I’m On Vacation So It Took Me 5 Days to Hit “Publish” On This Post

Sunday morning, California. Everyone still asleep after late night at an Arabic  nightclub. Kabobs at midnight – that’s for the reckless.

We love this place not only for the endless delivery of heaping platters of  ethnic food over the course of 3 hours, but also for the showers of dollar bills that happen when patrons tip the performers. They give the amount to the waiter, who converts it into single dollar bills and then the tip is part of the show, as illustrated in the video clip above. [ link to video ]

Anyway, this is what I’m doing today: shopping for vintage things from Paris. It’s for gifts for somebody (my Martini night partner) who is a Francophile. I bought a set of 1950s souvenir playing cards from Paris for her birthday and now I’m thinking that I might make a serving tray out of a picture frame, some drawer handles and a vintage menu. I found this slightly damaged 1972 menu from Maxim’s and I like it better than the mint-condition duplicate. To me, that discoloration  and the corner darkening are part of its appeal, but I’m not sure that anyone else would think so.

cover menu

What do you think? Is it too shabby to give as a gift, or do you look at it and say “Wow! That’s charming!”

Your New Mother-in-law Will Love This

I found a draft of an old thing I was working on bemoaning the modern bride practice of forgoing bride-and-groom cake toppers. Plopping a small bunch of live flowers on top of a tiered cake just doesn’t do it.

I think I’ll finish that mostly so that I can show off my own 1980 caketopper and my parents’ one from 1950. Modern cake toppers are still being made and,  modern times being what they are, some of them are pretty tasteless. I have an  image folder of types I was going to use to illustrate the post, but today I came across one I haven’t seen before and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

sb ct


I never thought I’d say this but I’m thinking of spending 2010 without a Franklin-Covey planner. when I moved into the arena where I work now, I got 6 major projects assigned to me during the first week. For months, I struggled along trying to organize myself with various post -it notes, bulletin board arrangements and file folders. Needless to say, I was sinking and scattered and didn’t accomplish very much.

About 7 months into it, I went to a week-long meeting, 3 hours of which were devoted to the Franklin-Covey system of planning and organization, Without doubt, that is the thing that had the biggest impact on my life ever. Ever. I embraced it, and lived it and was a faithful consumer of FC products ever since. Among the basic precepts of the system are that you only record in one place, no additional scraps of paper or notes and you must keep the planner with you at all times.

not my actual book, but this is what happens.

not my actual book, but this is what happens.

In my early zeal, I did just that although my Classic-sized binder was cumbersome. I want more than just the current month in my hands at once so that I can look forward and backwards for reference and even though that is only 3 months in a binder, that is what makes it so big and bulky. Over time, I scaled down from Classic size to Compact and from binder to yearly wirebound, all in an effort to make it less burdensome to cart around. Still, it lives on my office desk because even that is too heavy and bulky to carry around. I am not one of those who like to sling 30 pounds over my shoulder and then run though the airport with it. Lately, I’ve been working on a project that is keeping me busy from 6am to 7pm most days and I can’t afford the time to get ready and drive down the Parkway to my office so I’ve been barely managing with a system of note books, tablets and post -it notes. Chaos!


i wonder if you should write in latin in the back part of the book?

Lo and behold, Moleskine has produced a daily planner for 2010 and I’m seriously considering this. It’s one bound book, but no rings or spiral binding so it’s more compact. Plus it has a ribbon place marker, just like an old-school  St. Joseph’s Missal. Tantum ergo, peeps.


Interesting fact about Suzette: I’m a fan of Victorian  cross-writing and have employed this technique to capture extended notes on one page of my planner. For this reason, I am not afraid of limited page surface in a bound planner. It’s my secret weapon.