four things to do this friday

I. Enter Alex’s La Cucina Italiana Contest
(for which I will be a recipe tester):

II. American cooking is back!
Check out Mary’s Potato Salad at Flavors of Abruzzo:

III. Celebrate Susan’s One-Year Blogiversary at
Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy:

IV. Tell me about all the fabulous things you will or won’t do this weekend!


After a very full work week, I plan on reading, writing (old NaNo novel!),
and generally relaxing with P and the pooches.

Buon weekend!

18 Beans of Wisdom to “four things to do this friday”
  1. 09.12.2008

    I’m cleaning house for the second round of visitors this week. Boo!

    Ugh…I *hate* cleaning, especially for visitors. The pressure!

  2. I will be writing in the mornings, then seeing two friends from L.A. who happen to be in Italy at the same time (one in Florence, the other in Rome), going to a Democrats abroad event and starting a screenwriters workshop on Sunday (I’ll write about that later) and of course cleaning zee apartment.

    Have a great, relaxing weekend.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Flashback Friday โ€“ The Osmonds “One Bad Apple”

    Ooh lots of fun! Except the cleaning part, although it *can* be therapeutic. Happy writing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. joanne at frutto della passione

    Swimming lessons in the morning, soccer in the afternoon, cleaning, laundry, ironing in between AND trying to find time to cook and photograph something special for Susan’s blogiversary. I need a personal assistant. Any takers? I promise not to throw anything.

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..The Omnivoreโ€™s 100

    Wow, I’m tired just reading that. I’ll be relaxing for you if that makes you feel any better. No?

  4. 09.12.2008

    Hello fellow taste tester!!!!

    Can’t wait to try some of those recipes!

    This weekend, we are going to see *Noises Off*, only one of the funniest play’s ever written. A real side splittin, knee slapper ๐Ÿ™‚

    There is a Greek Festival round the corner from us- we will definitely go for some tasty Greek treats.

    Got some writing and reading to do- and I’ll be tuning in to see the SNL season premiere, which Michael Phelps is hosting- and Barack Obama will be on as well.

    I am taking bets on Tina Fey making a guest appearance as none other than Caribou Barbie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Buon Weekend mia amica.

    My Mรฉlange’s last blog post..Notre Dame de Paris

    Definitely looking forward to that SNL too ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fun, funny weekend!

  5. 09.12.2008

    Come sempre plus a party Sunday. Hope I get some sleep before then. Porchetta in the mountains.

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..Ready, steady, cook! The blog recipe contestโ€ฆ

    Ooh fun! Enjoy the mountains!

  6. 09.12.2008

    Plan to make a cake early tomorrow morning as I havethe son’s friend over for the day. Then make them some yum lunch. Go & pick up my daughter from her school trip at midnight…lose some precious sleep, which never did me any good anyway. Begin a groggy Sunday morning, laundry, lunch, visit family, go for an anniv bash…then wake up early Mon morn as hub has to fly out…YAWN…I’m tired already & envious of your plans!!


    I don’t know, Deeba, your weekend sounds great too!

  7. 09.12.2008

    The recipe contest looks fun, I’ll check it out.

    Today, I’m headed for Toronto for the weekend. I’m speaking at a conference there. Great city!

    Geggie’s last blog post..No Words

    I hope you’ll be tweeting us through it ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 09.12.2008

    Tonight I’m working at my part-time job, my in-laws Italian restaurant. Tomorrow relaxing with my family and then pedicures with my SIL and Sunday I have my SILs baby shower! I should also be reading my book for book club next Thursday, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, so I should add that somewhere in the mix!

    Have a great weekend!

