beckydaroff.com [beckydaroff.com] After spending a long week with out-of-town friends who I see once every 18 months or so, I curled up on Aaron's couch with friends I see regularly. He hosted a lovely little dinner party, and the familiarity of food and friends nurtured my heart. And Aaron and Pete (friend from college, and Maureen's roommate) met for the first time … and no they are not twins, but they got along like brothers - no surprise to anyone who knows both of them! Oh, and also, there was some wine. Chef Pete demonstrating how to separate out the sediment from a 1982 bottle of wine by pouring over a candle. Pete was kind enough to point out that he and Maureen are both younger than the bottle … Aaron played for us :) That afternoon, I had the pleasure of taking my dear Lou, whom I met when we were both art history majors at Ithaca, to Boston's beloved Museum of Fine Arts, and to the spectacular Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese exhibit. We had a lovely afternoon before fighting traffic to get the Californians back to Logan Airport one of Lou's favorite sculptures, which we both saw copies of this week - her at the Met, and me at the Boston Public Library courtyard. For the record, there's also a copy at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA just another incredibly beautiful painting by John Singer Sargent Lou agreed to be photographed in her green shirt, with her green purse, against a green wall, while eating green leafy things you can't see in this shot. Much to my utter dismay, this room was closed off all afternoon until I basically stared down one of the guards, who let us in so that we could enjoy one of the most incredible rooms in the world, as long as we were careful to avoid getting whacked with a table or a chair or two as an incredibly fast and efficient crew set up for an event.