Yesterday we finally mailed out my daughter's Christmas letter to Santa. We went to Macy's. They had this great big red Santa mailbox with a Believe o Meter above it from the animated show , "Yes, Virginia". As a coincidence, we just watched the show a couple of days ago!
As you can see, Sandra is missing her two front teeth. So she has been singing, "All I want for Christmas are my two front teeth...".
"Christmas in Connecticut" (1945) is one of my favorite Christmas movies.
Barbara Stanwyck stars as Elizabeth Lane, a famous food writer, for Smart Housekeeping Magazine. She writes about being a wife and a mother on her farm in Connecticut. Unfortunately, none of this is true. She is single, living in an apartment in New York, and can't cook. She gets all her recipes from her good friend Felix (S.Z. Sakall), who owns a restaurant. No one but Felix and her editor knows the truth. But everyone is soon going to find out...
When the publisher (Sydney Greenstreet) of Smart Housekeeping invites a Navy Vet (Dennis Morgan) to spend Christmas on Elizabeth Lane's farm in Conneticut, Elizabeth believes she will be fired when the truth comes out.
In steps Elizabeth's long-time suitor ( Reginald Gardiner), who just happens to have a farm in Connecticut.
With a farm...
... a very swank farm
a borrowed baby, and Felix to do the cooking, Elizabeth might just save her job.
When the sailor arrives, Elizabeth is prepared to give him a very "homey" Christmas, looking amazingly elegant all the while.
This past weekend we celebrated my friend Janney's birthday. We won't say which one. I believe she's firmly sticking to the age 29!
It's so hard to get together with my friends so it was great to see them. I don't know how our schedules have become so insane.
We decided to go the the Los Angeles Museum of Art to see the Caravaggio exhibit. I've always been drawn to the way he uses shadow and light. I remember from my art history classes reading how he had a sort of "swashbuckler" lifestyle, with sword fights and brawls in taverns.
We were a little disappointed to find there were only about 5 paintings by Caravaggio and the rest were done by students of his, or artists painting in his style. My friend Kathi decided the exhibit should have been called The School of Caravaggio.
Carravaggio's Saint John The Baptist
Then we roamed around the museum to see a couple of other exhibits.
My friends Janney and Kathi peeking out from Chris Burden's Urban Light installation.
Another Chris Burden exhibit called Metropolis. I have to bring my daughter to see this. It is a large scale kinetic sculpture modeled after a fast paced modern city. Once the cars, trains and street cars get going, it is so much fun to watch.