NYC: Cleaning House and Little Treasures

Sunday, August 28, 2011 2comments No tags Permalink 0

Hurricane Irene came and went, and aside from lots of rain/wind we are left with six types of cheese, two baguettes, and three containers of banana pudding. We did however – with the help of friends who evacuated Tribeca, finish all the wine ;)

With little else to do on Saturday afternoon but wait for the hurricane and guests to arrive, I cleaned the apartment. Like a real deep clean. All the nooks and crannies, even the bottom of the fridge and back of the pantry. Dusted off all the dvds, re-organized the closest, and found a few little treasures along the way, including…

…a box full of old planners and notebooks from the past few years. It’s strangely rewarding to be able to pull out the 2008 or ’07 or ’06 planner and figure out exactly what I did (or sometimes, even ate!) on that specific day.

Underneath the bed, tucked into a canvas bag inside a blue bag within a black suitcase was a silky grey and pink Hermès scarf I had written off as either lost or stolen a few months ago. So relieved to “rediscover” the scarf, perfect in time for the fall season.

Shoeboxes packed with Hawai’i photos, family, friends, vacations and one of Buddy at grandma’s house. I mounted these photos on my bedroom wall when Shann, Steph, Darien and I lived together in the 13th Street apartment. Ahh, that seems so long ago…

Had a chance to finally group together all my Paris-related books. Most are about food, a few are about style, and Elaine Sciolino’s (the Paris correspondent for the New York Times) La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life is a must-read about French culture and how they use “the art of seduction” in everything from politics to food, business, and of course, clothing. Next on the reading list is My Little Paris which Carol blogged about the other day.

[Not to get off subject, but Elaine also just penned an NYT article on All the Tea in Paris – perfect if you’re a tea lover heading (or even not heading) to Paris!]

From top to bottom: Patisseries of Paris, Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris,, The Sweet Life in Paris, La Seduction, and Parisian Chic.

I received these little perfume bottles in the winter of 2007 and haven’t been able to part with them. They were special previews from a dinner I attended at Payard’s (when the Madison location was still open), but I don’t believe they ever made it into production. Save for bergamot, the scents themselves are overwhelming. But I love the bottles and how they fit – alongside an antique bottle from Steph, so nicely into an old chocolate box.

That’s Saturday afternoon for you :) Our friends showed up just before 7pm and we had a rather nice evening/sleepover of movies, wine, pasta dinner – Ben made a killer, extra garlicky penne arrabbiata, followed by cookies and cocktails, then a cheese plate. Hooray for oozy, buttery triple-crème goat cheeses!

  • Cassaendra
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Kathy, So glad to hear the storm was a non-event for you that brought friends over to enjoy some quality time together. That was an interesting trip down memory lane post as we all live vicariously through your snapshots in time! And how is Buddy doing? :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 29, 2011

    Thanks for asking Cassaendra! :) Buddy is doing well – living with Grandma, he has problems walking so is less mobile but still in good health. The little guy is 14 years old now, can you believe?

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