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December 2011

an old necklace, a new life

an old necklace, a new life

December 30, 2011 |  Category:   life remembering

I have very few relics from my past, if anything – photos, records, old concert tees, clothes, yearbooks, artwork. My parents moved out of our childhood house when I was living on the West Coast and couldn’t bring a lot with them to the smaller apartment they were moving into at the time so I’m assuming most of my stuff got trashed since I wasn’t there to save anything.   I don’t miss much and in a way there’s something to be said of having to remember things from memory and not through material bits of old relics and ephemera, but I must admit, sometimes I miss the objects of my childhood, particularly my high school years (records!!!).   The… CONTINUE READING

christmas was grand

christmas was grand

December 28, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life

  It really was. Probably one of the nicest Christmases we’ve had in recent memory, despite all odds. We opened gifts and then went to the movies. I think the adults in the audience got more out of the Muppet Movie than the kids since it sort of revolved around the whole nostalgia factor (except I curse the movie for reminding me that “We Built This City” ever existed and now I can’t unhear that song when I had totally forgotten it existed, argh). Who didn’t get excited when the Muppet Show came on at 7:30 in the evening? We tried to explain to the kids what a big deal it was back then. Mark finally got in the kitchen… CONTINUE READING

celebration

celebration

December 26, 2011 |  Category:   dining out holidays life

There is one tradition that we have that I completely forgot to tell you about, but sometimes traditions are like that. You don’t realize that you do something year after year until a few years pass and you finally make a note of it. I remember the first year we went to Ippudo after our first holiday season 4 years ago. We dropped off our last delivery in the East Village and headed over to what would become an annual celebratory dinner – our company Christmas party, ha! (and actually, did I tell you that Mia and Claudine did in fact help assemble over a hundred flat packed gift boxes this year? They took the job super seriously). Ippudo is… CONTINUE READING

a little in class holiday cheer

a little in class holiday cheer

December 23, 2011 |  Category:   holidays life

Claudine’s kindergarten class had the sweetest holiday party at school this week. The class parents decorated the room and set out a packet of confetti for each child to throw up in the air when we all counted down from 10 to yell “Happy New Year!” (ok, Miss C elected to just dump hers from the bag onto the floor in a most uncelebratory way). A Christmas cracker filled with homemade silly putty, an organic lollipop (haaa, this is Park Slope, Brooklyn after all), and a tiny origami crane was set at each desk, and we made an edible craft project with bananas and tiny chocolate chips. The kids made the parents Christmas cards (I’m the one in the yellow… CONTINUE READING

rewind, friends, fab, a necklace

rewind, friends, fab, a necklace

December 21, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

Looking at these photos from the lakehouse this past summer is like being enveloped in warm sunshine – a welcome feeling right now, not just because it’s winter (although it’s not – the mild temps still persist in the city), but also because it’s a happy time and I need all the happy time thoughts in my life right now.   But there’s another reason why I dug up these photos from the summer. Our friends Sara and Thor officially adopted their foster daughter who came to live with them and their son a year ago. Do you remember my Pink Party in the Woods post? It was to celebrate this little girl’s birthday. We weren’t able to show any… CONTINUE READING

almost like normal

almost like normal

December 18, 2011 |  Category:   craft family holidays life

well, hello. Last night I came home from working the table all day at the Brooklyn Flea and collapsed on the couch and pretty much went to sleep right then and there. I hadn’t gone to the bathroom or eaten anything all day, not even a coffee(!) because I didn’t want to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes which is what happens when I drink coffee on an empty stomach. I have no explanation for not eating except that I was sandwiched in between the donut people and the pork belly people all day, so I don’t know, I guess I wasn’t feeling it because I was smelling food all day. I suddenly had the chills when I got… CONTINUE READING

tree

tree

December 16, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life the biz

We’ve built up a nice collection of ornaments the past couple of years and it’s fun to pull them out and have the girls get excited about each one.   I have to fight from having guilty feelings every year for being so busy in December that the girls don’t get to do any fun holiday activities until Christmas Eve. This season so far has been particularly hard and it seems so unfair to them, but they don’t really know December as being anything else I guess. Family helps a lot. Grandma comes to visit for a week to give them the attention we can’t give them and Mark’s sister has started the tradition of giving each of them little… CONTINUE READING

still here

still here

December 13, 2011 |  Category:   life

Some recent instagram photos since I have realized that hauling around the big camera on walks is probably contributing to my back problems. The past week has been pretty intense, but we’re getting through the bumps with the help of some friends. Looks like we’re not going to make it through the holiday season without some tears, but well…we’ll get there.… CONTINUE READING

the week of tedious tasks

the week of tedious tasks

December 8, 2011 |  Category:   the biz

Mark made 1000 marshmallows on Sunday.   He also baked about 5000 cookies on Monday. He usually gives an update with a precise count – which he did at 4515 – but then he lost count.   I wrapped 400 brownies in 2.45 hours Monday night. I never wrapped that many brownies in one siting before. Here’s a little piece of trivia for your Wednesday evening: I’m the only person who has ever wrapped the brownies. Every single brownie that has gone out in nearly 4 years was wrapped by me.   I tied 260 ribbons so far this week with probably 130 more to go before the week is over.   I assembled 100 gift boxes today. It took… CONTINUE READING

a leisurely day out

a leisurely day out

December 6, 2011 |  Category:   dining out life nyc

I have to set aside these leisure days in the city every so often. It’s important. Walking around by myself aimlessly in Manhattan or sometimes with a friend – in this case, my sister-in-law. It’s easy to get caught up in your own head, your own community, your own world, when you work from home. Usually, my daily excursions include the 3 block walk to the kids’ school, nothing more. But nothing beats getting out into the world every so often to look, to taste, to smell. It makes you realize that you are just 1 small piece of the puzzle. It helps remind you why you live here, to appreciate the city which we sometimes forget to do. It… CONTINUE READING

it continues

it continues

December 4, 2011 |  Category:   life nyc

Oh, this weather! We broke some temp records Thanksgiving weekend and just when I thought it would turn around and start getting cold for good, we get another golden weekend of sunny, 60 degree days. This weather’s been super awesome. This is the High Line in Fall. I don’t remember if I’ve been up there during this time of year. Despite the warm temperatures, the trees are all shedding their leaves and starting to look wintery against the sky.   So far Holiday!Cookie!Madness! has been manageable, partly due to the fact that I’m not working on any big freelance projects right now which is enabling me to jump into the week of tedious tasks without any sort of pressing time… CONTINUE READING

holidaze

holidaze

December 1, 2011 |  Category:   holidays press the biz

Oh, December…you are here. And we are in the throes of Holiday!Cookie!Madness! for our 4th year. Thousands of cookies will be baked per day, hundreds of bows will be tied (have you ever had to tie 200 little ribbons? It always takes longer than you think. 4-5 hours to tie 200 ribbons, for real – and by the 50th ribbon, your fingers forget what to do. I have looked up “how to tie a ribbon” videos on youtube, true fact), paper will be trimmed, folded and stacked for wrapping, and hundreds of packages will be made and stamped. It’s true, every Fall fills us with a little bit of dread as we head into 16 hr work days until the… CONTINUE READING

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