Klainer West Celebrates Matt’s 40th Birthday

Amy threw a wonderful 40th birthday for Matt at a Ballard neighborhood eatery called The Pantry. More on the dining experience in a separate post.

Friends and family gathered round, and it was a really happy evening. I recall my mother saying at one point that while she didn’t feel old, she certainly had old children. Having my baby hit 40 certainly is a milestone — a good one, though. Jerry was there in spirit. He would be, and I am, very proud of the man Matt has become.

Happy birthday, tootsie. 🙂

Harry and Meghan’s Wedding

No, I didn’t get up to watch the marriage of the royal couple. But CNN ran clips all morning long, and after I dropped Else off at home so she could go to her Saturday morning ballet lesson and had breakfast with YaYa and Ben, I turned on the TV.

Yes, they are a beautiful couple. Yes, the ceremony was lovely, and poignant — thinking of Diana. Meghan is the same age now as Princess Diana was when she died. But what I really loved were the hats.

Shout out for Serena Williams, and Oprah, and Amal Clooney. Even though I’m not a big fan of Prince Charles’ horsy wife Camilla, her hat was pretty great too. Kate, Prince William’s wife, always looks stunning. Meghan’s mother looked lovely, and was suitably teary during the ceremony. Elton John didn’t have a hat, but he was, well, Elton John.

Meghan is now a Duchess. I can’t keep straight what all the designations mean: Duchess v. Countess v. Lady This or That. The Brits all know, I suppose, exactly how the pecking order lines up. The hierarchy is important to the Brits’ sense of tradition and order.

Beyond all else, though, they are a newly married couple, starting down that path that many of us trod years or decades ago. There’s a lot to married life, a lot of ups and downs and hanging in there in the end.  I think my sense of that is why I always get teary at weddings — even when they’re on TV.

Klainer West: The Ease of Swapping Out

There are lots and lots of plusses to being Klainer West, and honestly not a lot of negatives. We all have our own lives, and don’t trip over each other. One of the plusses is the ease of swapping cars. YaYa has an Audi, which I adore. I have a Subaru Forrester, whose seats go down to provide a surprisingly big cargo space. After breakfast on Saturday, Ben and YaYa were on their way to buy mulch, so I suggested that we swap cars. They can fit a lot more bags in my car, and I get to drive the Audi for the day.

I consider it an excellent short term trade. 🙂