Category: Totally Random

In the Fur

For those 3 readers not following the other 3 readers who follow us on Facebook, here's a little piece of news: Mr. Wild Dingo and I got to meet some very famous Internet celebrities, in the FUR! Last week, we met up with Norwood and his bean along with Jack, Moo and their hu-mom. What […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons . . .

THESE are my groceries for the next 10 days. O.K. I exaggerated. I still need to buy about 10 more lemons. But seriously, these lemons, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and filtered water. A ten day challenge.  For nutters like me.

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Whatever it Takes

It isn't easy being Mr. Wild Dingo. Because, I'm not so good with acronyms.  Or names. Or numbers. He's always interpreting Wild Dingo-speak. Whenever I ask for the can of W4, Mr. Wild Dingo always replies "W4, WD40 whatever it takes."

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These Open Doors

By the end of this week, we'll be living back at our home in California. I'm looking forward to things like the dog door, soft water, reverse osmosis drinking water, Mexican food, Japanese food, clothes shopping, stores open at reasonable hours and my old yoga studio. Not to mention food labels in English and not having to […]

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Eleven

Eleven years ago, I married the guy in the photo and it wasn't for his keen seasonal fashion sense.

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The Zen of Controlled Chaos

It wasn't at all as I expected, Monet's House and Garden in Giverny. I envisioned a quiet estate, square or round in shape, with a long driveway that would lead to the front. I imagined it unconnected from the noisy, harried world. Instead, it was located in a busy village, where motorists pass right through the middle of the two […]

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My Fairytale

Mr. Wild Dingo crowned me a Princess. Then he handed me a jug of water and said,"Get to work."

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Passage de la Torture

"I want to ride the Vallée du Joux and go STRAIGHT up the Col du Marchairuz," said I, feeling full of piss and vinegar last week. I've ridden the steep side (there's also an easier side) of the Col du Marchairuz two times two years ago when I was much too sick to even attempt it. The good […]

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Miserable in Paris

I know what you're thinking. How can anyone be miserable in Paris? I assure you, it is possible.

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Hayverst

It's only July and yet it's harvest time. Am I the only one fascinated with the neat round hay bales? I'm always shooting them. As soon as I get home, I download the memory card, excited and believing that I've finally found a way to make them look interesting on camera. Sadly, those hopes are […]

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Attention aux Hérissons!

While snacking on Chiendent, sometimes Loki and Juno will make a new friend they finding hiding in it. Like this fella: Harry Hérisson. Juno found Harry and I quickly called her off. She and Loki politely obeyed and left little Harry alone. Les Hérisson (hedgehogs) are common in Switzerland. I don't know much about the hedgehog so I […]

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Stuck in the '80's

"Nice Tuff-Skins little fella," snorts Juno.

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Holy Cow

So here I was, Thursday afternoon, Ascension Day, where everyone is off in Switzerland, riding my bike through Bière on my way to Rolle, when I noticed a large field of cows wearing unusually large bells and making a large racket. Naturally, I stopped.  It looked a lot like The Fête Desalps, a celebration that happens […]

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Who is Savadear?

"Who is this Savadear I keep hearing about?" Two years ago, Mr Wild Dingo whispered that very question, which had been burning in his mind for too long, to a Francophone at work. Bemused, the Francophone laughed. "Not 'Savadear,'  'Ça veut dire,'" he replied.  The expression literally translates as "it wants to say" but actually means "it means."

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Raining on His Parade

This is Switzerland's Supermoon. Seriously. We had no opportunity to see it. But we made do.

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Just a Hop, Skip and a Jump

Can you believe I have to take a 40-minute plane ride just to get a decent pizza? At least the view never gets old.

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It Never Gets Easy

I just spent 7 days with the man in Provence. And now he heads to China tonight. Business travel sucks.

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Eye Candy

When we travel, Mr. Wild Dingo focuses on history and ancient sites. I focus on landscape, culture, city vibe, pretty things and cuisine. So other than my gluttonous indulgence in Italian cuisine, I had only one other mission going to Venice: glass. And lots of it.

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Raw Love

 

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Cretan Ruin

We found this ancient artifact in Crete. In her day, she reined, Minoan Queen. Her paint sparkling pink in all it's newness. Loved by all, she lived a fast, hard life.  Ribbons of flair distract her admirers from broken parts and aging appearances. Yet she remains an icon of beauty.

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