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Dispatch from Mexico

  Buenos Dias! I think most of you know….maybe? maybe not?…..Billy, the children, the dogs, and I are spending the year in Mexico. We are living in lovely San Miguel de Allende, where we have our workshop. The children are enrolled in a sweet, small private school that is bilingual…sort of. Really it is about an hour or 2 a day in English and the rest in Spanish. Yikes! I guess they will learn Spanish, though, right? And that is the whole point.         So, the kids and I have been here for about 3 weeks trying to get settled, starting school, figuring out how to navigate teeny, crowded cobblestone roads in a big pick up truck, buying school supplies (I think I might devote an entire blog to the Mexican school supply list…really quite mind boggling, and unbelievably challenging in Spanish), etc., etc.  Billy and the dogs arrived this weekend. Very happy to see them. Billy’s Spanish is [...]

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President’s Day or The Glamorous Life of a Designer

Today’s Presidents Day and Franny’s out of school. Of course. Somebody’s always out of school. Schools do that to make you crazy, as everyone knows. Stella and Pete had three days off last week, “Winter Break”.  Which is just what every mother needs between Christmas Break and Spring Break, an extra Break, with extra chores, just to keep us on our toes. 
Sick-making. I never had a Winter Break. Or a Fall break for that matter. I could go on and on about the generational injustice of this new-fangled school calendar but I won’t… I have better things to whine about. So, since Franny’s with me today, I’m not really working. I’ve spent the day doing laundry. And going to the Wal Mart. And cleaning out a particularly jumbled bookcase. And mopping. And wiping up dog vomit. What can equal the thrill and challenge of domestic engineering? As it turns [...]

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