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.

Ursulines Avenue

Loved these guys

Meanwhile, I turn 33 in two days, but that’s too weird to contemplate this early in the morning.
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4 Responses to Update

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks for posting the Oscars clips! I was squealing like a little kid when they won… I felt so proud of them, like they’re my children, or something. So completely deserved.

    Also, I love your photo of the jazz musicians!

  2. Lauren says:

    I thought of you when they performed, won, and when Jon Stewart brought Market Irglova back out to make her (well worth hearing) speech. I was SO glad for it.

    Eliza – thank you for all of the recommendations. You’ve become very popular in my office because I regularly watch and read the movies and books you suggest, and then tend to pass them along to my administrative assistant and my student staff. Once is exceptionally popular right now in my sphere, but plenty of others have gone over well.

    I just started Schuyler’s Monster last night, but I was giddy to be able to purchase it. I’ve been reading Rob for so many years now – it’s amazing to hold his book in my hands. I took pictures of his book in Minnesota for him, too!

  3. J says:

    I like the photo of the jazz guys too. Makes me feel like I was there!

  4. eliza says:

    The jazz band was indeed adorable and great.

    The Oscar clips — both original clips I posted were pulled, so I went hunting for new ones … hopefully they’ll stay up!

    Lauren — that is so sweet! It’s so nice to know that you are enjoying the things I blather on about. (Yeah, it’s pretty exciting about Rob’s book!)

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