3rd Degrees

Habitually chic Habitually Chic has asked very nicely that I answer the following questions. So, dear readers, train the naked bulb onto my pale countenance and take notes. Here I am, for the most part.

1. What did you do 10 years ago? Let’s see, 1998… as a recently repatriated newlywed of one year… I joined a start up advertising and marketing company as a copywriter and third person in the firm.

2. Five items on your to-do list today:
• Visit my tailors for a fitting of my new MTM double breasted blue blazer and grey flannel slacks. (Very nice job with only minor tweaking needed! Thanks Larry!)
• Work Out. (See this article from Men’s Health Best Life http://www.bestlifeonline.com/cms/publish/health-fitness/Get_Back_in_the_Game.shtml)
• Iron Shirts (there’s still time, it is a Sisyphean task.)
• Post and comment. One out of two ain’t bad. I miss my daily doses of incredibly elegant writing, but I am working on my time management while the children are home.
• Take dry cleaning in… arrrgggh. Not having found a perfect dry cleaner (well I did and then Pitchford’s closed), I am am obviously, consciously, overlooking this “to-do.”

3. Snacks I enjoy: I don’t have a sweet tooth, but love tapas and most things salty and/or crunchy.
• Virginia Peanuts
• Almonds
• Cape Cod 40% Less Fat Potato Chips
• Cheeses of all nationalities
• Wasabi covered Edamame or Peas
• French fries
• Kippers and crackers
• Apples
• A glass of Rosé or Champagne (also Rosé as it is the driest of them all….) Yes, it is a snack. Especially when I can make a meal of cocktail hour given half a chance and a bottle of gin or single malt.

4. What would you do if you were a billionaire?
Call Gary, my very good friend and lawyer.
Set up the children’s trust funds. Settle family debts.
Speak with Jeffrey, my very good friend and fundraiser.
Consult the architect as he is very advanced in living life very well.
Buy art and redecorate with higher quality furnishings and the advice of a professional.
Hire someone well-spoken in several languages, taller and better looking to impersonate me in public.
Buy a “car,” hire a driver, a personal trainer and a full time housekeeper. (Hereafter referred to as “staff” or “help.”)
Less ironing and polishing (see point immediately above.)
Planes (Virgin Atlantic), trains (Orient Express) and vintage automobiles.
Sail for London (Cunard Line) and an appointment on Savile Row.
Produce (just kidding.)

5. Places I would live: As a billionaire? Washington D.C., la Côte d’Azur, London, England, Madrid or Barcelona, Spain. Depending on our whims and the season. Although the dedicated Mrs. E. has said that when the ship comes in, she would prefer to keep working as she has the summers off anyway. So we may remain here, in lil’ ol’ Richmond, VA.

6. Bloggers I am passing the challenge onto are: already tagged, I’m sure. We’re an incestuous little group. But, I’m looking forward to meeting more of you and so, by way of recompense, I’ll ask for comments: Why do you blog? And what fascinates you about your topic? Leave links so that I can find more of you, please!

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