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Friday, July 31, 2009

There's No Place Like Home...

After being in Italy for six weeks, I'm glad to be back home! Its pretty quiet around here as my brother is at a tennis tournament and my sister took him to it. I'm plenty busy, though, as I still have to unpack a lot of my stuff from school (didn't have time before I left) and seriously need to get rid of some stuff in my closet as I fear my closet rod is going to break. I think I still have some stuff from high school in there...

Speaking of holding onto clothes, I found a picture of my dad and I when I was eight:

My dad still has this shirt. For the sake of my parents bank account, at least we have one cheapskate in the family.  My mom will probably yell at me for putting up this picture.

My new favorite show is "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Khloe is seriously genius - the episode where she was convinced she was adopted and Kris wasn't her real mother (she made Kris take a DNA test) was hysterical. As was the episodes where Kris got a chicken so they could have fresh eggs (Bruce Jenner, her husband, was like, ummm I won the olympics eating store bought eggs!) and where the girls got Kris a monkey, Suzy, were epic.

On another note, I brought home some cheese and olive oil from Italy. And I must have had some serious dairy lackage the past few days as last night all I wanted was cheese and then, of course, ice cream. Six weeks in Italy eating their gelato still did not get rid of the addiction. Is there ice cream addicts anonymous?

Monday, July 27, 2009


Focaccia con Mela (apple)

Garden (basil, lettuce here)


Town of Verrand near Courmayeur
[they had an awesome playground for the kids]

Monte Bianco is hiding behind the clouds.....but you get the picture

I seriously wore a North Face fleece for an entire week (in July!) because it was pretty chilly there, especially in the mornings!

For some reason, the mountains made me crave chocolate (maybe because we were near Switzerland) and I had, ummm, like my bodyweight in chocolate (dark is my favorite, but we mostly had milk and hazelnut)....each night. Ooops!

There were red clay courts there I was dying to play on, but never got to. Guess I'll just have to get good enough to qualify for the French, ha!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cenacolo + Medico

So, I am still half deaf. Basically, I swam so much in Sardinia (and haven't done that in a looong time) that my left ear got all inflamed and that created ear wax and then there was more inflammation and, yeah, basically, I have ear wax stuck somewhere in my ear. So, I'm still deaf. I went to the "medico" on Wednesday (mercoledi?) to check and make sure I didn't have an infection, which I didn't. I need to find an ENT here as they can unclog my ear. Wonderful. I know it sounds so gross. Sorry!

But, anyways, going to the doctor here was kind of cool I thought. It was definitely NOT like America. The town of Dairago is small (5000 people) so the doctors are much more involved in the community, especially those that are generalists. Anyways, the waiting room is very small, no receptionist or check in list or whatever. His office is also his examining room and he has his desk, all his pictures (including lots of pictures from kids - he doesn't treat children, but they all draw him pictures for some reason), etc. He also, seriously, had a black doctors bag - I don't think I've ever seen those except on some episode of Little House on the Prairie or something. And, my visit would be great for the PPS interpreter module as the doctor couldn't speak English. ha.

Yesterday, we went to see "The Last Supper" (Cenacolo) in Milan. You have to book tickets way in advance and, when you go, you are given a certain time. They only allow about 15 people at one time. The room where the fresco is is sealed off and the doors are opened only briefly. Only one set of doors is also open at a time. Even in the rooms directly adjacent to it (like the holding room you mus twait in before you go in) only open one set of doors at a time. So, a lot goes in to preserving the Cenacolo! The painting isn't in the church. It's actually in the the cafeteria where the friar's would eat. So, I guess having that painting there made them feel like they were eating with Jesus? haha. It was much bigger than I thought it was going to be and the level of detail is incredible. Its really worth seeing if you go to Milan. Be sure to plan ahead! There's the other painting on the wall directly across from "The Last Supper" but no one seems to care about it. I feel sorry for whoever painted that! (PS: the pictures above are from the church)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Mural at Elementary School

Church in Dairago
[sorry, not the whole thing, but I'm not photographer]

Monday, July 6, 2009

La Cinta - San Teodoro - Sardinia

Porto Ottiolu - Sardinia

Me in San Teodoro

Bridge Built By Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, June 26, 2009


Tutto va bene! We've been in Sardinia now for about a week. Its beautiful here. Thankfully, its not humid (my hair doesn't respond well to humidity!). Its very rocky and dry here, but lots of beautiful flowers whose names I do not know. Sorry, I'm not a botanist! The prettiest beach we've been to so far is La Cinta in San Teodoro, a town a few miles away from where we're staying.

Its official. I'm coming back a heffer. Because, seriously, each meal is like several courses and, although its all pretty healthy, I mean, we eat A LOT. Each meal has like a carb, a meat, a vegetable, and a fruit. Most of the meat is some version of a pig. The concept of turkey and chicken isn't big over here. But, we do have coffee after EVERY meal. So, I am DOWN. Oh! And there are these delicious little chocolate wafers called Pan di Stelle - I highly recommend them if you come to Italy.

The kids are good. They are very nice to me, but fight a lot with each other! They broke their GameBoy (literally in half) this morning fighting over it. Its was quite a tragedy! To ease the pain, I introduced them to Mary Kate and Ashley movies. It went over well. We watched "When In Rome" (MK and A as Charli and Leila go to Rome to be interns for a fashion designer...) and they LOVED it. Probably because it had some Italian in it. We also watched "Kicking and Screaming," a soccer movie with Will Ferrell. They didn't get all of the jokes (the english is a bit fast and a bit slang for them), but they loved it when the bad team recruited Italians. They're repeating lines from that movie all the time now. Tomorrow, I think I might try out some Jon and Kate plus 8 on them......

