Where I’ve Been

Papa gets ready to blow out the candles on his cake April 27, 2010. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Papa gets ready to blow out the candles on his cake April 27, 2010. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

I am sorry that I haven’t posted anything since my husband Antonio left for Italy. I’ve been swamped with work since we said our good-byes. I wrote a few stories for Bloomberg Businessweek, including “Dream Jobs: College Students Get Real“, “Haas Launches New MBA Curriculum“, and “Summer Reading List: The B-School Edition“. I also convinced at least one blogger to share her thoughts with my readers on the Newlyweds site for About.com, and I hope others will follow (so spread the word).

The last few weeks have not been all work and no play, however. Today, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day, and my own mamma deserves some serious props because she’s been taking care of me all my life (and she keeps on keepin’ on). Back on April 27, we hopped in the car with the Golden Girls (Zia Concettina and Zia Antonietta) and their dates (Zio Raffaele and Zio Vincenzo) and took a spin to the Dynasty Buffet, where we pigged out and celebrated my Papa’s birthday. Setting loose a bunch of Italians on a buffet featuring shrimp, crab, Chinese food, and carving stations takes a whole lotta’ courage.

Maria Goes Home and Inspires

Maria gets her little feet licked when she meets her big sister Bella. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Maria gets her little feet licked when she meets her big sister Bella. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

Our whirlwind weekend in Florida, when we welcomed my niece Maria Regina, might have come to an end on Monday morning. But the impression she made is everlasting. As a result of my visit, I’ve already been quite a busy bee. Her mom Jaci gave me an idea for Monday’s Newlyweds blog on the judgment of pregnant women when they don’t wear their wedding rings. On the plane from Orlando to New York, I read a copy of Ladies’ Home Journal, which had me waxing nostalgic about the “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” column, for which I once worked, in today’s Newlyweds blog. Obviously, I’m going to have to visit Maria even more. (For pictures of her return home from the hospital, visit the “Maria Goes Home” photo album.)