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the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

July 31, 2015 |  Category:   friends life outings

Summer wouldn’t feel like summer without a trip to our friend’s lakehouse an hour and a half north of the city. It’s pristine waters, good company, good food, and a chance to escape everyday life. It’s a secret pocket tucked away that remains hidden from time. No running water or electricity; there is phone service, but it’s pretty much the only thing that connects you to modern life.   It was a good way to cap off the month as we headed into the last week of July.   Wow. July. It’s almost hard to process. So much packed into this month. And while it’s pretty unbelievable that we’re facing August tomorrow, July felt long, like we lived through a… CONTINUE READING

making good on promises

making good on promises

November 23, 2014 |  Category:   craft friends life

This year seems to be the year where I’m making good on some promises I made to myself early in the year. Some promises have come up empty when they don’t get fulfilled year after year, but for whatever reason, this one’s has been different. Maybe it’s some cosmic force at play that tries to balance the good with the bad – isn’t that a nice thought? Or maybe things come into your life only when it’s the right time.   The ironic thing about having a job is that I feel like I have more “free” time. Ok, scratch that because things are always busy around here no matter what, but what I mean is that I feel like I… CONTINUE READING

Pecan Pie Bars, friendships, and other bits and pieces

Pecan Pie Bars, friendships, and other bits and pieces

September 26, 2014 |  Category:   friends life the biz

These are new things we’re bringing to the weekend markets this Fall – pecan pie bars with a shortbread crust. I have a distinct association with them which I won’t share at this time, but they are quite delicious and I think everyone who bought them last Saturday would agree. It’s always nice when people come back to the table for seconds. This week we’re getting ready for the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s our biggest event every year and one of the only events where we “work” the booth as a family, and I put work loosely in quotes because well, let’s face it – Mark does most of the work. The kids get super… CONTINUE READING

The Lakehouse 2014

The Lakehouse 2014

July 17, 2014 |  Category:   friends life travels

It’s hard to believe how much bigger the kids are since the last time we visited our friend Sara’s lakehouse 2 years ago. They seemed so little the previous years we’ve spent our Fourth of July here. So much has happened to both our families in the past year, but there’s nothing like sitting out on the dock in the first morning light, taking in all the sparks of light that reflect off the water’s surface. This year the girls were able to swim across the lake to the other side of the dock, with flotation devices of course, but still an accomplishment. They marked their names on the inside of the living room closet, adding their names to the… CONTINUE READING

A LaNewYorkina Paleta Street Party in Red Hook

A LaNewYorkina Paleta Street Party in Red Hook

June 25, 2014 |  Category:   friends life nyc

A visit to the opening of our friend Fany’s little’s storefront adjacent to her production space last weekend in Red Hook. If you’ve been to the High Line, then you may have had La Newyorkina paletas before. We cruised by just as the pinata was raining down confetti and candy. It’s all about the little communities that form, that make us feel like we belong somewhere. I’m trying to see the light in that again.   Bubbles, Pinatas, Confetti. Just another weekend in NYC. Summer’s in full swing. School’s out tomorrow and we rub our eyes in disbelief that the 4th of July is already next week. June was a blur for obvious reasons, but also a month of changes… CONTINUE READING

Boston + Easter

Boston + Easter

April 23, 2014 |  Category:   family friends life travels

Can never underestimate the importance of travel, even if it’s just a 4 hour drive away. Sometimes you need to break away from your life to gain perspective on some decisions you’ve been wavering on. I’m always eager to see something new. Time spent with family is good too. As my cousins and I got older, our big extended family stopped getting together for various reasons that our parents never shared. Sometimes years went by. It takes effort to stay in touch, but when it happens you realize how important family can be, especially now that a younger generation is involved. The kids really do love to spend time with extended family. It’s often not “what are we doing” that… CONTINUE READING

