cinque Terre in Italy.
While it’s been quite a few years since I visited these 5 unique villages–linked by a series of footpaths–my vacation here ranks as a favorite for Chicken and me (and we’ve got a lot to compare it to–see list at right!)
Only a few months ago, Ruby, Rose and G stayed in the same apartments we rented in Manarola.  I’m devastated to think of the damage this village sustained and that others no longer exist and may never be rebuilt.
My heart goes out both to the residents of Bangkok and the northern regions–whose homes have been flooded and possibly destroyed–and the villagers of the Cinque Terre for whom life has been changed forever.


And here…in NYC…it’s only October and snowing.  Time to start the countdown to Costa Rica.

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Smarty Pants

When my grandfather died over 20 years ago, my grandmother wanted me to have his hand-carved wooden drum. It was the first thing I ran to when visiting their house.

Today, for the first time, the boys were allowed to play with it. They loved it!

But when Whoop Whoop tried to sit on it, I told him it was to play with–not for sitting or standing.
I guess he really wanted to sit on it because a minute later he retrieved his step stool and carefully put it on the drum and sat down.
Because he knows he’s allowed to sit there.
Mr. Smarty Pants was clearly impressed with himself.
I’m in trouble!



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