The first thing I would like to say is that I have finished Rob’s book. My friend Rob wrote a really, really good book. In case you’ve been holding out because you think you’ve already read his blog and it’s just his blog on paper between two covers, you could not be more wrong. I couldn’t put it down. Obviously I’ve been following Schuyler’s story since she was in utero in Rob’s blog, but the story in the book goes far deeper than that. It’s beautiful, and it’s just a fine achievement.
All I have to say about the Oscars is that I am sad that Hal Holbrook lost and so thrilled that Once won best song that I basically haven’t stopped crying yet.
(For more on the Oscars, go read Kymm’s great-as-ever recap.)
I took charge of two giant and dead bushes, a lantana and a plumbago, in my front yard because the garden experts at the farmer’s market told me to. “Just cut them all the way back to the ground!” they said, waving their hands dismissively in the face of my skepticism. “They’ll grow back!” So that’s what I did. And I scratched my arms up and there’s now a giant pile of dead sticks on my curb.
I’d really been missing my friend Grace’s semi-regular updates — luckily she recently posted a link to where she’s been writing lately. As usual, I am in love with every word she utters.
This weekend, B. and I went to Sunday brunch in New Orleans, where we hadn’t been together since last fall, which is weird and wrong. It was fabulous, and it was great to meet his old friend who was in town for a wedding. We treated ourselves to mimosas and sazeracs and creole eggs benedict and seafood gumbo and really soft bread, and between the food, the drinks, the sunshine, and the jazz trio playing “A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” it almost felt for a moment like neither of us is in school or working too many hours or doing anything else but relaxing like we used to spend every weekend blissfully doing.