    Lisa’s last blog post..A quick trip, but many happy moments

    I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but it did take me a bit to get into it. Hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 09.12.2008

    I will be making the Mexican Dips for tomorrow nights Jack and Jill and drinking white wine 2nite. Tomorrow I will take Marina to get her hair washed and straightened and take her over to decorate Nancy’s house beach style.
    Then I will be eating and drinking from 3 p.m. on.
    Sunday recovering from a hangover, while doing grocery shopping, cleaning and laundry but not necessarily in that order.

    lucy’s last blog post..Remembering

    YUM! And woohoo! Sounds like a great weekend to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 09.12.2008

    Oh… very exciting weekend on this end, lol. I’m registering voters for Obama tomorrow and canvassing for Obama on Sunday.

    In between I’ll clean the house, cook and help C with homework. Oh… and read a lot for my classes.

    I figure that after the first Tuesday in November I’ll have more time for more fun on the weekends.

    But I WILL be going to a cool local foods fest on Saturday night.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Where were you? September 11, 2001

    Sounds great to me Jen! Get out the vote! Yeah!

  11. 09.12.2008

    This weekend: working at the bookstore from 13h00 to 19h30 Saturday and Sunday; finishing up a job application that i need to get in before my husband and I leave for Italy (Torino) on Monday; and CELEBRATING OUR FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY after getting off of work . . I’m pushing for a fun Moroccan restaurant with a couple of friends. Hope you have a great weekend Michelle and all the bean-throwers!

    Congratulations! Or, since you’ll be in Italy soon, Auguri!!!!!!!

  12. 09.12.2008

    Well, I really need to work on some translations, but my hubby decided that we should throw an End of the Summer Party tomorrow night…so who knows how much work I’ll get done!

    Saretta’s last blog post..Don’t Run Unnecessary Risks

    Well that was sweet of your husband ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy the festa!

  13. 09.12.2008

    Hi – thanks for stopping by my post yesterday. This weekend I am definitely getting gelato on Saturday and going to the Brooklyn Book festival on Sunday. Oh and I have to buy a gift at Whimsy and Spice’s Brooklyn Flea booth, so I will be going to the Flea as well. Aside from that I need to spend a lot of time at the computer — including job search and files back-up and preparing blog posts. And go to the gym tomorrow. Oh and cleaning — why can’t I ever manage to clean on weeknights! Tomorrow night I’m cooking something for Leftover Queen’s September joust, but it occured to me I should make a second dish to enter the SGCC blog party. This is all sounding so hectic. I am reminding myself that next weekend is going to be a very quiet weekend for me, so I should enjoy all that is going on this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend to you! I will be having a reading adn writing weekend next weekend and I am already looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚

    City Girl’s last blog post..Preview of Tour del Gelato Feature

    Sounds busy busy busy…hope you get to relax soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 09.12.2008

    Going to the farmer’s market to pick up some fish and interview the fishmonger for an article I’m working on.

    Heading up to SF to see my friend and possibly stop by Golden Gate Bakery for some delicious egg tarts.

    Picking up Annie’s mum who is arriving from Malaysia (yay! homecooked Malaysian for the next two months!)

    Sunday: GOING TO TOMATOFEST! Aw, yeah!

    Nate’s last blog post..Big List of “Things You Must Eat” Lists

    Tomatofest sounds like such a blast! Enjoy Nate ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 09.12.2008

    I am just going to relax, and watch the Italian Grandprix. Maybe give the house a quick going over, before my husband arrives back from Monza very late Sunday night!!!

    anne’s last blog post..Brugge

    Sure hope the weather holds up Anne!

  16. Gil

    A few errands. The highlight is watching the F-1 race from Monza!!!

    Enjoy Gil!

  17. 09.14.2008

    Michelle, the link to Flavors of Abruzzo, on your list of things to do, is not working.
    Love your blog by the way

    Hi Pia! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Mary’s been having blog issues, and I changed the link on the photo to one that works, but forgot the text link…should work now!

  18. 09.14.2008

    I have the pleasure of going to work on saturday and sunday, so i am armed with my biscuits and instant noodles….Going be fun

    corn stove’s last blog post..Cheyenne Deluxe by Amaizablaze Corn Stoves

    Bummer on the work, but I hope the biscuits and noodles deliver ๐Ÿ˜‰

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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