Who the heck are you?


I cannot believe that I have reached over 4,000 hits on this blog! Thank you whoever you are : )

I am pretty sure that my family come here from time to time to see what no good I have been up to but as for the rest of you…well, who the heck are you anyways?

I’m trying to get over this damned jet lag and it’s really not fun. Craving yogurt at 2:00 a.m. is not how I want to live my life. Mama has generously baked her famous lasagna, but how many slices of this stuff can I gobble down before I am considered to be a certified glutton I wonder?

Yesterday I tried to smooth over the waters in regards to the newest “maybe future brother-in-law”, but I am not sure how it went exactly…I think I am better off just ranting mindlessly on my blog than to get caught up in anything seriously beyond my comprehension. I’ve always said I was a “work in progress-with the mind of a juvenile delinquent”. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t have kids, otherwise I would be forced to grow up myself! Where’s the fun in that?

I’ve also been hibernating since I got back. Just me and Stelle (my cat).

We’re re-bonding, or rather she is smothering me with kisses and has taken a liking to head-butting me awake at 8:00 a.m., Cute! But I’m not complaining, I like the attention. Although, I sneeze all night because I am allergic to her : ) I know, don’t say it, I know!

Wherever I go I leave a trail of tissues. My entire family stock up on Kleenex before I arrive. I’m allergic to EVERYTHING! So, what’s the point? I love my brother’s dogs and invite them to sit on me. I chase my sister’s cat around her house and I am just a sucker for a furry friend.

It’s raining again, I don’t have cable TV, and I only have 2 friends in this city. If I didn’t have a cat I would probably have been committed by now! So, if I ever come to your house be prepared to stock up on the “fazzoletti” (tissues), don’t worry, I’ll bring the wine and Claritin!

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About lmarmstrong66

I'm a blogger, painter, writer, singer. For the love of all things in nature and creativity.
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6 Responses to Who the heck are you?

  1. falena says:

    Well, I’ll take your initial question as an invitation to leave my first comment to your blog.

    I’ve been reading for about six months. I just love reading about my country from an outsider’s point of view, so to speak. Expatriate blogs are fascinating to me, and I just couldn’t pass up yours since you happen to leave in my town too.

    Anyway, congrats for writing such a great blog (your insights into Italian life are interesting and hilarious both) but, above all, congrats for managing to live with your Italian mother-in-law!

    I’m Italian and I don’t think I could manage that. 😀

  2. rachel says:

    I’m from the pink forum 🙂 just checking in! come down and visit me in Abruzzo sometime 🙂 I no longer have pets, just a lot of dust cuz i hate housecleaning! Also, you can be a kid and play with my kid – she loves company now that I’m all grown up and just a boring mom trying to get the dishes done 😦

    • Hi Rachel!
      Thx for coming to my blog : ) How far is Abruzzo from Genova? I’m always looking for a new adventure. How old is your daughter? I know what you mean about housework…I have a pile of dirty laundry on the floor and it keeps raining!!!

  3. Lisa says:

    Hello from upstate, New York! Brrrrrrrr!

    I, too, enjoy expat blogs. Got to visit Italy a few years ago. Passed through Genoa on the train, but stayed in Santa Margherita Ligure. I’m interested in Genoa because my grandparents are from that area. (Don’t know where exactly….somewhere “in the hills above…” My grandmother was only 12 when she sailed to New York with relatives to join her father. And I’ve only heard a few stories. My grandfather was born in Pennsylvania, but spoke a Ligurian dialect. )

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your experiences and family in Italy and Italian life. Was pleasantly surprised to read the entries about your (??) house in the country. (Eager to learn more about what it’s like where my grandparents came from, but love learning more about Italian life in general.)

    Happy New Year!

    • Hello Lisa!
      Sorry to be so late in replying. Happy New Year to you too and thanks so much for emailing me! I just came from Buffalo (I grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada) and yes, Brrr! I love NY city : )

      Santa Margherita is actually very near our house in the country. It is lovely up there but expensive. My husband also speaks dialect “Genovese” and I have found that most Immigrant Italians know dialect from their region and do not speak the modern Italian at all. It is sad that these dialects are fading away altogether with every new generation.

      Genoa is very different from other parts of Italy that I have experienced. It is unique even in the way that people look. My husband is tall and blonde with blue eyes…do your grandparents also have these characteristics?

      Living in Italy is a challenge everyday. I used to think living in Canada with the traffic and cold weather was hard, but living here is near impossible sometimes. I have become lazy being North American and then I pass some 80 year old lady carrying 6 bags of groceries up hill and I think God am I ever spoiled!!!

      Keep in touch! Cheers, Leah

  4. Elora says:

    Hey babe…let’s not talk about jet lag! Geesh I was up till 3 again last night. Bastaaa!!! Skitty and Honey have been super sweet too they seem to follow me everywhere, and Skitty puts her paw on my arm when I am in bed…just to make sure I am there.. So sweet!!

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