Apr. 12th, 2017

rinue: (Yes Thanks)
Things I have realized in the last 24 hours:

1. Colcannon, a food I like, and German Potato Salad with Sauerkraut, another food I like, are the same food. They are mashed hot potatoes with cooked-down salty cabbage mixed in. If I have leftover colcannon and I want to turn it into an approximation of german potato salad, all I have to do is mix in some mustard or vinegar or hot sauce. If I have leftover German potato salad I want to make into an approximation of colcannon, mash it down more and add cream. They are very similar.

2. Although during my childhood I ate either chicken in marsala sauce or pork in marsala sauce pretty much biweekly (it's one of my Mom's go-to sauces), marsala is, on its own, a fortified wine like port or sherry, and I don't have to make marsala sauce a bajillion more times to use the rest of the bottle, in the same way that vodka can be used for more things than vodka sauce.
rinue: (inception train)
It seems very likely that I will move back to the U.S. in July, because the U.S. company I work for is having trouble satisfying the administrative reporting requirements of my being in Italy, and given my intermediate Italian, it would be hard for me to find another job here in which I could maintain the lifestyle (including intellectual lifestyle) to which I am accustomed.

This is surprising; I expected to be here longer. There are things (and people and places) I will miss very much.

However, I'm pretty well prepared. I already had my "flee the country" ducks in a row in case of tail risks including: my company fails because Trump disbands the FCC and strikes down the Americans with Disabilities Act; the EU unravels and there is major economic and political chaos; one of my immediate family members becomes grievously ill. All things considered, what has happened is the best worst case, an overall fairly rosy scenario.

For now, since I know I'll be sad later, I am focusing on the things I was getting ready to miss in the next two years but won't have to, including:

- My 20-year high school reunion

- The funeral of my 97-year-old grandmother, my only surviving grandparent, who is alive and in reasonable health, but one assumes

- The wedding of a very dear friend who was part of my wedding party

- Promotional appearances for a press my best friend and I are launching

- I have been developing a feature project that is set in the United States and it will be much easier to make that happen

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