Comical prime rib.

Vin’s mother loves prime rib and so for a special treat, his daughter invited us to have it at her house.  Everyone gamely tried it, and then her three kids entertained us with spot-on impersonations of their teachers … each other … and their highly receptive audience. Please Share

Loud toys and Hanukkah cheer.

After he had his new son, I promised my ex-husband I’d be the first to buy Justin a drumset.  I had to wait 6 years, but this Hanukkah it seemed right.  When we were gathered at my former brother-in-law Jonny’s — after a rambunctious meal with the latkes long gone — I finally got my…

The company Xmas.

Corporate Christmas parties (for television production companies) are a rarity since 2008. Dinner and dancing morphed into a steakhouse luncheon, but my husband’s staff enjoyed the effort.  Vin’s assistant Melissa knocks herself out to put together a great event so I let her know I appreciate the effort…and so does everyone else. Please Share

A party Martha Stewart would be proud of…

When I go to someone’s house and my hostess (or host) labors over more than one hot appetizer, I’m duly impressed. When they pull off a successful parlor trick — here a party game that can stump the crowd and not create a riot — I’m doubly stupefied … and I show it. Please Share

“Museum gook” and making a date.

Correspondence is not limited to cards.  A note in the mail — especially with a little gift enclosed — can brighten up a day too.  I sent Lynda some “museum putty” after her first Southern California earthquake.  (She’s a transplanted East Coast girl).  She played with it and secured her collection of glassware.  We played “calendar” —  infinitely…

I’ve been a bitch and I’m sorry.

I admit it.  I can lose it sometimes.  I’m not always “happy thank you lady”.  Sometimes I get uptight and nothing you can do or say will convince me to come off my nasty attitude. After our new neighbor moved in (after months of noisy construction that jangled every nerve I had), she puledl out…

A shared “first date” — and a mutual 12-foot-wall.

In a gated community where everyone drives right into their walled homes, it’s hard to get to know each other. I admittedly had a snarly attitude when our new neighbors spent months doing noisy, dusty construction — and the shared wall is about 2 feet away from our house (it’s called a “highly populated, densely…

Politics and neighbors.

Assemblywoman (now State Senator) Holly Mitchell (on the right)… We live in a gated community where we don’t know everyone — or their politics.  When our neighbors Bruce & Debra invited us to meet our local Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (she was running for office), I jumped at the chance to hear her… and thanked our hosts for the opportunity….

Speed and Xanax.

Fall should be  contemplative, a slow curve into Winter.  Unfortunately,  things seem to get even busier then — school starts, people are back on deadline, even the days get shorter.  Sometimes there’s too much on my plate, and I can’t do it all.  When I can’t make it to a party — and I really want to go…

Bowled over by the Bowl.

Chuck and Shelby have season tickets to the Hollywood Bowl and we’ve been lucky enough to be their guests on several occasions.  We didn’t get there until summer was almost over, but it was worth the wait.  Chuck & Shelby have it wired — and despite some silverware that finds its way into my bag…