Category Archives: Mietek

Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon and Mietek monologue)

We’ve reached the week’s end, as it’s Friday, January 24, 2020, with light snow and just-about-freezing temperatures predicted for Chicago this weekend.  Although wretched January is waning, it’s still gray, slushy, and soul-eroding. It’s National Peanut Butter Day, a peculiarly American comestible, and National Lobster Thermidor Day, a dish I’ve never had.  And don’t forget […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Saturday, January  18, 2020, and National Gourmet Coffee Day (I buy my beans at Trader Joe’s, which seems to me the best value in high-quality fair trade coffee). It’s also National Peking Duck Day, which once again is cultural appropriation because that is a genuine Chinese dish. In fact, it should be called “Beijing […]

Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon and Mietek chorus)

It’s Friday, January 10, 2020, and National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. I don’t know about you, but I find that the older I get, the darker I like my chocolate. I must now have at least 85% cocoa in my bar, and I’ve even had the 95% Lindt bar, which was great (but expensive). Pretty soon […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (with Mietek)

It’s a hump day: Wednesday, January 8, 2019, and it’s rather chilly in Chicago: at 6 a.m., it’s just 19° F (-7° C), and the high today will be only 23° F (-5° C). But we won’t get any snow  until next week, when I head to Boston/Cambridge for a short trip. It’s National English […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on the last Caturday of the year: Saturday, December 28, 2019. It is the fourth day of Christmas (“calling birds”), the sixth full day of Hanukkah, and the fourth and antepenultimate day of Coynezaa. It’s National Boxed Chocolates Day, and thanks to the largesse of readers, I am now in possession of my […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a chilly Thursday: the temperature is 18° F (-8° C) in Chicago, and it’s December 19, 2019—a week from Boxing Day. That means there are only six shopping days left until Coynezaa. It’s National Hard Candy Day in the U.S., which seems unfair since there’s no National Soft Candy Day. In Britain […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: it’s Monday, December 16, 2019, and a cool 27°F (-3° C). And it snowed last night: the first serious snow of the year, though it wasn’t that much: about a third of an inch in our area. Here’s a photo of the snow-dusted street in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, which […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning on Sunday, December 15, 2019. We have a chance of snow today, and it’s a bit chilly (22° F, -6° C). Botany Pond is frozen over, but Honey is down at the Mississippi Delta with her feet up, enjoying the warmth and eating grain. But oy gewalt: it’s National Gingerbread Latte Day, celebrating […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a dreary and frigid (21° F, -6°C) Tuesday, December 10, 2019, National Lager Day. Human Rights Day, and, oddly, the Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales.  In Sweden it’s a flag holiday: Nobel Prize Day, when the winners announced last year get their prizes in Stockholm.  In Stockholm, several countries are […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Mietek monologue)

Good morning, and welcome to another week:  Christmas and the Coynezaa holiday is just 15 shopping days away. Yes, it’s Monday, December 9, 2019. It’s National Pastry Day, Christmas Card Day (if you’re one of those folks who still sends these), and National Llama Day (the species’ formal name is Lama glama; live and learn). […]