Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I Know Why The Old Lady Swallowed The Fly

To get it to go away and stop buzzing!! How’s this for a cultural oddity: They believe in heavy-duty shutters in Arenzano; shutters to keep out the light and wind but not window screens, the things that block the bugs and prevent the children (and clumsy adults) from falling out the window. Trofie Wife had been fighting with a particularly persistent fly since we opened the terraza doors last Sunday to have a leisurely, outdoor reading session of months-old periodicals (Trofie Wife and Martello have a lot of information ingestion to catch up with!). How annoying! I’m pretty sure that I finally killed it on Wednesday because the buzzing stopped. I hope I won’t have to swallow any flies in the future, though if need be, I’m sure I could figure out a way to make a bug cupcake… 

But Trofie Wife is guessing that with the increasingly windy days we’ve been having here the bugs will head for warmer climes. I was mistakenly sold this bill of “warm winter” goods, but feel pretty certain that winter here is just as brutal, if not more so, than the offerings at home. Arenzano appears to be caught in some kind of wind tunnel, such that going outside to dump papers in the carta bin is unpleasant, and leaving the house for any great length of time is to be avoided (here’s where unemployment comes in handy). Trofie Wife is also feeling like she made some bad packing decisions, listening to Martello’s input (cute dresses) instead of her own better judgment (additional warm sweaters; now sitting in bags on top of stuffed animals in Tenafly). The only upside if it continues to stay extremely cold will be the increasing need to add warmer items to the closet. And perhaps a rollback on the promise to get dressed every day, opting instead for the always warm, if not fashionable, footsie pajamas (yes, they make them for adults!). Come on, admit it. You only mock Trofie Wife because you really want your own pair! I’ll even share my supplier with you and keep your inquiries a secretJ 

Baci e gelato,

Martello e Trofie Wife

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