a considerable amount of nothing

Busy morning today without accomplishing anything whatsoever.

First P pointed out to me that la tempesta perfetta just might be brewing over the Ionian Sea.

Those clouds looked more ominous in person, I swear. If only I had a more powerful camera! I know. I’m never satisfied.

Then, sporadically throughout the morning, one of my neighbors (who normally lives in Hawaii) and her visiting friend delivered many perishable food items, and I’m not complaining. They’re off for Rome, so all that good stuff would’ve only gone to waste/be thrown away.

I think we’ll be eating a lot of cheese today and tomorrow. And again, I’m not complaining. I love me some cheese.

In addition, I also received some beautiful pink and white gigli. Of course since I’m oh-so-cultured, they are now in a big ole glass jar that I’m quite sure is meant for salami or something else to be submerged in olive oil.

In a past life in my house, though, the jar also temporarily housed a lizard that P brought home for me.

And you thought that he only brings me flowers. Hah! Clearly P knows that nothing says love like lizard.

Here are the lilies:

Also during this action-packed a.m., my full-time neighbor you all know and love stopped by to ask me to check on whether her Coca-Cola has expired. Her eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, so she has trouble seeing those little numbers. So do I many times, truth be told, especially when they’re coded in with other numbers and letters. These manufacturers sure can get tricky when they want to.

Anyway, I’m sure Anna Maria actually does want to know this information, but mostly it’s a ploy to give me a bottle of Coca-Cola. Or a bag of coffee. Or a container of milk. Or a can of tuna. You get the picture.

It all works out well because now I’ll pass along to her some of the goodies I received this morning.

Circle of Life–southern Italian style!

And then came P’s mom bearing the bread that P likes. Yes, they sell bread up here in the village, but it’s not baked in a wood-fired oven or by his friend in the Marina–two facts that make said bread inedible (according to P). So every few days, Mamma brings up a kilo of the good stuff just for her baby.

Mammone you say? Actually he’s not at all, but, you know, an Italian’s bread is not something you want to mess with. It could get ugly.

In other exciting news, I received my law school transcripts in the mail today. Those translation job people keep asking me for proof of my degrees, so I figure this will have to do for now since I don’t have my diplomas with me.

They’re big on this proof thing here, by the way. Guess a lot of Italians would (gasp!) lie about their credentials if they didn’t have to prove them. Or this could simply be the Italians’ love of documents rearing its (with any luck) paper-cutted head again.

The transcripts also have little stamps and seals, so that should even further satisfy them. Italians *love* stamps and seals, you know (although they prefer the kind you have to pay for).

I graduated law school 6 years ago (oh my goodness, I’m old) and, um, there are classes listed that I honestly don’t remember taking–and I did well in them! I’m talking about you, Trusts and Estates. I scored an A, which means it must’ve been an easy exam because right now I’d struggle to define even the most basic concepts about a trust or an estate.

Probably a good thing that I don’t practice, eh?


[tags]law school transcripts, weather, stormy weather, clouds, lilies, flowers[/tags]

10 Beans of Wisdom to “a considerable amount of nothing”
  1. alexmom

    Ah…….to be one of the neighbors who drop off loads of perishables because I’m going to Rome. Gorgeous gigli!!!

  2. LSJ

    oh i am so excited to hear from you! i’ve been reading (or lurking, if you will haha) on your page for a couple weeks now. i enjoy your blog! thanks for reading mine! hopefully i iwll talk with you more in the future! (

  3. Anonymous

    i have a dedicated lizard jar too. But it’s for rescuing all the ones the cats drag in…
    And those flowers (gigli? like the Jlo movie) last for A G E S…. and sure smell purty too! vanessa

  4. Anonymous


    I have just the “remedy” for your (morning) day of a considerable amount of nothing. See your personal e-mail in box for many, many further details.

    TRugatto 😉

  5. Annika

    I wish someone would provide me with homemade, fresh-from-the-oven bread too. 🙁

  6. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    There is nothing like homemade bread baked in an outdoor wood burning stove. To this day my siblings and I talk about “Grandpa” bread.

    When we flew back to the states we made sure we have a few loafs.

  7. CJ

    Oh to have neighbours like that! We only really have anything to do with the neighbours on one side of us – don’t know the people on the other side.

    And I love fresh bread!

  8. J.Doe

    Those flowers look beautiful even in your “vase”. Actually they look really good in it. It doesn’t steal the eyes away for a glance and they can focus on the flowers themselves.

  9. Shan

    Beautiful flowers!

  10. Lawyerish

    I can’t be the one who thought of Ben Affleck when you mentioned the gigli. That’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

    Your process of getting a job sounds about like our process of adopting a baby internationally — loads and loads of “proof” and paperwork. Oy.

    Awesome photos.

Michelle FabioMichelle Fabio is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer living in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy and savoring simplicity one sip at a time. 

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