I’ve got a handle on it / Lo tengo controlado

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I didn’t post anything Thursday because there hasn’t been much activity on my blog in recent days and I wanted to give you all a chance to catch up. Have you caught up?

We brought pizza to Luke and Beckett and their parents Wednesday night. It was so good to see each other. Beckett turned 3 in late August. I had bought dinosaur birthday candles for him when I was in New York in April (at a shop I love called Exit9 Gift Emporium near my hotel in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn). San Geraldo picked up a chocolate mousse cake for dessert and we celebrated the birthday a little late. Apparently, it was his third third-birthday cake.

We brought an IKEA bag with us when we picked up the pizzas. San Geraldo asked if I could manage all three pizzas and I said, “Yeah. I’ll just carry the bag by the handles.” Oh, that look of panic in his eyes. He believed me.

OK, I’ve done it before — when I was maybe 11. And I was just trying to be macho. Everyone knows boys carry their books under their arms. So that’s what I did with the pizza. Some months later, I did the same thing with a cherry topped cheesecake fresh from the bakery. It’s comical in hindsight, but the names my parents called me made it not so funny at the time. It’s good to laugh about it now.

I can’t let this day pass without saying that, although I am not a royalist, I did truly respect and admire Queen Elizabeth II. I share my condolences with those who have lost her and I thank her for many things, including her daredevil stunts with Daniel Craig and her tea with Paddington Bear.


No publiqué nada el jueves porque no ha habido mucha actividad en mi blog en los últimos días y quería darles a todos la oportunidad de ponerse al día. ¿Te has puesto al día?

Llevamos pizza a Luke, Beckett y sus padres el miércoles por la noche. Fue muy bueno vernos. Beckett cumplió 3 años a fines de agosto. Le compré velas de cumpleaños de dinosaurios cuando estuve en Nueva York en abril (en una tienda que me encanta llamada Exit9 Gift Emporium cerca de mi hotel en Cobble Hill, Brooklyn). San Geraldo eligió una tarta de mousse de chocolate para el postre y celebramos el cumpleaños un poco tarde. Aparentemente, era su tercera tarta de su tercer cumpleaños.

Trajimos una bolsa de IKEA cuando recogimos las pizzas. San Geraldo me preguntó si podía manejar las tres pizzas y le dije: “Sí. Solo llevaré la bolsa por las asas. Oh, esa mirada de pánico en sus ojos. Él me creyó.

OK, lo he hecho antes — cuando tenía quizás 11 años. Y solo estaba tratando de ser macho. Todo el mundo sabe que los niños llevan sus libros bajo el brazo. Así que eso es lo que hice con la pizza. Unos meses después, hice lo mismo con una tarta de queso con cerezas recién salido de la panadería. Es cómico en retrospectiva, pero los nombres que mis padres me llamaban hicieron que no fuera tan divertido en ese momento. Es genial reírse de eso ahora.

No puedo dejar pasar este día sin decir que, aunque no soy realista, realmente respeto y admiro a la reina Elizabeth II. Comparto mis condolencias con quienes la han perdido y le agradezco muchas cosas, incluidas sus temerarias acrobacias con Daniel Craig y su té con Paddington Bear.

• Less than an hour after the chocolate cake.
• Menos de una hora después de la tarta de chocolate.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

16 thoughts on “I’ve got a handle on it / Lo tengo controlado”

  1. Chocolate cake does that to me, too!

    The loss of HM The Queen has shaken everyone – even non-royalists – to the core. Things will never be quite the same again… Jx

    1. Jim:
      I wonder if Beckett will expect one birthday cake for every year of his age for the rest of his life.

    1. Steve:
      Aren’t those candles great? There were 4. Kathleen put them away for next year. We have a number of IKEA bags and use them all the time.

  2. I was getting ready to say…when did Ikea start serving pizza?!?!? Im off for the weekend to the hills of the Poconos…get some relief from the heat.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I hope you’re having a grand time in the Poconos. Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge? A champagne glass bathtub? IKEA does have pizza but it comes in 8 pieces and you have to assemble it.

    1. Urspo:
      We have a number of them. I don’t know how ecological they are, since they’re just about indestructible and will outlive the planet.

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