Monthly Archives: November 2011

Madison Art Cinemas: Madison, CT

The space in this ladies room  gets so crowded that the automatic paper towel dispensers keep being set off by people waiting in line and spitting out towels with no one there to use them. Makes the wait amusing and gets us talking and bonding. This chest sits in one of the two stalls and is totally out of sync with the 'decor" (which is lacking), as well as being useless (notice my purple purse on the floor in the right corner). Saw The Descendents and was underwhelmed except by Clooney's performance. Yes I have, and have had for a long time, a crush on him though I imagine it is unwarrented except for his acting talent and fabulous looks.

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Mikado: Middletown, CT

Had an hour at home to collect my daughter and her friend and head out towards Hartford where we had tickets to see The Mother Fucker With the Hat at Theaterworks. Guess mother's shouldn't be taking their children, even 26 year old ones, to things with nudity and FOUL language. Okay play with some thought provoking themes, but mainly it was interesting to see what a mostly white, mostly affluent audience will laugh at these days. Had not been to this restaurant in years. It has been totally redone and is now lovely inside and still has a vast and decent sushi menu. Delicate artwork abounded, even in the ladie's room.

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Private Home: North Salem, NY

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Went to my brother's country house to see my Austin,TX based neice and her family at a post-Thanksgiving brunch.Some bagels, smoked salmon and egg salad is alway welcome after a turkey feast! (There were healthy fruit and quinoi salad options.) I had forgotten how charming the house is and I especially like this ox halter cum mirror and the Saturday Evening Post cover framed on the opposite wall. A beautiful day and a hectic visit, but I got to read and do needlepoint in the car as I had help with the driving and it was a gorgeous, sunny day.

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Tissa’s Le Souk: Old Saybrook, CT

This sink looks just like many I saw in restrooms in Morocco. Maybe the Moroccan owner of this little Medditerranean/Middleastern restaurant (with inherited icecream parlor designation as well)- brought it back from one of his visits home. Don't be put off by this look, the food is wonderfully spiced and fresh and there is also a terrific little "souk" with many things Moroccan both wearable, cookable and edible.

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Private Home: Lyme, CT

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I was not at this home gathering decorating tips, though this is a cute sink arrangement and the owner is a decorator. I was there as a newly invited participant in a decade old group of drama lovers who gather every other month in someone's home to read through a play. The homeowner picks the play and assigns the roles, one of the "audience" members brings the dinner. Wondered how I finally managed an invite. When notice was made of the passing of a long time member and how he will be missed, I understood. Skull and Bones (Yale's secret society) has nothing on this group.

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center: Old Saybrook, CT

I'm sorry the photo doesn't show the texture of the stall door. It is rather like a smaller version of those raised circles you see on funky linoleum floors. I was at The Kate, as we call this gem of an arts center, for a performance by J Geils with Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. Should have been billed the other way around as Giles only played 3 songs. (Also strange that all the guys in Texas Food are from CT.) It looked like a Saturday Night Live skit with Giles dressed like he just came off his yacht, minus the ascot, and Pitchell like he just left his barcalounger. But the music was some of the best blues and rock and roll I have heard since the 60's.

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Private Home: Branford, CT

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I think this wall paper is pretty sweet, but I am mostly amazed at the titles of the reading material. Most powder rooms that even offer such things veer towards catatlogs or magazines or small curiosity books. Not this one.If you can't see the titles, let me help you out: PEN America and Kenyon Review (literary magazines) Womens Letters Vanity Fair's Prominent Profiles I see some editing in my future.

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LongHorn Steakhouse: Crystal Mall, Waterford, CT

This is the Ladie's Room sign. What do you think the Men's Room sign was? Give up? BULLS. Go figure. Lots of meat and fried foods on the menu, which is not my thing, but the decor had some cute touches such as real bridles hanging on the wall and photos of people like Annie Oakley. Still, don't think I will be grazing there in the future.

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Great Cedar Exhibition Hall: Foxwoods Casino,Ledyard, CT

Not as garish as one might have expected for a casino in the middle of Nowhere, CT and it was spotless with plenty of stalls. No, I was not here to play the slots, though one of the ladies I had lunch with did stay on to do so. We gathered to see DIANA:A CELEBRATION which runs through Jan. 15. The exhibition of Spenser family history and Diana memoribilia included home films of her childhood (adorable), items she owned as a child (kind of creepy), her actual wedding dress (awful), a room about her funeral (simultaneously sappy and moving) and a display of her clothing from start to finish (most look better in the photographs of her in them than on the mannequins). Part of the proceeds of the exhibit go to Diana's foundation which is a nice thing.

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Dr. Jeffrey Klass: Guilford, CT

I hope this random assortment of items does not relate in any way to the professional skill of my naturopathic doctor. I especially question the choice of putting the oriental carved piece on the bottom shelf opposite the urine sample containers. I didn't ask for an explanation, not did I offer any professional advice. Just hope the remedies he gave me get rid of my hoarse voice which has lingered for 2 weeks now. All kidding aside, I think he is a good doctor and a wonderfully compassionate person.

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