are we still friends?

Posted by sol in I'm not proud, life

In reverse chronological order, things that have kept me away from here:


Cycling in no cycle areas of Hyde Park at dusk.


Grandpa and Grandma visiting and being forced to eat sushi.


Making strudel, and a cookbook entry.


Crafting pirates’ hats.


Keeping house.


Being postgraduate.


These trees.


Making potato clocks.


Telling the kids that if they put their ears together they will hear the ocean so they will pose for a picture.



And naturally, being me:

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it’s been so long…

Posted by sol in globe-trotting, life, my sons are smarter than me, video

Blogging is hard, takes a long time, is not satisfying, and it’s super useless. That said, I’ll keep doing it because it helps my shitty memory, especially when I need to find a recipe or when I wonder what was I doing 2 3 or 4 years ago today. Life goes so fast, and only now do I start to realise it. Michele and I will be married 8 years next month! Now we’re starting a new phase, or should I say a new parenthesis? in any case, it’s so bloody exciting I can hardly grasp it, but it’s so good that not even my dissociation can handle it.

I will start my master’s degree in less than two months, Damiano and Santiago will start school in 3 weeks, and we have made quite a home of our rented house. After literally months without doing it, I poured the contents of my iphone so I have some photos to post. I guess they’re “cold” now, but who cares. The only question is, FIFO or LIFO? I think I will just shake things up a little and post randomly. YAYYY!

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A good thing of our house in England is the garden: our neighbours were so nice as to give us their trampoline before moving out: the boys use it for jumping. I use it as a sun lounger. We bought a small BBQ and a picnic table. And now we eat alfresco all the time as long as it’s not raining, which by the way it hasn’t done at all.

no dishwasher

A bad thing of our house in England? Well, besides the pink bathroom and the linoleum floors, there’s no dishwasher. WAHHH WAAAHHH.

Anyway, these two little people here seem to like it here, as you can see.



gorgeous holiday rental in the heart of the Alps!

Posted by sol in globe-trotting, I wanted to be an architect, life

It’s been a year since our plans of going abroad for a year were made and then brutally crushed together with knee ligaments and life threatening health issues. But we persisted, and now it’s really happening. I’ll be doing a master’s degree at the University of Reading starting in October, but we’re leaving in July to settle in and enjoy the English summer. It’s going to be amazing and it’s also going to be crazy expensive, so we have decided to put our place up for rent on AirBnB.

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Santi, 4. Paper airplane party.

Posted by sol in craftulence, cuisine or at least food on the plate, designer, images, life, my sons are smarter than me


4 years ago I made a baby and he was the chubbiest sweetest thing in the world. Now he’s a big boy who still wishes he could wear nappies, who loves food and cars and pink. He’s quick to scare (Santi the cupboard!!!) and also quick to console. He loves his big brother probably more than anything else, and also to twirl his fingers around my hair, especially at 3 in the morning.

Since next year we’ll be in England, who knows if we will have time for a party, and since he’s seen Damiano’s party, a bash of his own was mandatory.


The invitation was a trace for a paper plane, of course.


The cake was a whipped cream cake base from the usual book, layered with strawberries and strawberry compote and frosted with 7 minute frosting. It’s a slight variation on the one cake my grandmother used to bake when I was little. For the lettering, I piped his name with melted chocolate on a piece of parchment, froze it for a few minutes and carefully placed it on top of the cake.


We had around 18 kids so we sealed our parking lot with construction tape.

He got a ton of presents. His favorites? This (he will go to sleep hugging it), and this. (yep, that’s right) oh, and this.


And tattoos. (I don’t think I’ll ever throw a kid’s party without them)


Besides folding around a hundred paper planes, mostly taking inspiration from this kit, I folded tiny ones to put in the favor bags. Very relaxing. My favourite pen (White ink!!!)



tic-tacs in the favor bags=happy kids.


For the bags I used my tracing paper and I sewed them into pyramids, which was very satisfying.

