Monthly Archives: February 2009

Veggie update

At 27 weeks, we’re just finishing up the second trimester. Bambina weighs about 2 pounds and is apparently the size of a…


Leave a comment

Filed under About Italy

Countdown to Carter

My giant dog, accompanied by my gracious mother, will be arriving in Roma in…9 days. Italy may never be the same. Seriously the dog hair alone could change the climate, or the culture.

At a photo shoot in New York City

Carter on a fashion photo shoot in New York City.

Photo by Colleen Chrzanowski.


Filed under Carter

My dream car

It’s really a little truck, just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Carter could ride in the back.



Filed under Life

Never too rich or too…

The doctor called me “thin” this morning during our six month checkup! Well, there’s actually a dispute. When our doctor was doing the ultrasound Paul heard, “It’s easy to see because it’s thin,” referring to my stretching skin. But for my own mental and emotional health I maintain that it went like this, “It’s easy to see because you’re thin.” He did go on to say something about it being best to gain the weight at the end so with this version in mind bless Dr. Grimaldi, bless his children, grandchildren, acquaintances… Because seriously, and I think I speak for all pregnant ladies here, we’ll take what we can get.

Leave a comment

Filed under Life

Free To Be You and Me…for Bebe

Strangely enough, I had never heard this before our trip to the villa at Christmas time (perhaps because I’m a spring chicken compared to my husband?) Anyway, it could be my hippie upbringing but I’m smitten. Baby Girl Mathews will hear a lot of this. In the meantime…

1 Comment

Filed under Life

A Fairy Tale

It’s the best way to describe being in Venice. We had such a great trip last weekend. Highlights here:

  • What promised to be a cute little hotel in a central area on turned out to be a cute little hotel in a central area.
  • Two delicious meals at acclaimed restaurants: Osteria Santa Marina and Da Fiore (with a Michelin star, no less).
  • Sunny (but cold) weather.
  • Fantastical nature of Venice was amped up a notch with the start of Carnivale, which produced thousands of people in masks and costumes. A kind of Marie Antoinette meets Halloween.
  • *Corny American woman riding along in a gondola while animatedly nodding her head in an effort to “lead” a group of other corny tourists in a rousing chorus of “Country Roads”. Seriously, it’s 80 Euros to ride in the boat and this is how you want do it?  I mean, I love my J. Denver but…
  • It really is a city built on water. Lovely. Romantic. Picturesque.

*By popular request, okay one person asked, a photo of Miss West Virginia Singalong is attached below.

*And the Chanteuse of Venice, by way of Colorado (furthest right):



Filed under Food & Restaurants, Trips


St. Mark's

St. Mark's

Leave a comment

Filed under Trips