Portland, breakfast, schoolhouse + dodgeball

Portland, breakfast, schoolhouse + dodgeball

September 23, 2013 |  Category:   dining out friends life travels

A quick trip to Portland a few weeks back. Breakfast at Tasty n Sons. A visit to Schoolhouse Electric.   When we were tossing around ideas for our day in Portland, our friend Jen got a laugh when Mia suggested we “drink coffee and complain about how much our backs hurt”. Because from her perspective that’s the only thing adults ever seemed to do, but it was all in the delivery that made it so funny. Somebody is starting to understand sarcasm, I see. Later that morning, Jen let her sneak some sips from her iced coffee. She’s like the aunt who says yes to all the nos that we dish out (total tangent: what the hell is the plural… CONTINUE READING

Happy holiday weekend

Happy holiday weekend

May 24, 2013 |  Category:   friends life

I don’t want to end the week on a down note. In fact, things are not down at all – anxiety filled, yes, but not down. Just a state of continuous questioning, of which will emerge an answer, eventually. I’ve been asking myself, what am I good at? What do I want to be doing? Turns out these simple questions aren’t easy to answer at all, but I can now answer them in a broader, general sense. I’m prepared for a bumpy ride this year, but I accept the challenge. From talking to so many people the past 5 weeks, seems like many of you are too.   Onto more mundane things…oh, this rain! It didn’t put a damper on… CONTINUE READING

out of sync

out of sync

March 19, 2013 |  Category:   friends life

I’m in one of these phases where I’m feeling out of sync with a lot of people right now. It’s nothing dramatic, but just a slight feeling like I’m out of step with everybody, online and in real life. The boundaries are blurred now anyway. I’ve also been thinking about some people who aren’t in my day to day life anymore. I mean they are there because of the “wonders” of the internet and I can see aspects of their lives that they choose to share, but it doesn’t have anything to do with mine. It almost feels voyeuristic when a friendship is reduced to a few status updates as the remaining thread that connects you. In this way, Facebook… CONTINUE READING

social days and fun nights

social days and fun nights

October 22, 2012 |  Category:   friends life nyc

It’s been a bit quiet around here, not because I’m so busy with work, but because I’m out having fun. Maybe a little too much fun since I’m actually really looking forward to being reunited with my couch again this week after having gone out 5 out of the last 7 nights, with many of those days full of coffee meetings with friends as well. The weather has been unseasonably warm and we’ve been spending much of that outside, even in the evenings. There have been drinks and food and long chats with friends and even an awards ceremony. I’ll tell you more about one aspect of the Martha Stewart American Made Awards later, but you can imagine how good… CONTINUE READING

Lena Corwin’s Maps

Lena Corwin’s Maps

September 19, 2012 |  Category:   art + design friends

What is it about maps that are just so fascinating? I’ve been long obsessed with how the intricate network of streets create these complex patterns, totally unique to each city, and creating maps have often been a recurring theme to some of my work projects. I think that’s why I’m so fascinated by Claudine’s obsessive map-like maze drawings because of this long standing fascination with urban typography.   And then this book.   Lena is an artist and designer who I’ve known about and long admired for a really long time, but had only met earlier this year. We have quite a few mutual friends in common so I’d like to think that it was only a matter of time… CONTINUE READING

a stay with friends in Portland + a girl and a dog

a stay with friends in Portland + a girl and a dog

September 11, 2012 |  Category:   friends life Seattle & the NW travels

Our trips down to Portland while we’re out in the Northwest are usually limited to day trips to meet up with friends, but this year we stayed for 3 days at my friend Jen’s house in our old neighborhood close to where we used to live when we were there in the mid 90s. Jen’s another friend who I met on the internet through various blogging/twitter circles and we hung out when she was in town earlier this year in NY. She’s been wanting to meet the girls for awhile and when we arrived, she put together the best welcoming care package full of notebooks, crayons, lip balm, colored pencils and mini slinkies. Jen’s the sweetest!   I’ve mentioned my… CONTINUE READING

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