I don’t have many photos of the actual party because I was too busy taking kids to pee, making sure nobody threw themselves in front of a car, and keeping the wind from blowing all our cheese-puffs away, but my friend Chrissy did so I’m waiting…




Posted by sol in friends, images, life

On Saturday we woke up at dawn (if you think they look tired you should’ve seen me), hopped on a train and went to Bologna.

We got our bibs and tried some cheap neuroscience to boost our confidence.

And we ran.

And ran.

Until the finish line!

The boys got medals, as did every other kid in the race. (funny story: Damiano, upon realizing that everyone got medals told me: “mommy that was a fake race”, clever boy). We had a lovely lunch, a lovely ice cream and we plodded through Bologna in a very hot afternoon. My feet were sore, and on the following day…

My friend Claudia and I were all clad in pink…

and with bibs of our own.

It was really fun, and it was a bit like childbirth because running 10.5 km in the heat and humidity with no water really sucked balls but now I don’t remember that, I only think that it was really fun and I can’t wait to do it again. I’m nuts.

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memory lane on horseback

Posted by sol in images, life

Me, 10 years old, on my 10 year old cob. I loved riding. Somehow I found it beautifully depressing.

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photos of Mexico, part III.

Posted by sol in globe-trotting, images, life, my sons are smarter than me

My aunt and godmother invited us again to her lovely Acapulco villa, where we spent the most relaxing 5 days of the last 6 years.

and we got to see the most beautiful sunsets.

The boys grew gills.

And we all got ridiculously tanned.

And now, back to the heart of winter!


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more photos of Mexico (part II)

Posted by sol in globe-trotting, images, life, my sons are smarter than me

The main reason for our trip was to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday. It included delicious food, tamarind margaritas, and around 100 relatives.

Here is she, in amazing shape, with all her granddaughters. (note: her locks are her natural colour. She’s never died her hair)

And this is the whole lot of descendants:

Dancing and thinking of Acapulco…

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many photos from Mexico, part I.

Posted by sol in globe-trotting, images, life, my sons are smarter than me

First stop of our autumn vacation: Valle de Bravo. It’s a super cool town. I lived there when I was 9 until I was 11. (I mostly hated it back then)

The boys got to meet their cousin Lucas. I really miss my cousins and the fact that over here my kids will never have cousins makes me kind of sad.




Mexico is great. It’s fun and alive.

The highlights of Valle de Bravo include its lovely lake and shingled roofs (fun fact: this lake provides the best part of Mexico City’s water supply).

We got to go sailing with my lovely aunt and amazing uncle.

I miss sailing so much! And I also miss being able to prop my kids up on a random stranger’s quad with impunity.

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the summer of the steeplechase.

Posted by sol in craftulence, cuisine or at least food on the plate, designer, globe-trotting, images, life, my sons are smarter than me

Olympic Steeplechase 3000. Please! That’s nothing, compared with what life threw at me this summer. But I’ve been winning, so far. (fingers crossed).

Things done this summer, more or less chronologically:

1.Took the kids to the lake:

2.Took the kids on a hike, by myself, they both walked for 1 hour both ways. Heroes.

3.Made a couch! Here’s the frame once I finished it. Now it’s all set and it’s great.More pics to follow.

4.Got accepted into university for an amazing Master’s Degree

5.Attended a lovely wedding (Santi wasn’t having it)


6.Avoided widowhood (recommended).

Michele’s bill of health isn’t clear yet and we’re keeping our fingers crossed. I never thought a broken leg could become so bloody dangerous (see: thrombosis).

7.Made sushi with Nahoko.


8.Travelled to London during the Olympic Games, and I haven’t a single photo because I also managed to trash my iphone the day before leaving.

9.Got a deferred entry for said Master’s Degree: YAY, we’re going next year!

10. Made elephants (from this book)

10.Had breast reduction surgery (I’m currently in the hospital): no photos of that, that would be gross.