England 2011


I recently returned from a week in my second homeland. Mom and I stayed in the Lake District (Windermere and Grasmere) for the first three days. We took the public bus a lot and saw a lot of sheep-dotted countryside.

Sheep-dotted countryside










We visited Beatrix Potter’s home, Hilltop, and visited the Wordsworth Museum and Wordsworth’s Rydal Mount.

Then we headed to London for a couple of days. We spent most of our time there shopping at Harrods and Covent Garden. I made my usual pilgrimage to the building I lived in when I worked there. Ah, 50 Hogarth Road.

50 Hogarth













We spent our last day and night at Leeds Castle in Kent. There is a B and B on the castle grounds, which was lovely. It was fun to walk around the grounds after the castle had closed to the public.

Leeds Castle at night










The trip went by in a blink…I could have used at least another week. Alas, all vacations are too short, aren’t they?


Belated Wegmans Report


I just returned from my jaunt across the pond…that’s a post for another day.

I wanted to submit a belated report on opening day at Wegmans Northborough: the first Wegmans in Massachusetts. Mary and I arrived around 2 pm on October 16, proud to be two of the approximately 25,000 people to peruse the hallowed aisles that day.

Our first stop was the Market CafĂ©. We both got a snack from the Thai bar = delicious! Next we signed up for Shopper’s Club cards.









Once we entered the store, there were no shopping carts or baskets to be found. We hit the bakery and just started piling things in our arms. Mary checked out the organics section while I hunted down the olive bar. We met up again and bypassed the entire grocery section; it was just too much. I wanted to check out the beer and wine section because I had read that the store would be selling 600 different beers. Amazing.

We had a few nice conversations with employees, Mary’s stock phrase being “We drove all the way from Boston!” and mine being “I grew up in Rochester and worked at a Wegmans!”

I can’t wait to go back when it is easier to walk around! Wegmans is located in a plaza, so one can make a day out of shopping. There’s a brand new Kohl’s, Toys ‘r’ Us, plus some shoe stores. Michael’s is opening next spring, so that will be awesome, too.

Signing off so I can eat a Wegmans blueberry bagel…



What a Wonderful World


I’m feeling as happy as a clam at high tide. I dropped off donations at Occupy Boston last night. The vibe was cool there. They were grateful for the donations. It was all quite organized; my friend said she heard that it was more organized than Occupy Wall Street.

Today, I noted the mobs of people checking out the Boston Book Festival and felt a sense of relief mixed with euphoria. People are still buying books. People still care about books. Maybe I’m not the only one who gives the stink eye to people with e-readers on the train.

And, last but not least, tomorrow. The day I’ve been waiting for for 12 years. F’ing Wegmans. If I don’t tear up at the glorious sight, it will be a miracle.

Everybody’s Occupyin’


Wow, this Occupy movement kicks ass. I haven’t visited the Occupy Boston camp yet, but I’ve been following news about the group. I’m hoping to stop by with some donations soon. Today I was curious to find out whether there was an Occupy London group, since I am visiting next week. Yep, the group is occupying the London Stock Exchange this Saturday. Then I wondered if my hometown of Rochester, New York, was getting in on the action. Yep.

Critics say these groups have no goals, no “plan.” Well, as Jon Stewart said a few nights ago on his show, “America cannot expect a bunch of disenfranchised park-dwellers to come up with a solution to its economic woes—they have a political ruling class to do that.”

If everyone in the “99%” had watched The Inside Job, we’d have 99% of the country standing in parks “occupying” right now. I would be there myself if I had more vacation time.

We Are the 99%.