Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Flowers? In The House?


God. I thought I'd never get back here. I seem to spend all my spare time riding the Metro. Either going into the city for dinner or just riding, girding my loins so to speak, so I can go into the city. On occasion I take it home from work, I take it to go shopping, or I take it just to continue the desensitization process.

Sometimes it's quite pleasant, as if I were just sitting on my couch and when I get up and walk outside I'm somewhere new.

Other times, when I'm using new stations, really BIG stations like the Pentagon metro, or switching trains at metro center or exiting a new station and find myself inching upward on an enormously long escalator, hanging on to the rail, while a steady stream of people race by on my left side, I'm faintly traumatized.

But I keep on keeping on.

I am rewarded for all my labor with delicious sushi or tickets to see David Sedaris, interesting conversations and rides home (thank god).

There is a rather daunting announcement made before you board  informing you that the doors on a train don't work like an elevator door. So if the door closes on your arm, it will remain closed. Now that would make for a very uncomfortable ride.

So I think I deserve a treat, well, another treat, so how about some Flowers In The House this coming Monday?


I would like nothing better then so sit quietly at the computer and visit you in your lovely homes via the WWW.

Of course if you want me there in person, I can come. I just put 20.00 dollars on my Smart Card and if I remember to keep my wits and limbs about me I'll be able to give you a big hug when I get there.

Are you going to raise the stakes again? Last time it was S-man doing an arrangement. What can I do to sweeten the pot this hand?




I could offer you a delicious roasted beet salad with quinoa, goat cheese, oranges and toasted almonds......

Think about it.


10:12 PM: And the Government is back in business.

30 comments:

  1. I doubt 20.00 on a Smartcard would get all the way over here...but next time I'm in USA we'll have to arrange a meeting.
    Now, about those flowers...hmm. I might have to hop the fence and "borrow" some.

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    1. I would love that, the meeting and the "fence" shopping.

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  2. You are a new woman!!! Fabulous, Jane. Keep riding that metro.
    I love Flowers In the House. Can't wait.

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  3. Your bus excursion does sound as if it could be a bit daunting. And the "arm stuck in the door" thing....ooh, has chills running up my own. I look forward to all the lovely entries for FITH. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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    1. Train, not bus, the bus would wait for me to get on before the door was closed....at least I hope so!

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  4. Brave new world--I'm so happy for you!
    That salad looks insanely good, and I love your sweet vignette.
    Monday I will be in another time zone. Flowers in the hotel room? Maybe a cactus.

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  5. p.s. I love that I learned about the govt. from you.

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    1. All the breaking news read here first~!

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  6. I am reading this in bed just before slumber and would love it if you could pass me a fork and a plate of that salad.....

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    1. ...and a napkin. Did you get the napkin?

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  7. Now here's an idea. Could you carry with you a big bunch of flowers and get the timing right so that they get stuck in the door, bringing good cheer to all as the train rushes along? So much more uplifting than the usual stray arms.

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    1. I could probably do it for a mile or so, or until my arm falls off. Whichever comes first.

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  8. I'm in. and I'm making that salad! yummers!!!

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    1. Yay! Totally yummers. Put some orange juice in the vinaigrette.

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  9. I don't see any oranges!

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    1. You'll have to trust me on that one. The slices just fell apart into bite sized pieces.

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  10. I am in but, why are you taking the metro?

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    1. Don't drive and need to expand my horizons.

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  11. Well looky at you all over the metro system! I'm proud!!! See you Monday...

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  12. See you Monday! Happy metro riding and have a nice weekend.

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  13. I'm loving you riding the metro up an down and all about, Yay! I have $40.00 on my PATH SmartLink and don't commute on it anymore but its there when I need it..Hmmm, love SmartLink. I will try on Monday except there are no flowers in this house, at least today.

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  14. Was in NYC with my brother, Matthew, this past May and ducked into a little florist I remembered visiting on an earlier trip and treated myself to one spectacular peony. It brightened our hotel room and Matthew asked if he could have it for a friend he was going to visit after I made my way back to CT. Matthew held it as we walked and rode the subway all over Manhattan; the response he got from people was amazing - big smiles and lovely comments. It is amazing what a difference one flower can make (and I suppose a handsome young man didn't hurt).

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    1. Love this story. Exactly what flowers should be about, bringing joy.

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  15. Go forth and ride. Good for you!

    Probably can't make the FITH party this month but maybe I'll make a late appearance.

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  16. Dear Jane,

    Just want to say thank you for your so very kind comments on my blog! They really helped. Your Monday flowers in the green bottle look beautiful! Green is quite the thing in Holland at the moment :-)

    Love,

    Madelief x

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