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December 2008

fancy meeting you here

fancy meeting you here

December 31, 2008 |  Category:   life nyc

Despite the crappy weather today (cold, gray, windy, snow, wet snow, and even hail while we were out!) we decided to go ahead with our plans of seeing the train show at the Citigroup building and walking over to the Saks windows and Rockefeller Center. The good news was that the train show was blissfully free of crazy crowds so the girls got to leisurely watch the elaborate train scenes at every point. I have to admit that this is our first visit here…and our last because this is the end of the line for the annual Citigroup sponsored train show as they won’t be funding it anymore. On our walk towards Rock Center, we came across these mysterious giant… CONTINUE READING

Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

December 29, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

It has been quite a while since I’ve had a Christmas away from work. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but from what I’m told it was much like the previous years: open presents early, then try to find ways to entertain ourselves for the rest of the day. I fiddled with my new iPhone for a while, then decided to give my thumbs a rest. I wondered what other families did on Christmas. Cooking, of course! Having been so busy for the past few weeks I haven’t really cooked anything nice for the family in a while (note my lack of blog posts during that time period), and I actually felt like spending some time in the kitchen.… CONTINUE READING

this year’s snowflakes

this year’s snowflakes

December 25, 2008 |  Category:   craft holidays

Mia and I cut paper snowflakes every year before the holidays and these are this year’s additions to the ones we made last year. In a few years we might have enough to paper the entire apartment with snowflakes! Hope everyone is having a happy holiday. It’s fairly mellow and quiet at my parents’ house. I think the day is even bordering on “boring”!… CONTINUE READING

a last delivery, a celebratory lunch, and a look back

a last delivery, a celebratory lunch, and a look back

December 23, 2008 |  Category:   dining out the biz

We made our last holiday delivery on what felt like the coldest day of the year yesterday, dropping off 4 gift boxes and 8 packages of lavender cookies that will be carried on as gifts to Asia. The recipients were Celia and Cynthia, founders of the food site, Cravings, who had such lovely things to say about our company here and here. Afterwards, we took the girls for a celebratory lunch at Ippudo, a Japanese ramen noodle restaurant in the East Village. Miss C has been ever so picky lately, more so than usual, and has been avoiding sitting with us at mealtimes altogether, but I know how much she likes noodles so it seemed like a place where we’d… CONTINUE READING

hard to be lazy when you’re a parent

hard to be lazy when you’re a parent

December 22, 2008 |  Category:   life

This was the first weekend in a month where I had the girls to myself both days. I couldn’t work with them jumping all around me, so we cleaned the apartment from top to bottom, organized the house  and hung up more Christmas decorations. We mostly stayed indoors since it was snowy and cold. I admit to being a weather wimp when there are extreme temperatures outside – I do not fare well in frigid cold or the oppressive heat. And despite what everyone tells me – that it’s crazy to be holed up inside for more than 2 consecutive days – I’m perfectly content to hibernate, but when you have kids, you’re pretty much guaranteed that you’ll be outside… CONTINUE READING

snow and the last hurrah at the flea

snow and the last hurrah at the flea

December 20, 2008 |  Category:   holidays life the biz

It finally snowed in Brooklyn yesterday, for real. M was so excited she was bouncing off the walls, but we only managed to step outside for a moment to play in the snow because we were waiting for a postal pickup which never came. So that meant Mark had to struggle through the snow with 17 large packages before the post office closed at 5. Never again. We paid for a postal pickup within a 2 hour window every day this week and it went fine, but I guess if you don’t pay the $14.95, the post office doesn’t take the pickup seriously? As of today we are done with shipping packages, but it’s too close to really process it… CONTINUE READING

the tree + a conundrum

the tree + a conundrum

December 19, 2008 |  Category:   holidays home life

We got one last weekend, and it’s a little scrawny in places, but the girls were really excited when we brought it in and even directed where all the ornaments were to be hung. C was especially particular about where she wanted certain ornaments to go (I mean she is just newly 2 – what in the hell?). When I have a minute, I still need to hang our stockings somewhere (but where, is the big question) and the paper snowflakes that M and I made together last year need to go up as well. OK, so at our holiday trunk show last saturday, a Japanese journalist approached us about photographing our home for the 2009 Christmas issue of a… CONTINUE READING

the nutcracker and some holiday cheer

the nutcracker and some holiday cheer

December 16, 2008 |  Category:   dining out family holidays life nyc

Mia, Mark’s mom and I took a break from cookies on Sunday to go see the Nutcracker (an abbreviated, 1 hour kid’s version, staged by the NY Theater Ballet). It was Mia’s first trip to the theater of any kind, and she was excited to say the least. In preparation to going to the ballet, we’ve been listening to the music and reading the book so that she would be familiar with the story that would unfold onstage. She was mesmerized. “Are those people real?”, she asked. And at one point in the middle of the production, a huge grin spread on her face and she said very sheepishly, “I like this!”. Afterwards, she chatted with some of the child… CONTINUE READING

1 more sale down, and more corporate gifts out the door

1 more sale down, and more corporate gifts out the door

December 15, 2008 |  Category:   the biz

We had a great showing at our holiday trunk show on Saturday. It was a really cold day (it’ll be almost 60 today, however), but the show had a steady stream of visitors all day long, despite it being at a location that is a bit desolate and at least 3-4 blocks away from anything else of interest. The show, held at a new concert venue called the Bell House, was cozy with drinks served and some mellow, live music in the afternoon. I picked up a few things at the show myself, raiding the $5-15 dollar bins at Ouef where I scored 5 pieces of clothing for the girls for $40. I also picked up some fabric scraps from… CONTINUE READING

fall semester ends and the holidays are really upon us

fall semester ends and the holidays are really upon us

December 12, 2008 |  Category:   life

Both girls are done with classes and school this week (C takes 1 class a week at Mia’s school) and starting next week they’ll be on holiday break. While attending the last class with Miss C, I noticed these great handmade library cards sitting on the fireplace mantel that the kids in Mia’s school created. She’s been bringing home books from school every now and then and while I understood that they were on loan, it all made sense when I spotted these in the class space. Such a cute and clever idea to start a little library system for the kids! Much of what M does in school remains somewhat of a mystery since she never really talks about… CONTINUE READING

holiday designer trunk sale

holiday designer trunk sale

December 11, 2008 |  Category:   holidays the biz

We’re excited to be a part of this event this coming Saturday, December 13th with the likes of Lotta Jansdotter, Perch!, Mast Brothers Chocolates, Hable Construction and many more talented designers. There will be live music and some food, all in a new venue called the Bell House at 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd ave in Brooklyn NY. Hours are between 11am-5pm. If you’re in NY, please stop by!… CONTINUE READING

blur

blur

December 11, 2008 |  Category:   life

I think yesterday was one of the longest days of my life as I was up for a total of 20 hours, with much of those hours in meetings. When your body is accustomed to going to sleep at 2am, it’s pretty much near damn impossible to make yourself sleep at 10:30 so you can wake up early to catch the 5:30am train. And even worse was the fact that as soon as we boarded the train at 5:30am, we launched right away into meetings, which continued when we got to DC (we also sat in on the Supreme Court for this case), and then continued still when we caught the train back at 6:10pm 9 hours later. We didn’t… CONTINUE READING

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