Monday, November 7, 2016
Yellow and Blue
We had an amazing morning yesterday -- crisp and cold, with a cloudless blue sky. (As I overheard one woman say into her telephone as we passed on the sidewalk: "It's beautiful, but it's FREEZING!") I took Olga for a long walk through the neighborhoods north of us, up past Cricklewood. We wound up at the rather unfortunately named Clitterhouse Playing Fields, a wide-open expanse of grass littered with stray fireworks wrappers and sparklers and other remnants of Guy Fawkes Night (which was Saturday).
We also found a peculiar little park by the railroad tracks called Millennium Green, with seemingly random pieces of wooden sculpture placed throughout. I'm sure they serve a purpose but I didn't stop to figure out what it might be. (I think they're benches.)
Olga was really wired, I suspect because she didn't get a walk on Saturday, and we walked a long way. There was a lot of Kong-chasing, too.
We got back home about 11 a.m. and Dave and I went to the high street for brunch. Unfortunately, all of West Hampstead had the same idea, so it took us a while to settle on a place that wasn't packed. We finally went to Moment, a vaguely Israeli-themed cafe where I had a good old-fashioned English breakfast -- except that it was vegetarian and came with a bagel.
I Skyped with my mom in the afternoon -- she's been incommunicado for several weeks because her computer (specifically, her computer cord) has been on the fritz. So finally we were able to have a conversation. She said her friends chide her for not being more responsive to e-mail and phone messages, and I told her, "Well, they're right!" I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble getting ahold of her.
Last night we watched "How to Marry a Millionaire," from 1953. You have to overlook the retrograde politics, but the team of Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable is pretty hard to beat. Lots of exotic dresses (gowns by Travilla!) incongruously paired with an overall celebration of the common man -- just in time for the Democrats to win on Tuesday.