Video – Women in Western Art

A beautiful piece of video art created by Eggman913 – with the help of a few of the renowned – and not so well-known – artists of the past 500 years. And his Picasso and Civil War videos are exceptional pieces of video, you might want to check them out on YouTube.

Wish I knew what the cello piece is!

Et Tu? Reesie!

Reesie RecumbantRather than slap me against the side of the head – which I deserve for forgetting to mention it – in that sweet gentle southern manner of hers, lynette reminded me that I hadn’t said anything about the most important man coming to Rome: Reese.

Yes the Reeser Man is coming with us, if he couldn’t go I wouldn’t go – simple as that.

In the way of special handling he has to:

  • be mircochiped
  • have up-to-date rabies shots
  • be given a clean bill of health by a Canadian Vet

There is no quarantine requirement – that only applies to places like the UK, Australia, the Caribbean – so he can enter Italy with us. And friends at the Embassy have recommended a good vet to look after him once we’re there.

Airlines no longer allow pets in the cabin – I can understand the reasons though I don’t like it – so Reesie will be going as checked baggage. I’ve explain to him that its actually Canine Class and its a very special cabin all his own. Working with the airlines taught me that the last thing to do is give him a tranquillizer – those things have a stronger effect because of the altitude; more animals die of over-doses on flights than you’d think. The best thing to do – and no this isn’t a fetish thing – is to put a pair of sock or underwear that you’ve worn in their kennel. The smell of someone they know comforts them.

Reese on the moveThis will be his second trip to Europe – and given his age probably his last. He’s fairly well-travelled. He got us in Crystal Lake, Illinois when we lived in Chicago. We realize now that the kennel – though AKK registered – was a puppy mill and many of his health problems stem from over breding. Be that as it may he’s still my best bud and one of the gentlest creatures on God’s earth. He has been with us on moves back to Ottawa, down to Montreal (five times), over to Warsaw, back to Ottawa-Aylmer and now onward to Roma. He should have frequent flyer points.

Ghosts

Two of my favorite bloggers – Tater and my blog mama lynette – talk about ghosts and memories.

Tater writes – as only he can – about the ghosts in the attic.

lynette chronicles her search for family memories and ghosts this past weekend. And being lynette she kept us in suspense through not one, not two , not three but four postings. And there were a few of us going to give her such as slap after posting number three.

Speaking of the supernatural, I just went over to Big Ass Belle to check the urls for the links and lynette has linked to Tater too (gosh that sounds cute) and my most recent post about Rome. Coincidence or the para-normal at work? Scary stuff kids.

Fantastic Fotos

Venice by AaronIt’s probably just my imagination but it seems that Aaron over at Meanwhile goes on vacation at least once a month. Aside from being envious of his travels I also envy his incredible eye for what makes great photography.

This past week he was in Venice and Ljubljana and a click on the photo above (one of the most incredible night shots I’ve ever seen of Venice) will take you to seven days worth of great pictures.

And now that I’ve found out the Ljubljana is only 4 hours from Venice by train, I’ve added another destination to the growing list for the next four years.

Quo Vadis?

Google Map of Rome, Italy
Well its been confirmed, much like St Peter we’re vadising to Rome – though with no intention of being martyred. Mind you there are probably a few things there that could kill us: the pollution, the crazy drivers or the high cost of living.

My blog “momma” lynette (Big Ass Belle) has asked: What’s with Rome? When are you going? Why are you going? What’s the story? Such an enquiring mind!

When are you going?
Well that handy little countdown at the right says it all – I was going to include milliseconds but thought that was a bit of overkill.

What’s the story?
For 25 of the 29 years we’ve been together Laurent’s been in the Canadian Foreign Service (Diplomatic Corps.) He’s been posted to Mexico City, Cairo, Chicago, Amman, Warsaw and currently Beijing. Until 1999 I remained – like Penelope at her loom – back in the old Patria. Then, after 33 years at Air Canada, I packed it in and joined him in Poland. At all the other posts I’ve was there as often as I could be – working for an airline helped a lot.

In 2001 we came back to Canada; I landed a job with the Federal Government; we bought a beautiful heritage home in a small town near Ottawa and settled into a fairly normal life. Then three years ago he was offered Beijing – we knew that I could not join him but decided that for various reasons we would live with it. Well we have lived with it – and haven’t enjoyed it. We’ve decided enough is enough – time we started living together again.

Why Rome?
When posting request time came Laurent put in for three cities that we knew would not create any problems for us as a family; being the Foreign Service none of those choices where offered.

Instead they came up with:

New Delhi – Don’t think so! Given the homophobic attitude in India I have a feeling our little family unit would be less than welcome.

Moscow – Strangely enough I would have had full diplomatic status – who would have thought? And we’ve never been to Russia and it could be fascinating. However cost of living, living conditions and security were major concerns.

Rome – Need I say this was the most appealing! We both love Italy and Laurent is sure that he was an Emperor in another life. Problem is that Italy does not recognize same-sex or common-law relationships for diplomatic status. There were various suggestions – including the time-honored tradition of me entering as a member of Laurent’s household staff (yeah right!), my true station in life confirmed by the Italian Government.

Solution – I hold an Irish (EU) passport under dual-citizenship and that allows me to move pretty freely within the European Union. Mind you I’ve received three different versions of what to do when I enter Italy – the Mediterranean confusion starts already!

How long will we be there?
The normal post length depends on the country and the hardship level. As an example Beijing is normally two years while a place like Rome is four. So, if things go according to plan, we should be in Rome until summer of 2011.