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What I really want to do at the end of a week like this is collapse, muddy & exhausted. But the adrenaline rush of the last several days...weeks, heck who am I kidding: MONTHS keeps me buzzing long after I should have.

The to-do lists have been decimated, both at work and at home, and even though there is ALWAYS something still to be done, it will just have to wait: work, for Monday, and home, for when I get back from Boston.

I've been so busy this week that I've not had a lot of time for noodling around online...I'm woefully behind in my reading and even worse in my writing and reading and sleeping. But! I'm packed! I'm ready to go.

I have presents for Christina and her lovely boys and my colleague Lora and her adorable kids and my MOM. I have not packed for the weather, however...I refuse to take a heavy winter coat and boots with me, even though my mom says a nor'easter is blowing up for tomorrow, which could cause problems with flights and arrival times for both of us: keep your fingers crossed, please, that we are not in for a blustery day of travel!

Karin gave me a little surprise present today to take with me and "sleep with on the airplane". It's a tiny white rectangular pillow, handstitched together with red & black thread and it has the words LOVE YOU stitched on the front in red. Awwww! She gave me a huge hug at dinnertime and wailed, "I don't want you to gooooooooooooooo!"

"I'll bring back Halloween candy," I said.

She promptly let go and sat up, smiling. "Okay! Bye!"

Unfortunately, we won't get much of a Halloween this year, so candy is the best I can do. I return on the 30th and we leave on Halloween for a lazy* week on the west coast of Italy. So, no trick-or-treating. No AWC Halloween party, no costumes. Pumpkin PEEPS and candy corns will have to do the trick AND the treat!

I can't wait to be in the States for autumn! Halloween decorations! Pumpkin stuff NOM NOM NOM! I hope the nor'easter hasn't blown all the color off the trees by the time I get there. AM SO EXCITED!

CRACKING ME UP: The God of Cake

*If you can call 5 days with plans to see the aquarium in Genoa, the leaning tower of Pisa, a day in Florence, a visit with Bethany, and several days of coast-crawling LAZY.
mood: touched
music: Legend of the Seeker on TV


Blustery here today, surprisingly. Sunny, but cold and windy.
The God of Cake was hilarious.

Have a great time in Boston Liz, and candy shopping.

From Megsie

Hi Liz,

I wish you could come to Minnesota. It has been so beautiful here and you wouldn't need boots, for sure, I think. I am so excited for you what a wonderful trip you have planned. Or, should I say tripS. Have a great, great time. I will be sending good thoughts of sunny skies and mild temps and plenty of golden/orange/red/yellow leaves to woo you. I will miss you when you are gone though. So, I can't wait to hear all about it!

Love to you!

Joy here :)

Have fun, fun, fun on your trip! Sounds WONDERFUL! Karin's funny, saying, okay- go after- the promise of Halloween candy! AND I can totally understand!!

Mom or candy? hmmmm, mom or candy. CANDY! Yeah, understand. ;-)


How fabulous!!! I hope you have the best time ever in the US, and omg enjoy Italy, too!!! I've been to the aquarium in Genoa and it's amazing. My family in Italy is from Genoa, so I'll be thinking of you and wishing you all the best while you're there!! Have you read "The Birth of Venus"? If you haven't, pick it up while you're in the US... I loved it, and it will add a whole new dimension to your stay in Florence. Yippee! What wonderful plans.

- Kate (from the AWC) :)


Gee, I'd take even a busy five days in Italy!


It was windy and I hope your flight wasn't too bumpy on arrival but winter coat and boots? Shut your mouth! No such things are allowed to make an appearance this early on. They did get snow in Vermont, though unless you're actually going up to the ski resorts, you should be good.

Hi chickie!
We spent a really nice day yesterday noodling around Newburyport and the coast...gorgeous weather and we had no wind on the way in either. I hope it continues like this for the whole 2 weeks!

I hope there will be a little room left in your suitcase to pack candy corn for ME! I could swing you some goodies from EuroChocolate in return... :)

hope you're having a GREAT time! as i told Christina recently, i still read her blog regularly, even though i've been a very, very bad commenter lately. please tell her Hi for me. a week in Italy as soon as you get back?? trying not to hate you. ;) have FUN!!! xo

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