Speaking of.....J and K divorce?!? Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett die?!? The editors at people and US Weekly are probably going nuts right now!!!

I think I am seriously the only person on this island who speaks English and so whenever I yell at the kids in English ("Stop that! Listen to me! If you can hear me, clap once! Stop screaming! No means no!) I get a lot of stares and, one time, some one goes "inglese perfecto!" I was like, no shit sherlock! My Italian is coming along - meaning I can say a few more words and a few more phrases. The kids teach me a lot! I swear, me being here is probably better for my Italian than their English.

Oh! The 5 year old (little boy) gave me a "massage" on the beach yesterday so I could "relax." He used about a half a bottle of sunscreen on me and then used flip flops and a snorkel to beat/tap me with. It was so cute! He ever twirled my pony tail around and tried to wiggle my feet. It was so cute!

All for now. Gotta run! Ciao!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Come Si Fa....

...the title is the new Italian book I'm obsessed with. Its supposed to tell you how to do everything in life and, I mean, it does tell you everything!!! From how to tie a tie to how to do a keg stand to what wines go best with what foods. It has a whole section of fashion and one on love....which was hysterical. I can't tell what age group the book is targeted at as it has some adult themes I guess you would say. But, it was a gift to the little girl here so she showed it to me today.

Got to go on a run today. 45 minutes so I'm guessing a little over 4 miles probably. I have no clue how far I went because I basically just ran around the town I'm in and tried not to get lost (success!!!). But, dear lord, this dog like jumped out at me and barked at me really meanly and I jumped like 3 feet in the air. It was a frightening little dog. Not too many stares as most people were in church (being the good Catholics that they are).

We went to this bridge today  that Da Vinci built. He built the canal it runs over so they could carry bricks and sand and stone to Milan to build the duomo (big church) and castle. I'll try and post a pic of the bridge. Its not ornate like the Ponte Neuf or anything, but its cool that Da Vinci designed and built it. After we went there, we got gelato and seriously, what do they do to this stuff?!? I got strawberry (fragola) and fiord di latte (kind of like vanilla). I could like of strawberry gelato for the rest of my life.

If I didn't mention this earlier, the grandmother and grandfather live next door and have a whole garden (lettuce, cabbage, tomato, grapes, basil, pear tree, apple tree, etc) and hens and rabbits that they kill and eat. Seriously. I'm so enamored with them raising animals. I wanna see a hen lay an egg as well.

I'm pretty sure the kids don't understand half of what I say and me vice versa as they talk to me a lot in Italian! So, both parties are learning.

We eat a lot of vegetables here. And fruit. Both from the garden. And carbs. I'm into it. Bread at every meal, I'm down. We had tagliata (thinly slice steak with argula and parmesan) and some spaghetti dish with a light tomato sauce and seafood (no clue exactly what it was, but I ate it). And it was good. 

Ciao for now! Sardinia tomorrow!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Buona Sera

Ciao from Italy. Still a bit jet-lagged as I woke up around 3:30 this morning wide awake! I contemplated watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but decided I should try to sleep and acclimate myself to the time change. I'm newly obsessed with Kardashians. They are so ridic, but I love it.

We are leaving for Sardinia monday. Today we hung out at their house (the people I'm nannying for) and basically swam in their pool all day. The kids were really enamored with my handstand (the verticale di Meggie!) and cartwheel. They were NOT so impressed with my soccer "skills." We "played" a game - I have no clue what I'm doing. I can kick it, but that's about it. My defense mechanism is to just turn my back and try and "dribble" (its that what its called) backwards. And keep my feet close together so its harder for them to put their foot in between. This strategy does NOT work at all. Thankfully, we lost the ball over the fence so we did handstands instead (I'm much better at that).

We are making pizza for dinner. Sorry, Er, not sure if I can take a picture of it tonight haha. They eat tons of bread over here so I am DOWN. And they buy it fresh every day. And, although most Americans don't like the milk over here (its like creamier I think), I'm a fan. They refrigerate theirs whereas I don't think everyone does. Its irradiated.

The little girl is obsessed with Hannah Montana. And Jonas Brothers. So, I think I worked my way onto her good side when I did the Hoedown Throwdown for her (google it, it was in the hannah montana movie). 

The kids speak english ok. The oldest boy speaks and understands the best. I think they have trouble understanding my "expressions" as I'm sure you don't learn how I speak in a text book. They pronounce my name "Meegggggg-IE." They're very nice to me, but I've learned very quickly that Italians speak with a lot of passion. They don't just say, "No thanks....I don't want any." They REALLY don't want any (No! No! No! then some Italian I can't understand.)

I've learned a few Italian words, but not much. The little boy will randomly run up to me and give me Italian - English translations which is adorable (Meggie! Brown is Marrone!). I still need to figure out how to say, "Nice to meet you." I've got "ciao" and "grazie" down pretty well though.

Alright, all for now. Hope to hear from people back home! (TN and NYC that is.)

Also, special shout out to ATC as she turns three today!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Ciao! Off to Italy for 6 weeks. Just took some lunesta and hoping to PASS out on the flight. Upgraded myself to one of those big chairs. And downloaded some Mary Kate and Ashley movies. I'm ready. 

Hoping to not eat ALL the gelato in the country. And hoping its not a bumpy flight. I can't deal with turbulence. And, if Jon and Kate divorce, please let me know via email or facebook or carrier pigeon or something. Fingers crossed they stay together.

OH....and I forgot my SNUGGIE! How am I going to self-soothe when we go through turbulence?!? I need my backwards robe!